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  • 11/05/2018 12:23 PM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (November 5, 2018) – The Kentucky Horse Council hosted its 2018 Annual Member Meeting at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY on October 21, 2018.  Horse Council members from all over the Commonwealth attended and new board members were elected and new officers elected for 2019.  

    The new director elections include Dr. Elizabeth James, Jen Roytz, Kelsey Shanley, Jenny Van Wieren-Page, and Shawna White.  Dr. James spent ten years as a professor and internship coordinator in the Equine Program at the University of Kentucky and currently manages Double Dan Horsemanship with her husband, Dan James, providing equine education, entertainment, lessons and clinics worldwide.  Jen Roytz is the Executive Director of the retired Racehorse Project, co-owner of Topline Communications, a  full-service marketing and communications agency, and a writer regularly covering horseracing, aftercare, and equine health topics.  Kelsey Shanley is the Director of National Affiliates at US Equestrian.  Jenny Van Wieren-Page is a private horse farm owner, account executive at the International Spa Association and the former Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the United States Pony Club.  Shawna White worked for The Horse Media Group and has recently transition to a digital specialist at Kentucky Equine Research (KER). 

    “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 Executive Director Katy Ross. “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 Board of Directors elected new officers.  Ryan Watson was elected president of the board.  Aubri Hostetter was elected vice-president.  Hannah Niebielski and Nicole Rivera were reelected as secretary and treasurer, respectively.   

    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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  • 10/25/2018 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (October  25, 2018) -The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the topic for the November Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner. The November topic will be "Understanding Abuse and Neglect Cases." The dinner will be held on November 13, 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.

    Abuse and neglect cases are a complicated issue with many legal requirements and steps that must be taken. This can slow down the process, causing concern for the horses as well as those who may be responsible for caring for them. The November panel consists of Jai Hamilton, Cruelty Investigator for the Lexington-Fayette County Animal Care and Control office, Karen Gustin, Executive Director of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, and Jacqueline Mayer, Assistant Fayette County Attorney. 

    "We field a lot of calls from concerned individuals about suspected horse abuse or neglect," says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross. "Many of these people become frustrated when action cannot be taken immediately to help a horse. We are pleased to have put together a panel that can explain the challenges associated with identifying, investigating, prosecuting and rehabbing abused and neglected horses."    

    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.

    The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals and enthusiasts to attend the November 13 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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  • 10/16/2018 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (October 15, 2018) – The Kentucky Horse Council has announced they will be awarding two $1,500 scholarships to Kentucky students already attending college or accepted into a college who have demonstrated academic success, equine industry involvement and community service for the Spring 2019 Semester.  

    The Equine Scholarship will be awarded to students currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an equine-related major or a horse-related program, or a student accepted into an equine related major or program to start in the Spring 2019 semester.  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.  Applicants must be student members of the Kentucky Horse Council.

    “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 16, 2018.  The scholarship will be awarded on December 12. 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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  • 10/10/2018 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (October 10, 2018) - A core tenet of the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) is its dedication to the protection of the state's equine community and its horses. The organization has multiple programs in place to act as safety nets for horses in the state of Kentucky, but one opportunity in particular focuses on strategic teamwork to preserve the safety of horses and other Bluegrass livestock: the Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training.

    Offered to all Kentucky-based emergency service responders, veterinary professionals, animal control officers and the public at large, the training prepares attendees for a large-animal emergency rescue situation, focusing on keeping humans and animals as safe as possible during the event. Offered yearly, the course focuses on the facilitation of open conversation between veterinarians, firemen, volunteers and police, showing each how to better assist the other when responding to emergency situations where large animals are involved.

    Begun in 2014, the three-day training has both hands-on and classroom learning opportunities. Scenarios that are discussed include entrapments, barn fires, trailer accidents on the roadway, water rescues, natural disaster preparation and response, and riding accidents, among others.

    In 2018, 40 people received nearly 24 hours of instruction from Tori and Justin McLeod of 4Hooves Large Animal Service LLC. Based in Spring Lake, N.C., the husband-and-wife duo specialize in large animal technical rescue emergency response and in training for emergency responders and veterinary professionals.

    Richard Nolan, a member of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture/Farm Safety Team, attended the Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training and had several "aha" moments during the course. "I'm a firm believer in that 'you can't lead someone where you have never been,'" Nolan says. "Justin and Tori McCloud are great teachers because of their breadth of experience."

    While he recognizes that no two scenarios will ever be the same, one of the biggest takeaways he had was that "The broader the knowledge of the team executing the rescue or recovery, the greater the opportunity for success."

    This focus on teamwork permeated every aspect of the workshop. Officer Scott Lynch, a mounted police officer with the Lexington Mounted Patrol, says he "gained an understanding of the requirements to succeed and therefore have a better opportunity to keep the situation from becoming worse until personnel and equipment can reach the scene." 

    "This training is absolutely worthwhile and necessary for first responders or persons working around large animals.  The main thing I took away from this ... is the need for preparation before an incident," he explains.

    "The Kentucky economy depends on the success of our equine and cattle industries," says Katy Ross, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Council. "We've all heard the stories of both horses and cattle finding themselves in interesting predicaments. It's critical that we have first responders and veterinarians who are properly trained in how to deal with these situations, not only to protect and save the animals' lives, but to protect the humans dealing with them as well."

    Want to learn more about the Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training or find out how to register? Click here. https://kentuckyhorse.org/Large-Animal-Emergency-Rescue.  Thank you to our 2018 sponsors: US Equestrian Disaster Relief Fund, Otterbein University, Neogen, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Zoetis,  Kentucky Horse Park, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Rocky M. Mason, DVM with Lexington Equine Medical.

