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Due to the incoming weather, the Virginia Thoroughbred Association 2014 Annual Stallion Season Auction

is being postponed. The new open bidding day will be Tuesday, February 18th

Closing bidding will take place on Wednesday, February 19.

Only bidders who have placed a bid on  Tuesday, February 18th may participate in the closing  bidding on that specific stallion on Wednesday, February 19th.

Offering an extensive list of no-guarantee seasons, featuring stallions standing in Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and more.

The list is  updated daily. Please visit www.vabred.org and click the auction box on the homepage  for the stallion season list and for complete bidding information.

For additional information, Virginia Thoroughbred Association (540) 347-4313 or email vta@vabred.org.

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In spite of individually and collectively voicing disapproval of and disappointment with the status quo with regard to 2014 live racing dates, the VRC renewed the existing situation regarding the Virginia Breeders Fund (VBF) and unanimously approved the Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s (VTA) proposal to administer and promote the VBF in 2014.  The breeders group has performed that role as a subcontractor of the Virginia Racing Commission since 1997.

Commissioner D.G. Van Clief made the motion after a brief statement thanking everyone involved and noting the quality of the proposals.   He noted the decision was difficult because of long-standing personal and working relationships with the parties who submitted the proposals and the two camps that advocated their acceptance.

Appearing somewhat bemused, Van Clief pointed out the two proposals made up a “bifurcated bid by the same organization” noting one participant – the VTA – had long performed the contract under the direction of former Executive Director Glenn Petty who’s Equisport Solutions submitted the other proposal.

Noting the difficult situations facing all of the “institutional stakeholders,” the commission awarded a one year contract to the VTA with pending contract negotiations regarding the various terms and budget.

Van Cief’s motion also passed 5-0.

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The Virginia Thoroughbred Association will be hosting “Cocktails & Conversation” on this Sunday, November 17 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Confederate Hall at Hickory Tree Farm near Middleburg, VA.

Billed as “An opportunity to discuss the state of Thoroughbred breeding and racing in Virginia and get updates on the latest industry news,” the VTA is welcoming comments, questions and suggestions on the future of the VTA.

The Association welcomes members to bring friends who are Thoroughbred breeders, owners or fans but not VTA members.

The event is advertised as “the first in a series of get togethers with details for the Blue Ridge and Capital district events being announced  soon.

To RSVP, contact Carolyn McCray at (434) 977-3716 or carolyn.mccray@easterassociates.com

For more information, click here.

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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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VTAUpdate71213The Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA) has published a “July 10 Weekly Update.”  The new publication appears to be designed to replace the VTA’s Virginia Thoroughbred Blog, a joint venture between the VTA and the Virginia HBPA, which last published on May 31, 2013.

The newsletter covered  the Virginia-bred champions for 2012, the Commonwealth Turf Festival,  Virginia-bred and –connected horses and included a profile of Richmond-native and author Jerry Radford.

The debut issue did not include any information about plans to fill the now -vacant seats on the board left by the resignations of three directors  – two past presidents (Ernie Oare and Anne Poulson) and the manager (Jens von Lepel)one  of the largest Thoroughbred breeding farms in the Commonwealth – on June 24th.

Von Lepel and Audley Farm were prominently featured in the newsletter as leading Virginia breeder for 2012 and the breeders of 2012 Virginia-bred Horse of the Year Bodemeister.

To see the VTA Update, click here.

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VTA%20logo_0(Press Release) – Anne Poulson and Ernie Oare, two past Presidents of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA) and former members of the Virginia Racing Commission, along with Dr. Jens von Lepel , the general manager of 2012 Leading Virginia Breeder,  Audley Farm,  have resigned from the Board of Directors of the VTA.  The three long-time Directors resigned following an Executive Session of the organization’s Board meeting on June 24, 2013, over the termination of former Executive Director, Glenn Petty.

Noting that their joint resignation was “based on shared principles and values,” the three well known Virginia horsemen, cited “fundamental differences with the Board on proper and acceptable conduct concerning the termination” of Petty who has some 30 year of experience in the Commonwealth’s Thoroughbred industry.

Petty was fired on June 3rd after 10 years on the job during his third term as Executive Director.  His ousting occurred at a secret meeting where VTA President, Wayne Chatfield-Taylor, admitted to giving late notice to Oare and Poulson so as not to “tip off” Petty.  The organization gave Petty no formal notification of cause for his firing before or after the June 3 meeting.

The three Directors then requested a full Board meeting be called by the President per the VTA By-laws.  At a sharply debated Executive Session, the three determined they could “no longer support a Board that condones months of covert Executive Committee activities to achieve a predetermined result.”

In addition, all three noted that it was no longer “possible for us to work with a Board that glosses over the manipulation of the By-laws, disregards normal corporate governance procedures, approves the intentional exclusion of directors from fair participation in the process, and demonstrates a lack of respect for and fair dealing with a long-term employee with decades of service to our industry. “

“It is disturbing and disappointing that the Board simply dismisses these activities as ‘just business’ or ‘spilt milk’ with no hint of accountability or remorse. We believe that it is truly a dark day when a venerable institution, like the VTA, allows deceit, duplicity, and dishonor to override the principles of due process, fair play, integrity, respect and human decency in order to achieve a ‘desired result’.”

Poulson was Chairman of the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) from 2003 to 2006. A commercial breeder with her husband at Hare Forest Farm in Orange, VA, Poulson  played a key role in passing legislation that legalized Advance Deposit Wagering and the Virginia Racing Task Force which created the model for the summer turf meet at Colonial Downs that it still in use today.

Oare, prominent in racing (both flat and steeplechasing) and horse showing, has served on the VTA Board for over 40 years and was President when the referendum to allow pari-mutuel wagering was passed.  He served on the VRC from 1993 to 2001 and was a commissioner when the long-awaited license was finally awarded paving the way for live racing in the Commonwealth. Oare is still an active owner and trainer, as well as a Director on the Board of the VHBPA and the Virginia Gold Cup.  Oare and Poulson are the only two members of the VTA Board of Directors to have held seats on the VRC.

Von Lepel  is the General Manager of the largest commercial breeding farm in Virginia.  The Berryville-based nursery enjoyed a banner year in 2012 when their homebred, Bodemeister, placed in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.  Audley then sold the Triple Crown performer’s half-sister at the Keeneland September sale for the top price for a filly of $1.3 million.  Under von Lepel’s direction, Audley  sold Bodemeister’s dam, Untouched Talent, to Coolmore for $5 million at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale after topping the Timonium yearling sale with a $300,000 Malibu Moon filly.


The Racing Biz 1 – Directors Resign

The Racing Biz – President’s Vision

The Blood-Horse – Director’s Resign

Paulick Report – Press Release

Fauquier Now – Upheaval

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