2014 race meet at my ladys manor maryland

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2014 race meet at my ladys manor maryland

Saturday, May 26thmarked the closing of the NSA spring jump racing circuit with the Fair Hill Races in Elkton, Maryland. It was a big day for owner Gill Johnston. know about one of the world's most difficult steeplechase races. The category meets, and a friendly rivalry is the result” . won the My lady's Manor and Grand . Cup in the th Maryland Hunt Cup, April 26, My Lady's Manor. Saturday, April 14 . Diana Gillam (Sand Box Rules) . Consult Individual Race Meet Conditions: Please see con-.

The award was presented at Horse Industry Day in Annapolis. Clancy is the author of a national, prize-winning story about the Preakness exploits of Horse of the Year California Chrome. The two teams represent two different equestrian disciplines—Mounted Games and Show Jumping. Polo Association, and her three teammates: Additionally, Marissa's mother Kelly Wells was honored as team coach. October - Stuart S. September - Ashley Foster, a 17 year-old college freshmen, and her horse Charade, a 12 year-old Warmblood gelding, show jumpers who trains at Rolling Acres Farm in Brookeville in Montgomery County.

Read the full release. March recipients include owners, trainers, jockeys and horses from Maryland who dominated the national steeplechase scene in They are listed below.

Read the complete release here.

Thomas H. Voss | National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

Note that February and March awards were presented together. Geraghty and Beecher, both Irish-born, now make their homes in Maryland. Incomplete is trained by Ann Stewart in Baltimore County. Incomplete, a 12 year-old Maryland-bred gelding, was undefeated in three timber races, winning in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland. Davies began training Pierrot Lunaire in late spring February recipients are breeders of national champion Welsh ponies.

Steinmetz is an owner and breeder of three national champion Welsh ponies. She also owns and exhibits two of his national champion offspring— 1 Rosehaven Magic Rain, Welsh pony hunter champion, and 2 Rosehaven Minuet, Welsh pony pleasure champion. All of these awards were earned in in the Welsh Pony divisions of the U.

Equestrian Federation national standings. The farm bred eight ponies that competed in the national U. A total of 56 competitors from 17 countries participated in the event, which took place over two days.

2014 race meet at my ladys manor maryland

Both represented the United States in a series of test match competitions in the United Kingdom. July — Two Maryland teenagers who are newcomers to national competition, and one veteran national title holder were honored for earning national titles in Jousting, the official state sport of Maryland. The five award recipients were Maryland's three U.

Dressage Federation; and 5 Royal Prince, the U. Sam Harrison Juvenile Filly Stakes. Grooms finish brushing off the hunters, painting their feet. Clean legged, trace clipped, strong backed horses are loaded up — star professional jockey drives the van to the joint meet. Who are these horses? They hunt for two hours.

Tom hops off Florida Law, steps into the van, changes clothes, and rushes to Laurel Park, where another van has brought a flat horse.

2014 race meet at my ladys manor maryland

He runs the horse and drives back to Atlanta Hall, calling his owners on the way, preparing to send one flat horse up to Aqueduct to run on Tuesday and another down to Florida. He thrived training both steeplechase and flat horses.

In the steeplechase world, where there is a division between timber horses and hurdle horses, Tom trained both. As a teenager, beginning his career, he liked that title the most. How did Tom become a horseman? Did he take a course at college in horsemanship?

No such courses being offered then. Anyway, Tom started far earlier than college age. Earlier than high school. He began as a child going on cross-country rides with my mother, Suzie Smithwick. Wassie taught Tom everything he knew, the old proven ways, about horses and foxhunting, protected and frustrated him by doing too much hilltopping and not the running and jumping Tom wanted to do.

At 16, Tom started working in the mornings before school, on the weekends, over summers and vacations for my father, Hall of Famer A. At 17, Tom was training his own timber horse, Suspendido, along with Wassie, and riding him in Maryland timber races.

At 18, he toured Irish stud farms, galloped and schooled for the legendary trainer, Dan Moore, rode out with champion jockey Tommy Carberry. Tom worked for my father — on the farm in Maryland, at Pimlico, at Delaware Park, at Saratoga — galloping, schooling over timber and hurdles, mucking out stalls, driving the van, putting on bandages.

He did this until he was 20 and began running horses under his own name, and riding them as an amateur in timber and hurdle races.

Tom with his son Sam in the early s There is a lesson here. In steeplechasing, young jockeys need to know what they are doing before they ride in a point-to-point.

They need to pay their dues. Not only can they get hurt, they can hurt others. The same goes for trainers. A trainer is responsible for the well-being of both his horse and rider. No short cuts can be taken. Either the horse and rider are ready to race, or they are not. How does a trainer learn this? How does a rider learn this? By the time he was in his forties, freshmen matriculated into Voss University throughout the year — young riders, young grooms, kids whose families had thrown them out — and a few seasons later graduated with a Voss Degree.

There I was — completely lost at Saratoga, walking around the Annex one morning.

