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  • 05/23/2022 6:05 PM | Eileen Cody (Administrator)

    Ever wondered if you really need insurance on your horse or if you need to tell your homeowner’s insurance about the two old ponies in the backyard? Do you need special coverage for your trailer and tack that live at a boarding barn? If you travel to teach lessons, but don’t ride at other farms, are you covered? Let the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) demystify these questions and others involving equine and farm insurance, and get your personal questions answered by experts!

    On Tuesday, June 14, the Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner and panel discussion will address a variety of insurance issues horse and farm owners might face. Titled “Overwhelmed by Insurance Options?” the event will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at The Grand Reserve in Lexington. KENA is a dinner and educational series geared toward equine professionals, horse owners and riders, and other equine enthusiasts.

    The night will include networking, dinner and a panel discussion from a variety of equine, farm and home insurance experts, including Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Micah Campbell, agency manager; Rokstone Agriculture Risks Underwriting’s Nicole Pidcoe, head of agriculture claims, and Alexandra Choumitsky, senior underwriter; and Sterling Thompson Company’s Katie Davis, equine insurance account manager, and Matt Delehanty, mortality insurance team leader.

    “Education and protection of the Kentucky equine community are core principles of the KHC,” says Dr. Fernanda Camargo, associate professor and equine extension specialist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences and co-chair of the KENA committee. “We feel that this topic is essential to horse owners and those who are involved with horses in any way–professionally or personally. Insurance can be overwhelming and easy to dismiss, but it’s imperative that we do our best to protect our animals, our livelihoods and ourselves. The KHC is excited to have this panel of specialists distill down an overwhelming topic into bite-sized, easy-to-digest pieces. We expect that the ability to ask specific questions will be very helpful.”

    This dinner is part of the Horse Council’s Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner series.

    KENA provides an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all breeds and disciplines to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge; and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management, as well as on issues affecting the equine industry. KENA is made possible by the generous support of the Equine Land Conservation Resource, Excel Equine, Lexington Equine Medical Group, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program.

    For details and reservations for the June 14 event, click here. Tickets are $30. Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here.

  • 03/01/2022 1:12 PM | Eileen Cody (Administrator)

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Office of the State Veterinarian has shared the below information regarding the current EHV-1 outbreak in California, and Kentucky's plan to monitor and respond to the situation.

    "In the past 3 weeks we have learned of multiple occurrences of EHV1 impacting equine events in California. Additionally, as we will soon be approaching the time of year that we historically see an increase in movement of equine exhibition and racing stock into Kentucky, I want to provide this status report describing the event in California as I understand it.

    CALIFORNIA STATUS

    Our office has been in communications with representatives of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) who are managing the disease incidents in California. The CDFA recommends folks review their website or the Equine Disease Communication Center for the latest updates as they are updated daily as information is received. Published reports suggest there are multiple complexes and facilities affected. At this point-in-time, the outbreaks are affecting sport horses that had been or have had exposure to equine participating in events within California. As of today, I’ve not seen or heard of any reports that EHV1 is affecting racing populations in California. The reports do provide exposed horses on each of the affected premises have been isolated, are being quarantined and that California officials continue to closely monitor the events.

    CALIFORNIA > KENTUCKY MOVEMENT

    The California epidemiologic investigation is in its early stages, so the status of potentially exposed horses remains unknown, as does the risk of fomite (human) transmission to other facilities that may have occurred during the days preceding the diagnosis and regulatory intervention. While we are continuing to receive and assess information relative to the different disease events in California, we do not routinely see movement of sport horses from the Western States to Kentucky this time of year, thus we do not currently feel there is need to overly restrict all movement. We do though want to stress the importance of farms or other facilities that are receiving new arrivals, to know the environment and history of new horses coming in and take the necessary precautions to insure those new arrivals don’t introduce disease to your facility.

    Lastly, do remember that mitigating risk of disease introduction is a shared responsibility that requires commitment from everyone. Below are links to the American Association of Equine Practitioners biosecurity guidelines that can be downloaded from either the AAEP site at https://aaep.org/site-search?search=biosecurity or the Equine Disease Communication Centers website at www.equinediseasecc.org. The documents provide good general guidance of practices that should be routinely implemented that includes segregating and monitoring all new arrivals.

    We will continue to monitor the disease events and will keep you apprised of any changes that may be warranted."


  • 01/24/2022 6:29 PM | Sarah Coleman (Administrator)

    The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club (KTFMC) will host Jay McChord at the Spy Coast Farm Equine Education Center on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. A renowned clinician and Lexington local, McChord will focus on teaching attendees how to communicate effectively in an industry that is home to four – and sometimes five -- generations of employees working together.

