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  • 03/14/2016 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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    Kentucky Horse Council
    Katy Ross
    Executive Director
    (859) 367-0509

    REGISTRATION OPEN FOR KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL'S LIVESTOCK INVESTIGATION TRAINING MAY 16-18

    Lexington, KY (March 14, 2016) - The Kentucky Horse Council's Livestock Investigation Training is back this spring and will be held from May 16-18th at Morehead State University. Registration 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.

    This training is a Level I training, 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 also practice handling and evaluating live horses and cattle as well as examining Kentucky statutes and enforcement procedures. A Level II training will be offered August 1-3rd , also at Morehead State University.

    "We are excited to be offering both levels of the Livestock Investigation Training this year," said Katy Ross, Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director. "These trainings fill a vital need for education of peace officers and advance the mission of the Kentucky Horse Council."

    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.

    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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  • 02/09/2016 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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    Kentucky Horse Council
    Katy Ross
    Executive Director
    (859) 367-0509

    KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES RECREATIONAL RIDER DAY

    Lexington, KY (February 9, 2016) - The Kentucky Horse Council has announced its first Recreational Rider Day to be held April 2, 2016 at the University of Louisville Shelby Road campus from 10 am to 4 pm.

    This program, presented by the University of Louisville Equine Program, is an educational and informational day in conjunction with a new and used tack sale. Educational seminar topics include horse first aid basics, horse feed 101, equine degrees and job opportunities, camping with horses and more. Educational seminars are approved for 4-H education credits. There will also be informational booths for equine nonprofits, associations and organizations, as well as vendor booths with both new and used tack and other supplies.

    "We are excited to announce this new program to benefit recreational riders in Kentucky," said Katy Ross, Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director. "We remain dedicated to the education of youth and horse owners in Kentucky and could not do it without the support of our members and sponsors."

    The program is presented by the University of Louisville Equine Program with support from the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs.

    The Recreational Rider Day still has informational booths available as well as vendor space. For more information or to reserve vendor space, please contact 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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  • 12/08/2015 1:29 PM | Anonymous

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    Kentucky Horse Council
    Katy Ross
    Executive Director
    (859) 367-0509

    KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL ELECTS NEW OFFICERS, DIRECTORS FOR 2016

    Lexington, KY (December 8, 2015) – The Kentucky Horse Council elected the 2016 slate of officers and directors at its November 15 Board Meeting held at the Rood & Riddle Conference Center. The officer elections include Kathy Hopkins – Vice President, Dixie Hayes – Secretary, and Demetria Mehlhorn – Treasurer. Erin Woodall will return for the second year of her two-year President’s term.

    Kathy Hopkins was elected to serve a second one-year term as Vice President, following election to her second term as a director.

    Dixie Hayes, the Program Coordinator/Instructor at the North American Racing Academy, was elected to her second term as secretary.

    Demetria Kimball Mehlhorn, the current Chair of the Kentucky Horse Council Trails Committee, was elected as treasurer.

    The director elections include Martha Martin – owner of UnBridled Horse Tours, Melissa King – Facility Manager & Thoroughbred Trainer, New Vocations Kentucky, Kerry Irwin – Attorney, Dinsmore and Shohl and an active member of the Kentucky Horse Council Finance Committee and the Kentucky Equine Networking Committee, Dean Roethemeier – Nominations Division at Darley’s Jonabell Division, Nicole Rivera – Director of Special Events at the Kentucky Horse Park, and Karen Stine – a small boarding business owner and an active member of the Kentucky Horse Council Trails Committee.

    "We are excited to add such a diverse group of new people 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 expertise of the new directors, combined with the experience and leadership of the returning board members, will result in many important gains for the Kentucky Horse Council in 2016.”

    For the complete list of the Kentucky Horse Council Board of Directors, 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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  • 10/21/2015 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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    Kentucky Horse Council
    Katy Ross
    Executive Director
    (859) 367-0509

    KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER KENA TOPIC: BUILDING YOUR EQUINE BUSINESS – A PANEL DISCUSSION

    Lexington, KY (October 22, 2015) – The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the November Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) topic Building Your Equine Business: A Panel Discussion on Creating and Marketing Your Equine Business and the Current Tax Initiative and Economic Climate. The dinner will be held on November 17, 2015 at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky. KENA is a dinner and educational series open to both equine professionals and horse owners and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 PM, followed by dinner with the main speaker 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 supported by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program and the Kentucky Horse Council, provides the opportunity for attendees to share ideas and business strategies and to obtain up-to-date knowledge on horse and farm management.

