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Hall of Fame jockey Tommy Walsh 's Memorial Service

OXFORD, Pa.--Tommy Walsh was remembered as a great rider and a great personality with  a huge sense of humor at his memorial service held Nov. 18 in the Edward Collins Funeral Home in Oxford.

Tom Walsh"I got to introduce Tommy when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame," said Lenny Hale, who has served in different capacities, including starter, racing secretary and vice-president of racing, at major racetracks in New York, Florida, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. "Tommy was an incredible guy, and he had a great sense of humor. We did have a few parties. He'll be in my memory as long as it works, although it's getting a bit dark now."

"When I heard Tommy had died, I called Barclay Tagg and told him, `We've lost another goody,'' said J. B. Secor, whose mother was a sister of Betty Bosley Bird.

Walsh was the third of three of the greatest riders of the 60's and 70's who were lost in the last month, preceded by Paddy Neilson and Doug Small in October.

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Facing a $5 million rehab, Dianna Babington is asking for help from charitable donations

MARLTON, N.J.--"As the year comes to a close and some individuals and foundations look to move funds into charities, I am asking that this year you please consider the Kevin Babington Foundation," said Dianna Babington. "It’s a 501 c3. It was organized by our very good and generous friends that are also riders and trainers.


Mark Q visited Kevin in rehabMark Q visited Kevin in rehab"There has been a lot of fundraising. It’s come mostly from the heart of our amazing horse community and every dime of that money has been and will continue to be allocated carefully. However, the result of Kevin’s accident has been categorized as a five million dollar problem and I’m starting to understand what lies ahead.

"We are going to need major funds raised to modify our house in Florida. Unfortunately, as it is now most of it is completely impassable by a wheelchair. I am in the middle of an emergency bathroom renovation because our time at Kessler is coming to a close.

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Hall of Fame Jockey Tommy Walsh died Nov. 13

OXFORD, Pa.--Hall of Fame steeplechase jockey Thomas M. (Tommy) Walsh, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 13 after a long battle with cancer.

Walsh live in Oxford and died at Jennersville Hospital Tower Health, West Grove, Pa.

Tommy WalshTommy WalshHe was diagnosed with untreatable stage 4 cancer in 2014, and doctors gave him six months to live.

With the same tenacity that marked his riding career, Walsh fought and lived another five years despite doctors' diagnosis.

Walsh’s wife of 56 years, Georgia, is fighting her own battle in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

"He was a wonderful person," said Betsy Houghton, whose husband Ronnie rode against Walsh." We've been friends for years. He was such a good steeplechase rider."

Walsh was a god-parent of Houghton's daughter Robin.

"Tommy was a typical Irishman," said Houghton. "He had a great sense of humor. And he didn't care how a horse jumped, just as long as he got from one side to the other."

Betsy and Audrey Colgan have been among those who helped the Walshes through the last difficult years, taking them food and helping out with chores.

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Entries are now being accepted for the Horse's annual Photo Contest

Entries are now being accepted for The Horse of Delaware Valley's 24th Annual Photo Contest.

The deadline is Dec. 30. 2019.

The categories are Action, Candid and Pet/Animal photos.

CONTEST PET fox cub berkowitzWinner of the 2018 Pet Contest, a fox cub by Steve BerkowitzThe three top winners in each category will receive a certificate suitable for framing.

Winners will be announced in January, 2020.

Winning photos and Honorable Mention photos will be published in January of Action photos, in February of Candid photos, and in March of Pet/Animal photos.

All entries must be of subjects from the nine state area served by The Horse, Pennsylvania; New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia and Connecticut, but the photos do not have to be taken in those states.

Action photos should be of a competition; Candid photos should be of a person or persons in a horse setting, such as a show, farm or event; and Pet/Animal photos can be of any animal, domesticated or otherwise. For example, a fox in the wild qualifies as a pet photo.

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Each entry must include the full identity and hometown of the subject or subjects with a brief description of the action the photo captures, plus the name, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number of the photographer.

Entries that are clearly doctored to achieve some artistic effect will be disqualified.