    With an average human attention span of just eight seconds, McChord stresses the need to communicate clearly and effectively with each generation, so all members of the workplace operate as a team. Complicating matters is that each generation has a preferred method of communication – and none is the same. McChord will offer attendees specific strategies to improve communications with and among employees.

    “The KHC is looking forward to partnering with the Farm Managers’ Club on this topic, which is relevant to all workplaces,” says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Sarah Coleman. “The labor shortage has reached a crisis point in all facets of the equine industry, and it’s the responsibility of each industry employee to do what we can to ameliorate the attrition we see everywhere, from the barns to the labs to the schools and the nonprofits.”

    “Jay’s reputation as an incredible speaker precedes him,” says Gerry Duffy, vice president of the KTFMC and stud manager at Godolphin's Stonerside Farm. “The Farm Managers’ Club has been dealing with the labor issue for a few years now; we’re grateful for the opportunity to host a speaker who will offer insight and useable tips on how to engage all manner of employees, from staff in the barns to office staff. Mitigating miscommunication is something we can all work toward to help keep quality employees on our farms.”

    This dinner is part of the Horse Council’s Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner series.

    KENA provides an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all breeds and disciplines to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge; and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management, as well as on issues affecting the equine industry. KENA is made possible by the generous support of equine organizations across Kentucky.

    For details and reservations for the February 15 event, click here. Tickets are $30; reservations must be received by February 11.  

    Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here.

  • 01/19/2022 3:25 PM | Eileen Cody (Administrator)

    The Kentucky Horse Council is currently seeking organizations to sponsor Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) events for 2022. Support at any level is welcomed in order to provide continued educational and networking opportunities for equine enthusiasts in Kentucky. 

    For the past several years, the Kentucky Horse Council has offered KENA four times a year, hosting keynote speakers who cover a variety of equine topics including business, horse and farm management, equine health and industry issues, and relevant legislative concerns, among a plethora of other topics. KENA is a non-breed, non-discipline specific organization; every member of the Kentucky equine community is welcome, including horse owners and others who participate in breeding, showing, racing, reproduction and training, as well as any other capacity of the equine industry.

    After a short hiatus on in-person events because of COVID, KENA was relaunched in the Fall of 2021 with great success. Both dinners hosted nearly 70 attendees and were held at the beautiful Spy Coast Farm in Lexington, which is easily accessible from the interstate. Attendees learned how to decipher equine feed tags and how to manage horses for minimal environmental impact.  

    In 2022, the KHC will offer a minimum of three meetings, the first to be held at Spy Coast Farm. With convenient parking and a fantastic ambiance, this lovely venue has received high praise from past attendees for ease of access and for exposure to a previously unknown farm. Each event will offer a buffet dinner with a cash bar.   Platinum- and Gold-level sponsors can address the audience for 10 to 15 minutes before the keynote speaker begins.  

    Sponsorships aid in underwriting the speaker and dinner expenses, as well as organizational development activities. Five donation levels are offered, but any level of support is welcome, and the KHC is happy to create custom sponsorship packages to meet specific business needs.

    In addition to supporting the KHC's efforts to unite the Kentucky equine community and provide quality education to equine enthusiasts and business owners, sponsors also have the opportunity to showcase the benefits of their products and services to the equine owners and professionals who may use them.

    To support this valuable industry effort, please click here to review and complete the sponsorship form and return it to the Kentucky Horse Council.

    If you have any questions about this program or if you would like more information, please feel free to contact Sarah Coleman, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Council, at sarah@kentuckyhorse.org or (330) 518-9001. 

  • 12/30/2021 8:19 PM | Eileen Cody (Administrator)


    To my fellow horse lovers: 

    Since our inception in 1992, the Kentucky Horse Council has been an organization made up of deeply passionate horse people who are proud of our state and our horses, whether their job is to carry riders over the beauty that is the Bluegrass; to compete on a local or national stage; to bring forth the next generation of horses; or to simply be a beloved member of our family. 

    As a nonprofit, membership-driven organization, we depend on the support and generosity of our Kentucky equine community to continue our work ensuring that all horses in the state of Kentucky are protected – and education is our No. 1 tool for helping them. 

    Here are some ways to help us with our mission: 

    • Scan the QR code below with your smartphone camera to make a monetary donation 

    • Maintain a KHC membership, which is available in a variety of levels 

    • Host a Facebook fundraiser for the KHC for your birthday, your horse’s birthday or any other day that’s important to you 

    • Shop AmazonSmile and select the KHC as your charity of choice

    Thank you for considering supporting our efforts to protect Kentucky horses.

    Executive Director

    Kentucky Horse Council

    Scan this code to make your donation!

