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TOC Hosts Successful Conformation Clinic

More than 35 people braved the heat to attend TOC’s Conformation Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Santa Anita. Armed with chilled bottles of water, the participants headed out to the Santa Anita barn area, where they were treated to excellent hands-on presentations by trainers Matt Chew, Phil D’Amato, Ron Ellis and Howard Zucker.

“We felt welcome in the barn and I like that it didn’t feel rushed. Answered all questions in great detail. I learned a lot I didn’t know before!” (clinic attendee)

The trainers brought out horses to clearly illustrate horse anatomy — pointing out conformation flaws as well as correctness. Participants were also encouraged to ask questions during the program.

“I had a wonderful time, and this will enhance my days at the Breeders’ Cup.” (clinic attendee)

Attendees left with a packet of diagrams and information about horse conformation, free passes to the races compliments of Santa Anita, and a better overall understanding of what makes a “fast horse.” For information about upcoming TOC events, be sure to visit our Events page.

SONY DSCChecking in for the Conformation Clinic.

SONY DSCTrainer Howard Zucker demonstrates conformation points.


SONY DSCTrainer Matt Chew during his presentation.

SONY DSCTrainer Phil D’Amato with one of his trainees.