PROUDLY HOSTED AS PART OF BREEDERS' CUP FESTIVAL WEEK
October 28-31, 2018 | Louisville, kENTUCKY
+ Equestricon® Fashion Brunch
Join us for a fashion-filled Sunday brunch, shop top fashions for Breeders' Cup Championship Weekend. Details TBA.
+ Tours and Experiences
Select Tours and Experiences in and around Louisville will be listed as they become available!
+ Equestricon® Kickoff at Merle's Whiskey Kitchen
Join other excited EQCon18 attendees as we kick off Equestricon® at Merle's Whiskey Kitchen in downtown Louisville!
+ Monday Panels & Storytelling Sessions
+ 2018 Breeders’ Cup Contenders Panel
Panelists TBD - Connections of 2018 Breeders' Cup runners, Joe Kristufek (Churchill Downs) moderates.
+ Reliving the Inaugral Breeders' Cup with Tom Durkin
+ Monday Handicapping Workshops
+ Tournament Handicapping: Mythical vs. Live Money, Strategies and Approaches
Rich Nilsen (BetPTC), Matt Bernier (Daily Racing Form).
+ Spotting a Winner: Visual Handicapping with Popular Racing Analysts
Michelle Yu (Santa Anita), Caton Bredar (TVG), Bruno DeJulio (Racingwithbruno), Gabby Gaudet (NYRA, et al.).
+ Monday TRACK TALKS Speaker Series, featuring Stories from Innovators and Leaders in Racing
+ Leaders in Aftercare: Our Obligation to Racehorses After Their Careers on the Track
Michael Blowen (Old Friends Farm), Stacie Clark Rogers (Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance), Joell Dunlap (Square Peg Foundation), Jeff Tow-Arnett (Former NFL Player and OTTB Owner).
+ Women in Racing: Leaders and Innovators, Presented by Thoroughbred Women's Network
Dell Hancock (Claiborne Farm), Meg Levy (Bluewater Sales), Jaime Roth (LNJ Foxwoods), Tonya Gunther (Glennwood Farm).
+ Monday Seminars & Educational Experiences
+ University of Louisville Career Networking and Mentorship Seminar
Liz Crow (BSW Bloodstock), Megan Devine (Santa Anita Park), William Van Meter (Van Meter Sales)
+ University of Kentucky Career Networking and Mentorship Seminar
Walker Hancock (Claiborne Farm), Additional Speakers TBA
+ Louisville Community Project: Roundtable Exploring the Backstretch with Local Writers
Joe Manning (Louisville Story Project)
+ 2018 Rood and Riddle Breeders' Cup Post Draw
+ Breeders' Cup Lounge
Breeders' Cup Connections, Special Guests, and Breeders' Cup Festival Insider Passholders are invited to a reception with complimentary food and drink in the Breeders' Cup Lounge.
+ Main Convention Hall
All Monday Equestricon ticketholders are invited to watch the Breeders' Cup Post Draw live from within the Main Convention Hall. Opportunities to experience interactive exhibits, cash bars and lounges, and nearly 100 racing vendors and service providers.
+ Tuesday Panels & Storytelling Sessions
+ Capturing Racing’s Best Moments: Stories and Tips from Racing Photographers, Presented by BloodHorse
Jessie Caris (Eclipse Sportswire), Anne Eberhardt Keogh (BloodHorse), Nicole Marie, Ryan Thompson. Gabby Gaudet (Racing Analyst) moderates.
+ Breeders' Cup-Winning Jockeys
+ Breeders' Cup Winning Trainers Panel, presented by Kirkwood Stables
Shug McGaughey, Mark Casse, Kiaran McLaughlin
+ Kentucky's Greatest Race Calls, Presented by The Paulick Report
Tom Durkin, Larry Collmus (NYRA/NBC), Travis Stone (Churchill Downs), Kurt Becker (Keeneland), Ray Paulick (Paulick Report) moderates.
+ International Perspectives on Racing, presented by Watch and Wager
Nick Luck (Racing UK and Breeders' Cup), Chip McGaughey (Keeneland), Jose Nelson, Kelsey Riley (Thoroughbred Daily News), Fanny Salmon
+ Tuesday Handicapping Workshops
+ Ticket Construction and Betting Strategies with Experts
Peter Fornatale (Daily Racing Form), Papo Morales (AmWager), Mike Maloney, Ed DeRosa (Twinspires/Brisnet).
