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Devon, Pa., in Chester County is a very important stop for anyone with equine interests. Founded in 1896, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, held each year over 10 days from late May into early June, has drawn thousands of spectators and participants from around the world. It is the largest and oldest outdoor, multi-breed horse show in the United States with in-hand, jumpers, hunters, carriages and gaited events. Funds raised by the horse show benefit Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dressage at Devon is held each September and brings out the formal side in riders and their horses.
With so much equine activity, one might expect horse farms to rule the landscape in Devon, but Devon itself is really quite small, with a population of about 1500 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. Most of the housing stock consists of single-family homes with newer construction bringing the highest prices. The commute to Philadelphia via the SEPTA train is about 35 minutes.
Devon is part of Easttown Township, served by Tredyffrin-Easttown School District, a system rated highly by various publications and seemingly backed up by parental opinion. There are various private-school options as Devon is very close to many of the Main Line’s private schools.
Leisure activities in and around Devon are typical of suburban areas, with children’s sports teams, yoga and Pilates studios, fitness centers and like. For nature lovers, the Jenkins Arboretum is a botanical treasure, with a dazzling collection of azaleas, rhododendrons, ferns, shrubs, wildflower, trees and more.