  • 12/16/2021 2:39 PM | Sarah Coleman (Administrator)

      Donations accepted Dec. 18-20 at the Kentucky Horse Park

    Multiple equine organizations in the Commonwealth have joined forces to assist horse owners who have been affected by last week’s tornado outbreak. Equine and ag-specific donations will be accepted at the Kentucky Horse Park December 18-20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Signage will point donors to the exact location behind the Alltech Arena.

    Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) employees and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension agents have been working diligently to create county-specific lists of items that are needed immediately. Though cleanup efforts will be ongoing, the most-needed equine items requested include buckets, winter blankets, halters, lead ropes, wheelbarrows, plastic totes, grooming supplies, water hoses, hay bags, wheelbarrows, muck tubs, pitchforks, shovels and first-aid supplies. A complete list of needs can be found here.

    “We are honored to be a part of this relief effort,” said Nicole Rivera, Interim Deputy Executive Director. “Our location right off I-75 will hopefully make drop off of materials and items easy. As a park designed to celebrate the human-horse bond, we are thankful to be able to assist horse owners – and their horses – in their time of need.”

    “The KDA has created an incredible system to identify needs by county,” said Sarah Coleman, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Council. “The Horse Council is thankful for the opportunity to partner with our brothers and sisters in ag to coordinate deliveries of supplies from Central Kentucky to those hardest hit by the storms.”

    Delivery of all donated goods will be provided by Brook Ledge Horse Transportation. “The ability to give back to the horse industry that is so good to us is very important to the entire staff of Brook Ledge Inc.,” said Ashley VanMeter of Brook Ledge Inc. “We are humbled by the outpouring of support for the equine community and look forward to being able to assist them in any way we can.”

    Donations will be accepted in the North Exhibit Hall of the Alltech Arena: Kentucky Horse Park 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. Follow signs for Kentucky Horse Council. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Donations will begin being delivered to specific counties on Tuesday.

    For more info, call/text Sarah at 330 518 9001 or email sarah@kentuckyhorse.org


  • 11/03/2021 2:40 PM | Eileen Cody (Administrator)

    The Kentucky Horse Council announced the November Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner and discussion topic will address equine nutrition. Titled “What’s REALLY in Your Horse’s Feed?” the event will be held on Tuesday, November 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Spy Coast Farm’s Equine Education Center in Lexington. KENA is a dinner and educational series geared toward equine professionals, horse owners and riders, and other equine enthusiasts. The night will include networking, dinner and a lecture by University of Kentucky Animal Science professor and researcher Dr. Laurie Lawrence.

    Deciphering equine feed tags and supplement labels can feel like an exercise in futility if you don’t have a master’s degree in equine nutrition. Though it can be overwhelming, it’s important to ensure what you’re feeding provides the horses in your care with the nutrients they need to thrive – and to make sure you’re not wasting precious money on powders, pellets and potions that may not be necessary. Dr. Lawrence will talk KENA attendees through what information they can (and can’t) find on feed and supplement tags; she’ll also offer explanations of nutrition terminology and answer questions about feeding horses in various life stages.

    “Most owners understand that proper nutrition is the foundation of a healthy horse,” says Dr. Fernanda Camargo, associate professor and equine extension specialist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences and co-chair of the KENA committee. “But they sometimes need help determining things like how much energy their horse actually expends and how to match the type of concentrate to each individual horse. Feed tags and supplement labels don’t always tell the whole story, and the KHC is excited to have Dr. Lawrence teach attendees how to analyze these tags and offer tips on what they should look for when purchasing feed.”

    KENA provides an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all breeds and disciplines. Organized by the Kentucky Horse Council, KENA provides the opportunity for attendees to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge; and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management, as well as on issues affecting the equine industry. KENA is made possible by the generous support of Dinsmore Equine Law Group, WesBanco, Neogen, University of Louisville College of Business Equine Industry Program, KESMARC Kentucky and Equine Land Conservation Resource.

    For details and reservations, visit https://kentuckyhorse.org/KENA . Tickets are $30.


  • 11/02/2021 1:32 PM | Sarah Coleman (Administrator)



      Mark your calendars for Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 PM to attend the Kentucky Horse Council's Annual Member Meeting! 

    Graciously held at the beautiful Darby Dan farm, attendees will be treated to a private stallion viewing before the meting commences. 
    Join us as we elect new board members, recap what the KHC has accomplished in 2021 and share our plans for 2022.
    We hope you'll join us! 



  • 08/23/2021 10:06 AM | Sarah Coleman (Administrator)

    August 23, 2021 – Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) has partnered with the University of Kentucky to launch a state-wide survey, which will allow the organization to better serve and protect horses and the horse industry in the Commonwealth.

