Our Board of Directors

Kimberly Godwin Clark, President/Executive Director

Kimberly is a graduate of Villa Julie college and has been involved in thoroughbred racing for over 25 years. She has been licensed as a trainer, owner and exercise rider. Kim lives on Leighton Farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland with her husband William Clark, where many Thoroughbreds are retrained and then transitioned to meaningful lives outside of racing. Kim has been helping fellow trainers and owners place retiring/retired racehorses for the past many years, but began to develop a program to do it in November 2007. Since then it has experienced incredible growth. This placement program created by horsemen for horsemen is extremely successful. The goal is to help as many horsemen and horses as possible. Kimberly is the founder and President of TPR, Inc. You can reach Kimberly directly at 410-802-8425.

Jacqueline Redmond Lubovich, Chair

Jacquie, like most horse addicts, grew up begging her parents for her own horse. She rode hunter as a youth, but due to college and other life circumstances, took a close to ten year break before finding TPR and joining as a volunteer for the past year. The love for horses never faded throughout her time away and she has enjoyed throwing herself into the mission of TPR. You can find her at the barn cleaning, riding, coordinating, fundraising or planning/developing the Hero Horses program. Jacquie works full time as a LCSW-C mental health therapist in PG County as well as attending (mostly) full time school at Northern Virginia Community College for American Sign Language Interpretation.

Courtney Hruska, Secretary

Courtney is a 2008 graduate of Juniata College and is going into her eighth year as a staffer on Capitol Hill in the United States House of Representatives. She currently works for a Member of the Ohio delegation as a Scheduler/Office Manager and Legislative Assistant on animal rights, where she is helping to champion horse racing and anti-cat declawing legislation. Her sincere and dedicated passion for animal welfare, as well as love for horse racing, brought her to TPR.

Courtney currently takes riding lessons at Mulford Riding School, where she is instructed by experienced trainer Harry Mulford. She rode a pony named Keebler for over a year and he taught her a new meaning of life.

Capt. Lindsey Colburn, Director Hero Horses Program

“I have had a lifelong passion for horses and the military. A third generation member of the armed forces, I began riding at the age of seven and competed extensively from the local levels to the national stage. I graduated from Cazenovia College in 2006 with a degree in Equine Business Management, and rode professionally in Middleburg, Virginia for three years prior to joining the United States Air Force in 2010. I am so excited to be a part of the Hero Horses Program here at Leighton Farm. Veterans face many unique challenges, and it can be difficult at times for others to understand where we come from. The barn is a haven for me. Working with horses is a great blend of physical activity and emotional fulfillment, and you learn so much about yourself. Horses don’t care about your past and they don’t worry about the future, they live in the “now.” Spending time with them allows me to focus on being present and and find inner peace. Horses have given me so much joy and peace in my life, and I hope to share that experience with other veterans through Hero Horses.”

Dr. Kathleen Coyle, Director

Dr. Coyle has been a Thoroughbred racing fan as well as rider and trainer for a life time. She began her love affair with Thoroughbred racing as a child and has carried it with her into adulthood. If a television is on in her home, it’s most likely turned to racing! Dr. Coyle has two retired racers. One rescued from a kill pen and the other an earner of $250,000. She competes dressage, three day eventing and show jumping.

Irene Dearborn, Treasurer

 

 

Advisory Board

 

Tad Coffin

Tad earned his status as Gold Medal Olympian at the age of 21 on a Thoroughbred mare. He has gone on to become a developer of ground breaking saddle technology with his company Tad Coffin Performance Saddles. His efforts to improve the form and function of the saddle have been responsible for saving the lives and the welfare of countless horses that suffer from the effects of outdated saddles. Tad is a constant source of information on how to help our horses to perform better. He has been instrumental in helping us with our mission to address horses with training issues – many caused by the lack of improvement in conventional saddle technology.

Milton P. Higgins, III

Milton Higgins has maintained an active breeding and racing partnership with Tom Bowman, DVM, and his family since 1981. The Bowman/Higgins partnership bred the dam and grand dam of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, Grade 3 winner and Kentucky Derby starter Point Determined, and the highest priced horse sold at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale. As sole owner or in partnership, Milton has raced Grade 2 winner Who Wouldn’t, Grade 3 winners Merengue and G.O’Keefe, and multiple stakes winner and Maryland-bred champion Richetta. Milton was treasurer of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association from 2008-2013 and has also served on the board of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. He has an MBA from Harvard. He supports responsible racehorse retirement because “when we breed racehorses, they trust us to look after and care for them. In return, they always give us their best efforts to perform to the highest level of their abilities. Being no longer able to perform in a useful manner on the track is not an excuse for us to break that trust and abdicate our part of the compact.”

Edgar Prado

Edgar Prado was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. He won the Kentucky Derby on Barbaro and the Eclipse Award as North America’s leading jockey in 2006. He also won the Mike Venezia Award that year. The Venezia Award honors jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. In 2003, Prado was selected by his fellow riders to receive the George Woolf Memorial Award, which honors a jockey whose career and personal character earn esteem for the individual and Thoroughbred racing. He has won nearly 7,000 races, including the Belmont Stakes (twice) and five Breeders’ Cup races. His first Grade I win came in 1991 on Leariva in the Budweiser International at Laurel Park in Maryland. He was the leading rider in Maryland from 1991 to 1993 and from 1996 to 1997, and led the nation in victories from 1997 to 1999. With John Feinstein, he is the author of My Guy Barbaro, A Jockey’s Journey Through Love, Triumph and Heartbreak.

Al Gold

Since opening his racing stable in 2004, Al Gold has owned Grade 2 winner Chace City, Grade 3 winner Little Miss Holly, and multiple stakes winner Rule by Night.  He is most proud of breeding and raising stakes winner Black Mission Fig.  Outside of racing, he has operated a real estate management business for 40 years.  Al supports TPR and responsible racehorse retirement because “there is simply no question it’s the right thing to do.”   

Alicia Nicole

Alicia is Wounded Warrior Afghanistan, 2014 Miss Massachussetts, 2015 Ms. Maryland, Harvard student. Alicia’s entire world turned around when she connected with horses through Monty Robert’s program for wounded warriors. She has a special bond with retired racehorses because she feels she has so much in common with them. Alicia is active in supporting and developing our Heroes for Horses Program to help veterans and retiring racehorses find new lives when their racing and service careers end.