TRURO, N.S. – Debbie Francis is the new executive director of Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association.
Francis was the successful candidate in an extensive search to fill the position and will assume her new role at the end of April.
“Debbie comes to us with over 20 years’ experience in the harness racing industry as an owner and a breeder,” says ASBA president Wayne MacRae.
“The ASBA board of directors believes her experience and skill set will be a great asset to the ASBA and the Atlantic Sires Stakes program.”
Francis graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a bachelor of business administration, and is currently a councillor for the Municipality of West Hants. She is also the newly elected vice-president of the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association.
Francis resides in Sweets Corner, Hants County, with her husband Peter and son Gregory, who also share a passion for the harness racing industry.
“Over the past 20 years I have followed my dad’s lifelong passion for this industry and I am looking forward to working with the board of directors and members of the ASBA as I take on this new role in the industry my family has always enjoyed so much,” says Francis.
Francis will assume the role of executive director at the ASBA’s annual general meeting on April 28 in Charlottetown.
Francis takes over from outgoing executive director Lynne MacLennan, who held the position for the past 11 years.
The ASBA administers the Atlantic Sires Stakes program, which was formed over 50 years ago to promote the standardbred horse industry in Atlantic Canada. Today, the program showcases the best young horses in the region and offers participants and spectators the finest in harness racing action.