Indiana Barn Fire Seminar Approved for HISA Continuing Education

The Indiana Thoroughbred Alliance (ITA) is proud of have the approval from the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) for three credit hours for continuing education for their barn fire seminar that will be held on Saturday, July 16. This seminar will present what horsemen and barn owners need to do to be better prepared for a fire and will be hosted in the Family Pavilion at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville at 10:00.

“We are so grateful that HISA sees the value in our seminar to grant local horsemen the opportunity to earn three hours in person at their home track,” says Christine Cagle, ITA board member and Thoroughbred farm owner.

According to the HISA Trainer’s Handbook, all trainers and assistant trainers are required to complete four hours of continuing education every year. The approved continuing education programs will be identified on the HISA website, which includes online courses.

“Because the ITA feels so passionately about educating everyone not only in the Indiana horse racing industry, but across the country, about barn fires, it was a big goal for us to garner this accreditation from HISA,” continues Cagle.

The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) is also partnering with the ITA to sponsor and share the seminar on its website once the seminar has been recorded and archived.

“We found a source to help us livestream and record the seminar, thanks to, so this seminar can continue to educate barn owners long after July 16,” says Megan Arszman, communications and media relations liaison for the ITA.

The livestream of the seminar will begin at 10:30 am EDT and can be found on or on the ITA Facebook page:

However, as of press time, HISA credits can only be earned if attending the seminar in-person at Horseshoe Indianapolis on July 16.

Topics covered for the seminar will include discussing the legal ramifications of a barn fire with Peter. Horsewoman and insurance expert Kim Green with Schuetz Insurance will share the insurance information you didn’t need to know. Horse owners will learn about rescuing, emergency triage and what to do with the animals in the midst of the fire with firefighter and certified large animal rescuer Denise Fletcher. And, finally, member of ATF and horsewoman Cassandra Jones share tips on what you can do to prevent and battle barn fires.  

Attendees will be treated to lunch on the breezeway of Horseshoe Indianapolis and everyone will eligible for giveaways provided by sponsors such as the ITA, Finish Line Horse Products, the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana, the Indiana Standardbred Association, Murphy Trailer Sales and others.