Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), which raises funds and distributes those funds to Thoroughbred-related charities, announced Monday five new additions to its Board of Directors: Leah O’Meara, Andy Hils, Erik Johnson, Marshall Gramm, and Marette Farrell. They join current board members Mike McMahon (president), Nathan McCauley (vice president), Davant Latham (secretary), and Lesley Howard (treasurer), as well as Bob Beck, Bing Bush, Lesley Campion, Bob Edwards, Terry Finley, Brant Laue, Jaime Roth, and Anna Seitz. Gretchen Jackson, Ellen Moelis, Herb Moelis, and Dan Rosenberg are directors emeriti.
“We are delighted to welcome these wonderful people to the TCA board,” said McMahon. “Our board is committed to carrying on the good work started by our founders over 30 years ago. These new board members recognize that service for the common good is rewarding beyond measure. As a volunteer board, each of us works tirelessly for horses and horse people who need help. In 2020, we distributed over $1 million to successful grant applicants and through our Horses First emergency fund.”
O’Meara is currently part of her family’s Stonehaven Steadings in Versailles, Ky.; Johnson is a veteran of the National Hockey League and races under the name of ERJ Racing; Hils is a senior vice president in the Lexington office of Limestone Bank and has been an owner in various Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing syndicates; Farrell is a well-known bloodstock agent; and Gramm is an Economics Ph.D. and professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., has qualified for the National Handicapping Championships six times, and co-founded Ten Strike Racing.