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MTA Offering Informational Seminars

The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association announced  a pair of seminars open to the public this summer.  On June 10, the very popular “Morning With a Trainer” is back, giving participants the opportunity to spend a morning with a trainer and get a feel for what goes in to training a racehorse.

In conjunction with the annual yearling sale, the MTA is offering a Pedigree and Conformation Clinic featuring Cargill’s Dr. Roy Johnson.  This seminar will take place on August 5 at 9:00 AM.  Please RSVP for either seminar to Kay King, Executive Director of the MTA at kay@minnesotabred.com.

A MORNING WITH A TRAINER 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.


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