Racing Investigator Certificate

The Equine Industry Program, in collaboration with the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), hosted the first-ever Racing Investigator Certificate Program virtually on October 5-6, 2020. Over 100 industry professionals participated …

The Equine Industry Program, in collaboration with the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), hosted the first-ever Racing Investigator Certificate Program virtually on October 5-6, 2020. Over 100 industry professionals participated in sessions that included horse and barn safety, searches, unsanctioned racing, and pari-mutuel wagering.  Sessions were led by industry professionals including Tom Sage, Executive...

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Students at the Derby

For the first time in history, the 2020 Kentucky Derby was run without fans on the first Saturday in September. Two Equine students work for trainers that had horses running in the Derby.  Here is what they had to say about this unique Derby Day: Many …

For the first time in history, the 2020 Kentucky Derby was run without fans on the first Saturday in September. Two Equine students work for trainers that had horses running in the Derby.  Here is what they had to say about this unique Derby Day: Many people dream of having a horse in the Derby...

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Return Trajectory

The Equine Industry Program welcomed two alumni back for Fall 2020 to teach as adjuncts in the program. Amy Lawyer, PhD (2006), works at the University of Kentucky in their Lexington Equine Extension office, lectures in UK’s Animal Science and Equine S…

The Equine Industry Program welcomed two alumni back for Fall 2020 to teach as adjuncts in the program. Amy Lawyer, PhD (2006), works at the University of Kentucky in their Lexington Equine Extension office, lectures in UK’s Animal Science and Equine Studies programs, and is teaching an Equine Leadership class. P.J. Anthony (2008) is an...

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Response to Kentucky Center for economic policy blog on “Taxing Betting Uniformly”

Executive Summary A recent blog by Pam Thomas of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) called for a 2% increase in the tax rate on Historical Horse Racing (referred to as Instant Racing) and advance deposit wagering (ADW) at Kentucky racetrack…

Executive Summary A recent blog by Pam Thomas of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) called for a 2% increase in the tax rate on Historical Horse Racing (referred to as Instant Racing) and advance deposit wagering (ADW) at Kentucky racetracks.  Research conducted by the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program found there would...

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Back in the saddle again: Equine Industry Program alums return to campus

Being able to give back as an alum can take many forms. One of the most effective ways is to return to the classroom as a guest speaker. Exposing Equine students to potential careers not only makes the classroom experience more dynamic, but guest alums…

Being able to give back as an alum can take many forms. One of the most effective ways is to return to the classroom as a guest speaker. Exposing Equine students to potential careers not only makes the classroom experience more dynamic, but guest alums add the aspirational factor—students can connect with those who have...

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Equine Industry Series a Runaway Success

The Equine Industry Program hosted a series of panels and guest speakers this fall centered around current topics in the racing industry. With the help of Horse Racing Nation, each night was live-streamed for those that couldn’t attend in person,…

The Equine Industry Program hosted a series of panels and guest speakers this fall centered around current topics in the racing industry. With the help of Horse Racing Nation, each night was live-streamed for those that couldn’t attend in person, and a recording of the live-stream is hosted on their website.  Over 2,500 people attended...

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See the World

Every other summer for the last decade, Equine students spend 10-14 days abroad on a trip that immerses them in the horse industry of a different country.  This summer, students spent 11 days in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay where the…

Every other summer for the last decade, Equine students spend 10-14 days abroad on a trip that immerses them in the horse industry of a different country.  This summer, students spent 11 days in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay where they experienced first-hand the similarities and differences between the U.S. and South American horse...

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Analytics Brief 2019-02

A Summary of the Senior Capstone Research Projects from the Spring 2019 Semester Steven S. Vickner, PhD, Associate Professor June 26, 2019 During my Spring 2019 senior capstone course, students completed a wide array of applied research projects. Seven…

A Summary of the Senior Capstone Research Projects from the Spring 2019 Semester Steven S. Vickner, PhD, Associate Professor June 26, 2019 During my Spring 2019 senior capstone course, students completed a wide array of applied research projects. Seven students used Microsoft Excel and multiple regression analysis to estimate hedonic pricing models of Thoroughbred yearlings,...

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