Thoroughbred Trainer and President of NYTHA
Rick Violette Jr., a successful Thoroughbred trainer and president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the national Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, got his start in the equine industry showing hunters and jumpers on the East Coast circuit. He also galloped racehorses part time before opting to make a career at the racetrack.
A graduate of Lowell University in his native Massachusetts, Violette began working on the backstretch at Suffolk Downs. He was assistant trainer to Emile Allain at Woodbine Race Track in Canada for two years, then went to New York to take the job as assistant to David Whiteley. He started his own public stable in 1983. Top horses developed by Violette include graded-stakes winners Citadeed, Dream Rush, Gitchee Goomie, High Finance, Man from Wicklow, March Magic, Nijinsky’s Gold, Read the Footnotes, Samraat, Savedbythelight, Upon My Soul, Upstart and Worstcasescenario.
In addition to serving as president of the NYTHA and the THA, Violette is a member of the NYRA Board of Directors and has held the post as chairman of the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund for more than a decade. He is widely recognized for his work as an advocate for the welfare and safety of the racehorse and as co-creator of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and TAKE THE LEAD Thoroughbred Retirement Program.
Violette has been a member of the TAA Board since its inception.
“Our industry has a great story to tell when it comes to Thoroughbred retirement. We have made giant strides in the last five years, and that is in no small measure due to the horsemen who have committed to ensuring happy and healthy lives for the horses who have given us so much. The TAA has brought us together and created a strong and stable resource for the great benefit of aftercare organizations and retired horses. I’m proud to be a part of that effort.”