Below are the seminars from the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover.  These are examples of educational opportunities hosted at the event. Stay tuned for 2019 updates! 

Leaky Gut Syndrome: How Every Equine Athlete Can Be Affected and Novel Nutritional Solutions
Kenneth Kopp, DVM
Seminar and door prizes sponsored by Triple CrownNutrition
Thursday, 10:00 a.m.
Club Lounge
Leaky gut syndrome can cause poor performance, allergies, insulin resistance, poor behavior and even chronic colic. Dr. Kopp, a technical service veterinarian who specializes in nutrition and clinical research, will lead this presentation covering new research and solutions to stop the “slow leak” in your horse’s health and performance.

Racing Injuries and Outcomes
Stephanie L. Church of The Horse Media Group, moderator
Sponsored by Nationwide NFP and P&C Private Client Group
Thursday, 1:00 p.m.

Club Lounge
Bowed tendons and various fractures can occur in any discipline or even in the paddock. But these common racing injuries can be nonstarters for some buyers, even though the outcome after proper rehab can be quite positive. A panel of industry professionals (Dr. Larkspur Carroll, CORE Therapies; racing trainer Vicki Oliver; Dr. Laura Werner, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute; and Danielle Montgomery, Turning For Home) will discuss their experiences with some of the most common racing injuries, their approach to effective rehab and what they’ve seen horses go on to do after recovery.

Trainers’ Forum
Tik Maynard, moderator
Friday, 10:00 a.m.
Club Lounge
The perennial favorite Thoroughbred Makeover seminar returns! Each year we select a group of Makeover trainers who are at the top of their respective disciplines and put them on a panel together to talk shop. Tik Maynard literally wrote the book on learning from other horsemen (In the Middle are the Horsemen) and will serve again as moderator. Panelists include Emily Brollier Curtis, Miramonte Equine; the Powers family, Powers Polo School; and Marilyn Lee-Hannah and Robin Hannah-Carlton, Sherwood Farm. This seminar always provides stories of triumph, disappointment, levity or revelation, and even some insightful training tips.

When Selling Horses Doesn’t Go as Planned
Kristen Leshney Werner of The Jockey ClubThoroughbred Incentive Program, moderator
Sponsored by MidAtlantic Horse Rescue
Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Club Lounge
If you place or sell enough horses, it’s happened to you: The horse doesn’t turn out to be a good fit in his new home, the horse you bought as a project turns out to have a limiting injury or a vice, the buyer you placed your horse with suddenly can no longer care for him. How do you handle these situations? What policies can you put in place to protect the horse and your business? What is your approach to providing a satisfactory remedy for the buyer? Panelists include Anna Ford, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program; Laura Holoubek, JD, Dinsmore EquineLaw; Jessica Redman, Benchmark Sport Horses; and Emily Weiss, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Photos by Anne Litz

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