The National Steeplechase Association’s highest priority is the health and safety of our members, participants and race patrons. Individual race meets have decided to postpone or cancel any events within the next eight weeks based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our organization is working with the individual race meets to build a new schedule following the eight weeks plus an enhanced fall season. Please refer to nationalsteeplechase.com for official race dates and schedules.
Thank you for your patience as we work to support our race meets and continue the long-lasting tradition of jump racing in America.
The following is a statement of the Aiken Steeplechase Association canceling its spring meet, which had been scheduled for next Saturday.
With an abundance of caution and concern for our community, the Aiken Steeplechase Association, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, is canceling the Spring Steeplechase that was to be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Bruce’s Field.
The members of the Aiken Steeplechase Association Board of Directors are, like many of you, very disappointed to have to come to this decision, but we feel that the safety of our patrons is paramount. A refund plan is being developed and will be printed in the newspaper and posted on our website by Monday, March 23.
We ask your cooperation by giving us the time to develop our refund plan. Our patrons are also encouraged to consider forgoing a refund and receiving our donation acknowledgement for tax purposes.
Those donations will go toward the development of the new Aiken Steeplechase site, which will be hosting its first race in October 2021. Thank you again for your cooperation and patience as we develop our plan for refunding patrons by Monday, March 23.
Official Statement from Tryon Resort Mill Spring, NC – March 14, 2020 – In a continued effort to keep a safe and healthy place for our guests and team, we are making additional adjustments to our 2020 schedule. In alignment with the USEF 30-day guidelines, we are canceling equestrian competitions beginning March 14, 2020 to
The following is the Carolina Cup Racing Association’s statement on the cancellation of its March 28 meet. The Carolina Cup Racing Association has made the decision to cancel the upcoming 86th running of Carolina Cup Races on March 28, 2020 following the guidance from the US Center for Disease Control, and local Kershaw County health
Dear steeplechasing enthusiasts,
The National Steeplechase Association leadership has been constantly monitoring the ever-changing scenario with reference to the Corona Virus pandemic. The role of the NSA is to fully support the decision of each individual race meet to run, cancel or postpone. Our primary goal in this regard is to do everything we can to ensure the health and well-being of our racing family and attendees, including our NSA officials. Some race meets have already cancelled while others are still intending to run or waiting before making this most difficult decision. The decision of each individual race meet to run, postpone, or cancel is based on the specifics of that meet, including the locale and the date of their meet in the Spring schedule. The NSA has opened the possibility for those race meets who decide not to run on their date to consider running later in May and June. Should this be a consideration for race chairmen, please contact me so that we can start to evaluate scheduling options.
For those race meets who decide to go forward with running, it would be important to reach out to your constituents and attendees and inform them of additional precautions you have implemented due to the threat of the virus. Should you desire information on additional safety efforts and help with this messaging, please contact me. It is my hope that in the coming weeks, as this all plays out, we can share information and ways of going.
These are trying times indeed. Every day brings a new perspective, and it is the responsibility of each race meet to continue to monitor their particular situation and react accordingly. We will endeavor to keep you informed of race meet decisions as we know them. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or for clarification.
Al Griffin Jr.
Irvin L. “Skip” Crawford’s Senior Senator has been nominated for a chance to win an unprecedented fourth victory in the $100,000 Maryland Hunt Cup, the world’s best-known race over post-and-rail fences.
The 124th running of the testing four-mile race will be Saturday, April 25, at the Hunt Cup course in Glyndon. The 2020 edition attracted a bumper crop of 26 nominees.
Now a 10-year-old, Senior Senator retired the Hunt Cup trophy for Crawford last spring after nearly losing his footing on a road crossing in the final mile and then coming back to score a four-length victory. He had won the 2018 Hunt Cup after returning from neck surgery and also triumphed in 2016.
Joseph G. Davies, who trains Senior Senator, is the undisputed king of Hunt Cup horsemen in this century and would be seeking his fifth straight victory. In all, he nominated six contenders to the 2020 Hunt Cup.
The Maryland-based horseman has a deep understanding of the race after also winning it twice as a rider, and he recognizes that Senior Senator will not have an easy path to a historic victory. The last horse to win the Hunt Cup three times was Cancottage in 1983. Cancottage tried once more and finished third in 1985. Senior Senator was the eighth horse to win the Hunt Cup three times.
“We realize it’s a tall mountain to climb,” Davies said. Senior Senator “is doing great. He’s pretty settled.”