Washington Thoroughbred Foundation

Washington Thoroughbred Foundation
Officers and Trustees

Karla Laird

Debra S. Pabst
Vice President

M. Anne Sweet

Celeste Brady

William P. Brewer

Lori Heist

Dixie Hitchcock

Sophia McKee

Joe Withee

Jerry D. Woods
Board Member Emeritus


    Founded in 1959, the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation (WTF) has a long philanthropic history. In those early days, there was no HBPA (Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association), so the WTF provided benevolence to horsemen in need. Things like burial plots and expenses or even basic needs like wood or coal for heating. Horsemen have always answered the call to help fellow horsemen in need, and the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation was one of the first organized attempts to provide structure for these altruistic efforts.
    When the WTBOA and Washington HBPA split into two separate entities, the WHBPA took over the benevolence duties and the WTF went dormant for a period of time.
    Eventually the Foundation started to become active again, first through the broodmare lease program and other youth programs, and later through a variety of scholarship programs, including the THRUST (Thoroughbred Horse Racing's United Scholarship Trust) communications scholarships and the ongoing THRUST industry grants. Since the opening of Emerald Downs, the Foundation has played a vital role in much of our industry’s charitable efforts. Among these are the Emerald Downs internship program and The Prodigious Fund, which is dedicated to the re-homing, retraining, promotion and care of retired racehorses.
    WTF supported programs include:

    Programs such as these exemplify the importance of continuing the work of the Foundation. Given the current economic climate, fundraising to continue these vital programs is a tough proposition. We invite anyone involved in the horse racing industry to consider making a donation to the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation. Your support is deeply appreciated.

What Can You Do?

  • Make a donation today. The Washington Thoroughbred Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Our address is 3220 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn, WA 98001.

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  • Consider planned giving, such as a bequest.

  • Purchase art! A portion of proceeds from the annual Equine Art Show, held in mid-July at Emerald Downs, will generate funds for the Foundation.

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To contact us or for more information, please call, e-mail or drop by for a visit:
Washington Thoroughbred Foundation
(253) 288-7878
3220 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn, WA 98001

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