COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Equine Research Account Advisory Committee will hold its fourth annual Texas Race Horse Conference Jan. 11 at the Capital Marriott in Austin.
The race horse conference, which is coordinated by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, is held to disseminate the results of research projects funded by the TERAAC.
Extension horse specialist Dr. Doug Householder says that research projects such as musculoskeletal injuries, DNA typing in horses and the effects of Regumate (a hormone therapy drug) will be discussed by experts at the conference. Also, there will be a commercial trade show for conference participants.
“The risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries that occur in thoroughbred horses on the track is one of the projects that we are really looking forward to hearing the report on,” said Householder.
Householder also said that the five associations that race in Texas will be represented at the conference. That includes the Texas Appaloosa Horse Club Inc., the Texas Arabian Breeders’ Association, the Texas Paint Horse Breeders’ Association, the Texas Quarter Horse Association and the Texas Thoroughbred Association.
This year’s conference is dedicated to Dr. Bill Romane, professor emeritus of large animal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.
“One of the things that the Texas Equine Research Account Advisory Committee wanted to do was to identify someone that has made outstanding contributions to the Texas racing industry for a long period of time,” said Householder. “We’re very proud to dedicate the conference to Dr. Romane this year.”