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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Aug. 15, 2002
    Rocky Mountain High


    Beezer, I couldn't have said it any better.

    This BB has lost another great treasure. We'll miss you, KS

    "Enjoy Boredom...
    ...It's all you've got to look forward to." - Eeyore
    "These are my principles. If you do not like them, I have others." --Groucho Marx

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Nov. 26, 1999
    Richmond, VA


    Although I helped write the orginal message and am not really in shape to write much more, I would just like to add that I lost not only my trainer, but one of my biggest supporters. Life is going to be very different for me now without her, because she really was a role model for me. I hasn't settled in yet, but I feel privledged to be the last student she coached at a show - and I'm glad I rode well and didn't let her down. I will always remember what she has taught me - and for riding Madison - "don't ever take back"

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Jul. 1, 1999
    Fairfax, VA


    I'm remembering Empress Czarina Babina's billowing laugh and broad smile through tears. So many times while riding I hear her words of wisdom in my head:

    "Sit away!"

    "Use the whole ring - you paid for it!"

    and the dreaded, "Come here, Pumpkin."

    I hope the tiara is light upon your head, Empress. Cowboy down that line.


    Money doesn't make you happy but it quiets the nerves.

    - Sean O'Casey
    "Riding is a complicated joy. You learn something each time. It is never quite the same, and you never know it all."
    --Monica Dickens

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Jan. 28, 2000


    Oh, this is terrible. I didn't "know" her, but I sure felt like I knew her through this BB! I remember all the pics that were posted of her with the VA clique, and she always had this fabulous smile plastered across her face! She was so genuine and friendly, and always had great advice and insights. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends, both in-person friends and BB friends. My goodness this board has seen so many major tragedies with some of the most well known bbers lately. When will it end?

    GO MARINES!!!!!!!! OORAH!!!
    Is minic a rinne bromach gioblach capall cumasach
    An awkward colt often becomes a beautiful horse .

  5. #25
    Msnead Guest


    This is how we'll always remember "Empress Babbo".

    Picture of Babs
    or try this link
    Direct to picture

    Mark & Joanne

  6. #26
    Join Date
    Feb. 13, 2000
    VA, but visitor to Garrison & Toronto


    \"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.\" -- Ralph Waldo E

  7. #27
    Join Date
    Nov. 7, 2000
    CA NA DA


    I was just thinking about her yesterday and how I hadn't seen many of her post which I always look forward too....

    I'm deeply saddened by this, I only knew her through this board but can tell that the world just lost another magnificant horsewoman.

    You will always be the tiara wearing Diva who teaches monkeys and precious pumpkins to ride.

    ~ Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once ~
    ~ they tease you cause they like you ~

  8. #28
    Join Date
    Oct. 25, 1999
    Jackson, MS AND Durham, NC


    I am in shock.

    I didn't know her personally, but she was a warm friendly person on this BB and always had insightful, positive things to say.

    formerly Emily A My karma ran over your dogma.

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Feb. 17, 2000
    Berlin, CT


    I was wondering why I hadn't seen her post in awhile. I never met her in person, but I loved reading her posts here!

    "Member of the Western clique"

    All gave some...And some gave all...God bless the USA
    "You are under arrest for operating your mouth under the influence of
    ignorance!" Officer Beck

  10. #30
    Join Date
    Sep. 27, 2001


    What a loss to the horse community. She will be greatly missed. Condolences to her "real" and "horse" families.

  11. #31
    Join Date
    Oct. 21, 1999
    Rochester, NY


    Words cannot express how badly I feel. I never met Babs, but we had fun on the BB and occassionally exchanged emails. She was a true gem of a person, and I will miss her joy and her gentle kindness. I feel so badly for all of her "Precious Pumpkins." They are going to miss her so.

    This too, shall pass.
    “When our dictator turns up you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American.” Dorothy Thompson 1935

  12. #32
    Join Date
    Feb. 14, 2000
    Harrisburg, PA


    OMG - when Heineken called to tell me I could not believe it. I have known Babs since I was like 13. I knew her because she was always so friendly at horse shows and you could always hear her joyous laughter across the show grounds. We joked many times about precious pumpkins and pony point chasing when I worked the gate at Lin-Ann shows. then she was gracious enough to let me ride Robert when I had nothing to ride when I moved back to VA. I was only able to ride him six or seven times but it was the willingness with which she offered her baby to me that showed what a wonderful person she was.

