Jodie Vella-Gregory

Nick Routsong

A lifelong equestrian, Jodie Vella-Gregory began her career in eventing in her native Canada, eventually landing a spot on the Young Riders Team for Alberta. After graduation from the University of Alberta with a degree in political science and psychology, she interned at KESMARC in Lexington, Kentucky, then worked as a clinician and surgeon technician for Dr. Scott Hopper at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital before shifting to the racing industry, working at Breeders’ Cup Ltd and Santa Anita Park in various roles. Currently, she is the Manager of Innovation for 1/ST Racing (formerly known as The Stronach Group), elevating the overall experience for horses and horsemen and women at the company’s nationwide facilities. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Retired Racehorse Project, Jodie is on the advisory board for The Jockey Club’s Safety Net Foundation, raising funds for the backstretch community needs.