Brandywine Valley Summer Series: Moran Family Award Recognizes Joey Darby at Brandywine Valley Summer Series

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Moran Family Award Recognizes Joey Darby at Brandywine Valley Summer Series



Devon, PA -  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.

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

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


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