A little more than a month removed from receiving the Eclipse Award for writing, ST Publishing's Joe Clancy will receive the Touch of Class Award from the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Maryland Horse Industry Board.
Joe will receive the award, named for the Maryland-bred mare who raced in the name Stillaspill before winning two show jumping gold medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles as Touch of Class, Thursday morning in Fair Hill. The award presentation will be part of a gathering of the new inductees in the LEAD Maryland Fellowship program made up of 30 leadings in the state's agriculture, natural resources and rural communities. A portion of the day will be designed to educate the new class about Maryland's equine industry.
"Joe Clancy is not only an excellent writer, but he is also a superb horseman and a person of high integrity. On many levels, he is a huge asset to Maryland's horse industry," said Jim Steele, chairman of MHIB who will present the award along with Cricket Goodall, Executive Director of the Maryland Horse Breeders' Association and sponsor of the morning's breakfast; Dr. Kathleen Anderson, owner of Equine Veterinary Care; and Susan Harrison, director of the LEAD Maryland program.
Joe won the Eclipse Award in the News/Enterprise category for his story about the 2014 Preakness Stakes that appeared in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine. The editor of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred since 2012 and a 1987 University of Delaware graduate, Joe and his brother Sean started Steeplechase Times newspaper in 1994. Steeplechase Times evolved to become ST Publishing, the publisher of The Saratoga Special daily newspaper and thisishorseracing.com website among other projects.
Before embarking on a journalism career, Joe worked in the barn of his father, former trainer Joe Clancy Sr. on the Mid-Atlantic circuit.
A release from MHIB said Joe is the second author "who has won a national prize for writing skills to be honored by the MHIB with a Touch of Class Award. In 2013, MHIB honored Patrick Smithwick, Jr. after his book "Flying Change, A Year of Racing and Family and Steeplechasing" won the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for the year's best book on horse racing."
The Touch of Class Award has been presented monthly since September 2011 to honor Maryland horses and individuals who achieve national and international recognition.
Joe joins 68 people, 29 horses, ponies, mules and donkeys from 14 different Maryland counties and 24 different equestrian disciplines as winners.
Among the recent past winners from racing are Stuart Janney III, Graham Motion, Irv Naylor, Tom Voss, Jack Fisher and Victor Carrasco.
Read more about the Maryland Horse Industry Board.