Tim Keefe, one of Maryland’s most successful trainers, has been a member of the MTHA board since 2005.
He launched his training career in 1993 and has conditioned the stakes winners Eighttofasttocatch, Celtic Innis, Red’s Round Table, Frisky Thunder, Anarex and Goferitstutz. He trains 35 horses at Laurel Park for a dozen different owners.
Keefe grew up in Silver Spring and was involved with horses from an early age. An A-rated rider in Pony Club, he had an after-school job at a riding stable at age 13, and at 18 he went to work as an exercise rider for the late trainer Jack Mobberley.
He was later employed by the trainers Ron Cartwright and Jimmy Murphy. He also rode in amateur flat races for the trainer Janet Elliot and helped prepare young race horses for Billy Gilbert, now his father-in-law.
In 1987, Keefe became one of the first beneficiaries of the Maryland Thoroughbred Scholarship Fund. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in business.
Keefe and his wife, Rumsey, an accomplished three-day-event rider, have four children: Ryan, 14, Colby, 12, Liam, 10, and Carlin, 7. They own the 27-acre Avalon Farm in Montgomery County.
An accomplished triathlete, Keefe serves as president of the Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Fund and vice president of Maryland Million Ltd. and is chairman of the MTHA’s Health and Welfare Committee. He is also active in numerous charitable endeavors.
Keefe stated that he will focus on “continuing to improve the relationship between industry stakeholders to better meet the challenges of the future while moving beyond the battles of the past.”
In addition, equine welfare and the preservation of year-round racing in Maryland are other top priorities.