Moran Family Award Recognizes Joey Darby at Brandywine Valley Summer Series

Joey Darby riding Balaliaka to the title of AHSA Working Horse of the Year in 1972.

Devon, PA – June 18, 2013 – The Brandywine Valley Summer Series is delighted to honor Joey Darby with this year’s Moran Family Award for Excellence in the Industry. The Moran family will present the prestigious award, donated by Caroline Moran and her family, to Darby on Sunday, June 30, at the Devon Show Grounds. The award presentation falls prior to the start of the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, a highlight of the two weeks of top hunter and jumper competition at the Brandywine Valley Summer Series running June 26-30 and July 3-7.

As a rider, trainer and respected judge, Darby’s career has spanned more than 40 years. His name is legendary, and he exemplifies the essence of true horsemanship and tradition in the hunter industry. In the late 1960s, Darby relocated to Any Day Farm in Southern Pines, the heartland of the show hunter. As a rider and trainer for loyal owners such as Junie Kulp and Sally Sexton, he garnered success with such memorable champions as Balalaika, Lyric, Sand Man, Loveable Truly, Rosie Report and Goodness. He’s also found success in the jumper ring with horses such as Arrive Alive and Brother Sam, who went on to compete at Aachen with Canadian, Ian Millar.

Darby has been a renaissance man in the equine industry, having mentored young equestrians in hunters, jumpers, Saddlebreds, three-day eventing and driving. Over the years, he has coached many three-day riders who wished to improve their stadium jumping skills, including Michael Plumb and Phillip Dutton. The Moran Family Award will be presented to Darby in recognition of his dedication and service to the equestrian sport.

In addition to this special award presentation, the Brandywine Valley Summer Series will feature a number notable classes and events, including two $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derbies and the $5,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.

Exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, guests and media can find out more information about the Brandywine Valley Summer Series by visiting http://brandywinevalleysummerseries.com.

BRANDYWINE VALLEY SUMMER SERIES FAST FACTS:

WHAT: An ‘AA’ hunter/jumper/equitation horse show presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services benefitting Danny and Ron’s Rescue and Main Line Animal Rescue.

WHEN: Week I: June 26-30, 2013 and Week II: July 3-7, 2013, with a local day of competition on Monday, July 8, 2013.

WHERE: The prestigious Devon Show Grounds in Devon, PA.

FEATURES:

  • Johnson Horse Transportation $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
  • Week 1 $5,000 National Hunter Derby Sponsored by Outer Beaches Realty and the Risser Family
  • Week 2 $5,000 National Hunter Derby Sponsored by Concord Pet Food and Supplies
  • $5,000 M&T Bank High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Hall of Fame Classic
  • $3,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Hall of Fame Classic
  • Hunter and Jumper Grooms Classes
  • Leadline
  • Designated WCHR Member Event
  • PHSA Hunter Classic

BENEFICIARIES:

The mission of our show is to provide ‘AA’ quality competition that benefits other non-profit organizations. The opportunity to include Danny and Ron’s Rescue and Main Line Animal Rescue as beneficiaries ties directly to that goal.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Louise Serio – Executive Director – (610) 636-0678
Jennifer Burger – Sponsor Relations – (716)830-8544
Gillian Grant – Sponsors/Beneficiaries- (302) 427-9622
Blair Balmer – Vendors – blair.balmer@gmail.com
Emily Riden – Marketing & Press – (717) 368-8102 or emr@phelpsmediagroup.com
Mike Rheinheimer – Horse Show Manager – mwrheinheimer@msn.com
Website: http://brandywinevalleysummerseries.com

DIRECTIONS:
From Philadelphia International Airport:
Follow signs to I-95 South and follow I-95 South approximately 5 miles. Merge onto I-476 North via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting. Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the Northeast:
Follow I-95 South. Look for I-476 approximately 5 miles South of the Philadelphia International Airport. Merge onto I-476 North via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting. Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the South:
Follow I-95 North toward Philadelphia. Once you’ve crossed into Delaware, keep right and take I-495 North via exit 5D toward Port of Wilmington / Philadelphia. Follow for I-495 North and remerge onto I-95 North (Crossing into Pennsylvania). Follow I-95 North to I-476 North. Take I-476 N via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting. Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the East:
Follow the Schuylkill Expressway / I-76 West to I-476 South. Merge onto I-476 South via exit 331A on the left toward Chester. Follow I-476 South for approximately 2 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the West:
Follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike / I-76 E toward Philadelphia. Take exit 326 toward Valley Forge. Stay in right lane after the tolls. Merge onto US-202 South via exit 328A toward West Chester. Follow US-202 South for approximately 2 miles. Take the PA-252 North exit toward Devon. Make a left onto Valley Forge Road / PA-252. Continue to follow Valley Forge Road for approximately .5 miles and make a slight right turn onto Devon State Road. Follow Devon State road for approximately 1 mile until you reach a dead end. Make a left onto Old Lancaster Road and then an immediate right onto Waterloo Road. Turn left on to Lancaster Avenue / US-30 East and the Devon Horse Show will be on your right within .2 miles.

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