The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Aug. 18 announced the results of its 2017 election for the board of directors, which consists of seven owner representatives, seven trainer representatives and one at-large representative.
The final day for receipt of ballots by Election Trust of Bellevue, Wash., was Aug. 15. The final certified results, based on 519 valid ballots counted beginning July 22, are as follows:
Owner directors: Linda Gaudet, JoAnn Hayden, Ellen Charles, R. Larry Johnson, Mark Lapidus, Robert Manfuso, and Charles “Chip” Reed. Lapidus is new to the MTHA board.
Trainer directors: A. Ferris Allen III, Dale Capuano, Timothy Keefe, H. Graham Motion, Philip Schoenthal, Michael Trombetta, and Katharine Voss. Schoenthal is new to the MTHA board.
At-large director: Trainer Hugh McMahon, who received the next-highest vote total from either the owner or trainer category. McMahon is new to the MTHA board.
Complete results can be viewed here.
According to Election Trust, an independent vote-counting firm, the total number of paper ballots mailed and presumed received was 2,337, which puts the voting participation rate at 22%.
MTHA elections are held once every three years. In all, 15 owners and 14 trainers were on this year’s ballot.
***Update*** Owner Director Ellen Charles officially resigned, in writing, on August 18. The MTHA Board subsquently filled the vacant position created with Michael R. Horning by unanimous vote on October 30, 2017.