The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) announced today the unanimous election of Robin Traywick Williams (center) as its President and Tom Ludt as Chairman.
Williams, formerly Chairman of the National Racing Compact and director of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, succeeds Johnathan Miller, who stepped down as President after a three year term. Ludt is president of Vinery, a member of the Breeders’ Cup board of directors, and a member of the TRF’s executive committee.

“I am pleased and honored to be named the next President of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation,” Williams said. “Johnathan led the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation through a period of transition and I’m looking forward to work with the Board of Directors in continuing to move this great organization to the next level.”

Williams’ election as president follows in the footsteps of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s new working relationships with the New York Racing Association (NYRA), Jockeys’ Guild, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and The Jockey Club.

Williams, a native of Lynchburg, Virginia and graduate of Hollins University, served for 10 years on the Virginia Racing Commission where she helped oversee the advent of horse racing. During that time she also was elected as director of the board of the Association of Racing Commissioners International and on the board of the North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association.

Her involvement with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation dates back several years. In 2007 she organized the James River chapter of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, where inmates at the James River Work Center care for retired Thoroughbreds while learning life and vocational skills.

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