+ ABOUT EQUESTRICON
+ What is Equestricon?
Equestricon is an international horse racing convention, trade show and fan festival that will bring together racing fans and industry stakeholders at all levels to participate in a lively atmosphere of engagement, discussion, and entertainment.
+ Who’s organizing Equestricon and why are they doing it?
Equestricon™ is being organized by young racehorse owners and breeders Justin Nicholson and Kathryn Sharp, and writer, handicapper, and racing ambassador Dan Tordjman. The founders are also consulting with a talented advisory board, composed of respected members of the industry. The organizers of Equestricon as well as its advisory board members have built careers in the racing industry and are passionate about ensuring that it continues to thrive for many years to come. Equestricon was founded to contribute to that pursuit. To read more about the Equestricon™ founders and advisory board, click here!
+ Who should attend Equestricon?
Equestricon is intended to be an event for everyone, featuring fan-centric activities geared toward families and casual fans, as well as seminars and panels for participants looking to learn more about handicapping, ownership and increased participation at every level of the sport. Whatever level of interest or involvement you have in racing when you enter Equestricon, we hope you will feel even more attached to the sport when you leave!
+ When and where is Equestricon?
Saratoga experiences will take place in and around Saratoga Springs, NY, especially on Sunday, August 13th, 2017. The Equestricon General Session will be held August 14th & 15th, 2017 at the Saratoga Springs City Center in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY. Learn about the venue and Saratoga area here!
+ What will happen on each day of Equestricon?
Equestricon™ is a three-day event. The first day of the convention will kick off with events in and around Saratoga Springs and a VIP reception. Monday and Tuesday will be the main convention days, with a fun and entertaining program lineup including exhibitions, demonstrations and panel discussions. For those planning to attend Equestricon, please bear in mind that the bulk of the programming will take place on Monday and Tuesday. The full schedule can be accessed here.
+ Who will I see at Equestricon?
You will see owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, representatives from farms, veterinarians, sales companies, racing journalists, social media personalites and innovators from all corners of the sport. The projected guest list at Equestricon™ will also include legendary racing personalities who will be available during several autograph sessions.
+ Where can I view the Equestricon schedule?
The Equestricon schedule may be viewed here.
+ What kind of social events can I attend at Equestricon?
On each day of the convention there will be opportunities to attend networking and social events, meet and greets, social media gatherings, and more. VIP guests will have access to additional programming and events.
+ What are Equestricon’s onsite scheduled hours?
Our hours are subject to change depending on programming:
Sunday, August 13 - Kickoff Activities (beginning at 9am)
Monday, August 14th - 8:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 15th - 8:00am - 7:00pm
+ Is the convention two days or three days?
It’s a three-day convention but the Equestricon “general session” (which comprises the panel portion of the convention and the trade show/expo at the Saratoga Springs City Center) is two days (Monday and Tuesday). Sunday of the convention will be a day in which attendees can experience “add-on” sessions that showcase Saratoga’s broader racing scene, outside of the City Center (or convention center).
+ Where can I get something to eat at Equestricon?
Guests at Equestricon™ have a wide range of dining options to choose from in Saratoga Springs. Please reference the Local Info page under the 'Visit' tab. Attendees will be able to purchase drinks and light concessions in the Main Exhibit Hall. Exhibitors and Sponsors will also have access to Equestricon™ refreshment lounges near the exhibit floor.
+ REGISTRATION & TICKETS
+ Where can I purchase tickets?
Ticket packages and panel registration may be accessed here.
+ How much does it cost to attend Equestricon?
Ticket pricing for Equestricon™ varies depending on packages and add-ons. Two-Day General Admission starts at $25 with the option to add additional experiences and an autograph pass. Two-Day Panel Passes start at $125 with the option to add additional experiences and an autograph pass. For those purchasing a VIP package, select add-ons and the autograph pass are included.
+ Does Equestricon offer One-Day passes?
