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Athletes for Equity in Sport stymied in search for records

Athletes for Equity in Sport continues to search for the truth between the information published by The Center for SafeSport and US Equestrian vs. the experiences of attorneys and athletes navigating the SafeSport process.

Athletes for EquityTo that end of searching for truth, AES has filed a FOIA ( Freedom Of Information Act) request with the FBI for records and training sessions as claimed by US Equestrian in its May magazine.

AES continues to request data from The Center of SafeSport, however to date, there has not been a response in over 10 months (as they do not respond to FOIA requests).

AES is seeking information on behalf of reporters/claimants who have shared their disappointment with the SafeSport process. Contact us.

Attached in this AES Newsletter 005 is the AES letter to the FBI and supporting US Equestrian material which AES would like documentation for.

May 27, 2020

Special Agent in Charge- Michael Schneider
Federal Bureau of Investigations- Denver
8000 East 36th Avenue
Denver, CO 80238

Dear Agent Schneider:

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Health, horses and hair-cuts……Kevin Babington

By Louise Parkes

Kevin Babington on Carling KingIreland's Kevin Babington and Carling King competing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where they placed joint-fourth individually. (FEI/Dirk Caremans)Kevin Babington had just had his hair cut when I spoke with him last week, and in these strange times that’s a cause for major celebration.

Around the globe people have been prevented from keeping their curls under control due to pandemic lockdowns.

But as the US-based Irish Olympian and 2001 European Jumping team gold medallist explained, the situation in Florida (USA) has recently returned to some kind of normality and it’s boom-time for hairdressers - “mine is booked solid for the next three weeks!”, he said with a laugh.

I had called to ask him about the sustainable bedding his company, Babington Mills, has been producing, and was reminded of his passion for animals, farming and the countryside.

Kevin and his wife and family have been dealing with the aftermath of a life-changing fall sustained while competing last summer which has left him wheelchair-bound.

But in a conversation just nine months later, you find that the man who hails from County Tipperary has his eyes firmly fixed on the future of his business, his rehab and his sport.

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Middleburg & Gold Cup will have video, Saratoga, Princeton H.S. & Essex Horse Trials updates

MIDDLEBURG, Va.--The National Steeplechase Association’s spring race meets, the Middleburg Spring Races on June 13 and the Virginia Gold Cup on June 27, will be conducted under health and safety best practices mandated by the Virginia Department of Health to control the spread of the new coronavirus and the disease that it causes, COVID-19.

Glenwood Park 460x345.86466165414 cMiddleburg races at Glenwood Park The Department of Health detailed the standards for outdoor racetracks as part of its Phase 1 reopening under the Forward Virginia program.

Attendance will be limited to trainers with horses in the races, handlers, jockeys, essential race-meet officials and personnel, veterinarians, and meet physicians.

Owners will not be permitted to attend the races.

Video coverage of the races will be provided on race days through the generosity of an NSA member who wishes to remain anonymous.


THE NEW York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced that the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course will open for training on Thursday, June 4.

The barn area at Oklahoma will open to horsemen beginning Tuesday, June 2.

The Oklahoma Training Track and Whitney Viewing Stand will be closed to owners and the public.

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Kevin Babington continues to make slow but sure improvements

Kathy Gilbert, Organizer, has sent out another update fromDianna Babington on Kevin's progress.

Kevin Babington familyDianna and Kevin Babington flanked by their daughtersHere is an update on Kevin from his wife Dianna.

It is nice to have a bit of positive news, albeit small, amid this pandemic and unrest.

Things continue to progress slowly.

It’s been difficult and frustrating because the physical therapy center has been closed for a long time due to the virus.

We have been trying to keep things moving at home with the help of the bike and many tools we have acquired to assist with recovery but it’s no substitute for the program he was in prior to the outbreak of the pandemic.

He has also been without essential body workers and physical therapists who were coming to the house which was a great loss.

However, Kevin has gotten three fingers on his right hand moving.

He’s reported tingling (pins and needles) in his left arm.

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Update on Kevin Babington

Jeff Papows sent an update on Kevin Babington.

Kevin Babington on Shorapur The BookKevin Babington on Shorapur before his accident (Photo by The Book)International show jumper Kevin Babington endured a horrific accident on Aug. 30, 2019 due to a fall at the Hampton Classic Horse Show.

He underwent intensive surgery to stabilize his neck vertebrae and suffered paralysis.

He continues intensive therapy and is paralyzed from the chest down.

Numerous members of the equestrian community have rallied around Kevin to provide both moral support and monetary support for his medical bills.

Jeff Papows, chairman and founder of the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, shares an update on Kevin’s progress, and how else we can help.

I’ve gotten so many messages asking for any new information on Kevin’s progress, I’m sending out a new update.

