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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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Athletes for Equity is Sports is gaining support and working to improve SafeSport

The Executive Group Athletes for Equity in Sport isssued an update on its activities and its work to make SafeSport a fairer and more equitable organiization.

Athletes for equity logoAthletes for Equity in Sport is working daily toward achieving substantive change in SafeSport procedures.

This means legally defining the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s rights and duties.

The members of Athletes for Equity in Sport, along with its legal counsel, are actively engaged in this endeavor.

For the past 30 weeks, AES has sent letters to Congress — 535 weekly letters in all, every week for 7 1/2 months.

The replies received in response to AES’ letter-writing campaign have been very encouraging.

Leaders in TOP positions in Washington, D.C., are very concerned about the lack of constitutional rights afforded by the current SafeSport process.

AES will continue this mail campaign until SafeSport procedures become fair and impartial, affording equity to both parties involved in SafeSport claims.

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IHSA founder Bob Cacchione to be honored at the MET 10th Anniversary Gala

FAIRFIELD, Conn.--Robert “Bob” Cacchione founded the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA)  in 1967,and in the past 30 decades that association has proved thousands of college students, many of whom could not have afforded those opportunities, with an education and equitation skills.

Bob Cacchione EQ MediaBob Cacchione (Photo by EQ Media)Having just recently retired, Caccione, IHSA Founder Emeritus, will be honored for his years of dedicated service to youth equestrians at the Metropolitan Equestrian Team 10th Anniversary Gala.

“I am honored to be recognized by the MET,” Cacchione said. “But I am more thrilled with the work Jane DaCosta and MET have done to provide opportunities for kids across the country to learn horsemanship and sportsmanship.”

Cacchione and DaCosta believe that all youth should have access to the personal growth provided by the equestrian community.

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Kevin Babington has twitches in his thighs and slight movement in a knee

This is a Feb.16, 2020 update from Dianna Babington.

Kevin Babington familyDianne and Kevin Babington flanked by their daughtersWhen we left the Kessler I was truly sick and worried about coming home with Kevin in his condition with no real medical training.

We have had moments where that anxiety has reared its head.

He was hit with bronchitis, he had a few nights where I nearly called 911 because of blood pressure issues, pain, etc., but as a family we have trudged through it.

I am finally feeling like I’m not going to fail.

I make mistakes but I don’t think I’ll miss something life threatening.

We also have a team of friends, an aid, and Elizabeth and they keep me centered and calm when I feel internal panic.

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Betty Moran, a top thouroughbred breeder, died Jan. 23

Elizabeth “Betty” Ranney Moran (1930-2020) passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 23, at age 89.

Betty MoranBetty MoranRelatives and friends attended Morn’s life celebration service on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Saint David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pa.

"It was a beautiful and very crowded service," said Russell Jones, who had been a good friend throughout Moran's life, not only with her but also with a number of her children.

"The service lasted almost two hours," said Jones. "The family participated, and the theme was how important family was to her."

"I knew her well," said Jones. "Her incredible energy along with her incredible optimism were her trademarks, along with her love of her family."

 She was predeceased by her husband, James Maxwell Moran (1989), and her son James Maxwell Moran Jr. (2008).

She is survived by her five children: Michael Moran (Anne), Frances Abbott (Franny), Elizabeth Legnini (Bob), Ranney Moran (Terri) and Caroline Moran.

“Chummy” will be missed by her 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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George Strawbridge won the Outstanding Breeder Eclipse Award, while British Idiom, by Pa. stallion Flashback, won the 2-year-old filly Eclipse Award

George Strawbridge, Jr., who bred Bricks and Mortar, won his first Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder during the Eclipse Award dinner at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 23.

George Strawbridge Patricia McQueenGeorge Strawbridge (Photo by Patricia McQueen)By Giant's Causeway out of Beyond the Waves, by Ocean Crest, Bricks and Mortar was sold by Strawbridge at Keeneland for $200,000.

