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GREENVILLE – Marvin McCabe, soon to be 89 years old returned to the horse arena to show a pony one more time at the Great Darke County Fair.
“He is going to stand alongside the pony and help it stretch and show with John Remmer his good friend in the pony business,” said Marvin’s son, Marty McCabe. “John wanted dad to show and his health has been up and down. He challenged him to get better so about a year ago he said, ‘you get better so you can come out and show a pony at the fair,’ so he has been working hard to get better.”
“I am so glad to be here,” McCabe said as he waited to enter the show arena.
McCabe has a long history of not only raising and showing ponies but also serving as a nationally and internationally known judge. Marvin started showing ponies in 1950 and has been judging ponies since the 1990’s.
“Marvin and I traveled a lot together for the American Shetland Pony Club,” said Urbana’s Roger Daulton. “We did a lot of judging together and as far as I am concerned he is one of the finest gentlemen I know.”
“He is and very knowledgeable about ponies and he’s held almost all positions at one time or another in the Shetland Club,” continued Daulton. “For many years Marvin was responsible for the judges and did a lot of training – just a good man.”
McCabe is a member of the National Equine Hall of Fame, served as an Equestrian Judge in the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta, has on more than one occasion been a judge at the World Equestrian Shows held at the Horse Park in Lexington, KY and also was the New Zealand National Horse Show judge.
“I was selected to do that (Olympics) and there were 33 countries in there,” McCabe stated. “I was so thrilled to be there. It was a good experience and something I will never forget.”
“The world equestrian show had 44 countries there and it was held at the Kentucky Horse Park,” noted McCabe. “I was thrilled to be there also and just to think that I got to judge there.”
McCabe raised ponies on a farm near the fairgrounds in Darke County.
“At one time we had 100 ponies back in the 70’s,” said Marvin’s son, Marty McCabe. “He owned 100 ponies at one time.”
With the help of family and friends, Marvin entered the show arena one more time to show a pony judged by longtime friend, Jim McKeith of Coleman, Michigan.
“Marvin and I go way back,” said McKeith. “When I first started in the miniatures and the ponies – that was back in the late 90’s and I have had a chance to know him for that time. Marvin was always a great gentleman, always polite and he was definitely a gentleman. I would go to him and ask him advice and he gave me very good advice which I carry on today.”
As so many times in the past, Marvin captured the blue ribbon and trophy on this warm day at the Great Darke County Fair.
Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics.
Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award.
Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-459-9547.