TOBA’s programs support our mission to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of owners and breeders. Through our commitment to recruiting new owners to the industry, providing education through our clinics and seminars and enhancing owner and breeder experiences through programs such as the TOBA Owners Concierge and Sales Integrity Program. TOBA is the advocate for Thoroughbred owners and breeders.

Seminars, Clinics and Webcasts

TOBA offers educational, non-commercial seminars and clinics for prospective, new and established owners. TOBA’s goal is to provide industry participants with the knowledge necessary to improve the likelihood for success in the Thoroughbred business.

DateLocationTopicTOBA MemberNon-Member
April 22, 2018Keeneland
Lexington, Ky
Ownership Seminar
June 2-3, 2018Lexington, KyBreeding Clinic
June 29, 2018Woodbine
Toronto, Ontario
Ownership Seminar
August 6-7, 2018Saratoga Springs, N.Y.Pedigree and Conformation Clinic
December 1, 2018Gulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Ownership Seminar
This seminar provides a basic introduction to Thoroughbred ownership. Topics include how to build a racing stable, owner and trainer communications, common veterinary concerns, accounting and insurance issues, understanding racing partnerships and much more.

Two Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar videos are available for purchase:

This clinic allows participants a deeper understanding of the Thoroughbred pedigree and conformation. Pedigree discussions include general theory, such as in-breeding, out-crossing and nicking as well as overall conformational factors. Pedigree theories differ greatly, therefore it is important to be familiar with many perspectives. Conformation discussions include the identification of common conformation faults and the effects of those faults as well as a live conformation workshop. Like pedigree theory, there are varying opinions within the industry about acceptable conformation faults so it is important to consider varying perspectives. The two-day clinic includes farm tours.
The Breeding Clinic is held in Lexington each year and consists of tours at three Kentucky Thoroughbred farms. Clinic topics include foal registration, pedigree theory, a conformation workshop, equine nutrition, equine business matters, foaling and farm management as related to Thoroughbred breeding.

All seminars and clinics are sponsored by The Horse. Our programs are held at various locations each year throughout North America.

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar – Grand Prairie – March 2015

March 29, 2015 Grand Prairie, Tex. Lone Star Park is the home of north Texas racing, and on March 29, it was the home of Thoroughbred ownership education for 18 potential and current owners. Reid

Pedigree & Conformation Clinic – Ocala – March 2015

March 11-12, 2015 Ocala, Fla. Fourteen Thoroughbred owners and breeders gathered at Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company in Ocala, Fla. to learn from top industry professionals about the topics of pedigree and conformation. Tammy Gantt of

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar – Hot Spring – February 2015

February 21, 2015 Hot Springs, Ark. The February 21 Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar at Oaklawn Park provided a wealth of information from both regionally- and nationally-recognized speakers. Bill McDowell, president of the Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar – Hallandale Beach – December 2014

December 6, 2014 Hallandale Beach, Fla. Gulfstream Park was a popular place to be on December 6 for three reasons: Championship Meet opening day, Claiming Crown and the TOBA Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar. Twenty-five prospective and

Pedigree & Conformation Clinic – Lexington – October 2014

October 18-19, 2014 Lexington, Ky. TOBA held yet another successful educational event on the weekend of October 18-19 in Lexington, Ky. Thirty-three established and prospective owners and breeders attended the Pedigree & Conformation Clinic. Seven

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar – Saratoga Springs – August 2014

August 7, 2014 Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Thursday, August 7 was an early morning for many Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar attendees, as they spent an hour track-side watching the morning workouts at the Saratoga Race Course. Jamie

Pedigree & Conformation Clinic – Saratoga Springs – August 2014

August 4, 2014 Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Thirty-five current and prospective owners and breeders met at Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. to expand their knowledge on pedigree and conformation of the Thoroughbred. Jeff Cannizzo, executive director

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar – Arlington Heights – July 2014

July 5, 2014 Arlington Heights, Ill. Fifteen current and prospective Thoroughbred owners gathered at Arlington Park on the morning of Saturday, July 5 to soak in the expertise of one dozen industry leaders on the

