The Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association of Jamaica was founded by Dr. Gerald Omar Rushie-Grey in 1952.In that year Dr. Rushie-Grey was elected the first President of the Association.
The current President is Mr. Howard L. Hamilton C.D., who was elected in 1996.
The original name of the Association was the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of Jamaica; however, in 1990 the name was amended to incorporate the word “Owners”.
The goals of the Association are primarily to promote, foster, encourage, improve and develop the breeding of top-class thoroughbred racehorses in Jamaica and acts as a liason between owners/breeders and the Promoting Company, Caymanas Track Limited, the Regulators of Racing in Jamaica, the Jamaica Racing Commission and the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission.
In 1985, the Association in its efforts to expand the reputation of Jamaican-bred thoroughbred horses on an international level, hosted the first Select Yearling Sale to be held in the Caribbean.
The auction sale conducted in November of each year, is the premier sale of thoroughbred yearlings in the English speaking Caribbean and attracts buyers from Trinidad and Barbados.