2005 CONA Convention
March 10th, 11th & 12th
Louisville KY






Our Host Company Dave & Julie Davis, Louisville Horse Trams

Dave and I are excited about hosting the 2005 CONA convention here in Louisville and have planned a mixture of formal and informal activities that will enhance your knowledge as a commercial carriage operator.

We'll start tour day early, taking a bus to Lexington at 8 am. The trip itself will pass through several of the rolling thoroughbred farms that breed those million dollar race horses. Our first stop will be at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital . This is a world renown facility and the tour will last about an hour. Most procedures, including surgeries, are performed in front of observation windows. After a quick lunch at Cracker Barrel, we will be on our way to the Kentucky Horse Park. The first 2 hours will be a guided tour ending at 3 pm at the draft horse barn and a carriage ride. You'll also meet Tracy Walker, one of our speakers on Friday, as she is in charge that facility. After that, we will be on our own for 2 hours so members can explore the Horse Park independently.
                                                                                                                  Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
We should arrive back at the hotel around 6:30. Since Louisville is considered "the River City", what better place to have a casual dinner than on a paddlewheeler docked at the foot of the hotel! We will remain docked so that people can come and go at their leisure.

If members tire of networking, they can walk or call for a carriage to take them up into town. 4th Street Live is our new entertainment district which includes a Hard Rock Cafe, Borders, Lucky Strike Bowling & Bar, and a variety of nightclubs.

Enough fun, Friday it's time to get to work. In the morning sessions, we will hear from Dr. Jeff Willard, DVM on homeopathic treatments with horses, and Ms. Tracy Walker on carriage and driving safety issues. After lunch at the Galt House, our traditional marketing round robin activity will take place. Between 3 and 4 PM, we will shuttle people over to Louisville Horse Trams for a tour of our barn. Carriages will return members back to the hotel or up into town. Friday night is open and on your own.

Saturday morning, both sessions will be Mr. Barry Moore, an attorney who has owned a carriage company. He will talk on several topics including contracts, employee handbooks, and what to do in case of an accident. Barry feels it would be helpful to him to receive some SAMPLES of some contracts since we have a variety of businesses. Some of us hawk rides, some just do special events, some of us do both. If members wanted to help, they could just fax or e-mail a sample of what contracts they use. Names and letterheads will be deleted before Barry receives them. They will be used as a guideline for him so that he can speak to us in general as to what would be best to have and not have on contracts. If you would like your contract included in his critique, please fax or e-mail them to me at
502-228-4450 or
jdavislht@aol.com . Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

Saturday afternoon will be our annual meeting and Saturday evening our annual banquet with transportation provided by Louisville Horse Trams.

So make your reservations, pack your bags, kiss your horses good-bye and come on down!