Katharine M. Voss

Voss-01Katy Voss has been a trainer in Maryland for more than 40 years. She helped found the MTHA in 1987 and is a current board member – as well as a member of the Purse Committee.

She is also a longtime board member and secretary-treasurer of Maryland Million Ltd. and a former president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

Voss comes from a well-established family of horse people. Her father, the late John B. Merryman, served on the MTHA board, and, with Voss’s late mother Kitty, bred and raced a successful stable for many years. Voss’s siblings, Ann, Edwin and Lizzie Merryman, are also successful trainers in the region.

Voss and her longtime companion, Bob Manfuso, own and operate Chanceland Farm, a large training and breeding facility in West Friendship. Chanceland is also an active consignor at Maryland auctions.

Over the years Voss has developed many outstanding runners, including Twixt (a Maryland-bred champion in the 1970s), Bishop’s Fling, Smart ’n Quick, Due North, Wood So, Woodfox, Rugged Bugger, Carnival Court, Polish Holiday, Creamy Dreamy, Lies of Omission, Tuzia, Our Peak and Plata.

“Although we have made tremendous progress over the last few years in Maryland, there is much more to be done,” she said. “If re-elected, I will work to make horse ownership in Maryland more attractive and to bring summer racing back to Laurel.

“Strong, dedicated leadership is more important than ever. It is also critical that the MTHA, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Jockey Club all work together to improve Maryland racing and breeding and to protect our current revenue stream.”

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