LEXINGTON, KY. — Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today the appointment of Graham Motion and Ned Toffey to its Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to welcome Graham Motion and Ned Toffey to the TCA board. I look forward to working alongside them as we work to advance the mission of Thoroughbred Charities of America,” said Dan Rosenberg president of TCA.
Motion, a native of Cambridge, England, began his career with Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard followed by employment with trainer Jonathan Pease in Chantilly, France. In 1990, Graham went to work as assistant to Bernie Bond and, in 1993, obtained his trainer’s license and began his own operation. Motion’s stable won 21 races, three of them stakes, in his first year. He has gone on to train a Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom who also won the World Cup, along with several Breeders’ Cup winners and numerous graded stakes winners.
Toffey, a native of Massachusetts, began his career at Kinderhill Farm in New York and later went on to work for Kentucky-based farms including Brookdale Farm, Dixiana Farm and Three Chimneys Farm. In 2004, Toffey was named the general manager of B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm. Toffey oversees all farm operations including the management of the farm’s equine portfolio. In recent years, Spendthift has campaigned successful runners, Medal Count, Beholder, Court Vision and Into Mischief. Spendthrift also bred and stands Malibu Moon and 14 other stallions.
Motion and Toffey join current board members Amy Adkins, Shannon Arvin, Eric Hamelback, Braxton Lynch, Bob Manfuso, Pope McLean, Jr., Mike McMahon, Ellen Moelis, Herb Moelis, Dr. Jim Orsini, Dr. Scott Palmer, Josh Pons, Dan Rosenberg, Bo Smith and Peter Willmott.
Formed in 1990, TCA’s mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue and research and by helping the people who work with them. TCA raises money for distribution to charitable organizations that work to uphold its mission in four categories including Thoroughbred rescue, retirement, retraining and adoption; research; education and backstretch programs; and therapeutic riding programs. Over the past 23 years, TCA has granted nearly $20 million to over 200 Thoroughbred industry related charities. TCA’s largest annual fundraiser is a Stallion Season Auction held each January. For more information please visit www.tca.org. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).