South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina.
Welcome to the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (SCTOBA)
Our mission is to promote the thoroughbred horse industry in our state and throughout the region. The SCTOBA works to create awareness of the tremendous economic impact the thoroughbred horse industry has in our state. Our organization is an advocate for the positive aspects of the thoroughbred business – breeding, training and racing. We also provide leadership and solutions to the challenges presented by the thoroughbred business.
Through fun, fellowship, and education the SCTOBA looks to improve the breed in South Carolina and encourage thoroughbred ownership. We invite you to join us in this endeavor.
Why South Carolina?
Tradition: From the early 1800's, South Carolina has considered thoroughbreds and racing part of the southern culture, including the early South Carolina Jockey Club.
Year Round Climate: The Palmetto state has minimum average temperatures ranging from 33 to 70 degrees and maximum average temperatures ranging from 56 to 92 degrees. Our winters are mild. SC has been named one of the Top Ten Best Weather states in the country. Annual rainfall totals a reasonable 46 inches and the sun shines a respectable 63 percent of the time-great for training horses.
Good footing: Known for its sandy soil throughout the state, horses can run on solid ground
Experience: Whether its our trainers, owners, breeders, jockeys or support staff, we have experience that counts.
Facilities: A good selection of training tracks allows owners choices in choosing the best
start for their thoroughbreds. See our Directory of Resources for the outstanding, champion-making trainers.
Support Services: South Carolina is a magnet for equine industry talent. Top notch vets, farriers and other supporting industries make it easy to choose South Carolina for your thoroughbred.
Geographic Accessibility: Half way down the eastern seaboard, SC is the center point of racing activity from Florida to New York. Strategic transportation corridors make it easy to get your horses in and out and off to the races.
A Legacy of Champions
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Blue Peter Bowl Game
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Home at Last
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Moment of Hope
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Tea Maker Tom Fool Turkoman Wise Times
Kelly Murphy Honored by the Block House Steeplechase
SCTOBA Vice President Kelly Murphy was recently honored for his dedication to the races by having the Block House Steeplechase races run in his honor. The 68th running of the Block House Steeplechase races was on Derby day May 3rd. Murphy said he was gratified and surprised to have been chosen for this honor."