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Saturday, July 24, 2021


Elizabeth Hedley Appointed New Executive Director of the Willowdale Steeplechase

 KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.--Elizabeth Hedley has been announced as the new Executive Director of Willowdale Steeplechase, a top rated, recognized steeplechase in Chester County.

Elizabeth HadleyElizabeth HedleyHedley replaces retiring Race Director Leslie (White) Carpenter who served for a total of almost 10 years.

During her tenure, the Willowdale Steeplechase has developed into a world class steeplechase event and contributions from sponsors and benefactors have grown significantly.

Race Chairman W. B. Dixon Stroud, Jr., and the Board of Directors of the Willowdale Steeplechase welcomed Elizabeth Hedley as their new Executive Director.

“We’re excited to have Elizabeth join us as the new leader of our Willowdale team,” said Race Chairman Stroud. “Her efforts with Brandywine Polo over the past few years have produced terrific results, and we expect her to have the same success with the Willowdale Steeplechase.”

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Thoroughbred breeder and owner Bert Firestone died

 WELLINGTON,, Fla.--Bertram Robert Firestone, 89 of Wellington, Fla., and Upperville, Va., died July 12 in West Palm Beach after a week of failing health.

 Bert Firestone turfotos Diana and Bert Firestone (Phot by Turfotos)A horseman all his life, Firestone, competed in horse shows, fox hunted, bred and owned successful race horses, owned race tracks and was the Eclipse Award leading owner of 1980.

Notonly was he an accomplished equestrian in his own right, he passed his love of horses and his ability to his children, particularly Matthew and Alison.

Alison Robitaiile rode on 25 Nations Cup team, was the top-placed U.S. rider at the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome, Italy, was part of the silver medal-winning U.S. Team at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, and named the first alternate for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

"I think horses were everything in his life," said Firestone's son, Matthew.

Both Bert and Diana Firestone were avid show jumpers and hunted in Virginia with the Piedmont and Middleburg Hunts and were Joint-Masters of the Kildare Foxhounds in Ireland.

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Doug Payne replaced Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp on Tokyo Eventing team

LEXINGTON, Ky.--US Equestrian announced a substitution to the U.S. Eventing Olympic Team ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Eventing team TokyoDeniro Z, a 13-year-old KPWN gelding ridden by Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp of Lexington, Ky., and owned by Ocala Horse Properties, has been withdrawn from the team and will be replaced by Doug Payne of Aiken, S.C., and Vandiver, a 17-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Debi Crowley, Doug Payne, and Jessica Payne.

Earlier, US Equestrian also announced a horse substitution for the Eventing Olympic Team.

The Luke 140 Syndicate’s Luke 140, the selected mount for Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., was replaced by Martin’s first direct reserve, Tsetserleg, a 14-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Christine Turner, Thomas Turner, and Tommie Turner.

Luke 140 sustained a minor injury during his training preparation and has been withdrawn from consideration for the team but is expected to make a full recovery.

Eventing will be competed in Tokyo from July 30 to Aug. 2.

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Adrienne Lyle, Steffen Peters and Sabine Schut-Kery on Tokyo dressage team

LEXINGTON, Ky.--US Equestrian announced the fou rrider and horse combinations selected to represent Team USA at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the U.S. Dressage Olympic Team.

Dressage team for TokyoThe team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald and Team Leader Hallye Griffin.

The first horse inspection will take place on July 23, and competition is set to begin on July 24 and continue through July 28 at the Equestrian Park in Tokyo, Japan.

Three riders will compete as a team with one traveling reserve.

“The team selected to represent us in Tokyo is incredibly strong and I’m looking forward to working with these combinations in the coming weeks to ensure we deliver performances our country will be proud of this summer,” said Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald. “We’ve worked tremendously hard over the past year to adjust and prepare for these Games and it’s exciting to see all of the hard work begin to pay off. These combinations are up for the challenge that will be presented to us in Tokyo, and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support of our family, friends, and fans around the country.”

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Multiple shows to hold benefits for Kevin Babington

From Jeff Papows


After Kevin’s tragic fall, the entire sport of Show Jumping collectively held our breath.

Irish teamBabington was a member of a winning Irish teamNot only was Kevin an Olympian and one of the top talents in the sport, but it brought home the reality that it could happen to any of us.

A star had fallen.

What galvanized so many was the memory of the many kind, unselfish, and generous things Kevin had done for any student with a desire to learn, to participate and to be a part of the love affair that is our horses.

I heard story after story of Kevin rescuing somebody with a flat tire from the side of the road to a ribbon tossed to a child, all had the same theme, kindness.

Given my lack of natural talent, I had often experienced it myself in the form of his endless patience.

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Farrington, Kraut, Springsteen & Ward named to U.S. show jumping team for Tokyo

LEXINGTON, Ky.--U.S. Equestrian announced the riders and their horses selected to represent the U.S. Jumping Team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Tokyo jumping teamThe team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland and Team Leader Lizzy Chesson.

Competition will begin on Aug. 3 and continue through Aug. 7 at the Equestrian Park venue.

“This weekend’s two simultaneous CSI5* grand prix events in Rotterdam and Windsor completed a long and productive selection process for the Tokyo Olympic Games," said Ridland. "Following a very competitive winter circuit in Florida, American riders competed successfully against the world’s best in five major CSI5* events in Europe over the past couple months. I feel very confident that the seasoned group of riders that we will be sending to Tokyo is in top current form and peaking at just the right time. Backing them up as reserves will be Brian Moggre and Lucy Deslauriers, two of the young stars on the international circuit who made a mark for themselves with their one-two finish in the CSI5* Grand Prix of Sopot. We’re looking forward to the next few weeks ahead and are aiming to deliver a strong performance for Team USA in Tokyo.”

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Pa. National Horse Show announces new schedule, class additions, increased hunter prize money and more

HARRISBURG, Pa.--The 75th-anniversary edition of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS), to be held Oct.14-23, will feature an all-new schedule, increased class offerings, additional hunter prize money and much more.

Pa. Naional H.S. Brittany OliverPa. Naional H.S. (Photo by Brittany Oliver)Historically held in one competition ring, the PNHS will now make use of two show rings and two schooling areas at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, allowing for additional opportunities for all competitors.

Included in the new additions are full divisions for children’s and adult hunter and jumper competitors and $10,000 classics for the children’s hunters, adult hunters, children’s jumpers, adult jumpers and the low junior/amateur-owner jumpers.

Age-group equitation warm-up classes have also been added to give equitation competitors a chance to contest an additional judged equitation course prior to the Hunter Seat Medal Final and in addition to the usual allotted warm-up round.

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  1. Beezie Madden and McLain Ward are on Rotterdam Nations Cup team
  2. Athletes for Equity in Sport Honors Mason Phelps, Jr.’s Service to Community
  3. New dates for the World Cup qualifying events in North America
  4. Kevin Babington's support dog Samantha
  5. Laurel track being resurfaced
  6. Vintage Vinnie was Maryland Governor's Series Open Timber Champion
  7. Nations Cup team for Sopot, Poland
  8. Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin named to U.S. Eventing Team for Tokyo
  9. Devon Horse Show Refreshes Footing for Optimum Performance
  10. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Virtual Art Show showcases new artwork
  11. Steve Dance, Fasig-Tipton announcer, died
  12. Hall of Fame trainer and breeder Ray Francis died May 23
  13. Prayers and energy for Kevin Babington at 2 pm today
  14. Update on Kevin Babington, who is at Mayo Clinic
  15. Mason Phelps, founder of Phelps Media Group and past President of The National Horse Show, died May 19
  16. Silver Oak and other top shows support the Kevin Babington Foundation
  17. Support House bill outlawing unfettered use of commercial sized fireworks
  18. PHBA funds further new tests into gene doping in horses
  19. Correction - Jack Fisher misquoted
  20. Short list for dressage at the Tokyo Olympics
  21. Letter to the Editor
  22. Jack Fisher elected to Racing's Hall of Fame
  23. Margaret Worrall, Maryland Hunt Cup historian, is recuperating from a stroke suffered last October
  24. Fair Hill 5* to be first event as renovated Fair Hill allows new turf track to mature
  25. Capital Challenge Horse Show to Host North American League National Finals
  26. Washington International Horse Show is going back to Tryon Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule
  27. Buck Davidson's Ballynoe Castle died April 23 at age 21
  28. Olympic medalist McLain Ward and Beezie Madden lead the jumping short list for the Olympics
  29. Letter to the Editor on Prince Philip
  30. Prince Philip, FEI President and an accomplished whip, died at 99
  31. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Updates 2021 Cancellation Announcement
  32. USEF's "too little too late" killed chances for this year's Devon and earlier hurt Plantation Field Eventing
  33. Letter to the Editor on Laura Chapot
  34. USEF's intransigency on its attendance protocols caused the cancellation of Devon 2021
  35. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Announces 2021 Cancellation
  36. Charlie Fenwick elected President of the Fair Hill Foundation
  37. Sapphire, Ward's two-time Olympic mount, and Margie Engle to be inducted into Show Jumping Hall of Fame at Devon
  38. Saddlebreds to compete at the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair in 2021
  39. Kathy Kusner, an Olympic medalist, an incredible athlete and philanthropist
  40. G1 New York Turf Writers renamed in honor of Jonathan Sheppard
  41. No herpes at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, but Laurel Park racetrack remains under lockdown due to herpes
  42. Herpes outbreak in Europe results in travel restrictions at horse shows in Florida
  43. New Bolton develops a test fol illegal gene doping in horses
  44. A letter from PTHA President Salvatore DeBunda, Esq.
  45. SAVE THE DATE: Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Returns May 27-June 6, 2021
  46. John Forbes, NJ THA president, died Feb. 1
  47. McLane Hendriks moves into training as well as riding in steeplechase races
  48. Representatives of Willowdale and Winterthur are two of the three new board members of NSA
  49. Wolf's proposed budget that would end racing in Pennsylvania faces opposition
  50. Kentucky Three-Day Event 5* canceled

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