Bricks and Mortar went on to run a perfect six wins from six starts in 2019, including winning the G1 Breeders' Cup Turf.

He was treated for a potentially career-ending case of stringhalt in 2018, but was gradually nursed back to health, and Bricks and Mortar was unbeatable in 2019.

He was the first Horse of the Year for trainer Chad Brown Thursday evening and was also a unanimous winner of the Eclipse Award for older turf male.

Runners bred by Strawbridge won 26 races, good for third overall on the individual breeders list with a total of $7,505,233 in earnings in 2019.

"This is an enormous surprise, a sort of a David and Goliath type of thing," said Strawbridge. "And I have to thank the owners of Bricks and Mortar and the trainer of Bricks and Mortar. What a terrific job they did. Can you imagine giving him a year off because there was a problem? How perceptive is that? Thank you all very much."

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  1. Boyd Martin awarded Whitney Stone Cup, Brian Moggre and Abigail Wexner also honored
  2. NARG announces reorganized Top 25 as Murray Kessler announces he will not run for a 2nd term as US Equestrian President
  3. Proceeds from a horse auctioned at the Palm Beach Auction to benefit the Babington Family
  4. USET Foundation’s Take Me To Tokyo Gala Raises $1.5 Million for the “Raising the Bar” Campaign
  5. "Devon Legends" to be honored in April at Ardrossan
  6. New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents included in East coast clinic
  7. MATCH races expanded to 35 stakes at eight tracks
  8. Jack Fisher elected President of the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation
  9. Darry Lou and El Primero voted International and National Horses of the Year
  10. Beezie Madden named International Equestrian of 2019 and also won the Steinkraus trophy along with Boyd Martin
  11. Bettina Jenney eulogized at Memorial Service
  12. Winston C, George Strawbridge and British Idiom are among the finalist for Eclipse Awards
  13. Honorable Mention Photo, Action category
  14. Third placed Action
  15. Jodie Clineschmidt won second place in the Photo Contest, Action
  16. Ellie Glaccum wins Photo Contest, Action, with an incredible series of fences at the Pa. Hunt Cup
  17. Bettina Jenney, breeder of top race horses, died Dec. 22
  18. Athletes for Equity in Sport, pro SafeSport but anti its procedures
  19. Kevin Babington is back teaching
  20. Ryerss Farm annual Open House cancelled due to a fire
  21. Hall of Fame jockey Tommy Walsh 's Memorial Service
  22. Facing a $5 million rehab, Dianna Babington is asking for help from charitable donations
  23. Hall of Fame Jockey Tommy Walsh died Nov. 13
  24. Entries are now being accepted for the Horse's annual Photo Contest
  25. Kevin Babington went home briefly to see his horses
  26. A 2017 fireworks law has horse and dog owners among those traumatized
  27. Great news for Kevin Babington
  28. Kevin Babington to have tracheotomy tube removed
  29. An update on Kevin Babington
  30. News Flash - Mara DePuy leads after dressage at Fair Hill
  31. A fund raiser and an update on Kevin Babington
  32. Champion jockey Doug Small died Oct. 11
  33. IHSA founder Bob Cacchione among first IHSA Hall of Fame inductees
  34. Kevin Babington taking baby steps towards improvement
  35. Memorial service for Louis "Paddy" Neilson draws a huge crowd
  36. Historic Plans for Maryland Racing, but funding is critical
  37. Babington has many visitors in rehab, including his horse Mark Q
  38. Kevin Babington has moved to rehap, go to GoFundMe to help with huge medical expenses
  39. Fund raisers raise money for critically injured Kevin Babington
  40. Letters to the Editor re Joe Drape
  41. Joe Drape doubled down on misinformation about Justify's drug test following the Santa Anita Derby
  42. Baffert responds to The N.Y. Times' article concerning Justify's failing a drug test prior to the Derby that contained many misleading accusations
  43. Paddy Neilson, top timber rider, died Sept. 5
  44. Dr. Todd Addis, MFH, died July 24.
