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Kevin Babington

Full name: Kevin Babington
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: August 24, 1968 in Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland
Country: IRL Ireland
Sport: Equestrianism

Biography

Kevin Babington was educated at CBS Carrick, and at 17 he spent a year at Iris Kellett's Riding School in Kill, County Kildare doing BHS [British Horse Society] riding instructor exams before going to the United States to take up what proved to be a very successful professional show jumping career.

He first worked as a riding instructor at a Vermont summer camp, but then in 1990 set up his own business in New Jersey teaching lessons, training and showing young horses, and selling horses. Some of his most notable successes in his career were when he was part of the 2001 Irish gold medal team at the European Championships in Holland, was eighth individually at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain and joint fourth in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Initially he finished joint fifth at the 2004 Olympics on [Carling King], and the Olympic gold medalist was Ireland's Cian O'Connor – but his horse [Waterford Crystal] failed a drug test taken during the Olympics, and subsequently lost his Olympic title. Babington competed in his first Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany in 2000 when Eddie Macken had to withdraw. One month later, after producing a double clear round, he helped his team win the Nations Cup at Hickstead, in England, the first victory for Ireland there since 1937. Kevin Babington still lives at Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania where he has a state-of-the-art equestrian training centre.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual Ireland IRL 4T
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team Ireland IRL AC DNF

Mixed Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank F
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Ireland Carling King Final Standings 4T 12
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Ireland Carling King Final Round 4T 12
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Ireland Carling King Final Round Round One 11T 8
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Ireland Carling King Final Round Round Two 2T 4
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Ireland Carling King Qualifying Round 4T QU 8
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Ireland Carling King Qualifying Round Round One 15 2
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Ireland Carling King Qualifying Round Round Two 9T 1
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Ireland Carling King Qualifying Round Round Three 17T 5

Mixed Jumping, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank F
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Ireland IRL Carling King Final Standings AC DNF [6.00]
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Ireland IRL Carling King Round One AC DNF 1.00
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Ireland IRL Carling King Round Two 5 5.00
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