The annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly will be held in Hollywood, Florida on Monday, January 19th and Tuesday, January 20th. A welcome cocktail reception will be held Sunday evening, January 18th. The Assembly is taking place following the Eclipse Award ceremonies, being held at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 17th.
The Assembly, a gathering of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse riders from across the United States, will focus on issues of importance to the members. In light of the on-track death of apprentice Juan Saez in October as well as other serious on-track injuries, safety issues will be at the forefront of discussions. Also, an awards celebration will be held to honor top Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred jockeys as well as others who have made significant contributions to the Jockeys’ Guild.
“This assembly is the one time of year that all of us, both Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred jockeys, have the opportunity to get together and discuss common issues and exchange ideas to improve conditions for jockeys,” said John Velazquez, Chairman of the Guild.
“The attendance and involvement of all of our members is essential in working to obtain benefits and improve safety conditions for all jockeys,” added G.R. Carter, Vice Chairman of the Guild.
“The Assembly is held in close proximity to both Gulfstream Park, which is conducting live Thoroughbred racing, and Hialeah, which is conducting live Quarter Horse racing,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “We need all members to make an effort to participate at this Assembly. It is important the riders are there to provide input on the important issues and future priorities of the Guild.”
Election of the 2015-2016 Board of Directors and Senate will also take place.
The 2015 Jockeys’ Guild Assembly will be held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida. For more information on the Assembly, contact the Jockeys’ Guild office at (859) 523-5625.
Contact: Jockeys’ Guild (859) 523-5625 or 1-866-465-6257