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, and Mason Lampton. Presently, Meriwether Morris is president.
Mary Ann Houghland
S. Rebecca Shepherd
William W Wylie
Mary Charlotte Parr
William W Price