Peter Willmott

Peter Willmott

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Willmott Elected as TOBA Chairman

TOBA also announced appointments for its American Graded Stakes Committee

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Aug. 10 announced the election of Peter Willmott as chairman of its board of trustees. 

Willmott succeeds Reynolds Bell, Jr.  Also joining Willmott on the board to serve three-year terms as new members are Clifford Barry, Antony Beck, Michael McMahon, Charlotte Weber, and Jack Wolf.

Re-elected to three-year terms were current trustees C. Steven Duncker, John Greely IV, Lansdon Robbins, Peter Willmott, and Christopher Young.

Immediately following its annual members meeting, the TOBA board met to elect officers for the 2,200-member association. Officers named for 2011-2012 are: Willmott, chairman; Seth Hancock, vice-chairman; Dan Metzger, president; Dr. J. David Richardson, secretary; and Wolf, treasurer.

“I am honored that I have been chosen by my peers to serve as chairman of TOBA,” said Willmott in a statement. “Owners and breeders are the venture capitalists of this industry and TOBA will continue its efforts to see that the return on their time, effort, and treasure invested is improved.”

Richardson, who was elected chairman of the TOBA’s American Graded Stakes Committee succeeding Willmott, announced appointments for the organization for 2011-2012.

At its August meeting held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Hancock was appointed to his second three-year term on the committee. He joins prior TOBA appointees John Amerman, William Farish Jr., Michael Levy, Richardson, and Willmott. 

Racing Official members Rogers Beasley and Mike Dempsey were each reappointed to their third three-year term and P.J. Campo was reappointed to his second three-year term. Beasley, Campo, and Dempsey join prior Racing Official appointees Michael Harlow and Thomas Robbins.

The committee will meet again in early December for its annual grading session.