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Don Yovanovich recently received the Charles Wayne “Skip” Achuff Jr. Annual Memorial Stalwart of Steeplechase Award

In other local news,

Don Yovanovich

According to the Radnor Hunt: “Nominees for the award represent the sport of steeplechase with professionalism, integrity, and dedication; uphold the rules of the sport; and prioritize the safety of horses and jockeys.

            “Like Skip, Don grew up in Rosemont, PA. He has served the steeplechase industry for over 40 years as a race director, course designer, rider and outspoken advocate for safety. In 769 mounts as a rider, he crossed the line first 112 times. Again, keeping things local, it’s interesting to note that Don won the Radnor Hunt Cup, where Skip served as race director for many years, astride Mrs. Edgar Scott’s Navy Davy in 1978. As a trainer (point-to-point, NSA and flat), Don has over 500 wins and has surpassed $1.5M in earnings.

            He’s held numerous prestigious positions throughout the years as Founder, President, Secretary, Treasurer and Board Member for the Virginia Point-to-Point Association, the Virginia Point-to-Point Foundation, the Virginia Steeplechase Association, the Virginia Gold Cup Association, the Amateur Riders Club of America, the Fegentri and the National Steeplechase Association and he helped form the Ambassador program for the National Sporting Library and Museum.

            Don was the overwhelming favorite for this year’s award receiving thirteen separate nominations, each detailing not only his numerous career accomplishments but also his character and dedication to helping the sport grow.


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