The U.S. Eventing Association announced that Patrick “Packy” McGaughan passed away at the age of 56. McGaughan was a successful eventer, coach, trainer and USEA member. He began his career as a young rider in the late 1970s and went on to compete at the North American Young Rider Championships. McGaughan was rider in residence at the U.S. Equestrian Team from 1981 to 1982 with Jack LeGoff. In 1987, McGaughan helped the U.S. earn a team gold medal at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis and also finished in third individually. That same year he graduated from Duke University (North Carolina). In 1991, McGaughan graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law.
A popular instructor in Area II, McGaughan operated Banbury Cross Farm in Clarksburg, Maryland. The farm was developed into a premier training, breeding and boarding facility, specializing in eventing, dressage, hunters and equitation. McGaughan produced numerous horses and riders to the highest level of the sport. He was a top instructor in Area II for juniors, amateurs and professionals alike and could often be found at events up and down the East Coast coaching riders of all ages and levels.