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.
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
Dan Metzger, President
Dan Metzger was appointed TOBA President in July 1999. Dan represents TOBA on a number of committees, including the International Cataloging Standards Committee, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and the International Breeders Meeting. Prior to joining TOBA, Dan directed various aspects of communications, simulcasting, marketing and licensing for Breeders’ Cup Limited and was general manager of Cawood Ledford Productions, a sports broadcast 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, previously served as an officer of the Thoroughbred Club of America and serves on the board of directors of the Winner’s Federation.
Carl Gough, Controller
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.
Andrew Schweigardt, Director of Industry Relations and Development
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.
Aly Strainer, Director of Membership and Marketing
Aly will be responsible for the continued development of the association’s membership, marketing and communications, as well as planning and implementing the association’s seminars and clinics. She brings to the table long-term equine experience combined with project management, event planning and marketing skills. Aly is a Saratoga Springs, NY 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.
Christina Bossinakis, Owners Concierge Services Director
A writer/editor for the Thoroughbred Daily News for over 14 years, Christina traveled all over the world to cover the sport’s most important races and sales. Since 2013, she served as on-air host/handicapper for Gulfstream Park and has been a regular guest commentator on HRTV. She was also a principal co-anchor and analyst as a member of TVG’s East Coast team in 2013 and 2014.
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.
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 TOBA, Erin worked as an Account Executive and Media Buyer for Group 5 Advertising in Gainesville, Florida. She also worked as an Account Executive for an online gaming company in New York, New York.
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.
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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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.
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.
Eclipse Press is an internationally acclaimed publisher of over 80 top Thoroughbred and general equine books and educational videos.
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.