SIBF members and guests gathered in upstate New York recently for a one-of-a-kind program at the Saratoga Race Course. High points included a reception at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and a panel discussion on the business and traditions of thoroughbred racing with Tampa Bay Downs President Stella Thayer (FL, '95). Attendees were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Oklahoma Training Track where they learned about the daily routine of trainers and horse owners. A VIP day at the races and our own featured race, the SIBF Chairman's Cup sponsored by Stewart Dansby (AL, '95), topped off this exciting experience!
"Saratoga was fabulous! There is such a rich history that is visible in the charming brick buildings on Broadway as well as the traditions around the horses and people of the town. The highlight was a day at the races watching from the comfort of our private suite as jockeys guided beautiful horses. Top notch event! Yet, the best part, as always, was the camaraderie of the SIBFers! As a new member that entered through the SIBF Leadership Academy, I am finding everyone to be extremely welcoming, and am enjoying forming friendships with the long-standing members of this group. SIBF is a wonderful network, and you get out of it what you put in. I would encourage all new members to continue to be active and find ways to support the group. There are wonderful friendships to be built, and a rich SIBF tradition of our own to carry forward." - Bobby Henebry (GA, '15)