About Us - And Our Patients
The California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation, Inc. (“CTHF”) had its beginnings as early as 1979, even though it was not yet known as the CTHF.
Joe McAnally, then with the California Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (“CHBPA”) was concerned about the high cost of dentistry for backstretch workers. He hired Dr. Linda Roselle and converted the old “silks” trailer to a small dental unit. Soon, more space was needed. A larger trailer was acquired about the same time Dr. Russell Maatz, a local Emergency Room physician, approached Joe about the prospect of adding primary medical care. They were soon joined by Noble Threewitt, a prominent and long-standing Thoroughbred trainer who knew that this population needed such help.
Business was so brisk that the clinic outgrew itself and in the mid-1990’s a much larger facility was built and placed across the parking lot from the original site. At about 5,000 square feet, today the clinic serves over 4,000 patient visits on an annual basis. This larger unit was made possible largely through a donation from the CHBPA Welfare Fund to the CTHF in the amount of nearly $1.5 million. The CTHF was incorporated in 1984. Without Joe and Noble’s help securing the seed money, along with Dr. Maatz, it is questionable if the CTHF would have been able to grow into the charitable foundation it is today.
As Noble’s training career began to wind down, he spent more and more time at the clinic looking after the workers. Noble lived to be 99 years old and served as the president of the CTHF for 28 years. Deservedly, the Santa Anita clinic is now named the Noble Threewitt Health Center, in his honor.
We now have two additional clinics — one at Los Alamitos Racecourse and the other at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, California.
All of our professional staff and employees take great pride, and love serving this under-privileged and under-served population of backstretch workers who, admirably, love their horses more than themselves. The workers are generous, very hard-working and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.