Category Archives: Membership Meeting

February Membership Meeting

Next Membership Meeting:

Kristina G. Lu, VMD, DACT

“Recent Topics in Reproduction”

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at Copper Roux

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Dr. Lu was raised in Philadelphia, PA. After practicing in Chester County, PA, she came to Hagyard in 2005. Her passion is Theriogenology (Animal Reproduction Specialist). Her proudest personal accomplishment is having cycled from Santa Monica to Washington D.C. with her Dad.

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• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. Monday, February 20th, 2017.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• We no longer reserve extra seating for walk-ins – please check ahead for space created by cancellations
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
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Members who have paid there 2017 dues will be ablel to pick up their 2017 KTFMC Directory at the meeting!

Pay your dues at: https://ktfmc.org/membership-dues/

Make sure you list all members’ names in the bottom box that are included in the dues payment.

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January Membership Meeting- Senator Ralph Alvarado

Next Membership Meeting:

Senator Ralph A. Alvarado

January 25th, 2017
at Fasig-Tipton

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Ralph A. Alvarado (born April 30, 1970) is an American physician and Republican politician. He serves as member of the Kentucky Senate from the 28th District (Clark, Fayette, Montgomery counties), being first elected in 2014.  He is the first Hispanic elected to the Kentucky General Assembly; his father is from Costa Rica and his mother is from Argentina.

Alvarado was born in San Francisco and raised in Pacifica and San Jose, California. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose in 1988.  He graduated from Loma Linda University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and completed an MD from the same university in 1994.  He completed his residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

He spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention on the third night of the Convention.

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 • RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. January 22nd, 2017.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Fasig Tipton
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Next Membership Meeting: Dr. Brian D. Nielsen

Next Membership Meeting, October 11th at Copper Roux

Dr. Brian D. Nielsen

Critical factors influencing equine skeletal strength:  

What research has shown us


Dr. Brian D. Nielsen completed his undergraduate degree in Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and received both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.  He currently is a professor of Equine Exercise Physiology in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University where he has a teaching and research appointment.  Dr. Nielsen has authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers and nearly 200 book chapters, conference papers, and abstracts, and has secured $1.5 million in research funding.  In addition, he has often been invited to speak to various audiences having given 39 invited international talks in countries such as Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Norway, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates.  He also has given dozens of invited talks at national meetings and 57 invited talks within the state of Michigan.  He frequently writes articles for popular press publications such as the Thoroughbred Times, Speedhorse, and the American Quarter Horse Racing Journal. He is an active member of the American Society of Animal Science, the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and served as the President of the Equine Science Society – an organization that presented him with the “Outstanding Young Equine Professional Award” in 2001.  Additionally, he was awarded the “Outstanding Teacher Award” at the Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Science and the American Dairy Science Association in 2005 and the “Equine Science Award” by the American Society of Animal Science and Equine Science Society in 2010.  Besides being on the editorial board for the Journal of Animal Science, The Professional Animal Scientist, and the international journal Comparative Exercise Physiology, he is a Diplomat in the American College of Animal Nutritionists and served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Horses.


• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. October 9th, 2016.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
• Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Next Membership Meeting: Steve Koch

Next Membership Meeting:

Steve Koch

“Racetrack operations, industry integrity, and economic insight.”

May 25th, 2016 at Fasig Tipton

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Toronto Ont.Sept14, 2014.Woodbine Racetrack.WEG Vice President thorougbred racing .Steve Koch. michael burns photo
Toronto Ont.Sept14, 2014.Woodbine Racetrack.WEG Vice President thorougbred racing .Steve Koch. michael burns photo

Steve Koch joined the NTRA in 2015 as the Executive Director of the Safety & Integrity Alliance, the thoroughbred industry’s accreditation program for national uniform racetrack safety and integrity standards. The 23 Alliance accredited racetracks host 90% of graded stakes and over 70% of wagering on thoroughbred races in the United States and Canada.

Steve previously served 12 years at Canada’s Woodbine Racetrack, where he was Vice President of Racing from 2008 to 2015. As vice president he oversaw all aspects of the Thoroughbred racing product as well as the company’s Racing Surfaces, Grounds and Stables, and Fleet divisions. During Steve’s term as vice president Woodbine enjoyed 40% wagering growth, continuous industry Best Practice ratings from the Safety & Integrity Alliance, and a considerable rebound from the collapse of Ontario’s Slots at Racetracks Program. In 2014/2015 Steve lead the business case and decision process that culminated in Woodbine’s $8 million main track synthetic surface replacement in 2016.

Throughout his career Steve has leveraged thoroughbred industry data for unique economic and business analyses. His series of econometric wagering demand models have been discussed at industry forums such as the University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing and the University of Louisville Equine Business Program.

Prior to Woodbine, Steve worked for Keeneland and he was raised as a horseman at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Kentucky.

Steve participates on various industry boards including the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, The American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition, and the Welfare and Safety Summit’s Racing Equipment & Safety Committee.

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 • RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. May 20th, 2016.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Fasig Tipton
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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January 19th Membership Meeting

Next Membership Meeting:

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles

January 19th, 2015 at
Copper Roux

861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504

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Ryan Quarles grew up on his family’s farm in Scott County, with a family that has lived in central Kentucky for over 200 years.   Mr. Quarles completed three undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees in just four years at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 2006.

In 2008, Harvard University awarded Mr. Quarles a full scholarship on the Zuckerman fellowship, which enabled him to continue his studies at the Harvard graduate school of education, the Kennedy school of government and Harvard law school.