    The 2019 Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training will be held September 20-22 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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    The Kentucky Horse Council is a nonprofit 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.


  • 08/29/2018 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (August 28, 2018) – The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the recipients of two Equine Scholarships for the Fall 2018 semester, Morehead State University student Brittany Rust and University of Kentucky student Morgan Dailey. 

    The Equine Scholarship is awarded to student members of the Kentucky Horse Council currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an equine-related major or a horse-related program, or a student accepted into an equine related major or program to start in the Fall 2018 semester.  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. 

    Brittany Rust is a sophomore at Morehead State University majoring in pre-veterinary science. Originally from Cold Spring, Kentucky, Brittany has been an active member of both the Northern Kentucky Horse Network and the Future Farmers of America.  She plans to become an equine veterinarian and works with and shows rocky mountain horses.

    Morgan Dailey is a freshman at the University of Kentucky studying biology on the pre-vet track.    From Louisville, Kentucky, Morgan is a lacrosse player and long-time American Saddlebred rider.  She also plans to become an equine veterinarian.

    “The Kentucky Horse Council received a large number of very impressive applicants for the Equine Scholarships,” says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross.  “These two young ladies were selected for their academic excellence and their involvement in the horse industry.  We are proud to be able to help them further their studies and careers.”     

    The Kentucky Horse Council will offer scholarships for the Spring 2019 semester. Student memberships are free and interested students may sign up at 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             


  • 07/23/2018 10:05 AM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (July 23, 2018) -The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the topic for the August Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner. The August topic, presented by Zoetis, will be Mitigating Risk for Farm and Horse Owners. The speaker panel for the event will feature Dr. Tim Potter, Travers Manley and John David Christman. The dinner will be held on August 21, 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.

    Dr. Tim Potter is employed as an Animal Scientist with Robson Forensic, Inc.  He provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving areas of animal science, including appraisals, behavior and training, facility design and construction, fencing, nutrition, reproduction, and safety issues. Travers Manley is an attorney with Dinsmore and Shohl, LLP practicing in the firm's Equine Law Group. He will address the equine activity liability act, waivers and releases and other ways to limit liability for individuals and businesses in the horse industry.   John David Christman is an agent with Equus/Standardbred Station, Inc. and will discuss farm and horse insurance and how to use that insurance to limit the financial risks for owners.

    "There are so many risks associated with owning a horse farm, business or even just a horse," says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross. "We are excited to have this diverse panel to help members understand those risks and how to protect themselves, legally and financially."    

    The August 21 dinner is presented by Zoetis.

     

     

     

    The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals and enthusiasts to attend the August 21 event. For details and reservations, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.


  • 07/13/2018 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (July 13, 2018) -The Kentucky Horse Council has announced they will be extending the scholarship deadline until Friday, July 20.  All scholarships must be postmarked or emailed by this date.

    The Kentucky Horse Council will be awarding two $1,500 scholarships to Kentucky students already attending college, or accepted into a college who have demonstrated academic success, equine industry involvement and community service for the Fall 2018 Semester.

    The Equine Scholarship will be awarded to students currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an equine-related major or a horse-related program, or a student accepted into an equine related major or program to start in the Fall 2018 semester. 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. Applicants must be student members of the Kentucky Horse Council.

    "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  deserving students as they explore a future in the equine industry."    

    Applications for the scholarship will be accepted until July 20, 2018. The scholarship will be awarded on August 15. 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.

    All emailed scholarships may be sent to info@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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  • 06/25/2018 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (June 22, 2018) -The Kentucky Horse Council announces Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park from August 10-12, 2018.

     The LAER training will be taught by 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC and instructors Justin and Tori McLeod. Both instructors have extensive experience with equine and livestock as well as working as emergency responders. They also operate the North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team as well as being instructors in technical large animal emergency rescue.

     The course is geared towards veterinarians, first responders and emergency personnel as well as animal control officers and any horse owner or industry professional. The course will cover subject matter from animal behavior, safety considerations, restraints, containment, entrapments, motor vehicle accidents and overturned trailers, barn and wildfires, unstable ground, water rescues, and natural disaster preparation and response.   Specialized instruction will be given to participants based on their background and auditors are welcome.

     "We are excited to be offering this training this year," said Katy Ross, Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director. "There is a real need for Large Animal Emergency Rescue training in this part of the country. It is an excellent opportunity for veterinarians, volunteers and first responders to receive in-depth, technical training for situations that unfortunately arise too frequently. We are grateful to the Kentucky Horse Park for allowing us to use their facility."

    This course is approved by the AAVSB RACE for a total of 24  CE Credits for veterinarians and veterinarian technicians for Category 2: Non-Scientific Clinical.  

    This course is being sponsored by the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund, Hagyard Equine Medical Center, Otterbein University, Neogen Corporation, Zoetis, Rocky M. Mason, DVM and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. More sponsors are being accepted at this time.

     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.


  • 06/04/2018 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    Lexington, KY (June 4, 2018) – The Kentucky Horse Council has announced they will be awarding two  $1,500 scholarships to Kentucky students already attending college, or accepted into a college who have demonstrated academic success, equine industry involvement and community service for the Fall 2018 Semester.  

    The Equine Scholarship will be awarded to students currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an equine-related major or a horse-related program, or a student accepted into an equine related major or program to start in the Fall 2018 semester.  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.  Applicants must be student members of the Kentucky Horse Council.

    “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 July 15, 2018.  The scholarship will be awarded on August 15. 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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  • 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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