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Devon Virtual Horse Show 3 (2)

Devon Horse Show On-Demand Takeover Finale.

Go to Facebook or to USEF and click on Devon.

Although the images below have a "clickon" to view, you can't view them here but are just a few of the videos that you can see on Facebook or the USET.


Devon video Jumper




Devon video driving



Devon Shetland ponies

Stroud Preserve 3 (2)

More photos of Strouds Preserve from Debra Malinics. The bottom two photos aare of "turbese" - the Indian word for sun drawing water.


Kids Malinics baby bird

Kids Malinicis house in strouds














Kids Mal turbese

Kids Mal turbese 3

Horses grazing in the evening (2)

Horses grazing at Shadow Creek Farm in the evening, sent in by Corinne Deans of Shadow Creek Farm, LLC

Kids Deans

Laurel opens, Pa. racing to start in about three weeks, Monmouth in N.J. to resume July 3 (2)

HARRISBURG, Pa--Tracks have received the go-ahead to begin racing, with both Penn National and Parx estimating that racing may begin in about three weeks while Presque Isle doesn't expect to begin racing until July 6.

Racing genericRacing at Presque isleRacing at Laurel Park in Maryland resumed on Saturday, May 30 with full fields, and will continue three days a week.

No horses from out of Maryland can race at Laurel, but as Fair Hill is in Maryland, all horses stable there can run at laurel.

Gov. Wolf announced that racing could resume in Pennsylvania when counties entered the yellow zone, and Penn National is already in the yellow zone, while Parx, in Bucks County, will enter the yellow zone June 5.

Training has continued all along at both Penn National and Parx

On May 28, the Pennsylvania HBPA participated in a very good meeting with the Governor’s office and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The Pennsylvania HBPA received affirmation that yesterday’s statement from Governor Wolf - allowing professional sports to resume in green and yellow counties - includes horse racing.

It is anticipated that COVID-19 safety protocols will be submitted from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission to the Department of Health no later than Monday morning, June 1. 


UPON APPROVAL of COVID-19 safety protocols by the Department of Health, live racing will be allowed to resume in the Commonwealth (in counties which have been labeled green or yellow).

This is the revised - though still tentative - schedule for Presque Isle Downs:
Stable area re-opening June 15th
Live racing resuming July 6th

"If all goes well, we'll get permission to start racing Jume 5," said PTHA President Sal Debunda about racing at Parx. It will take us two weeks to bring everything back to start racing, so the first day of racing may be June 22."

"The casinos will not be open, so there will be no money from slots," said Debunda. "We'll have to get the money from simulcasting bets only, and we only get a percentage of the money from simulcasting.

"We're hoping the casinos will be able to open in July. We have some money for purses, but only enough for about eight to 10 weeks.

"We need to resolve what days there will be racing," said Debunda. "The goal is to have racing three days a week. We're thinking of racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday."

"Penn National turned yellow May 29," said Bernie Houghton, a trainer with a number of horses stabled at Penn. "We're shooting for starting racing three weeks from now."

That would put racing strting at Penn National around June 20.

"We're thinking of running two days a week, but nothing's been decided yet," said Houghton. "We giving the Health Department the protocol Monday (June 1), and the assured us they would look at it with in 36 hours."

During his daily press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that horse racing in the state can return, spectator-free, as early as next week.

But, sticking to its original plan, Monmouth Park will conduct its first day of live racing Friday, July 3.

“We’re incredibly thankful to Governor Murphy for letting us get back to work,” said Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development, LLC, operators of Monmouth Park. “This is welcome news for horsemen and even better news for New Jerseyans.

“The Governor has always said ‘data determines dates’ and today we’re grateful that racing’s date has come, and lucky that we have a governor who not only understands our business, but the economic impact it has on the Garden State.”

Carmen 12 (2)

Carmen by Debra Malinics.

Kids Carmenw. flowers

Kids Carmenin fronds
















Kids Carmer tongue out

Kids Carmen. w. ball 2

Evan (2)

Ginny Jenkins sent these photos of Evan Naughton from Glenmoore tacking up two horses at Marsh Creek on Sat, May 16th.

