09/23/2004 11:00PM

Events surround Ocala mixed sale


Ocala Week, Oct. 8-14, is the time when the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association holds its annual membership meeting and sponsors several industry-related activities. In addition to that schedule, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company conducts its fall mixed sale.

This year there are a few changes in the usual schedule of events. The popular Florida Thoroughbred Charities golf classic has been postponed until Dec. 3 because of renovation of the course, and the Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers Parade of Stallions will be held this year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Events sponsored by the owners' and breeders' association begin with the Jockey Club Interactive seminar and luncheon at Steinbrenner's Ramada Inn. More information about the seminar, the topics to be discussed, and those planning to participate is available by phone at (352) 629-2160 or on the Internet by e-mailing info@ftboa.com. Inquiries should be made by midday on Oct. 4.

Friday at 10 a.m., the annual membership meeting gets under way at the Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club. There will be a yearly review and presentation of a wish list for the coming year. The slot-machine issue and the Nov. 2 referendums in Dade and Broward counties will be among the topics.

The results of the voting for new and/or re-elected board members will be announced at the end of the meeting. The new board will then elect its officers. Among the candidates are incumbents Donald R. Dizney, the association's current president; Sheila DiMare, the secretary; and Barry Eisaman, treasurer. The three incumbents and five other nominees will vie for five seats. The nominees are Gilbert G. Campbell of Stonehedge Farm, Diane Dudley of Dudley Farm, George Isaacs of Bridlewood Farm, J.B. McKathan Jr. of McKathan Brothers, and Peter W. Rosbeck of Hidden Point Farm.

At 2 p.m. Friday, the association will conduct Hall of Fame ceremonies. The FTBOA Hall of Fame presently has nine members. Industry founders Carl G. Rose and James H. Bright were among the first inductees. The other members are Bonnie Heath and Jack Dudley of Needles fame, the legendary Fred W. Hooper, Tilyou Christopher, Dan Chapell, Joseph M. O'Farrell, and Bruce Campbell.

To be added to this list are James Binger and William L. McKnight of Tartan Farms, and Frances A. Genter, breeder of In Reality and the 1990 Kentucky Derby winner, Unbridled. John Haritigan, who managed Tartan Farms and later his own Cashel Stud, is also an inductee, as is Jack Price of Carry Back fame. The late Elmer F. Heubeck Jr., an early founder of the industry, is also to be honored with membership, as is Harry T. Mangurian Jr., who raced two-time champion Desert Vixen, bred the l992 Eclipse champion juvenile colt, Gilded Time, and was awarded an Eclipse Award of Merit in 2001.

The association's membership cocktail party is on Sunday evening at the Ramada Inn. Casual cocktail attire is expected and the activities start at 6 p.m.

More than 1,100 cataloged

The Ocala Breeders' fall mixed sale has two catalogs. The consignors' preferred catalog lists 660 horses for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 11 and 12.

The second catalog, containing horses to be sold in the open portion of the sale, on Oct. 13 and 14, has 492 listings. All sessions start at 11 a.m.

Brawner dinner rescheduled

A reception and dinner to honor veterinarian Reuben Brawner at the Ocala Hilton, postponed because of the hurricanes that hit the area, will now be held Oct. 21.

Brawner, Ocala's pioneering resident veterinarian, spent 46 years on the job. Among his clientele were Tartan Farms, Meadowbrook Farm, Brookfield Farm, and Ocala Stud. The dinner is being sponsored by the Marion Veterinary Medical Association.