FTHA Honors 2022 Award Winners

FTHA Election Committee Chair Teresa Palmer (left) presents the award to Raina Gunderson Ryan Thompson

The Florida Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association held its annual General Nominating Meeting and Awards Dinner Jan. 7 at Gulfstream Park, hosting more than 100 guests at Ten Palms. FTHA President Joe Orseno, completing his first term in the role, provided the assemblage with a look back at an eventful 2022.

The culmination of the evening was the presentation of the 2022 FTHA Awards. Host Ron Nicoletti announced the winners in 11 categories, including the newly added Champion Tapeta Horse and Champion Tapeta Filly/Mare. Raina Gunderson was chosen as the 2022 “Person of Distinction” for her devotion to the horses.

The complete list of the 2022 FTHA Champions is:

  • Person of Distinction: Raina Gunderson
  • 2-year-old Colt/Gelding: Awesome Strong (Awesome Slew)
  • 2-year-old Filly: Lynx (Brethren)
  • 3-year-old Colt: Steal Sunshine (Constitution)
  • 3-year-old Filly: Maryquitecontrary (First Dude)
  • Older Horse/Gelding: Willy Boi (Uncaptured)
  • Older Filly/Mare: Spirit Wind (Bahamian Squall)
  • Turf Horse/Gelding: California Frolic (California Chrome)
  • Turf Filly/Mare: Last Leaf (Not This Time)
  • Tapeta Horse/Gelding: Grand David (Tapiture)
  • Tapeta Filly/Mare: Kate's Kingdom (Animal Kingdom)

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