The top photos is Evan tacking up his horse, Bean (better known as StringBean). The bottom left is Bean and the bottom right is his friend"s horse Masie.


Kids Ginny Evan 1 




 Kids Ginny Evan 2

Kids Ginny Evan 3

Radnor (2)

Debra Malinics sent in these photos of riders at Radnor.

Kids Malinics Radnor 2



Kids Malinics Thanksgiving

Kids Malinics Radnor 1

Guinea Girl (2)

Lisa Brinton sent in these photos that she entitled "Guinea Girl says hello", left, and  "Mr. Toughy Truffleton."


Kids Brinton 5

Kids Brinton

Middleburg & Gold Cup will have video, Saratoga, Princeton H.S. & Essex Horse Trials updates (2)

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.

 Access will be restricted to essential personnel duly licensed by NYRA and the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC).

In consultation with the NYSGC and state and local public health officials, NYRA has implemented a comprehensive set of health and safety protocols designed to protect and mitigate risk for employees, horsemen, backstretch workers and the Saratoga community.

The opening of the Oklahoma Training Track was delayed from its traditional mid-April timeline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summer meet at Saratoga Race Course is scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 16 and run through Labor Day, Monday, September 7.


ESSEX Horse Trials Country Weekend has bee canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Scheduled for July 18-19 at Moorland Farm in Far Hills, N.J., the Essex Horse Trials features world-class and up-and-coming riders competing in Advanced and through Beginner Novice divisions.

"This is disappointing for all of us" said Ralph Jones, President of the Essex Horse Trials. "We considered various ways where we might be able to proceed but none with which we felt completely comfortable. In the end, nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of our 300 competitors, 182 volunteers and nearly 5,000 spectators and that is the overriding factor."


PRINCETON Show Jumping's Six Week USEF Summer Series can start June 24.

Now, the bad news: The two one-day shows for June 7 and June 21 are canceled.

There is no doubt that our horse community is very interested in a return to competitive riding and showing.

Thank you to the trainers and riders who illustrated this by entering the shows we had scheduled for early June.

Our show office posted an incredible 550+ horses for a one-day show! Remarkable.

But in the most recent update, N.J. Governor Murphy stated the allowance of Outdoor Non-contact Sports starting June 22nd.

Wonderful news, encouraging a slow opening in efforts to mitigate the effects Covid-19 in our state.

Just in time for the start of our all-new Princeton Summer Series that begins June 24 and runs for six weeks.

* Weeks 1 & 2 are USEF approved Jumpers and Outreach, "AA" Hunters & Equitation are pending USEF approval.

Weeks 3 and 5 are USEF "A" Hunter, Jumper, Equitation shows. Weeks 4 and 6 are USEF "AA" Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation shows.




Kevin Babington continues to make slow but sure improvements (2)

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.


HIS VOICE is stronger and his neck muscles seem less restricted.

For a while he has reported feeling in his left heel.

He can sense when it’s on the foot rest, and today he reported similar sensation in the right heel.

He continues to report “pangs” throughout his thighs and mid section which are inconsistent.

Motor nerves are different than sensory nerves, but sensation albeit fleeting is positive.

None of these developments are life changing at this time, but we remain hopeful that these are first steps in a long process.

We are still waiting for the clinical trial which looks like at the earliest it will be in July/ August.

We are going to do a second round of hyperbaric oxygenation which seemed to improve his voice and lung capacity at a minimum.

We remain focused on recovery and appreciate all those who are with us during this journey.


Carmen 13 (2)

Carmen, a therapy dog, sent by Debra Malinics.



Kids Carmen w. ball

Kids Carmen w. bone








Kids Carmen w. scarf

Kids Carmen w. Mal on chaise












Tristen (2)

Tristen owned by Shadow Creek Farm and Gabrie Deans sticks his tongue out to no Devon! Sent by Corinne Deans.


Kids Deands horse

Health, horses and hair-cuts……Kevin Babington (2)

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.


HE TOLD me the idea of the bedding came across his radar when he found some bagged product in Germany a number of years ago.

“I got this urge to bring it to America so I did a lot of research and bought machinery in Denmark where they produce quite a lot of it”, Babington said.

“While I was travelling I also came across different horse-feeds so I decided to create a version of forage feed myself, using grains from organic farmers. It was a big investment, but it's a fantastic way to go for horses”, he said.

His low-starch, low-sugar forage feed slows down intake and creates a lot more saliva which helps prevent gastric ulcers.

“It’s good for the whole digestive tract because the horse takes longer to chew so it’s a buffer for ulcers. With pelleted or sweet feed they are inclined to gulp it down and you get a splashback effect”, he said.

When it came to the bedding it took some time to refine his particular version, putting 800lb straw bales through a chopper, then running it through a hammer-mill which opens up the node of the straw and creates the soakage that sets it apart from the rest.

“Conventional straw has little soakage, but at the length we chop it then it’s like mucking out shavings”, Babington said. “You have to start out with good quality straw with less than 10% moisture content. It’s so absorbent that it works almost like cat litter and it’s easier to find the droppings, you use a fraction of the amount of regular straw on your horse’s bed and we run it through a dust extractor so it’s really good for hypo-allergenic horses. The finished product is very clean.”.

“For some reason they are less likely to eat it than long straw. When you first put a horse in on it they might nibble at it but it won’t to do them any harm. The odd horse might eat it but they are grazing animals and sometimes hay gets mixed up with it, so nibbling all night is really good for them”, he said.

And bedding has become the biggest part of the Babington Mills business now, expanding into supply for small animals like hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs - “we use a smaller chop for them - it’s a bit of a different process and they live very happily on it”, Kevin adds.

The fact that Babington feels good about keeping animals, big and small, happy and comfortable doesn’t come as any surprise to me.

I recall the story his wife, Dianna, told while she was dealing with her own anguish following his accident last August in which she described her husband as “kind, above all things”.

Late one night some years ago they were driving home from their barn in a snow storm along barely passable back roads when they came across a deer that had been hit by a vehicle and left lying on the road with two broken legs.

“Kevin approached her slowly, and put a blanket on her when he gained her trust. We stayed with her so she wouldn’t be hit again, and he talked to her and petted her while we waited for the police to come and humanely put her down”.

That’s just one measure of the man whose personal popularity led to the most phenomenal and emotional response from the equestrian world in the aftermath of his fall.

Anyway, back to business…..and the Babington Mills Farm in Hamburg, Pa.

“Deep down in my heart I always wanted to be a farmer!”, Babington said. “I had this great idea of buying a farm and growing my own hay and doing some wheat each year.

“We bought the farm just after the big crash in 2008 when we didn’t know what direction the horse world was going. It’s in a very remote, rural area and I’d love to be up there now, I enjoy it very much”, he said.

It was close to the family home at the time and he was very involved in the running of it in the early stages, but then the horse business got busy again so he got “a bit side-tracked”.

The management of Babington Mills is now in the very capable hands of his sister-in-law Dawn Imperatore.

One of the aspects of the bedding production that pleases Kevin most is the fact that it is compostable.

“We are surrounded by mushroom farmers and they are delighted to use it, and you can also spread it directly onto fields because it breaks down quicker than conventional straw”.

It sounds like a perfect example of circular bioeconomy, using renewable natural resources in a way that pleases the environment.

Early last year the family moved to a beautiful new facility in New Jersey which is closer for many of Kevin’s pupils and clients, and they now share their time between there and their Florida base.

Kevin loves teaching and is still doing it from his wheelchair wearing a headset and accompanied by his “bodyguards”, the family’s three Australian shepherds Dylan, Millie and his closest friend, 3-year-old Delilah.

But he misses riding, and that leads him to talk about his recovery program.

