TRF Elects Three New Board Members


Anita Motion

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has announced the election of Anita Motion, John B. Cannie, Esq., and Sarah Stein to the organization's Board of Directors. The TRF Board provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation's mission to save Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter.

“On behalf of the TRF Board of Directors, I warmly welcome Anita, John and Sarah” shared Patrick H. Mackay, Chairman of the Board. “Each of them is a valuable addition to the TRF's leadership. We appreciate the diversity and perspective they each bring to the organization. Their experience and backgrounds will most certainly strengthen our Board.”

Anita Motion was born in Colchester, England. After a career as an exercise rider in England and France where she specialized in the early training of young Thoroughbreds, she emigrated to the U.S. with her future husband Graham. Her riding career ended after a back injury, so she now concentrates on the business aspect of Herringswell Stables.

“I am thrilled to join the board of an organization that is very close to my heart and looking forward to becoming more involved.” said Motion. “I am very impressed with the direction the TRF has gone in the last few years and I am proud to add my name to the foundation that takes a lead role in Thoroughbred retirement and lifelong care.”

Sarah Stein resides in Baltimore, Md. and is an accomplished horsewoman. She grew up riding and showing horses and has long been involved with training and riding steeplechase horses and foxhunters. She managed Green Spring Valley Hunt Club Stables from 2000-2009 and earned a degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling in 2014. She was the Program Manager for the TRF Second Chances Program in Sykesville, Md. from 2016-2020.

“I am honored to be a part of an organization that not only serves horses, but also serves people,” Stein said. “I have seen the profound impact the horses have had on the participants of the Second Chances Programs. I look forward to being a part of expanding the ways in which TRF can reach and change more people's lives.”

John B. Cannie, Esq. is an attorney with the Law Office of Snyder, Kiley, Toohey, Corbett & Cox, LLP in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He and his wife Brooke reside in Saratoga, are both passionate about horses and have spent many years around the Thoroughbred industry. Her family has been involved in Thoroughbred racing for generations; her father is Billy Badget and her stepfather is Mark Henning. John earned his law degree at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

“Horses and horse racing have been a lifelong source of joy for me and my family,” Cannie said. “Joining the TRF Board enables me to return some of that joy to the equine athletes who have worked so hard to support this industry and deserve a long, safe and happy retirement from the racetrack.”

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