Kevin Babington and Super Chilled (Photo: The Book LLC)
International show jumpers returned to the Dixon Oval on Wednesday to compete in the $36,000 Devon International Speed Stake CSI4*, sponsored by Herr’s Food. Local athlete Kevin Babington (IRL) of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, outpaced 16 combinations with Debra J. Wycoff’s Super Chilled to ride away with the win and the George T. Pew Jr. Memorial Perpetual Trophy in the one-round speed competition.
As sixth in the order, Babington and the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, who he has been competing internationally since 2016, marked the fourth combination to clear Brazilian course designer Guilherme Jorge’s track. While a number of athletes used Wednesday’s class to school their horses in preparation for Thursday’s highly anticipated grand prix, Babington came to win. He and Super Chilled flew around the course in 60.66 seconds to slide into the first place position, taking the top spot from Andrew Kocher (USA), who won the class in 2018, and his own Abelone O.T Lowlands Z by two-tenths of a second.
Throughout the remaining 10 contenders, four more were able to produce fault-free efforts, but none were able to catch Babington’s time, ultimately securing him the win, while Kocher finished in second place in 60.88 seconds and David Raposa (USA) and Iliona earned third place in 61.25 seconds.
Babington is no stranger to the winner’s circle at the Devon Horse Show, having claimed the Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon twice in his career in 2011 and 2016 both times with his other mount, Mark Q, who he rode in Tuesday’s $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI4*, sponsored 5R Farms LLC – Helen Rich.
$36,000 Devon International Speed Stake CSI4*, sponsored by Herr’s Food:
Place / Horse / Athlete / Country / Owner / Faults / Time
1. Super Chilled / Kevin Babington / IRL / Debra J. Wycoff / 0 / 60.66
2. Abelone O.T Lowlands Z / Andrew Kocher / USA / Andrew Kocher / 0 / 60.88
3. Iliona / David Raposa / USA / David Raposa / 0 / 61.25
4. Chaccolette / Lillie Keenan / USA / Chansonette Farm LLC / 0 / 61.97
5. Thornhill Kate / Laura Chapot / USA / Mary Chapot / 0 / 62.35
6. Zorran / Erynn Ballard / CAN / Ilan Ferder / 0 / 64.54
7. Sam 1091 / Michael R. Morrissey / USA / QBS Equestrian / 0 / 66.54
8. Farrero / Rodrigo Pessoa / BRA / Hillside Farm LLC / 0 / 67.18
9. Toulago / Adrienne Sternlicht / USA / Starlight Farms 1 LLC / 3 / 87.47
10. Villamoura / Sydney Shulman / ISR / Jill Shulman / 4 / 59.20
11. Ever Blue / Charlie Jayne / USA / Alex Jayne / 4 / 67.12
12. Casino / Nicole Bellissimo / USA / Charlie and Nicole, LLC / 4 / 69.30
Press release by Phelps Sports