You’ve undoubtedly heard there’s an international horse racing convention coming to Saratoga this summer, but what is Equestricon™ and why should you care?
Well, for the first time ever, everyone from casual fans and horseplayers to owners, trainers and other industry professionals will get together under one roof to celebrate the sport of racing. More than 45 panels, workshops, seminars and other exclusive events make the program one you won’t want to miss.
The best part? Equestricon™ will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center August 14-15, 2017 – during the heart of Saratoga’s track season. In the days after the conference ends, you can take what you learned and put it immediately to use, continue networking with new friends and other racing fans, and enjoy all that Saratoga Springs has to offer! (Trust us on this: you’ll want to extend your stay in Saratoga to enjoy the track – we guarantee you won’t be tempted to skip out early on any of the panel discussions to sneak in some time at the track.)
Equestricon™ is the casual fan’s chance to deepen their knowledge of the sport and the industry veteran’s opportunity to expand their reach. From panels to networking to a racing-themed arcade to the chance to name a racehorse, there’s something for fans of all ages and at all levels of the sport. The first-ever Equestricon™ is truly an all-access pass to everything racing.
Why Should You Equestricon™?
… Do you want to find a job in racing and network with racing fans, celebrities, and industry professionals?
… Or perhaps you want to meet your racing heroes at autograph signings and meet-and-greets with Team Secretariat, Triple Crown-winning jockeys, and other Hall of Famers.
… Are you looking for access to dozens of expert panels on everything from the greatest calls in the history of the sport to discussions on social media and marketing in racing or what it takes to own a racehorse?
… We’d lay odds some of you are most interested in stopping by the handicapping and betting workshops, with everything you’ve ever needed to know about betting from some of the most famous horseplayers in the world.
… But maybe you’re mostly looking forward to spending time at the Equestricade horse racing themed arcade, or Leland’s Auction Appraisal Station where you can find out what your racing memorabilia is worth.
…Of course, why you should attend Equestricon™ just might be all of the above and more!
Our Favorite Equestricon™ Program Highlights
This add-on experience is your chance to experience the Racing Hall of Fame in a whole new way. Long-time NYRA race caller Tom Durkin’s tour will be giving his personal spin on some of racing’s greatest moments and most important figures.
Ever wondered what it’s like to have the whole world watching, waiting with baited breath to see if you can bring home racing’s most coveted title? This panel discussion is your opportunity to learn what it was like to bring home the Triple Crown and ride greats like Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed. The panel is presented by JockeyTalk360 and will be moderated by NBC Sports’ Donna Brothers.
Want to get your foot in the barn door but not sure how? Learn from this panel of young and emerging racing professionals with jobs that have to do with nearly every corner of the industry. Presented by America’s Best Racing and moderated by Dan Tordjman, this is probably one of the best learning and networking opportunities on the program.
Are you interested in owning a racehorse? Learn from the heads of several racing partnerships to learn how to lower the barriers to entry with fractional membership in a syndicate.
If you wish there were bedtime stories about some of the best wins in racing history, you need to attend this panel. But there won’t be any sleeping. Expect a thrilling discussion of winning the biggest races in the sport and how to get there.
This year is the 10th anniversary of this racing documentary. The film traces the careers of several 2006 Derby horses and will be followed up with a Q&A with one of the filmmakers, John Hennegan, trainer Dale Romans, and other special guests from the movie.
This brunch add-on is a must-attend for anyone interested in racing fashion. Presented by StarLadies Racing, the fashion showcase will feature the up and coming designs you must have for racing season.
Why Equestricon™ & Saratoga Springs Are a Perfect Match
For Saratoga residents and visitors from all over the world, track season during a Saratoga summer is a horse racing lover’s paradise. Saratoga in the summer can sometimes even feel like an extended convention for the horse racing enthusiasts and industry professionals who converge on our small Upstate NY city for weeks of racing, great restaurants, and swapping advice and stories during summer evenings by the lake. This summer, that feeling will become finally become reality when Equestricon™ comes to the Saratoga Springs City Center in August!
Whether you just love visiting the track or have spent your entire life on the backstretch and around the racetrack, Equestricon™ is the only convention where you are guaranteed to find a panel, discussion, activity, or new contact that will ensure you come away with a greater appreciation for the sport of racing.