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Board of Directors

 
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James F. Miller
President

My main profession is the management of various global business interests. I hold a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts Degrees in Economics from West Virginia University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa. I own a small farm in Jefferson County and I am actively involved, along with my wife Ter-ry, in racing, breeding and sales. I believe I bring a thorough understanding of all aspects of the thoroughbred racing to the CTHBPA.


As a current member of the Board, I am proud to say that we have made positive changes and progress in dealing with issues which effect horseman and have im-proved the management of our responsibilities of the CTHBPA. However, there remains much for us to do in the coming years. Racing and breeding has been under attack which has undercut the foundation of the thoroughbred industry in West Virginia. The next legis-lative session will be key to returning the industry in West Virginia to a sustainable business which we can grow and invest in for the future.


OWNERS
 
 

Randy Funkhouser
 
Randy has owned, bred and/or trained horses for forty years. He operates O’Sullivan Farms with his wife, Clissy, and sons, John and Joe. A graduate of Stanford University, Randy has served as CTHBPA President for 16 years (1990-1997, 2006-2009, 2012-2018), as a CTHBPA Board Member for nine years (1984-1990, 2003-2005), and as Vice-President of the West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

During my tenure with the CTHBPA, I have been actively involved in drafting, lobbying, and passing numerous legislative bills. I have fought to protect the rights and welfare of all horsemen, and worked hard to preserve and enhance our industry.
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Richard Knapp

I have been a small-scale owner and breeder at Charles Town since 1978. While my primary residence is in Reston, Virginia, in 2001 I purchased a second home in Charles Town in order to spend more time at the races and with my horses.

In 2009, I was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the hospitals in Charles Town and Martinsburg and served until 2017. I understand how boards operate and can work…and how important they can be.
I ran for the HBPA Board in the last election and won an alternate position, and cur-rently serve as Finance Chair.

I support fundamental fairness for all horsemen. In addition, we need to improve communication with all horsemen. The new improved website is a good start in that direction. Now we need to use the website to be sure all horsemen are fully informed and to provide a forum for communication and ideas from all horsemen.
   
Naomi Long

I have served on the HBPA Board of Directors for three years and have assisted with personnel and marketing as well as filled in as needed. I have traveled to Charleston on many occasions and represent the horsemen at Charles Town and help coordinate events that will entice legislators to visit our track, to see our racing industry and its impact on our community.
By profession, I am a retired Magistrate where I demonstrated a skill set that included making decisions, collaborating with various stakeholders, and communicating deci-sions in a timely manner. I live in Berryville, where I would Longshot Farm and am involved in both racing and breeding thoroughbred horses. As an owner of race hors-es stabled at Charles Town, I have witnessed many changes over the past 40 years. I have been actively engaged in the Charles Town Horsemen’s Assistance Fund since 2011 and am currently serving as President.
   
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Tony Stehr

I have lived in Jefferson County since 1970, and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1974. My parents Hank and Betty Stehr have had racehorses all my life, moving from track to track in the Midwest before buying a farm in Jefferson County in 1970, operating the farm, breeding and racing since then. I’ve been involved in Thoroughbred racing as an Owner or Trainer since 1976, having raced in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. My wife Linda and I cur-rently have six horses in training at Charles Town with her being the trainer.
I understand what it takes as far as time and money to run a small stable. I be-lieve that year round racing is needed for an operation like this to continue and would do what I could to see that we continue to have year round racing.
   

Cristina Vena Mosby
 
Cristina became involved in the Thoroughbred racing industry in 2006, when she bought her first thoroughbred, in West Virginia. Throughout the years she has been involved in several partnerships as owner and breeder. She has recently pur-chased a farm in Shenandoah Junction, which includes a barn for her horses. Cristi-na has always utilized and supported local trainers, breeders, and owners. She holds owner licenses in seven different states, including West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California. Stee-plechase is a favorite of Cristina’s. She is as passionate about the sport of horse racing as she is about the after-care of the horses. Ms. Vena has great interest in representing her fellow horse owners. Some of her main con-cerns are track condition and maintenance, sporting event attendance, purse allotment, and increased participa-tion in the creation of the condition book. Ultimately, she wants to strengthen the overall West Virginia Racing Program.
   

Alternate
Joe Funkhouser

 
I am an attorney and have lived most of my life involved in horse racing in Jefferson County. I pledged in 2012 to work with all stakeholders and organizations to reach consensus on the problems and solu-tions for horsemen and women. Too often, I have witnessed a divide and con-quer strategy against horsemen and women succeed in stopping or delaying needed reforms. I helped to form and lobbied for West Virginia Racing United – trade association for CTHBPA, Mountaineer HBPA, WV Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the Jockey’s Guild, to work in unison to enhance the indus-try. We may not agree on every detail of every issue, but agree to make West Virginia racing not only survive, but thrive, and to work in unison on that agenda to enhance purse funds and educate legislators on the importance of the industry.
   
