We are pleased to announce the judges for the 2010 CHSA Finals are
Carol Molony – Brewster, NY
Daniel FitzSimmons – Wallkill, NY
We recently learned Carol was inducted to the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame -
The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame honors its 2010 horse and human inductees at a dinner near the Devon Horse Show grounds.
Excerpt from EquineSearch EquiWire News by Nancy Jaffer.
Haverford, Pa., June 3, 2010 — If ever there were a perfect place to honor the past, it's the Merion Cricket Club, where dozens of the show world's biggest names gathered this week at the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame induction dinner to pay homage to their own.
Set in one of the leafy suburbs along Philadelphia's Main Line, just a few miles from the Devon Horse Show grounds, this venerable sporting and social establishment offered the right backdrop for the annual dinner. Green lawns and walls lined with oil paintings of past club presidents set the mood for remembrance and a tribute to the horses and riders who are the legends of the hunter world.
Carol Altman Molony, a founder of the Hall of Fame, was rightfully inducted for her many contributions to the sport. I watched her win both the Maclay and the Medal finals at Madison Square Garden in 1962 (they were held on consecutive days at that time). I was only a tot then, of course, but what would have made the performance even more outstanding, had I known it, was the fact that her mount was a borrowed horse that she had competed previously only in a hunter trials the previous weekend.
That tidbit was told to us by her friend Judy Richter, a Hall member who introduced her. Carol rode with Gordon Wright, who also was one of George Morris' trainers. She earned numerous championships, including at the National Horse Show, and also gave advice to Mary Mairs (Chapot) on how to win the equitation finals on a borrowed horse. After a 1969 accident that ended her riding career, she turned to teaching, working at Bennett College, the Ox Ridge Hunt Club and other stables along the way until settling in at Stony Creek in North Salem, N.Y. All the while, she has been "a real doer…who quietly gets it done." She has contributed to the industry by being a leader in the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF), the Professional Horsemen's Association and the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association, as well as having involvement in the intercollegiate program and judging national equitation finals.