Immediate Release – September 28, 2017 – S. Bryce Wing Award
Given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to Maryland timber racing, Mr. Davies personifies this award that honors the memory of S. Bryce Wing, who was a member of the Maryland Hunt Cup Association from 1939 until his death at age 85 in 1975. Mr. Wing was Secretary of
the Maryland Hunt Cup from 1956 to 1966 and also president of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association (now the National Steeplechase Association) from 1948 to 1964. He was also a member of The Jockey Club and a Master of Foxhounds at Elkridge-Harford.
Davies was raised fox hunting with his mother Ellie and stepfather John Shapiro. It was during those years when Davies saw the strong connection between fox hunting and timber racing. Davies had a successful amateur riding career by winning many Maryland Timber races, including three Maryland Hunt Cups (1998, 2000 & 2005). More recently, Davies has experienced success as a trainer with back-to-back Hunt Cup wins with Senior Senator (2016) and Derwins Prospector (2017). This feat was last accomplished by a mentor of Davies’, Tom Voss with 1998 Florida Law (ridden
by Davies) & 1999 Welter Weight.
Davies ensures Amateur timber racing continues by constantly looking for and developing riders from various disciplines whether it be from fox hunting, eventing or show jumping – whether in the US or abroad.
In April 2017, Davies embraced the opportunity to share Senior Senator’s Cinderella story with the Nation. The result was a positive and heartwarming episode on 60 Minutes. Additionally, Davies became a Joint Master with Elkridge-Harford in 2017.
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