Reproductive Efficiency in the Thoroughbred

A day of lectures in memory of Gerald Leigh is scheduled to be held on 7th June 2022 at  Tattersalls in Newmarket. BCET organises these lectures on behalf of the Gerald Leigh Charitable Trust in recognition of Mr Leigh’s achievements as a racehorse owner and breeder and his passion for scientific knowledge and the welfare of the horses he loved.

The theme of the 2022 Gerald Leigh Memorial lectures is “Thoroughbred Reproductive Efficiency”. We are very lucky to have already secured four world renowned international speakers on this topic.

Dr Mandi De Mestre, is a Reader in Reproductive Immunology at The Royal Veterinary College, London. Mandi’s research group focuses on the immunobiology of the maternal-fetal interface, with a particular interest in pregnancy-related conditions in the mare in both normal pregnancy and those pregnancies that fail. Mandi’s most recent research projects i) Genetics of early pregnancy loss in Thoroughbreds (funded by Thoroughbred Breeders Association) and (ii) Unravelling genetic and environmental contributions to abortions associated with umbilical pathologies (funded by Alborada Trust) are the two topics that she will be speaking on.

Dr Karen Wolfsdorf is a board certified Theriogenologist and partner at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Kentucky. Dr. Wolfsdorf and her husband are also involved as owners and breeders in the Thoroughbred industry. Dr. Wolfsdorf’s main area of interest is infertility in the mare and problems during pregnancy and she will be lecturing on both management of the barren mare to optimise fertility and how monitoring and treating late term high risk pregnancies can improve foaling outcomes.

Dr. Charles Love is a professor in the Department of large Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A & M university and is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists. Dr Love is an internationally recognized authority on stallion reproduction. Dr. Love’s research focuses on the relationship of sperm laboratory measures to fertility, improving techniques for collection, analysis, and storage of semen, and development of record-analysis systems for critically studying the fertility of stallions and will be lecturing on these topics.

Dr Dominki Burger is a professor at the Swiss Institute of Equine Medicine and has published extensive research on both mare and stallion reproductive behaviour. Dr Burger will be lecturing on this fascinating topic and sharing his research on how the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) social signalling affects reproductive strategies of stallions and mares.


GLML Programme 2022