Care and health of the racehorse will be at the forefront of next month’s Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Kentucky.
The summit will also update previous topics such as racing surfaces, rider safety and equine injuries.
Organised and underwritten by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club, the summit, on June 28 at the Keeneland Association, is open to the public and will also be live streamed.
This year’s event, the seventh, will again be emceed by former jockey and NBC racing analyst Donna Barton Brothers. Brothers is also on the advisory board for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the author of Inside Track, an informative guide to horse racing.
Other new topics at the summit include an update from the AAEP racing committee, a progress report on biomarker research, and discussions regarding compounded medications, nutraceuticals, lameness, the importance of the physical inspection, and use of the riding crop.
“We are very excited about the topics we have lined up for this year’s Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit,” said Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
“The first six summits resulted in meaningful improvements in horse and jockey welfare, and by focusing on such timely, important issues this summit is on target to do the same.”
Almost 1500 individuals from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, France, Sweden, and Spain watched the live stream of the sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, and about 200 people attended.
The first Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held in October 2006; subsequent summits were held in March 2008, June 2010, October 2012, July 2014, and July 2015.
“I attend all of the summits and find them to be one of the most educational events of the year,” said John F. Wayne, executive director of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission.
“I strongly encourage all commissions, industry organizations and others willing to commit to the safety of our equine and human athletes to attend this event.”
Registration to the summit is open at grayson-jockeyclub.org/WelfareSafety.