The Jockey Club of Canada Members Event on October 25, 2014 was a lively event with The Jockey Club of Canada (JCC) Members hearing from three entertaining and informative guest speakers.

First up was one of the world’s top female jockeys, Emma-Jayne Wilson, who provided an entertaining recap of her success at Ascot Racecourse this past August.  Wilson was the winner of two races during Ascot’s annual International Jockey Challenge on August 9 which included a win aboard Don’t Call Me in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile.  This was the third time Wilson had been invited by Ascot to participate on the Girls’ team in the Competition, she had previously competed in 2006 and 2012 without a win at the historic racecourse.

Next Stacie Clark-Rogers of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) spoke to the JCC Members about the mandate of the TAA and the many ways that the Thoroughbred industry in North America is helping to fund the aftercare facilities across North America that care for our Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers.

The key-note speaker for the JCC Member event was Dr. Mick Peterson from the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory and the University of Maine.  Dr. Peterson provided the Members with a wealth of information and data on the different types of racing surfaces throughout North America which has been gathered through extensive research at the not-for-profit testing laboratory.

A question period followed and Dr. Peterson was able to touch on the benefits and challenges associated with each type of racing surface, specific to racing in a Canadian climate.

“Given Dr. Mick Peterson’s vast experience in studying and planning horse racetrack surfaces around ‎the world, Mick provided the JCC membership with interesting and valuable insight on the installation and maintenance of various racing surfaces,” said Chief Steward, James Lawson, “This topic is currently a matter of discussion in many racing jurisdictions.” 

The Jockey Club of Canada welcomes eight new members

The Jockey Club of Canada continues to attract and recruit Members who are passionate and dedicated to thoroughbred racing in Canada.  The initiatives of the Club continue to evolve with the industry.  Funding, support and innovative ideas from dedicated individuals is necessary to ensure the future success of this much needed independent national organization.

The newly elected members of The Jockey Club of Canada for 2014 are; Ivan Dalos, Gabe Grossberg, Brereton Jones, Greg Lang, Kenneth Lyons, Shawn Minshall, Frank Romeo, and Heino Vesik, were welcomed as Members by Chief Steward James (Jim) Lawson.  Each of the new Members were nominated and appointed by The Jockey Club of Canada Nomination Committee and then approved by all Members in attendance at the annual Member Meeting in July, 2014.

There are now 86 Members on the Jockey Club of Canada’s Roster for 2014 – 2015 including eleven Stewards; Chair, James Lawson, Jeffrey Begg, Mark Casse, Frank DiGiulio, Nick Eaves, Geordie Hendrie, Robert Krembil, Charles Overland, R. Glenn Sikura, John Unger and Harvey Warner

Sovereign Awards Party next Jockey Club of Canada Event

The next Jockey Club of Canada event is the 40th Annual Sovereign Awards Party and will be held the evening before the start of Woodbine’s 2015 Thoroughbred race meet in April.  Attendance is open to the public and tickets include a red carpet and bubbly reception, a magnificent buffet dinner along with the presentation of the awards for Canada’s Thoroughbred Champions of 2014.  Tickets are $250 (plus tax) each or table of 10 for $2400 (plus tax) and can be reserved now by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada 416-675-7756 or

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry and to promote improvements to Thoroughbred racing and breeding, both in Canada and internationally. The mandate of the Club has evolved somewhat throughout the years and today the purpose of Corporation is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; encouraging and facilitating new ownership and participation in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.