    Just like the agritech, automotive and manufacturing industries are integral to Kentucky’s economy, so are equines. The core of this unique economic cluster is its private and commercial horse farms and equine operations, from which hundreds of equine-related businesses stem. These businesses encompass everything from transportation, farm-related and professional services and associations to equine health services, tourism and related businesses. These ancillary businesses create an unmatched competitive advantage for Kentucky’s equine industry.

    A comprehensive study of the Commonwealth’s equine industry was completed in 2012; it was the first survey of its kind to be done since 1977. The 2022 study will once again be a collaborative effort between the Kentucky Horse Council, the University of Kentucky and the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This information will be beneficial for local and state policymakers, nonprofit organizations and local government officials, among others.  The survey, which will provide information critical to Kentucky’s equine economy on a county-by-county basis, will:   

    • Provide data for disease surveillance
    • Keep policy makers informed and engaged proactively
    • Inform workforce development
    • Identify emerging markets on which businesses can capitalize

    “As the KHC is a non-breed, non-discipline specific organization focused on the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community, the information gleaned from this survey will be invaluable,” said Sarah Coleman, KHC executive director. “We’re excited to learn more about the horses residing in the Commonwealth and how we can better assist them and their owners.”

    Data obtained from this study are important for the sustained strength and continued growth of Kentucky’s equine industry,” says Dr. Jill Stowe, a professor at the University of Kentucky and an equine industry economist. “Decision makers such as entrepreneurs and business owners, equine health providers, and policy makers can utilize this data to make sound, well-informed decisions on important issues facing the industry.”

    Once complete, results will be available in county-level fact sheets as well as in a statewide report. All materials will be downloadable from the KHC website, free of charge.

    This survey has received financial support from the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment; UK Gluck Equine Research Center; the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association; the Kentucky Horse Council and the Kentucky Farm Bureau. It is supported by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian and Representative Matt Koch. Interested in supporting this effort? Email Danielle Jostes, Equine Philanthropy Director, at danielle.jostes@uky.edu or call 859-218-1176.

    Click here to participate in the 2022 Kentucky Equine Survey. Questions can be directed to  equine@uky.edu. Information about the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey can be found at https://equine.ca.uky.edu/kyequinesurvey.


  • 08/14/2021 10:44 PM | Eileen Cody (Administrator)

    The Kentucky Horse Council announced the topic for the August Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner will be Equines and the Environment: Minimizing Impact on Water Quality. The dinner will be held on Tuesday, August 31, at Spy Coast Farm’s Equine Education Center in Lexington. KENA is a dinner and educational series geared toward equine professionals, horse owners and riders, and other equine enthusiasts. The evening will feature a tour of Spy Coast Farm from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and networking from 6:30 to 7:00, followed by dinner and the main speaker from 7:00 to 8:00.

    Guest of honor is Tammy Barnes, Cooperative Extension Associate for University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment. Barnes will offer KENA attendees insight into the best equine management practices for the preservation of water quality on horse farms and equine facilities. Horse farms that enact water conservation practices not only add value to a property, they also promote horse health.

    Horse and equine facility owners have become increasingly aware of manure management and how its mismanagement could negatively impact water quality and the environment in which they ride. Barnes’ presentation will provide affordable, implementable steps to minimize the environmental impact of manure; she will also offer possible funding sources for these measures. Additional topics discussed will include riparian areas, heavy-use areas, water capture and composting.

    Stricter water quality regulations are forthcoming, and it behooves horse and farm owners to be informed and proactive about possible changes they may have to implement to operate in accordance with local and federal laws.

    Included with each KENA ticket is a tour Spy Coast Farm , one of the premier sport-horse farms in the country. Located on 800 acres adjacent to the Kentucky Horse Park, KENA attendees will tour their state-of-the-art Rehabilitation and Fitness Center, Stallion Barn, CEM Quarantine, Young Horse Development Center and Reproduction Center before sitting down to a meal in the brand-new Equine Education Center.

    “The KHC is looking forward to presenting this topic, which affects all horse owners, whether they keep their horses at home or at a boarding facility,” says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Sarah Coleman. “The issues of water quality, manure management and environmental impact will only become more prominent as farmland comes under increasing pressures from housing and business development expansion.”

    KENA provides an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all breeds and disciplines. Organized by the Kentucky Horse Council, KENA provides the opportunity for attendees to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge; and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management, as well as on issues affecting the equine industry. KENA is made possible by the generous support of Dinsmore Equine Law Group, WesBanco, Neogen, University of Louisville College of Business Equine Industry Program, KESMARC Kentucky and Equine Land Conservation Resource.

    For details and reservations, visit https://kentuckyhorse.org/KENA . Tickets are $40.

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