The mission of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of owners and breeders.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), based in Lexington, Kentucky is a national trade organization for Thoroughbred owners and breeders. TOBA was created in 1961 as a result of a merger between the American Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the American Thoroughbred Owners Association. TOBA’s mission is to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders.
Programs managed by TOBA include the American Graded Stakes Committee, Claiming Crown, Ownership Seminars, Breeding, Pedigree & Conformation Clinics, TOBA Owners Concierge, US-Bred and the Sales Integrity Program. TOBA, in collaboration with The Jockey Club, has also created a free information resource called OwnerView to provide pertinent information to new, prospective and current Thoroughbred owners. 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 Media Properties, a subsidiary of TOBA, owns The Horse magazine, Eclipse Press and is co-owner of Blood-Horse LLC, in a partnership with The Jockey Club Information Systems. TOBA is represented on the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium as founding members. TOBA maintains a seat on the American Horse Council’s Racing Advisory Committee.
Dan Metzger, President
Dan Metzger was appointed TOBA President in July 1999. Dan represents TOBA on a number of committees, including the International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee (IRPAC), International Cataloging Standards Committee (ICSC), International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation and the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC). He is also a board member of Blood Horse LLC and president of TOBA Media Properties. Dan also serves on the board of directors for the Bluegrass Sports Commission. Prior to joining TOBA, Dan directed communications, simulcasting, marketing services and licensing for Breeders’ Cup Limited and was general manager of Cawood Ledford Productions, a sports broadcasting and publishing company in Lexington. Dan is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kentucky. He is a past president of the Turf Publicists of America and previously served as an officer of the Thoroughbred Club of America.
Andy Schweigardt, Senior Director of Industry Relations & Development
Andy Schweigardt has been Director of Industry Relations and Development at TOBA since October 2000. He is currently the secretary of the American Graded Stakes Committee and is a director of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Prior to joining TOBA, he spent 10 years in finance and administration with Ernst & Young LLP and ReGen Biologics, Inc. He is a graduate of Manhattan College and The University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.
Meredith Downey, Director of Marketing & Education
Meredith joined TOBA as its Director of Marketing and Education in May 2017. She grew up in Woodford County, Ky. and graduated in 2010 from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications. Prior to joining TOBA, Meredith spent six years in the hospitality and tourism industry as a marketing manager, with a focus on event planning which included partnering with many leading horse farms and distilleries in Central Kentucky.
Erin Crady, Executive Director, Thoroughbred Charities of America
Erin is a graduate of St. Lawrence University in New York and holds a Master of Arts in Media Communications. Prior to joining TCA, Erin was the director of marketing for TOBA. She previously worked as an Account Executive and Media Buyer for Group 5 Advertising in Gainesville, Fla. and as Account Executive for an online gaming company in New York, New York.
Lesley Greathouse Kibler, Development Manager, Thoroughbred Charities of America
As Development Manager for Thoroughbred Charities of America, Lesley coordinates fundraising initiatives and donor relations. Lesley was born and raised in Midway, Kentucky on her family’s Thoroughbred farm, which makes her no stranger to the industry or the needs of Thoroughbreds and those who care for them. After working on the farm, she went on to work for various nonprofit organizations around Kentucky in development roles. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and currently resides in Lexington with her husband, daughter, and beloved dogs. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and a good book. Lesley is looking forward to being part of the TCA mission.
Board of Trustees
The Executive Committee oversees the regular business and management of the organization between meetings of the Board of Trustees. The 2019-20 Executive Committee is composed of five officers and two at-large seats. The five officers are: Brant Laue, (chairman), David O’Farrell (vice chairman), Dan Metzger (president), Doug Cauthen (secretary) and Greg Bensel (treasurer). The at-large seats currently include Everett Dobson and Billy Koch.
The Nominating Committee is responsible for selecting the new candidates for possible election to the Board of Trustees. Also, this committee’s work includes the evaluation of incumbent trustees as to their possible candidacy for additional terms on the board.
The committee handles the actual invitations to new candidates, incumbent candidates, and the preparation of the election ballot which is mailed to the full membership each year in July. The three members are Brett Brinkman, Doug Cauthen and Billy Koch.
