Seminars, Clinics, and Webcasts

TOBA offers educational, non-commercial seminars and clinics for prospective, new and established owners. TOBA’s goal is to provide industry participants with the knowledge necessary to improve the likelihood for success in the Thoroughbred business.

Pedigree and Conformation Clinic - October 25, 2021, Lexington, Ky

TOBA’s Pedigree and Conformation Clinic will be held at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Kentucky on Monday, October 25, 9:30am-3:30pm. You will experience a behind-the-scenes look at the sales grounds and meet with industry professionals to discuss their approach to selecting and selling top equine stock. There will be live conformation evaluations as we walk to many sales barns throughout the day. You’ll hear from experts regarding sales processes including conversations with veterinarians, sales agents, consignors and breeders. Lunch and TOBA gift bag included. Fasig-Tipton is located at 2400 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511.

TOBA Members: $100; Non-Members: $125

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Please contact Meredith Downey with any questions at [email protected] or (859) 276-6793.

Seminar topics:

Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar

This seminar provides a basic introduction to Thoroughbred ownership. Topics include how to build a racing stable, owner and trainer communications, common veterinary concerns, accounting and insurance issues, understanding racing partnerships and much more.

Pedigree and Conformation Clinic

This clinic allows participants a deeper understanding of the Thoroughbred pedigree and conformation. Pedigree discussions include general theory, such as in-breeding, out-crossing and nicking as well as overall conformational factors. Pedigree theories differ greatly, therefore it is important to be familiar with many perspectives. Conformation discussions include the identification of common conformation faults and the effects of those faults as well as a live conformation workshop. Like pedigree theory, there are varying opinions within the industry about acceptable conformation faults so it is important to consider varying perspectives.

Breeding Clinic

The Breeding Clinic is held in Lexington each year and consists of tours at three Kentucky Thoroughbred farms. Clinic topics include foal registration, pedigree theory, a conformation workshop, equine nutrition, equine business matters, foaling and farm management as related to Thoroughbred breeding.