About Stewart Strawbridge
When Stewart Strawbridge rode The Bruce to victory in the 111th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup in 2007, he fulfilled a family tradition that stretched back to the Cup’s first running in 1894. Ever since his great-grandfather Redmond Stewart raced in that first Maryland Hunt Cup and placed second, the many branches of the family have been virtually a constant presence in steeplechase as jockeys, trainers, and owners of winning horses. Stewart Strawbridge has also won the My Lady's Manner and the New Jersey Hunt Cup.
Stewart Strawbridge’s family has made its mark in many areas of American culture. Another great-grandfather, for example, invented the process by which the Campbell’s Soup Company condenses soup. His father, George, was president of the National Steeplechase Association and served as a professor at Widener University, and his mother, Nina, was a fierce competitor in both tennis and skiing.
While he continues to race in steeplechases, Stewart Strawbridge has always excelled at a broad range of athletic endeavors. He won an award for his all-round athletic ability at Upland Country Day School, as well as a host of awards in high school for his prowess in ice hockey. Strawbridge played on the varsity ice hockey and lacrosse teams at Bowdoin College in Maine, from which he graduated in 1998 with a degree in classics and archeology.
After earning his degree, Stewart Strawbridge embarked on a career in the financial services industry and spent a decade in hedge funds and private equity before forming Selkirk Management LLC in January 2008. The firm, which has outperformed the market since its inception, focuses on global long-short equity investments.
In addition to steeplechase racing, Stewart Strawbridge’s family has another long-time tradition – flying airplanes. Like his father and grandfather, he holds a pilot’s license and has logged more than 2,000 hours of flying time. He lives in Maine with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Strawbridge, and their two children.