The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and
Owners’ Association is a not for profit
501(c)(5) corporation. The 501(c)(5) organizations
include labor, agricultural, and horticultural
fields. The FTBOA mission’s is the promotion
of the thoroughbred horse breeding industry in
Florida and the country at large and administration
of the Florida thoroughbred awards
program. FTBOA offers a great deal of benefits
for members and has added new benefits.
Benefits are categorized by discounts,
services, education and the promotion of
the industry through representation.
50% OFF FOAL REGISTRATION DISCOUNT
Members receive a 50% discount when registering a Florida-bred up to the age of
two to become eligible for breeders' incentive
DISCOUNTS IN THE FLORIDA HORSE,
WIRE TO WIRE AND HORSE CAPITAL DIGEST
Member-only specials include the Wire to
Wire’s Business Place advertising section.
The rate is $145 for three weeks and members
receive the fourth week free. Members also receive upgraded
ad placement over non-members
Members that advertise in
both Wire to Wire and The Florida Horse receive
complimentary placement on the
MEMBER VALUE ADD DISCOUNTS
FTBOA members receive member discounts
on over 40 services including business
and farm services, lodging, restaurants
and entertainment in areas near Florida racetracks.
Discounts are added on a regular
basis and are posted at ftboa.com under the
Information tab. There can be large discounts,
for example, a one night stay at a
South Florida area hotel can save a member
$40 off the regular price or buying a tractor
through NTRA Advantage (John Deere via
Ag Pro), a Kubota through Agricon or Toro
products through Equine Savings can save you hundreds
or even thousands of dollars.
NATIONAL THOROUGHBRED RACING
ASSOCIATION - ADVANTAGE GROUP DISCOUNTS
FTBOA Members benefit from the buying power
of over 500,000 horsemen through the
NTRA Advantage group discount program.
A few participating
John Deere (up to
28% savings), Red Brand, Sherwin
savings), Office Max, Hertz, FarmVet.com
(5% savings), Valvoline (up to 25% off oil
changes) and Comfort, Quality, Clarion and
Sleep Inn hotel group (15% savings). Call
toll-free at 877-576-6872 or visit NTRA.com
for details. You will need your membership
number to verify your discount.
The FTBOA administers the Promotional Trust Fund per state statute 550 and pays out the Breeders' Awards to Florida-breds from this fund. Breeders do not have to be members to receive breeders awards.
Starting with foals of 2012, the FTBOA administers and pays out the Florida Sire Stakes series. Horses must be an FTBOA registered Florida-bred by an FTBOA registered Florida stallion to be eligible and make eligibility payments. Beginning with the foals of 2018, the program has expanded to out-of-state foals if the sire registered as an FTBOA registered sire the year of conception for out-of-state breds.
The Jockey Club
and Bloodstock Research
available to members
at a substantially discounted
rate at the
The FTBOA offers copy, notary, and
fax services to members for a nominal fee for industry-related items.
MEMBER MENTOR PROGRAM
Launched in 2015, the program gives new members a chance to meet existing members in specific areas of expertise in the industry - sales, breeding, broodmare management, stallion management, breeding to sell, breeding to race, etc. Throughout the year, educational programs designed around these topics are held.
The FTBOA sponsors numerous seminars
throughout the year and works in
conjunction with the University of
Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine,
the Department of Animal Sciences, the
Marion County Cooperative Extension
Service and the College of Central
Florida. Plus, we’ve introduced Education
Station online at ftboa.com and
available in our library.
The children, employees,
of employees of Members
are eligible for annual
to any accredited university, college or
technical institution for 2-to-4 year programs.
Applications available by clicking under forms at www.ftboa.com.
MEMBER LIBRARY & RESEARCH CENTER SERVICES
FTBOA added a
computer kiosk for
members to check
Equibase, The Jockey
Club and racetrack websites
for the latest condition
books, stats and information.
Plus, at www.ftboa.com you
can view localized content with
Wire to Wire stories specific to Florida-breds
and the industry online. Also,
FTBOA’s private Research Center includes
sales catalogues, videotapes, rare books
MAGAZINES PRODUCED BY
FLORIDA EQUINE COMMUNICATIONS
Horse, annual Stallion
Farm & Service Directory. They are all complimentary
as part of
membership (a $55
value). The award-winning
members updated on industry
news and the performance of
FTBOA MEMBER ONLY E-NEWSLETTER
Members receive an e-newsletter
monthly in addition to other newsletters
about urgent industry matters that the
membership may need to
FTBOA MEMBER EVENTS
The Association hosts
key events throughout the
year including the members’
annual meeting in October, the Florida
Thoroughbred Charities' (FTC) annual charity
stallion season auction in January, Holiday Charity
Open House in December, Tampa Bay Downs Day in April, Florida Sire Stakes finals in October, social and educational opportunities, and our Awards Gala recognizing
important achievements, people, and horses
in the Florida racing industry in March.
Events vary annually.
The Association encourages member
engagement with an opportunity to be involved
in committees including communications,
social, charity and outreach
activities/events, thoroughbred retirement
The FTBOA maintains close
affiliations with the Florida Department
of Agriculture and
Consumer Services, the Florida
Chamber of Commerce, the
University of Florida's College
of Veterinary Medicine, Department of
Animal Sciences and other agriculture related
associations to ensure the promotion
of the Florida thoroughbred.
PROMOTION OF THE INDUSTRY
The FTBOA is the voice for members
in the state of Florida in all matters concerning
the thoroughbred industry. The
FTBOA attends public hearings in addition
to working one-on-one with legislatures
at all levels.
The FTBOA serves as a
promotional arm for the
Promotional material and
news releases are provided,
as well as participation
in tourism and
The FTBOA acts as a liaison
for its members by providing representation
to the state government and agencies,
horse councils and associations.
Current members receive invoices
to renew for their membership each January. The deadline for renewal is
March 1 to continue uninterrupted service,
however early renewal is encouraged
to ensure members have their newest
membership card to receive discounts. New members can join at any time and
will receive benefits from the point they
Membership is open to horse industry
and horse racing enthusiasts, students,
international industry participants and
Regular membership that
includes owners and breeders is $100 annually.
Associate membership for those
who do not actively breed or own Florida
thoroughbreds is $75.
Student membership is $25 and is
open to students under the age of 25 that
are full-time. The membership is great for
student resumes and creates opportunities
for youth involvement in the industry.
Student members gain leadership skills
and are provided volunteer opportunities.
International memberships range from
$75-$100 depending on horse ownership,
in addition to shipping fees. An international
membership is encouraged for
breed associations, racing commissions
and enthusiasts of American racing and
the Florida industry.
Corporate memberships are $500 and
offer businesses exclusive opportunities
to become corporate sponsors for benefits
and the charity activities of Florida
Thoroughbred Charities. Corporate
sponsorships range from
$1,500 for the silver
level up to $10,000 for
the exclusive diamond
level. For more information
or to join,
call FTBOA at