The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's annual Breeding Clinic is scheduled for May 15-17 in Lexington.
The three-day clinic, sponsored by Blood-Horse, will feature trips to Stonestreet Farm, Darley, Valkyre Stud, and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. The clinic will include lectures on reproduction, conformation, pedigree theories, breeding procedures, neonatal medicine, barren mares, and nutrition, among other topics.
"We're excited about the impressive list of speakers and farms for this year's Breeding Clinic, as well as our visit to one of the world's leading veterinary clinics," said Carrie Vaught, TOBA director of membership and marketing. "The clinic attracts a wide range of people, from prospective breeders seeking a foundation of education to longtime breeders and farm owners who want to expand on the education they have acquired from their first-hand experience."
Dr. Dorothee Kieckhefer, who attended last year's breeding clinic, explained the benefits of the weekend, "First we learned directly from leaders in the industry and their best practices; then we saw them applied when we visited some absolutely outstanding farms," she said in a release from TOBA. "The clinic was a great balance between classroom study and real-world application."
Speakers include Dr. Alex Esteller-Vico of Gluck Equine Research Center, Drs. Tom Riddle and Scott Pierce of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Louis Logan and Jennifer DeLaittre of Stonestreet Farm, Nicole Hammond of December Farm, Drs. Nathan Slovis, Dwayne Rodgerson, and Karen Wolfsdorf of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Catherine Park of Valkyre Stud, Joe Pagan of Kentucky Equine Research, Krista Lea of University of Kentucky, Ian Tapp of The Blood-Horse MarketWatch, as well as Susan Martin and Andrew Chesser of The Jockey Club.