William S. Farish, who has served as vice chairman of The Jockey Club since 1983, is stepping down from that position and will be succeeded by Stuart Janney III, effective immediately. Farish will continue to serve his term on the board of stewards, which expires in 2013.
The change was announced by Ogden Mills Phipps, chairman of The Jockey Club, following a board of stewards meeting June 21.
Farish became a member of The Jockey Club in 1970 and was serving his second term on The Jockey Club’s board of stewards when he became vice chairman in 1983.
Janney became a member of The Jockey Club in 1992 and was serving his third term on the board of stewards when he was named vice chairman. He has also served as chairman of The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee, which he will continue to lead.
“I’m obviously pleased to do this…I feel very strongly that The Jockey Club does a lot of important work for the industry, so I’m very excited to be the vice chairman to the extent that that can be helpful in getting some of this accomplished,” said Janney. “I think to some extent, this is a generational change, but at the end of the day, the most important thing I will continue to do is being chairman of the Thoroughbred Safety Committee, so in lots of respects, my role doesn’t change.”