The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, coordinated and underwritten by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation
and The Jockey Club and hosted by Keeneland Association, was held for the first time in October 2006. The two-day workshop, which brought together a wide cross-section of the breeding, racing and veterinary community, was designed to improve safety and soundness for the Thoroughbred racehorse.
The subsequent summits, with the same sponsors, have been held every two years at Keeneland.
During the original summit, committees were formed and began working on various aspects of Thoroughbred welfare and safety. These committees include On-Track Injury Reporting, Education and Licensing, Shoeing and Hoof Care, Racing Surfaces, Durability, Race Conditions and Racing Office, and Health and Medical Records.
The fifth edition of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, July 8, and Wednesday, July 9, 2014. A full recap of the fifth summit can be found by clicking here.
This website provides updates on the ongoing work of these committees and explores the many facets of Thoroughbred safety and welfare.
The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit is one of the safety initiatives spearheaded by The Jockey Club. Please click here for details regarding the Thoroughbred Safety Committee, Equine Injury Database, and Jockey Health Information System.
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