TOBA: Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
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Seminar and Clinic Recap

2015 Seminars and Clinics
February 21 Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
March 11-12 Pedigree & Conformation Clinic
March 29 Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
April 18-19 Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
May 15-17 Breeding Clinic
August 9-10 Pedigree & Conformation Clinic
August 12-13 Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
October 17-18 Pedigree & Conformation Clinic

2014 Seminars and Clinics
March 8-9 Pedigree & Conformation Clinic
April 18 Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
May 15-16 Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
May 30 - June 1 Breeding Clinic
July 5 Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
August 4 Pedigree & Conforamtion Clinic
August 7 Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
October 18-19 Pedigree & Conformation Clinic
December 6 Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar


Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
March 29, 2015
Grand Prairie, Tex.

Lone Star Park is the home of north Texas racing, and on March 29, it was the home of Thoroughbred ownership education for 18 potential and current owners. Reid McLellan of The Elite Program opened the event with an informative and interactive lecture on Thoroughbred conformation. He illustrated textbook conformation as well as common flaws found in Thoroughbreds. The seminar attendees then evaluated conformation of two-year-olds in training at the sales barn of Al Pike. Pike showed the group two horses who were scheduled to breeze later that morning. The horses had different body types that factored into the types of runners they were expected to become.


Reid McLellan gives a lecture on racehorse conformation.

Thoroughbred trainer Karl Broberg and one of his owners, David Moad, sat on the Owner/Trainer Dynamic panel led by Lone Star Park president Scott Wells. The three discussed the relationship and communication styles of owners and trainers, as well as different experiences that the team may have throughout a horse’s racing career.

Wells then led the Acquiring Your Horse panel, comprised of Kirk Godby of Don’t Tell My Wife Stables, Fred Taylor of Mojo Racing Partners, and Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. The three panelists have a wide range of experience in racehorse acquisition which gave the attendees a wealth of knowledge on the subject.

Arthur Maberry of the insurance company Andreini & Company and attorney Terry Vernon of Ross & Matthews, P.C. discussed business topics for owners, such as legal matters, insuring horses and accounting topics.

After lunch with a trackside view of the Fasig-Tipton two-year-olds in training breeze show, Mary Ruyle, executive director of the Texas Thoroughbred Association, introduced the racing industry in Texas and TTA’s programs and incentives for owners and breeders in the Lone Star State. This was followed by a discussion of the breeze show by Ken Carson of Valor Farm (who also serves as president of TTA).


Al Pike gives a live conformation workshop of two-year-olds in training.

Jacque Flusche of CANTER (The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses) Texas explained the importance of making a retirement plan for every equine athlete early on in their career. Flusche volunteers for CANTER and has owned and retrained three off-track Thoroughbreds of her own.

Bart Lang, director of racing for Lone Star Park, followed Flusche by discussing the condition book and duties of the racing office. Carrie Vaught of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association provided a range of online resources for owners such as the TOBA website’s Owner Education section, the new TOBA Owners Concierge service, OwnerView and The Jockey Club’s resources like Equineline and Equibase.

The seminar attendees were provided with a full day of education, networking, resources and valuable experiences to aid in their pursuit of successful ownership. TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

 

Pedigree & Conformation Clinic
March 11-12, 2015
Ocala, Fla.

Fourteen Thoroughbred owners and breeders gathered at Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company in Ocala, Fla. to learn from top industry professionals about the topics of pedigree and conformation. Tammy Gantt of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association opened the clinic with an introduction to the breeding and racing industry in Florida. Dr. Donnie Slone of Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital gave a lecture on Thoroughbred conformation, referring to a memorable quote by Liz Santschi: “All things being equal, nature favors a functional conformation, but not a ‘perfect’ conformation.” This set the theme for the rest of the clinic. The attendees saw proven runners, as well as great potentials in the form of week-old foals and two-year-olds in training. The owners and breeders learned that no horse is conformed perfectly and that the body types of successful runners may vary greatly. As long as their conformation is functional, it need not be perfect.


Scott Kintz gives a live conformation workshop of Magna Graduate.

Melissa Anthony of Double Diamond Farm discussed the two-year-olds in training breeze show on the sunny morning. The trackside view of the young horses breezing past the attendees was the perfect setting for the discussion.

The clinic then took an afternoon trip to Woodford Thoroughbreds where general manager Scott Kintz evaluated conformation of stallions and foals at the farm. The attendees discussed the conformational traits and differences between Magna Graduate, Soldat and He’s Had Enough, along with some of their offspring.

