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  • 05/01/2018 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (May 1, 2018) – The Kentucky Horse Council has announced its topic for the May Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner.  The May topic, presented by Dinsmore Equine Law Group, will be Tax Issues Facing the Horse Industry.  The guest speaker for the event will be Jen Shah and the discussion will be moderated by Alex Waldrop.  The dinner will be held on May 15, 2018, at The Red Mile Clubhouse in Lexington, Ky. KENA is a dinner and educational series open to equine professionals, horse owners, and riders and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 PM, followed by dinner with the main speakers from 6:00-8:00 PM.

    KENA is charged with the mission of providing an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines. Organized by the Kentucky Horse Council and supported by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program, 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 and on issues affecting the equine industry.

    Jen Shah, CPA, is the Director of Tax Services for Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC and currently leads the firm’s equine practice.  She speaks regularly on business and tax considerations for horse owners and the tax implications of all aspects of the equine industry.  Alex Waldrop is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) where he leads the thoroughbred industry’s national office responsible for matters pertaining to federal legislative advocacy, racing safety and integrity.  Among the NTRA’s many accomplishments are new tax regulations regarding withholding for pari-mutuel wagering, bonus depreciation for horses and certain equipment, and other tax deductions that benefit farm and horse owners.

     “Taxes are intimidating to the average person, and horse owners are no different.  With changing tax laws on both the federal and state level, it is important for the equine industry to stay informed because tax policy has a huge impact on individuals, as well as large and small equine operations,” says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross.  “We are excited to have Ms. Shah and Mr. Waldrop share their expertise on a variety of tax issues facing equine businesses and owners.”     

    The May 15 dinner is presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Equine Law Group. Dinsmore & Shohl is a full-service law firm with offices in twenty-three cities throughout eleven states and the District of Columbia, including Kentucky offices in Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville and Covington.  The Dinsmore Equine Law Group is a generous supporter of the KENA dinner series.

    The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals and enthusiasts to attend the May 15 event. For details and reservations, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.


    ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs                        

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  • 03/29/2018 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (March 29, 2018) – The Kentucky Horse Council’s Livestock Investigation Training is back this spring and will be held at two locations across Kentucky, Western Kentucky University and Morehead State University.  Registration for both trainings is now open to all county and state officials, such as Animal Control Officers, Sheriffs, and Police Officers.  

    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 three-day course is tailored to the needs of the Commonwealth.  The curriculum was updated in 2017 to keep up with changing animal welfare laws and standards. 

    Both 2018 offerings are Level I trainings, where 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 cases. Attendees will gain hands-on experience to best prepare them for cases in the field.  The Western Kentucky training will be held May 14-16, 2018 and the Morehead State Training will be held June 25-27, 2018.

    “We are excited to be offering the Livestock Investigation Training in two locations this year,” said Katy Ross, Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director. “These trainings fill a vital need for education of peace officers on animal abuse and neglect cases in the Commonwealth.  This training has never before been offered in the Western portion of the state and we are thankful for the opportunity to educate officials across the state to help animals.”

    Peace Officers attending the training are eligible for Continuing Education Units through the Department of Criminal Justice Training.

    Cost to attend the three-day training is $150 per officer. Out-of-state officials may attend at $250 per officer. Limited scholarships for tuition are available.

    For more information, to register for the class, or for partnership and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org, or contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859-367-0509 or info@kentuckyhorse.org.

    ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.

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  • 01/24/2018 10:20 AM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (January 24, 2018) – The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the topic for the February Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner as well as a new venue.  The February topic will be The Right Horse Initiative presented by speaker Christie Schulte Kappert.  The dinner will be held on February 20, 2018, at The Red Mile Clubhouse in Lexington, Ky. KENA is a dinner and educational series open to equine professionals, horse owners, and recreational riders and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 PM, followed by dinner with the main speakers from 6-8 PM.

    KENA, focused on the Kentucky thoroughbred, sport, and pleasure horse community, is charged with the mission of providing an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines. KENA, which is organized by the Kentucky Horse Council and supported by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program, provides the opportunity for attendees to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge, and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management and on issues affecting the equine industry.

    Christie Schulte Kappert is the Program Director for The Right Horse Initiative.  The Right Horse is an initiative funded by the WaterShed Animal Fund dedicated to improving the lives of animals.  The Right Horse’s goal is to massively increase the number of successful horse adoptions in the United States by working together to reframe the adoption conversation and shatter the stigma surrounding horses in transition. The Right Horse focuses its grantmaking efforts on creating the infrastructure necessary to support successful training and adoption programs, driving innovation within the equine industry to increase humane transitions for at-risk horses, providing resources in communities to promote responsible horse ownership, and working on collaborations between equine welfare advocates and the horse industry.

