Malloy sponsors TB Hunter Division at Old Salem Farm to honor daughter Debby

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Vivien G. Malloy (photo: Kathy Landman)

Vivien G. Malloy (photo: Kathy Landman)

by Sarah Mace

To honor her daughter Debby, Vivien Malloy of Edition Farm has created the Annual Debby Malloy Winkler Memorial Trophy Donated by the Malloy Family. The trophy will be presented for the first time on May 4, 2014 to the Champion of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), $2,000 Low Thoroughbred Hunter Division at the Old Salem Farm Welcome Day Horse Show.

The $2,000 Low Thoroughbred Hunter Division with prize money and ribbons (1st to 6th place) will consist of two over fence classes and one under saddle class. The winner’s name will be inscribed on this perpetual trophy and it will remain at Old Salem Farm with winners added each year at this event. The trophy was won by Debby in one of her international competitions in Europe.

Mrs. Malloy, New York’s top breeder in 2011, wrote,

“I have been thinking about this for a long time. It is three years since Debby fell so tragically at her home walking her horse after some flat work. With all the tremendous falls that every rider experiences during a lifetime of riding, it is unimaginable that this one was fatal. The horse broke her neck too.

“In order that this encourage people to give a race horse another chance to be useful and give enjoyment after racing, I would appreciate your trying to make this Division successful. The horse will be identified in the program by its present name, but also by its Jockey Club Registered name, making it easy to learn the breeding and bloodlines which are very interesting and a helpful piece of information to anyone wondering about the bloodlines of a certain horse.

“Debby, as most of you know, rode many thoroughbreds when she was competing. It is most fitting that I honor her memory by offering this Division in her name. After riding the warm bloods, she told me she would save one of the thoroughbreds for the end of the day. She called them her ‘dessert.’ When she was tired pushing around the warm bloods, all she had to do was steer the thoroughbreds, who, as she put it, were always in ‘high idle.’ It was the most enjoyable time of her riding day.

“I know we can make the lives of ex race horses useful and show the world their wonderful qualities and yes, beauty. Debby would approve. I can hear her say, ‘Go for it Mom.’”

A reception to celebrate this inaugural event will be held at 12:00 noon on the Pavilion Patio and is open to all those in attendance. Any organization that assists with the placement of OTTBs and will help promote the division will have a display table for the day. For more information, contact Connie Sawyer at

Click here for the T.I.P. brochure announcing the new division.

One Response to “Malloy sponsors TB Hunter Division at Old Salem Farm to honor daughter Debby”

  1. Jennifer Lobrano says:

    What a wonderful thing to do in her memory. She would have loved it.

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