  45. A fundraiser for Kevin Babington, who suffered catastrophic spinal cord injuries
  46. celebrates its 10th anniversary
  47. Andrews Bridge Foxhounds litigation ended with a victory for Steve and Betsy Harris
  48. Letter to the Editor concerning SafeSport
  49. Two Letters to the Editor
  50. SafeSport found the great horseman George Morris guilty without a trial
  51. Dressage Olympian Michael Barisone charged with attempted murder
  52. NEWS FLASH - U.S. leads after Eventing dressage
  53. Dressage With the Experts line up for Dresssage at Devon
  54. Lucy Deslauriers named to Pan Am Jumping team, but as Endel Otis' Lucky Strike was injured the dressage team will only have three members
  55. Jenni Autry named Managing Director of Eventing
  56. Ashley Stout, 13, died July 11 following a riding accident
  57. Maj. Gen. Jonathan Burton died after an illustrious career in the army and eventing
  58. A new Jumper Classic series for 1.10m to 1.40m to debut in 2020
  59. Nations Cup team for Falsterbo includes Jessie Springsteen
  60. Jumping, dressage and driving teams announced for Aachen
  61. The dressage team for the Pan Am Games was announced
  62. Two of six awarded scholarships by the U.S. Pony Clubs are from the Delaware Valley
  63. Boyd Martin one of four named to the Pan Am Eventing team
  64. Fair Hill Hounds hosted author Rita Mae Brown, MFH
  65. A competitive dressage team announced for The Netherlands
  66. H.L. (Sandy) Schwartz III, founder and publisher of The Horse of Delaware Valley, died June 11
  67. Attendance at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair rose four percent
  68. Penn Med correctons to article entited Gene Doping addressed at PHBA Meeting
  69. North American Riders Group is back with a full agenda, new board members and the return of the NARG Top 25
  70. Gene doping addressed at PHBA Annual Meeting
  71. Blue Mountain Pony Club places in Fox Hunting Challenge
  72. The 2019 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Returns May 23 With Special Events Sure to Please the Entire Family
  73. Horse Power for Life Summer camp for cancer survivors
  74. Winterthur Races cancelled
  75. U.S. team for Mexico Nations Cup on May 5
  76. Winterthur races features the Winterthur Bowl Stakes
  77. Adele Paxson, side saddle competitor at Devon and thoroughbred breeder
  78. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Named Horse Show of the Year by National Show Hunter Hall of Fame
  79. Dolores A. Swann, Ashley Meadows Farm show manager, died Feb. 7
  80. World Cup qualifiers include Devin Ryan of Long Valley, N.J.
  81. Devon co-manager Peter Doubleday elected to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  82. Letter to the Editor 4
  83. Tequilita finished third in her final race before retiring to a life as a broodmare
  84. Sloane Coles elected to Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame
  85. Something for everyone at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
  86. Jane Simone, former Director of Development at New Bolton, died Dec. 30
  87. Tack Swap to benefit Pa Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation, and Rescue
  88. Letter to the Editor 3
  89. Letter to the Editor 2
  90. Laura Chapot is in a familiar spot, leading the Circuit Standings for Overall Jumper Rider at WEF
  91. Samuel McMichael's edits and comments on Andrews Bridge article
  92. Dispute continues despite Judge's ruling on Andrews Bridge Foxhounds
  93. All recognized steeplechase races will be steamed live starting this spring
  94. Exhibition honoring the late Phyllis Mills Wyeth
  95. Three Differences Between The American Grand National and English Counterpart
  96. Rosbrian Farm is Steeplechasing's Leading Owner, and Jack Fisher is Leading Trainer
  97. Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith, 86, died Dec. 8
  98. Phyllis Wyeth, 78, carriage driving enthusiast and thoroughbred breeder, died Jan. 14
  99. Ryan Keefe awarded $5,000 training grant for Eventing
  100. Jessie Allred, foxhunter and owner of a Md. Hunt Cup winner, died Jan. 2

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