Donald Dizney, owner of Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, Fla., has replaced Harold Plumley as president of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association.
Plumley, who recently began his fourth year as FTBOA president, tendered his resignation Feb. 17 at the FTBOA board of directors meeting in Ocala. Plumley cited health concerns for his decision.
"My doctor has advised me to cut down on my activities," Plumley said in a prepared statement. "I am far more knowledgeable about this business after my tenure as president. I feel indebted to the FTBOA for the education."
Dizney previously served two stints as the association's president--from 1986-89 and 1999-2000--and is a past president of the Florida Horse Council.
"The biggest hurdle facing Florida's Thoroughbred industry right now is the ability to compete with other racing states," Dizney said. "It is important for us to work together in Florida, and we need to look at what other states have done to stay competitive."
Plumley said he plans to step down from the board of directors of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co., but plans to remain a member of the FTBOA board of directors.