Kevin Babington Foundation (KBF) has been created to provide funding and support for Equestrian Show Jumping Athletes who sustain spinal injuries. In addition to providing financial assistance the foundation will also strive to educate riders, trainers and show organizers about the most current safety measures designed to reduce the risk of serious injuries which can occur while riding.
On June 9th, 2022, at the Upperville Horse Show in Virginia, Kim’s horse stumbled after a jump and fell to the ground taking Kim with him. The resulting spinal injuries include compression and misalignment of C3, C4, & C5, and a fracture to one of the vertebrae
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His insurance does not cover this so the Babington’s are paying for it themselves and with donated funds. It is hoped the robotic machine will help teach Kevin how to walk again. With the gym currently closed Kevin visits a hyperbaric chamber 5 times a week to improve his breathing and strengthen his voice. New York Times wrote an expose on April 17, 2020 on Kevin’s story and his current condition and road to recovery. Click here to read.
Kevin sets targets. Kevin does what’s possible. He can’t walk and he can’t ride but that doesn’t mean he can’t teach. Five months after his accident, he was back teaching at his riding school. He sits in his chair on his porch, coaching riders in the ring a few meters from the side of his house.
He wears a headset linked up to buds they wear in their ears. Recently, he has started doing it online too. He was dubious at first but it has become a revelation to him. As long as the connection is clear and the person filming them has a steady hand, he can teach someone to ride regardless of whether they’re in Florida, Pennsylvania or Tipperary.
With the Tokyo Olympics this summer, he watches and analyzes many Grand Prix shows online, for pleasure but also for business. He is one of the selectors for the Irish show-jumping team, and staying involved in the top level of the sport has helped keep his spirits high.
What gives Babington the greatest hope for recovery is his participation in a clinical trial involving stem cells at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He says he can’t wait to see how he will respond to the treatment, which will begin in about five months. Last year, a man paralyzed from the neck down in a surfing accident walked again after the treatment. Babington dreams that he too could be a miracle patient.
Kevin Babington Foundation is a 501c3 organization
The Board of Directors here at the Kevin Babington Foundation is very pleased to announce that the foundation has been officially recognized as a tax exempt organization, as described in section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. With this designation, the foundation has opened the door for many more opportunities by way of collaboration, fundraising and recognition as a non-profit organization in the equestrian community.
Donations will be used to help rehabilitate equestrians with spinal injuries.
Road to Recoveries
Kevin Babington and Alexis Halbert have been the first beneficiaries of the Kevin Babington Foundation. Donations have been instrumental in their rehabilitation from traumatic spinal cord injuries.
Those in need of funds as a result of an accident, please click the button below.
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Donations will be used to help rehabilitate show jumping athletes who sustain spinal injuries.
Kevin Babington Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization