The Indiana Thoroughbred Alliance (ITA), a newly founded group dedicated to helping educate, inspire and support those interested in the Indiana horse racing industry, is proud to announce their first educational event. On Saturday, December 5, the ITA will present “Pedigree Research and Purposeful Pedigrees” with guest speaker, Robert Keck, Bloodstock Consultant at Kentucky’s Crestwood Farm.
The event is free and open to anyone interested in breeding Thoroughbreds.
The event is the first in a series of activities the ITA will host in the coming months, all aimed at helping to educate breeders and those looking to get into breeding. Susan Burger, a longtime broodmare manager and now owner of Indiana’s Ledgerwood Farm, is the Co-Vice President of the ITA, and organizer of the seminar.
“The ITA wanted to open up the avenue of continuing education for the breeders of Indiana,” Burger explains. “We want to help breeders, and those interested in getting into breeding, to learn what they need to look for when it comes to booking a stallion to their mare, or even purchasing a broodmare.”
The group is excited to welcome Keck to Indiana for the seminar so he can share his many years of experience as a bloodstock agent and pedigree analyst. “The knowledge that Robert has is just incredible,” says Burger. “Even breeders who have been active for many years can still learn a great deal from Robert.”
Keck has business degrees from both the University of Louisville Equine Business Administration Program and the University of Southern California. He has completed both the Irish National Stud Course and the Taylor Made Intern Program. A hands-on horseman, Keck has worked for Crestwood Farm since 1994. His recent achievements include planning the matings of two 2019 multiple Grade 1 winning millionaires: Got Stormy and Bowies Hero.
Keck will be discussing what he looks for in researching a mare’s pedigree, how to do that research yourself and finding the best fit for mares and stallions.
The seminar will be held at the Painted Hills Clubhouse in Martinsville, Indiana, starting at 1 pm EST on December 5. Registration is free and refreshments will be provided. Attendees are asked to adhere to COVID-19 regulations by wearing facial coverings and practicing social distancing where available.