DEVON, Pa. — It’s often called “horse ballet,” with horse and rider working in partnership to execute complicated movements that take years to perfect. But while kids are welcome at dressage shows, it’s rare that there are activities geared toward the education and entertainment of the next generation.
But Dressage at Devon, one of the world’s premier dressage shows, is making it more fun for kids.
In 2016, the team at Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org) decided that it was time to create a great experience for children, to allow them to view world-class horses and their riders, learn something about these magnificent animals, and have fun. Dressage Explorers was born.
This year, Dressage Explorers will take place Sunday, Sept. 30 and will feature:
Make and Take Stick Horse: We supply the “horse” and all the trimmings to deck-out your mount for a ride in the famed Dixon Oval – with professional announcers and judges.
Selfie Scavenger Hunt – Play detective and find the five yellow signs posted throughout the show grounds and take a selfie with each sign. Then head over to the Souvenir Shop to receive an exclusive DAD prize.
Want to learn what really goes into a great performance? Special pricing for headset rental ($10) is available to all participants. And over-ear style personal receive allows you to follow all the commentary of some of the foremost experts in the world of dressage.
Special exhibitions by regional first responders and other demonstrations of excellence in horsemanship.
Plus, the day’s performances feature the sport’s rising stars, young riders from 16-25. These include the FEI Pony Freestyle Test, the FEI Young Rider Freestyle and much more.
Performances will appeal to audiences from non-equestrians to amateurs and professionals.
In addition, the show features Fall Festival, featuring great food and shopping that appeals to the whole family - equestrians and non-equestrians alike. From jewelry to art, clothing to saddles, there are boutique-style shops that appeal to everyone! Ladies Hat Day – a favorite Dressage at Devon tradition – will take place Friday, Sept 28.
For more information, please visit www.dressageatdevon.org/index.php/spectators/explorers-day-for-kids.
General admission tickets are available at the door. For reserved seating, please visit www.dressageatdevon.org/index.php/box-office/
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, benefiting equine education.
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