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Monday, October 25, 2021


U.S. show jumping team for Frontera and Vilamoura in Spain and Portugal

LEXINGTON, Ky--U.S. Equestrian announced the riders selected to represent the U.S. Jumping Team at the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Vejer de la Frontera CSIO3* in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain from Oct. 28-31, and the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Vilamoura CSIO3* in Vilamoura, Portugal, from Nov. 17-21, 2021.

jump team for FrontersThe team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Anne Kursinski at both competitions.

The following riders have been named to the U.S. Jumping Team and are listed in alphabetical order.

Carly Anthony of Wellington, Fla.

Heather Caristo-Williams of Saugerties, N.Y.

Olivia Chowdry of Denver, Colo.

Maria Costa of Wellington, Fla.

Hilary McNerney (Wellington, Fla.)

To learn more about the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Vejer de la Frontera CSIO3*, please visit, and to learn more about the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Vilamoura CSIO3*, please visit

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Celebrates Inaugural "Devon Legends"

DEVON, Pa.---The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair kicked off its 125th anniversary with an induction ceremony honoring the inaugural "Devon Legends" at the Merion Cricket Club on Friday, Oct. 8.

The 2021 Devon LegendsThe 2021 Devon Legends (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)The prestigious group of inaugural honorees includes Olympians, national champions and other luminaries connected to the success of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

This is the first time in the history of the distinguished competition at Devon that the legends of the sport have been recognized.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair looks forward to annually recognizing the many more legends that have made the event a unique and unparalleled horse show.

“Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our 125th anniversary year of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Friday,” said Wayne W. Grafton, Chairman and CEO of tthe Devon Show and Foundation.“It was an honor to recognize our first class of Legends that have helped make Devon what it is today. We were excited to celebrate these remarkable individuals in the first of many such celebrations of our leaders, competitors and supporters. The Devon future is bright! We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and the rich history that has made our organization strong for future generations.”

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Update on Kevin's Recovery and The Babington Foundation sent out by Silver Oak Jumper Tournament

Kevin continues to make progress month-by-month.

Kevin Babington rehabilitatingKevin Babington rehabilitatingThe commitment to his daily physical therapy and frequent stem cell and other medical interventions continues at a torrid pace.

At no point has Kevin’s self-expectations been anything less than dramatic.

As I’ve frequently said, the courage, patience, tenacity, and kindness we all know to be substrates of Kevin’s make up prior to his fall, are on vivid display daily.

For those who don’t believe in miracles, Kevin can now move all his toes on each foot and independently, and just as of this writing, has some flexion in his feet.

We all look forward to the day he stands to deliver the leading rider award at Silver Oak.

At the same time the financial demands of Kevin’s care, therapy and progress are steep and mandatory.

The Show Jumping community has responded generously, but the requirement for fund raising continues to be of paramount importance.

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Letter to the Editor on "foal crop"

To the Editor:

The article on the Fasig -Tipton Sale spoke volumes about the racing industry in two words- “foal crop” .

“Foal Crop” is not how we refer to living sentient beings.

It is how we refer to a crop grown for consumption.

In two words the absolute truth about racing is revealed.

Please publish my comment.

Thank you,
Lisa Goodale Brinton



Foal crop is the term that has always been used to denote the number of foals born each year, and it has nothing to do with a crop grown for consumption.

Foals are obviously not born or raised for consumption as horses are not eaten in this country.

Plus, in this country, it is against the law to slaughter horses or to eat them.


Four of the top 10 world ranked riders to compete at the new Maryland five star Event at Fair Hill

FAIR HILL, Md.--Led by world ranked number one Oliver Townend of Great Britain, four of the top 10 ranked riders are set to compete in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill.

Oliver Townend Cooley Master Class by Allen MacMillan DSC 5584Oliver Townend Cooley Master Class (Photo by Allen MacMillan)The list also includes the world numbers two, seven and eight plus luminaries such as Zara Phillips Tindall, 2006 World Champion, 2012 Olympic team silver medalist, daughter of Olympian and top course designer Mark Phillips and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II,as well as Olympians from five countries.

Townend will compete with his accomplished gelding, Cooley Master Class, winner of back-to-back Kentucky Three-Day titles in 2018 and 2019.

New Zealand Olympic veterans Tim and Jonelle Price, the the numbers two and seven ranked riders on the FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings, are entered to compete on Xavier Faer and Classic Moet, winner of Badminton 2018.

Astier Nicolas of France, winner of team gold and individual silver medals at the 2016 Olympic Games, have joined a growing list of All-Star riders entered to compete in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill.

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Emma Teff and Caroline Johnston among five recipients of scholarships from USEF

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Emma Teff of Renfrew, Pa., and Caroline Johnston of Upper Saddle River, N.J., are two of the five recipients of the USEF Higher Education Equestrian Scholarships for graduating high school seniors

emma teff largeEmma Teff Created to support students who are committed to continuing their involvement in equestrian sport while in college through an equestrian-related degree, volunteerism, or internship; riding on an intercollege equestrian team; or other equestrian-related activity, the scholarship awards a $1,000 grant to each recipient to be used towards education expenses at their college or university.

Teff will be attending the Purdue University this fall to pursue a degree in Engineering.

Teff is a committed dressage rider and has spent weeks away from home for athlete development programs caring for her horse, maintaining her own physical fitness, and preparing to pursue a rigorous undergraduate academic program.

