In Memoriam

 Michael J. McDermott

Michael J. McDermott

A Devoted Professional Horseman

Michael J. McDermott was well-known throughout the horse world. He trained National Champion Show Horses, and conditioned race horses for leading trainers at Belmont Racetrack.

He served as a Judge of horse shows, and owned his own business, Pretty Good Farm. Michael was the professional Whip for Meadowbrook Hounds, and Huntsman. 

 Harry deLeyer

Harry deLeyer

A Legend in the Horse World

The horse community lost a pioneer over the summer months, Harry deLeyer. Mr. deLeyer trained Snowman, who became the National Show Jumping Horse in 1958. Snowman won the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. In 1959, he made history as the first horse to win the Open Jumper Championship two years in a row. In 1983, Mr. deLeyer went on to represent the United States at the World Championships.

The duo have been the subject of numerous magazine articles, four books, TV appearances, and now a recently released documentary, Harry and Snowman. We were lucky to have Harry deLeyer as a lifetime member of the LIPHA. He lives on through his sons and daughters who are all intricate members of the LIPHA.

 Tom Mannos

Tom Mannos

The “Voice of Equestrian Sport”

Tom Mannos, passed away on August 11 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Tom was an intricate life member of the LIPHA, for many years Tom was treasurer of the organization and we are forever thankful to him.  

In 2017, Tom received the Jimmy Walsh Trophy in recognition of over 50 years of service to the Long Island Horseman’s Association and the Hampton Classic’s Lesportsac Long Island Sportsmanship Award.

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