Have you always wanted to learn more about owning a Thoroughbred racehorse?  Can you picture yourself in the Winners Circle with your very own winner?  Not really sure where to start?  The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association can help!

These Ownership Seminars are free and open to the public, however, reservations are required! We need to know how may people are attending in order to plan for plenty of handouts and adequate accomodations!  To reserve your spot at any of these seminars, please call the MTA at 952-233-4802 or send your name and contact information to kay@minnesotabred.com.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
Canterbury Park Grandstand – Mezzanine Level

This initial ownership seminar of the 2017 live race meet at Canterbury Park is certain to hold something for everyone! Whether you have been an owner for years, are just new to the industry or are considering getting involved with a Thoroughbred of your very own, there is always something to learn! Our seminars are all designed to offered plenty of opportunities for you to get answers to your questions.

Join us at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts while we enjoy watching the morning training taking place on the track. We’ll have a number of individuals available who will be able to explain what is happening and answer your questions. It’s exciting to be able to see what the horses go through in preparation for the crowds’ racing enjoyment.

We’ve invited several local experts to join us and will be covering nearly every aspect of racehorse ownership. You’ll learn more about the important legal and accounting considerations, licensing requirements to be an owner, ways to acquire a horse, ownership options, selecting a trainer, training and racing, veterinary care, and retirement responsibilities. We will also have a panel of owners available to share their experiences and answer questions.

Immediately following the seminar, you will have the chance to meet with MTA members who have partnership opportunities available. Partnerships can be a great way to get into the game and you’ll find that partnerships can have a wide variety of membership options.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 – 8:00 a.m.
Canterbury Park Grandstand – Paddock Gardens Conference Room

We’ll meet in the Paddock Gardens Conference Room on Track Level for coffee and doughnuts as we share plans for the morning. We’ll be bussing to the Canterbury Park Backside and doing a great deal of walking from the Stable Gate, so please dress accordingly and comfortably.

We will introduce you to one of the licensed trainers at Canterbury and will follow in their footsteps for a couple of hours. From the morning routines in the barns, to tacking a horse for the track, to watching the horse on the track, the Backside is an exciting place to be in the morning. You’ll learn more about what the horses require in terms of feed, supplements, veterinary care, farrier work, and conditioning options.

This group will be limited in number and the experience is best suited for adults who are able to do a considerable amount of walking. You’ll want to register early for this one! If there is enough interest, additional sessions may be scheduled at a later date.


Saturday, August 5, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
Canterbury Park Grandstand – Paddock Gardens Conference Room & Paddock

Just in time for the MTA’s 2017 Yearling Sale, being held at Canterbury Park on August 21st! A clinic designed to help you learn or upgrade your conformation and pedigree evaluation skills.  We will spend time learning about pedigrees and the basics of conformation in the Paddock Gardens Conference Room before we head out to the Paddock and try out your newfound skills on actual horses!

We’re pleased to announce that Roy Johnson will be joining the MTA, once again, as the speaker for this clinic. Roy A. Johnson, MS, is an equine technology manager for Cargill Animal Nutrition. In his role, he is responsible for the development of horse feeds for U.S. business, including feeds for Nutrena, ACCO, Agway, and private label brands. A former professional horse trainer, farm manager, and horse judging coach, Johnson was an assistant professor in the Agricultural Production Division at the University of Minnesota-Waseca, before joining Cargill. Johnson has also participated in a successful Thoroughbred racing partnership.

In the meantime, we’ve included a few links below for you to get started on your ownership education!Thoroughbred Ownerview - www.ownerview.com

Expert Advice for Owners

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association - www.toba.org


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