Pete is a native of South Florida, life long horse racing fan, and a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (2007). He’s had stops all over the continent from Evergreen Park in Alberta, Canada to River Downs in Cincinnati, OH and ended up back where he started in South Florida as a member of the team at Hialeah Park. Pete started as the summer track announcer at Gulfstream Park in 2013 before taking over full time in 2017. He’s done just about everything on the front side of the racetrack from racing office duties to accounting to marketing and simulcast operations.
VP of Strategic Planning, Virginia Equine Alliance
Jill Byrne is the Vice President of Strategic Planning for the Virginia Equine Alliance. Jill grew up in horse racing in Virginia riding show horses and then racehorses for her father, Peter Howe, who trained for Marion DuPont Scott of historic Montpelier. Jill has an extensive background in the horse racing industry having had careers as a trainer, rider and all-around horsewoman, as well as holding prestigious positions as VP Racing Operations Colonial Downs, Director Broadcast & Production Churchill Downs, Sr Director Industry Relations Breeders’ Cup and host,handicapper and reporter for TVG network. A lifelong passion for the horse and making sure they are well cared for after their days at the racetrack lead Jill to join the Board of Directors at The Virginia Thoroughbred Project.
Associate Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams Virginia Alliance Group
Katie Cawood is an Associate Real Estate Broker with the Keller Williams Virginia Alliance Group and is licensed in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. A graduate of Michigan State University she majored in Animal Science & Equine Business Management and was a member of the MSU Equestrian Team and the Spartan Marching Band. Katie resides with her two children in Loudoun County, Virginia and her daughter Lexi is an avid horseperson as well on the USEF rated hunter circuit with her pony, Parfait.
Co-founder & Head of Racing, Commonwealth Racing
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Shannon McAnally Griffin
Board Member & Secretary, Kingfisher Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation
Shannon McAnally Griffin is a Southern California native who grew up in the small Thoroughbred horse farm community of Bradbury, CA. Originally from a Kentucky racing industry family who worked the SoCal circuit, Shannon caught the horse bug, early and thoroughly, and it would go onto shape much of the trajectory of her life. Shannon rides primarily in the hunter-jumper discipline, and has owned many horses including several off-track thoroughbreds.
She first attended Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena, CA, then went on to university both at Drew University in Madison, NJ and at the University of Southern California.
Shannon has professional background in risk management, insurance, and sustainability; working first at AIG as an underwriter and then at Willis as a property specialist broker for Fortune 1000 national and international business.
During the last several years, she has trained to become a knowledgeable nonprofit resource, specializing in board work. She’s served on numerous nonprofit boards (501c3 and 501c7), with a focus on governance/finance/strategic planning, completed a 2 year board training program through the Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy Program, and completed a Certificate of Board Consulting from BoardSource.
Combining her horse obsession with her skillsets, Shannon has turned her focus back to the Thoroughbred racing industry, having realized the profound need for a safe, sustainable aftercare for the retiring horses. She’s currently starting up a Santa Ynez, CA based, best practice, aftercare nonprofit (501(c)3) with her likeminded industry colleagues and fellow equestrians. In addition, she is volunteering her board consulting services to the Retired Racehorse Project.
Shannon has been married to her amazing, supportive, and kind husband, Tim Griffin, for almost 24 years. They have one son, Joseph “Joe” Griffin, who is a political science/pre law student at Loyola Marymount University. They currently make their home in La Canada, CA.
Feed Sales Manager, Alltech
Lindy Gutman lives in Westminster, MD with her husband Adam, two hounds and a mini pig. They have two Off the Track Thoroughbreds, Fullback and Talk Show Man. She describes herself as an “amateur’s amateur” and has ridden in some capacity most of her 55 years. She balances a full time job in sales management with foxhunting and showing hunters at the terrifying, towering heights of 2’6″.
Rachel has been riding horses as long as she can remember, is an avid member of the equestrian community, competes at USHJA member events in the Amateur Owner hunters, and helps her daughter who competes on ponies. She operates her family’s horse farm in Northern Virginia. Rachel also has her own law firm and focuses her practice on providing general counseling to non-profits and small businesses. Prior to starting her practice, she served as an attorney in the general counsel’s office of numerous 501(c)(3) charities.
Malinda Lawrence was a founding RRP board member that served through 2015 and actively volunteered for the organization since then. An attorney for the federal government, Malinda can be credited with establishing the RRP’s nonprofit status and laying a strong administrative foundation for the organization in its earliest years. A Pony Club graduate and eventing enthusiast, Malinda has owned two OTTBs over the last two decades, both of whom participated in some of the RRP’s first clinics and demonstrations over 10 years ago. She also serves on the United States Eventing Association’s Legal Committee.
EVP, Global Head of Social, Media.Monks
Amy is a globally experienced brand strategy and marketing professional with deep experience in brand building, digital marketing, start-ups, brand technology including enterprise level development and client management.
