The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance board of directors elected Mike Meuser as its new president and elected nine new board members.
“The 2019 TAA board is an incredibly talented group of individuals from all areas of the Thoroughbred industry,” Meuser said. “I will make every effort to utilize my years of non-profit experience to lead the transition between the original founding TAA board and these worthy successors. To serve the TAA on behalf of our retired athletes is an honor, and our common goal is to maintain the high standards of accreditation and administration that have been the gold seal of the TAA since the beginning.”
Meuser, who previously served as the TAA vice president and secretary, is a managing director of Miller, Griffin & Marks, P.S.C. in Lexington, KY, where he has practiced law for more than 35 years. He also chairs the National Equine Law Conference.
“In order for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to protect our sport by protecting our retiring athletes, it takes a tremendous amount of time and dedication by staff and a board of directors,” outgoing TAA president John Phillips said. “I am thrilled to welcome a new class of board of directors to the TAA. Their energy and commitment to aftercare will advance the TAA efforts to assure that TAA-accredited organizations and facilities operate with high standards and integrity, and receive as much supplemental funding as possible.”
The TAA rotates its board of directors to have each member serve a total of three years, it also rotates its executive officers.
The new board members beginning service in 2019 are: Craig Bandoroff, owner of Denali Stud; Jeff Bloom, managing director of Bloom Racing; Simon Bray, analyst for TVG; Donna Brothers, chief operating officer of Starlight Racing and analyst for NBC Sports; Boyd Browning, president and CEO of Fasig-Tipton; Case Clay, chief commercial officer of Three Chimneys Farm; Brian Graves, director of public sales at Gainesway; Chip McGaughey, sales associate at Keeneland; and Tom Ventura, president of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company.
They join current TAA board members: Dora Delgado, Mike Ernst, Sue Finley, Jim Gagliano, Susie Hart, David O’Farrell, Martin Panza, John Phillips, Walt Robertson, Yvonne Schwabe, Jen Shah, and Nicole Walker.
To read full biographies for the TAA’s board of directors, visit ThoroughbredAftercare.org/Board-of-Directors.