No. All Equestricon passes are two-day passes, with the exception of the Legends of Racing Hub Autograph Pass add-on, which can be purchased for a single day or both days along with your General Admission ticket.
+ Can I register for and attend an "add-on" activity with just a General Admission ticket?
The Handicapping Seminar, Fashion Showcase, and Autograph Passes are available for purchase to all ticket-holders. Due to extremely limited capacity, Hall of Fame Tours, Fasig-Tipton Sales Grounds Tours, and the Monday Evening Movie Screening are available to Panel and VIP Passholders only at this time.
+ Can I register for a single panel without purchasing the Two-Day Panel Pass?
To attend any panel discussion (excepting those listed in the Showcase Hub), you must purchase a Two-Day Panel Pass. You will be asked to register for a panel in each timeslot, but attendance is not required! The pricing for this pass is meant to be accessible to for attendees interested in the full program or in several panels only.
+ How can I change my panel preferences or modify my registration?
To modify your registration, reference your confirmation email or click "Buy Now" under the Pass-Type you purchased on our ticketing page. Instead of selecting 'New Registration', click 'Modify Registration' and enter your email and last name. From there you will be able to modify your registration.
+ What is the cancellation and refund policy?
Modifications to existing registrations can be made up until July 23, 2017. Cancellations for Panel Passes and VIP Passes will be subject to a fee of $25 prior to July 13, 2017. General Admission tickets are not eligible for a refund. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to email@example.com. No refunds will be issued after July 13th, 2017.
+ Can I transfer my registration if I can’t make Equestricon?
Registrations are non-transferable.
+ Where and when can I pick up my event pass?
Passes will be available for pickup at the Saratoga Springs City Center on the following days and hours:
Sunday, 13 August from 8:00am to 3:00pm
Monday, 14 August from 8:00am to 7:00pm
Tuesday, 15 August from 8:00am to 6:00pm
+ Who can I contact if I have questions about Equestricon registration?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with registration questions. Your email will receive a response within 24 business hours.
+ SPONSORSHIPS & EXHIBITS
+ What are the benefits of exhibiting my product or service at Equestricon?
Whether it’s an equine product or handicapping service, Equestricon is the only event during the year that allows vendors to directly engage with target consumers from all corners of the racing industry. Exhibitors will have access to Equestricon™ refreshment lounges on the exhibit floor. We also expect a large media presence at Equestricon, which may afford exhibitors additional opportunities to showcase products and services.
+ How can I register as an exhibitor for Equestricon? What are the exhibitor rates?
Exhibitor space at the 2017 Equestricon is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list or be among the first to hear when booths go on sale next year, please email Kathryn Sharp at email@example.com.
+ Do exhibitors get priority points?
Yes. Exhibitors at Equestricon™ 2017 will earn points for discounted exhibitor rates for future conventions.
+ Where can I find a list of the current exhibitors?
A list of current exhibitors can be found here!
+ Who are the current sponsors of Equestricon?
A list of current Sponsors can be found here!
+ What sponsorship opportunities are available for Equestricon?
There are numerous opportunities to participate as a sponsor for the 2017 Equestricon! For more details on sponsorship, please check out our sponsorship packet under the 'Sponsor' tab or click here!
+ How do I advertise in the official event program?
Anyone interested in advertising may contact Anne Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ad rates may be found in the sponsorship packet under the 'Sponsors' tab.
+ How can I receive a list of participants in advance of Equestricon?
Panelists are listed under the convention schedule. Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Media Partners are listed under the 'Partners' tab.
+ TRAVEL & HOUSING
+ How do I get to Equestricon?
For maps and directions to the Saratoga City Center, home of Equestricon 2017, please click here.
+ How can I reserve a hotel room? Is housing included in registration?
Housing is not included in registration. The official hotels of Equestricon 2017 are listed here. Attendees will also be able to find special rates at several preferred area hotels by checking the 'Hotels' section under the 'Visit' tab. Supplies will be limited, so we encourage booking fast!