Thoroughbred ownership goes beyond evaluating, purchasing and breeding these equine athletes. Marti Haught, owner of Tack Shack of Ocala, led a private tour of the local tack shop to demonstrate the different equipment for Thoroughbreds from small foal halters and yearling sale halters to two-year-old training equipment and even racing tack and equipment. Haught also showed the group how tack is made and prepared in the leather repair section of the shop.


Danzel Brendemuehl evaluates conformation of two-year-olds in training.

The two days of education continued with live conformation workshops of two-year-olds in the OBS sale, led by consignors Eddie Woods of Eddie Woods Training Center and Danzel Brendemuehl of Classic Bloodstock. Both Woods and Brendemuehl made sure to show sale horses of different body types to illustrate how their particular conformation will aid in their anticipated running style, such as turf versus dirt and sprinter versus classic distance runner.

Richard Kent of Kaizen Sales discussed auction procedures of the major auction houses in the country and resources for owners and buyers when shopping at a public sale. The clinic wrapped up with a lecture on pedigree theories and planning matings by pedigree analyst Avalyn Hunter. Pedigree and conformation go hand-in-hand for Thoroughbred owners and breeders. The attendees learned the importance of educating oneself on both topics in order to make an informed decision on the purchase or breeding of that next great racehorse.

TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

 

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
February 21, 2015
Hot Springs, Ark.

The February 21 Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar at Oaklawn Park provided a wealth of information from both regionally- and nationally-recognized speakers. Bill McDowell, president of the Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association (ATBHA), opened the seminar by highlighting the work of the ATBHA and the impressive breeders’ incentive program in Arkansas. Also representing the ATBHA was board member Lewis Matthews, who moderated the panels.


Kenny McPeek, John Ed Anthony and Bill McDowell discuss owner/trainer dynamic.

The first panel, the Owner/Trainer Dynamic, featured owner John Ed Anthony and trainer Kenny McPeek. When asked what he looks for in a trainer, Anthony said, “Communication and integrity are key. Pick a trainer who fits what you need.” McPeek expressed that “[trainers] are, to some extent, in the service business,” and the importance for trainers to have open communication with their clients.

The Acquiring Your Horse panel consisted of owners Harry Rosenblum and Bill McDowell, as well as trainer Brad Cox. The speakers covered public auctions, private purchases, claiming races, and partnerships. Their varying experiences with these different acquisition methods led to an interesting conversation that allowed the attendees to make informed decisions for how they should acquire their own racehorses.


Dr. Kate Hammer on veterinary topics for owners.

Dr. Kate Hammer, a veterinarian with clients at Oaklawn, discussed vet topics such as common injuries in racehorses and ways to avoid them, common medications and how to read a vet bill. Jennifer Hoyt, Media Relations Director at Oaklawn Park, covered Thoroughbred retirement and stressed the importance of determining a retirement plan for Thoroughbreds even before their first race. Hoyt helps place Thoroughbreds in aftercare organizations and to individual owners once the horses’ racing careers at Oaklawn end.

The last session of the morning transitioned the event to live racing in the afternoon. Eddie Pannell, Pick 6 handicapper, gave a handicapping seminar on the day’s races. The group then enjoyed lunch and an afternoon of racing. They left the track better prepared to be successful owners. Harry Rosenblum’s quote resonated with many: “They call this the sport of kings. You feel like a king each time your horse wins—at any level.”

TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

 

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
December 6, 2014
Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Gulfstream Park was a popular place to be on December 6 for three reasons: Championship Meet opening day, Claiming Crown and the TOBA Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar. Twenty-five prospective and current owners arrived at the track early that morning to expand their knowledge of the many components of ownership. Kathy Ritvo, trainer of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man, kicked off the seminar with an interactive discussion of the morning workouts. The attendees watched the workouts from the President’s Suite balcony, which is where the rest of the seminar took place.


Trainer Kathy Ritvo discusses the morning workouts

The father-son team of Nick and Alex Zito followed the morning workout session with a discussion of the owner/trainer dynamic, moderated by HRTV host Caton Bredar. Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito came with a wealth of experience that was passed down to his son, Alex, managing partner of the Hurricane Boys Racing Stable. Seminar attendees Scott and Carol Barker won an opportunity to shadow Alex leading up to and during Sinorice’s running of the Claiming Crown Jewel to get a taste of ownership on race day. Nick Zito ended up winning the race with a longshot Catholic Cowboy, which was fitting after indicating that he doesn’t mind running longshots in big races because “if you don’t race, you can’t win.”

