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Who is ready for the start of the spring 2022 race season? We are ready to welcome you to the rolling hills at @plantationfield and hope that you'll mark your calendars to attend the 75th running of the Cheshire Hunt Races! Check out the full season of races and get your tickets online through the link in bio. #cheshirehuntraces #NSA #GoJumpRacing #cheshirepoint2point

Photos from National Steeplechase Association's post

Photos from National Steeplechase Association's post

Photos from The Mount Harmon Wicomico Hunt Point-To-Point's post

Photos from The Mount Harmon Wicomico Hunt Point-To-Point's post


This black and white photo now hangs in the Willowdale Steeplechase office. Anyone know the details?


We shared earlier this week that former race chair of the International Gold Cup Races, Langhorne Bond, passed away. Here is his obituary:

We particularly like this part - Mr. Bond fits right in to the TGSF goals: "Over the years Mr. Bond, who chaired the Virginia Gold Cup International Steeplechase races in for 12 years, gave away dozens of helmets to steeplechase riders, who eventually adopted the helmets for their own safety. Mr. Bond also worked to get safer breakaway rails for fences and to champion protective vests for riders."

Services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains on August 27 at 2 p.m.

Douglas Lees photo


For National Girls and Women in Sports Day we thought it'd be fun to re-look at a piece about Hall of Fame trainer Janet Elliot, written by Don Clippinger for TGSF in November 2018. #NGWSD

Janet Elliot was supposed to come to the United States in 1968 as caretaker for an Irish horse bound for the Olympics. That didn’t work out. But she came anyway—and ultimately the result was a trail-blazing career that led to a place of honor in American Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame. All the while, she has been a masterful horse person who has shown her respect and compassion not only for the horses but also for those who care for the horses each and every day.

Even when she is expected in the winner’s circle, she will, with little fanfare, watch as the horse makes its way back to the stable area. For Janet Elliot, the horse always has come first.

Her entry into American jump racing did not go according to script, much like the Olympics horse detoured from a trip to Mexico City more than a half-century ago. She landed in eastern Pennsylvania and secured a job with W. Burling Cocks, the dean of the Unionville-area jump-racing community. But she was involved in an auto accident, and her injuries prevented her from taking the position at Cocks’ Hermitage Farm.

When one door closes, another opens. Jonathan Sheppard, just beginning his ascent to the top of the sport, had an opening, and Elliot took the job. She was with Sheppard for nearly 11 years, off and on, rising to assistant trainer before he kicked her out of the nest to go on her own.

That, it should be noted, was 1979. Very, very few women were training horses, and even fewer were making a decent living in a tough game. But she had the skills, the right owners, and most importantly the right horses. A mere 12 years after she opened her own stable, Elliot dethroned Sheppard as the National Steeplechase Association’s champion trainer, winning two more races than her former employer. She had the year’s leading earner, Bill Lickle’s Victorian Hill, arguably the best steeplechase horse never to win a championship, and banked more than $800,000.

Her title was by no means a fluke. She had been among the sport’s top trainers for several years, and she trained the first winner of the Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase, Census, in 1986.

The hits kept coming. For Lickle, she trained Correggio, the Eclipse Award winner in 1996, and she trained Nancy W. Gerry’s Flat Top to two Eclipse statuettes separated by four years (1998 and 2002). Elliot was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2009. She is the second woman, after jockey Julie Krone, and the only female trainer in the Hall of Fame.

In 1997, she created the Woodville Award, named for her Lancaster County, Pa., farm. Each year, the Woodville Award honors those tireless workers who toil out of the limelight and exemplify the best traits in steeplechase racing.

Tod Marks photo of Janet Elliot in March 2017


Happy Birthday Jim Graham!!❤❤❤


Photo memories popped up on our phone today. Love this one from January 2019 of Anne Moran and the late great McDynamo, at Sanna Neilson's farm in PA.


Cheshire Hunt Races March 27th 2022 run in honor of history making trainer Mrs Phillip Fanning (Jill) on right next to her daughter and mother. For more information on this year's races please check out our new website at
Photo credit: Douglas Lees


As soon as I saw this scene taking shape, I knew it would make a painting. I think I'll call it Bus Stop. 11x14 oil.
#nationalsteeplechaseassociation #templegwathmeysteeplechasefoundation #virginiagoldcup #painterlyrealism #jumpracing

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021 Announcing Our Winnie Winners – American Horse Publications
EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021 Announcing Our Winnie Winners – American Horse Publications

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021 Announcing Our Winnie Winners – American Horse Publications

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021 Announcing Our Winnie Winners EQUUS Film & Arts Fest “Virtual” event came to a close with a “Live” Winnie Awards Event on Sunday November 29, 2021, with continued viewing of the awards show available on EQUUS TV. A complete listing of this year’s Winnie Winners ...


Pop Quiz time! Who opened the Middleburg Training Center back in 1956? Hint: He was an Upperville philanthropist and is one of only five people ever designated as an “Exemplar of Racing” by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Leave your guesses in the comments! 🐎


On the eve of the first race meet of the fall season, we are keenly feeling the loss of Catherine French. Here she is at Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs in 2017, a meet she routinely shot. Douglas Lees photo.