In addition to expertise in marketing and operations at a global level, Amy has built and managed a number of enterprise level software solutions. She comes with a unique blend of brand and technology expertise in my toolkit.
Forever curious and a life-long learner, Amy is constantly amazed and excited about the brand tech that’s on the horizon. It’s one of the reasons she continues to teach at USC as an Adjunct Professor because of her love to share knowledge and experience of emerging marketing technologies with her students, colleagues and clients alike.
Investor & Nonprofit Strategist
Ingrid McConnell is an enthusiastic nonprofit volunteer and former finance executive. Before an early retirement to raise her four children, Ingrid worked as an analyst for Credit Suisse First Boston and as Director, Corporate Finance for the Walt Disney Company. She served on the board of governors for Opportunity International, and was president, treasurer and auditor for a variety of school related organizations. Ingrid chaired the board of Rose Bowl Riders for four years and led the Strategic Plan, Finance and Bylaws committees.
Executive Director, Amplify Horse Racing
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, and an alumna of North Dakota State University, Annise Montplaisir completed internships with Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland and Mill Ridge Farm before getting accepted into the Godolphin Flying Start Program. Her professional background includes project managing for global networking organization Together for Racing International (TfRI), co-hosting Hípica TV’s Spanish coverage of the Breeders’ Cup in 2021 and 2022, and producing and co-hosting the Spanish language online horse racing program, La Trifecta, with America’s Best Racing. Montplaisir served a 2-year term as equine education coordinator of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) Foundation before assuming the role of Executive Director for Amplify Horse Racing – an organization she co-founded in 2019.
Equine Operations Manager, Claiborne Farm
Industry Outreach Committee
Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Mary holds a B.S. in Equine Science from Colorado State University. Her current position at Claiborne entails client relations and sales management but pervious roles have included resident vet tech and assistant broodmare manager. She is an avid equestrian and has two OTTBs, Betweenhereandcool and In The Cloud, both born and raised at Claiborne.
Executive Director of Polo Development, US Polo Assoc.
Justin Powers is entering his 30th year as a United States Polo Association member. He is a third-generation polo player and a fourth-generation racetracker with the Powers family maintaining a presence at Mountaineer Racetrack since the 1950’s. Outside of horses, Justin enjoys golf, a competitive card with or against his wife Krystin, and spending time with their son Aidan. Justin holds a Bachelor in Sport Management from Robert Morris University and a Master in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh.
USHJA Sponsor Relations & Breeder at Cerca Trova Farm
Executive Director, Anne Arundel County's Nonprofit Center
Jennifer is the Executive Director of Anne Arundel County’s new Nonprofit Center at 41 Community Place, an initiative created to build the capacity of local nonprofits to support the health and wellbeing of all county residents. With almost 30 years’ experience in project management and evaluation, grant writing, communications, and program development crossing education, nonprofit and government sectors, she says she might be getting advanced in years, but is more committed than ever to help people who help people (and horses). Jennifer stayed out of trouble before college because of horses and was able to reconnect with the equine industry in 2013, volunteering for a local horse rescue and later working for both the American Horse Council and Maryland Horse Council. Jennifer holds a PhD in higher education administration and a masters in adult education from the University of South Florida.
Financial Advisor, Baird
Jen lives in Bagdad, Kentucky on a small farm where she restarts young horses for their second careers after racing, and she is working her way up the levels in Eventing with her own Thoroughbred. I work in Lexington as a Financial Advisor on the McIntosh Group at Baird. My passion is helping fellow horse enthusiasts reach their financial goals. My husband Nic and I have “fur babies” and enjoy traveling and spending time with family & friends.
Co-Owner & Executive Director, PM Advertising
As co-owner and executive director, Christine wears many hats at PM. Among her chief responsibilities is overseeing PM’s robust web department. Christine grew up in the Thoroughbred industry in Florida. Her parents managed large Thoroughbred stallion farms and often traveled to Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton sales. She also enjoys the industry from the sport horse side as an eventer and is currently working on earning a bronze medal in Dressage with her retired Thoroughbred. Owner of Highbrook Farm in Nicholasville, Ky. Christine is active in the community and as a late two-term president of Masterson Equestrian Trust, she partnered with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and is currently serving on the Industry Outreach Committee for the Retired Racehorse Project.
Stephanie Tadlock Senserini
Director of Professional Development, University System of Maryland
Stephanie is the Director of Professional Development at the University System of Maryland. She develops programming to enhance the skills of fundraisers and friend-raisers across the 12 campuses that make up the System. She creates programs for USM leadership, including presidents, board chairs, and deans. Stephanie has worked at the University of Maryland, College Park, for 16 years, becoming a critical part of their alumni relations team.
She previously worked at UMB, developing their alumni outreach. Stephanie holds an MA in Art History from the University of Maryland and a BA in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University. Stephanie is also a graduate of the Protocol School of Washington and certified to train intercultural etiquette and protocol.