Robert ‘Bob’ Anderson was a long-time horseman based in St. Thomas, Ontario. As President of Anderson Farms, he was involved with breeding, racing and selling both Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses for 41 years in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. A former director of Woodbine Entertainment Group (formerly Ontario Jockey Club) and national president of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society from 1981-82, Robert was also a Board member of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association in the U.S.; a Steward of the Jockey Club of Canada; as well as a member of the Ontario Racing Commission Advisory Board; the First Chairman of the Guelph Research Centre for Equine Research; and member of the E.P. Taylor Equine Research Fund.
Robert bred and matured over 1,400 thoroughbreds, including champions Pinafore Park, Larkwhistle and Prince Avatar. He was the breeder of successful sires, Ascot Knight, National Assembly and Alydeed. His Standardbred horses include Pampered Princess—a champion at two and three and winner of $1.74 million—as well as champions and world record holders, Southwind Allair and Cabrini Hanover. A supporter of his community of St. Thomas, Robert was past Vice-President of the St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of the downtown St. Thomas Development Board. He died on November 7, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Robert was inducted posthumously into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2015.