The tenth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held June 22, 2022

2022 Agenda and Speaker Biographies

As with previous summits, the event was free and open to the public in the Keeneland sales pavilion and streamed live online. The agenda included a review of the Thoroughbred industry's implementation of safety recommendations developed at the first summit in 2006 as well as a presentation by Dr. Tim Parkin on the latest statistics from the Equine Injury Database.

View the replays from the 2022 summit:

June 22, 2022

    8:20 AM Welcome and Introduction
    Jamie Haydon, President, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation
    Summit MC - Annise Montplaisir, Equine Education Coordinator, Kentucky Equine Education Project Foundation

    8:30–9:00 Equine Injury Database Update
    Dr. Tim Parkin, Head of Bristol Veterinary School University of Bristol
    VIDEO (includes welcome and introduction)

    9:05–9:35 Building A Thoroughbred "Two-Year-Old" For Racing
    Dr. Larry Bramlage, Surgeon and Partner, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

    9:40–10:10 Equine Safety and Welfare- A California Perspective
    Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer, The Stronach Group Racing and Gaming
    Dr. Ryan Carpenter, Surgeon, Equine Medical Center


    10:20–10:50 Jockey Weights, Wellbeing and Fitness – Supporting the Athlete
    Dr. Jerry Hill, Chief Medical Adviser, British Horseracing Authority

    10:55–12:00 Equine Wearable Technology
    Moderator - Joe Appelbaum, President NYTHA
    Will Duff Gordan, Chief Executive Officer Total Performance Data
    Dr. Scott Palmer, Equine Medical Director New York State Gaming Commission
    Valentin Rapin, Managing Director & Co-Founder Arioneo


    1:00–2:00 Regulatory Veterinarian Panel
    Moderator - Dr. Mary Scollay-Ward, Ex.Director & COO Racing Medication and Testing Consortium
    Dr. Jaclyn Bradley, Prairie Meadows
    Dr. Will Farmer, Equine Medical Director, Churchill Downs
    Dr. Lynn Hovda, Chief Commission Veterinarian, Minnesota Racing Commission 


    2:05–2:35 Positron Emission Tomography: Knowledge Gained From Over 1,000 Racehorse Fetlocks
    Dr. Mathieu Spriet, Associate Professor Surgical & Radiological Science, University of California, Davis

    2:40–3:20 Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory
    Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, Founding Director, Orthopaedic Research Center, Colorado State University

    3:40–4:15 The Importance Of Welfare And Safety To Youth Entering The Thoroughbred Industry
    Hosted by: Amplify Horse Racing
    Moderator - Annise Montplaisir, Equine Education Coordinator, KEEP Foundation & President, Amplify Horse Racing
    Hayley Amoss, Manager of Communications & Social Media, Breeders' Cup
    Hallie Hardy, Executive Director, Horse Country
    Ferrin Peterson, Jockey & Veterinarian
    Eric Resendiz, Student at BCTC Equine & former Amplify Horse Racing Mentee
    Deja Robinson, Pre-Vet Student, Internships through Ed Brown Society


    4:20–4:50 Keeneland & the InCompass Programs Including the Thoroughbred Training Center
    Dr. Stuart Brown, Vice President of Equine Safety, Keeneland
    Chris Dobbins, Senior Vice President, InCompass 


For more information or questions, please contact Jamie Haydon at jhaydon@jockeyclub.com


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.

This website provides updates on the ongoing work of these committees and explores the many facets of Thoroughbred safety and welfare. Use the resources tabs to the right to review presentations and videos from previous summits.

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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