International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation (ITBF) Conference Registration

ITBF 2018 registration has closed, please contact Lauren Monnet at or 1-859-276-3897 if you would like to provide your flight information or need additional assistance.


Monday, October 29:

Delegate arrival
Check-in Hospitality room available at Marriott from 3pm-8pm

Tuesday, October 30:

Breakfast at Marriott
9:30am – Bus departure from hotel
10:00am – Custom Bourbon distillery tour at Buffalo Trace *Sponsored by:
11:45pm – Lunch catered on-site
1:45pm – Tour of Ashford Stud
3:45pm – Cocktail reception at Darby Dan
5:45pm – Bus departs Darby Dan back to Marriott Griffin gate

Wednesday, October 31:

Breakfast at Marriott
7:30am – Bus Departs for Fasig-Tipton, ITBF Vet Meeting check-in
*Vet meeting agenda on another schedule
12:00pm – Lunch in Seattle Slew Room at Fasig-Tipton
6:00pm – Bus departs Marriott Griffingate to Gluck Center Hall of Fame dinner at Hillary J. Boone Center
8:30pm– Bus departs dinner to return to Marriott Griffin Gate

Thursday, November 1:

Breakfast at Marriott
9:30am – ITBF meeting at Marriott
3:15pm– Bus returns to Marriott
4:00pm – Bus departs for Taylor Made Farm tour
4:30pm – 8:00pm Reception and dinner at Taylor Made Farm
8:30pm– Bus returns to Marriott Griffin Gate

Friday, November 2:

Breakfast at Marriott
10:00am – Bus departure for Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs
 BC seats and lunch located in Starting Gate Suites
6:30pm – Return from Churchill Downs

Saturday, November 3:

Breakfast at Marriott
9:00am – Bus departure for Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs
 BC seats and lunch located in Starting Gate Suites
6:30pm – Return from Churchill Downs

Sunday, November 4:

Breakfast at Marriott
10:30am – Departure for Claiborne Farm tour
12:00 – Depart Claiborne Farm to Gainesway Farm
12:30pm – Tour of Gainesway Farm (firm tour time)
1:30pm – Arrive at Keeneland for lunch
2:30pm – Tour Keeneland
3:30pm – Depart Keeneland for Marriott Hotel
5:00pm-6:00pm – Marriott shuttle bus available to Fasig-Tipton Sale
7:00pm-8:00pm– Marriott shuttle bus available for return to Marriott
(Dinner at your leisure)

Monday, November 5:

Breakfast at Marriott
8:30am – Departure to farm tour at WinStar Farm
10:15am – From WinStar Farm, depart to the Keeneland Sale
12:00pm – Lunch offered at Keeneland buffet
1:00pm – Bus departs Keeneland to Marriott Griffin Gate

About the International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation (ITBF)

History of the International Breeders Federation (ITBF)
Pre-2012 International Breeders’ Meeting (IBM)

During the 1950s and 60s, the Breeders’ Associations of Britain and Ireland (who share a common Stud Book) used to meet on a regular basis to discuss mutual issues. France joined them in 1968. This “Tripartite Group” met every year until 1973 with the venue alternating between the three countries. A representative from the USA joined shortly afterwards in 1974.

The whole purpose of these early meetings was to discuss problems common to each of those countries; to exchange information on equine diseases; to attempt to bring in uniform cataloguing standards, horse identity documentation, etc, and generally to obtain a better understanding of the breeding industry in each country.

In recent times the achievements of the ITBF are the establishment of the International Collating Centre in Newmarket; direct representation on the International Movement of Horses Committee; successful appeal to IATA to revise the conditions of air transport of pregnant mares, etc.

These four original countries considered themselves FULL members of this grouping. Other countries were initially invited as observers and later became Full Members having attended a sufficient number of Meetings. Current ITBF membership stands at sixteen Full Members from the major Thoroughbred producing countries of the world:

BRAZIL (2000)
CANADA (1983)
CHILE (2001)
FRANCE (original)
GERMANY (1985)
GREAT BRITAIN (original)
INDIA (2012)
IRELAND (original)
ITALY (1985)
JAPAN (2003)
USA (1974)

The ITBF ‘family’ also includes the following Associate Members; European Federation of TBAs (EFTBA); SWITZERLAND.

Historically, invitations have been issued to the widest possible range of countries, but sadly there is not always a response.

The emphasis at these meetings is on equine matters internationally. Over the years, we have achieved vast improvement in the wide dissemination of all kinds of equine information. Contacts have been made, and visitors from one country to another have been welcomed, due to links with these gatherings. Of the delegates present at meetings, most represent a country’s official Breeders’ Association. We do ask everyone to “Think International” during discussions, for that is the reason we are in existence!

At the 2012 meeting the IBM title was changed to emphasise the connection to the Thoroughbred, hence International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation (ITBF). The ITBF Mission Statement was also agreed:

• To provide a platform for member countries to reflect, solve problems, educate and create opportunities for mutual collaboration and assistance.
• To address the various external challenges and opportunities faced by the International Thoroughbred Breeding Industry.
• To act as a liaison body with racing and allied institutions and authorities, so that the International Thoroughbred Breeding Industry is represented and given space on worldwide forums.


Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
1800 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
(859) 231-5100

Hot breakfast included daily

Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup ticket pre-sale for ITBF delegates has closed but many other ticket options are available for purchase directly from Breeders’ Cup. An email will be sent to delegates with information on ticket availability June 1. For current ticket information visit



Local Airports

Blue Grass Airport

Lexington, KY (LEX airport code)
Airport is located 9.5 miles (14 minute drive) from the conference hotel
Transportation from the airport to the conference hotel:
Sedan $56.25 | SUV $68.25

Louisville International Airport

Louisville, KY (SDF airport code)
Airport is located 73.3 miles (approx. 1 hour drive) from the conference hotel
Transportation from the airport to the conference hotel:
Sedan $181.75 | SUV $204.25

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Hebron, KY (CVG airport code)
Airport is located 75.6 miles (approx. 1 hour drive) from the conference hotel
Transportation from the airport to the conference hotel:
Sedan $181.75 | SUV $204.25

Uber and Lyft also operate in Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati.
Pricing will depend on availability.

To schedule transportation with Gold Shield Transport visit
If you would like to speak with a Gold Shied representative call 1-859-255-6388

Conference Hotel:

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
1800 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Location: Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion

*Complimentary lunch provided
*No registration fee
*CE credits approved for attendees

The International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation Veterinary Meeting will embrace a range of presentations by internationally distinguished speakers on subjects of topical importance to veterinarians and members of the international Thoroughbred breeding industry at large. The program will comprise sessions on infectious disease updates from participating countries, biosecurity, genomics, and veterinary medicine and the Thoroughbred industry in the USA.

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