Rice, Bond named Vice Presidents on new NYTHA board

Posted: Dec. 15, 2017

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors, which held its first meeting post-election Dec. 12, has named Linda Rice and Tina Marie Bond as vice presidents. Both were incumbents.

They are first women elected as vice presidents in NYTHA history. NYTHA was incorporated in 1996; horsemen previously were represented by the New York Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

Rice, a trainer/director on the board, will serve as First Vice President while Bond, an owner/director, will serve as Second Vice President.

This is not the only milestone for Rice, who became the first woman to take a New York Racing Association training title when she led the standings at the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet. The Wisconsin native started her training career in 1987, and currently is the 14th leading conditioner in the country with more than $6.7 million in purses. She has served on the NYTHA Board since 2002.

“This is my fourth term on the board, and I’m frankly honored to be named Vice President,” Rice said. “I look forward to contributing to (NYTHA President) Joe Appelbaum’s team.”

Bond grew up in the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York. A graduate of Bryant & Stratton Business Institute, she worked for Xerox, Eastman Kodak and ESL Federal Credit Union before she began working full time in the Thoroughbred industry.

Bond has been breeding, raising, and racing Thoroughbreds for 30 years. Her husband is trainer Jim Bond; sons Kevin and Ryan also work in racing.

“I am truly honored to be one of the first female Vice Presidents of the NYTHA board during my second term,” Bond said. “It is my privilege to represent the owners here in New York.”

“NYTHA will benefit greatly from having Linda and Tina as part of our leadership team,” Appelbaum said. “They are accomplished horsewomen, devoted stakeholders in the New York racing community and fine people to boot.”