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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. 

By collaborating with the National Steeplechase AssociationSOTA 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. 

2022 Members

Anver, Miriam

Baker, Daniel

Banks, Wendy 

Bentley, Fenneka

Bolton, Perry

Bonnie, Cornelia

Bonnie, Robert 

Boucher, Lilith 

Brion, Keri

Cantacuzene, Melissa

Carey, Elizabeth

Clancy, Sean

Clark, Gail

Collins, Thomas J.

Crawford, Irvin L.

Davies, Joe

Davies, Blythe

Denefrio, Daniel

Dowling, William

Fenwick, Charles

Fenwick, Sherry

Lazenby, Virginia

LeHew, Jeffrey

Leventhal, Alex

Mahoney Jr., George P.

Malloy, Vivien

Menefee, Crispin

Moran, Anne

Moran, Michael

Morris, Meriwether

Naylor, Irv

Neilson, Sanna

Noell, Charles

Oare, Ernest M.

O'Donovan, Achsah

Parker, Hill

Price, Bill

Reed, Nancy

Rich, George

Sensor, Susan

Shepherd, Rebecca

Steinman Beverly

Swyer, Ed

Fisher, Jack

Fisher, Dolly

George, Mark 

Goelet, Lucy

Gomena, Julie

Goodall, Cricket

Gretzinger, Gary

Hankin, Mike

Hendriks, Richard

Hewitt, Marsha

Howard, Lucy

Hutchinson, Richard 

Ingoe, Diane

Johnston, Gillian

Kingsley, Wendy

Kingsley, Arch

Kinsley, Anne

Lampton, Mason

Walters, Rebbeca

Wofford, William

Worrall Patrick

Wyatt, Todd

Young, Leslie

Yovanovich, Donnie

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