“Over the two-day Pedigree & Conformation Clinic, there was ample time for interaction with the first-rate speakers TOBA had lined up, and a visit to Lexington-area horse farms gave attendees the perfect opportunity to put information presented in the classroom into practice. The clinic was extremely well-run, both from an education and a logistical standpoint, and I still use the knowledge gained during the clinic in my role as a Thoroughbred owner.”
Patti Davis, Hinsdale Ill.
“As a new owner, I found the TOBA seminars very useful. They provided substantive information on a number of important issues (likely expenses, tax and legal issues, different levels of investment, etc), and also provide a venue in which one can meet both experts in the field and other newcomers with whom to share notes. They open the door on a complicated but fascinating world.”
Kevin Brady, Skillman N.J.
“The biggest take-away from the clinic we attended was greater awareness of the breadth and depth of the industry. We really enjoyed the mix and quality of the presenters. By virtue of attending the clinic we have been able to take our learning and successfully embark on breeding the first two of our mares.”
Bruce Maller, Incline Village Nev.
“Thoroughbred horseracing is the one sport where little guys like you and me can successfully compete on the biggest stages of competition against the giants. TOBA and its Thoroughbred Ownership Seminars are invaluable resources to racing fans interested in making the jump to ownership. You won’t learn all the answers at an Ownership Seminar, but you will begin to be able to ask the right questions. I highly recommend anyone interested in becoming a race horse owner to join TOBA and to enroll in its educational programs.”
Christopher A. Sterbenz, Vienna Va.
“This seminar is a must for all people involved with the horse industry. The breadth of professional knowledge and information I gained from the varied disciplines, i.e., veterinarians, trainers, breeders, consignors and farriers, is priceless and is useful on a daily continuum. I adamantly believe in educating ourselves in what we are involved in and I cannot wait for the next clinic to attend!”
Ali Esparza, Ocala Fla.
“A TOBA clinic is the best way for Thoroughbred enthusiasts or race fans to learn more about what it takes and what it’s like to own a Thoroughbred. Whether you already own Thoroughbreds, want to own Thoroughbreds or just love the sport of racing Thoroughbreds, a TOBA clinic is for you. There is no better way to network with current members of the Thoroughbred industry and to get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a great Thoroughbred race horse. I plan on attending a TOBA clinic every year!”
Katherine Young, Monticello Minn.
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TOBA Owners Concierge

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s Owners Concierge is dedicated to the encouragement of excellence and growth in the horse racing industry by providing owners with exceptional customer service, timely information and access to local resources. The goal is to ensure an exciting and successful off-track as well as on-track experience by serving the diverse needs of Thoroughbred owners.

In this day and age with time being limited, the TOBA Owners Concierge is geared toward offering peace of mind by providing clear and concise information, presented in an organized and easily accessible format. The concierge service is an owner-based initiative that, both directly and indirectly, caters to the Thoroughbred owners’ needs, as well as serving as a liaison between the horse owner and the racetrack in addition to facilitating relations with the extended racing community.


Thoroughbred OwnerView

Thoroughbred OwnerView is a free information website developed jointly by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association for new, prospective and current Thoroughbred owners. OwnerView includes a wealth of information about Trainers, Racing Syndicates, Getting Started, Licensing, Racetracks, Veterinary, Aftercare, Publications and State Incentive programs.

Read below for a brief description of what you will find on OwnerView.

Trainer Information
Racing Syndicates
Getting Started Owning Thoroughbreds
Owner Profiles
State Incentives
State Licensing
Publications & Books

Sales Integrity Program

At the behest of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the Sales Integrity Program Task Force was developed in response to an expressed desire within the Thoroughbred Industry to improve the opportunity for buyers at public auction sales to feel informed, understand the various aspects of the process and be confident they were being fairly treated. The project was specifically geared toward the needs of new investors, but not designed exclusively for them. At the same time, it is recognized that the interests of consignors, breeders, agents, veterinarians, trainers, sale companies and horses need also to be protected and that the Thoroughbred auction scene inherently involves risks for all concerned.