The second panel covered the different methods of horse acquisition, such as public auctions, private purchases, claiming and partnerships. This panel included trainer David Fawkes, Scott Kintz of Woodford Thoroughbreds and Robb Levinsky of the Kenwood Racing partnership. The panelists discussed the pros and cons of each acquisition method along with their own experiences with success in finding winners at the sales and in the claiming races.


Nick and Alex Zito discuss the owner/trainer dynamic

Attorney Amanda Simmons Luby and CPA Maria Cruz Gonzalez covered important legal matters, tax considerations and insurance options for owners. These experts provided the most pertinent information on the business side of ownership. Erin Crady, Executive Director of Thoroughbred Charities of America (TOBA’s charitable arm), covered Thoroughbred retirement that afternoon. She explained that every owner should create a retirement plan for their equine athlete since many horses can live up to 20 years after their racing career has ended. Susan Martin, Director of Marketing for Jockey Club Information Systems, introduced Equineline.com and other resources that the Jockey Club offers to owners and breeders.

In perfect timing, the seminar ended as the races began on the sunny afternoon in southern Florida. The attendees enjoyed the races from the President’s Suite balcony which overlooked the finish line.

TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

 

Pedigree & Conformation Clinic
October 18-19, 2014
Lexington, Ky.

TOBA held yet another successful educational event on the weekend of October 18-19 in Lexington, Ky. Thirty-three established and prospective owners and breeders attended the Pedigree & Conformation Clinic. Seven participants were local college students who leveraged the educational opportunities that the event provided.

The clinic opened with remarks by Chauncey Morris, executive director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. Dr. Robert Hunt of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute then gave a presentation on conformation which laid the foundation of knowledge for the rest of the weekend. "Dr. Hunt provided a wealth of information from a vet's perspective on conformations that could create soundness issues," said Corinna Wildermuth, clinic participant from Georgia.


Meg Levy and Suzanne Smallwood evaluate conformation of a yearling at Fasig-Tipton

The clinic participants spent a chilly Saturday morning at Fasig-Tipton learning from Reed Ringler about North America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction company and evaluating conformation of sale yearlings. Consignors Carl McEntee of Darby Dan Farm and Meg Levy of Bluewater Sales evaluated conformation alongside agents Peter Bradley of Bradley Thoroughbreds and Suzanne Smallwood of Equix.

The remainder of the day was spent at Keeneland with a private lunch in the Eclipse Room and an afternoon of racing. The clinic participants had the opportunity to network with each other and share experiences within the Thoroughbred industry.

Sunday morning opened with discussions on pedigree theories and research, led by Ian Tapp of The Blood-Horse MarketWatch and Byron Rogers of Performance Genetics. Susan Martin of The Jockey Club introduced Equineline.com’s products that aid owners and breeders in pedigree management.


Majestic Warrior stands at Coolmore's Ashford Stud

The rest of Sunday was spent at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud with pedigree discussions and conformation evaluations of mares, stallions (including Giant’s Causeway, Majestic Warrior and Scat Daddy) and foals. Speakers at Ashford Stud included Scott Calder, Bob Davis and Brian Tormey. Katherine Young, a clinic participant hailing from Minnesota, said: “There is no better way to network with current members of the Thoroughbred industry and to get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a great Thoroughbred racehorse. I plan on attending a TOBA clinic every year!”

TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

 

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
August 7, 2014
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Thursday, August 7 was an early morning for many Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar attendees, as they spent an hour track-side watching the morning workouts at the Saratoga Race Course. Jamie Hill of McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, as well as Reed Ringler of Fasig-Tipton, moderated this optional educational session.


Tom Gallo and Bill Mott discuss the owner/trainer relationship

The information-packed seminar officially kicked off with the owner/trainer team of Tom Gallo (Thoroughbred owner, Parting Glass Racing) and Bill Mott (trainer, Bill Mott Racing). Gallo and Mott discussed the many aspects of the relationship and working dynamic of a successful owner/trainer team. This discussion was followed by the Acquiring Your Horse Panel, comprised of Don Little, Jr. (Centennial Farms), Lincoln Collins (Kern Thoroughbreds) and Linda Rice (Linda Rice Racing). Seminar participants engaged in conversations related to public auctions, private sales and claiming.

