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The Jockey Club elects six new members

Includes Kentucky horse owners

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2014) — The Jockey Club today announced the election of six new members: Ian G. Banwell, Everett R. Dobson, Helen Groves, Roy Jackson, William Shively, and Frank Stronach.

jockeyBanwell and his wife, Caroline, own St. George Farm in Lexington and race their horses as St. George Farm Racing. Banwell is the CEO and owner of Round Table Investment Management Company and a member of the Keeneland Board of Directors and races many horses in partnership with G. Watts Humphrey Jr.

Shively and his wife, Donna, purchased Dixiana Farm in Lexington in 2004, Woodlynn Farm (later renamed to Woodland Farm) in 2006, and Domino Stud in 2009. He is a Keeneland director and a member of the Breeders’ Cup. He is Chairman and CEO of Tower Hill Insurance Group in Gainesville, FL, a group of five property and casualty insurance companies.  Tower Hill is a leading provider of homeowner’s insurance in Florida.

Dobson has owned and raced Thoroughbreds since 1996. He owns Cheyenne Stables and a commercial breeding operation, Candy Meadows, as well as a minority investment in Three Chimneys Stallions.

Groves, a direct descendent of Richard King of the legendary King Ranch in Texas, breeds and raises Thoroughbreds and also owns several ranches and raises Quarter Horses. She is an accomplished equestrian and a former director of King Ranch Incorporated.

Jackson and his wife, Gretchen, began breeding racehorses in 1978 at Lael Farm, located in the midst of steeplechase and show horse country in West Grove, Penn. Lael Stable campaigned the popular 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

Stronach, who owns the commercial breeding operation Adena Springs, has been involved in Thoroughbred racing for more than 40 years. He has earned eight Eclipse Awards as the nation’s outstanding breeder and four others as outstanding owner. The Stronach family and Adena Springs have bred and/or campaigned more than 200 stakes winners, including winners of two of the three U.S. Classic races and all three classics in Canada