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Memorial Ceremony to Honor Stephen O. Hawkins



A memorial ceremony to honor the life of Stephen O. Hawkins, a competition judge for 50 years, will be held at 1p.m. June 24 during the Middlesex County Horse Show in Allentown, N.J. The ceremony will be held at the New Jersey Horse Park. “The Middlesex Horse Show is being dedicated to the memory of Stephen Hawkins, respected competition judge and a steward,” said Lt. Col. James Marsh, the competition manager. “We are presenting what will be a memorial perpetual trophy in his name for the Best Pony Rider, and we will also dedicate a new judges pavillion to him at the New Jersey Horse Park. This was a project Mr. Hawkins really wanted to see done to improve judging condition at the New Jersey Horse Park. He has been on the board of directors of the New Jersey Horse Park since its inception as a dream and a promise of what might be, “ Marsh said. Hawkins died after suffering a stroke at his home in Upper Saddle River, N.J., on April 23. He was 76. Hawkins was one the few multi-breed versatile judges licensed by the USEF. Hawkins had judged about 30 shows a year and could judge a hunter, Western pleasure, or Saddlebred equally well, Marsh said. Alan Balch, a long-time friend and associate, has been selected to take the seat of Hawkins on the USAE trust board of trustees. Balch is currently the executive secretary of the American Saddlebred Association, and a director of the National Horse Show.

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