08/13/2014 1:35PM

TOBA to honor regional, state breeders and owners at awards dinner


The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s National Awards dinner will be held Friday, Sept. 5 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Ky.

The dinner honors the achievements of Thoroughbred owners in the four major North American racing regions and breeders in 22 states and Canada.

Phipps Stable was named Owner of the Year for the eastern region, Ken and Sarah Ramsey received the award for the midwest region, Willis Horton earned the honor for the southern region, and Gary and Mary West were named Owners of the Year for the western region.

Helen Alexander will be given the newly-founded Robert N. Clay Award, promoting awareness and education among horsemen regarding the impact of land loss on the equine community. In partnership with the Equine Land Conservation Resource, the award recognizes a member of the Thoroughbred community who has made an outstanding contribution to preserving land for equine use.

TOBA will also honor Take Charge Lady, dam of champion Will Take Charge and Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy, as the National Broodmare of the Year. This award offers catalog designation from the North American International Cataloguing Standards Committee.

Successful competitive eventer Houdini, owned by Katie Ruppel, will receive Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year honors. The award is presented to the owner of the ex-Thoroughbred racehorse that has excelled in sport horse competitions as tracked by the United States Equestrian Federation.

A National Owner of the Year will be selected from those four regional winners, which will be revealed at the Awards dinner. National Breeder and Small Breeder of the Year honors will also be announced on Sept. 5.

Following is the list of state and Canadian breeders of the year, among which the National Breeder and Small Breeder of the Year awards will be chosen.

Arizona: Richard Owens
California: Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams
Canada: Sam-Son Farm
Florida: Gil & Marilyn Campbell
Illinois: Darrell & Sadie Brommer
Indiana: Deann & Greg Baer
Iowa: William Hobbs
Kansas: Lance & Valerie Gabriel
Kentucky: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey
Louisiana: Glen C. Warren
Maryland: Robert E. Meyerhoff
Michigan: Jerry & Lisa Campbell
Minnesota: Richard Bremer & Cheryl Sprick
New Jersey: Quiet Winter Farm
New Mexico: Mike Carson & Bill Carson
New York: Patricia S. Purdy
North Carolina: Elizabeth H. Muirhead
North Dakota: Leigh Backhaus
Oregon: George Hurliman
South Carolina: Franklin G. Smith
Texas: Sam Stevens & Sammy Stevens
Virginia: Estate of Edward P. Evans
Washington: Keith & Jan Swagerty