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Photos by M. Anne Sweet
See related story in
Washington Thoroughbred, August 2006, page 518

Garden of Champions

Outside of the FTBOA's new facility is the Garden of Champions –
"Dedicated to the memory and honor of brilliance, determination and undaunted courage that is embodied in the hearts of Florida Thoroughbreds."

The facility is located next door to the Ocala Breeders' Sales grounds and across the street from a commercial airport with horse ramp, where horses are flown in for the sales.

Display Cases

Just beyond the foyer and reception desk, one is surrounded by an impressive, but warm and inviting, room full of glass cases which hold a portion of the association's collection of Florida racing memorabilia.

Board Room

The board room, with horseshoe shaped table.

Dr. Fager and Patrick Vinzant

Throughout the facility, the walls hold original paintings of the many Florida racing champions and their dams. Above, FTBOA information and media relations manager Patrick Vinzant stands in front of a painting of 1968 Florida horse of the year Dr. Fager, which dominates one wall of the board room.


On another wall of the board room is this painting of champion and
Triple Crown winning Florida-bred Affirmed.


The well-appointed library.

Staircase to Gallery

Curved staircases wrap around each side of the foyer and lead to
an upstairs art gallery.

Art Gallery

The art gallery hosts a variety of shows.

Display Cases

Looking down on some of the collected memorabilia
from the upstairs gallery.


Viewed from the upstairs gallery, "Champ" is another of the "Horse Fever" painted horses. He resides permanently at the front of the FTBOA facility and is an indication of the friendly and welcoming reception that awaits within.

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