Mareworthy Charities and the Retired Racehorse Project jointly announced the hosting of the Thoroughbred Broodmare Transition Symposium on July 10, 2024 at Spy Coast Farm in Lexington, Ky., and livestreamed. 

The symposium is designed to provide education for trainers and riders about the unique needs of former Thoroughbred broodmares through demonstrations and panel discussions.

Symposium sessions will begin at 11:30 a.m., with an optional add-on tour of Spy Coast Farm starting at 9:30 a.m. The symposium will open with the following classroom sessions:

  • “Managing Broodmare Health” with Karen Wolfsdorf, DVM, SACT, Reproduction and Fertility, Hagyard Medical Institute
  • “Broodmare Marketing and Admin” with Hillary Ramspacher, Equine Administrator and Sales Coordinator for Burleson Farm and independent rehoming agent
  • “Nutrition for Transitioning Broodmares” with Catherine Whitehouse, Nutritionist at Kentucky Equine Research

Classroom sessions will be followed by a lunch break before the symposium heads to the arena for “Reconditioning the Broodmare,” presented by Larkspur Carroll, founder and owner of CORE Therapies, and Natanya Nieman, DVM, General Manager and Resident Veterinarian of WinStar Farm.

“Broodmares are often overlooked and even at risk after their breeding careers end, making their aftercare crucial,” Mareworthy founder Kyle Rothfus said. “I am incredibly thankful to the Retired Racehorse Project for creating the broodmare division at the Makeover, which shines a much-needed spotlight on their potential for a fulfilling third career. [I] am thrilled to partner with the RRP for this symposium to help educate more equestrians about this population of horses.”

Registration is now open for the Thoroughbred Broodmare Transition Symposium, with attendance options both in-person at Spy Coast Farm and virtually via livestream. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. The event is free for students; please contact the RRP at for a student code to acquire tickets. This event is made possible thanks to a grant from the ASPCA.

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