FTBOA’s Powell selected for national AHC Van Ness honor

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Posted May 13, 2022 | By Ocala Gazette Staff

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Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) CEO Lonny Powell, a son of a jockey and a lifelong member of the thoroughbred industry, was recently announced as the winner of the 2022 Van Ness Award, according to a recent press release.

The American Horse Council (AHC) will honor Powell and other leaders of the equine industry at its annual meeting and national issues forum in Washington D.C. on June 7.

AHC President Julie Broadway called Powell “a true champion of the equine industry.”

“Whether working to successfully pass legislation or fighting against detrimental legislation, he knows the halls of the state house and cultivates industry partners,” she said.

As a long-time executive, Powell oversees the political, regulatory, legal, public relations and promotional activities of the FTBOA.

He has served as a registered lobbyist in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Florida, promoting the thoroughbred industry specifically, as well as the equine industry overall.

“I would like to thank the trustees and staff of the American Horse Council for honoring me and my lifelong and ongoing involvement and leadership in the horse industry in such a meaningful way and in the name of iconic horse enthusiast Marjorie Van Ness,” Powell said. “It is particularly meaningful in that this award is about all horse breeds, disciplines and states.”

The late Marjorie Van Ness of New Jersey was a long-time leader and friend to the equine industry. The award named in her honor is presented to an individual that best emulates the dedication and commitment she gave to improve the horse industry at the state level.

“Since my arrival in 2012 to Ocala—the Horse Capital of the World—the pace, intensity and elbow throwing have been significant and nearly nonstop in the worlds of Florida and industry politics in an incredibly competitive and complicated gaming space,” Powell continued.

“Without the understanding and contributions of our member breeders and owners, as well as significant engagement by our officers and board and collaboration from incredible staff and advisors, neither myself nor this ‘Top 3’ thoroughbred industry would be able to share in this very special award,” he concluded.