American Graded Stakes Committee
The American Graded Stakes Committee (AGSC) began in 1973 as an official working committee of TOBA. For the last 46 years, TOBA has been the custodian of the process of grading approximately 450 races meriting that status. The committee’s purpose is to maintain the integrity of the sales catalogue page when various graded races are listed. The buyers and sellers of Thoroughbreds need to make sure that Grade I, Grade II, Grade III and Listed races consistently represent the competitive field quality their grade indicates. The AGSC meets every December to review the five-year data on all eligible races. Each of the last five runnings of eligible races are viewed equally, but trends of improvement or decreasing quality are duly noted. The current members of the AGSC include six TOBA members: Everett Dobson (chairman), Barbara Banke, Reynolds Bell, Jr., Craig Bernick, Walker Hancock and J. Michael O’Farrell, Jr. and five Racing Official members: Kevin Greely, Rick Hammerle, Ben Huffman, Steve Lym, Martin Panza and Tom Robbins. Andrew Schweigardt serves as secretary to the committee.
TOBA provides owners and breeders with representation on the following international committees:
North American International Cataloguing Standards Committee
The North American International Cataloguing Standards Committee (NAICSC) establishes the requirements for non-listed black type races in sales catalogues produced in North America that are compliant with guidelines required by the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers. J. Michael O’Farrell, Jr. and Dan Metzger represent TOBA on this committee.
International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation
The Federation holds a meeting at rotating sites with different countries serving as “host” every 18 months. TOBA will host the ITBF meeting from October 30-November 5, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Sixteen countries are represented as Full Members. The agenda of the meeting centers on health, disease concerns, and breeding trends and techniques. Representatives from each country are assigned appropriate topics to research and prepare a written report in advance of the annual meeting. TOBA’s representatives are Dan Metzger and Dr. Peter Timoney.
International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee
The International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee (IRPAC) is comprised of representatives from the grading committees in Europe, United States, Canada, Asia and South America, breeders, International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers. The primary mission of IRPAC is to control enforcement of international criteria for grading races and implement quality control on existing Pattern or Grading systems. Dan Metzger and Dr. J. David Richardson represent TOBA on IRPAC.
Finance & Investment Committee
Membership & Owners Committee
Strategic Planning Committee
NTRA Board Representative
Reynolds Bell, Jr.
Its mission is to serve the equine owner and breeder with integrity and improve Thoroughbred breeding and racing. Blood-Horse LLC strives to do so through its Thoroughbred magazines, various digital products and services and the BloodHorse.com website.
Blood-Horse magazine is its flagship publication. Since its founding in 1916, the publication has blossomed into the Thoroughbred industry’s premier international weekly news and information magazine and web site for racing and breeding. Coverage includes race reporting, comprehensive analysis, events, trends, debate, farm management, pedigrees, people, profiles, medication issues, investigative reports, breeding news and information, and anything else that is newsworthy and important to the racing and breeding industry.
In addition, Blood-Horse LLC publishes Auction Edge, the industry’s leading Thoroughbred auction sales supplement; numerous annual professional products, and a number of publications such as Keeneland magazine, New York Breeder magazine and California Thoroughbred magazine through its Custom Publishing Division.
The Horse Media Group
For more than a dozen years, The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care has been essential reading for responsible horse owners and caretakers. Written for hands-on owners and managers of any breed or discipline and overseen by a board of the American Association of Equine Veterinarians (AAEP), this monthly publication provides current, understandable, and practical equine health care information on equine health, care, management, and welfare.
Eclipse Press is an internationally acclaimed publisher of over 80 top Thoroughbred and general equine books and educational videos.
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For 13 years as a TOBA partner, Racing-Europe has been conducting high quality trips to the top events in Europe and elsewhere. We’ve gone racing at dozens of venues in England, Ireland, France, Germany, Argentina, and Australia, and seen the great classics — including the Epsom Derby, Irish Derby, French Derby, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Ascot, Irish Champion, Glorious Goodwood, Argentine Derby, and the Melbourne Cup. Our travelers have made many new and lasting friends, both here and overseas. Our trips always include visits to training areas and farms, and atmospheric luxury hotels. In addition to our customary European destinations, we have plans in the works for trips to New Zealand, Japan, and Hong Kong in the near future. We invite you to join us as we explore racing and breeding around the world. Please see our website at racing-europe.com or call us at (800) 261-0499.
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