Bill Ford Elected President of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Woodbine | Michael Burns

Bill Ford has been elected president of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame for 2024. Ford has been an executive with Woodbine Entertainment since 2011 and is currently its Chief Racing Officer and General Counsel. He has been a Director of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame for the past two years representing Racetracks Canada.

Ford succeeds Darryl Kaplan, who held the role of CHRHF president from 2018-2024. Kaplan, currently the President and CEO of Standardbred Canada, maintains his position as a CHRHF Director and is now the Vice-President of the CHRHF.

“I am very honored and excited to take on this new role with the CHRHF. The Hall is an important part of the fabric of the Canadian horse racing industry and the place to recognize the men, women and equine athletes who have contributed so much to the industry,” said Ford. “I would also like to thank and recognize the amazing contribution of Darryl throughout his years of leadership, and I look forward to working with him moving forward.”

Other changes to the Board of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall include the departure of director Peter Berringer, who represented CTHS National, a position that will now be filled by Dave Pihl, of CTHS National. John Hind of the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association will replace Jackson Wittup, also from ASHA.

Founded in 1976, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is a registered charity with a mission to honor and preserve the history and majesty of horse racing in Canada by celebrating and bestowing recognition for excellence achieved by those who have significantly contributed to horse racing in Canada.

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