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WV Racing Industry Report Evaluates & Offers Ideas to  Preserve & Enhance Thoroughbred Racing
More than 3,000 hardworking permit holders in West Virginia make their living in the live racing sector of the gaming and entertainment portion of the state’s economy. In many cases, fourth generation family members continue the tradition of racing in West Virginia providing a positive entertainment and tourism experience for those visiting our state. Many have invested millions of dollars in breeding and training farm operations in West Virginia encouraging out of state investment in the business model effectively designed by the West Virginia Legislature. The result of this model has been nothing short of remarkable. West Virginia bred horses have topped sales records and raced competitively in highly recognized national racing events.  The committee found that the strengths of the industry far outweigh the weaknesses. There may be untapped economic development opportunities that can be achieved in order to preserve and stabilize the industry. However, to achieve success the industry is reliant on the West Virginia Legislature to maintain a stable legislative environment that encourages investment of long-term capital to foster business growth and employment in the industry.

You can view the full report by clicking on the report below.
In the News

Mares Bred Report Shows Shifts, Decline In Region:  WV and MD have almost the exact same percentages over a two year period. WV down 33% and MD up 31%. Breeders and owners are seeking stability, predictability in their business model and fairness to survive.

CTHBPA Board Election Results

The 2015 CTHBPA Board of Directors Election results are in.  The new board of directors will be: 

President:  Raymond (Randy) Funkhouser: 


Raymond (Joe) Funkhouser
Naomi Long  
James Miller
Mark Russell
Tony Stehr

Trainer/Owner Trainer: 
Leslie Condon 
Jeff Runco
John McKee
Lee Couchenour

James H. Starkey

Alternates: Owner
Harry (Joe) Painter
Richard Knapp

Tracy Willis

Alternates: Owner/Trainer
Victor Espinosa
Tim Grams
James Casey


CTHBPA is working to ensure that the promises made to support the horse racing industry are kept by our legislators.  To that end, we have been collecting signatures on a petition to present to the legislature. Thus far we have collected over 3500 signatures between the online petition and hard copies in area businesses and at our booth at the Jefferson County Fair.  If you you would like to add your name in support of live thoroughbred racing in Jefferson County, you can click one of the links below.    

To sign the petition online
Click Here

If you would like to print out a copy of the petition and collect signatures at your business
Click Here
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