Events, Music, Food, Shopping Opportunities and Concert Make
the Laurels at Landhope Autumn Celebration A Great Family Outing!
West Grove, PAJuly 28, 2003The Laurels at Landhope will
hold its annual Autumn Celebration Weekend with the National AKC
Tail Blazers Fall Dog Agility Trials, performances by the
highly-popular Barbone Street Jazz Band, unique shopping opportunities
and world-class equestrian driving competition.
Laurels at Landhope, September 5-7 in West Grove, PA, hosts international
competitors from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, all of whom
are competing for the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) North
American Top Driver Award. Important national and international
competitions including the 2003 USA Equestrian Pony Championships,
the Martin Auctioneer/Kuhnle Carriage North American Single Horse
Challenge, and the FEI North American Single Driving Challenge.
The Laurels is also a United States Equestrian Team (USET) Selection
Trial for World Championship teams.
New to the Laurels at Landhope Autumn Celebration Weekend this year
is the National AKC Tail Blazers Fall Dog Agility Trials.
The Dog Trials is an exciting event in which dogs and their handlers
must rely on hard training and good communication skills to perform
feats of speed and agility.
The popular Barbone Street Jazz Band will perform on Sunday afternoon
in a concert that will be broadcast live by Chester County Radio
Station WCOJ. The band, under the direction of Steve Barbone, includes
Glenn Dodson, formerly the principal trombone player with the Philadelphia
Orchestra, guitarist Sonny Troy who performed with Peggy Lee and
is the music director for Bobby Rydels Atlantic city performances
and Ace Tesone on bass. Tesone played and recorded with legends
in jazz including Clifford Brown, Mel Torme and Billie Holiday.
The band has appeared at the Kimmel Center, the Berks Jazz Festival,
West Chester University Jazz Festival and in June of this year,
opened for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the prestigious Clifford
Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington.
are really excited about this years venue, said event
director Jamie ORourke. With our exciting driving competition,
dog agility, the Barbone Street Jazz Band and great shopping, we
offer something for everyone.
The Trade Fair will offer unique antiques, jewelry, apparel, collectibles,
picnic and carriage appointments and farm and garden items from
a large array of vendors. Polo shirts and caps in trendy colors
embroidered with the Laurels at Landhope logo as well as the 2002
Highlight CD and maps of the Cheshire Hunt Country will be for sale.
combined driving event involves three separate carriage-driving
phases: dressage, marathon, and cones. The dressage phase, held
on Friday, is a test of precision, elegance, and obedience that
the driver demonstrates with his/her team of horses. The team of
horses must demonstrate freedom of movement, harmony, and impulsion.
marathon, held on Saturday, tests the stamina and fitness of the
horses and the judgment of pace and horsemanship of the driver.
The marathon presents a 22-kilometer obstacle course that each team
must negotiate at high speeds. The course is divided into sections
that test speed, agility, and negotiation of obstacles. Horses and
drivers face such obstacles as water crossings, tight twists through
trees, and fences with narrow openings. The marathon is a breathtaking
challenge that thrills longtime fans of the sport as well as first
is an exciting phase that tests the driving teams ability
to negotiate an intricate course of cones. With only six inches
of clearance between the cones and the carriages, this part of the
combined driving event requires skill and accuracy. Narrowly spaced
pairs of traffic cones, right angles or U-turns made of raised rails,
and a wooden bridge that rumbles as the carriages go across are
all part of the challenge on a cones course.
Laurels at Landhope benefits the Brandywine Conservancy, the Cheshire
Hunt Conservancy, the Large Animal Protection Society and the University
of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center.
Laurels at Landhope is conveniently located on Wood View Road in
West Grove only one-mile from Rt. 1 and Rt. 41. Parking is $10 per
car per day or $15 for three days. Admission is free.
further information, please call Mrs. James F. ORourke, Jr.
at 610-486-0710 or visit www.laurelscde.org.