The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has named David McCaffrey as their new Executive Director. He seems to be the right fit for the job, as his resume lists extensive experience in the areas of directing lobbying efforts, negotiating with racetracks regarding contracts, advocacy work on behalf of Illinois horsemen, and managing public messaging.
The 48-year-old McCaffrey has been involved with the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association from a leadership perspective for nearly 25 years. He will replace Glen Berman, who has moved on to become the Executive Director for the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
“The stakes are high for Illinois horse racing—for owners and trainers, especially, and the tens of thousands of jobs we support at the tracks and across Illinois agribusiness,” said McCaffrey via a press release. “We remain hopeful the tracks will join us as partners to advance the sport we all love and treasure.
“We provide the product and they provide the platform. Simply put, we need each other; we would be well served to work together toward fair and equitable solutions to our industry’s challenges.”
A few highlights from McCaffrey’s resume:
- 25 years experience as a standardbred trainer/owner
- Elected in 1997 to be the Director of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association
- Elected in 2000 to be the Vice-President of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association
- Elected in 2008 to be the President of the llinois Harness Horsemen’s Association
- Over 1,800 career harness trainer wins
- Member of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association Hall of Fame