Kevin Babington went home briefly to see his horses

MARLTON, N.J.--Dianna Babington posted a short and very encouraging update on Kevin's recovery from his spinal injury suffered in a fall at the Hamptons Classic.

Kevin Babington familyDianna and Kevin Babington flanked by their daughters"Kevin took a short road trip home to see his horses today! " said Dianna. "It was a happy occasion for him and especially the horses who were gentle with him and clearly missed him.

"I have pasted a link (below) to a video posted on FB by his daughter Gweneth. Both Gweneth and Marielle (younger daughter) are so helpful and loving towards Kevin. I know that they are helping him heal.

https://www.facebook.com/gwyneth.babington/videos/pcb.2491583557777662/2491581864444498/?type=3&;__tn__=HH-R&eid=ARDx4wKI-6U3x2xTCfH-S60GIOhUdAf83AWsSDlTRuj_fzAWUfX83p27zCWBiCtdaXQiJibFKeUVD3ID

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  1. A 2017 fireworks law has horse and dog owners among those traumatized
  2. Great news for Kevin Babington
  3. Kevin Babington to have tracheotomy tube removed
  4. An update on Kevin Babington
  5. News Flash - Mara DePuy leads after dressage at Fair Hill
  6. A fund raiser and an update on Kevin Babington
  7. Champion jockey Doug Small died Oct. 11
  8. IHSA founder Bob Cacchione among first IHSA Hall of Fame inductees
  9. Kevin Babington taking baby steps towards improvement
  10. Memorial service for Louis "Paddy" Neilson draws a huge crowd
  11. Historic Plans for Maryland Racing, but funding is critical
  12. Babington has many visitors in rehab, including his horse Mark Q
  13. Kevin Babington has moved to rehap, go to GoFundMe to help with huge medical expenses
  14. Fund raisers raise money for critically injured Kevin Babington
  15. Letters to the Editor re Joe Drape
  16. Joe Drape doubled down on misinformation about Justify's drug test following the Santa Anita Derby
  17. Baffert responds to The N.Y. Times' article concerning Justify's failing a drug test prior to the Derby that contained many misleading accusations
  18. Paddy Neilson, top timber rider, died Sept. 5
  19. Dr. Todd Addis, MFH, died July 24.
  20. A fundraiser for Kevin Babington, who suffered catastrophic spinal cord injuries
  21. Equestriancoach.com celebrates its 10th anniversary
  22. Andrews Bridge Foxhounds litigation ended with a victory for Steve and Betsy Harris
  23. Letter to the Editor concerning SafeSport
  24. Two Letters to the Editor
  25. SafeSport found the great horseman George Morris guilty without a trial
  26. Dressage Olympian Michael Barisone charged with attempted murder
  27. NEWS FLASH - U.S. leads after Eventing dressage
  28. Dressage With the Experts line up for Dresssage at Devon
  29. Lucy Deslauriers named to Pan Am Jumping team, but as Endel Otis' Lucky Strike was injured the dressage team will only have three members
  30. Jenni Autry named Managing Director of Eventing
  31. Ashley Stout, 13, died July 11 following a riding accident
  32. Maj. Gen. Jonathan Burton died after an illustrious career in the army and eventing
  33. A new Jumper Classic series for 1.10m to 1.40m to debut in 2020
  34. Nations Cup team for Falsterbo includes Jessie Springsteen
  35. Jumping, dressage and driving teams announced for Aachen
  36. The dressage team for the Pan Am Games was announced
  37. Two of six awarded scholarships by the U.S. Pony Clubs are from the Delaware Valley
  38. Boyd Martin one of four named to the Pan Am Eventing team
  39. Fair Hill Hounds hosted author Rita Mae Brown, MFH
  40. A competitive dressage team announced for The Netherlands
  41. H.L. (Sandy) Schwartz III, founder and publisher of The Horse of Delaware Valley, died June 11
  42. Attendance at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair rose four percent
  43. Penn Med correctons to article entited Gene Doping addressed at PHBA Meeting
  44. North American Riders Group is back with a full agenda, new board members and the return of the NARG Top 25
  45. Gene doping addressed at PHBA Annual Meeting
  46. Blue Mountain Pony Club places in Fox Hunting Challenge
  47. The 2019 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Returns May 23 With Special Events Sure to Please the Entire Family
