Bryan Pettigrew has been named to the position of Breeders' Cup senior vice president, marketing and sponsorship, it was announced Jan. 20. Pettigrew, who will be based in Lexington, will begin his duties Feb. 2.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Dec. 5 that the NTRA Advantage program has surpassed the $700 million mark in sales of goods and services since the inception of the group purchasing arm in 2002.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the NTRA Advantage group purchasing program, and Nationwide Insurance announced Aug. 7 that they have entered into a marketing agreement.
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art veterinary center in Lexington, has renewed its partnership with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association reported that after several years of losses, the Lexington-based organization posted positive net revenue of $66,851 during fiscal year 2013.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced that agriculture equipment manufacturer John Deere has renewed its sales and marketing partnership with the NTRA for an additional two years.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 22 that SimplexGrinnell has become a safety partner with NTRA Advantage, the NTRA's group purchasing program.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced that its NTRA Advantage group purchasing program will offer all its sales materials and communications in both English and Spanish in 2013.
Owner-breeder Morton Fink has won the second annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeder of the 2012 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Oct. 29 that Valvoline has signed on to become a national partner with NTRA Advantage, the NTRA's group purchasing program.
NTRA Advantage partner John Deere will help recognize the outstanding breeder in New York state by offering the winner John Deere equipment.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 27 that the NTRA Advantage program has topped the $100 million mark in savings to the horse industry since its inception in 2002.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is anticipating a fiscal year 2013 budget of $8.21 million, according to its latest annual report.
Bolstered by homebred Stephanie's Kitten, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey are the first recipients of the John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2011 Breeders' Cup Challenge series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Aug. 24 that Bryan Pettigrew has returned to the organization as senior vice president of NTRA Advantage.
John Deere will launch the John Deere Award, a competition among breeders of horses participating in the Breeders' Cup Challenge series and World Championships.
Joe Morris is leaving the NTRA a second time to become MI Developments' vice president of operations and sales.
Joe Morris is returning to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association as senior vice president of NTRA Advantage, a position he held about three years ago.
- By Tom LaMarra
Operating revenue for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association was down 45.2% in 2009 from 2008, but expenses were down 47.5% year-to-year, leading the organization to suggest it should have a balanced budget for 2010.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association May 12 announced that its NTRA Advantage group purchasing program recorded first-quarter sales of $16,197,000 this year, a 114% increase over first-quarter sales in 2009.
American Stalls also becomes an NTRA Advantage partner, offering a variety of premium quality permanent and portable stalls.
The NTRA announced Dec. 10 that United Networks of America has entered into a five-year agreement with NTRA Advantage. The program is free and offers discounts of up to 30%.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced the addition of Wells Fargo Insurance to its group of suppliers participating in the NTRA Advantage program.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance April 23 announced that longtime NTRA Advantage partner and official supplier Hallway Feeds has donated 6,000 pounds of feed to aid the 170 horses suffering from malnourishment at Center Brook Farm near Climax, N.Y.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced that Hallway Feeds has renewed its sponsorship agreement with the NTRA. Under the terms of the agreement, Hallway Feeds will continue as the Official Feed Supplier to the NTRA through 2011 and will offer the equine industry preferred pricing on its products through the NTRA Advantage program.
Blogging and other Web-related topics were given some of the highest priority during the Sept. 22 sessions of the well-attended National Thoroughbred Racing Association Marketing Summit at Las Vegas' Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has largely credited its NTRA Advantage program for a $3.1-million revenue surplus for 2007.
Top three finishers earn an automatic berth in the championship in Las Vegas next year.
Breeders' Cup officials are in talks with John Deere, which gained entitlement rights to the Breeders' Cup Turf Division in 2001, to continue its sponsorship.
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