Chris Bricker, a current board member first elected in 2011, is the program chairperson for the highly successful MTHA Thoroughbred Aftercare Program. The MTHA, working closely with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, has became a nationwide leader in the effort to care for retired Thoroughbreds under the stewardship of Bricker and her committee.
A native of Baltimore, Bricker has been a racing fan as long as she can remember, having been introduced to the sport by her father. She became involved in racing through the Country Life Farm partnerships and became a Thoroughbred owner in 1997. She has a small operation, breeding her own horses to race, and she has introduced a number of people to the sport.
In 2001, Bricker received the MTHA’s award for Outstanding Service to Maryland Horsemen and has consistently assisted the MTHA each Thanksgiving when dinner is served to backstretch workers and their families during the holiday season.
An engineer by profession, Bricker is employed by Northrop Grumman. She lives in Catonsville and has an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a mathematics degree from Drew University.
“As an owner who breeds to race, I feel it is most important to preserve live racing here in Maryland,” she said. “Accomplishing this means that all parties involved will need to continue to cooperate on the many issues facing the industry, including protecting racing’s share of the slots program, purses, simulcasting revenue, medication rules and declining attendance. With all the competition from surrounding states, we must make certain that Maryland racing is able to compete and become the preferred place to race.”