About

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, Conformation & Pedigree Clinics, TOBA Owners Concierge 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.

Board of Trustees

Trustees Emeriti

Penny Chenery

Dan Metzger, President

Daniel Metzger

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.  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 and serves on the executive committee of the Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Email: metzger@toba.org
Direct: 859-276-2299

Carl Gough, Controller

Carl Gough

Carl has been TOBA’s Controller since February 2002. Carl also serves as a Board Member and Treasurer of The Race for Education. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and has been a CPA for 30 years. Prior to joining TOBA, Carl spent 30 years working in public accounting and finance and administration for several Thoroughbred farming and racing enterprises.

Email: cgough@toba.org
Direct: 859-277-7961

Andrew Schweigardt, Director of Industry Relations and Development

Andrew Schweigardt

Andrew 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 an alternate 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.

Email: andys@toba.org
Direct: 859-277-5891

 

Meredith Downey, Director of Marketing and Education


Meredith is TOBA’s new Director of Marketing and Education. She grew up in Woodford County, KY and graduated in 2010 from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications. Meredith spent the past 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.

Email: mdowney@toba.org
Direct: 859-276-6793

Aly Kirchner, Director of Membership/Owners Concierge

Aly Strainer

Aly is responsible for the development and service of TOBA’s membership and also manages the TOBA Owners Concierge. She has long term equine experience as well as project management, event planning and marketing skills. Aly is a Saratoga Springs, N.Y. native and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. She joined TOBA in December 2015 after working at Top Marketing Group & Publication as well as several leading central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms and sales agencies.

Email: akirchner@toba.org
Direct: 859-276-3897

Helen Proffitt, Executive and Financial Assistant

Helen has worked as an Executive & Financial Assistant at TOBA since January 2000. Prior to joining TOBA, Helen worked as an office manager for 10 years at an accounting firm and also worked as an account supervisor for eight years at The Jockey Club before taking time off to be a full-time mother.

Email: hproffitt@toba.org
Direct: 859-899-8480

 

Erin Crady, Executive Director, Thoroughbred Charities of America

Erin Crady

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.

Email: ecrady@tca.org
Direct: 859-276-4989

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee oversees the regular business and management of the organization between meetings of the Board of Trustees. The 2015-16 Executive Committee is composed of six officers and two at-large seats. The six officers are: Dr. J. David Richardson, (chairman), Rosendo Parra (vice chairman), Peter Willmot (vice chairman), Dan Metzger (president), Michael McMahon (secretary) and Craig Bernick (treasurer). The at-large seats currently include Bill Casner and Everett Dobson.

Nominating Committee

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 early July. The three members are Clifford Barry (chairman), Kevin Lavin and Jack Wolf.

American Graded Stakes Committee

The American Graded Stakes Committee (AGSC) began in 1973 as an official working committee of TOBA. For the last 43 years, TOBA has been the custodian of the process of grading more than 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: Dr. J. David Richardson (chairman), Barbara Banke, Reynolds Bell, Jr., Craig Bernick, Everett Dobson and J. Michael O’Farrell, Jr. and five Racing Official members: Georganne Hale, Rick Hammerle, Ben Huffman, 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. 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 G. Watts Humphrey represent TOBA on IRPAC.

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Daily Racing Form

Find expert handicapping analysis, video, online horse wagering, breaking news and more. DRF has been giving horseplayers the tools to win big since 1894.

 

 


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FLAIR Strips

FLAIR Strips are self-adhesive strips that promote optimum respiratory health of equine athletes at all levels by reducing airway resistance and providing improved airflow when your horse needs oxygen most. During exercise when horses begin to breathe hard, the soft tissues overlying the nasal passages are sucked in, reducing the airway diameter. This reduction in diameter causes greater resistance to airflow into the lungs. FLAIR Strips gently support the soft tissues over the nasal passages providing reduced airway resistance during exercise. By reducing airway resistance during exercise, FLAIR Strips help prevent fatigue related injuries, help protect the lungs from injury and bleeding and promote optimal athletic performance.


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Racing Europe

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 www.racing-europe.com or call us at (800) 261-0499.

Blood-Horse LLC

Blood-Horse LLC is jointly owned by The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc. and TOBA Media Properties, Inc.

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.


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Eclipse Press

Eclipse Press is an internationally acclaimed publisher of over 80 top Thoroughbred and general equine books and educational videos.

 

 

 


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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.

Article I – OBJECTS AND PURPOSES
Article II – PRINCIPAL OFFICE
Article III – MEMBERSHIP
Article V – BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Article VI – OFFICERS
Article VII – COMMITTEES
Article VIII – CONTRACTS, LOANS, CHECKS AND DEPOSITS
Article IX – BOOKS AND RECORDS
Article X – FISCAL YEAR
Article XI – SEAL
Article XII – WAIVER OF NOTICE
Article XIII – FUNDS OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article XIV – INTERPRETATION
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