HERSHEY, Pa.--Jonathan Sheppard of West Grove, Pa., bred both the 2-Year-Old Filly Champion, Daisy, and the Steeplechase Champion, All the Way Jose, and he accepted those awards at the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association annual dinner in May at the Hotel Hershey.
Sheppard was also honored with the presentation of the PHBA's first Lifetime Achievement Award
"We were honored to present the first annual Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in breeding in the state of Pennsylvania to Jonathan Sheppard, was the caption under this award. "Jonathan has been breeding in Pennsylvania since 1970 with a mare named Martie’s Mad.
Inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1990, Jonathan has trained numerous multiple graded stakes winners over jumps and on the flat, including notable Pa-Breds Flatterer, Storm Cat, With Anticipation and Divine Fortune.We thank Jonathan for his continued support of the Pennsylvania breeding program."
Daisy, by Blame out of Lovely Stay, by Flower Alley, was the richest Pa-bred juvenile of 2017.
She won her first two starts by a combined 12 1/4 lengths.
She won the G3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct in her second start and was fourth in her only other race of 2017, the G2 Demoiselle Stakes.
ALL THE WAY JOSE, by Senor Swinger out of Maternity Leave, by Northern Baby, won the G1 Lonesome Glory Handicap at Belmont and was third in two other G1 steeplechase stakes, the New York Turf Writers Cup and the Grand National Hurdle.
He finished in the top three in six of his seven starts.
"It was a nice evening, and it was even a very nice meal," said Sheppard."They asked me to pick the person that would give me my presentation, so I picked Paddy Neilson. He's been a supporter of mine for a long time. Both Paddy and I got two tickets, so I invited Janet Elliot, who began her career with me, and Paddy took Toinette, so we all rode to Hershey together."
"They gave out a huge number of awards," said Sheppard."Every Pa-bred that won a stakes got an award. But those people didn't make acceptance speeches. Then lots of politicians spoke, and you know politicians like to talk. But at least that was during dinner."
Unique Bella, who was the 2017 Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter, was the Pa-bred Horse of the Year and 3-year-old filly and female sprinter champion.
Prince Lucky, bred by Daniel McConnell Sr., was 2-year-old male chamion, Fast and Accurate, bred by John Penn, was 3-year-old male champion and Spring Quality, bred by George Strawbridge Jr., was Turf male champion.
Mor Spirit, bred by the Elkstone Group LLC, won older male aad tom's Ready, bred by Blackstone Farm LLC, was Male Sprinter.
Finest City, bred by HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC, was older female and Firsthand Report, bred by Lindsay Scott & Jane MacElree, was turf female.
The Pa preferred female was Power of Sumner, bred by James Courtney and the Pa preferred male was The Man, bred by Glenn E Brok LLC.
Unrivaled Belle, dam of Unique Bella, was broodmare of the year and Jump Start was stallion of the year.
Page McKenney was the leading breeding fund recipient, Glenn E. Brok LLC was leading total breeding fund recipient and Blackstone Farm was leading overall breeder of Pa-breds.