Robins and groundhogs aside, another sure sign of spring for the steeplechase community is the arrival of the NSA’s annual membership materials in the mail. This year’s regular member pin salutes 2020’s leading owner, Bruton Street-US, and is emblazoned with the stable’s blue-and-yellow colors. The patron pin, which comes with a matching “guest” pin, sports the gold and purple hues of the late Charles “Cuppy” Fenwick, the longtime director of the Maryland Hunt Cup, who passed away in December at age 96. The 2021 NSA membership card also boasts Fenwick’s colors.
The NSA parking hang tag, which allows vehicle access to the various meets, typically honors or is in memory of an individual, but this year recognizes all horsemen for their persistence, resilience, and cohesiveness throughout a very challenging 2020, says Director of Racing Bill Gallo.
This spring, the NSA will host 13 meets — many, hopefully, with fans in attendance — beginning with Cheshire in Coatesville, Pa., on March 28. That’s a far cry from the pandemic-abbreviated two events that took place in 2020. The season comes to an end with the Iroquois in Nashville, Tenn., on June 26, after which racing is scheduled to resume in the summer at Saratoga and Colonial Downs. Plans for the fall season will be announced in July. Click on the link for the full spring calendar: https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/schedule/