California Thoroughbred Foundation
The California Thoroughbred Foundation is a non-profit organization that funds education, research and development in equine-related projects. Since its 1958 inception, the Foundation has made contributions in many areas of California’s thoroughbred industry.
The Foundation veterinary scholarships are coveted and prestigious awards given annually to exceptional equine veterinary students at UC Davis. Two scholarships are awarded to senior undergraduates, and the Louis R. Rowan Fellowship in Equine Studies goes to a graduate student pursuing a doctorate. The scholarship and fellowship recipients must show interest in pursuing equine-related careers.
Educational programs in areas of veterinary care are offered to breeders, owners and trainers in cooperation with other industry organizations.
The Foundation equips and maintains the Carleton F. Burke Memorial Library at the CTBA headquarters in Arcadia. This resource library of more than 10,000 volumes is open free to the public for research and pleasure and is used extensively by individuals engaged in different sectors of the thoroughbred industry. The library is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Also housed at the CTBA is the Foundation’s fine arts collection of racing paintings, prints, bronzes, trophies and memorabilia. The Foundation has loaned items for display at the National Museum of Racing, and the Spreckels Cup is loaned to the San Diego Polo Club each year.
Foundation artwork is on display in the Ken Maddy Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at UC Davis.
The Foundation is operated on a volunteer basis and has no paid employees. All aspects of its work are performed by Board Members pro bono, from the assessment of scholarship candidates to fund-raising to cleaning books.
Donations to the California Thoroughbred Foundation are fully tax-deductible and may be sent to CTF, P. O. Box 60018, Arcadia, CA 91066-1803.