Prominent owner Michael D. Hankin and owner-trainer Kate Dalton were elected to the National Steeplechase Association’s Board of Directors on Friday at the organization’s annual meeting in Camden, S.C.
Re-elected to the Board of Directors for their second three-year terms were Dr. R. Reynolds Cowles, a veterinarian who chairs the NSA’s Steeplechase Safety Committee; Charles E. Noell, an investor and horseman who races as Merriefield Farm; and Sharon E. Sheppard, a Pennsylvania horsewoman and owner.
Hankin is chief executive of Baltimore-based Brown Advisory and principal of the Bruton Street-US racing stable. Among the horses raced by Bruton Street-US is Scorpiancer, winner of the 2015 Foxbrook Champion Hurdle at Far Hills, N.J., with Hankin’s son Connor in the saddle.
The new NSA board member also is a supporter of the Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge, which offers a $500,000 bonus to any horse that can win the Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Gr. 1) and the Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) in the same 12-month period.
Dalton, past president of the Steeplechase Owners and Trainers Association, serves on the Steeplechase Safety Committee. Based in Camden, she trains leading novice African Oil and multiple stakes winner Diplomat. She also owns and trains 2012 Life’s Illusion Filly and Mare champion Cat Feathers, a two-time New York-bred steeplechase champion.
Hankin and Dalton succeed Dr. Nick Ellis and Laura Thiel Shull, who served two three-year terms and were ineligible for re-election.