    “The Right Horse Initiative is changing the conversation surrounding horse adoptions,” says Kentucky Horse Council President Erin Woodall.  “We are excited to have Ms. Kappert come and share more information about the Right Horse and educated the Kentucky equine community on the mission and vision of the Right Horse and how we can work together to aid horses in transition.”     

    The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals and enthusiasts to attend the February 20 event. For details and reservations, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

    ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs                        

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  • 11/16/2017 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (November 16, 2017) – The Kentucky Horse Council hosted the 2017 Coalition of State Horse Councils Annual Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky from November 10-12, 2017.

    The Coalition of State Horse Councils includes forty-three state horse councils that work together to provide grassroots support and education to state horse councils, encourage and grow participation in state horse councils and the equine industry, and to provide national issues support to the American Horse Council.  Representatives from eighteen states, the National Equestrian Trails Conference, and the American Horse Council attended the 2017 Annual Meeting in Kentucky. 

    The Kentucky Horse Council organized three days of meetings, panel discussions, and tours to educate and entertain the Coalition group.  Tours included Darby Dan Farm, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. Presentations were made to the group by Vicki Lowell from US Equestrian, Keith Kline from the AAEP Foundation and more.  Panels on Saturday discussed community involvement with equine events, agritourism in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the growing interest in thoroughbred aftercare. 

    “The Kentucky Horse Council is proud to be able to showcase the extensive Kentucky equine industry to representatives of other state horse councils and the American Horse Council,” says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross.  “We are blessed to be located in the Horse Capital of the World and privileged to have access to so many beautiful venues, equine organizations, and amazing horses. We are pleased to be able to share this with others and facilitate new relationships, connections and ideas for horse councils around the country.”     

    The Coalition of State Horse Councils rotates its annual meeting around the country and the 2018 meeting is scheduled to be hosted by the Arizona Horse Council in Phoenix, AZ.

    The 2017 Annual Meeting in Lexington would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship from the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program, the NTRA, The Jockey Club, Equine Equipment Savings, Dinsmore Equine Law Group, Equisure, and the Equine Land Conservation Resources.  In kind donations were also made by Darby Dan Farm, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Horse Country, Inc., the Kentucky Horse Park, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, The United States Pony Clubs and New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Without the support of these organizations, the CSHC meeting would not have been possible.

    ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs                        

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  • 11/01/2017 1:15 PM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (November 1, 2017)- The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the topic for the November Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner: Funding Available: Incentive Programs for your Equine Operation.  The dinner will be held on November 14, 2017, at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky. KENA is a dinner and educational series open to equine professionals, horse owners, and recreational riders and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 PM, followed by dinner with the main speakers from 6-8 PM.

    The group, focused on the Kentucky thoroughbred, sport, and pleasure horse community, is charged with the mission of providing an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines. KENA, which is organized by the Kentucky Horse Council and supported by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program, provides the opportunity for attendees to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge, and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management.

    Bill McCloskey, the Deputy Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, will speak on the programs offered through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.  The Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy provides grants, incentives, and low-interest loans to help farmers and agribusinesses grow and innovate.  Many of these programs are available to equine farm owners and businesses, not just other agricultural farms.  The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation Board are administered by the GOAP.

    “The programs administered by the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy are incredible resources that are unknown to many horse owners,” says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross.  “We are excited to have Mr. McCloskey come and educate more of the equine community on what they can do to take advantage of this opportunities made available by the Commonwealth.”     

    Kentucky Horse Council President Erin Woodall will also speak on the funding programs offered by the Kentucky Horse Council Save Our Horses Fund, including the Equine Safety Net and various voucher programs.

    The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals and enthusiasts to attend the November 14 event. For details and reservations, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. 


  • 10/23/2017 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (October 23, 2017) – The Kentucky Horse Council hosted its 2017 Annual Member Meeting in conjunction with the KEEP Equine Industry Conference October 15, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, KY.  Horse Council members from all over the Commonwealth attended and new board members were elected and new membership benefits announced for 2018.  

    The director elections include Dr. Anna Hinchborn Dunlap, the owner of Creek Hollow Veterinary Services; Aubri Hostetter, sales representative for Excel Equine Feeds; Travers Manley, an attorney in the Lexington office of Dinsmore & Shohl; Dr. Rocky Mason, a field care veterinarian and director of the emergency response team at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute; and Katlynn Sacco, the director of Competition Licensing at US Equestrian.  Dr. Janice Holland of Midway University has been appointed the Equine Education Consortium representative to the Board of Directors for a one-year term.

