FLORIDA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS' & OWNERS' ASSOCIATION

HISTORY
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.
DISCOUNTS
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 when available. Members that advertise in both Wire to Wire and The Florida Horse receive complimentary placement on the FTBOA website.
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
NTRA Discounts FTBOA Members benefit from the buying power of over 500,000 horsemen through the NTRA Advantage group discount program. A few participating businesses include John Deere (up to 28% savings), Red Brand, Sherwin Williams (40% 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.
 
Incentives
SERVICES
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.
PEDIGREE SERVICES
The Jockey Club and Bloodstock Research pedigree research services are available to members at a substantially discounted rate at the FTBOA offices.
OFFICE SERVICES
The FTBOA offers copy, notary, and fax services to members for a nominal fee for industry-related items.
EDUCATION
Educational Programs
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.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
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.
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
Educational Programs
The children, employees, and children of employees of Members are eligible for annual college scholarships 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 and periodicals.
INDUSTRY PROMOTION

MAGAZINES PRODUCED BY FLORIDA EQUINE COMMUNICATIONS
FLORIDA EQUINE PUBLICATION MAGAZINE - Wire to Wire
Members receive the nationally distributed magazine, The Florida Horse, annual Stallion Register and Farm & Service Directory. They are all complimentary as part of membership (a $55 value). The award-winning publications keep members updated on industry news and the performance of Florida-breds nationally.
FTBOA MEMBER ONLY E-NEWSLETTER
EMail Services
Members receive an e-newsletter monthly in addition to other newsletters about urgent industry matters that the membership may need to know.
FTBOA MEMBER EVENTS
Membership Card
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.
MEMBER COMMITTEES
The Association encourages member engagement with an opportunity to be involved in committees including communications, social, charity and outreach activities/events, thoroughbred retirement among others.
AGRICULTURE AFFILIATION
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.
Big 4 Events
PROMOTION OF THE INDUSTRY
INDUSTRY MATTERS
Legislative State House 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.

PROMOTIONAL SERVICES
The FTBOA serves as a promotional arm for the thoroughbred industry. Promotional material and news releases are provided, as well as participation in tourism and trade shows.
LIAISON SERVICE
The FTBOA acts as a liaison for its members by providing representation to the state government and agencies, horse councils and associations.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
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 join. 
Membership is open to horse industry and horse racing enthusiasts, students, international industry participants and corporations. 
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 on membership or to join, call FTBOA at 352-629-2160.
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Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' & Owners' Association
801 SW 60th Ave | Ocala, Fl 34474
352-629-2160 | Fax: 352-629-3603