Industry veteran Andy Belfiore, who has honed her skills on both the backside and on executive teams, has been named the new Executive Director of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association (FHBPA). For the last two years, Belfiore has been the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association's Project Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities. The Massachusetts native spent the four years prior to that as Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
“The FHBPA board members as well as myself are delighted that Andy accepted our offer to serve as Executive Director,” said FHBPA President Stephen Screnci. “With her experience, knowledge, and industry contacts, she's undoubtedly the perfect fit.”
Belfiore's extensive CV also includes serving as Executive Director of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc. and as co-Chair of the Board of the Backstretch Employee Service Team. She has also been part of the communications and marketing departments at New York Racing Association and spent 18 years as the editor-in-chief of TDN. Additionally, she is also a former hotwalker, groom, exercise rider, and assistant trainer.
“I'm looking forward to working with Stephen and the Florida HBPA,” Belfiore said. “Racing in South Florida faces its challenges, but the horsemen have elected a terrific board, and Stephen has proven to be a strong leader. I'm excited to be a part of the team.”