Abigail Klima has joined the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to oversee Membership Services, acting as the primary liaison for all current and prospective trainers and owners competing on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit.
Klima will be assisting owners, trainers, and their staff with information and guidance on all areas related to participation in New York racing, including licensing, registration, and credentialing. Additional responsibilities will include administering and supporting the New York Trainers Health Insurance Program (NYTHIP), the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund (NYJICF), the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA), and developing a new owners program.
“We are delighted to have Abigail aboard at NYTHA,” said Executive Director Will Alempijevic. “In addition to having years of hands-on experience with horses, she has worked directly with horsemen, and we are looking forward to having such a dedicated team member assist our community.”
A lifelong Virginian, Klima joins NYTHA after serving as the Veterinary Manager for the Virginia Racing Commission, and she is currently pursuing a Pre-Law and Policy degree from Liberty University.
“The first time I ever went to a racetrack was at Aqueduct and I instantly fell in love,” Klima said. “It's really a dream come true to be afforded the opportunity to get to do what I love every day and call it 'work.' I am passionate about promoting and preserving the future and integrity of the sport. NYTHA offers many benevolent programs, and maximizing participation is vital.”