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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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Silver Oak and other top shows support the Kevin Babington Foundation

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.--Immediately following Kevin Babington’s tragic fall, The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament and others rallied to build support towards Babington’s long and costly road to recovery.

Kevin Babington center with Dian left accepts a trophy at Silver OakesKevin Babington, center, with Diana, left ,accepts a trophy from Jeff Papows, right, at Silver OakThis past season, The World Equestrian Centers, Traverse City Horse Shows, The WEF, The National Horse show and Split Rock have all become involved in different ways at different times to support Babington.

Not only has it made the cost of therapy more manageable, but it has also allowed Babington's family to stay involved in the Sport which is very important to him.

Babington has made progress physically and is teaching, and he is living in rehab with every spare minute; and at the same time, never complaining.

We are amazed at his patience and tenacity.

This season The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament and The Traverse City Horse Shows will again hold “The 1.25m Open Babington Benefit Classic” the week of Silver Oak this September with the entry fees going directly to support Babington.

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Support House bill outlawing unfettered use of commercial sized fireworks

HARRISBURG, Pa.--Because of the continued use of dangerous fireworks set off in neighborhoods that cause fires and terrify horse, dogs, children and veterans suffering from traumatic stress, Representative Peter Schweyer, Democrat of Lehigh County,  has introduced Pennsylvania House Bill 988 that would repeal a state law allowing residents to buy and set off powerful fireworks.

Ban fireworksThis bill would reinstate the provisions as they existed before those changes, according to Schweyer.

"How many houses and barn have to burn, children have to be injured, and horses, livestock and dogs have to panic and be killed before our legislators admit that the changes to the law were a mistake?" said Donna Foulk in a letter to The Horse. "I am terrified to put my horses out at night since presently it is legal to shoot these high power fireworks anytime and the set back is only 150 feet."

“People expect fireworks on certain holidays,” Schweyer said in an article in Morning Call.. “But, in the summer, when fireworks are going off at night in the middle of the week, it’s extraordinarily disruptive to quality of life. This, coupled with potential damage to neighboring homes packed closely together, we’re not talking about somebody singeing their back yard or losing a shed. We’re talking about an entire block that could go up.

There is a facebook site called ban backyard fireworks that has good information, videos and photos.

Fireworks have been set off next to farms that arch over the fields and terrify horses, causing them to panic and gallop around the field, potentially causing injury to themselves, and some of them have broken through their fences and gotten loose.

These fireworks have caused fires and have the potential to cause massive fires of entire rows of houses.

This bill would allow the use of fireworks on July 4, but it would prevent the use of commercial sized fireworks being set off throughout the summer, as they are now being set off.

It is important that everyone contact their legislator and support passage of this bill.

Follows a list of legislators with their email addresses.

Please contact your legislator and contact your neighbors to also support this bill.

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PHBA funds further new tests into gene doping in horses

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.--Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association President Gregory Newell announced at the annual meeting at the Kennett Square Golf Club that the $300,000 donated to New Bolton Center for research on gene doping in horses had gone even farther than anyone had thought it would.

Brian SanfratelloBrian SanfratelloIn a press release provided at the meeting, Penn Vet researchers said that a new test can detect the presence of gene doping.

Researchers have successfully developed a new test to systematically detect the local administration of illicit, gene doping therapies.

The findings from the study are a significant breakthrough in the collective fight to advance the welfare and integrity of sport for both horses and humans.

"For the first time, we have demonstrated that a polymerase chain reaction test, known as a PCR test, performed on a blood sample can detect the local administration of a gene therapy into the joint of the horse," said Mary Robinson, the director of the Equine Pharmacology Laboratory at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center. "While this test is currently limited in that it can only detect a specific gene therapy, it provides proof of concept that a gene therapy administered into the joint can be detected in a blood sample in a manner that is quick, convenient and consistent with our long-term goal of deploying pre-race testing in the future."

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Correction - Jack Fisher misquoted

In the story that I wrote on Jack Fisher being named to the Hall of Fame, I misquoted Fisher concerning the number of wins that Todd Pletcher has.

The correct quote should be, "Todd Pletcher has over 700 graded stakes wins and over 100 grade 1 wins."

I left out the critical "graded" after 700.

My apologies.

Sara Cavanagh


Short list for dressage at the Tokyo Olympics

LEXINGTON, Ky.--US Equestrian announced the 12 riders who have been selected to the U.S. Dressage Olympic Short List.

dressage short listThe total of 15 rider/horse combinations are in consideration for the three team spots and one traveling reserve for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer.

The following riders and horses have been selected to the U.S. Dressage Team Olympic Short List and are listed in alphabetical order:

US Dressage Team Short List for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Katherine Bateson-Chandler of Wellington, Fla., and Alcazar, a 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Jane Clark

Susan Dutta of Wellington, Fla., and her own and Tim Dutta’s Don Design DC, a 2010 Hanoverian gelding, and her own and Tim Dutta’s Figeac DC, a 2009 Oldenburg gelding

Ben Ebeling of Moorpark, Calif., and Illuster Van De Kampert, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Sasha Cutter for Nuvolari Holdings and Amy Roberts Ebeling

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Letter to the Editor

Hi folks.

