News and Notes for March 1, 2019

The board of directors of the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund met earlier this week to consider scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year, renewing one and awarding three new scholarships.

The recipients are:  TTA member Lauren Chambers, who will attend Texas Tech University as a Pre-Med student; Meghan Dowling, daughter of TTA member Sue Dowling, attending UTMB Galveston to become a Nurse Practitioner;  TTA member Cierra Lackey, attending the University of Oklahoma as a Nursing student; and Bryson Smith, son of TTA member Doug Smith, who is studying Kinesiology at Texas Tech University.

The TTEF makes scholarships available to further the educational goals of TTA Texas-resident members and their children. There is no age limit for applicants and funds may be used for education at any accredited Junior College, 4-year-University, Post-graduate Degree Program or other accredited state-recognized industry/training program.

For more information, contact Mary Ruyle at 512.458.6133.

The next Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at Sam Houston Race Park.  This event provides an opportunity for trainers and owners to showcase Thoroughbreds who are concluding their racing career and are ready for a new home and a new career.

Attendees include potential buyers from all disciplines, including polo, trail riding, dressage, hunter/jumper, equine therapy, barrel racing, etc.  Horses will be brought to the saddling paddock and all transactions are negotiated between seller and buyer.  There are no fees to participate; contact Tracy Sheffield at 512.395.5314 or for more information.

TTA’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at Sam Houston Race Park. We look forward to meeting new friends, renewing acquaintances and enjoying some great Texas Champions Day racing with six $50,000 stakes.

During the awards ceremonies, the Texas Champion “Horse of the Year” and the owners and breeders of the champions of each racing division will be honored, along with the recipients of the Allen Bogan Memorial Award for TTA Member of the Year, the T. I. “Pops” Harkins Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Leading ATB Money Earner and recognition of the TIP Horse of the Year.  Current Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund scholarship recipients will be introduced, along with an update on the activities of The Paddock Foundation, a non-profit corporation dedicated to the lifelong welfare of the Thoroughbred horse.

Please send in your reservations now, and take advantage of special hotel rates by March 8th.

We are also accepting contributions of auction items to benefit either the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund or The Paddock Foundation.  Please contact Mary Ruyle at 512.458.6133 to contribute an auction item or make a monetary donation.

Catalogs for the April 9 Texas Thoroughbred 2-Year-Olds in Training Sales at Lone Star Park are at the printer and will be mailing soon.  The online catalog is now available at

NOTES: If you have a new Texas-bred to show off, send us the details and a photo through Facebook or email it to and we’ll post it…Congrats to trainer Allen Milligan on his 1,000th victory…Nice article on Karl Broberg in the Paulick Report this week…Our condolences to the family of longtime horseman Don Stewart of Bandera on his recent passing…The TRC Rules Committee will meet in Austin on Tuesday, March 5th…National legislation has been introduced that includes three-year depreciation for racehorses. Under the proposed package, three-year racehorse depreciation would be retroactive for 2018, continue through 2019 and grant taxpayers the option to depreciate all racehorses over a three-year period…Stay tuned for news on proposed legislation to benefit the Texas Thoroughbred industry!!!