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Charities of

TCA provides grants to approved nonprofit organizations that work to support Thoroughbreds and the people who care for them.

TCA Board of Directors

Michael McMahon


McMahon, a Saratoga Springs, NY native, resides in Versailles, KY since 1995. A graduate of Cornell University, Mike has worked as a breeder, owner and bloodstock agent for over 25 years. Mike co-owns McMahon and Hill Bloodstock LLC with his business partner, Jamie Hill. McMahon and Hill also manage Bourbon Lane Racing Stable, the Spruce […]

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Lesley Campion

Vice President

Lesley grew up on Mondellihy Stud, Co. Limerick in Ireland, where her parents raised cattle and bred National Hunt horses, including the successful Lantern Lodge and Very Promising. Following graduation in 1999 from the University of Limerick with a Bachelors degree in Equine Science, and an Associates Degree in Marketing, Lesley moved to Lexington. Her […]

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Davant Latham


A native of Memphis, Tenn. and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Davant went to the racetrack grooming horses for trainer Dennis Ebert. This was followed by a stint at Dearborn Farm in Midway, Ky. and a season in New Zealand at Cambridge Stud. After a few years in the “real world” Davant came […]

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Lesley Howard


Bluegrass native Lesley Howard has 17 years of experience in the Thoroughbred industry. With a degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky, Lesley practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with Dean Dorton & Ford for six years before venturing into the private sector in 2005, accepting the position of Chief Financial Officer for the […]

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Marette Farrell

Marette Farrell grew up on her parents’ stud farm in Ireland. She pinhooked two-year-olds to help pay for college where she earned a B.A. in Physical Education and English. She played on the Irish Field Hockey team and by the age of twenty-four was coaching the Munster provincial U16 field hockey team. Preferring a life […]

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Cassidy Gaffalione

Cassidy, a South Florida native, is now living her horse-girl dream in Louisville, Kentucky. She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Alabama and a mini MBA in Social Media Marketing from Rutgers Business School. Cassidy is the National Account Manager for Mizner Bioscience, a generic pharmaceutical company for animals, which has […]

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Torie Gladwell

Torie Gladwell, raised in small town Missouri, grew up showing Arabians and had a love for horses. She knew she wanted to pursue a career in the equine industry so she attended Murray State University in Kentucky. She got her degree in Agriculture Business with an Associates in Equine Science while riding on the equestrian […]

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Marshall Gramm

Marshall Gramm grew up in Washington, D.C. and, despite having no connection to horse racing, became interested in the sport from childhood because of the statistical and problem-solving aspects of betting. As an Economics Ph.D. and professor, his primary research focus is on gambling and betting markets. He has over a dozen academic publications related […]

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Brant Laue

Mr. Laue is the owner of Laue Ranch Racing Stable, a Kentucky-based racing and breeding operation. He entered racing through a partnership in 1996 and started his own stable in 2000. He has raced three homebred stakes winners, including Grade I winner Gun Salute and Grade II winner Glorious View, as well as two other […]

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Jason Loutsch

Jason Loutsch is owner and racing manager of Albaugh Family Stables. He is a 1998 Graduate of Iowa State University. He has been involved in breeding and racing since 2004. His first horse he bought was Miss Macy Sue, the dam of Liam’s Map and Not This Time and has been hooked ever since. The […]

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Ryan Mahan

Ryan Mahan grew up at the racetrack, helping his stepfather, a veterinarian, perform surgery on racehorses. He wanted to follow his stepfather’s career path, but Mr. Mahan was instead lured into the auction business. He started by selling everything from used furniture to livestock. He now conducts horse auctions for companies like Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing […]

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Dan Metzger

Dan Metzger is the president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.  He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kentucky and started his career at Cawood Ledford Productions in Lexington and later worked at Breeders’ Cup Limited for over 10 years.  Dan represents TOBA on a number of committees, including the International Grading […]

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Leah O’Meara

LeLeah O’Mearaah grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and moved to Kentucky to attend college at Midway University. While attending university she worked for Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital for five years and then in veterinary pharmaceutical sales for another five years. After meeting and marrying her husband Aidan O’Meara they settled in at Hill ‘n’ […]

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Liam O’Rourke

Liam, originally from Toronto, Ontario was introduced to horse racing at an early age making trips to Woodbine with his grandfather. He developed a keen interest in racing and began working at the racetrack during his high school years. While attending Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec Liam travelled to Lexington to intern with Juddmonte Farms […]

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Morgan Richardson

Morgan Richardson, born in Dallas, TX and originally from Naperville, IL and Grand Rapids, MI, attended the University of Kentucky where she gained Bachelor’s degrees in Equine Management & Science and Hospitality Management & Tourism with a minor in Business and fell in love with the city of Lexington. While in college, Morgan worked with […]

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Cathy Shircliff

Cathy grew up in Louisville, Kentucky spending much of her childhood tagging along with her horse owner dad to races. She holds a bachelors of business administration from Georgetown University and a masters of public administration from the University of Louisville. Throughout a variety of entrepreneurial professional pursuits, Cathy remained dedicated to service through board […]

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Jesse Ullery

Born in Montana and raised in Phoenix, Jesse was introduced to the sport by his grandfather Burton Farley, a trainer in the Northwest and at Turf Paradise, and by his aunt, longtime racing official Coralee Farley. At 19, he became the Track Announcer at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2007 and was named Track […]

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Directors of Emeriti

Gretchen Jackson

Gretchen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pennsylvania and Neumann College. She began riding at age three and fox hunted mainly with Huntingdon Valley as a child, and then Pickering, Radnor and Andrews Bridge. She became involved with race horses as an adjunct to the hunters and managed the farm and […]

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Ellen Moelis

Ellen Moelis is from New York and originally pursued a career in modeling. She graduated from the Barbizon School of Modeling. Shortly after graduation Ellen decided to pursue a business career and joined Allison Management Corporation, a firm specializing in real estate property management. Over a career of 30 years, she rose to become President […]

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Dan Rosenberg

Dan Rosenberg fell in love with horses when he was 9 years old and badgered his father to buy him a horse when he was 12. Showing Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation through high school he knew he wanted to have a career working with horses. Because it was the world he knew, he worked one […]

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In Memoriam

Herb Moelis

Originally from New York, Herb Moelis graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1953. He then earned a Law degree and graduate degree (LL.M) in Taxation from New York University Law School in 1956. With this education he established a career as a CPA and Tax Attorney for approximately 30 years, retiring from practice and relocating to Delaware in 1986.

A long-time dream, at CandyLand Farm in Delaware, Herb, together with his wife Ellen, began to breed thoroughbreds from a broodmare band of about 20 mares. They breed for sale at auction and also to race. In 1988 on the advice of pedigree guru, Bob Fierro, they claimed a two year old filly named Redeemer for $20,000. The filly is a decendant of La Troienne and had earned $55,000 as a two year old. Unfortunately, when Redeemer was brought back to the farm she injured herself in a paddock accident and was retired. Shortly after, her half sister, Lite Light came on the scene and the rest is history. One of the first progeny from Redeemer was a colt by Houston who was the top selling colt in the 1993 Saratoga sale.

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