Dr Tod Beckett grew up riding and training reining horses in Findlay, Ohio. He rode and trained with many legendary Quarter Horse trainers as a youth like Dale Wilkinson, Clark Bradley, Bill Horn and Rick Weaver. He was a member of The Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Team, as well as, a Reining Champion at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
He went to college at Denison University where he was a multiple letterman in basketball and was a team Captain senior year. He received his BA in Biology in 1980. Tod then attended The Ohio State University studying Veterinary Medicine.
In 1989 Dr. Beckett began in mixed practice in Dover, Ohio where he had a large focus on equine lameness and reproduction. He then had his own equine practice for 8 years while doing small animal medicine as well. His father C. Richard Beckett,DVM and he founded a small animal practice in 1990 in Dublin, Ohio. The original practice expanded to two practices and a 10-doctor practice and became part of the VCA practice family in 2005. Since then Dr Beckett has served as Medical Director of both practices with a primary focus on orthopedic and oncological surgery in small animals.
Recently Dr Beckett has served as 2017-2018 Ohio Veterinary Medical Association President. He also has and currently works and serves on several other leadership boards: The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Advancement Board, The Ohio State Alumni Council, and Columbus State Veterinary Technology Program. This spring Dr Beckett is slated to replace his father, Dick Beckett, that has served on and help found on The University of Findlay’s Pre-Vet and Equestrian Studies Program over 30 years ago. Tod also is a past President of Columbus Humane Society and still serves on their board today.
In 2005 Dr Beckett and his wife Mary became involved in Breeding Thoroughbred in Kentucky. There first winner was Came and Gone that they bred. Since then have bred, raced and sold several successful Thoroughbreds over the last 13 years. In 2010 Dr Beckett founded Beckett Racing Team, an Ohio based racing partnership and in 2017 hit the pinnacle of their racing and breeding operation by winning the John W. Galbraith Stakes with Missap.
I am interested in becoming a board member for the OTBO organization. My wife, Sally, and I have been married for 31 years and operate our 200 acre farm together. I have been a farmer my entire life and enjoy working with animals and improving genetics in particular. I have been successful in the past with creating and developing better genetics in order to breed the best individual possible. I also have experience working with other people in different breed associations to promote and increase value and interest in our breed. I am very excited about the opportunities for breeders and owners through the Ohio Program.
Our farm is currently in its third year of foaling out another crop of Thoroughbred Foals. Nothing beats the joy of bringing a new foal into the world and imagining its possible potential as a race horse. Last year we purchased our own stallion, Animo De Valeroso. He is a Pulpit son and maternal brother to Distorted Humor. Also, we are committed to bringing better mares to Ohio and in so doing, improve the quality of racing prospects for Ohio owners and trainers. Another component for success, is being an honest and reputable person who has integrity when no one is looking. This is something that i have always strived for and our goal at Duncan Farms is to continue to build a tradition of excellence.
In order for Ohio racing to succeed, the OTBO board/organization must be diligent in assisting and supporting new and seasoned breeders and owners in Ohio. This is an important role that must be addressed for Ohio racing to move forward. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve on the OTBO board and would do my best to serve OTBO members, work with others, and improve Thoroughbred racing in our great state of Ohio.
Gary Falter, a Columbus, Ohio native, currently lives in Clayton, Ohio. Gary joined The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc. in Lexington Kentucky in February 2000. He served as Vice President of Development and Operations until 2012. During that timeframe Gary was responsible for managing the development of commercial products for horsemen including the equineline Portfolio service, the Horse Farm Health-book software for tablets and more recently the iPad Sale Catalog App. Since 2012, Gary has been leading the national Thoroughbred Owner Conference and Thoroughbred OwnerView, both nationwide industry initiatives to encourage Thoroughbred ownership.
Gary has owned and bred Thoroughbreds for 35 years. In 2009, Gary and his wife Cindy were awarded with a Sovereign Award as the breeder of the Champion Turf Mare in Canada, Points of Grace. Gary previously served on the board of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners in 1999-2000 prior to moving to Kentucky. Gary and his wife Cindy have five daughters, nine grandkids and were foster parents for 12 years. Gary is a former high school football coach and his favorite pastimes are fishing and hunting.
If elected as a member of the OTBO board I will bring over 35 years’ experience as a breeder and owner to the board. Additionally, my experience on a national level as the founder of OwnerView and the Thoroughbred Owner Conference, gives me a perspective on ownership recruitment and retention that can be beneficial to the OTBO board. If elected, my goal is to help Ohio breeding and ownership regain its former place as one of the top 5 State breeding and ownership programs. With revenues from VLTs & casinos the Ohio Thoroughbred program has the means to be competitive with States such as New York, Louisiana, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania. Our challenge as a board is to lead this effort and channel all parties in Ohio Thoroughbred racing to work towards this achievable goal.
Although it has been a relative short time that my wife Lindy and I have been involved with thoroughbreds – this being our third foaling season, we are very excited about what the future for racing holds in the state of Ohio! The willingness, helpfulness and enthusiasm from the breeders and owners that we have met has been incredible!
If elected to the OTBO board, I would like to continue to build upon the foundation that has been put in place by using the management and cooperation skills that I have learned and acquired throughout my adult life. I would draw upon the experiences that I have accumulated from the other various boards and committees that I have had the privilege of serving on as well as the knowledge that I have built over these last few years in this exciting industry.
As you all know for the OTBO as well as the Accredited and Ohio program to grow, numbers in membership and breeding and racing stock need the grow. That starts with a board that is open minded and willing when the opportunity presents itself to take the positive step and move forward. The Ohio Mixed Sale was one of those positive steps. Did it go perfectly? No, but tweaks will be made, and it will become a premier event with OTBO. I am a proponent of continuing this sale and making it a productive and successful event that continues for both breeders and buyer.
Another area that I consider a high priority and would like to escalate is getting more mares and high-quality stallions to Ohio. In my opinion, this would increase the value to the yearling stock, which in turn would then benefit the racing future for Ohio breds and Ohio Accredited horses racing in our state.
Above all, in order to accomplish these goals, the board must evaluate every avenue and then unite upon the best program and move forward!