SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Aug. 6, 2014) -- The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today the re-election of Peter Willmott as chairman of its Board of Trustees. Also joining Willmott on the Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms as new members are Barbara Banke, Mike Caruso, Brant Laue and Kenneth McPeek.
Re-elected to three-year terms were current trustees Clifford Barry, Antony Beck, John Greely IV, Michael McMahon, Peter Willmott and Jack Wolf.
Immediately following its annual members meeting, the TOBA Board of Trustees met to elect officers for the 2,000-member association. Officers named for 2014-2015 are: Peter Willmott, chairman, Dr. J. David Richardson, vice-chairman; Dan Metzger, president; Eric Hamelback, secretary; and Michael McMahon, treasurer.
"We are honored to have these new trustees join the board," said Peter Willmott. "The industry is making progress on significant issues facing it and I am excited to have the enthusiasm and expertise of the new members as well as the returning trustees and TOBA management to work on the integrity and economic issues impacting all of us."
The TOBA Board also approved the appointment Craig Bernick to the American Graded Stakes Committee. The 2014-2015 committee is comprised of TOBA members Dr. J. David Richardson (chair), Reynolds Bell, Jr., Craig Bernick, Michael Levy, J. Michael O’Farrell and Peter Willmott and racing officials Allison DeLuca (Tampa Bay Downs), Rick Hammerle (Santa Anita Park), Ben Huffman (Churchill Downs and Keeneland), Martin Panza (NYRA) and Thomas Robbins (Del Mar).
TOBA, based in Lexington, Ky., was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred breeders and owners. TOBA’s mission is to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders. Projects managed by TOBA include the American Graded Stakes Committee, Claiming Crown, Ownership Seminars, Ownerview.com and the Sales Integrity Program. TOBA provides international representation for U.S. owners and breeders on the International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee, International Cataloguing Standards Committee and International Breeders Federation. Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is the charitable arm of TOBA. TOBA is the owner of The Blood-Horse Inc., and is represented on the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium as founding members.