Charles Wayne (Skip) Achuff Jr.
Annual Memorial Stalwart of Steeplechase Award

(As seen in the May 18, 2024 Radnor Hunt Races race day program. The second annual Stalwart of Steeplechase award was given at the races today.)

Following his passing in 2022, Skip Achuff’s family created the Stalwart of Steeplechase Award to recognize those who epitomize the qualities that Skip brought to the sport. 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.

On behalf of the Achuff family, Radnor Hunt Races is proud to announce Don Yovanovich as this year’s recipient of the second annual Stalwart of Steeplechase Award.

Like Skip, Don is a local boy who grew up in Rosemont, PA. Don 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. He also 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.

We congratulate Don, and thank him, for his varied contributions to the Sport of Steeplechase.

(Learn more about Don in TGSF story from 2020: https://conta.cc/3cjmV37)

1978 Virginia Gold Cup at Broadview
race course in Warrenton, Va. #5–Navy Davy
(Don Yovanovich, up) was the winner

Receiving the 1978 Virginia Gold Cup trophy:
left to right–Marjorie Arundel, Nick Arundel, Mrs. Edgar Scott,
owner of Navy Davy, and Don Yovanovich.

Our thanks to Douglas Lees for his photos!