“I’m working hard on my rehab and now have a good bit of movement in my right arm, almost to the point where I can manage the wheelchair with my hand, and I have twinges in my legs which the doctors call a good spasm. The C3 and C4 vertebrae affect your diaphragm, and I was on a ventilator for quite some time at the beginning, I’m off that for months now so my voice and my lungs are getting stronger.

But it’s slow. I still have to deal with a fair amount of pain in the form of spasms, and unfortunately the physio practice I go to has been closed because of the virus but it opens back up on 1 June and I’m really looking forward to getting back into that. I ride a stand-bike every day to keep my muscle tone up and do lots of exercises working on my strength”, said Babington, who has also been using a hyperbaric oxygen chamber as part of his latest treatment.

We moved on to talk about the great horse that put him on the international stage, the Irish-bred chestnut Carling King who he describes as a real character, very strong but definitely the horse of a lifetime.

“We travelled the world together and my first Championship was in Arnhem (NED, where Ireland won European team gold in 2001), and my very first Nations Cup in Europe was Aachen (GER) so I was thrown right in at the deep end!

“It went from there, we were part of the winning team in Hickstead in 2000, I got to jump Spruce Meadows a bunch of times, to the World Championships in Jerez (Spain in 2002), to the European Championships in Donaueschingen (Germany in 2003) and Athens (Greece in 2004) for the Olympics. It was an amazing five or six-year run we had together” he rsaid, without actually reminding me that they finished eighth individually at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2002, tenth individually at the Europeans in 2003 and joint-fourth individually at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.

They were an extraordinary partnership.

In recent years he remained prominent on the U.S. circuit, and in early March this year he was appointed as one of three advisors to the Horse Sport Ireland High Performance Committee along with Taylor Vard and Cameron Hanley.

With competition grinding to halt just a few weeks later he didn’t get the chance to share his expertise and wisdom, but when action resumes Kevin will undoubtedly make a great contribution to the Irish Jumping team in future years.

So how does he think equestrian sport will move on in the wake of the current pandemic?

“Unfortunately a lot of shows were already just about managing to survive and some of those may not make it through this. It will be hard, and some of the vendors and smaller sponsors will be struggling. Once things start to reopen - as long as we don’t have a second wave of the virus - the sport should bounce back, although there’ll be changes for sure.

“But we’ll get through this, it’s a bump in the road but our sport was generally in a healthy place before this happened, and it will turn the corner. Everyone wants it to.”

Stroud Preserve 4 (2)

Tom Small driving and a rider riding one and leading one plus photos of beautiful flowers photos from Debra Malinics.


Kids Malinics rider leading horse

Kids Malinics Tom Small




Kids Malinics purple fowering bush

Kids Malinics stone wall w. flowers















Book Farm 2 (2)

Ginny Jenkins took these photos in early May at Book Family Farm in Coatesville. Beautiful Spring day for lessons and trail rides.

Kids Ginny Book farm 3

Kids Ginny Book farm 4

Athletes for Equity in Sport stymied in search for records (2)

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:


MY NAME is Kelly K. Cormaci, RHU, MFSc. I am the Vice President of Athletes for Equity in Sport Inc., a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of athletes, coaches, trainers and others impacted by the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”). As stated on their website:

“The Center opened its doors in Denver, Colorado, in March 2017, and soon after became federally authorized under the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (which became Public Law No: 115-126 on February 14, 2018). Under this law, we develop resources and policies to safeguard athletes from bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct. The law entrusts the Center as the exclusive authority to respond to reports of allegations of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct within the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and their recognized National Governing Bodies (NGBs).”

U.S. Center for SafeSport, in their marketing material provided to the public, has represented that all the investigators employed by SafeSport, “…receive training developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on how to conduct forensic interviews, as well as other investigatory training. Training is conducted annually to ensure investigators are well equipped and resourced to conduct thorough investigations”.

What we have found in our research to date is that there is no evidence supporting the claim that the FBI is conducting training of the SafeSport investigators. Like most other entities, the policies and procedures attendant to training are made available to the public to verify the veracity of their statement, but SafeSport has not made this information transparent.