    The November Building Your Equine Business Panel will feature speakers Rich Wilcke, Sarah Coleman, and Joe Clabes. Wilcke is the Past Chair of the Center of Equine Management at the University of Louisville, Coleman is the Director of Education and Development at New Vocations, and Clabes is the Executive Director of KEEP.

    The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals and enthusiasts to attend the November 17 event. For details and reservations, 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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  • 07/08/2015 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACT:

    Kentucky Horse Council
    Katy Ross
    Executive Director
    (859) 367-0509


    Kentucky Horse Council Announces Return of Kentucky Equine Networking Association

    The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the return of the popular Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) on August 18, 2015 at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky. KENA is a dinner and educational series open to both equine professionals and horse owners and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 PM, followed by dinner with the main speaker 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 supported by the University of Kentucky Equine Initiative and the Kentucky Horse Council, provides the opportunity for attendees to share ideas and business strategies and to obtain up-to-date knowledge on horse and farm management.

    Presented by Zoetis, the August 18 educational topic will be “Biosecurity and Vaccination: Evaluating Flu and Herpes Risk,” presented by Dr. Rob Holland, Director of Zoetis Outcomes Research and a well-known national speaker, who consults worldwide on infectious diseases of the horse.

    “We are thrilled to launch the return of KENA to reunite all segments of the horse industry in Kentucky,” said Katy Ross, Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director. “Bringing together the entire horse industry has always been and will remain a major goal of the Kentucky Horse Council, and this is a big step in the right direction.”

    The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals and enthusiasts to attend the August 18 event. For details and reservations, 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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  • 07/01/2015 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACT:

    Kentucky Horse Council
    Katy Ross
    Executive Director
    (859) 367-0509

    REGISTRATION OPEN FOR KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL'S LIVESTOCK INVESTIGATION TRAINING AUGUST 5-7, 2015

    Lexington, KY (July 1, 2015) – The Kentucky Horse Council’s Livestock Investigation Training is back this summer and will be held from August 5th-7th at Morehead State University. Registration 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.

    This summer’s training is a Level I training, 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 also practice handling and evaluating live horses and cattle as well as examining Kentucky statutes and enforcement procedures.

    The 2015 agenda is:

    Level I Livestock Investigation Training

    August 5-7, 2015

    Day 1 – Horse 101 (Optional)

    8:00 am Registration

    8:30 am Welcome & Introductions

    9:00 am Introduction to Horses

    10:00 am Horse Behavior

    11:00 am Horse Safety

    12:00pm Lunch

    1:00 pm Anatomy

    2:00 pm Colors & Markings & Breed Differences

    3:00 pm Haltering & Leading

    4:00 pm Grooming

    5:00 pm Review/Wrap Up

    Day 2 – Step I Investigation

    8:00 am Registration

    8:30 am KHC Programs

    9:00 am Before you Investigate

    10:00 am What Do Horses Require? Acceptable Minimum Standards of Care

    11:00 am Investigation – Documentation is Critical

    12:00 pm Lunch

    12:30 pm Identifying Individual Horses in the herd

    2:00 pm Body Condition Scoring Horses

    3:30 pm Making the Case - Documentation & Photography

    5:00 pm Wrap Up

    Day 3 – Step II Recovery & Building a Case

    8:30 am Body Condition Scoring Cattle

    9:45 am Cattle Handling Tips

    11:15 am Horse Trailer Loading & Transporting

    12:30 pm Lunch

    1:00 pm The Decision to Feed in Place or Confiscate

    1:30 pm Vital Signs

    2:30 pm Vet Care for the Neglected/Starving Horse

    3:30 pm Re-feeding the Starving Horse – Equine Nutrition

    4:30 pm Wrap Up & Written Review

    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 $100 per officer. Out of state officials may attend at $250 per officer. Limited scholarships for tuition are available.

    For more information or to register for the class, click here, or contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859-367-0509.

    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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  • 06/29/2015 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    The Kentucky Horse Council is offering its first annual KHC Classic 10K run in a cross country course format near Georgetown, KY on Saturday September 19th at 8 AM.

    Nestled in the heart of the Bluegrass State lies the Gayla Equine Conservancy LLC, a carriage driving, trail and cross country riding crown jewel.The gently rolling 718 farm is a protected environmental beauty, with miles of scenic groomed trails for hiking, riding or carriage driving, a safe haven for wildlife with numerous ponds, open fields and wooded areas, all making a truly beautiful venue!

    In addition to the Classic 10K there will also be a 3K offered as a walk or run.



  • 04/22/2015 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Kentucky Horse Council Announces Sustainable Trail Building Class

    The Kentucky Horse Council is inviting anyone interested in building sustainable trails to a one-day Trail Building Class on Saturday, May 16th or Saturday, May 30th at Red Hill Horse Camp in Livingston, Kentucky.

