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Frank Alexander, a top trainer whose career included an Eclipse Award winner, died June 19

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--Frank A. Alexander, whose Thoroughbred training career spanned five decades and included  training the 1994 Breeders' Cup Sprint and 1994 Eclipse Award winner Cherokee Run, died on Friday in South Florida at the age of 82.

Frank Alexander nyraFrank Alexander Alexander's career began with his riding winning show horses, then moved to the race track and then included four or five years managing a top breeding establishment before returning for good to the track as a trainer.

Born Oct. 18, 1937, in Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y., as a teenager, Alexander worked at Ralph Petersen's, a hunting and showing boarding stable.

Working with him at Petersen's were Dicky Hendriks and Ralph Caristo, both of whom continued to be life-long friends.

He bought Glen Head Stable in the early '60s,, and showed horse for Ava Miller, who was then married to Leverett  S. Miller, StaStill Farm and Ruth Nicholson, winning at shows like The National at the Garden, Fairfield and Piping Rock.

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Tom O'Mara elected USEF President

LEXINGTON, Ky.--The US Equestrian Board of Directors has unanimously elected Tom O’Mara as the organization’s new president with his term beginning in January 2021.

Tom OMaraTom O’Mara (center) with family (from left) Meg, Casey, Liz, Abby and TJ. (Photo from Tom O’Mara)The election took place as part of the Mid-Year Board of Directors Meeting on June 22 and 23, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

O’Mara will take office at the 2021 US Equestrian Annual Meeting, currently scheduled for Jan. 12-17, in Austin, Texas.

O’Mara has been a member of the Board of Directors for four years, and has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the past two years.

He has been an active part of the hunter/jumper community for many years, where his wife, Liz, daughters Meg, Casey, and Abby, and son T.J., are active competitors.

Meg and T.J. are both past winners of the Hunter Seat Medal Final.

With a professional background as a financial services manager and consultant, O’Mara brought his business acumen to his role on the Board of Directors.

He took on the task of heading the Drugs and Medications/Lab Review Task Force, which ultimately led to the transfer of the USEF testing lab to the University of Kentucky.

O’Mara has also been active in elevating varsity equestrian as an intercollegiate sport.

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Ashwell Stables foreman Bob Bailey died

WEST GROVE, Pa.--Long-time Ashwell Stables foreman Bob Bailey passed away last week.

Bob BaileyBailey had been employed at Jonathan Sheppard's barn from the very beginning, seeing the trainer through Eclipse Award-winning horses, Breeder's Cup horses, assistant trainers Janet Elliot and Graham Motion, and multitudes of grooms and exercise riders.

"Bob was steady," said Sheppard. "He kept everyone on an even keel. Including me."

Bailey retired from Ashwell Stables several years ago, after over 45 years of service.

"He was a great support to me," said Sheppard, "very loyal. He'll be sorely missed."

Bill introduced to impeach Gov. Tom Wolf over the way he handled Covid-19

HARRISBURG, Pa.--More than two dozen state legislators are mounting an impeachment effort against Gov. Tom Wolf because of his actions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Tom WolfGov. Tom WolfA bill containing five articles of impeachment was introduced Tuesday in the state House; the measure was sponsored by Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe of Butler County and has 24 co-sponsors.

The bill calls for Wolf's impeachment because:

His shutdown orders for two months amid the outbreak's peak in the state deprived state residents of their constitutional rights.

"Wolf's orders violate the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly rights guaranteed by the First Amendment," the bill states.

His business shutdown edict unfairly harmed small businesses while allowing larger ones to continue operating.

Additionally, a controversial waiver process in which individual businesses could appeal the shutdown order "was applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner, leading to inconsistent and unjust results," the measure alleges.

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Athletes for Equity in Sports is responding to Bob McDonald's lifetime ban by SafeSport

Athletes for Equity in Sport, (AES 501 (c)6), is responding to the most recent ruling issued by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, regarding permanent ineligibility status of Bob McDonald, 73, husband of U.S. Technical Advisor of Dressage and Chef d'Equipe, Debbie McDonald.

Athletes for equity logoRegardless of what has been said, Bob McDonald was not given a hearing before being announced permanently ineligible.

Athletes for Equity in Sport remains dedicated to and focused on our mission of equity for all participants in the U.S. Center for SafeSport, USOPC, and NGB reporting process.

We continue to address the urgent issue: Reform U.S. Center for SafeSport operational procedures.

We need your help! For more information, to become a member, donor, or volunteer, please visit www.Athletesforequity.org.