We had NO IDEA until this week that there were so many steeplechase/polo connections! Read all about them (this is just the tip of the iceberg, we're sure!) in this week's Steeplechasing Stories, by Betsy Burke Parker:

Photo: Beth Supik (assistant to steeplechase trainer Cyril Murphy) battles against Parker Pearce, son of NSA steward Ross Pearce, nephew of Turney & Liz McKnight.
©Paul Zappala

Sheppard On Love, Loss And Winning
Sheppard On Love, Loss And Winning

Sheppard On Love, Loss And Winning

After a hard crank of the steering wheel to the right, the truck reverses, pivots, and we’re suddenly facing the opposite side of what is referred to as the “Hundred Acre Field” on the grounds of Ashwell Training Stables, an hour or so west of ...

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Wishing a very HAPPY RETIREMENT to trainer Jonathan Sheppard. The HOF and Eclipse-award winning trainer announced his retirement today and will continue to train a small stable in Ireland.

📷 Kaz Ishida


Happy 80th birthday to Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard! The most successful trainer of steeplechasers in American history, Sheppard has won 3,426 races through November. He just wrapped up the National Steeplechase Association’s leading trainer title in earnings for the 29th time in his career and the wins title for the 26th time. Also successful with flat champions such as Breeders’ Cup winners Forever Together and Informed Decision, Sheppard was the first trainer to surpass the milestones of 1,000 steeplechase wins and steeplechase earnings or $20 million. A native of England, Sheppard won at least one race at Saratoga for a remarkable 47 consecutive years (1969 through 2015) and has led the Saratoga standings in wins twice. His major victories include 15 editions of the New York Turf Writers Cup, 14 runnings of the Colonial Cup, and nine renewals of the American Grand National. Sheppard was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

Photo by Brien Bouyea

[Image description: Johnathan Sheppard holding a program in the paddock.]


Photographer Douglas Lees just sent us this photo from the 1975 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Betty and Charles Bird's Fort Devon won the race, with jockey Buzz Hannum riding. The cutest part of the whole photo? Our current PHC Treasurer, Buzzy Hannum, Jr, is the tiny baby perfectly placed in the trophy. 😍

Jockey Buzz Hannum, Sr identified the photo for us, left to right: "My Wife Molly (dec'd 1988), stepson Michael Poole, Brad Pitt (😂), trainer Betty Bird, owner Charlie Bird. trophy presenter Barbara West, & my mother Nancy Hannum. In the trophy is my 2 week old son, Richard P.S. Hannum (Buzzy) Jr."

Look for Buzzy on the live stream tomorrow - not only is he the PHC Treasurer, but he's also the Chief Patrol Judge.

Thanks, Douglas, for the memory!


"There is no way to do justice to the life of Bob Kinsley in a few words or even pages. It would take books. The success Bob was able to achieve is nothing short of staggering."

A beautiful tribute to Bob Kinsley from Jay Young, President Emeritus of the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club.

(All photos ©Douglas Lees)

Photos from Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation's post

Photos from Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation's post

Fasig-Tipton to Offer Online Bidding at All Future Auctions
Fasig-Tipton to Offer Online Bidding at All Future Auctions

Fasig-Tipton to Offer Online Bidding at All Future Auctions

Fasig-Tipton will offer online bidding at all its future live auctions, the company announced in a press release Thursday morning. The platform will be available for Fasig-Tipton’s next scheduled auction, the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, to be held June 29-30 in Timonium, Maryland. .....

Legends of Steeplechase - John Cushman

Legends of Steeplechase - John Cushman

This week's Legend of Steeplechase is former jockey and former Carolina Cup race director John Cushman. As usual, we collected far more photos than we could fit in the article - here's the whole collection! Read the article here:


The young riders watching Correggio, Rowdy Irishman, Leandro, Mr. Yankee, Stop and Listen, and Lonesome Glory battle it out in the Colonial Cup. Who was the winner? Corregio got the with, with Jeff Teter in the irons for his very last ride! Thanks to Sam Slater and Lornie Forbes for hosting a video viewing party. The group will head off to Saratoga Race Course at the crack of dawn tomorrow.

Photos from Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation's post

Photos from Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation's post


The TGSF Developing Rider Program TRIP to Ireland starts today! The four young women selected to attend were nominated by NSA trainers and include Skylar McKenna, Chloe Hannum, Virginoa Korrell, and Elizabeth Scully. Check our page for updates from over the pond, when they find a fast internet connection. Thank you to hosts Sam Slater and Lornie Forbes for hosting this program in Ireland at Cahervillehow in County Tipperary.

Saratoga loses a legend
Saratoga loses a legend

Saratoga loses a legend

Minutes before the start of Friday’s fifth race, infield tote boards and television screens throughout Saratoga Race Course dimmed. In a break from the usual display of odds, will-pays and statistics, the monitors instead presented a photo of a beaming Marylou Whitney on a black backdrop with the ...


Click through to read about Dr. John Fisher's involvement in the creation of the Fair Hill Training Center, courtesy of the Fair Hill Foundation. PLUS - TGSF announces the dates and information for the 2019 Domestic Young Rider Trip, racing news, and lots of other news. Check it out!
Horsemen, veterinarians urged to attend mandatory equine health and safety meeting

Horsemen, veterinarians urged to attend mandatory equine health and safety meeting Details Published: Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:33 The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Racing Commission and Maryland Jockey Club will host a joint meeting Tuesday, July 2, at Laurel Park at wh...

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Remember last week when we told you about the Valentine family and their history with the Fair Hill Races? There's those famous Valentine silks!

Flaming Sword is owned by Fat Chance Farm, which is a partnership that includes Joy Slater. We're so delighted to see the Valentine silks on the track again!



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