Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron is among eight new members elected to The Jockey Club. The other new members are: Antony Beck, Adele Dilschneider, John Ferguson, Joe Ford, Craig Fravel, William M. Lear Jr., and Arnold Zetcher.
McCarron, who won 7,141 races during a 28-year career, was the driving force behind and is the lead instructor for North American Racing Academy. He also co-founded the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, which assists injured jockeys and exercise riders.
Beck is president of Gainesway Farm, and serves on the board of directors of Breeders’ Cup and on the board of trustees of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and Blood-Horse Publications. With his family, he owns the Graham Beck Wineries in South Africa.
Dilschneider breeds and owns Thoroughbreds in partnership with Claiborne Farm and serves on the board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
Ferguson is the bloodstock adviser to Sheikh Mohammed and oversees all of Darley’s operations worldwide. His agency, John Ferguson Bloodstock, has been one of the world’s leading purchasers of bloodstock.
Ford owns and operates Westrock Stables with his son, Scott, and is a partner in the private investment firm Westrock Capital Partners. He is the retired chairman and CEO of Alltel Corporation.
Fravel is the president and general manager of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and serves on the boards of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Equibase Company, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, and the Dolly Green Research Foundation.
Lear, a trustee of Keeneland Association since 2008, serves as chair of the board of directors for the Lexington law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. In addition to Keeneland, Lear has represented the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association - Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders and several Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms.
Zetcher is the chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California and serves on the board of trustees of TOBA. He is the retired chairman and CEO of Talbots.