Jockeys' Guild Assembly set for South Florida

The 2013 Jockeys' Guild Assembly is scheduled for Jan. 28-29 in Hollywood, Fla.

Riders from across the U.S. plan to discuss racetrack contributions, membership, and health, safety, and insurance issues when they gather for the 2013 Jockeys’ Guild Assembly in Hollywood, Fla. Jan. 28-29.

A welcome cocktail reception will be held Sunday evening, Jan. 27 followed by the two-day assembly.

The Guild also will conduct an awards luncheon to honor top Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred jockeys as well as others who have made significant contributions to the Jockeys’ Guild.

"Last year’s assembly was a great experience," said Thoroughbred jockey John Velazquez, chairman of the Jockeys’ Guild. "We were able to learn about so many different new things affecting jockeys. It also was great getting together with my fellow Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys and sharing our common issues."

"One of the best parts of the Assembly was being able to spend time with our colleagues in the Thoroughbred industry," added G.R. Carter, vice chairman of the Guild and a leading Quarter Horse jockey. "We come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, but it’s really good to learn from each other and share our common bonds."

Jockeys’ Guild national manager Terry Meyocks hopes the assembly is well-attended.

"Once again this year, we are holding the Assembly in South Florida in close proximity to Gulfstream Park and Hialeah, both conducting live racing," Meyocks said. "It’s in the best interest of all our members to make every effort to join us to provide input and feedback on the issues and future priorities of the Guild."