July 2016 Issue - page 1

Vol. 23 No. 7
Our 23rd Year
1993-2016
July 2016
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Inside...
Freeze branding helps rescuers identify
horses wrongly sent to auction … pg. 6
Fisher saddles winners of top races at
Radnor Hunt Steeplechase … pg. 20
Pennsylvania hosts the fifth IHSA Alumni
Tournament of Champions …. pg. 26
…and much more!
Trailer & Transport Feature!
Pages 12-18
Kevin Babington and Mark
Q repeated their 2011 victory in
the $225,000 Sapphire Grand
Prix of Devon CSI4*, beating
Danielle Torano and McLain
Ward in a three-horse jump-off.
A crowd of 9,000 spectators
turned out for the Devon Horse
Show and Country Fair's high-
light event
Only three were able to
master the first round, and it was
Babington, of Gwynned Valley,
PA and Mark Q that were the
pathfinders. Returning at the
top of the tiebreaker, they once
again left all the rails intact to
set the pace to beat at 38.43
seconds.
The second to return was
Danielle Torano, Mohrsville, PA,
aboard Callas III. With a slightly
more conservative path on the
9-year-old mount, the rider and
mother of two cleared the track
in 39.49 seconds to take over
second place behind Babington.
At the end of the night, Torano
was honored with the Richard
E. McDevitt Style Award for the
rider who exemplified the best
style of riding.
The crowd roared when the
final rider of the night entered the
Dixon Oval. Olympian McLain
Ward on his Pan American Gold
medalist-mount, Rothchild,
seemed like a sure bet. Coming
off a streak of eight international
victories, Ward seemed unstop-
pable. And he was. Until the last
fence.
As the crowd let out a yell
at the penultimate vertical,
Rothchild lost his focus on the
homestretch to the final oxer and
ducked out at the fence, much
to the shock of all who watched.
The error left Ward to pick up the
third place prize while Babington
led the lap of honor.
"What makes Rothchild
great is that he's sensitive, he's
Pennsylvanians Win Big at the Devon Horse Show
Kevin Babington Repeats Devon Grand Prix Victory with Mark Q
By Suzy Lucine
The 120th Annual Devon
Horse Show and Country Fair,
held May 26-June 5 in Devon, PA,
is the longest running and largest
outdoor multi-breed competition
in the United States. With the
grandeur of Philadelphia's presti-
gious Main Line setting the stage,
the event features a world-class
field that annually ranks among
the most prominent internation-
ally. The event also includes the
Country Fair that offers world-
Irish rider Kevin Babington, who lives and trains in nearby Gwynned Valley, PA, won the Devon Horse Show’s
signature event, the Sapphire Grand Prix CSI4* with Mark Q. The pair also won the Grand Prix in 2011.
Babington calls Mark Q, 14, his favorite mount of all time.
Photo credit:
©
Rebecca Walton/Phelps Media Group
class shopping, rides and games
for kids, multiple dining options
and special entertainment events.
To date, Devon volunteers have
raised more than $14,000,000 for
the Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Devon President Richard
O’Donnell said there were almost
3,000 entries, and the gate count
on Thursday evening for the
$225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix
of Devon was 14,728 (and that
doesn’t count the international
viewers on the live feed provided
by USEF).
Competition for the 11-day
event was held in the Dixon Oval
and the Gold Ring. In addition to
the competition, there were also
carriage racing exhibitions and
appearances by the Mummers.
Pennsylvanians did them-
selves proud in most divisions,
against international competition.
Rookies and seasoned veterans
alike say they feel grateful just
to be showing at such a seasoned
event and are thrilled when their
horse or pony gets a top prize
from one of the judges. The ex-
hibitors also say there is no other
venue like Devon in which to
show their horses and ponies.
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