He’s off to a rocket start on the 2019 season with 15 wins through May while riding first call for leading trainer Jack Fisher. Englishman Michael Mitchell has ridden horses races all over the world, and the United States steeplechase circuit is his latest stop.
Kathy Kusner was the pioneer, but it took Toinette Neilson (then Jackson), Joy Slater and Liz McKnight to make women riding in America’s oldest steeplechase commonplace, accepted and successful. All three sat down for a conversation about how it happened and what it was like.
It’s the last week in April, which means time to talk Maryland Hunt Cup. Buzz Hannum and Paddy Neilson won the great race three times each and sat down to talk about it with us.
More from Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, who discusses some highlights of his unparalleled career including steeplechase star Flatterer, future game-changing stallion Storm Cat and more. This is Part 2. If you haven’t heard Part 1, check it out first.
He’s the dean of American steeplechase trainers, and fairly close to that status among all trainers – flat and jump. On an episode of our Jumping Around Podcast, Jonathan Sheppard talks about his career, some horses who helped make it and how he came to America (the first time was on a cargo ship). Part … Read more
Guy Torsilieri is the co-chair of the Far Hills Races, president of the National Steeplechase Association and the man behind the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. If that’s not enough to make you listen, you’re in the wrong podcast.
A Marylander who now lives in California, Steve Hankin brings a background in sports video production to his new role with the National Steeplechase Association, where HD video is changing the way people see American jump racing and opening new opportunities.
The good work of the like-minded National Steeplechase Foundation and Temple Gwathmey Fund gets a boost as the organizations merge to create the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation. Board members Emily Day and Charlie Fenwick discuss the future.
As far as we know, he’s the only trainer ON EARTH to win races at 4 1/2 furlongs (at Charles Town) and 4 miles (in the Virginia Gold Cup) this year. Based in Virginia, English native Neil Morris is off to a great start to 2018 with Thoroughbreds of all types. He took some time … Read more
He leads the 2018 National Steeplechase Associaton standings, less than two years after breaking his pelvis in a wicked fall at Belmont Park. The regular jockey of stakes horses Modem, Lyonnel and a few others for Elizabeth Voss and other trainers talks about his career and how he got here.