The Business Panel included attorney Bing Bush, insurance agent Michael Levy and accountant Frank Palino. These speakers discussed the different business-related issues that all Thoroughbred owners should be aware of. Erin Crady, executive director of Thoroughbred Charities of America, discussed Thoroughbred retirement, a responsibility that begins with the owner. Rick Bailey of The Jockey Club and Carrie Vaught of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association covered online resources valuable to owners.

Clinic participants enjoyed a private lunch near the paddock, followed by an afternoon of racing at Saratoga. TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

 

Pedigree & Conformation Clinic
August 4, 2014
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Thirty-five current and prospective owners and breeders met at Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. to expand their knowledge on pedigree and conformation of the Thoroughbred. Jeff Cannizzo, executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., gave the opening remarks before Dr. Scott Hay, DVM provided an overview on conformation. Dr. Hay’s presentation was the perfect preface to the live conformation evaluations of select yearlings on the Fasig-Tipton sale grounds.


Kenny McPeek evaluates conformation of a horse in training

Pat Costello of Paramount Sales, Suzanne Smallwood of Equix and Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Farm each provided their own unique perspectives of various yearlings’ conformation that morning. Attendee Patty Lavelle of Windhorse Thoroughbreds, LLC said she “enjoyed every one of the speakers” and indicated that “the Fasig-Tipton facility was just perfect.”

The remainder of the day was spent at Keeneland with a private lunch in the Eclipse Room and an afternoon of racing. The clinic participants had the opportunity to network with each other and share experiences within the Thoroughbred industry.

Each player in the Thoroughbred industry may have a different perspective of conformation. To add to the perspectives of consignors and bloodstock agents mentioned above, the clinic then moved to Kenny McPeek’s training barn at the Saratoga Oklahoma Track. This unique experience gave clinic participants a new insight on how a trainer views and manages conformation.

The clinic wrapped up with a pedigree theory discussion by Jamie Hill of McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, as well as pedigree research and resources by Kyle Degener of Equineline.com.

TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

 

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
July 5, 2014
Arlington Heights, Ill.

Fifteen current and prospective Thoroughbred owners gathered at Arlington Park on the morning of Saturday, July 5 to soak in the expertise of one dozen industry leaders on the many aspects of Thoroughbred ownership.


Dan Sullivan presents opening remarks

Dan Sullivan, president of the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation, opened the seminar with an introduction to the Illinois Thoroughbred industry. The morning was followed by panels on the topics of racehorse acquisition (panelists included Mike Campbell, Anthony Granitz and Marty Nixon), the owner/trainer relationship (Barry Golden, Michael Stidham, Dave Block and Chris Block), business issues (Jim Benkoil, Glen Berman and Joel Campbell) and Thoroughbred retirement (Jan Ely). The seminar wrapped up with lunch at the Terrace Café overlooking the Arlington Park track, and a sunny afternoon of racing.

TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

 

Breeding Clinic
May 30 - June 1, 2014
Lexington, Ky.

The annual TOBA Breeding Clinic started off strong on Friday, May 30 in the heart of the Bluegrass. Sixteen attendees from all over North America gathered in Lexington, Ky. to learn and discuss a variety of topics related to breeding Thoroughbreds.

Dr. Edward Squires, Ph.D. from the Gluck Equine Research Center laid the foundation with a lecture on reproductive anatomy and physiology, followed by pedigree theories from Ian Tapp, pedigree research from Susan Martin and foal registration and naming from Andrew Chesser. These speakers, hailing from The Blood-Horse and The Jockey Club, respectively, gave the clinic attendees a wealth of information and resources for any level of breeder.


Dr. Newton ultrasounds a mare at Margaux Farm

Margaux Farm hosted the first farm visit of the weekend. Co-owner Steve Johnson, his team of general manager Michael Hardy, broodmare manager Jon Carpenter and office manager Michele Holbrook, as well as farrier Doug Parsons and Dr. Chris Newton, DVM of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, focused on the mare and foal, covering topics including pregnancy checks, ultrasounds, foal conformation and the relationship between the breeder, veterinarian and farrier during the sunny afternoon at the farm. Dr. Newton performed two ultrasounds (approximately 20 and 60 days into gestation); the latter ultrasound displayed an exciting combination of heartbeat, ribs and vertebrae of the fetus.



