Richard Lamb has been elected the new board chair of the Retired Racehorse Project and Jodie Vella-Gregory has been elected the organization's new vice chair. The RRP also added new board members Dr. Shannon Reed and Sissy Wickes.
Lamb, the former vice chair, has stepped into the leadership role to take the place of outgoing chair, Sue Smith. Lamb begins his service as chair at the beginning of his second term on the RRP board, having joined in January of 2020 after several years officiating at the Thoroughbred Makeover.
“Having been involved with the RRP since the earliest days of the Thoroughbred Makeover, it is exceptionally rewarding to me to have been elected to the board chair position,” said Lamb. “The RRP has made a profound impact on the outcome for Thoroughbreds transitioning from their racing careers and I look forward to working with the talented staff and board to position the organization for its next decade of service to the breed.”
A native of Canada, Vella-Gregory spent the early years of her career as a clinician technician at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington before shifting into the racing industry where she has since held positions with Breeders' Cup and Santa Anita Park. She is currently the vice president of Industry Relations at 1/ST RACING & GAMING. Vella-Gregory also serves on the advisory board of the Jockey Club's Safety Net Foundation and is part of the planning committee for the Horse Racing Women's Summit.