Sheppard To Be Honored For Humane Work By Equine Advocates

by | 06.24.2016 | 5:26pm
Jonathan Sheppard

A celebrated Hall of Fame Trainer and a beloved local celebrity weatherman and his wife who have placed thousands of companion animals will be honored for their humane work by Equine Advocates on Friday, July 29th at the historic Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs.  The organization will also be celebrating its 20th birthday as well as the 15th anniversary of this event in Saratoga.

Jonathan Sheppard was inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 1990, having won numerous stakes races and training thirteen Eclipse Award winners. He will be honored by Equine Advocates with the Ellen & Herbert Moelis Safe Home Equine Protection Award for his humane treatment of race horses. The Moelis's were the very first recipients of this award for founding Thoroughbred Charities of America with the late Allaire du Pont.  They issued this joint statement about Jonathan Sheppard:

“Here is a Hall of Fame trainer who obviously knows how to be successful in training a horse to win important races but is also dedicated to the welfare of the horse. Jonathan is focused on the aftercare and future career for retired Thoroughbreds. He also has been in the forefront in the industry effort to eliminate drugs in racing. Jonathan Sheppard is a very respected and important voice in any industry effort.”

Everyone in the Capital District knows Steve Caporizzo, News10's Chief Meteorologist since 1989 who reports the weather live from Saratoga Race Course during the meet. He is also widely known as the host of The Pet Connection. His wife, Lisa, is the co-founder of Free to Be Me Rescue for dogs and cats. Together, they are a dynamic duo. Steve has been publicly opposed to horse slaughter and outspoken against the transport of slaughter-bound equines into Canada from and through New York State.

Tickets are $250 per person. The evening includes a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, silent & live auctions and dancing to the music of Body & Soul with a special Tribute to Prince. For more information call (518) 392-0175; email: [email protected]

  • Doug O’Brien

    I have been around many trainers, even the “clean trainers” but Jonathan Sheppard is really a true “hay, water & oats” trainer. He is one of the very, very few trainers who does not fall for the pressure of the veterinarians & drug companies!

    • Nancy Hayes

      He is a GREAT horseman.

  • Rachel

    This is the ethics of a true champion.

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  • Allison Roulston

    I was honored to have Jonathan Sheppard train a horse I bred on the flat and then to success in steeplechase racing. He’s the consummate old school trainer and gentleman.

  • Concerned Observer

    Jonathan was kind enough to invite me to his farm to experience a morning of training there. It was a real eye opener, and nothing like the routine horses experience on the racetrack month after month. I have tried to incorporate a bit of his natural training style into my race horses lives, but no one else seems to do it as well as Mr. Sheppard.

    An award well deserved.

  • Nancy Knott

    When Jonathan came to run a horse at Arlington Park a few years ago, he drove 50 minutes away from the track to a farm he had no idea where it was to check on his ole buddy Cloudy’s Knight. That warmed my heart.❤️🐎😊
    Nancy Knott

  • Nancy Hayes

    Cannot go on long enough to give this man accolades. One of the greatest of all time. And what a human! He surprised me one afternoon (I was a teller at his home track DP where he watched his horses run) with a photo copy of Storm Cats maiden race! I was so happy.

  • Worked for him; and he is just not a racehorse person, he is a horse person. Wanted to put blinkers on a horse. He told me no. Send the horse back to the farm. 4 weeks later the horse is back. Now paying attention, and doing business as usual. Entered him, and there was the answer. Jonathan had run him over the jumps (Steeplechase). That will make you pay attention. No blinkers and he won again. (Eskimo Point) was the horse. Almost any other trainer would have just put blinkers on him. Learned a lot from this man.

  • Liz Beam

    Jonathan is my ex-brother-in-law. He is a lovely, lovely man in all respects!

  • David R.

    Congratulations on the award. Very well deserved.

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