|Larry Christopher Elected President of TTHBPA
The Board of Directors of the Texas Thoroughbred Horsemen's Benevolent
and Protective Association met on Tuesday, January 24. Among the business
at the meeting was the election of new officers for 2004. Larry Christopher
was elected president, while outgoing president Terry Blanton was elected
as vice president. David Arnold was chosen as secretary-treasurer.
In addition, the TTHBPA board named its three 2004 representatives on
the Texas Horsemen's Partnership's management committee. Those chosen
were Larry Christopher, Terry Blanton, and W. Bret Calhoun.
Other members of the 2004 TTHBPA board include former president and National
HBPA President John O. Roark, outgoing Vice President, Susan O'Hara, outgoing
Secretary-Treasurer Tom Durant, Arabian Special Director Mike Furr, Dr.
John Locke, and Danny Pish.
Larry J. Christopher is the owner and president of Northcutt Woodworks,
L.P., a molding manufacturing business in Crockett, Texas. Christopher
is first appointed to the TTHBPA board in 2002 because of the wisdom and
leadership qualities he had previously exhibited as chairman of the Texas
Racing Commission, and he was reelected to the TTHBPA Board in 2003.
Christopher was appointed to the Texas Racing Commission (TRC) in 1995
by former governor and current president, George W. Bush. Later that year,
he was chosen to serve as chairman of the Commission, where he served
in that capacity until his term expired in 2001. During Christopher’s
tenure on the TRC, that agency made many improvements in the rules and
regulations that affect horsemen. He was also at the forefront of the
movement that required Manor Downs to comply with the law and offer racing
opportunities for Thoroughbreds. Additionally, Christopher has been on
the Board of Regents at Stephen F. Austin University, and he was on the
Board of Directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International
(ARCI) from 1999 until 2000.
In 1996, Christopher purchased Park Hill Farm and began a breeding operation.
The first horse foaled at Park Hill was Nanie’s Dinner, who won
the Texas Thoroughbred Association's Champion Three-Year-Old Filly title
in 2000 and the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s Champion Older
Mare title in 2001.
After his term expired on the TRC and a replacement was named in 2001,
Christopher began racing his Thoroughbreds in Texas. Currently, he has
six broodmares in addition to raising, racing and selling foals. His horses
have raced at the Fair Grounds, Lone Star Park, Louisiana Downs, and Sam
Houston Race Park.
Christopher’s goals have been to improve the quality of Texas
breeding and racing stock and to keep Texas racing equal to, or better
than, our adjoining states. He is a strong advocate and proponent of legislation
that will give Texas horse racing the tools necessary to offer the highest
purses in the country.