Keefe TimThe election of trainer Tim Keefe as only the third President in Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association history, coupled with the election of seven new members to the MTHA’s Board of Directors appears to signal a new, more inclusive direction for MTHA leadership. After being elected President, Keefe was excited about the organization’s future.


“I think the new Board is very energetic,” he said. “Everyone is looking forward to adding their own input and is anxious to get started.”


The Sept. 4 meeting - at which Officers were elected - was the first since the Board of Directors was chosen in an election which saw unprecedented voting with over 25 percent of the MTHA membership casting a ballot.


Joining Keefe on the Officers roster is founding member Linda Gaudet and R. Larry Johnson as Vice Presidents, as well as Michael Horning as Treasurer.


The Officer positions aren’t ceremonial. Each will oversee most of the functions of the Association. Gaudet will head a Committee tasked with overseeing all racing and welfare related issues. Johnson will head a Committee in charge of oversight of the relations between industry stakeholders.  Horning will manage financial duties related to the internal finance and governance of the Association.


Keefe replaces outgoing President Richard J. Meyer, who served in this capacity since 2012. Meyer replaced Richard Hoffberger, who had held the position since the Organization’s founding in 1987.

“I very much appreciate the leadership and service of past Presidents Meyer and Hoffberger,” remarked Keefe. “I look forward to our new direction which builds upon a strong foundation of representing horsemen for the past 27 years.” 


Keefe is one of Maryland’s most successful trainers, having arrived on the scene in 1993. Since then, he has mapped the careers of some of the best horses based in Maryland including Eighttofastocatch, Celtic Innis, Red’s Round Table, Frisky Thunder, Anarex and Goferitstutz. 


“I think they might have elected me as a middle-of-the-road guy who sees all sides of the business,” Keefe said.


But Johnson, a Board member for the past three years and the newly elected Vice President, who describes himself as a “very outspoken critic” of past Boards, said there is another reason for Keefe’s election.


“Yes, he’s demonstrated that he’s a hardworking person who is receptive to change and to better cooperation between horsemen and breeders,” Johnson said. “But I think there is more to it than that. He’s a person who has demonstrated a sincere interest in making things better.”


“Making things better” seems to be the underlying building block for this Board as it moves forward.

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September 2014 Newsletter Available

newsletter2014 9The September 2014 edition of the Horsemen's Newsletter is now online and available for download. To view this edition click herearrow

The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.


Ballot-Box-4x3Following a record number of ballots returned, members of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have elected seven new Directors as well as eight incumbents from a slate of 29 hopefuls in the recently concluded Board of Directors election.

Ballots were mailed nationwide to 2,169 currently licensed owners and trainers in early July from Election Trust, a third party election services company that specializes in the administration of corporate and non-profit board elections.

558 ballots were received by the close of business on August 15, 2014 for a return rate of over 25%. This participation rate far exceeds previous elections conducted by MTHA, as well as national non-profit election averages according to representatives at Election Trust.

The following individuals were elected to the Board of Directors. All terms are three years.

OWNERS: Christine E. Bricker, Ellen M. Charles, JoAnn Hayden, Michael F. Horning, R. Larry Johnson, Robert T. Manfuso and Charles “Chip” J. Reed.

TRAINERS: A. Ferris Allen III, Dale Capuano, Linda S. Gaudet, Timothy L. Keefe, Lawrence E. Murray, H. Graham Motion, Michael J. Trombetta and Katharine M. Voss.

The MTHA Board of Directors election occurs every three years when members of the association select all 15 Directorships. The election of officers will take place at the MTHA’s September board meeting. For more information call the MTHA office at (410) 902-6842.

Backstretch Appreciation Day - Sept. 21st, 1-4pm

cookoutFood, fun and fellowship will highlight the MTHA’s Backstretch Appreciation Day on September 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. The event will take place in the white house area adjacent to the paddock area.

Everyone’s favorites will be served: pit beef and roasted pork, chicken and salads, catered by Russell Clark. Soda will also be provided.
Door prizes will be distributed.

All backstretch personnel and their families are invited to attend free of charge.

Backstretch Appreciation Day honors the unsung heroes of our industry.

July/August 2014 Newsletter Available

newsletter2014 7The July/August 2014 edition of the Horsemen's Newsletter is now online and available for download. To view this edition click herearrow

The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.

Profile Booklet Available for Board of Directors Candidates

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Ballots for the MTHA’s 2014 election for the Board of Directors are scheduled to be mailed in mid-July to all MTHA members which consist of all currently licensed owners and trainers as of June 30, 2014. In order for a ballot to be counted, it must properly completed and received (NOT POSTMARKED) no later than Friday, August 15.

Members must vote for seven owners and seven trainers.

All 15 directorships are up for election in 2014. Directors will be elected to a three-year term. Results will be announced in mid-August.

New for this year is a change in how ballots are distributed and processed. Previously all ballots were sent from and returned to the MTHA corporate office for counting by volunteers. However, starting with the 2014 election, all completed ballots will be mailed from and returned to a third-party company who specializes in corporate and non-profit elections. This election services company will count ballots electronically and certify the results.



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