Webinar series to replace Welfare and Safety Summit this year

Posted: May 6, 2020

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation May 6 said it is replacing the scheduled  Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit with a series of weekly webinars because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The summit was scheduled to be held in the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington, Ky., June 23. The series of weekly online seminars on equine health and safety topics will begin May 12, according to a release.

“While we are disappointed to cancel an in-person edition of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, we are pleased to be able to offer weekly sessions on relevant topics related to equine health and welfare from leading veterinarians, researchers, and experts in track surfaces,” said Grayson-Jockey Club President Jamie Haydon said. “We would like to thank Keeneland for their continued support of the summit since its inception and look forward to being able to host an in-person event with them in the future.”

The webinars are free to join and will be accessible each week at zoom.us/j/96557992970. Viewers will be able to ask questions through the Zoom webinar platform. All sessions start at 2 p.m. EDT. Individuals who would like to receive email notifications in advance of each session should send a message expressing their interest to contactus@grayson-jockeyclub.org.

Here is the schedule:

May 12

Fetlock Injuries: Palmar metacarpal disease and how the various imaging modalities can be used to help diagnose it

Presenter: Dr. Katherine Garett, Shareholder, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

May 19

Veterinarian Panel: Importance of transparency in medical records; monitoring horses between starts

Moderator: Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer, The Stronach Group

Panel Members: Dr. Ryan Carpenter, Equine Medical Center, Cypress, Calif.; Dr. William Farmer, Equine Medical Director, Churchill Downs Inc.; Dr. Scott Palmer, Equine Medical Director, New York State Gaming Commission

May 26

Track Surfaces: International standards for racing surfaces and the expansion of the Maintenance Quality System

Presenter: Dr. Mick Peterson, Executive Director, Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory; Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky

June 2

California Necropsy Program: Lessons learned from Dr. Sue Stover’s research

Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, The Jockey Club Steward, New York Racing Association

Panel Member: Dr. Sue Stover, Professor of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

June 9

Equine Injury Database: 2019 Statistics and Racing Fatality Data

Moderator: Dr. Mary Scollay, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Racing Medication and Testing Consortium

Presenter and Panel Member: Dr. Tim Parkin, Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology, University of Glasgow