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  1. Enter now for Devon Ladies Day Hat Contest
  2. David Distler and Leslie Burr Howard elected to Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  3. Devon Art Gallery now available on Devon's Virtual Horse Show
  4. Captain Seaweed died May 13
  5. Ryerss Farm cares for aged, abused or injured horses
  6. All Medal and Junior Jumper Champions invited to Harrisburg
  7. Kevin Babington making slow but sure progress
  8. Centenary College has 35 recognized by IHSA Awards
  9. Three Years on, Center for SafeSport Faces Controversy
  10. Covid 19 has caused one good thing - an uptick in adoptions of dogs and cats
  11. Pony Club Festival moves one week later
  12. N.Y. Times article on Kevin Babington
  13. Pony Club Lunch 'N Learn series
  14. Senior Senator, three time Maryland Hunt Cup winner, died April 15 from colic
  15. letter re Katie Prudent's letter
  16. Follow-up to Katie Prudent's letter
  17. Letter to the Editor: From Katie Prudent
  18. USHJA Young Jumper Championships to Debut in 2021
  19. Happy Easter to all
  20. SafeSport widens its net
  21. GoFundMe site to donate to Kevin Babington
  22. Kevin Babington needs funds to remodel his home to fit his medical needs
  23. Athletes for Equity in Sport continues to work for equity in SafeSport procedures
  24. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair cancels May show
  25. Old Salem May shows cancelled, Santa Anita to be closed throuh the weekend, Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita sale cancelled
  26. U.S. Eventing suspends competitions until May 3, Aqueduct to be a hospital
  27. Cheshire P-to-P rescheduled to June 14, Princeton Show Jumping's first show May 6-10
  28. Cancellations continue
  29. Willowdale Races cancelled
  30. Brownlee Curry, USET supporter and lifetime trustee, died March 18.
  31. Another cancellation
  32. Packy McGaughan, 1987 Pan Am team eventing gold medalist, died March 12
  33. Cancellations and revised schedule continue
  34. Closures continue
  35. A couple more changes
  36. More cancellations and revised schedules
  37. More closings and revised schedules
  38. More closings from races and eventing
  39. Letter to the Editor:
  40. Many horse shows and races cancelled
  41. Kevin Babington update
  42. Kevin Babington facing further hard testing at Mayo Clinic
  43. Kevin Babington presented with the Kate Nash Boone Style Award
  44. All the Way Jose, a G1 winner, is retired and aimed toward a Thoroughbred Makeover competition
  45. Athletes for Equity is Sports is gaining support and working to improve SafeSport
  46. IHSA founder Bob Cacchione to be honored at the MET 10th Anniversary Gala
  47. Kevin Babington has twitches in his thighs and slight movement in a knee
  48. Betty Moran, a top thouroughbred breeder, died Jan. 23
  49. George Strawbridge won the Outstanding Breeder Eclipse Award, while British Idiom, by Pa. stallion Flashback, won the 2-year-old filly Eclipse Award
  50. Boyd Martin awarded Whitney Stone Cup, Brian Moggre and Abigail Wexner also honored
  51. NARG announces reorganized Top 25 as Murray Kessler announces he will not run for a 2nd term as US Equestrian President
  52. Proceeds from a horse auctioned at the Palm Beach Auction to benefit the Babington Family
  53. USET Foundation’s Take Me To Tokyo Gala Raises $1.5 Million for the “Raising the Bar” Campaign
  54. "Devon Legends" to be honored in April at Ardrossan
  55. New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents included in East coast clinic
  56. MATCH races expanded to 35 stakes at eight tracks
  57. Jack Fisher elected President of the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation
  58. Darry Lou and El Primero voted International and National Horses of the Year
  59. Beezie Madden named International Equestrian of 2019 and also won the Steinkraus trophy along with Boyd Martin
  60. Bettina Jenney eulogized at Memorial Service
  61. Winston C, George Strawbridge and British Idiom are among the finalist for Eclipse Awards
  62. Honorable Mention Photo, Action category
  63. Third placed Action
  64. Jodie Clineschmidt won second place in the Photo Contest, Action
  65. Ellie Glaccum wins Photo Contest, Action, with an incredible series of fences at the Pa. Hunt Cup
  66. Bettina Jenney, breeder of top race horses, died Dec. 22
  67. Athletes for Equity in Sport, pro SafeSport but anti its procedures
  68. Kevin Babington is back teaching
  69. Ryerss Farm annual Open House cancelled due to a fire
  70. Hall of Fame jockey Tommy Walsh 's Memorial Service
  71. Facing a $5 million rehab, Dianna Babington is asking for help from charitable donations
  72. Hall of Fame Jockey Tommy Walsh died Nov. 13
  73. Entries are now being accepted for the Horse's annual Photo Contest
  74. Kevin Babington went home briefly to see his horses
  75. A 2017 fireworks law has horse and dog owners among those traumatized
  76. Great news for Kevin Babington
  77. Kevin Babington to have tracheotomy tube removed
  78. An update on Kevin Babington
  79. News Flash - Mara DePuy leads after dressage at Fair Hill
  80. A fund raiser and an update on Kevin Babington
  81. Champion jockey Doug Small died Oct. 11
  82. IHSA founder Bob Cacchione among first IHSA Hall of Fame inductees
  83. Kevin Babington taking baby steps towards improvement
  84. Memorial service for Louis "Paddy" Neilson draws a huge crowd
  85. Historic Plans for Maryland Racing, but funding is critical
  86. Babington has many visitors in rehab, including his horse Mark Q
  87. Kevin Babington has moved to rehap, go to GoFundMe to help with huge medical expenses
  88. Fund raisers raise money for critically injured Kevin Babington
  89. Letters to the Editor re Joe Drape
  90. Joe Drape doubled down on misinformation about Justify's drug test following the Santa Anita Derby
  91. Baffert responds to The N.Y. Times' article concerning Justify's failing a drug test prior to the Derby that contained many misleading accusations
  92. Paddy Neilson, top timber rider, died Sept. 5
  93. Dr. Todd Addis, MFH, died July 24.
  94. A fundraiser for Kevin Babington, who suffered catastrophic spinal cord injuries
  95. celebrates its 10th anniversary
  96. Andrews Bridge Foxhounds litigation ended with a victory for Steve and Betsy Harris
  97. Letter to the Editor concerning SafeSport
  98. Two Letters to the Editor
  99. SafeSport found the great horseman George Morris guilty without a trial
  100. Dressage Olympian Michael Barisone charged with attempted murder
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