The 22-person committee spent many hours, over several months, developing a Code of Ethics for public auction. The Code of Ethics incorporates issues of disclosure of ownership, dual agency (the practice of an agent accepting a commission from the buyer for purchasing/bidding on the horse on the buyer’s behalf and also accepting any commission or other commercial benefit from any party involved with the selling/consigning of the same animal, without disclosing this) and includes a sample agent disclosure agreement and a veterinary dual agency agreement.

TOBA provides Sales Integrity Program literature and materials to all of the major sales companies for distribution and display at their auctions. TOBA works to provide the education necessary for owners and breeders to make informed decisions at public auction.


National Awards Dinner

Each year, TOBA honors owners and breeders from 23 states and Canada (TOBA state network). Also honored are four Regional Owners of the Year, National Owner of the Year, two National Breeders of the Year, Broodmare of the Year, Rood & Riddle Sport Horse of the Year, National HBPA Claiming Crown Horse of the Year, and the Robert N. Clay Award (recognizing a member of the Thoroughbred racing community who has made an outstanding contribution to preserving land for equine use).

The 32nd annual National Awards Dinner was held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky.

Click here for 2017 National Awards Dinner Program
Click here for 2017 State Awards Luncheon Gallery
Click here for 2017 National Awards Dinner Gallery

Awards Dinner Logo

Congratulations to our 2017 award winners!

State Breeders of the Year
Arkansas: McDowell Farm
California: Heinz Steinmann
Canada: David and Adrian Munro
Florida: Gilbert C. Campbell
Illinois: Barney and Anne Gallagher
Indiana: Michael E. and Penny S. Lauer
Iowa: Allen Poindexter
Kentucky: WinStar
Louisiana: Irwin Olian
Maryland: Robert Manfuso
Massachusetts: Kenneth Posco
Michigan: Lisa Campbell
Minnesota: Rick Bremer and Cheryl Sprick
New Jersey: Daniel Lopez
New York: Chester and Mary Broman
North Carolina: Nancy Shuford
Ohio: Tim Hamm
Oregon: Neil Knapp
South Carolina: Franklin G. Smith, Sr.
Texas: Craig Upham
Virginia: Mrs. William M. Backer
Washington: Jean and Jeff Harris

Regional Owners of the Year
East: Juddmont Farms
Midwest: John Oxley
South: Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence
West: Spendthrift Farm

National Owners of the Year
Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence

National Small Breeder of the Year
Robert Manfuso

National Breeders of the Year

National Broodmare of the Year
Leslie’s Lady

Claiming Crown Horse of the Year
Royal Posse

Rood & Riddle Sport Horse of the Year
Zine Dine

Robert N. Clay Award
The Heubeck Family

Thank you to our 2017 Awards Dinner sponsors!

Thank you to the following dinner program advertisers. We appreciate your support!

Claiming Crown

Claiming Crown

The Claiming Crown is a partnership between the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. The Claiming Crown was envisioned to be the claiming horse owner’s Breeders’ Cup; a special racing event, created for the sometime-forgotten “average owner,” and featuring some of the most competitive horses in the country. Every horse owner, regardless of the level at which their stable competes, has an equal chance to participate, as the Claiming Crown is open to all claiming horses irrespective of where they were foaled or race.

The Claiming Crown, which consists of nine races worth $1.1 million in purses, has been held annually since 1999 and has become the highlight on the racing calendar for horses which have started for claiming tags between $7,500 and $35,000.


Thoroughbred Charities of America



TCA’s mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. TCA grants funds to organizations in four categories including: Thoroughbred retirement, retraining and rehoming; research; backstretch and farm employee programs; and equine-assisted therapy programs. With the support of the Thoroughbred industry, TCA has distributed over $21 million in grants to more than 200 Thoroughbred-related non-profit organizations. TCA is a 501(c) (3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors. TCA is the charitable arm of TOBA.

TCA’s largest annual fundraiser is a Stallion Season Auction held each January in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information please visit