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George Strawbridge won the Outstanding Breeder Eclipse Award, while British Idiom, by Pa. stallion Flashback, won the 2-year-old filly Eclipse Award

George Strawbridge, Jr., who bred Bricks and Mortar, won his first Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder during the Eclipse Award dinner at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 23.

George Strawbridge Patricia McQueenGeorge Strawbridge (Photo by Patricia McQueen)By Giant's Causeway out of Beyond the Waves, by Ocean Crest, Bricks and Mortar was sold by Strawbridge at Keeneland for $200,000.

Bricks and Mortar went on to run a perfect six wins from six starts in 2019, including winning the G1 Breeders' Cup Turf.

He was treated for a potentially career-ending case of stringhalt in 2018, but was gradually nursed back to health, and Bricks and Mortar was unbeatable in 2019.

He was the first Horse of the Year for trainer Chad Brown Thursday evening and was also a unanimous winner of the Eclipse Award for older turf male.

Runners bred by Strawbridge won 26 races, good for third overall on the individual breeders list with a total of $7,505,233 in earnings in 2019.

"This is an enormous surprise, a sort of a David and Goliath type of thing," said Strawbridge. "And I have to thank the owners of Bricks and Mortar and the trainer of Bricks and Mortar. What a terrific job they did. Can you imagine giving him a year off because there was a problem? How perceptive is that? Thank you all very much."

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Boyd Martin awarded Whitney Stone Cup, Brian Moggre and Abigail Wexner also honored

WELLINGTON, Fla.--The United States Equestrian Team Foundation presented the organization’s three most prestigious awards to Boyd Martin, Brian Moggre and Abigail Wexner on Jan.17 at the “Take Me To Tokyo” gala in Wellington.

Boyd Martin awardWilliam Weeks (left) and James McNerney (right) presented the 2020 Whitney Stone Cup to eventer Boyd Martin. (Photo by Jump Media)The 2020 Whitney Stone Cup was awarded to Olympic eventer Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., identifying him as an active competitor who displays consistent excellence in international competition, as well as exemplifying high standards of sportsmanlike conduct, while serving as an ambassador for the United States and equestrian sport.

“It’s an absolute privilege and honor to receive the Whitney Stone Cup this year,” said Martin, who operates his training business, Windurra LLC, alongside his wife Silva, a grand prix dressage rider. “Winning this award is one of my proudest achievements. To be recognized alongside some of the past winners is truly a humbling feeling. The USET Foundation has given me every chance and every opportunity to allow me to be the best I can be and to achieve all the success I had in 2019.”

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NARG announces reorganized Top 25 as Murray Kessler announces he will not run for a 2nd term as US Equestrian President

LEXINGTON, Ky.--The North American Riders Group was organized by Chris Kappler and McLain Ward to give a voice to exhibitors as they strove to improve horse shows, and under their leadership NARG brought about huge improvements in a large number of shows, mainly through its Top 25 Shows program.

Murray KesslerMurray KesslerWhen one of its most prominent members, Murray Kessler, became president of US Equestrian, the directors of NARG felt that with Kessler serving as the leader of the organization that oversees horse shows, NARG could step back a little, as Kessler would continue to make improvements to shows.

Kessler recently announced that upon completion of his term next year that he would not seek another term.

NARG also announced an updating to its Top 25 Shows.

Follows a Statement from USEF President Murray Kessler

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Proceeds from a horse auctioned at the Palm Beach Auction to benefit the Babington Family

WELLINGTON, Fla.--The Palm Beach Young Elite Auction at Deeridge on Feb. 13 will debut during the CSIO4* Nations Cup week at Palm Beach Masters in Wellington.

Palm Beach AuctionThe auction will include a special effort to support Kevin Babington as he continues to recover from the catastrophic fall he sustained in 2019.

The Palm Beach Auction will present 16 elite young jumpers for sale via live auction on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the VIP tent at Deeridge Farm.

The 16 horses are the result of a selection process that involved a wide search across Europe and the involvement of the sport’s best breeders, trainers and selectors.