    “We are excited to add such a diverse group of people from so many different equine backgrounds to our Board of Directors and to have such strong leadership as the result of our elections,” said Kentucky Horse Council President Erin Woodall. “The skills of the new directors, combined with the experience and leadership of the returning board members, will benefit the Kentucky Horse Council immeasurably as we continue to expand our programming and focus on the health and welfare of horses in Kentucky.”

    Additionally, the Kentucky Horse Council announced new benefits for its members, including discounts to Horse Country tours.  This discount is in addition to the excess liability insurance policy, NTRA discount program, Equine Equipment Savings discount program and discount to the Horse Magazine, among others.

    Executive Director Katy Ross said, “We are proud of our ability to offer great benefits to all of our members, from individuals and families to businesses, farms and associations.  We are lucky to be able to add member discounts for Horse Country, the fast-growing organization offering tours to the amazing equine facilities in Central Kentucky including farms, feed mills and clinics.  Working with Horse Country allows us one more way to develop the horse industry in Kentucky, which is a key component of the Horse Council’s mission.”

    For the complete list of the Kentucky Horse Council Board of Directors and more information about membership, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org.

     ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.

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  • 10/02/2017 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    Kentucky Horse Council Releases Equine Scholarship Application

    Lexington, KY (October 2, 2017) – The Kentucky Horse Council has announced they will be awarding a $1,500 scholarship to a Kentucky college student who has demonstrated academic success, equine industry involvement and community service for the Spring 2018 Semester.  

    The Equine Scholarship will be awarded to a student currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an equine-related major or a horse-related program.  Some examples of courses of studies for which the scholarships are intended are Equine Science/Studies, Equine Business Management, Equine Therapy, Pre-Veterinarian, Farrier Training, Professional Jockey Certificate, Professional Horsemen’s Certificate, etc.

    “The Kentucky Horse Council is thrilled to once again be offering scholarships to college students in Kentucky,” says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross.  “Education is an important part of our mission and we look forward to supporting the efforts of a deserving student as they explore a future in the equine industry.”     

    Applications for the scholarship will be accepted until November 15, 2017.  The scholarship will be awarded on December 1. The student is required to be a member of the Kentucky Horse Council. Student memberships are free and interested students may sign up at www.kentuckyhorse.org.

    To download the scholarship application, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org.

    ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs                        

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  • 09/07/2017 1:24 PM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (September 7, 2017) - As another record breaking hurricane barrels down on the United States, the Kentucky Horse Council is again working with equine groups to aid horses in those affected areas.  The KHC put out a call to Kentucky farms and facilities willing to take in equine evacuees and the response has been overwhelming.  

    "We are overwhelmed by the willingness of Kentucky residents to open their farms to horses being displaced by Hurricane Irma," said Executive Director Katy Ross. "We have had over forty responses, led by the Kentucky Horse Park, and more coming in every hour.  We've heard from everyone from the small owner that has two stalls available to the Horse Park with 200.  It is extremely heartwarming." 

    The current list of available facilities can be found by clicking here:  Hurricane Irma Relief.  It will continue to be updated regularly. 

    An additional list of facilities along the East Coast is available here:  East Coast Evacuation List

    In addition to offering space for evacuees, Kentucky based equine industry groups continue their relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and will continue these efforts in the wake of the anticipated destruction of Hurricane Irma.   These groups are collecting monetary donations as well as supplies, although monetary donations are preferred at this time due to the difficulty in knowing exactly what will be needed after this latest devastating storm.

    Monetary Donations:

    Financial donations are preferred because of the difficulty in getting supplies from outside of the region to affected horses. The AAEP Foundation Equine Disaster Relief FundNational HBPA Foundation, and USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund are all accepting support that will be distributed among credible programs and organizations helping with recovery and rebuilding efforts. Additionally, please consider giving directly to PATH International, as several of their therapeutic riding facilities sustained extreme flooding damage.

    Supply Donations:

    A supply drive is also being coordinated in Lexington, Ky., through a partnership of local equine groups. Click here to see a current list of needed supplies requested by first responders. Supply donations will be accepted at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) office inside the Kentucky Horse Park:

    4033 Iron Works Parkway

    Lexington, KY 40511

    (859)-233-0147

    Donation hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call the AAEP office if directions are needed. After hours donations may be arranged by contacting Keith Kleine at kkleine@aaep.org or (859)-327-8750.

    For more information about how to help horses and their caretakers, visit the AAEP Foundations Harvey relief page, social media outlets for supporting organizations, and search #HarveyHorseHelp on Twitter.

