TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.--Amateurs and professionals, including Dianna and Gwyneth Babington, competed in the class held for the benefit of Kevin Babington, who was severely injured in a fall and faces huge costs of rehab.
Sept. 6 started off a little cool, by the afternoon the sun warmed the venue right up and it was spectacular.
It was a stroke of serendipity because that day Silver Oak hosted a very special event, the $5,000 Babington Benefit Classic.
Due to Covid 19, Silver Oak had moved to Michigan from Massachusetts.
In support of the incredible legend Kevin Babington, and his journey to recovery, the entire winner’s purse of this class was donated to the Babington’s Recovery Fund, going on to help not only Kevin, but other’s afflicted by such serious injuries in our sport as well.
Along with the $5,000 prize money, a number of addition donations were included in the total donated to Kevin's fund.
TO SAY this was a highly anticipated event is a severe understatement, and when it was finally time to see the culmination of so much planning and coordinated effort it was a genuine sight to behold.
The entire crowd of socially distanced fellow riders were cheering on the edge of their seats the entire class.
Set at a height of 1.25m, amateurs and professionals alike rode for Kevin, and finished their course over the stunning wall built just for this event.
Of course even wife Diane, and 16-year-old daughter Gwyneth Babington mounted up for such a special ride and the emotion was almost palpable in the air.
After a riveting jump off, fittingly the Irish rider Patrick McNamara, aboard Billy Onslow, took home the blue.
Though, the true color and symbol of victory today was Kevin’s green shamrock, and we are all so grateful to have taken part in this endeavor for someone who has dedicated such an incredible amount of his life to this sport.
This donation will help, as Dianne just posted "Happy news. Mayo reached out and Kevin has been deemed eligible for the stem cell trial. We will know more at the end of the month regarding when we return to beautiful Minnesota."