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.
More than 160 steeplechase enthusiasts gathered for the inaugural Owners Symposium and Auction that was held at Shawan Downs in Maryland in April 2015. Attendees had the fortune to listen to three horsemen each speak candidly about his experiences being involved with the sport he loves before a group of steeplechase horses were put through the auction. Last year’s presenters were Dogwood Stable founder Cot Campbell, owner Michael Wharton and Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard.
Promotion and Growth Chair Al Griffin Jr. credited the work of his predecessor, inaugural chair Bill Price, and committee member Charles C. Fenwick Jr. for the success of the 2015 event.
“The inaugural Symposium and Auction attracted a large, enthusiastic group of owners and prospective owners for a thought-provoking program,” he said. “With a Virginia location in the coming year, we hope to engage owners and prospective owners from the entire Mid-Atlantic region.”
Speakers for the 2016 Owner-Trainer Symposium and entry procedures for the auction will be announced at a later date.