According to a recently published announcement, the Virginia Thoroughbred Association has appointed four new members to the Board of Directors – Sean Clancy, Cindy Tucker, Jim Treptow and Al Griffin. The new appointments come over four months after three directors resigned last June following the controversial termination of former Executive Director Glenn Petty. 

The VTA bylaws allow the sitting board to appoint new directors to fill seats left empty for various reasons.

Clancy is the principal of Sean Clancy Bloodstock and Riverdee Stable, as well as a publisher and owner of the Saratoga Special and thisishorseracing.com. He also consults for Irish Thoroughbred Marketing and is a former champion steeplechase jockey.

Jim Treptow is the owner of Hickory Tree Farm in Middleburg, Virginia. Hickory Tree is a full service Thoroughbred breeding, layup and training facility.

Cindy Tucker is a bloodstock agent and principal of Chester Stable LLC, as well as Racing Manager for Magalen O. Bryant’s stable. Tucker is based in Middleburg.

Dr. Al Griffin is the Director of Racing for the Virginia Gold Cup as well as a member of the board of the Virginia Steeplechase Association. He has owned steeplechase horses for over 22 years and is an ex-MFH of the Warrenton Hunt.

Board member Sue Hart has also been named Treasurer.

Last week, the Virginia Racing Commission notified interested parties that the deadline for submitting proposals to manage and promote the 2014 Virginia Breeders Fund is November.  That action followed a request by the former VTA Executive Director at the regulatory body’s September meeting.

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  1. I continue to be amazed at the lack of concern for ALL members of the VTA. I support the choices made by the Board, but continued oversight plagues the organization. A simple endorsement for the candidates should have been available for the members to comment. How thoughtless for the existing Board members to choose without permitting ALL members to comment. I had made my feelings known about this issue in the past. Obviously, it remains of little interest to Board members.

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