Diane Carney
Athletes for Equity in Sport

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  1. Bob McDonald, banned for life by SafeSport, vehemently denies these charges
  2. Elkridge Harford Joint Master and steeplechase owner Robert Kinsley died June 10
  3. Kevin Babington Update #5 from Jeff Papows
  4. Gladstone Cup Equitation moved to Lexington; Upperville and Loudoun canceled
  5. Horses for slaughter very old post
  7. Pennsylvania National, Washington International, and National Horse Shows working together to produce their shows this fall
  8. Athletes for Equity in Sport stymied in search for records
  9. Health, horses and hair-cuts……Kevin Babington
  10. Middleburg & Gold Cup will have video, Saratoga, Princeton H.S. & Essex Horse Trials updates
  11. Kevin Babington continues to make slow but sure improvements
  12. Update on Kevin Babington
  13. Enter now for Devon Ladies Day Hat Contest
  14. David Distler and Leslie Burr Howard elected to Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  15. Devon Art Gallery now available on Devon's Virtual Horse Show
  16. Captain Seaweed died May 13
  17. Ryerss Farm cares for aged, abused or injured horses
  18. All Medal and Junior Jumper Champions invited to Harrisburg
  19. Kevin Babington making slow but sure progress
  20. Three Years on, Center for SafeSport Faces Controversy
  21. Covid 19 has caused one good thing - an uptick in adoptions of dogs and cats
  22. Pony Club Festival moves one week later
  23. N.Y. Times article on Kevin Babington
  24. Pony Club Lunch 'N Learn series
  25. Senior Senator, three time Maryland Hunt Cup winner, died April 15 from colic
  26. letter re Katie Prudent's letter
  27. Follow-up to Katie Prudent's letter
  28. Letter to the Editor: From Katie Prudent
  29. USHJA Young Jumper Championships to Debut in 2021
  30. Happy Easter to all
  31. SafeSport widens its net
  32. GoFundMe site to donate to Kevin Babington
  33. Kevin Babington needs funds to remodel his home to fit his medical needs
  34. Athletes for Equity in Sport continues to work for equity in SafeSport procedures
  35. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair cancels May show
  36. Old Salem May shows cancelled, Santa Anita to be closed throuh the weekend, Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita sale cancelled
  37. U.S. Eventing suspends competitions until May 3, Aqueduct to be a hospital
  38. Cheshire P-to-P rescheduled to June 14, Princeton Show Jumping's first show May 6-10
  39. Cancellations continue
  40. Willowdale Races cancelled
  41. Brownlee Curry, USET supporter and lifetime trustee, died March 18.
  42. Another cancellation
  43. Packy McGaughan, 1987 Pan Am team eventing gold medalist, died March 12
  44. Cancellations and revised schedule continue
  45. Closures continue
  46. A couple more changes
  47. More cancellations and revised schedules
  48. More closings and revised schedules
  49. More closings from races and eventing
  50. Letter to the Editor:
  51. Many horse shows and races cancelled
  52. Kevin Babington update
  53. Kevin Babington facing further hard testing at Mayo Clinic
  54. Kevin Babington presented with the Kate Nash Boone Style Award
  55. All the Way Jose, a G1 winner, is retired and aimed toward a Thoroughbred Makeover competition
  56. Athletes for Equity is Sports is gaining support and working to improve SafeSport
  57. IHSA founder Bob Cacchione to be honored at the MET 10th Anniversary Gala
  58. Kevin Babington has twitches in his thighs and slight movement in a knee
  59. Betty Moran, a top thouroughbred breeder, died Jan. 23
  60. George Strawbridge won the Outstanding Breeder Eclipse Award, while British Idiom, by Pa. stallion Flashback, won the 2-year-old filly Eclipse Award
  61. Boyd Martin awarded Whitney Stone Cup, Brian Moggre and Abigail Wexner also honored
  62. NARG announces reorganized Top 25 as Murray Kessler announces he will not run for a 2nd term as US Equestrian President
  63. Proceeds from a horse auctioned at the Palm Beach Auction to benefit the Babington Family
  64. USET Foundation’s Take Me To Tokyo Gala Raises $1.5 Million for the “Raising the Bar” Campaign
  65. "Devon Legends" to be honored in April at Ardrossan
  66. New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents included in East coast clinic
  67. MATCH races expanded to 35 stakes at eight tracks
  68. Jack Fisher elected President of the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation
  69. Darry Lou and El Primero voted International and National Horses of the Year
  70. Beezie Madden named International Equestrian of 2019 and also won the Steinkraus trophy along with Boyd Martin
  71. Bettina Jenney eulogized at Memorial Service
  72. Winston C, George Strawbridge and British Idiom are among the finalist for Eclipse Awards
  73. Honorable Mention Photo, Action category
  74. Third placed Action
  75. Jodie Clineschmidt won second place in the Photo Contest, Action
  76. Ellie Glaccum wins Photo Contest, Action, with an incredible series of fences at the Pa. Hunt Cup
  77. Bettina Jenney, breeder of top race horses, died Dec. 22
  78. Athletes for Equity in Sport, pro SafeSport but anti its procedures
  79. Kevin Babington is back teaching
  80. Ryerss Farm annual Open House cancelled due to a fire
  81. Hall of Fame jockey Tommy Walsh 's Memorial Service
  82. Facing a $5 million rehab, Dianna Babington is asking for help from charitable donations
  83. Hall of Fame Jockey Tommy Walsh died Nov. 13
  84. Entries are now being accepted for the Horse's annual Photo Contest
  85. Kevin Babington went home briefly to see his horses
  86. A 2017 fireworks law has horse and dog owners among those traumatized
  87. Great news for Kevin Babington
  88. Kevin Babington to have tracheotomy tube removed
  89. An update on Kevin Babington
  90. News Flash - Mara DePuy leads after dressage at Fair Hill
  91. A fund raiser and an update on Kevin Babington
  92. Champion jockey Doug Small died Oct. 11
  93. IHSA founder Bob Cacchione among first IHSA Hall of Fame inductees
  94. Kevin Babington taking baby steps towards improvement
  95. Memorial service for Louis "Paddy" Neilson draws a huge crowd
  96. Historic Plans for Maryland Racing, but funding is critical
  97. Babington has many visitors in rehab, including his horse Mark Q
  98. Kevin Babington has moved to rehap, go to GoFundMe to help with huge medical expenses
  99. Fund raisers raise money for critically injured Kevin Babington
  100. Letters to the Editor re Joe Drape

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