In 2009 he graduated from Harvard with a master’s degree in higher education before moving back to Kentucky to finish his last year of law school.  Returning to Kentucky Mr. Quarles was elected to the Kentucky general assembly in 2010, representing Scott, Owen and Fayette counties.

Mr. Quarles has served as the vice-chairman of the house judiciary committee, and served on the agriculture committee, the tobacco master settlement oversight committee, and the banking and insurance committee.

Mr. Quarles continues to help on the family farm in Scott County.  However now, Mr. Quarles is embarking on a new course – that of Kentucky’s newly-elected commissioner of agriculture.  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome commissioner-elect, Ryan Quarles.


• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. January 15th, 2015.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux (located at 861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 – See map below and in confirmation Email)
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Next membership Meeting: September 9th

Bryan Fraley, DVM & Cage Cruise, DVM

September 9th, 2015 at
Copper Roux

(861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40502)
A link to driving directions will be on RSVP confirmation Email

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Dr. Bryan Fraley has been proudly affiliated with the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute since 2009.  Bryan was born in Central Kentucky but was raised on a commercial cattle ranch in Western Colorado.  He started shoeing his own ranch horses at the age of 15 which quickly morphed into a fulltime shoeing business.  He received his DVM from Colorado State University in 2004.  Following an internship and employment at a large referral Equine hospital, he established Fraley Equine Podiatry.  He and his team have been providing quality podiatry care nationally and internationally since 2009.  Fraley Equine Podiatry has grown from just Bryan and his bookkeeper/mother to 11 talented and dedicated employees in only 5 years.  Bryan especially enjoys treating Thoroughbred broodmares with foot problems as they often become long term patients.  He gets a great deal of satisfaction seeing their new foals go on to become successful racehorses.  Bryan is actively involved in the racing industry and can be found most Saturday mornings watching one of his horses work at the training center.  In late August he and his wife Peden had their first child Adeline.  Lately he is enjoying traveling less and spending time with Peden and Addie.


Cage CruiseDr. Cruise was born and raised in southern Mississippi, and later went on to attend both undergraduate and veterinary school at Mississippi State University.  He also attended Oklahoma Horseshoeing School after his freshman year at MSU. He went on to receive his Certified Farrier accreditation from the American Farrier’s Association during his senior year of veterinary school. After graduating in 2013 from MSU’s College of Veterinary Science he took an associate position with Southern Equine Associates in Pilot Point, TX. Dr. Cruise joined the team at Fraley Equine Podiatry in June, 2014. He has a special interest in sport horses, western performance horses and laminitis. He enjoys team roping and working his Catahoula dogs.

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• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. September6th, 2015.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux (located at 861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 – See map below and in confirmation Email)
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Next Membership Meeting:

Dr. Dionne Benson

Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC), COO

May  13th, 2015 at
Copper Roux

(861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40502)
A link to driving directions will be on RSVP confirmation Email

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Dionne Benson RMTC Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Dionne Benson assumed her position at the RMTC in July 2012. Dr. Benson provides administrative oversight of RMTC-funded research projects, the implementation of world-class laboratory drug testing standards, and the development and promotion of uniform medication rules, policies and guidelines.

A native of the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, Dr. Benson completed a veterinary internship at the acclaimed Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., prior to her role at the RMTC. As a veterinary intern, Dr. Benson rotated through the areas of surgery, anesthesia and medicine, and was responsible for primary patient care. Dr. Benson also completed a summer research project under Dr. Troy Trumble at the University of Minnesota, in which she designed and executed a clinical study on peri-neural and intra-articular joint blocks.

In addition, Dr. Benson has worked as a veterinary assistant to Dr. V. Don Newcomb at Canterbury Park and as a detention barn technician for the Minnesota State Veterinarian’s office.
Prior to her veterinary medicine pursuits, Dr. Benson practiced law for eight years, serving as an adjunct faculty member at the William Mitchell College of Law, and as an attorney for the National Arbitration Forum and at Larkin, Hoffman, Daly and Lindgren, Ltd. in Minneapolis, Minn.

Dr. Benson received her B.S. and D.V.M. from the University of Minnesota, and J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Dr. Benson has garnered many awards, scholarships and grants, including the ACVS Foundation Student Surgical Proficiency Award for Excellence in Large Animal Surgery (April 2011), Bayer Healthcare Legend Award in Equine Medicine (April 2011), Julie Hanzlik Memorial Scholarship (April 2011), American Livestock / Hiscox Insurance Company / AAEP Scholarship (December 2010), Winner’s Circle Scholarship (April 2010), and the Morris Animal Foundation Summer Student Research Grant Recipient (June 2009).

See more at: http://rmtcnet.com/content_bios.asp#sthash.gP9wKh54.dpuf

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• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. May 10th, 2015.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux (located at 861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 – See map below and in confirmation Email)
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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April 14th Membership Meeting: Trainer’s Panel

Next Membership Meeting

Tuesday April 14th, 2015 at
Copper Roux

(861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40502
Map will be on RSVP confirmation Email.)

Trainer’s Panel:

Hellen Pitts-Blasi, Ian Wilkes & Ron Moquett

with Mike Penna moderating!

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• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. April 10th, 2015.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited. We no longer reserve extra seats.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux (located at 861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 – See map below and in confirmation Email)
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
• Do NOT RSVP by replying to this Email, please follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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