National Museum Hall of Fame trainer, Janet Elliot, helped form SOTA in 1994. It was created to give steeplechase owners and trainers a unified voice when dealing with issues ranging from medication policies to licensing requirements to safety standards. In its first season, SOTA was able to organize a consensus among owners and trainers to help the passage of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix.

In 2013, SOTA worked closely with the NSA to continue to expand the condition book.  We again gave horsemen the opportunity to have stabling in Saratoga by renting and sub-leasing Dr. Barnes' 19 stall barn on Henning Road. SOTA also takes part in the NSA's Safety Task Force and helped push through the 2013 rule mandating all jockeys to have IMPACT tests on record before riding the 2013 season.

In 2014, SOTA continued to work closely with the National Steeplechase Association and the National Steeplechase Foundation, including co-hosting the annual award's dinner after the Colonial Cup races. It was a rousing success. 

Last year, SOTA began sponsoring two apprentice races.  SOTA hopes to grow the jockey pool by continuing this sponsorship.   By collaborating with the National Steeplechase Association, SOTA provides a platform for open and creative discussions about how to stimulate interest and,

more importantly, participation in our sport.

Over the years, past presidents have included Janet Elliot, Jack Fisher, Kathy McKenna, Laura Shull, Kate Dalton, Sean Clancy, Kathy Neilson, Mason Lampton and Meriwether Morris. Presently, Todd Wyatt is president. 

2021 Members

Anver, Miriam

Austin, Heather

Baker, Daniel R.

Banner, Robert

Batoff, Justin

Beecher, Michael

Beecher, Mark

Bentley, Fenneka

Bolton, Perry J.

Bonanni, Vincent

Bonnie, Robert

Boucher, Lilith

Brewster, Gerry 

Brion, Keri

Bryant, Magalen O.

Butterfield, William P.

Buyck Jr., Mark W. 

Cantacuzene, Melissa

Celtic Venture Stable

Clancy, Sean

Clark, Gail

Colhoun, Julia

Collins, Thomas

Crawford, Irvin

Davies, Joe

Denefrio, Daniel

Dove, Trina Pell

Dowling, William

Elliot, Janet

Fenwick, Charles

Fenwick, Sherry

Fisher, Sheila

Fisher, Jack

Fisher, Dolly

Fout, Doug

Fowler, Joseph

Goelet, Lucy

Gomena, Julie

Gretzinger, Gary

Griswold, Jack

Hankin, Michael


Hendriks, Richard

Hewitt, Marsha

Houghland, Mary Ann

Howard, Lucy

Hundt, George

Hutchenson III, John R. 

Hutchinson, Richard

Ingram II, Orrin H. 

Jackson, Ann

Johnston, Gillian

Keck-Ryon, Ruth

Killebrew, Pedie

Killebrew, Norma

Kingsley, Arch

Kingsley, Wendy

Kinsley, Anne

Kinross Farm

Krapf, Dale

Lampton, Mason

Lazenby, Virginia

LeHew, Jeff

Leventhal, Alex

Mahoney Jr., George

Malloy, Vivien G. 

Manigault, Pierre

Marlow Jr., William F.C.

McCallum, Elizabeth

McMillan, Mark

McKenna, Todd

Morris, Meriwether

Naylor, Irv

Neilson, Sanna

Neilson, Katherine

Noell, Charles

O'Donovan, Achsah


Ohrstrom, Clarke

Ohrstrom, Jacqueline

Pape, William L.

Parker, Hill

Parkes, Eleanor Menefee

Pearson, Michael

Price, William W 

Rall, Vivian 

Reed, Nancy A. 

Reingold, Suzy A

Richardson, Dr. J. David

Sensor, George

Sensor, Susan

Shepherd, Rebecca

Smith, Michael A.

Stautberg, Caroline C. 

Stifel, Adair

Stifler, Andrew

Swyer, Edward

Thompson, Ted

Via, Harold

Voss, Mary

Warren, Viviane

Welsh, Regina

Whittier, Terry

Williams, Sheila

Wofford, William

Woolcutt, Lauren

Wyatt, Todd

Wyatt, Blair

Wylie Jr., William 

Yovanovich, Donnie