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.


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

Aggressive Bid  Assagai  Banker's Lady 
Barnaby’s Bluff     
Blue Peter     Bowl Game  
Candy Éclair   Capot  
Chris Evert Christmas Past   Classy Cathy  Conniver Conquistador      Cielo    Damascus    De La Rose  Devil Diver Elkridge Executioner's Reason
Forty Niner  Gallorette   Gamely       Hawaii    Heavenly Cause 
Home at Last  
Hope of Glory   Kelso  
Lamb Chop    Late Bloomer Meadowlake  Midshipman 
Moment of Hope 
Moon Glitter  Neji       Oedipus  Open Fire   Phalanx       Pleasant Colony   Pleasant Stage         Pleasant Tap                Politely     Quick Pitch    Relaxing    Ruffian    Secretariat    Sensational  Shuvee  Silver Mallet  Smart Angle  Snow Knight   Stage Door Johnny  Safe Slow Fuse Storm Song  Swale  Sweetest Chant 
  Summer Squall 
 Tea Maker  Tom Fool  Turkoman Wise Times
​Austin Brown
1927 - 2016

South Carolina lost a great horseman on May 4 as Austin Brown passed away peacefully on Hilton Head Island.

At 16 years of age, Austin began his career as a jockey over jumps. He rode in the Iroquois steeplechase races 14 times. He was inducted into the Iroquois Steeplechase Hall of Fame in 2008. He also rode three times in the Maryland Hunt Cup, the most prestigious timber race in the country.

Mr. Brown was an owner, trainer, steward and course designer up and down the East Coast. In 1998, he helped organize and open the National Steeplechase Museum on the Springdale Race Course in Camden.

Austin Brown also had a long relationship with Delaware Park beginning in 1965 and lasting through 1982. He was not only an excellent administrator, but also a great promoter. In 2007 Austin Brown was awarded the F. Ambrose Clark Award, given to an individual who promotes, improves and encourages the growth and welfare of American steeplechasing.   
SC Represented at Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training Sale













South Carolina was well represented at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training Sale in Timonium, MD on May 23-24. SCTOBA Board members Kip Elser (Kirkwood Stables), and Cary Frommer along with Wes Carter, Marcus and Crystal Ryan (Mason Springs) and James Layden presented consignments that sold 36 horses for $2,261,000.

Cary Frommer sold a colt by Medaglia D'Oro on the first day for $600,000. This was the sales topper for the day. That evening Frommer commented, "The owner did the right thing. He is a mid-May foal and had some issues that needed maturing and he (the owner) waited for this sale rather than pressuring me to go to an earlier sale. He is a lovely horse and we will be reading about him." The Frommer consignment sold twelve horses for $1,194,000. Along with the Medaglia D'Oro colt, she sold a daughter of Exchange Rate for $140,000.

Kip Elser had a very good sale having three go for six digit numbers. He sold a daughter of Stay Thirsty for $210,000. A colt and a filly by Into Mischief each brought $150,000 for Kip's Kirkwood Stables consignment.

Wes Carter sold five two-year-olds by his stallion Wicked Rich. This is the son of Yes It's True's first crop. All are registered for the lucrative New Jersey-bred state program.

James Layden and Marcus and Crystal Ryan (Mason Springs) also found success selling at Timonium.

The SCTOBA organization is very proud of the success of the trainers who prepare two-year-olds for the sales each year. We congratulate the owners who have faith in their consignors who represent the state.
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