    I have a hard time imaginging VA horse shows without her. She was a tremendous addition to the horse world, will be sorely missed and most certainly never forgotten..

    - - - - - -
    "We learn from history that we do not learn from history." ~ George Bernard Shaw
    - - - - - -
    \"I found my inner bitch and ran with her.\" ~ Courtney Love

  13. #33
    Join Date
    Apr. 11, 2002


    I had the pleasure of only taking 3 lessons from Babs, and, in fact, I was going to spend the whole summer with her. She was an amazing person. It seems almost unreal, like it's a joke or something. She was an amazing trainer and an amazing person. The only thing I regret is that I hadn't known her sooner...

    Oh, and the last thing she said to me was "You're a really good rider" I was really happy and giddy, and I was looking forward to the next lesson.

    Another thing that Babs managed to was for me was to cram so much information into one lesson. Well, "cram" isn't the right word. "Teach" is the right word. After each lesson with her, I would go home and mentally review what she had taught me in each lesson. Every time I was so amazed at how much I had learned. The last lesson I had with her she taught Brandy and I how to bend, and taught me how to sit the trot, which I had never really learned. She was a truly amazing person.

    [This message was edited by McLeanHunterRider on Jun. 14, 2003 at 10:28 AM.]

  14. #34
    Join Date
    Mar. 30, 2001
    MD, USA


    This is sad beyond words.

    I met her a few times through BB get togethers at FPP and Mosbys. She made such a strong, wonderful impression. She could make you laugh till your sides hurt. She was always so full of joy.

    Her posts always revealed her real true love of teaching her "Precious Pumpkins" and her depth of knowlege.

    People like that shouldn't die--they should go on forever. She'll be truly missed.

  15. #35
    Join Date
    Dec. 14, 2000


    Babs was always fun. I'm glad we came to the last FPP get together and had the opportunity to see her. Of course, she ahrrased me about not bringing the chocolate mousse.

    As much as we used to kid about Hunter riders versus eventers, I always remember the compliment she gave me and my horse at FPP. It meant a lot coming from someone like Babs.

    I hope we can all get together and have a round of Cranberry juice and absolut. I'll bring the mousse.

    "I thought I was dead once but it turns out, I was only in Nebraska."

  16. #36
    Join Date
    Aug. 9, 2000
    Houston, TX


    I'm stunned! I received an email from Babs about a week ago. I knew Babs from my days of living in Northern Virginia in the 80's and again most recently as Kennett Square. Babs was always a class act, friendly to everyone.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and "Precious Pumpkins."

  17. #37
    Join Date
    Jan. 29, 2000
    ~the back of my horse, where the view is best!


    Oh mY! I am just stunned! My condolences.

    ~<>~ COTHBB Leather Care Guru~<>~
    ~Member of the *Horse Vans Rock* clique~

  18. #38
    Join Date
    Apr. 6, 2000
    Amissville, VA, US


    Just unbelievable.

    I am so saddened by the loss of such a great woman. I heard yesterday, but didn't want to believe it.

    "The base is your friend, and you can never have enough friend!"

    This friend is going to miss you Babs, in a terrible way.

    See you on the other side. Please get caught up on all the gossip up there, I am going to want a full report.

    "I don't trust anything that wants to have sex with it's mother and eat's its own poop." G-D-G
    **Before you can be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.**

  19. #39
    Join Date
    Oct. 9, 2002
    Shippensburg, PA


    She looks so young
    My condolences to her family and friends.

    Erin and Instant Karma
    "Sweet freedom whispered in my ear
    You're a butterfly
    And butterflies are free to fly
    Fly away, high away, bye bye..."
    Erin and
    Instant Karma "Sunny", ShineDown "Liam"

    "You can't control the wind, but you can adjust the sails."

  20. #40
    Join Date
    Jun. 21, 2001
    Slaving away at UCD...missing the PNW


    My deepest sympathy to all who knew her, loved her, trained with her. She always struck me as a kind, fun, knowledgable horsewoman...the equestrian community will miss her dearly. How lucky we were to have gotten to know her...even if it was only through the internet.

    What a hard year this has been for so many...

    *"The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable." - Oscar Wilde

    *Formerly known as Seabiscuit*

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