  48. Horse Power for Life Summer camp for cancer survivors
  49. Winterthur Races cancelled
  50. U.S. team for Mexico Nations Cup on May 5
  51. Winterthur races features the Winterthur Bowl Stakes
  52. Adele Paxson, side saddle competitor at Devon and thoroughbred breeder
  53. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Named Horse Show of the Year by National Show Hunter Hall of Fame
  54. Dolores A. Swann, Ashley Meadows Farm show manager, died Feb. 7
  55. World Cup qualifiers include Devin Ryan of Long Valley, N.J.
  56. Devon co-manager Peter Doubleday elected to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  57. Letter to the Editor 4
  58. Tequilita finished third in her final race before retiring to a life as a broodmare
  59. Sloane Coles elected to Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame
  60. Something for everyone at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
  61. Jane Simone, former Director of Development at New Bolton, died Dec. 30
  62. Tack Swap to benefit Pa Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation, and Rescue
  63. Letter to the Editor 3
  64. Letter to the Editor 2
  65. Laura Chapot is in a familiar spot, leading the Circuit Standings for Overall Jumper Rider at WEF
  66. Samuel McMichael's edits and comments on Andrews Bridge article
  67. Dispute continues despite Judge's ruling on Andrews Bridge Foxhounds
  68. All recognized steeplechase races will be steamed live starting this spring
  69. Exhibition honoring the late Phyllis Mills Wyeth
  70. Three Differences Between The American Grand National and English Counterpart
  71. Rosbrian Farm is Steeplechasing's Leading Owner, and Jack Fisher is Leading Trainer
  72. Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith, 86, died Dec. 8
  73. Phyllis Wyeth, 78, carriage driving enthusiast and thoroughbred breeder, died Jan. 14
  74. Ryan Keefe awarded $5,000 training grant for Eventing
  75. Jessie Allred, foxhunter and owner of a Md. Hunt Cup winner, died Jan. 2
  76. Clineschmidt, Glaccum and Sherman took the top three Action photos in the Photo Contest
  77. Ricky Hendriks has 2 in contention for Eclipse Awards, two Pa-breds also in contention
  78. Phillip Dutton and Olivia LaGoy Weltz are on Eventing & Dressage Elite lists
  79. Tobey McWilliams of Oley, Pa., elected as USHJA director at-large, four Delaware Valley residents named as Discipline Directors
  80. The Kentucky Three-Day Event Receives Five-Star Status from FEI
  81. New programs at The Horse and members of its staff
  82. Ralph Caristo presented with USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award
  83. The father of Emanuel Andrade, a fixture at the WEF, to be sentenced Nov. 27 for money laundering
  84. Entries now being accepted for The Horse's 23rd Annual Photo Contest
  85. Lee McKeever, McLain Ward's longtime groom, wins the 2018 FEI Best Groom Award
  86. Top N.J. trainer J. Willard Thompson died Nov. 6 at 83
  87. Bob Levy, a top thoroughbred racehorse owner, died Nov. 7
  88. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander's thoughts on improving the U.S. team
  89. New York trainer Rick Violette died Oct. 21 of lung cancer
  90. Russell Jones inducted into Parx Hall of Fame
  91. The 2019 Nations Cup qualifier for the Finals will be held at Palm Beach Masters
  92. Laura Graves and Verdades first ever Americans to top FEI Dressage World Rankings
  93. Devon's new parking lot, to be competed in a couple of years, will double the present lot size.
  94. The U.S. show jumping team earned Best of September honors, announced the U.S. Olympic Committee
  95. Kathee Rengert, executive director of the Pa. Hunt Cup, died Oct. 6
  96. U.S. teams outdo themselves in 5 of 6 disciplines competed at WEG
  97. Long time Zone 2 chef d'equpe ralph Caristo wins the Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
  98. Ronnie Houghton, jockey, trainer and breeder, dies at 79
  99. Amwell Valley Hounds on Sept. 29 has relocated to The Ridge
  100. Lynn Symansky 9th individually in Eventing, the U.S. team is eighth. Dressage Freestyle is cancelled

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