The Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation announced today that the charitable organization has elected two new trustees and has re-elected a third.
Elected to the Board of Trustees of the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit are Diane Naylor and Dixon Stroud. With her husband, Irv, Mrs. Naylor is a prominent owner of steeplechase horses, and they have campaigned three Eclipse Award winners in the past decade. Black Jack Blues was their first in 2011, and they had consecutive champions Dawalan and Rawnaq in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
W. B. Dixon Stroud is a well-known steeplechase horseman who founded the Willowdale Steeplechase in 1993 and continues as its chairman. A prominent rider over timber fences, he won the 1984 Maryland Hunt Cup aboard Bewley’s Hill. His vision of a gala race meet in Chester County, Pa., led to the founding of Willowdale, a feature of Mother’s Day weekend every year.
Re-elected to his third term on the Board of Trustees was Michael Hoffman, a steeplechase horseman who rode his Solo Lord to victory in the 2001 Maryland Hunt Cup.
They succeed three trustees who have fulfilled their maximum time on the board. They are: TGSF President Charles C. Fenwick Jr., former TGSF Vice President Gail B. Thayer, and NSA President Guy J. Torsilieri.