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USET Foundation’s Take Me To Tokyo Gala Raises $1.5 Million for the “Raising the Bar” Campaign

WELLINGTON, Fla.--The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation launched its $40 million “Raising the Bar” campaign on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Take Me To Tokyo gala at Deeridge Farm in Wellington.

Bruce Patti SpringsteenPatti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen brought the crowd to their feet with their surprise performance. (Photo by Jump Media)With more than 500 guests in attendance, the gala event, featuring chairs Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa and hosted by honorary chairmen Lou and Joan Jacobs, raised more than $1.5 million to support U.S. equestrian riders and the teams headed to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Springsteen and Scialfa were also among those instrumental in making a lasting impact in the success of the Take Me To Tokyo gala, thanks to their live auction donations of a Springsteen-signed Harley Davidson motorcycle and a signed FENDER guitar.

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  1. "Devon Legends" to be honored in April at Ardrossan
  2. New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents included in East coast clinic
  3. MATCH races expanded to 35 stakes at eight tracks
  4. Jack Fisher elected President of the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation
  5. Darry Lou and El Primero voted International and National Horses of the Year
  6. Beezie Madden named International Equestrian of 2019 and also won the Steinkraus trophy along with Boyd Martin
  7. Bettina Jenney eulogized at Memorial Service
  8. Winston C, George Strawbridge and British Idiom are among the finalist for Eclipse Awards
  9. Honorable Mention Photo, Action category
  10. Third placed Action
  11. Jodie Clineschmidt won second place in the Photo Contest, Action
  12. Ellie Glaccum wins Photo Contest, Action, with an incredible series of fences at the Pa. Hunt Cup
  13. Bettina Jenney, breeder of top race horses, died Dec. 22
  14. Athletes for Equity in Sport, pro SafeSport but anti its procedures
  15. Kevin Babington is back teaching
  16. Ryerss Farm annual Open House cancelled due to a fire
  17. Hall of Fame jockey Tommy Walsh 's Memorial Service
  18. Facing a $5 million rehab, Dianna Babington is asking for help from charitable donations
  19. Hall of Fame Jockey Tommy Walsh died Nov. 13
  20. Entries are now being accepted for the Horse's annual Photo Contest
  21. Kevin Babington went home briefly to see his horses
  22. A 2017 fireworks law has horse and dog owners among those traumatized
  23. Great news for Kevin Babington
  24. Kevin Babington to have tracheotomy tube removed
  25. An update on Kevin Babington
  26. News Flash - Mara DePuy leads after dressage at Fair Hill
  27. A fund raiser and an update on Kevin Babington
  28. Champion jockey Doug Small died Oct. 11
  29. IHSA founder Bob Cacchione among first IHSA Hall of Fame inductees
  30. Kevin Babington taking baby steps towards improvement
  31. Memorial service for Louis "Paddy" Neilson draws a huge crowd
  32. Historic Plans for Maryland Racing, but funding is critical
  33. Babington has many visitors in rehab, including his horse Mark Q
  34. Kevin Babington has moved to rehap, go to GoFundMe to help with huge medical expenses
  35. Fund raisers raise money for critically injured Kevin Babington
  36. Letters to the Editor re Joe Drape
  37. Joe Drape doubled down on misinformation about Justify's drug test following the Santa Anita Derby
  38. Baffert responds to The N.Y. Times' article concerning Justify's failing a drug test prior to the Derby that contained many misleading accusations
  39. Paddy Neilson, top timber rider, died Sept. 5
  40. Dr. Todd Addis, MFH, died July 24.
  41. A fundraiser for Kevin Babington, who suffered catastrophic spinal cord injuries
  42. Equestriancoach.com celebrates its 10th anniversary
  43. Andrews Bridge Foxhounds litigation ended with a victory for Steve and Betsy Harris
  44. Letter to the Editor concerning SafeSport
  45. Two Letters to the Editor
