Update on Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

Thank you for your support….

The partnership of the Amateur Assoc. and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation was a big success.  We were able to raise over $11,000, with your help!  100% of this money will go directly towards equine research.  Exposure of our name and who we are was seen and heard on Grayson’s web site, FB, charity events, and horse events hosted by Grayson.  Events such as      at the KY Horse Park throughout the summer.

In conjunction with the Golden Horse Challenge was also a sweepstakes.  Prizes were randomly awarded to participants who entered the sweepstakes.  No purchase was necessary.  Golden Horse Challenge Winners are:

  • Stallion Halter, Alternation from Pin Oak Stud. https://pinoakstud.com/stallions/alternation  – Helen Fleming, MS
  • Bluegrass experience, Six (6) box seats at Keeneland Racecourse, Lexington, KY, a tour for 6 of a Kentucky horse farm, a tour for 6 of a Kentucky bourbon distillery – Gary & Jean Plankenhorn, PA
  • Framed Print by Artist Robert Clark, https://www.facebook.com/RobertClarkArtist/ – Martha Hoff, NJ
  • Grayson Swag Bag – Victoria Cole, NY
  • Breeder’s Cup Tickets – David and Wendy Remus, MN,

Congratulations everyone.  Of course, the real winners are our horses.  Grayson is one of the nation’s leading source of equine research funding.  For 2019 an allotment of $1,338,858 was distributed.  Which brings the Foundation’s totals since 1983 to more than $27.5 million to underwrite 366 projects at 44 universities.  University’s across the country submit research applications to the Grayson 32 panel of experts for evaluation.  Current universities receiving grants this year included University California Davis, Texas A & M, Cornell, Purdue, The Ohio State University, Univ. of Penn., Colorado State, and more.  Big names to say the least.

A few examples of Grayson funded research have resulted in the following:

  • The first vaccine for equine influenza,
  • Identified the cause of virus abortion and led to the vaccine
  • Defined the nature of the Wobbler Syndrome.
  • Developed vaccine for Equine Viral Arteritis.
  • Corrected assumptions about the actual cause of abortion in placentitis cases.

Current and recent projects have and are addressing such subjects as:

  • Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome
  • Clearer understanding of equine gastric ulcers.
  • Solving the Laminitis puzzle.
  • Factors involved in Vesticular Stomatitis in horses.
  • Use of stem cells for cartilage repair.

Their web site, Grayson-JockeyClub.org, will explain a lot more of what they do, how they do it, and how they manage the funds.

Thank you,

Marleen Cowie

Amateur Assoc. President