What has been a tough winter up and down the East Coast is having a profound effect on the first two weeks of the 2014 National Steeplechase Association campaign.
Pleasant Woodman continued his love affair with Ford Conger Field when he broke on top in the Aiken Spring Steeplechase's $50,000 Budweiser Imperial Cup (Gr. 3), fought off a challenge from Street Fight, and drew clear to a 1 1/2-length victory on Saturday.
With the Wednesday morning scratch of pre-race favorite Alajmal, the $50,000 Budweiser Imperial Cup (Gr. 3), the featured hurdle race of the 48th annual Aiken Spring Steeplechase on Saturday, March 22.
On the day before St. Patrick's Day, it was lucky to have been a horse which was developed in Camden as two graduates of Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables and another from Donna Freyer's Custom Care Equine found their way into the winners' circle.
Saturday, March 15 is the final day to purchase discount general admission tickets for the Carolina Cup steeplechase races.
Even though the Carolina Cup is more than a month away, reserved parking spaces are selling at a brisk pace.
Even though we are not a full two months into 2014, the new year has already been a memorable one for Camden's Liza Towell Boyd and her younger brother, Hardin Towell, and the Towell family's Finally Farm.
Due to the inclement weather the deadline for renewing Carolina Cup reserved parking space for this year's races has been moved to Tuesday, Feb. 18.
The annual South Carolina Horsemen's Council (SCHC) Expo will be held at the South Carolina Equine Park in Camden on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Kiss Moon, a 3-year-old filly developed at Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan's Fenwick Farm in Camden, opened 2014 the same way she closed out 2013. With a win.
Thomas H. Voss, a highly respected and well-liked Maryland horseman, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday evening at his farm in Monkton. A successful trainer over fences and on the flat, he was 63.
George Strawbridge Jr. will be the feature speaker at the South Carolina Owners and Breeders Association awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Bill Pape and Jonathan Sheppard's Divine Fortune, dominant winner of the $250,000 Grand National at the Far Hills Races last October, was honored Saturday evening with the 2013 Eclipse Award as Thoroughbred racing's champion steeplechase horse.
Invitations for the Carolina Cup steeplechase races were sent out to those on the organization's mailing list last Friday. And tickets and parking spaces for the event are now on sale.