Nona Garson

Nona Garson has represented the United States internationally for almost a decade. She was a member of the historic all female US show jumping squad at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games, as well as a team member at the 1998 World Championships in Rome. Other international successes include the winning Nations Cup in Drammen, Norway and Rotterdam as well as the team bronze medal at the 1995 Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Nona’s most famous equine partner is the Russian “Rhythmical”. The story of how the wily chestnut came to Nona is the stuff of legends. The diminutive gelding was traded with a few other horses for 150 used washing machines. Eventually Nona spotted Rhythmical as young rider’s horse in Europe. Nona saw past his small size to his incredible heart and talent and arranged for the horse to come to America. The pair clicked immediately and went on to win numerous grand prix including the Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid, the Budweiser AGA Championship, and the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic.

Nona has been an avid horsewoman since birth. She grew up showing hunters, jumpers and equitation and learned her skills by doing everything—mucking stalls, feeding, braiding—at her family’s The Ridge Farm in New Jersey.

In addition to Rhythmical Nona has an exciting group of young horses making their mark in the show ring.

Valerie Kanavy

Valerie Kanavy won her first endurance World Championship gold medal in 1994 on a $500 horse she purchased through a classified ad. Since then Valerie has competed for the United States Equestrian Team in Spain, United Arab Emirates, and Italy, as well as throughout the United States.

Her successes include two individual gold and an individual silver medal from the World Championships and individual and team bronze medals at the North American Championships. Among her most recent wins is the 2002 USET Championship in Gladstone, New Jersey. Valerie’s horses frequently earn the Best Conditioned Award at their competitions.

Valerie is also well known for giving back to the sport through organizing and managing competitive rides. Riders from Australia, Europe, and United Arab Emirates have attended her events.

Valerie also has three children including daughter Danielle who is also a World Champion Gold medalist in endurance.
Kevin Babington

Kevin Babington is a native of Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland, but now is based in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. A successful international show jumper, Kevin won a team gold medal at the 2001 European Championships and has been on the winning Nation's Cup teams at prestigious shows such as Hickstead, Lummen, Calgary, Washington and Toronto.

Kevin and Sally Glassman's Carling King were also in the top ten at the 2002 World Championships in Jerez, Spain.

In 2004, the duo started strong and were victorious in the $100,000 Cosequin US Open Jumper Championship and the $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup CSI***. Kevin was the only rider to win two grand prix at this year's Winter Equestrian Festival.

The duo has qualified for the 2004 Olympics and will spend some time this summer preparing in Europe.

Kevin wears the Men's A-Circuit.

Nina Fout

Tropical Rider is proud to sponsor Nina Fout – a member of the Bronze Medal Winning American Team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She has successfully completed the world's toughest four star events including Badminton, Burghley and Rolex Kentucky.

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