EASTTOWN – For the second time in a row, the main line’s most important horse event will not take place due to the corona virus.
In the past few days, officials at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair announced that they would be canceling this year’s event due to ongoing concerns about the pandemic.
“This decision was made only after a thorough assessment of the far-reaching operational and financial implications of the ongoing restrictions US Equestrian (USEF) placed on spectators and other major issues at their sanctioned events,” said Wayne W. Grafton, chairman and CEO of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair said in a press release.
“The organizers, together with the board of directors, examined several options, but were ultimately unable to work under the current restrictions of the sports association.”
According to officials at the horse show, they were told that the guidelines to contain the pandemic would not be available until mid-May and that would not give them enough time to plan the show in 2021.
Although other equestrian events are now taking place, the show’s officials said they were uniquely connected to the local audience and spectators and did not want to jeopardize future events.
The Devon Horse Show has been a major main line event since its inception 125 years ago. Considered the largest outdoor multi-race horse show in the country, the show takes place on the grounds of the Devon Horse Show in the Devon section of Easttown Township, Chester County.
When show officials announced last March that the 2020 show would not take place due to the pandemic, it was the first time it had been canceled since World War II. At the time, the show did not run from 1943 to 1945. A scaled down version of the show took place in 1918 during the First World War.
Since 1919, the money raised for the show has benefited Bryn Mawr Hospital.