Oct 26, 2022

In Memorium: Mary Harper Hutchins

Mary Harper Hutchins, 90 years old, passed away suddenly Friday, October 14, 2022 at Alice Peck Day Hospital. She was born in New York City to Harold Harper, a partner at Harper and Matthews Law firm and Elizabeth (Roop) Harper, a reader for the Lighthouse for the Blind. Mary attended the Brearly School in NYC and went on to Mount Holyoke College, majoring in Mathematics.

In her teens she learned to ride and care for horses at the Squadron "A" Amory, an historical cavalry unit located on a full city block. Mary attended Treetops Camp in the Adirondacks as a child, and eventually became their head of riding. She loved being out of the city teaching children to ride and care for the animals.

She married and moved to Germany with the Army where her eldest child, Molly, was born. The family then moved to Berlin, NH where Walter was born. From there it was on to Cornell where she taught math and her youngest son Jamie was born. The family then moved once again, this time to the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA where Mary again held a teaching post and had her fourth child, Rebecca. It was at this point in her life, and with four young children, Mary’s husband left the family, leaving only fifty dollars for support.

While teaching full time and raising her family as a single mother, Mary attended Smith College Graduate School, earning her Master’s in Mathematics. Mary and her children moved to Norwich, VT in 1967 where she became the first woman in the Math department at Hanover High School, Hanover, NH. After developing a Computer Programming course, an Animal Science course and teaching hundreds of young folks along the way, she took early retirement from teaching to travel with her daughter, Rebecca, a jockey, in support of her budding thoroughbred racing career.

In Norwich, Mary created Pony Brook Farm where she gave riding lessons, tutored math students and raised her four children. She became a fantastic supporter of the equestrian sport of eventing, from the earliest years of the sport until her death. From running the local Upper Valley Pony Club to volunteering at two Olympic Games (1996 & 2000), countless regional, national, and international competitions, Mary had a true love of the sport. In 2016, the United States Eventing Association awarded her the Governor’s Cup and the Wofford Cup Memorial Trophy for tireless dedication to the organization and the sport. As one of the oldest, longest serving, and well-respected official judges in eventing, she officiated her last competition at Hitching Post Farm in South Royalton, VT just a few days prior to passing.

Additionally, Mary worked as a tax preparer for many years and was actively studying new rules for the upcoming tax season. She cared about her clients as people, seeing them for more than the numbers they brought to her. Mary also completed monthly reconciliations for the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, NH.

She is survived by Molly Hutchins, Jamie Hutchins and Rebecca Hutchins. Walter predeceased her in 2013. Grandchildren include Sam (Taylor Faccio) and Ben Scheu, Shane (Allison) and Ellie Ratcliffe, Harper Hutchins, Herron (Andres Dazzo), Hazel and Marin Hutchins, and great granddaughter Lottie Ratcliffe.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be sent to the Green Mountain Horse Association, PO Box 8, 5491 South Road, South Woodstock, VT or the AVA Art Gallery, 11 Bank Street, Lebanon, NH.

Celebration of Life Event will take place at the Green Mountain Horse Association Youth Center, Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 3:30pm - 6:30pm. All are welcome.

An on-line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

Sep 27, 2023 Rules

New Eventing Rule Changes Going into Effect October 1, 2023

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has made five rule changes which will go into effect October 1, 2023. Familiarize yourself with these rule changes below to make sure you are in compliance before heading out for your next event.

Sep 27, 2023 Competitions

Fast Facts: 2023 USEF/USEA Developing Horse Eventing National Championships

With the goal of creating a pathway for young horses in the U.S. and participants of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program, earlier this year the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USEA joined forces to launch the USEF/USEA Developing Horse Eventing National Championships for 6- and 7-year-olds.

Sep 26, 2023 Eventing News

The Race to Le Lion: Gina Set to Receive 2023 Holekamp/Turner Grant

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that Gina, owned by Corwin Sport Horses, LLC, is the likely recipient of the 2023 Holekamp/Turner Grant and The Dutta Corp. prize. Gina (Gentleman x Ballerina) is a 7-year-old Hanoverian mare ridden by Chris Talley and was bred by Hartwig Von Holten in Germany.

Sep 26, 2023 Competitions

Start Your Engines—Starter Level to Be USEA Recognized for 2024 Eventing Season

At the August USEA Board of Governors meeting, a proposition was brought forth to officially recognize what is commonly referred to as “Starter level” as a USEA division. For many years now, Starter level has been offered as a test at USEA approved events. The decision to recognize the level officially would allow those competing in Starter level divisions to receive recognition on the USEA Leaderboards and to compete at the Starter level at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) in the future. The motion was approved to recognize this level, and the USEA staff have been hard at work preparing all of the rules, guidelines, and standards that will go along with this level’s recognition for the 2024 season.

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