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Gayle Babst has left her position as Executive Director of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners after being associated with the organization for a period of 44 years. She took over the position for the past 34 years after her father Edward A.Babst was appointed to the Ohio State Racing Commission by Governor Richard Celeste.
Throughout her tenure, Gayle has displayed amazing organizational skills and problem solving techniques that allowed her to effectively work with the various Board Members and numerous Presidents over that expanse of time. Gayle helped create and facilitate the highly successful annual Stallion Season Telephone Auction, handles all membership functions, organized the Board of Director’s meeting throughout the year, implemented Legislative Days for owners to meet with their respective representatives, coordinated the voting for divisional champions and the annual Awards Banquet, featuring “Here’s to the Winner’s Film”. In addition to these responsibilities, she personally handled all office duties and was responsible for all billing, collecting, accounting and bookkeeping for the organization. She coordinated and oversaw the Midwest Regional Sale for years and through her advertising agency Centaurus, was the Editor and Publisher of the award winning magazine, “The Ohio Thoroughbred” for twenty-three years.
“I had two icons of the Industry as my teachers – Ed Babst and Norm Barron,” she stated. “I’ve had the pleasure of serving with eleven different Presidents over the span of these years and have forged many long-lasting friendships through my work in the industry.” John Engelhardt will take over for Gayle as Executive Director. “I’ve known Gayle since she worked for Centaurus Advertising and her father opened the door for me to become involved with the O.T.B.O. when I was a fledgling writer and photographer trying to make my way into racing,” said Engelhardt. “I’ve worked alongside of her on many projects over the years and she will truly be missed.”