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  • 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.

  • 07/06/2021 8:32 AM | Sarah Coleman (Administrator)

    Lexington, KY (July 6, 2021) - After a hiatus in 2020, the Kentucky Horse Council’s Large Animal Emergency Rescue (LAER) training is slated to return in the fall of 2021. The three-day training will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on September 10-12.

    LAER is taught by Justin and Tori McLeod of 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC, a North Carolina-based company that specialized in large animal technical rescue emergency response and training for emergency responders and veterinary professionals. The course is geared specifically toward veterinarians, emergency responders and animal control officers, but horse owners and industry professionals will also find the course beneficial in learning how to care for and extract equines in potentially hazardous situations while remaining safe.

    The course will cover topics like animal behavior; handling and restraint; containment; motor vehicle accidents and overturned trailers; entrapments; barn fires and wildfires; unstable ground incidents (mud, ditch, ice, etc.); water rescues; natural disaster preparation and response; hazardous materials decontamination and more. Specialized instruction will be given to participants based on their background and auditors are welcome.

    “The Large Animal Emergency Rescue training has proven to be a great learning experience for all veterinarians. Everyone from recent graduates to the most seasoned and tenured [vets] can expect to walk away with an increased knowledge base and practical situational preparedness and awareness,” says Dr. Rocky Mason, owner of Lexington Equine Medical Group and head of the Kentucky Horse Council Health and Welfare committee. “LAER has also served as a great format for interaction among varying first responders and agencies for a more seamless response in times of need and disaster.”

    "This is an excellent opportunity for veterinarians, volunteers and first responders to receive in-depth, technical training on situations that may involve animals with which they are unfamiliar,” says KHC executive director Sarah Coleman. “Justin and Tori have an incredibly knack for teaching veterinarians, emergency responders and equine enthusiasts how to work together for favorable outcomes while keeping everyone safe.”

    Continuing education credits for veterinarians have been applied for through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. Sponsorship opportunities are available here.  

    For more information, click here or contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859-367-0509 or info@kentuckyhorse.org

    To learn more about 4Hooves Large Animal Services at 4hoovessmart.com.


  • 06/09/2021 10:09 AM | Eileen Cody (Administrator)

    Three-day Event Educates Officials on Animal Abuse and Neglect

    June 8, 2021 – Lexington, KY – After a hiatus in 2020, the Kentucky Horse Council’s Livestock Investigation Training (LIT) is slated to return in the fall of 2021. The three-day training will take place in Lexington from September 20-22. Registration is now open to all county and state officials, including animal control officers, sheriffs, police officers and other law enforcement officials and prosecutors in Kentucky.  

    Developed by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) in partnership with the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) with input from experienced enforcement officers, veterinarians and livestock producers, this course is tailored to the needs of the Commonwealth. These trainings, officials will learn how to safely and strategically manage horses, cattle and other livestock running at large, as well as how to identify at-risk animals.

    LIT attendees will learn how to handle horses and cattle, assess body condition score in both species, identify situations that need intervention, and apply Kentucky statutes to animal-associated court cases. Attendees will also practice handling and evaluating live horses and cattle, as well as examining Kentucky statutes and enforcement procedures. 

    “We are excited for our Livestock Investigation Training to return this fall,” said Sarah Coleman, Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director. “These trainings provide vital education on animal abuse and neglect to our Kentucky peace officers. A good understanding of livestock handling and husbandry increases the likelihood of positive outcomes for loose animals or those found in neglectful situations.”

    The KHC has educated over 250 officers from 60 Kentucky counties since the inception of the trainings in 2008. The Commonwealth of Kentucky recognizes the importance of these trainings, with the Office of the State Veterinarian regularly sending investigators to the classes.

    The three-day course is approved as Continuing Education for Peace Officers by the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training as well as Pay Incentive Course Credit by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. Cost to attend the three-day training is $150 per officer. Out-of-state officials may attend for a fee of $250 per officer. Limited scholarships for tuition are available, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. Register for the course here. Download the sponsor packet here.

    For more information, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org or contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859-367-0509 or info@kentuckyhorse.org

  • 04/13/2021 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    Blackwood Training Center in Woodford County Kentucky:

    Results of testing on the samples (Nasal Swabs and Whole Blood EDTA) collected from each horse stabled in Barn A at Blackwood Training Center on Friday, April 9th have been reported negative for detection of EHV1 DNA by PCR testing.  In addition to the testing that has been completed, the horses have been monitored daily and our findings support that it has been greater than 14 days since any horse in Barn A was last potentially exposed to a clinical case.  

    Meeting the criteria above provided us the confidence needed to release the group of horses in Barn A from restriction on Monday April 12 and allow them to resume their normal training and racing activities

    Rusty

    E.S. Rusty Ford

    Rusty.ford@ky.gov

    Equine Operations Consultant

    Office State Veterinarian

    KY Department Agriculture

    502/782-5924


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