    This class is open to all non-motorized trail user groups, tourism and travel individuals, and anyone interested in building or maintaining non-motorized trails in their communities. The trail topics to be discussed will not be unique to horse trails, but are applicable for any type of non-motorized trail.

    Topics to be covered in this one-day class include: a discussion of trail environment in Kentucky; introduction of trail issues involving user groups, public and private lands; key features of good trail design, and less acceptable trail design; options to limit erosion through design techniques, and an introduction to trail tools and equipment.

    The class will involve a morning classroom session, lunch, and an afternoon session outside observing and discussing on a specific trail section. No trail building experience is necessary, and the class is limited to 15 individuals.

    Registration prices are $50 for participants, with a discounted rate of $45 for Kentucky Horse Council members. Registration fees include all materials and lunch.


  • 03/26/2015 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    Kentucky Horse Council Announces New Executive Director

    Lexington, KY (March 26, 2015) - The Kentucky Horse Council is pleased to announce Katy Ross as its new Executive Director. Ross brings both equine and non-profit legal experience to the Council, most recently serving as a staff attorney to the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions. Ms. Ross will officially assume the position on April 6, 2015.

    "On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Horse Council, I am excited to announce Katy Ross as the new Executive Director," said Board President Erin Woodall. "Her background and experience will ensure the Kentucky Horse Council continues to move forward in its mission and serve all the horses of the Commonwealth."

    As Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Council, Ross will head-up the education and assistance programs, and the public outreach arms of the organization. She will also be charged with identifying new partnerships to ensure the longevity and improvement of horse welfare in Kentucky.

    Prior to serving at the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions, Ross was an associate at the Regard Law Group in Lexington, Kentucky, where she focused on equine law, among other things. She also maintained her own law practice, where she specialized in equine and non-profit law.

    Ross's community involvement has included Junior League of Lexington (2016 Junior League Charity Horse Show Chair), Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association (Board Member), Fayette County Bar Association, Thoroughbred Club of America, and the Lexington Young Professionals Association. She is also a member of the 2015 Leadership Lexington class. A lifelong equestrian, she competes in the jumper divisions.

    Ross studied law at the University of Kentucky College of Law, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Sewanee: The University of the South. She holds a bar admission in Kentucky, as well as U.S. District Court in the Eastern and Western Districts.


  • 02/01/2015 2:06 PM | Anonymous

    Kentucky Horse Council Announces Search for Executive Director

    Application deadline: February 15, 2015.

    POSITION TITLE: Executive Director

    FUNCTION: The Executive Director executes the strategic operational goals of the KHC in order to achieve its vision and mission as set forth in its bylaws and as governed by the Board of Directors

    REPORTS TO: Board of Directors

    HOURS: Full time, salaried, exempt position

    RESPONSIBILITIES: In leading the KHC office, the Executive Director will have the overall responsibility and commensurate authority within the limits of the Bylaws, and policies to carry out the following responsibilities:

    1. Provides effective and proactive leadership for KHC.

    2. Develop state and national presence on behalf of KHC.

    3. Strategic planning and oversight of the implementation of short term and long term plans, projects and programs.

    4. Strategic oversight of the Office to include all business activities, personnel matters, and administration of service to members and volunteers.

    5. Communicates with all constituencies.

    6. Provides direction and oversight for the organization’s overall financial affairs. In cooperation with the Finance Committee and Treasurer, recommends annual budgets.

    7. Increase, strengthen and diversify KHC’s funding sources with the assistance of the Board, the Development Committee and appropriate outside resources.

    8. Oversees implementation of programs and policies approved by the Board of Directors and fulfills all contracts and commitments of the Board of Directors.

    9. Oversees the necessary support is provided to staff and committees to enable them to properly perform their functions. Sees that committee decisions and recommendations are approved by the Board of Directors when appropriate.

    10. Attends all Board of Directors, Executive and Personal Committee meetings unless otherwise excused, and assists the President and appropriate committees in planning and conducting Board of Directors’ and other official meetings of the organization.

    11.Provides strategic direction and coordination of all programs in the development and implementation of funds development activities, education and instructional programs,special events, and activities.

    12. Serves as an ambassador for KHC in a wide variety of settings.

    13. Provide strategic direction for KHC’s use of current and potential uses of technology.

    14. Serves as Chair of Program Action Committee, fosters collaborative environment with national office staff and volunteers, and convenes KHC staff and volunteers for implementation planning and planning sessions.

    All other duties assigned or requested by the President and/or Board of Directors.

    TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to info@kentuckyhorse.org, or by mail to Kentucky Horse Council, 4037 Iron Works Parkway, Suite 120, Lexington, KY 40511.


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