Lewis, McCaffery Join Oak Tree Board

Robert B. Lewis and Trudy McCaffery have accepted invitations to join the Oak Tree Racing Association Board of Directors.

"We are extremely pleased that Bob Lewis and Trudy McCaffery have agreed to join our board," said Oak Tree president Dr. Jack Robbins. "Both are solid examples of the type of committed individuals Clement Hirsch had in mind when he founded Oak Tree. Not only are they dedicated to the advancement of Thoroughbred racing but also they are deeply involved in projects that are designed to benefit the equine athlete. They have exhibited great concern for improving the lifestyle of those involved with daily caring of the Thoroughbred."

Lewis and his wife, Beverly, have experienced worldwide success with runners sporting their familiar gold and green silks, the colors of the University of Oregon where they met while attending classes on the Eugene campus in the mid-1940s. The Lewises made their initial Thoroughbred purchases in 1990.

Lewis, in accepting the invitation, noted, "I've been a great admirer of the Oak Tree organization since its inception and it's very flattering to receive this invitation. I'm a strong supporter of the philosophies of the group, working in harmony with other similar organizations for the betterment of our industry.

"I have a great respect for the work of its founders, such as my longtime late friends Clement Hirsch and Lou Rowan, and it's an honor to be asked to join the board."

In the business world, Lewis, born in Minneapolis but raised in Southern California, followed his father's footsteps in the distributing field and is chairman of Foothill Beverage Company, located in Pomona, and Antelope Valley Distributing Co., in Lancaster, Calif.

McCaffery, an accomplished competitive equestrian as a youngster, is a native of Calgary, Alberta, and entered racing in 1989. McCaffery received the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Commissioner's Cup last year in recognition of her work with Kids to the Cup, a not-for-profit organization for racing fans ages 8 to 16. The group now is the largest youth group in Thoroughbred racing. She became a member of the Thoroughbred Owners of California board in 2002.

More recently, the Thoroughbred Owners of California recognized McCaffery, who makes her home in Rancho Santa Fe, as an Owner of the Year for her partnership in 2002 Santa Anita Derby winner Came Home.

"I'm flattered and honored to be asked to join the Oak Tree Board," McCaffery said. "I have long admired the organization's not-for-profit activities, many of which parallel my own pursuits in the areas of racing, charity and promotion."

In addition to Robbins, members of the Oak Tree Board, whose membership in the past two years was depleted with the passing of W.T. Pascoe III and Georgia B. Ridder, include director/executive vice president Sherwood C. Chillingworth, and director/vice-presidents Dr. Rick Arthur, John H. Barr, and Thomas R. Capehart.