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Thursday, January 21, 2021
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Carolina Cup and Willowdale are a go, and Jack Fisher elected president of steeplechase foundation

CAMDEN, S.C.--Finally some good news for steeplechase owners and trainers as the Carolina Cup and Willowdale announce plans to hold meets this spring.

Jack Fisher Fair Hill 2Jack Fisher re-elected president of the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase FoundationThe Carolina Cup Racing Association rescheduled the 86th running of the Carolina Cup Races to Saturday May 22 due to Covid, but at least it is planning a race meet.

The CCRA is diligently working with the State of South Carolina and public health authorities to create a safe environment for an event in 2021.

Our strong commitment to our patrons, athletes, residents of South Carolina and staff is reflected in the choice of the new date, and we will continue to implement new health and safety standards as well as policies to ensure a safe and fun event can be held, officials announced.

The CCRA will use email, social media, and our website to notify you of ticket sales and information for the upcoming races.

Please visit our website and follow our social media accounts for these regular updates.

Patrons who rolled over their tickets from the 2020 races, will automatically be renewed for the 2021 races.

Meanwhile, plans for the 28th running of the Willowdale Steeplechase on Saturday May 8th are moving forward!

The safety and well-being of our spectators, horsemen, officials and volunteers is our top priority, Willowdale officials announced.

Due to COVID-19, our planning decisions are being guided by government mandates and public health guidelines.

Therefore, the number of spectators and volunteers may be limited based on these state requirements.

Please check back for the latest updates concerning ticketing on our website ( and social media.


THE TEMPLE GWATHMEY Steeplechase Foundation elected officers. and Jack Fisher, a record-setting trainer and a prominent member of the steeplechase community,was re-elected president of the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation.

Based in Monkton, Md., Fisher is continuing his role as president of the 501(c)3 non-profit after successfully navigating the organization through 2020.

Fisher spear-headed the Foundation's 2020 fundraising campaign to purchase new EASYFIX fences for the National Steeplechase Association.

Fisher is also an NSA Board member as well as a member of the NSA Video Production committee.

Also re-elected by the foundation’s Board of Trustees were Emily Day, a Virginia horsewoman and committee member for the Virginia Fall Races, as vice president; Blair Wyatt, a Maryland horsewoman and Maryland Hunt Cup-winning rider, as treasurer; and Michael E Hoffman, a steeplechase owner and rider who also rode a Hunt Cup winner, as secretary.

The Foundation said good-bye and a heartfelt thank you to trainer Richard Valentine, who was a member of the Board of Trustees for 12 years.

In 2021 the Foundation has committed to supporting the NSA's livestreaming efforts, as the Association continues to find new ways to bring the sport of steeplechasing to homes across America and Europe.

The Foundation also looks forward to continuing its support of amateur riders, safety, and the promotion of the sport.

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