Who’s Who: 2010 Maryland’s National Winners
first printed in the February 2011 Equiery
Maryland trainer Tom Voss earned an Eclipse Award on January 17 as the trainer of the 2010 Steeplechase Horse winner Slip Away. The grey son of Skip Away is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and was ridden to most of his victories by Paddy Young.
Magna Entertainment’s Frank Stronach has dominated the racing world as a breeder for the last six years, winning the Eclipse Award for breeder every year since 2004.
Garrison Forest and Maryland Institute College of Art graduate Forest Boyce was nominated as one of three finalists for the 2010 Apprentice Rider of the Year Eclipse Award but sadly did not win.
Richard “Dick” Woolley was awarded the 2010 Humphrey S. Finney award for his lifetime contributions to Maryland racing. His fame lives on more than two decades since he retired from the announcer’s stand. Woolley called the races at Maryland tracks from 1971 to 1988 and on four occasions, worked with Howard Cosell and Jim McKay to call the Triple Crown.
Woolley also hosted the radio show “Showcase of Racing” for 10 years. A segment featuring Spectacular Bid’s trainer Bud Delp won an Eclipse Award in the show’s first year on the air. Woolley was also a successful owner and breeder. He was the co-breeder of multiple stakes winner and Maryland sire Century Prince. Woolley once said, “I never went to work a day in my life when I went racing. Every day was a holiday.”
The 2010 Achievement Award went to one of the premier race callers in the nation, David Rodman, who has kept Maryland racing to a high standard throughout these difficult times. This year, Rodman called his 20th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Richard’s Kid topped the list of Maryland’s Top 20 Earners for 2010. He earned $915,000 as of December 8, according to the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. Sweet Goodbye, Ben’s Cat, Steady Warrior, Encaustic, Not Abroad, Roaring Lion, Catch a Thief, Indian Dance and Jack On the Rocks completed the top 10 list.
Winning at AQHA Worlds
On November 12, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Raymond Coutley of Lexington Park won his second American Quarter Horse Association World Championship for show jumping with his homebred Navier Stokes. Raymond and Navier won the same title back in 2007. Raymond also has one AQHA Amateur World Championship, three AQHA World Show wins, two All-American Quarter Horse Congress titles and two USEF Zone 3 Horse of the Year awards with his older horse and Navier’s dam, Ferns Ruby.
At the 2010 competition, Raymond actually had two horses in the finals, Navier and Ruby’s Work of Art (aka Georgia), who is Navier’s full sister. Navier became the only horse to jump clean and with Georgia, Raymond finished third.
Raymond has also found success on the U.S. Equestrian Federation
A-circuit. Last year, he and Navier won the Adult Jumper division
at the USEF Zone 3 finals as well as year-end titles with the Maryland
Horse Shows Associations, Virginia Horse Show Associations and the
North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association.
At the end of 2010, several Maryland breeders found their names on the top 10 leaderboard for USEF sporthorse breeders. Welsh breeder Sally Kaul Steinmetz of Havre De Grace was ranked fifth on the USEF Leading Welsh Breeder list with 476 points. In sixth place was Parkton breeder Anne B. Hackney and in seventh was John H. Almond from Monkton.
Jeanne Marie Gelber of Highland racked up 12488 points to be ranked seventh on the USEF Leading Pony Hunters Breeder list.
Hilltop Farm Inc. was ranked in the top 10 of the USEF Leading Dressage Breeding Breeder and Leading Dressage Breeder lists. For the Breeding Breeder list, the farm in Colora was ranked tenth. On the Dressage Breeder list, the farm ranked seventh.
Placing third on the Leading Dressage Breeder list was recently deceased Chestertown breeder Angela S. Barilar. Angela owned and operated High Point Hanoverians, which is now being run by her husband John, daughter Larissa and business partner Klaus Schengber.
Four Maryland Thoroughbred stallions were ranked in the top 10 of
the Mid-Atlantic region leading sires list for 2010. Leading the pack
and topping the list was Not For Love. Lion Hearted was ranked third,
Louis Quartoza was ranked sixth and Outflanker rounded out the top
10. Not For Love also topped the list of Maryland’s leading
Thoroughbred sires based on earnings for 2010.
Contucci also earned a spot on the USEF Leading Dressage Sires list with a third place ranking.
Riverman, also owned by Hilltop, earned rankings on both the USEF Leading Dressage Sires, Leading Eventing Sires and Leading Hunter Sires lists. He topped the Eventing list with 480 points. On the Hunter list, Riverman earned 16855 points to place sixth and for the Dressage list, he earned 1208 points to be ranked ninth.
High Point Hanoverians’ Sinatra Song placed tenth on the USEF Leading Hunter Breeding Sires list.
Congratulations to the junior foxhunters that represented Maryland in the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships on November 14, 2010 at Doe Run Valley Farm in Cheshire, Pennsylvania. Of the many from Maryland competing, three earned top 10 placings.
Taylor Gurley from Mt. Carmel Hounds rode Got Good Karma to sixth place in the Hilltopper division. Erin Reilly of Howard County-Iron Bridge Hounds earned fourth place aboard Annie in the 12 and Under division. In the same division, Beecher Cole rode Pillsbury to eighth place for Marlborough Hunt.
Competitors had to earn points at field hunter trials leading up to the championships throughout the fall season.