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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. 

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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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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