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TOBA Names Finalists for National Owner of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today that Juddmonte Farm, Hronis Racing, Klaravich Stable, Rockingham Ranch and Peter M. Brant have been selected as finalists for the TOBA National Owner of the Year.

The TOBA National Owner of the Year will be announced live at the TOBA National Awards Dinner presented by Red Brand, which will be held on Saturday, September 7 at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky.

TOBA will also honor breeders from 22 states and Canada.  The National Breeder of the Year and the National Small Breeder of the Year will also be revealed at the TOBA National Awards Dinner. James E. “Ted” Bassett will be presented with the TOBA Industry Service Award and John D. Gunther will receive the prestigious Triple Crown Breeders Trophy for homebred Justify.

Other TOBA national award winners include Stage Magic, dam of Justify, who has been named as the National Broodmare of the Year and Aztec Sense, who will be honored as Claiming Crown Horse of the Year, presented by the National HBPA.

The Rood & Riddle Sport Horse of the Year will go to Archie Rocks, owned by Maya Simmons and Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor will receive the Robert N. Clay Award, which recognizes a member of the Thoroughbred community who has made an outstanding contribution to preserving land for equine use.

“It is a great honor and privilege for TOBA to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of these owners, breeders and horses,” said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA.  “They achieved remarkable success in 2018 and we look forward to celebrating with them in what promises to be a memorable evening at Fasig-Tipton.”

Tickets to the TOBA National Awards Dinner can be purchased at or by calling Meredith Downey at (859) 276-6793.

A complete list of state winners is as follows:

State Breeders of the Year:

Arkansas: Bill McDowell

California: Premier Thoroughbreds

Canada: Cam Ziprick and Arnason Farms

Florida: Ocala Stud

Indiana: Michael E. and Penny S. Lauer

Iowa: Allen Poindexter

Kansas: Jerry Johnson

Kentucky: Godolphin

Louisiana: Bill and Al Ulwelling

Maryland: Richard Golden

Massachusetts: George Brown (posthumously)

Minnesota: Joel and Kris Zamzow


New Jersey: Sam Fieramosca

New Mexico: R.D. Hubbard

New York: Chester and Mary Broman

North Carolina: Dr. Frank Batten

Ohio: Steve DeMaiolo

Oregon: Paul Hagemann

Pennsylvania co-breeder: Elizabeth Moran

Pennsylvania co-breeder: Thomas and Lori Fackler

South Carolina: Franklin Smith Sr.

Texas: W.S. Farish

Virginia: William M. Backer Trust

Washington: Delores Christianson

TOBA National Awards Dinner sponsors include Red Brand Fence, Jackson Family Wines (Official Wine Sponsor of the 2018 TOBA National Awards Dinner), Fasig-Tipton, NTRA Advantage and John Deere, Stoll Keenon Ogden, National HBPA The Stronach Group, H.E. “Tex” Sutton Forwarding Company, Buffalo Trace, Plusvital,, The Horse and BloodHorse LLC.

About TOBA
 TOBA, based in Lexington, Ky., was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred owners and breeders. 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, Breeding, Conformation & Pedigree Clinics, US-Bred, TOBA Owners Concierge, OwnerView 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 Media Properties, a subsidiary of TOBA, owns The Horse magazine, Eclipse Press and is co-owner of The BloodHorse LLC. TOBA is represented on the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium as founding members.