Management & Staff

Dan Metzger, President

Dan MetzgerDan Metzger was appointed TOBA President in July 1999. Dan represents TOBA on a number of committees, including the International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee (IRPAC), International Cataloging Standards Committee (ICSC), International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation and the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC). He is also a board member of Blood Horse LLC and president of TOBA Media Properties. Dan also serves on the board of directors for the Bluegrass Sports Commission. Prior to joining TOBA, Dan directed communications, simulcasting, marketing services and licensing for Breeders’ Cup Limited and was general manager of Cawood Ledford Productions, a sports broadcasting 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 and previously served as an officer of the Thoroughbred Club of America.

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Direct: 859-276-2299

Andy Schweigardt, Senior Director of Industry Relations & Development

Andy Schweigardt

Andy Schweigardt 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 a 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.

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 Direct: 859-277-5891

 

Meredith Downey, Director of Marketing & Education

Meredith DowneyMeredith joined TOBA as its Director of Marketing and Education in May 2017. She grew up in Woodford County, Ky. and graduated in 2010 from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications. Prior to joining TOBA, Meredith spent six years in the hospitality and tourism industry as a marketing manager, with a focus on event planning which included partnering with many leading horse farms and distilleries in Central Kentucky.

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 Direct: 859-276-6793

 

Valerie Rowe, Membership Coordinator

Valerie RoweValerie started as an intern with TOBA in 2018 and now serves as the TOBA Membership Coordinator. Valerie has a lifetime of experience in the Thoroughbred industry, being raised on a Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding farm, Megson Farms, and then acquiring her racehorse owner’s license at the age of 18. Valerie graduated from the University of Kentucky with degrees in Marketing and Business Communications.

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Direct: 859-899-8480

 

Erin Crady, Executive Director, Thoroughbred Charities of America

Erin CradyErin is a graduate of St. Lawrence University in New York and holds a Master of Arts in Media Communications. Prior to joining TCA, Erin was the director of marketing for TOBA. She previously worked as an Account Executive and Media Buyer for Group 5 Advertising in Gainesville, Fla. and as Account Executive for an online gaming company in New York, New York.

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Direct: 859-276-4989

 

 

Lesley Greathouse Kibler, Development Manager, Thoroughbred Charities of America

Lesley Greathouse KiblerAs Development Manager for Thoroughbred Charities of America, Lesley coordinates fundraising initiatives and donor relations. Lesley was born and raised in Midway, Kentucky on her family’s Thoroughbred farm, which makes her no stranger to the industry or the needs of Thoroughbreds and those who care for them. After working on the farm, she went on to work for various nonprofit organizations around Kentucky in development roles. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and currently resides in Lexington with her husband, daughter, and beloved dogs. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and a good book. 

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Direct: 859-276-4989