Midnight Lute stands at Hill 'n' Dale Farms

Timber Town Stable owner Wayne Sweezey kicked off day two of the clinic with a discussion of Thoroughbreds in transition from the track to the breeding shed. The remainder of the day was spent at picturesque Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms. General manager Jared Burdine stood near Seattle Slew’s ornate grave, located at the entrance of the stallion barn, while explaining how to plan matings. The group then watched the stallion show (including such names as Midnight Lute and Stormy Atlantic), discussing the pedigree and conformation that makes them top sires at the farm. This discussion transitioned perfectly into witnessing breeding prep and live covers of three mares. The afternoon wrapped up with cocktails and appetizers at recently opened Bru Burger Bar, creating an opportunity for the attendees to discuss what they learned over the two days.


Clifford Barry discusses conformation

Day three took place at Pin Oak Stud, managed by Clifford Barry. The morning’s discussions covered the horse’s nutritional requirements, gastrointestinal tract anatomy and how to maintain a quality pasture. These two talks were led by nutritionist Amy Parker with McCauley Bros. and pasture/forage speaker Krista Lea with the University of Kentucky. Ms. Parker presented the group with a hands-on approach of teaching about the GI tract, using household utility items to build a model of the horse’s esophagus, stomach (gas can), small and large intestines (insulated tubing and flexible aluminum dryer duct, respectively), et cetera. Nancy Stephens explained the farm’s stallion nomination process and Dr. Randy Purvis (Hagyard Equine Medical Institute) discussed barren mares. The afternoon concluded with conformation evaluation of stallions Alternation and Broken Vow, followed by Mr. Barry’s illustration of a year on the farm.

Thoroughbred breeding is a vast topic that needs more than three days in order to cover all of the information available. However, the clinic provided a wealth of information for the group’s varying level of breeding experiences and resources for the attendees to continue expanding their knowledge.

TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

 

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
May 15-16, 2014
Timonium & Baltimore, Md.

The common phrase of the Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar on May 15-16 in Timonium and Baltimore, Md. was “it’s all about the horse.” The seminar attendees put the equine athlete’s health, care and welfare at the forefront of all panel discussions at the Timonium Race Track on Thursday, May 15. Frank Vespe of The Racing Biz, trainer Ferris Allen and bloodstock agent Bill Reightler kicked off the educational morning with an introductory discussion of Thoroughbred ownership and observing the Fasig-Tipton two-year-olds in training sale breeze show.


Farrier presents different shoes for race horses

The attendees then learned various aspects of the owner/trainer relationship followed by dialogue on racehorse acquisition, business topics, veterinary topics, online resources for owners and Thoroughbred retirement. Speakers included Jimmy Toner, Justin Nicholson, Davant Latham, Robb Levinsky, Kip Elser, Alan M. Foreman, Richard Hoffberger, Bradley Weisbord, Dr. Nicholas Meittinis, Andrew Chesser, Carrie Vaught and Dan Rosenberg. “What a wealth of information to absorb,” said attendee Rosalie Strawcutter. The attendees wrapped up the afternoon with a relaxed cocktail party to mingle and digest the day’s discussions.

Friday’s excitement perfectly complimented Thursday’s educational panels. Some attendees arrived at Pimlico early enough to watch the morning workout of future Preakness winner California Chrome. Later that morning, they enjoyed a private tour of Pimlico which covered the track’s history, a visit to the Stakes Barn, a bugle greeting by “Sam the Bugler”, and a peek into the jockeys’ lounge.

The group then met over a dozen celebrity jockeys, who generously autographed posters, programs and bags. Among these celebrities were the Lady Legends, a group of pioneering female riders whose race raises funds for breast cancer research.


Tour of Pimlico Race Course

Daily Racing Form’s handicapping seminar concluded the morning and was followed by the races leading up to the 90th Running of the Black Eyed Susan Stakes. Eric Hamelback, a member of the TOBA Board of Trustees and general manager of Adena Springs Farm, met with the group in the afternoon to answer any ownership-related question they had that day.

The two-day seminar was full of activities, both educational and exciting. Attendee Corinna Wildermuth benefited from “meeting many industry resources and making new friends with owners that are further down the path of ownership.” She also proclaimed that this was “a seminar not to be missed by anybody considering race horse ownership.”

TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

 

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
April 18, 2014
Lexington, Ky.

Twenty-nine prospective and current owners gathered at historic Keene Place at Keeneland on Friday, April 18 for the educational Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar, hosted by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and sponsored by Blood-Horse.

