Lexington, Ky. – The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s 31st Annual National Awards Dinner was held on September 10 at Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky. Zayat Stables was honored as TOBA’s National Owner of the Year, Godolphin was named TOBA’s National Breeder of the Year. Richard & Karen Papiese’s Midwest Thoroughbreds were selected the National Small Breeder of the Year. Littleprincessemma, dam of American Pharoah, was honored with the National Broodmare of the Year title.
The National Awards Dinner, hosted by Christina Bossinakis of the TOBA Owners Concierge, also honored the achievements of Thoroughbred owners in the four major North American racing regions and breeders in 25 states and Canada.
Key to Power, who won the Emerald Stakes in the 2015 Claiming Crown, was honored with Claiming Crown Horse of the Year, presented by the National HBPA. This was the second year that the National Awards Dinner celebrated the Claiming Crown Horse of the Year.
The Rood & Riddle Sport Horse of the Year went to three-day eventer Sound Prospect, owned by a syndicate of six different parties. This award was presented to the owner of the ex-Thoroughbred that has accumulated the most points in competition, as tracked by the United States Equestrian Federation.
In addition, Peter Fenwick received the Robert N. Clay Award. In partnership with the Equine Land Conservation Resource, this award recognizes a member of the Thoroughbred community who has made an outstanding contribution to preserving land for equine use.
The evening’s awards ceremony can be viewed at www.bloodhorse.com/tobaawards.
The State Breeders of the Year were honored at an awards luncheon at Dudley’s on Short and Ashford Stud, prior to the awards dinner.
A complete list of winners is as follows:
Regional Owners of the Year:
Eastern Region: Stonestreet Stables
Midwestern Region: Ken and Sarah Ramsey
Southern Region: Zayat Stables
Western Region: Paul & Zillah Reddam
State Breeders of the Year:
Arkansas: McDowell Farm
California: Reddam Racing
Canada: Tall Oaks Farm
Florida: Jacks or Better Farm
Illinois: Richard & Karen Papiese
Indiana: Justice Farm
Iowa: Allen Poindexter
Kansas: Pam M. Davis
Louisiana: Set-Hut Stables
Maryland: Dance Forth Farm
Massachusetts: Langdon Wilby & Mary Beth Reis
Michigan: Campbell Stables
Minnesota: Curtis Sampson
New Jersey: Holly Crest Farm
New Mexico: A & A Ranch
New York: Eklektikos Stable
North Carolina: Chandley Farm
North Dakota: Backhaus and Sons
Ohio: Blazing Meadows & 3 Clovers Farm Oregon: Oakhurst Thoroughbreds
South Carolina: Franklin G. Smith, Sr.
Texas: Eileen Hartis
Virginia: Keswick Stables
Washington: Coal Creek Farm
National Broodmare of the Year:
Claiming Crown Horse of the Year:
Key to Power
Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year:
Robert N. Clay Award:
National Awards Dinner sponsors include Stonestreet Farm, Stoll Keenon Ogden, Stronach Group and Adena Springs, H.E. “Tex” Sutton Forwarding Company, Jackson Family Wines (Official Wine Sponsor of the 2016 National Awards Dinner), Big Ass Solutions, Equine Land Conservation Resource, Equineline, Turner Labels, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Woodford Reserve, National HBPA, FLAIR Nasal Strips, The Horse and Blood-Horse.
TOBA, based in Lexington, Ky., was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred breeders and owners. 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, 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 The Blood-Horse 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.