Quarter Horse jockey Tomey Jean Swan was named acting chairman of the board for the Jockeys' Guild Wednesday. Pat Day resigned as president of the organization June 21 after a contentious board meeting in which Matrix Capital Association was hired to manage the group's affairs. When Matrix was hired, the executive committee of the Guild fired all six staff members including national manager John Giovanni and all six regional managers (two were later rehired).
"We want to be represented as the professional organization that we are as we move into the 21st century" Swan said in a prepared statement after accepting the unanimous vote of the committee.
Swan previously served as the Western Region Vice President of the Guild.