About ITA WTC WDC
ITA
International Trotting Association

The International Trotting Association was founded in 1969 and the first conference took place in Ohio, United States of America.

Organisations from 19 countries together with the European Trotting Union are members of the ITA.

WTC
World Trotting Conference

Every second year the members of the International Trotting Association meet at the World Trotting Conference.

This years conference will take place in Stockholm, Sweden on May 27 – 31. The venue is the centrally located Clarion Sign Hotel.

WDC
World Driving Championship

The first World Driving Champion was Herve Filion of Canada in 1970. The 2019 Championship is hosted by Sweden and will take place at five different tracks on May 24 – 31.

The defending champion James MacDonald will meet eleven other drivers from eleven countries.

The Conference with 5 committees

At the World Trotting Conference the five standing committees have their meetings.

Each day of the conference there is also a plenary session where guest speakers have been invited. The theme of the conference is CHANGE.

At the General Assembly of the final day the recommendations of the committees are presented to the delegates for approval.

  • Breeding Committee
  • Constitution and Regulation Committee
  • Equine Health and Integrity Committee
  • Marketing and Business Development
  • Racing and Wagering Committee
EVENTS TIMELINE
Conference Schedule
Constitution Committee

09:30 – 12:30 C2

The Constitution Committee has its meeting.

Lunch 12:30 - 13:30
Plenary Session: Change – SPORTS AND BUSINESS

13:30 – 17:00 C12

The first plenary session will begin with conference opening ceremonies. Our first guest speaker will then talk about sports and business, how are tensions between commercial and non-for profit logics managed within sports? How do we professionalise our sport offices?

  • Introduction
  • Keynote Address
  • Guest Speaker Martin Carlson-Wall, Associate Professor, Stockholm School of Economics. Founder of Center for Sports and Business. Read more
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break – Swedish Fika
  • Guest Speaker TBA
  • Question Time
Evening
Welcome Party

19:00 – 23:00 C12

We will meet and get to know each other at an informal welcome function with a Swedish touch with Swedish buffet, snaps and snapsvisor/songs.

With the help of Alicia Vikander you can practise the snapsvisa Helan Går: Helan Går with Alicia Vikander

Dress Code: Casual

Plenary Session: Change – A DIGITAL WORLD

09:00 – 12:30 C12

The second plenary session of the conference begins with a recap and a report from the driving championship. Then we can look forward to an interesting morning with two very inspiring guest speakers.

  • Recap from first day and report from World Driving Championship
  • Guest Speaker Daniel Daboczy, CEO and co-founder of FundedByMe
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
  • Guest Speaker Alexander Bard,  cyberphilosopher, music producer, television star, highly sought-after international speaker and successful breeder of a Swedish Derby winner. Read more
  • Question Time
Lunch 12:30 - 13:30
Breeding Committee

The Breeding Committee has its first meeting

13:30 – 16:30 C1

Marketing and Business Development Committee

The Marketing and Business Development Committee has its first meeting

13:30 – 16:30 C2

Evening
WDC races at the Sundbyholm race track

17:30 – 18:30 Bus to Sundbyholm

18:30 – 21:30 BBQ at the race track

We travel to the Sundbyholm race track outside Eskilstuna. Here we will have a tent with BBQ at our disposal as we chear for the drivers in the World Championship.

Dress Code: Casual

Plenary Session: EQUINE RESEARCH

09:00 – 12:30 C12

This is the day when the plenary session focus on equine research and the all-over importance of healthy and prosperous horses.

  • Recap from second day and report from World Driving Championship
  • Guest Speaker Marie Rhodin, DVM, associate Professor in equine clinical biomechanics at the department of Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – SLU Presentation at SLU web
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
  • Guest Speaker Sofia Mikko, Section head at SLU’s Animal Genetics Laboratory Presentation at SLU web
  • Question Time
Lunch 12:30 - 13:30
Breeding Committee

The Breeding Committee has its second meeting

13:30 – 15:30 C1

Marketing and Business Development Committee

The Marketing and Business Development Committee has its second meeting

13:30 – 15:30 C2

Evening Free
VOLUNTARY STUDY TOUR TO MENHAMMAR BREEDING FARM

16:00  Bus to Menhammar

For those interested there will be a study tour to Swedens largest breeding farm Menhammar with the stallions Maharajah, Nuncio, Fourth Dimension, Chocolatier, From Above and Panne de Moteur at the farm.

Plenary Session: Change – RACE BETTING

09:00 – 12:30 C12

Today the focus is on the important funding of the horse racing industry and the change today and tomorrow of the race betting

  • Recap from third day and report from World Driving Championship
  • Guest Speaker Hans Lord Skarplöth, CEO ATG
  • Guest Speaker TBA
  • Guest Speaker TBA
10:50 – 11:20 Coffee Break
  • Panel discussions with ATG and TBA (to be announced)
Lunch 12:30 - 13:30
Equine Health and Integrity Committee

The Equine Health and Integrity Committee has its first meeting

13:30 – 16:30 C1

Racing and Wagering Committee

The Racing and Wagering Committee has its first meeting

13:30 – 16:30 C2

Evening

17:30 – 17:45 Bus to Djurgården

18:00 – 22:00ABBA the Museum and dinner

We will have two hours at  ABBA the Museum

Dinner att Pop House were we will have the restaurant at our exclusive disposal.

Dress Code: Casual

Equine Health and Integrity Committee

09:00 – 11:00 C1

The Equine Health and Integrity Committee has its second meeting

Racing and Wagering Committee

09:00 – 11:00 C2

The Racing and Wagering Committee has its second meeting

Lunch 12:30 - 13:30
Summary of Conference Recommendations and Conference Closing

13:30 – 17:30 C12

At the final days General Assembly the recommendations of the committees will be presented to the delegates for approval. The winners of the Media Awards will be presented.

  • Recap from fourth day
  • Speakers Corner
  • Media Awards
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break – Swedish Fika
  • General Assembly with the recommendations of the committees
  • Presentation of the host of World Trotting Conference and World Driving Championship 2021
Evening
Gala Dinner together with WDC participants

19:30 – 24:00 Gala Dinner at Groupe Grenouille Banquet Hall

The splendid Banquet Hall from the the late 19th century with its white and gold interior will be the perfect setting for our Grand Finale.

Dress Code: Business Casual

MEDIA POLICY of wtc2019

The World Trotting Conference is not open to the public but there will be a limited amount of space for representatives of media who are intending to actively report on the conference. Each person must be accredited in advance.

Those accredited representatives of media are welcome at the plenary sessions, but not other activities of the conference.

Media outlets that wish to make sound or image recording at the Conference must have prior consent of the individual speaker.

For accreditation the listed information should be sent to

  • Name of person and country
  • Publication / Outlet
  • Email address to the person to be accredited
  • Intent for attending WTC2019
  • Which plenary sessions as to schedule above