Votes in the run-off election for the TTA Board of Directors were tabulated this morning, and it was close, but we do have a winner. Of the 224 valid ballots, Stan Huntsinger received 111 votes and Eileen Hartis received 113 votes, making her the winner.
Congratulations to Eileen, thank you to Stan and thanks to the TTA members for voting.
We very much appreciate Director Tom Bradfield coming in to assist staff members with the count.
Hartis owns and operates Runaway Farm near Sealy, Texas. She has owned horses since she was a young girl and has been involved in commercial breeding and racing for over 20 years. She bred multiple graded stakes winner, Texas Horse of the Year and Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Hall of Fame inductee Got Koko; plus multiple stakes winners Our Best Man and Warhead. She also bred and raced Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Texas Horse of the Year Princess Haya. Runaway Farm mares have also received Texas Broodmare of the Year Awards. Hartis is a TOBA National Small Breeder of the Year and a TTA and TOBA Texas Breeder of the Year award recipient.
She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from the University of North Carolina. She taught mammalian anatomy as a graduate student, and worked as a research assistant at Duke University following graduation.