TRAINERS-OWNERS/TRAINERS  
   
Leslie Condon
 

I have been in the horse business my whole life.  I moved from Maryland to Charles Town in 1996 and started operating a public racing stable.  In 2001, I started a pony service and in 2008 started a breeding and resident broodmare operation in which I stand stallions and board mares and yearlings. 

 

I have served on the board for the last three years, and as chair for the Marketing Committee.  We have been able to promote the horsemen and get our voice heard.   We have been successful at getting some of our lost monies back, and in regaining some ground, but it is imperative that we work very hard for the next few years to try and achieve the goal of making our purse fund whole again.

 

   
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Victor Espinosa
 

As many of you know, I have been involved in horseracing all of my life. I started out at the age of 16 in Mexico City as a jockey. I migrated with my wife Faye to Charles Town, WV in 1955 where I rode for 25 years until 1980 as well as a representative for the Jockey Guild. At that time, I went to New York and became assistant trainer for Mike Hernandez and then became a trainer on my own in 1981. I have been training now for 34 years and have seen a lot of changes here at the track. This track has raised my family and a lot of families in this town.

 

   
Tim Grams
 

My wife and I own and operate a small breeding operation in the Charles Town area.  We also run a public racing stable that consists of about 30 horses.  I moved to Charles Town in the early 1990’s  and invested in this community because I believe in the future of the Thoroughbred industry in Jefferson County. 

 

My first experience in the Thoroughbred business began when I started working with two-year olds in Maryland. 

 

I’ve worked on  the starting gate for 3 years and as an outrider for 3 years.  I trained for over 20 years at Charles Town, Laurel Park, Penn National and Delaware Park.

 

   
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John McKee
 

My roots are well-established in Jefferson County having been an owner, trainer and breeder for over 40 years and I have faithfully and successfully served in this capacity under prior administrations.

 

As a horseman, alongside Senator Herb Snyder, I fought in the halls of Charleston to save our essential 10-10-10 (now Supplemental Award) program and years ago was part of the political vanguard that established the West Virginia Development Fund.

 

As a farmer, I know the significance of our beloved “Green Space” and how important it is to continue the relationship between Thoroughbred horse racing and the management at Charles Town Races.  Without live year-round racing, jobs in this community will be lost eventually creating an environment for our families to suffer financial hardships. 

 

   
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Jeff Runco
 

As one of the leading trainers and a small breeder, I have served on previous boards as well as the current one.  It is clear that we are facing unprecedented challenges in 2019 and it is imperative that the current board’s agenda continue in the face of upcoming legislative threats to our purse structure.  With all the surrounding competition, we must find additional income sources to increase our purses.  I have worked hard on these issues with my fellow board members as well as the day-to-day problems facing horsemen, including track maintenance, starting gate accessibility, and opening of the track in inclement weather.  West Virginia racing is facing the largest threat in its history and will require the most knowledgeable and experienced board available to fight for our existence.   

 

   
Crystal Pickett
Alternate

 

I have been riding horses since I was 4 years old and have been in love with horses ever since! I grew up in Maryland and first started galloping and breaking babies at 17. I rode show horses my entire childhood and still ride in the OTTB shows to support these amazing animals. I have been training on my own for 13 years and love the horse racing game. I have been racing at CT for my entire career and have had stalls on the grounds for 10 years. While developing my career as a TB trainer I have managed to marry my husband, Greg and raise 4 beautiful children. So I am prepared to work hard for the horsemen and always keep their best interests at heart and be willing to listen to all sides, remain objective, and make decisions that have all horsemen interest in mind. I hope to bridge the gap between the horsemen and management and help everyone.

 

   
Kristy Gazzier
Alternate

 

I was born in Gulfport, Mississippi.  My mother was a jockey and made her home here in Charles Town.  She met my step-father, John Dillow and he has been a huge role in my life ever since.  I have always been around horses and had a huge collection of horse books and figurines when I was growing up.  My step-father was my biggest inspiration.  I remember getting out of school and going to help him around the stable. I always knew I wanted to work with horses and make a career out of it.  So in December of 2016, I decided to take a leap and go for my trainers license.  I passed, and have been training ever since. And I must say, I wouldn’t change a thing.  I have an amazing partner who helps me with everything.  I couldn’t ask for anyone else more fitting to be by my side.  I wish nothing more than to be a great and memorable trainer.  I want to leave a great impact on the racing industry

   
Richard Hummer
Alternate

 

My family began racing in 1930.  I trained until I became a racing official in 1989 and was instrumental in developing a new Equibase program.  I then left racing to manage a Chrysler dealership, while owning my own Photo Delivery Service.   I returned to racing as an owner/trainer in 2012.

 

My experience in racing, as a racing official and business owner gives me the ability and knowledge to represent those who feel they no longer have a voice.  I want to grow member participation, and take your concerns to meetings.  We have strength in numbers, but you must become an active member to make a difference. 

 

 

 
 

 

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835 E Washington Street,
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Charles Town, WV 25414
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