“The determination, perseverance, and positive attitude I learned growing up with horses will serve me well as I take on college and my future career," said Teff. "My ultimate professional goal is to be an engineer and an entrepreneur with at least a master’s degree. I have chosen this path because I see it as the best way to utilize my strengths and interests to help other people. At its core, engineering is the practice of doing good for the world by putting problem-solving skills and an innovative mindset into practice.”

Johnston will be attending University of New Hampshire, pursuing her degree in Equine Studies.

Johnston has been riding for 12 years and credits her experiences working with horses as a key component for her love of learning and growth in key skills like patience, empathy, and self-awareness.

“I plan to major in equine studies, as well as ride on the IHSA team at the University of New Hampshire," said Johnston. "After college, I want to work as a hunt seat show trainer. My ultimate goal will be to open my own barn. I am eager to guide equestrians through their journeys in horse showing, proudly watching them excel as my students. Introducing first-time riders is also an exciting prospect. Eventually, I would like to also offer equine therapy in my barn. My goal is to spread the wellness that horses can offer. Bringing awareness to horses’ therapeutic abilities is incredibly important to me, as many people are unaware of how life-changing riding horses can be,” said Johnston. “I believe everyone deserves a chance to work with horses. With this scholarship, I can become a successful show trainer and barn owner, cultivating a new generation and community of riders.”

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Richard Golden, owner of Northview Stallion Station, died Sept. 18

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--Richard L. Golden, 82, a former resident of Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y., and Chesapeake City, Md., peacefully passed away in West Palm Beach, FL on Sept. 18.

Richard GoldenGolden was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on Nov. 13, 1938.

He was a graduate of American University and went on to run multiple businesses in the garment industry in New York.

Golden had a love for animals which was shared by his wife, Ann, and passed on to his children Lisa and Michael.

He was fortunate to have had his loyal and loving companion Victor, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, by his side for the last 14 years.

Golden raced thoroughbred horses, owning Northview Stallion Station and Sycamore Hall Farm in Maryland.

In addition to his devotion to animals, he had a passion for traveling, golf and spending time with friends and family.

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More Articles ...

  1. Generous Community Sponsors Support Devon Fall Classic
  2. George Strawbridge to be honored at Plantation Field International
  3. McLain Ward anchors the U.S. team for the Spruce Meadows Nations Cup
  4. Devil's Bag among Maryland's Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees in 2021
  5. Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill to Host Fresh Food Fest and Beer, Wine & Spirits Showcase
  6. William C. Lickle, Eclipse Award winning steeplechase owner, died Aug. 19
  7. Controvery swirls around the construction and usage of the new Fair Hill racing and eventing facility
  8. It's time to buy tickets for the exciting Devon Fall Classic , and exhibitors, it's time to submit your entries
  9. Letter to the editor 4
  10. Devon Fall Classic begins Sept. 15, so get tickets now
  11. Sign up now to be a volunteer at the Maryland 5 Star Event at Fair Hill
  12. Elizabeth Hedley Appointed New Executive Director of the Willowdale Steeplechase
  13. Thoroughbred breeder and owner Bert Firestone died
  14. Doug Payne replaced Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp on Tokyo Eventing team
  15. Adrienne Lyle, Steffen Peters and Sabine Schut-Kery on Tokyo dressage team
  16. Multiple shows to hold benefits for Kevin Babington
  17. Farrington, Kraut, Springsteen & Ward named to U.S. show jumping team for Tokyo
  18. Pa. National Horse Show announces new schedule, class additions, increased hunter prize money and more
  19. Beezie Madden and McLain Ward are on Rotterdam Nations Cup team
  20. Athletes for Equity in Sport Honors Mason Phelps, Jr.’s Service to Community
  21. New dates for the World Cup qualifying events in North America
  22. Kevin Babington's support dog Samantha
  23. Laurel track being resurfaced
  24. Vintage Vinnie was Maryland Governor's Series Open Timber Champion
  25. Nations Cup team for Sopot, Poland
  26. Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin named to U.S. Eventing Team for Tokyo
  27. Devon Horse Show Refreshes Footing for Optimum Performance
  28. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Virtual Art Show showcases new artwork
  29. Steve Dance, Fasig-Tipton announcer, died
  30. Hall of Fame trainer and breeder Ray Francis died May 23
  31. Prayers and energy for Kevin Babington at 2 pm today
  32. Update on Kevin Babington, who is at Mayo Clinic
  33. Mason Phelps, founder of Phelps Media Group and past President of The National Horse Show, died May 19
  34. Silver Oak and other top shows support the Kevin Babington Foundation
  35. Support House bill outlawing unfettered use of commercial sized fireworks
  36. PHBA funds further new tests into gene doping in horses
  37. Correction - Jack Fisher misquoted
  38. Short list for dressage at the Tokyo Olympics
  39. Letter to the Editor
  40. Jack Fisher elected to Racing's Hall of Fame
  41. Margaret Worrall, Maryland Hunt Cup historian, is recuperating from a stroke suffered last October
  42. Fair Hill 5* to be first event as renovated Fair Hill allows new turf track to mature
  43. Capital Challenge Horse Show to Host North American League National Finals
  44. Washington International Horse Show is going back to Tryon Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule
  45. Buck Davidson's Ballynoe Castle died April 23 at age 21
  46. Olympic medalist McLain Ward and Beezie Madden lead the jumping short list for the Olympics
  47. Letter to the Editor on Prince Philip
  48. Prince Philip, FEI President and an accomplished whip, died at 99
  49. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Updates 2021 Cancellation Announcement
  50. USEF's "too little too late" killed chances for this year's Devon and earlier hurt Plantation Field Eventing

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