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Genetics seminar to be held in Kentucky

A COLLECTION of the world's leading thoroughbred geneticists will gather for the first Thoroughbred Pedigree and Genetics Symposium, to be held in Kentucky on October 11.

The event is to be staged by The Blood-Horse magazine in conjunction with Pedigree Consultants.

An announcement said, "The 2010 Thoroughbred Pedigree and Genetics Symposium will bring together six internationally-known speakers who are leaders in their respective fields to discuss thoroughbred pedigree analysis and genetics.

"The goals of the symposium are to educate Thoroughbred breeders about progress and new discoveries in the field of equine pedigrees and genetics, create awareness of tools and technology available and to provide a networking opportunity for international participants of the breeding industry."

Among the speakers will be Dr Emmeline Hill, whose Equinome Ltd launched the speed gene test this year which categorises a horse by its muscle type, linked to its suitability towards sprint, middle-distance or staying races.

Also talkingwill be Dr Stephen Harrison, whose Thoroughbred Genetics Ltd offers a range of genetic tests from its Kent laboratory, and Dr Matthew Binns, formerly of the Animal Health Trust who is now based in Kentucky where he offers genetic testing for thoroughbreds.

The other speakers will be Alan Porter, of Pedigree Consultants, Robert Fierro, from Datatrack International and Gary Falter, representing The Jockey Club Information Systems.

Stacy Bearse, president and CEO of Blood-Horse Publications, said: "The field of pedigree analysis and thoroughbred genetics has changed dramatically in recent years.

"There's a lot more information and services available to thoroughbred breeders throughout theworld to help them make better and more informed decisions about breeding and racing thoroughbreds.

"The aim is to bring together the best of this field to speak on one day and to give thoroughbred breeders, owners, trainers, andeven veterinarians an insight into the leading edge of thoroughbred pedigree analysis and genetics."




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