World's Largest Open Breed Show Changes Will Result in a Better Schedule and Improved Showcase

DEVON, Pa. – Where else can you see warmbloods of every type as well as rare and endangered breeds – all in one place? In past years, breeds from Hanoverians and Andalusians to Cleveland Bays, Fiords, Gypsy Vanners, Drum Horses, Knabstruppers, Georgian Grands, and Dales Ponies have paraded in the Dixon Oval, showing off the best of the breeds.

Dressage At Devon (DAD), host of the largest open breed show in the world, has made significant changes to the scheduling of the three days of breed classes. The Individual Breed classes (IBC) have been moved to the first day of the show, Tuesday Sept. 25 instead of Thursday.  This change will allow for a more relaxed time schedule and also will give the IBC horses a chance to warm-up in a less congested area.

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 “We believe these changes will result in a better showcase for the individual breeds and provide an excellent opportunity for those horses that also show in the open classes on Wednesday to experience the "Devon atmosphere," said Breed Show Chair, Melanie Sloyer.

“The Tuesday schedule will also include the group classes such as Breeders Group, Get of Sire, and Produce of Dam. This scheduling change will also allow us to reintroduce the popular Parade of Breeds at the conclusion of the IBC classes.  The winners of each IBC class will be invited back into the Dixon Oval to receive a special Dressage at Devon rosette. The Parade of Breeds has always been a crowd pleaser so we are very excited to offer it again in 2018,” added Sloyer.

Young (sport horse prospects), Mature (Breeding Stock) horses, and Materiale (under saddle) classes will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26.  These classes will be qualifiers for the Dressage at Devon Championships and the United States Dressage Federation Breeders Championships - East Coast Series.

Championships will be held on Thursday. Want to see your favorite breed in the Parade of Breeds? Contact Melanie Sloyer, Chairman of the Breed Show for more details.

The 2018 Show will take place Sept. 25-29. For more information, visit

About Dressage at Devon

Dressage at Devon ( has been a premier North American Equestrian event since its founding in 1975.  It combines world-class dressage competition and the world’s largest open breed show with the international Fall Festival show and special activities for the entire family.  The six-day event attracts hundreds of riders from around the world and thousands of spectators.  Dressage at Devon is a 501(c) (3) PA non-profit organization, benefitting equine education.

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