+ Computer Wagering: What you Need to Know, How to Stay Competitive
Peter Fornatale (Daily Racing Form), Marshall Gramm (Ten Strike Racing), Scotty McKeever (TVG).
+ Horsemen Handicappers: Insights from Horsemen Who Wager
Craig Bernick (Glen Hill Farm), Gary Fenton (Little Red Feather), Joe Appelbaum (Off the Hook Stable).
+ How to Bet Churchill Downs: Prepping for a Big Weekend of Betting at Breeders' Cup
Joe Kristufek (Churchill Downs), Travis Stone (Churchil Downs). Jill Byrne (Breeders' Cup), Marty McGee (Daily Racing Form).
+ Tuesday TRACK TALKS Speaker Series, featuring Stories from Innovators and Leaders in Racing
+ Training Days: A Day in the Life of Racing's Top Trainers
Graham Motion, Tom Amoss, Dale Romans, Bob Baffert
+ Stories from the Backstretch: The Backbone of the Racing Industry
Eric Hamelback (NHBPA), Billy Koch (Little Red Feather), Abram Himelstein (Louisville Story Project)
+ Finding the Next Big Horse: Prominent Figures in Racing Share Stories of Triumph and the Ongoing Pursuit for Glory, presented by Fasig Tipton
Bill Farish (Lane's End Farm), Bradley Weisbord (BSW Bloodstock/Elite Sales), Terry Finley (West Point Thoroughbreds), Bob Edwards (e5 Racing)
+ Tuesday Seminars & Educational Experiences
+ What it's Like to Ride a Racehorse: Educational Q & A with Legendary Jockeys (Supports the Jockeys Guild and the PDJF)
+ Developing Your Brand Through Digital and Social Media
Nicolle Neulist (Blinkers Off), Scott Shapiro (Twinspires/Brisnet), Candice Hare (TVG), Claudia Ruiz (Thoroughbred Today), Bri Mott (Fashion at the Races)
+ NTRA Horse Safety and Procedures Seminar
Steve Koch (NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance), Dr. Jennifer Durenberger (NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance)
+ An Introduction to Ownership, presented by OwnerView
Susan Martin (BloodHorse & equineline), Rhonda Norby (Equibase), Gary Falter (OwnerView)
+ Racehorse Retraining Seminar, presented by the TAA
+ EQConcert at Mercury Ballroom
Equestricon® General Session concludes with a celebration and concert at Mercury Ballroom! Musical Act TBA.
+ Mimosas & Millinery Fascinator Workshop
San Diego milliner Diana Cavagnaro hosts a workshop for those interested in trying their hand at millinery!
+ "Equestricon® at the Track" Churchill Downs Hospitality
The festivities continue at the races! Join us for a beautiful day of Fall racing at Churchill Downs.
On Wednesday evening, the J Wagner Group hosts "Jocktails at the Breeders' Cup,” a Celebrity Jockey Bartending Charity Event
WE ARE PROUD TO OFFER THE FOLLOWING SAMPLING OF ATTRACTIONS AND SPECIAL EVENTS AT EQUESTRICON 2018
Over 100 booths featuring racing products, services and representatives from racetracks and other racing organizations
Live Band on Equestricon Main Stage (Tuesday), presented by the National Steeplechase Association
Trainers Meet and Greet (Tuesday) with expected guests: Bob Baffert, Graham Motion, Dale Romans, Mark Casse, Tom Amoss, Kiaran McLaughlin, Dallas Stewart, Joe Sharp (additional appearances TBA; all subject to change)
Featured New Tech and Product Demonstrations
Games and Virtual Reality Experience at Tech Hub
Horse Country Row featuring representatives from Horse Country and historic farms from across the Blue Grass
Sagamore Social Lounge (Must be 21)
Paddock Bar & Lounge (Must be 21) - Including Owner/Prospective Owner Meet-Up sessions hosted by West Point Thouroughbreds, Team Valor International, and Taste of Victory Racing
Design Your Own Silks App Experience
Centennial Farms Charging Lounge
Winner's Circle and Breeders' Cup Trophy Photo Opportunity with tap-to-share
Signings and Meet and Greets in the Legends of Racing Hub
"Ask a 'Capper" one-on-one
Gabby Gaudet (NYRA), Emily Gullikson (OptixEQ), Matt Bernier (Daily Racing Form), Molly Jo Rosen, Dan Cronin (Fatbaldguy Racing), Acacia Courtney (Gulfstream Park), Papo Morales (Amwager), Megan Devine (Santa Anita), Peter Fornatale (Daily Racing Form)