2014 race meet at my ladys manor maryland

Tom asked what I was doing. My parents had just gone through a tough divorce. In the afternoons, I came back, hayed and fed, whirlpooled horses. I owe the success of my career to Tom; he taught me that with hard work, you can do anything. Irish jockeys, English jockeys — some riding races, others now training; some in the U. What did these graduates learn at Voss University? They learned how to work hard and how to treat a horse.

Turned out in paddocks and porta-paddocks from 5: The rides — nice long quarter mile walks out to the track or to the fields to gallop. Checked over at The young trainers need to see it, too. And what to do with the horses when they get older? The racing critics would have you believe the slaughterhouse truck immediately appears at the barn. Frank Voss finished this painting, with his brother Ned in the foreground, in Today, just out of the frame of the painting, is an old tree under which Cookie, a favorite hurdle horse Tom owned jointly with his godfather, Gary Winants, is buried.

Art, racing, foxhunting, family history, environmental work to prevent runoff, Tom and his brother Jack planted trees along the creek that leads into the meadow all came together when Tom rode through The Meadow, or when he looked over this timeless and peaceful painting hanging in his living room.

Atlanta Hall Farm Tom turned it into one of the best training facilities in the country. That was an advantage, and that was a weight on his shoulders, too. For a few years, he had a farm manager. Then, he had the talented and devoted assistant trainer, Todd Wyatt. Early July, on a sultry Sunday afternoon, Tom would be up on another tractor, watering and harrowing the indoor track. One year, part of the indoor collapses. Another year, a section of the outdoor track washes out.

The barn needs a new roof. The fields need mowing. The alfalfa field has to be harvested. It was never ending. Owning your own training center has its plusses and its minuses. It was just too much sometimes! I used to tell him so.

After dinner, at Trainers with a background in steeplechasing, Tom being a prime example, are well-rounded horsemen and make excellent flat trainers.

Tom Voss - Lion of Maryland - The Equiery

Who trained Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew? My father Paddy and my Uncle Mikey both trained flat stakes winners. Jimmy Murphy trained stakes winners for years in Maryland. All these trainers started off in steeplechasing. Secor stressed in his eulogy at St.

Loyalty to his riders. He stayed with Jean-Luc and Jean-Luc rode him brilliantly that day, finishing third. Right foot would no longer fit in his riding boot? Simple, cut out a section and go hunting all day with four square inches of your foot exposed to the sleet and snow. Running horses at a point-to-point in Maryland, a sanctioned hunt meet in Tennessee, and a turf race at Belmont Park all on the same day in the spring?

And on this day, what might be the most enjoyable moment? Holding granddaughter Genevieve in your arms and teaching her how to watch a race. When Tom grew up, steeplechase outfits were on the move: Wives were separated from their husbands. Tom chose to batten down the hatches at Atlanta Hall and to ship. This way, he often had to leave, but usually only for a day or two at a time.

2014 race meet at my ladys manor maryland

Tom is an unusual example of the horse racing life, of a training career — he lived in the exact center of his racing facility — leading to a fulfilling family life. Elizabeth is married to Gary Murray who works both at the Voss stable and as a bloodstock agent. Master of Foxhounds He loved foxhunting, used it to train his timber horses and was devoted to carrying on the family tradition.

We watch the movie together, with our sons his son my godson, my son his godson.

My Lady's Manor 2017

Later, we meet Walter over lunch. Giving Tom was generous. On a local level, where did Baltimore County trainers go in February when the ground was frozen? Oh Lord, Uncle Mikey would bring a van load of horses. The big door would open and close.

2014 race meet at my ladys manor maryland

Gusts of frigid wind would burst in. Horses would skip and shy away from it into other horses. Around and around, with Tom by the door, watching every move. Four months later, the goings hard as a brick: In the same light, Tom supported the small point-to-points, sending young jumpers to them for experience and giving small meets a little prestige when his yellow van with the black horizontal stripe authoritatively rolled in and four perfectly turned out horses stepped down off the ramp.

He worked night and day every spring to make the Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point, held since the s on Atlanta Hall, one of the best run meets in the country, with its winners going on to win the Maryland Hunt Cup. Mickey Free winning the A.


Smithwick at Saratoga, New York in Part of his afternoon routine was going to the backside, where he could be quiet and alone, and watch the flat races, analyzing the performances of horses he liked.

Every summer, Tom and I would gear up to win the A. I schooled and blew out Cookie before he won the A. We did it together. He knew I loved this. Ride On Tom, you not only finished in the money, you finished the winner of a life well spent. We can all learn from the example you have given of a life lived with vigor, passion, forgiveness, and a great sense of humor.

Ride on, horseman and friend of a lifetime — ride on! Board member Tom Voss had proposed a new race series to encourage and mentor amateur riders.

As I struggled to meld his spoken words and distinctive voice to the flat confines of digital paper, the email from my fellow MSA board member arrived: No further information is available.

  • Thomas H. Voss
  • Steeplechase
  • Touch Of Class Award

Please keep Jen, Mimi, Elizabeth and Sam in your thoughts and prayers. How can that be? He is sitting here beside me, talking to me, helping me to type out his vision for our spring races!