After inspirational opening remarks from KTA/KTOB Executive Director David Switzer, the attendees hopped on a Keeneland shuttle to the training barns of Kenny McPeek and Barclay Tagg for a unique “virtual ownership” session. McPeek called out instructions to his workout riders as they walked past the barn and to the track for the equine athletes’ morning workouts. He then led the seminar attendees to the track to discuss his training philosophies during the workouts. Afterwards, the group connected with Barclay Tag at Barn 25 where Tagg provided a wealth of knowledge and experience as a trainer, with one of his Thoroughbreds standing in the background during a grooming. The attendees were in the midst of the race day preparations with racehorses and ponies walking down the shedrow, to and from the track.


Kenny McPeek discusses his horses' workout routines at Keeneland

The remainder of the morning took place back at Keene Place with various educational discussions on topics such as the owner/trainer relationship, racehorse acquisition, legal, accounting and tax information, online resources for owners, and Thoroughbred retirement. Speakers included Bill Casner, Mike McMahon, Kellyn Gorder, Dr. Craig Van Balen, Matthew Delehanty, Rick Nunnelley, Jen Shah, Susan Martin, Gary Falter and Erin Crady.

Each speaker was an expert on his topic and the attendees left these sessions with a wealth of information from the morning discussions as well as educational take-home materials. “This was our second TOBA seminar and we have enjoyed both very much,” said attendee David Hilborn. “The mix between classroom lectures, [barn] visits and talking to various people in the business was perfect.”

The seminar wrapped up with lunch and racing at Keeneland on the sunny Friday afternoon. The attendees were invited to exclusive access inside the paddock and walking ring in preparation for Race 3, followed by an insider’s view of the race from the winner’s circle. As coincidences dictate, attendees Mary Ann and Roger Pardieck happened to be close friends with the winning trainer of the allowance race and joined him in the winning photograph. “That was such a coincidence that Brian Lynch’s colt won right as we were standing down there,” said Mary Ann. “This was a fun moment on a very enjoyable day.”


Owner/Trainer Relationship panelists (left to right: Mike McMahon, Kellyn Gorder, Bill Casner)

“The Thoroughbred Ownership seminar is an excellent venue to gain exposure to all facets of racehorse ownership,” said attendee Greg Goforth. “The time spent attending the ownership seminar is time well spent.”

This seminar was also available on live webcast on BloodHorse.com. Dozens of viewers across the country tuned into BloodHorse.com to expand their ownership knowledge. An extended recording of this webcast video is available for purchase at www.bloodhorse.com for $25.

TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

 

Pedigree & Conformation Clinic
March 8-9, 2014
Ocala, Fla.

Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 marked the first TOBA clinic of the year. Twenty owners and breeders of varied involvement in the industry gathered at Ocala Breeders’ Sales in Ocala, Fla. to expand their knowledge of Thoroughbred pedigree and conformation. Florida weather delayed both the OBS two-year-old select sale and the clinic by a day, but that didn’t stop the attendees from taking advantage of the unique opportunity the weekend gave them.


Brent Furnung discusses the OBS breeze show

The Pedigree & Conformation Clinic opened on Saturday morning with a discussion of the breeze show from Brent Fernung, president of Journeyman Stud. Dr. Scott A. Hay, DVM of Tiegland, Franklin and Brokken provided an excellent presentation on conformation, followed by Avalyn Hunter’s expertise on pedigree theories. The afternoon consisted of a farm tour to GoldMark Farm, where general manager Todd Quast evaluated the conformation of several horses. The attendees then relaxed at the OBS Tiki Hut, sharing hors d’oeuvres and experiences with each other.

The clinic continued early Sunday morning as the sun rose over the OBS shedrow. The attendees joined several leaders in the industry for a conformation evaluation of sale horses at the barns of consignors Becky Thomas and Niall Brennan. Other industry leaders involved in the discussion were trainer Gary Contessa and bloodstock agents Barry Berkelhammer and Bob Feld. “I was able to learn from some of the best in the business; they were very helpful in showing us horses and explaining the process of inspecting a horse and deciding what qualities to look for in a great racehorse prospect,” said attendee Mary Kautzman of Windemere, Fla. Niall Brennan’s take-home message to the group included: “Horses come in all shapes and sizes; don’t limit yourself to one single type of horse.”


Becky Thomas and Gary Contessa evaluate conformation

The clinic wrapped up with a presentation by Craig Bernick of Glen Hill Farm on planning matings, followed by the OBS auction process by sales manager Tod Wojciechowski.

TOBA’s seminar and clinic program, sponsored by The Blood-Horse, is open to anyone with an interest to learn more about a variety of aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Topics include pedigree and conformation, breeding, and Thoroughbred ownership. Click here to learn more and register for an upcoming clinic.

   
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