Traverse City, MI. – May 18, 2021 – Immediately following Kevin’s tragic fall, The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament and others rallied to build support towards Kevin’s long and costly road to recovery. This 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 Kevin.
Not only has it made the cost of therapy more manageable, but it has also allowed Kevin’s family to stay involved in the Sport which is very important to Kevin. Kevin has made progress physically and is teaching and 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 Kevin. It was an enormous hit last year and fittingly won by, a friend of Kevin’s, Paddy McNamara to everyone’s delight.
“Lake Placid, The Hampton Classic, The World Equestrian Center and others are once again collaborating in much the same way and we are so proud of our Sport,” said Jeff Papows, SOJT Founder and Chairman. “Each Show will announce their own programs, but we have again circled the wagons.”