In a letter to the Board of Directors, National Steeplechase Association President Guy J. Torsilieri has detailed several initiatives that are under way as the 2015 spring opener approaches on Saturday, March 21, at Aiken, S.C. He noted that “a lot is going on in steeplechase racing, and it’s all for the good.” The letter is available on the NSA website, www.nationalsteeplechase.com, at the top left on the home page. Chick on the image to read his letter.
Matt McCarron, a two-time National Steeplechase Association champion jockey, has been named the new trainer at Merryland Farm effective on March 1. His last start under rules was Demonstrative’s dramatic victory in the 2012 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1). Champion jockey in 2003 and 2004, he led the earnings list in 2004 and 2005. He ranks eighth on the NSA’s all-time list by victories with 206. Read all the details in the Country Life Farm media release: http://www.countrylifefarm.com/miscResources/McCarronNamedTrainer.pdf
Oslo, Norway, Feb. 7, 2015. The Federation Internationale des Gentlemen Riders et des Cavalieres (Fegentri) elected prominent local horseman Mr. Donald Yovanovich to the Board of Directors of the Federation on February 7, 2015 in Oslo, Norway at the 60th Annual General Assembly representing a membership of 25 different nations with over 70 delegates. Mr. Yovanovich, a noted local horseman, trainer and race rider himself from Upperville, Virginia, was the representative from the Amateur Riders Club of America (ARCA) and is the first American to be elected to the Board of Fegentri. Fegentri represents amateur riders who do not receive…
Chasing in Focus
Jumping for joy: Demonstrative wins 2014 Eclipse Award
The 7-year-old Elusive Quality gelding, owned by Jacqueline Ohrstrom, trained by Richard Valentine, and ridden by Robbie Walsh, won three of six starts - all Grade 1s -- and was named champion steeplechaser of 2014. Here's a look back at Demonstrative's championship season - tod marks