LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Greg Goodman with the Allaire du Pont Leadership Award and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope with the Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award at the 34th Annual Stallion Season Live Auction and Celebration presented by Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at Harper Hall in Lexington, Ky.
The Allaire du Pont Leadership Award is presented annually to an organization or individual whose philanthropic endeavors are consistent with TCA’s mission. Past award winners include Maggi Moss, Jen Roytz, LNJ Foxwoods, Dan Rosenberg, Barbara Banke, Bourbon Lane Stable, Graham and Anita Motion, Frank Stronach, Fasig-Tipton, Darley, Todd Pletcher, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, and Madeline Auerbach.
Greg Goodman, a native of Houston, Texas, has been involved in Thoroughbred racing all of his life and has been a Thoroughbred owner and breeder for more than 20 years. He owns and runs the historic Mt. Brilliant Farm in Lexington, Ky. In addition to his affinity for Thoroughbreds, Goodman is also a polo enthusiast, and each year, Mt. Brilliant hosts many prominent fundraising polo matches including the Bluegrass International Cup, a fundraiser for the Fayette Alliance which Goodman co-founded in 2006. A land-use advocacy group, the Fayette Alliance is committed to preserving Kentucky Thoroughbred farmland. A true philanthropist, Goodman’s numerous charitable endeavors span many different sectors including education, arts, environment, healthcare, and equine welfare. In addition to the Fayette Alliance Foundation, Goodman is a member of the Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation, the Breeders’ Cup, Keeneland Association as well as a former member of the TOBA Board of Trustees, Texas Thoroughbred Association, Thoroughbred Research Institute, Sayre School, University of Texas Health Science Center, Cleveland Clinic, Goodman Global and Southwest Bank of Texas, Breeders’ Cup Ltd and Vice Chair of the Markey Cancer Foundation Board of Trustees. Goodman’s drive, passion, and tireless advocacy perfectly encompass the spirit of TCA’s Allaire du Pont Leadership Award.
The Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award is presented annually to an organization that works to uphold TCA’s mission. Past award winners include Second Stride, Our Mims Retirement Haven, TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare, Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.), The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program, CANTER USA, Retired Racehorse Project, Belmont Child Care Association, Old Friends, and New York Race Track Chaplaincy.
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) was founded in 1981 as a collaboration between Dr. Peter Bosomworth, the then Chancellor of the University of Kentucky Medical Center and area horse enthusiasts. The original objective was to offer therapeutic riding as an alternative to traditional machine-based and table-top therapies by using the three-dimensional movement of the horse. In 1987, CKRH earned their Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) accreditation and became a Premier Accredited Center by 1998. In 2005, CKRH launched a major capital campaign, raising funds for an indoor facility that would allow them to provide programming year-round. CKRH’s programming has evolved beyond therapeutic riding to include equine facilitated mental health and equine facilitated learning. In 2022, CKRH provided 242 participants with equine-assisted services and provided 1,600 riding lessons. The program maintains 7 registered Thoroughbreds in their herd of therapy partners.
The TCA Stallion Season Auction opens with an online auction of stallion seasons at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3 and continues through 4 p.m. EST on Friday, January 5. Nearly 200 seasons will be available on Equiring.com. A full list of seasons is available here.
Most of the seasons will sell during the online auction however select seasons to Constitution, Flightline, Good Magic, Elite Power, Taiba, Life is Good, Forte, Cody’s Wish (with 2025 breed back), Nyquist (with 2025 breed back), and Quality Road will be sold at the Live Auction & Celebration on Sunday, January 7. Bidders or their authorized agents may bid on select seasons by attending the event in-person or they may email firstname.lastname@example.org to register to bid online or by telephone. Non-season items including a John Deere ZTrak mower, a vacation condo in St. Thomas, Triple Crown tickets, and a private meet and greet with Cody’s Wish will also be offered in the live auction. Equine artist Robert Clark will “live paint” a custom piece only available at the live auction. Tickets can be purchased here.
An online silent auction of non-season items including halters worn by Justify, Gun Runner, and more will be offered. A list of silent auction items is available here. More items will be added.
The auction is sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation, Peoples Bank, Ocala Breeders’ Sales, Bourbon Lane Stable Retirement Fund, Coolmore America, Equine Medical Associates, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Top Line Sales, Equine Medical of Ocala, Julie Davies, Pick View LLC, Paul Sharp Stables, L.V. Harkness, Paulick Report, BloodHorse, Daily Racing Form, and Thoroughbred Daily News.
For further information regarding the 34th annual TCA Stallion Season Auction please visit www.tca.org or call (859) 276-4989.
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) was formed in 1990 to raise and distribute funds to charities in the Thoroughbred industry that provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. In 2023, TCA granted over $821,000 to 75 approved charities working within Thoroughbred retraining, rehoming and retirement; backstretch and farm worker services, research and equine-assisted therapy. During the last three decades, TCA has granted over $26 million to more than 200 charities that successfully meet the criteria set forth in its annual grant application. TCA administers the Horses First Fund, founded by LNJ Foxwoods in 2016, to assist Thoroughbreds in need of emergency aid. TCA manages Cómo, a mobile app founded by Godolphin, that connects racing industry employees to the vital services they need through a network of racetrack chaplains and Thoroughbred industry organizations. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).