The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded late on the afternoon of June 28 at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky, following 12 reports on topics ranging from racing surfaces, equine injuries, and rider safety to nutrition, biosecurity, and respiratory health for horses.
There were also reports on biomarker research, compounded medications, nutraceuticals, lameness, the importance of the physical inspection, and use of the riding crop.
The summit, which is organized and underwritten by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club, drew approximately 200 observers as well as an international audience who watched a live video stream.
A video replay of the summit and several of the presentations is available on the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation website (grayson-jockeyclub.org).
The summit once again was free and open to the public and attracted a cross-section of representatives from the world of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, including owners, breeders, horsemen, regulators, veterinarians, racetrack officials, jockeys, and media. The live audience also included students from the Kentucky Equine Management Internship program, the North America Racing Academy, and the University of Queensland (Australia).
TheHorse.com will provide full recaps on select sessions in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, highlights included:
Equine Injury Database Update—Tim Parkin, BSc, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ECVPH, MRCVS, an epidemiologist from the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine, in Scotland, shared some insights regarding the drama