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Hats On The Annual Ladies Day at the Devon Horse Show

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair was transformed into The Enchanted Garden, the theme this year for the annual Ladies Day on Wednesday, May 29. Ladies were invited to gather with their girlfriends and their most festive hats for a beautiful afternoon in the Devon Pavilion, with live music, raffle prizes, a cocktail reception, and fabulous gift bags.

Then some of the ladies participated in the fabulous Hat Contest which included a panel of esteemed judges including SAVVY Main Line publisher Caroline O’Halloran , television personality Carson Kressley and Adam Joseph, 6ABC Meteorologist who honored the ladies in several categories.

Karen Toole Ebbert catches all the action as her daughter Amber Toole (black hat) looks on.

One of my favorite milliner’s is Beth Beverly who specializes in wearable mounts and unusual home decor. Her hats have won awards at the Devon Horse Show, Brandywine Polo and Radnor Hunt Clubs. She’s very creative. She’s never passed a road kill that she hasn’t seen a beautiful after life in.
Terra Moné, Terra Moné Beauty in Narberth and philanthropist Marla Green

Dr. Thanuja Hamilton and Janelle Burrell, CBS3Philly

Elena Samane and Tatiana Lumiere at Ladies Day
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Megan Tidmore, Kelly Ward Becker, Melissa Rice, Jaime Lyn Curley, Meghan Kelly, Rayna McGrath, Tina CorradoFour Girls on A Mission
Conni McDonnell, Nancy Rainer Walker, Donna Coughlin, wearing a colorful Nicole Miller dress, and Maripeg Bruder, Board President at Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center
Annette Brennan, Sharon Bozentka and Joanne Brogan began making their hats in February meeting weekly for wine, chitchat and millinery.
Nicole Klein, MaryAnn Blair, Joe Blair, Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Foundation – Board Member, and Jennifer Lynn Robinson
Best in Show, Pamela Targan, a former art teacher is wearing a custom dress. The seamstress sent her extra material which she used to create the hat.

After competing in the hat contest and celebrating in the Pavilion some ladies headed to a very special luncheon at Terrain Gardens at Devon Yard.

The crew from Bloomingdale’s
Lula and daughter Dakota Ashbury enjoyed the day with her sister visiting from England. I chatted so much with them I forgot to ask her name. Lula is married to famous puppeteer Anthony Ashbury, who worked on Little Shop of Horrors, and was a friend of Jim Henson. Together Lula and Anthony owned a gem of an eatery in Pittman NJ called Sweet Lula’s.
I asked Lula how they came to settle in Pittman, after living in the UK and then for years in Connecticut. Lula told me she looked up quaint towns in the New Jersey, and Pittman, NJ along with Moorestown, NJ popped up. They chose Pittman, NJ and have never looked back. This is basically how they found the Devon Horse Show Ladies Day. Since Lula’s sister was visiting for the summer, they did a search on fun women’s event and found this “lovely event.” In a matter of two days they all went out and bought sun dresses and hats. They had a magical time, and look forward to visiting again next year. For more photos check out my column at CBS3Philly
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Thorncroft’s Victory Gallop and fantastic Party Decor

Equestrian season is upon us and what better way to kick it off than with the Thorncroft Victory Gallop at the Bellevue Hotel on April 6, 2019. The Victory Gallop is Thorncroft’s signature event of the year.

Saunders Dixon Director of Thorncroft, Sallie F. Dixon, Financial Management of Thorncroft (and the biggest cheerleader) and Christine Delpaggio, who was presented with ” The Sara and Toby Wolfberg Scholarship Fund Award” .

Since 1969, Thorncroft and it’s founder, Saunders Dixon, have been recognized as forerunners in the field of therapeutic riding. Many of our riders require financial assistance to participate in our riding programs. The Scholarship Fund, solely supported by our endless fundraising efforts, is the hallmark of our program and crucial in allowing our philosophy of “never turning a rider away solely due to lack of funds” to continue.

Chaired by Gus and Kristin Meyer of Malvern, Pennsylvania, this year’s Victory Gallop attracted more than 400 guests for a night of dinner, dancing and a toast of celebration to Thorncroft’s past, present and future as they celebrated 50 years of touching people’s lives.

Jeff Parnell, Mary Parnell, Jenine Steltz and Brian Stelz

Thorncroft serves 350 students per week. This year alone, the Farm gave out $75,000 in scholarship to students who, due to financial constraints, were unable to afford the therapy offered at Thorncroft.

Karl and Sharon Kyriss, with Brooke and Nick Henningsen
Monique Nieman, Jane Higgins and April Boutin
Lance and Victoria McCue
Cindy Gordon, Terry Martino, Steve Martino and Tiffany Myer

“Celebrating our 50th Anniversary, this year’s Victory Gallop, Golden Hearts Lead The Way: 50 Years of Horses Healing Humans, acknowledges the unique and transformative power that our horses give to all who encounter them. While each year brings necessary change to the farm, we remain passionate in our efforts to provide this transformation to all who see it, welcoming all friends regardless of their challenges.”
Upcoming events of Interest at Thorncroft:4/11 – Carlino’s Full Service Catering Showcase; 4/14 – Do you know horse speak? Clinic with renowned clinician Sharon Wilsie, Wilsie Way Hosemanship shares the basics of her groundbreaking methods 5/15 – Thorncroft Open House 5/25 – Thorncroft Hosts the 40th Annual Presentation of the Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show. More photos of the event will be on CBSPhilly today, and in months to come Phila Magazine.