  46. SafeSport found the great horseman George Morris guilty without a trial
  47. Dressage Olympian Michael Barisone charged with attempted murder
  48. NEWS FLASH - U.S. leads after Eventing dressage
  49. Dressage With the Experts line up for Dresssage at Devon
  50. Lucy Deslauriers named to Pan Am Jumping team, but as Endel Otis' Lucky Strike was injured the dressage team will only have three members
  51. Jenni Autry named Managing Director of Eventing
  52. Ashley Stout, 13, died July 11 following a riding accident
  53. Maj. Gen. Jonathan Burton died after an illustrious career in the army and eventing
  54. A new Jumper Classic series for 1.10m to 1.40m to debut in 2020
  55. Nations Cup team for Falsterbo includes Jessie Springsteen
  56. Jumping, dressage and driving teams announced for Aachen
  57. The dressage team for the Pan Am Games was announced
  58. Two of six awarded scholarships by the U.S. Pony Clubs are from the Delaware Valley
  59. Boyd Martin one of four named to the Pan Am Eventing team
  60. Fair Hill Hounds hosted author Rita Mae Brown, MFH
  61. A competitive dressage team announced for The Netherlands
  62. H.L. (Sandy) Schwartz III, founder and publisher of The Horse of Delaware Valley, died June 11
  63. Attendance at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair rose four percent
  64. Penn Med correctons to article entited Gene Doping addressed at PHBA Meeting
  65. North American Riders Group is back with a full agenda, new board members and the return of the NARG Top 25
  66. Gene doping addressed at PHBA Annual Meeting
  67. Blue Mountain Pony Club places in Fox Hunting Challenge
  68. The 2019 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Returns May 23 With Special Events Sure to Please the Entire Family
  69. Horse Power for Life Summer camp for cancer survivors
  70. Winterthur Races cancelled
  71. U.S. team for Mexico Nations Cup on May 5
  72. Winterthur races features the Winterthur Bowl Stakes
  73. Adele Paxson, side saddle competitor at Devon and thoroughbred breeder
  74. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Named Horse Show of the Year by National Show Hunter Hall of Fame
  75. Dolores A. Swann, Ashley Meadows Farm show manager, died Feb. 7
  76. World Cup qualifiers include Devin Ryan of Long Valley, N.J.
  77. Devon co-manager Peter Doubleday elected to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  78. Letter to the Editor 4
  79. Tequilita finished third in her final race before retiring to a life as a broodmare
  80. Sloane Coles elected to Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame
  81. Something for everyone at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
  82. Jane Simone, former Director of Development at New Bolton, died Dec. 30
  83. Tack Swap to benefit Pa Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation, and Rescue
  84. Letter to the Editor 3
  85. Letter to the Editor 2
  86. Laura Chapot is in a familiar spot, leading the Circuit Standings for Overall Jumper Rider at WEF
  87. Samuel McMichael's edits and comments on Andrews Bridge article
  88. Dispute continues despite Judge's ruling on Andrews Bridge Foxhounds
  89. All recognized steeplechase races will be steamed live starting this spring
  90. Exhibition honoring the late Phyllis Mills Wyeth
  91. Three Differences Between The American Grand National and English Counterpart
  92. Rosbrian Farm is Steeplechasing's Leading Owner, and Jack Fisher is Leading Trainer
  93. Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith, 86, died Dec. 8
  94. Phyllis Wyeth, 78, carriage driving enthusiast and thoroughbred breeder, died Jan. 14
  95. Ryan Keefe awarded $5,000 training grant for Eventing
  96. Jessie Allred, foxhunter and owner of a Md. Hunt Cup winner, died Jan. 2
  97. Clineschmidt, Glaccum and Sherman took the top three Action photos in the Photo Contest
  98. Ricky Hendriks has 2 in contention for Eclipse Awards, two Pa-breds also in contention
  99. Phillip Dutton and Olivia LaGoy Weltz are on Eventing & Dressage Elite lists
  100. Tobey McWilliams of Oley, Pa., elected as USHJA director at-large, four Delaware Valley residents named as Discipline Directors

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