I’m usually not picky (nor an inveterate fact checker) but the quote by Jack Fisher in his hall of fame article about Todd Pletcher is not accurate.

It says Todd has 700 wins...he has over 5100, and is SEVENTH all time.

I’m sure nothing was meant, but just wanted to correct the record for an otherwise very enjoyable publication.


Rod Law

Jack Fisher elected to Racing's Hall of Fame

MONKTON, Md.--Jack Fisher,57, a steeplechase trainer from Monkton, who was born and raised in Unionville, Pa.,  has been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame and will be inducted in a ceremony in Saratoga on Aug. 6.

jackfisheriroquoisJack Fisher"This is kind of the pinnacle of a career, I think I'll just quit now," said Fisher, who is already leading in both Trainer, Races Won and by a huge amount in Trainer Money Won in this year's standings and has at least one potential Eclipse Award 2021 winner in Snap Decision.

Also elected this year are America Pharoah, who won racing's Triple Crown, and Todd Pletcher, who has won seven Eclipse Awards as a flat trainer.

"It's a great honor," said Fisher."When I think of the names of those in the Hall of Fame, and then I think of Todd, he's won over 700 races and has 119 G1 winners."

Fisher said that he owed a lot of it to Call Louis, Woody Boy Would and Saluter, who helped start his winning career.

Fisher won his first race as a trainer with Call Louis in 1988, and Call Louis went on to win a number of allowance races as well as winning the Virginia Gold Cup in 1989.

"Call Louis was a poor flat horse and a mediocre hurdle horse, but then he won seven in a row as a timber horse," said Fisher.

Fisher both trained and rode Mrs. Henry Stern's Saluter, who won 22 races, including winning the Virginia Gold Cup six times, from 1994 through 1999.

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  2. Fair Hill 5* to be first event as renovated Fair Hill allows new turf track to mature
  3. Capital Challenge Horse Show to Host North American League National Finals
  4. Washington International Horse Show is going back to Tryon Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule
  5. Buck Davidson's Ballynoe Castle died April 23 at age 21
  6. Olympic medalist McLain Ward and Beezie Madden lead the jumping short list for the Olympics
  7. Letter to the Editor on Prince Philip
  8. Prince Philip, FEI President and an accomplished whip, died at 99
  9. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Updates 2021 Cancellation Announcement
  10. USEF's "too little too late" killed chances for this year's Devon and earlier hurt Plantation Field Eventing
  11. Letter to the Editor on Laura Chapot
  12. USEF's intransigency on its attendance protocols caused the cancellation of Devon 2021
  13. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Announces 2021 Cancellation
  14. Charlie Fenwick elected President of the Fair Hill Foundation
  15. Sapphire, Ward's two-time Olympic mount, and Margie Engle to be inducted into Show Jumping Hall of Fame at Devon
  16. Saddlebreds to compete at the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair in 2021
  17. Kathy Kusner, an Olympic medalist, an incredible athlete and philanthropist
  18. G1 New York Turf Writers renamed in honor of Jonathan Sheppard
  19. No herpes at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, but Laurel Park racetrack remains under lockdown due to herpes
  20. Herpes outbreak in Europe results in travel restrictions at horse shows in Florida
  21. New Bolton develops a test fol illegal gene doping in horses
  22. A letter from PTHA President Salvatore DeBunda, Esq.
  23. SAVE THE DATE: Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Returns May 27-June 6, 2021
  24. John Forbes, NJ THA president, died Feb. 1
  25. McLane Hendriks moves into training as well as riding in steeplechase races
  26. Representatives of Willowdale and Winterthur are two of the three new board members of NSA
  27. Wolf's proposed budget that would end racing in Pennsylvania faces opposition
  28. Kentucky Three-Day Event 5* canceled
  29. New Advertising opportunity
  30. Griswold, Phipps to lead Fair Hill Foundation Slater named Chairman Emeritus, Fenwick joins Board of Directors
  31. David Smith joins The Horse to provide website support
  32. Hannah Irons awarded the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy
  33. A Case of Mistaken Identity: Another SafeSport Error
  34. Tiz the Law nominated for 3-year-old Eclipse Award, while local trainers Motion, Jenkins and Houghton have winners
  35. Pa. National in Harrisburg to host Medal and Jr. Jumpers Championships
  36. Emery Jones Taylor and Harper McVey join NSA
  37. Carolina Cup and Willowdale are a go, and Jack Fisher elected president of steeplechase foundation
  38. Will Faudree awarded Conaught Grant
  39. Aiken steeplechase and Foxfield Spring canceled, Pete McGivney retires from NSA
  40. Fair Hill now an international center for racing, eventing, horse shows, dressage, trail riding and hunting
  41. Fair Hill's new timber course named Louis “Paddy” Neilson III
  42. Letter to the Editor
  43. Kevin Babington continues to improve, inch by inch
  44. Another Successful Year for Retired Racehorse Adoptions at Turning For Home
  45. USEF and the World Equestrian Center in Ocala work on a plan to allow USEF sanctioned events
  47. David O'Connor's long career
  48. The Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act passes the Senate
  49. Charles C. Fenwick, father of six time Maryland Hunt Cup winner Charles (Charlie) Fenwick died
  50. Three Pennsylvanians among those invited to the Emerging Athlete sessions

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