Dressage At Devon

A teaser video for the upcoming series The Equestrians, filmed on a blustery day and night at the 2015 Dressage at Devon, the premier North American equestrian event since 1975. It combines world class dressage competition and the world’s largest open breed show with the international Fall Festival shops and special activities for the entire family.

The 2016 Dressage at Devon Horse Show will be held Tuesday, September 27 through Sunday, October 2.

Dressage has been called poetry in motion and ballet on horseback. Dressage is an ancient equestrian discipline, and the fastest growing equestrian sport in the USA today. In September, Dressage at Devon brings top competitors, horses, trainers and judges from across the continent and around the globe together for one of the highest-rated international dressage competitions and the most complete breed show outside of Europe.

Olympic medalist Robert Dover calls Dressage at Devon “the standard by which all American horse shows should be judged.” More than 700 horses are expected to compete with an anticipated 35,000 spectators.

Dressage at Devon opens with the three-day Breed Division, in which horses are judged for movement and conformation. More than 29 breeds are represented. The USDF Breeders Championships East Coast Series Finals and the Born in the USA Breeders Awards are among the highlights of the show’s first days. New this year is the first Foal Championship ever to be held in the United States. The combination of breed classes and performance classes gives the spectator a unique perspective.

Thursday, the four-day Performance Division begins. Most Dressage at Devon classes are F.E.I. (Fédération Equestre Internationale) level, including four Grand Prix classes, the level of Olympic competition. Musical freestyles classes, like dancing to the music, are favorites.

Dressage at Devon takes place at the Devon Horse Show Grounds, Route 29, in Devon, Pennsylvania. Tuesday, September 27 through Sunday, October 2. General admission is available for $10 at the show grounds during the show; children under 3 are free and children 4-12 are $5 for General Admission. Reserved seating has no discounts for children.

For more information, visit dressageatdevon.org