first published in the February 2020 Equiery
On January 10, the Maryland Hunt Cup Association announced the presentation of the S. Bryce Wing award to Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Hankin, steeplechase horse owners, sponsors, industry leaders and land preservationists. The Wing trophy is given annually to recognize an outstanding contribution to Maryland timber racing. S. Bryce Wing was a member of the Maryland Hunt Cup Association from 1939 until his death in 1975.
The Hankins have run horses in the Maryland Hunt Cup 15 times, starting with Bug River, who won the Hunt Cup in 2004. In addition, the Hankins have run horses in the Grand National 12 times, My Lady’s Manor 20 times and in Legacy Chase timber races 11 times. As owners, they have had 98 starts in Maryland timber races.
Michael Hankin has long served as President and Chairman of the Land Preservation Trust, which is involved with preserving and managing Shawan Downs. He also served for several years as Hunt Secretary, and then President, of the Greenspring Valley Hounds and is currently the Director of the National Steeplechase Association.