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2016 Owner-Trainer Symposium and Steeplechase Auction

The National Steeplechase Association (NSA) recently announced the dates of the second annual Owner-Trainer Symposium and Steeplechase Auction. It will be held Sunday, April 10, at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains, VA.

The event will bring together industry leaders to share their insights on how to make American jump racing ownership a fulfilling and rewarding experience. The Steeplechase Auction portion of the program will feature horses that are ready to run, are progressing toward their first 2016 starts, or are prospects for racing over fences.

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Your 2015 NSA Award Winners

With autumn racing coming to a close, the National Steeplechase Association celebrated with the annual awards dinner at the National Steeplechase Museum.

Dawalan, owned by Irv Naylor and trained by Cyril Murphy, won the last stakes race of 2015, the $100,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Grade 1 Hurdles Stakes, a 2-3/4-mile race over National Fences, under jockey Ross Geraghty, at Springdale Race Course in Camden, SC.

“My biggest regret is that Irv isn’t here to see it. This is his great love,” Diane Naylor said after accepting the trophy on his behalf. “This is a team effort, everyone working together. I’m excited for Cyril and the barn. It’s a dream come true. Everyone ends the season on a good note.”

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Hope Cooper, National Steeplechase Museum Honoree

hopecooper"She is the rare person who just keeps giving," said of one of Springdale Race Course’s most dedicated during a reception to launch this year’s Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup in Camden, SC. Hired in 1988, she was an integral part of establishing College Park, making Springdale a year-round training center and building the sponsor mounds. Named Curator of the National Steeplechase Museum when it opened in 1998, she built the collections and raised plenty of funds before passing her Executive Director title over in 2014 prior to retiring in 2015 when she celebrated her 58th year at the Carolina Cup. Hope Cooper’s perspective will add greatly in her new role as a recently elected member of the Board of Directors. 

Give Now, Give Later, Fundraise and Volunteer

Marion duPont Scott’s contributions to steeplechasing remind us that foresight is the key to preserving this sport well past our own era. She was an extraordinary person with extraordinary resources. Her kind of generosity is not expected but if each of us contributes to American jump racing in some way, each of us will be helping to preserve this legacy that we have been left and all of the good that steeplechase does for its participants and the communities and causes that benefit.

Your contributions to the National Steeplechase Foundation (NSF) are what are needed for the sport to be a part of our American fabric in the years ahead. And remember, your financial gifts to the NSF are tax deductible.

As we reflect on the organization’s 20-year history, there is sincere gratitude for your foresight that guides American jump racing today. The Board of Trustees of the NSF is committed to being your partner. You are part of a formidable team that is responding in the areas of greatest need so that American jump racing’s future can remain as lively and rewarding as it has since it began in our country nearly 200 years ago.

About the NSF

The National Steeplechase Foundation, Inc. is referred to as the NSF. It is a 501(c)3 so your donations to this publicly supported organization are deductible within the limits of current federal and state tax law. The NSF is exempt from federal income taxation.

The NSF is a wholly independent organization. All decisions and actions are determined by its Board of Trustees.

The NSF was created in 1995 with the objective of preserving steeplechase horse racing in the United States. Its areas of focus are safety, education, amateur participation and the overall promotion of steeplechasing or, what many call it, American jump racing.