The Second Annual National Steeplechase Conference featured the presentation of the 2000 National Steeplechase Association awards at Baltimore's Pier 5 Hotel, January 19, 2001.The Second Annual National Steeplechase Conference featured the presentation of the 2000 National Steeplechase Association awards at Baltimore's Pier 5 Hotel, January 19, 2001.
The Second Annual National Steeplechase Conference featured the presentation of the 2000 National Steeplechase Association awards at Baltimore’s Pier 5 Hotel, January 19, 2001.
Heading the list of honorees is Leading Horse All Gong, a British-bred 6-year-old dark bay/brown gelding, who becomes the second consecutive foreign-bred horse to lead U.S. steeplechase earnings. Owned since 1999 by Calvin Houghland of Brentwood, TN, All Gong earned the Leading Horse award with 2 wins, 1 second place, and 1 third place finish in only 5 starts. All Gong’s total winnings in 2000 reached $228,000, which includes the top prize from the year’s richest race, the $250,000 Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase.
All Gong is trained by Bruce Miller and ridden by his daughter Blythe Miller, both of Cochranville, PA. All Gong has also been nominated for the 2000 Eclipse Award, to be presented January 30 in New Orleans. The Eclipse Awards are the racing world’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Thanks in part to All Gong’s success, Bruce Miller took home the 2000 NSA award for Champion Trainer (Money Won). Miller’s barn logged 16 wins, 16 seconds and 12 third place finishes for a total purse of $604,804 out of 77 starts. Three of the year’s top 14 earning horses were trained by Miller. The Miller stable has now vaulted to third in career NSA earnings with more than $4.7 million won.
Tom Voss of Monkton, MD won the Champion Trainer award for Races Won, an honor he earned in 1997 as well. Voss enjoyed a banner 2000 with both halves of his stable. The steeplechasers posted 24 wins, 14 seconds and 6 thirds out of 79 starts while his flat race horses added 19 more wins.
Gus Brown of Unionville, PA won Champion Jockey honors with a strong year that included five scores aboard Novice Champion Pompeyo. With 109 mounts, Brown recorded 25 wins, 19 seconds and 21 third place finishes, for total earnings of $686,326.
George Strawbridge Jr., of Cochranville, PA won the Champion Owner award. His Augustin Stable set a record for NSA purse earnings thanks in large part to Novice Champion Pompeyo’s $211,755 winnings. Augustin Stable’s horses posted 19 wins, 12 seconds and ten third place finishes out of 54 starts, for a total of $596,991.
Novice Champion Pompeyo, a 6-year-old dark bay/brown gelding, won more races than any other steeplechaser in 2000. Trained by Sanna Neilson of Coatesville, PA, Pompeyo is also nominated for an Eclipse Award.
The NSA’s second annual conference brought together athletes, breeders, trainers, event organizers and steeplechase fans to discuss "The Changing Face of Steeplechase Racing." Results of a new demographic study on the sport were presented.
Another highlight of the conference was the introduction of Leslie Shantz, only the 5th executive director in the National Steeplechase Association’s 105-year history. Shantz, the first female to head the organization, is also the first executive director brought in from outside the sport to capitalize on her marketing background.
Founded in 1895, the National Steeplechase Association, as the recognized regulatory body of the sport, works to encourage, advance, and regulate the sport of steeplechasing in the United States.
For more information contact the National Steeplechase Association at (410) 392-0700.