TRD at Devon

Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show

In 1980, the front lawn at Thorncroft was again the site of a powerful meeting of minds. A small group of dedicated volunteers from Bryn Mawr Rehab and Thorncroft assembled to discuss a moment in history for therapeutic riding, a day in May that would coincide with the world-famous Devon Horse Show, “The Handicapped Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show”. Eleven riders competed in that first show, setting a standard of excellence, and creating the foundation for a show that has grown to recently include over 175 riders from the northeast. Over the many years, devoted volunteers and riders have nurtured and developed the show to where it is today, a nationally respected competition.

*Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 TRD is canceled. 

We look forward to welcoming riders in 2021!*

2019 TRD Trophy Winners

The Ann Dixon Artistic Award

Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Wade McDevitt
Presented by Alesha Polles, Mikaela Potrako, and Maire Guggenheim
Awarded for artistic expression in the musical freestyle
Champions: Rachael McKenna and
Brooks Larsen of Thorncroft
Reserve Champion: Riley Garrett of Thorncroft

The Anne Joyce Cochran Trophy

Presented by Nancy Baulis and Ronald Blair
Rider with the highest scoring in trail class
Champion: Steven Maras of Freedom Hills TRP
Reserve: Will Wright of CATRA

The Brushwood Challenge Trophy

Sponsored by Elizabeth Moran and her Brushwood Stable
Presented by Carole Laulis and Caroline Moran
For the best rider with disabilities
Champion: Riley Garret of Thorncroft
Reserve: Carol Rowehl of Pegasus TRA

The E.W. Garbisch Trophy

Sponsored by Gwynne G. McDevitt
Presented by Nancy Baulis and Ronald Blair
For outstanding achievement by a rider with disabilities
Champion: Sarah Tegtmeier of Special Equestrians
Reserve Champion: Shannon Byrne of Sebastian RA

The Hilltop Trophy

Sponsored by Jane C. MacElree and Hilltop Farm Inc.
Presented by Jane C. MacElree and her daughter, Ann Hill
Winner of the division for the physically disabled
Champion: Megan McLanahan of CATRA
Reserve: Cecelia Kress of Freedom Hills

The Hope Montgomery Scott Perpetual Memorial Trophy

Sponsored by Friends of Hope Scott
For the winner of the championship class
Champion: Riley Garret of Thorncroft

The Hope Montgomery Scott Perpetual Memorial Trophy-Reserve

Sponsored by Friends of Hope Scott
Presented by Jane Higgins and Mary MacKinnon
For the reserve winner of the championship class
Reserve Champion: Sarah Tegtmeier of Special Equestrians

Championship Horse of the Year

Sponsored by Ronald Blair and Malvern Saddlery
Presented by Vinney’s donor, Caroline Moran,
Judge Chrisanne Mortensen, Ron Blair, and Jill Apfelbaum
Champion: Thorncroft’s Van Gogh
Reserve: CATRA’s He’s a Little Bit Kuel

The MacDermott Perpetual Trophy

Sponsored by the MacDermott Children
in honor of their mother
Presented by Jane Higgins and Mary MacKinnon
Winner of the division for the mentally disabled
Champion: Brianna Beeco of Ivy Hill
Reserve: Michael Serocki of Thorncroft

The Thorncroft Perpetual Trophy

Sponsored amd presented by Patrick and Michele Boova
Winner of the division for learning differences
Champion: Abigail Mains of Ivy Hill
Reserve: Reema Norford of Hope Springs

The Stephanie Bennett Perpetual Trophy

Sponsored by Dr. Stephanie Bennett. Presented by
Dr. Bennett, her granddaughter Sadie, and her cousin Sasha
Winner of the advanced division
Champion: Riley Garrett of Thorncroft
Reserve: Charlotte Derickson of Thorncroft

Support the Farm!

Since 1969 Thorncroft has provided a safe haven for children and adults with and without special needs. The Farm now includes 70 acres of open space, a conference center, office space, and two beautiful indoor arenas… but the work does not stop there.

Learn more about the many ways you can support Thorncroft.