I have a Masters in Forensic Behavioral Science and did an internship at the Miami Federal Bureau of Investigation in July of 2014. I am familiar with the methods, models and testing utilized in interviewing victims, perpetrators and children as victims and witnesses. The methods and models in use by the Center’s investigators as reported by those involved in the SafeSport process do not appear to conform to the FBI’s high standards.

I would like to utilize my right through the Freedom of Information Act, to request from the FBI the following information:

Any and all correspondence between U.S. Center for SafeSport or its representatives in any way related to the procurement of training of the Center’s investigators by the Center.
Any and all records, documents, correspondence, handwritten or typed notes or other information or data, in either written, typed or electronic form, related in any way to any investigative training you have provided to the U.S. Center for SafeSport investigators, past or present if any.

We have requested this disclosure from the U.S. Center for SafeSport via letter multiple times under FOIA and they have yet to provide us with a reply.

I look forward to receiving this information at the address above.



Kelly K. Cormaci, MFSc
Vice President, Athletes for Equity in Sport Inc.

Stroud Preserve 5 (2)

Debra Malinics sent in these photos of riding in Stround Preserve and llamas relaxing

Kids Strounds llamas





KidsStroud rider by hay bales

Kids Stround rider app

Kodie (2)

Robin Stryker sent in this photo of semi feral cat, Kodie and her look alike bobblehead!


Kids Stryker cat

Michael Matz to judge 2020 MHBA Yearling Show (2)

TIMONIUM, Md.--Two-time classic-winning trainer Michael Matz will judge the 86th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show.

Michael MatzHorses are a family affair for Michael MatzOpen to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration, the show has been rescheduled for 2020 and will be held Sunday, July 19 at the Maryland State Fairgounds’ Horse Show Ring in Timonium.

Entries are due by June 20.

Based at Fair Hill Training Center, Matz sent out his first winner in August 1997, and has since trained dozens of stakes winners.

His richest, and most famous, charge was undefeated 2006,G1 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. 

Six years later, Matz again had classic success when Union Rags got up to win a thrilling renewal of the G1 Belmont Stakes.

The first G1 win for the Matz barn came in the 2003 Secretariat Stakes with Kicken Kris, who would add the G1 Arlington Million the next year.

Matz celebrated a Breeders’ Cup win with Round Pond in the 2006, G1 Distaff and also won G1 stakes with sprinter Visionaire and top turf mares Somali Lemonade and Hard Not to Like.

His runners have earned in excess of $42 million.


A PENNSYLVANIA, Matz turned to training thoroughbreds after an illustrious Hall of Fame career in international show jumping.

He won the U.S. National Show Jumping Championship six times and competed in three World Championships, winning a team gold medal in 1986.

His most famous partner was the thoroughbred gelding Jet Run, also in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.

Three times Matz competed in the Olympics, and after winning a team silver at the 1996 games in Atlanta he had the honor of carrying the American flag in the closing ceremonies.

Ten years later he trained the winner of the Kentucky Derby.

The list of judges in the MHBA Yearling Show’s long history is a who’s who of renowned horsemen.

The celebrated group includes 26 Hall of Famers, and Triple Crown-winning trainers James “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons, Max Hirsch, Lucien Laurin and Billy Turner.

Among Maryland-bred yearlings to have competed in the show are 2019 Breeders’ Cup, G1 Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Sharing, Eclipse Award-winning Hall of Famer Safely Kept, Eclipse Award-winning juveniles Smart Angle and Declan’s Moon, and millionaires Cathryn Sophia, Urbane and Cherokee’s Boy.

Malinics (2)

Top left, Riders at Radnor, top right, Debra on Amigo, bottom left, a big grey, and bottom right, ,Carmen and a friend playing in the mud, sent in by Debra Malinics


Kids Malinics Debra on Amigo

Kids Malinics Debra 3 at Radnor













Kids Malinics grey 2

Kids Marmen 1 in mud

Reflections (2)

Tina Marie Powell sent in this photo taken at a Boyd Martin clinic at Windura that she entitled" Reflections."

Kids Powell

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