VIRGINIA HBPA ELECTS BOARD

Members of the Virginia HBPA by mail ballot elected a new Board of Directors to serve for the next three years. The Board has fourteen seats, seven for owners and seven for trainers. Six of the seven owner members elected were incumbents Susie Chatfield-Taylor, Nellie Cox, Jill Gordon-Moore, Susie Hart, Robin Richards, and David Ross. The seventh owner member newly elected is Emily Day. She and her husband, trainer Jimmy Day, own and operate Daybreak Stables in White Post, Virginia.

Six of the seven trainers elected also were incumbents including Susan Cooney, Donna Dennehy, Carlos Garcia, Diana McClure, Stephanie Nixon, and Ernie Oare. The new trainer member is Daniel M. (Speedy) Smithwick. He and his wife Eva own and operate Sunny Bank Farm in Middleburg, Virginia. Before returning to his native Virginia Speedy Smithwick was based for seventeen years in Louisville, Kentucky where he trained and raced principally in the mid-west.

At its inaugural meeting in January the new Board elected officers for the upcoming year. They are: President David Ross, Vice President Stephanie Nixon, Treasurer Jill Gordon-Moore, and Secretary Diana McClure. For the past seven years President David Ross has been the leading owner at Colonial Downs. His current stable of thirty-five horses also competes in four other states. When not busy racing Ross heads Atlantic Realty, a company that develops and manages commercial real estate in Northern Virginia.

Vice President Stephanie Nixon runs Horseshoe Hill Stables in Ashland, Virginia. She has bred and trained thoroughbred horses for all her adult life. Nixon regularly trains on the grounds at Colonial Downs. Treasurer Jill Gordon-Moore and her husband Ned Moore own Corner Farm in Berryville, Virginia where they breed and race thoroughbreds. She formerly served for seven years as General Manager of Audley Farm, breeder of Bodemeister. Secretary Diana McClure and her husband Michael Cooney own and operate Carousel Stables, a one hundred acre training facility in Berryville.

Out-going Virginia HBPA President Robin Richards did not stand for reelection because of her newly assumed duties as President of the National HBPA, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky.