William K. Boniface has been elected president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. He succeeds Dr. Thomas Bowman, who led the organization for the past two years.
James Steele Jr. was elected vice president, and Robert Manfuso was elected secretary/treasurer. The organization is headquartered in Timonium.
Boniface, 40, manages the breeding division of family-owned Bonita Farm in Darlington. The farm is home to the stallions Go For Gin
, Mojave Moon, and Ops Smile, as well as the retired stallion Deputed Testamony, the 1983 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner who was foaled at Bonita.
Boniface served as MHBA vice president and legislative committee chairman in 2003-04, and secretary/treasurer from 2002-03. He also is a director of the Maryland Million, a board member of the Maryland Farm Bureau Political Action Committee, and a board member of the Maryland Horse Council.
Boniface's father, J. William Boniface, was MHBA president from 1978-1980.