shhadirectors

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OFFICERS

President; Tom McTygue:
I have been a member of the Board of Directors since 2007 and serve on the , Building and Grounds Committee, Grievance Committee. Term expires December 31, 2020

Secretary; Joe Battaglia:     

Born and raised in Albany and living in Saratoga County for 23 years. I’ve been a lifelong fan of harness racing and an owner since 2006 racing at Saratoga. I have worked in the field of public accounting for 30 years currently as the owner of Battaglia & Associates, CPA’s PLLC. My various professional and personal experiences as well as my commitment to the racing industry will be beneficial to the SHHA Board when addressing the variety of subjects that will come up for consideration. Term expires December 31, 2018     

DIRECTORS

Sandy Beaulieu: I became involved with Harness Racing by grooming horses in 1978 working for the living legend Harold Story. I rubbed some great horses; Walter Adonno and Animal House, who both set records at Saratoga Raceway. In 1982, I decided to become a trainer. I ran for the SHHA Board of Directors in 2001, with the urging of Gary Kamal. I have been on the Board since. Currently, a member of the Insurance Committee and Grievance Committee. Term expires December 31, 2017

Brian Cross:

 

 

Adrian (Butch) DeVaux:
Originally from New Paltz, New York, I became involved in Harness Racing in 1974. My brother in-law, two friends and I purchased a five year old pacer and ever since I have been training horses. I have been on the SHHA Board of Directors since 2007 and have been involved with the various committees and am currently on the Track Committee. Term expires December 31, 2018

   

Mickey McGivern:
My father bought his first race horse in 1964 at Saratoga Raceway, when I was eight years old. He trained horses as a hobby for several years introducing me to the sport at a young age. I graduated from college in 1977 with a degree in Medical Technology and began my pursuit of a career as a trainer-driver immediately. I love what I do and am thankful to be able to enjoy racing horses for my livelihood. I have been on the SHHA Board of Directors since January 2008. My goal as board member is to make our Association an active participant in promoting the sport of harness racing in an effort to revitalize the sport, especially in the Saratoga area. I am currently on the Executive Committee, Stakes Committee, Track Committee and Publicity Committee. Term expires December 31, 2019

 

George Merton Jr.:
I was born in the shadow of Hinsdale Raceway and began working there as a groom in the late 60’s, while still a teenager. I got my license to drive in 1969, with my first win behind Johnny W Creed at Hinsdale. I traveled the New England Circuit for several years, landing at Saratoga in 1978 and working for John Kane before training on my own.  I am glad to be re-elected to the SHHA Board of Directors and look forward to representing our horsemen and women. Term expires December 31, 2017

Scott Mongeon:
Originally from Syracuse, my family moved to Saratoga and while in high school I worked with my father John Sr. jogging horses and grooming for Wayne Harrington and Paul Onyon. In 1980, I became a licensed trainer and driver and in 1983 began my own stable. I have been a member the SHHA Board of Directors since 2001 and am a member of the Drivers Committee, Stakes Committee, Building and Grounds Committee, Track Committee and Grievance Committee. Term expires December 31, 2017

John Stark, Jr:
I learned about harness racing from my father John Sr. in Buffalo and Batavia. I raced at Vernon Downs prior to moving to Saratoga in 1990. Since then I have made Saratoga my home and enjoy training on the farm. I have been a member of the Board of Directors since 1998 and am a member of the Drivers Committee.Term expires December 31, 2018

Harvey Stein:
A native of California, I became involved in harness racing while attending veterinary school in Bologna, Italy. Upon returning to the U.S. and after a brief internship, I became a vet on the California harness circuit, where I practiced for nearly 20 years. I moved to New York with my family to pursue a second career as a trainer of trotters in 2005. I still practice medicine, although on a more limited scale.Term expires December 31, 2019

 

Henry Westbrook Jr:
Prior to becoming involved with harness racing, I was a dairy farmer. In 1979, I became involved in racing with George Walters and have remained in the business ever since. Currently, my son and I manage Westbrook Stables. Being one of the original Directors of the SHHA, I have been an officer, horsemen’s representative and on numerous committees. I am currently a member of the Finance Committee. Term expires December 31, 2019

 

Mark Whitcroft:

I am originally from Simcoe, Ontario and along side my father George, I became involved in harness racing. I have been in the business for thirty-two years and currently my wife Cheryl and I manage our stable. I became an SHHA director in 2000 and am a member of the Track Committee, Building and Grounds Committee, Stakes Committee and Drivers Committee.Term expires December 31, 2020