TOBA: Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
About TOBA

Management Staff

Dan Metzger, President

Dan Metzger was appointed TOBA President in July 1999. Dan represents TOBA on a number of committees, including the International Cataloging Standards Committee, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and the International Breeders Meeting. Prior to joining TOBA, Dan directed various aspects of communications, simulcasting, marketing and licensing for Breeders’ Cup Limited and was general manager of Cawood Ledford Productions, a sports broadcast and publishing company in Lexington. Dan is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kentucky. He is a past president of the Turf Publicists of America, previously served as an officer of the Thoroughbred Club of America and serves on the board of directors of the Winner's Federation.

Carl Gough, Controller

Carl has been TOBA’s Controller since February 2002.  Carl also serves as a Board Member and Treasurer of The Race for Education.  He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and has been a CPA for 30 years.  Prior to joining TOBA, Carl spent 30 years working in public accounting and finance and administration for several thoroughbred farming and racing enterprises.

Andrew Schweigardt, Director of Industry Relations and Development

Andrew has been Director of Industry Relations and Development at TOBA since October 2000. He is currently the secretary of the American Graded Stakes Committee and is an alternate director of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Prior to joining TOBA, he spent 10 years in finance and administration with Ernst & Young LLP and ReGen Biologics, Inc. He is a graduate of Manhattan College and The University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program.

Aly Strainer, Director of Membership and Marketing

Aly will be responsible for the continued development of the association’s membership, marketing and communications, as well as planning and implementing the association’s seminars and clinics. She brings to the table long-term equine experience combined with project management, event planning and marketing skills. Aly is a Saratoga, NY native and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. She joined TOBA in December 2015 after working at Top Marketing Group & Publication as well as several leading central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms and sales agencies.

Christina Bossinakis, Owners Concierge Services Director

A writer/editor for the Thoroughbred Daily News for over 14 years, Christina traveled all over the world to cover the sport’s most important races and sales. Since 2013, she served as on-air host/handicapper for Gulfstream Park and has been a regular guest commentator on HRTV. She was also a principal co-anchor and analyst as a member of TVG’s East Coast team in 2013 and 2014.

Helen Proffitt, Executive and Financial Assistant

Helen has worked as an Executive & Financial Assistant at TOBA since January 2000. Prior to joining TOBA, Helen worked as an office manager for 10 years at an accounting firm and also worked as an account supervisor for eight years at The Jockey Club before taking time off to be a full-time mother.

Erin Crady, Executive Director, Thoroughbred Charities of America

Erin is a graduate of St. Lawrence University in New York and holds a Master of Arts in Media Communications. Prior to joining TOBA, Erin worked as an Account Executive and Media Buyer for Group 5 Advertising in Gainesville, Florida. She also worked as an Account Executive for an online gaming company in New York, New York.

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