    Supporting Organizations

    American Association of Equine Practitioners & Foundation

    American Horse Council

    American Quarter Horse Association

    Breeders' Cup Limited

    Brook Ledge Horse Transportation

    Creech Horse Transportation

    Equine Land Conservation Resource

    Equine Medical Associates, PSC

    Hagyard Equine Medical Institute & Pharmacy

    Horse Country

    KBC International

    Keeneland Association

    Kentucky Equine Humane Center

    Kentucky Horse Council

    Kentucky Quarter Horse Association & Youth Association

    Kentucky Thoroughbred Association

    Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders

    Maker's Mark Secretariat Center

    National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association

    Our Mims Retirement 
    Park Equine Hospital

    PATH International

    Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital & Pharmacy

    The Jockey Club
    Thoroughbred Charities of America

    Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

    United States Equestrian Federation

    United States Hunter Jumper Association


    ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs                        

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  • 09/01/2017 9:41 AM | Anonymous
    Lexington, KY (September 1, 2017) - The Kentucky Horse Council along with many groups within the veterinary and equine communities are coordinating a major relief effort-consisting of both monetary and supply donations-to aid horses and their caretakers in Texas and Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Harvey's catastrophic flooding.

    Monetary Donations:

    Financial donations are preferred because of the difficulty in getting supplies from outside of the region to affected horses. The AAEP Foundation Equine Disaster Relief FundNational HBPA Foundation, and USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund are all accepting support that will be distributed among credible programs and organizations helping with recovery and rebuilding efforts. Additionally, please consider giving directly to PATH International, as several of their therapeutic riding facilities sustained extreme flooding damage.

    Supply Donations:

    A supply drive is also being coordinated in Lexington, Ky., through a partnership of local equine groups. Click here to see a current list of needed supplies requested by first responders. Supply donations will be accepted at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) office inside the Kentucky Horse Park:

    4033 Iron Works Parkway

    Lexington, KY 40511

    (859)-233-0147

    Donation hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Labor Day hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Call the AAEP office if directions are needed. After hours donations may be arranged by contacting Keith Kleine at kkleine@aaep.org or (859)-327-8750.

    The first supply truck will leave bound for a property in Katy, Texas sheltering displaced horses. The AAEP Foundation is working closely with first responders on the ground to determine the most urgent needs and locations for future shipments. The Foundation is grateful for both the support and patience of the community as we work diligently to determine the ever-changing needs of affected areas.

    For more information about how to help horses and their caretakers, visit the AAEP Foundations Harvey relief page, social media outlets for supporting organizations, and search #HarveyHorseHelp on Twitter.

     

    Supporting Organizations

    American Association of Equine Practitioners & Foundation

    American Horse Council

    American Quarter Horse Association

    Breeders' Cup Limited

    Brook Ledge Horse Transportation

    Creech Horse Transportation

    Equine Land Conservation Resource

    Equine Medical Associates, PSC

    Hagyard Equine Medical Institute & Pharmacy

    Horse Country

    KBC International

    Keeneland Association

    Kentucky Equine Humane Center

    Kentucky Horse Council

    Kentucky Quarter Horse Association & Youth Association

    Kentucky Thoroughbred Association

    Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders

    Maker's Mark Secretariat Center

    National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association
    Park Equine Hospital

    PATH International

    Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital & Pharmacy

    The Jockey Club
    Thoroughbred Charities of America

    Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

    United States Equestrian Federation

    United States Hunter Jumper Association

     

    ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs                        

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  • 07/31/2017 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (July 31, 2017) The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the topic for the August Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner: How to Respond to Equine Emergencies.  The dinner, presented by Neogen, will be held on August 15, 2017, at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky. KENA is a dinner and educational series open to equine professionals, horse owners, and recreational riders and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 PM, followed by dinner with the main speakers from 6-8 PM.

    The group, focused on the Kentucky thoroughbred, sport, and pleasure horse community, is charged with the mission of providing an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines. KENA, which is organized by the Kentucky Horse Council and supported by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program, provides the opportunity for attendees to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge, and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management.

    A representative from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will discuss the latest updates on large animal emergency rescue and what horse and barn owners can do when they find a horse in a precarious situation as well as who to call for assistance.  A first responder will also discuss what to do in case of a barn fire and what steps you can take to prevent a fire from breaking out.

    “Horses have an innate ability to get themselves into bad situations and that, along with fire, is every horse owner’s nightmare,” says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross.  “We are looking forward to an informative panel discussion on what to do when you find yourself in one of those situations and helping horse owners in Kentucky educate themselves on how to handle these emergencies.”     

    The August 15 dinner is presented by Neogen Corporation.  Neogen’s Animal Safety Division manufactures and markets a complete line of diagnostics, veterinary instruments, veterinary pharmaceuticals, therapeutic supplements, disinfectants, and rodenticides. Neogen’s family of Animal Safety products and services are trusted, valued and supported by veterinarians, retailers, and animal lovers.

    The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals and enthusiasts to attend the August 15 event. For details and reservations, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

    ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs                        

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