10.31.16

2022 WEG Update

Posted in 2022 Games, KEEP at 8:15 pm by EPR

Notable Reports from KEEP Conference (10/21/2016)

At the recent KEEP Industry Conference the new executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park, Laura Prewitt said, confirmed plans to bid on the 2022 World Equestrian Games. The Horse Park was host to the 2010 WEG, the first time it was held outside Europe.

By the numbers:  Dr. Jill Stowe, associate professor in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture Economics and director of the UK Ag Equine Programs, provided statistics from the 2012 survey on the state’s horse industry, the first comprehensive study since 1977. Among the findings: There are 35,000 equine operations in the state with at least one horse in residence, totaling 242,400 equines (which include mules and donkeys), accounting for 40,665 jobs, 1.1 million acres devoted to equine use and with the value of equines and equine-related assets totaling $23.4 billion.

The Kentucky Equine Education Project is a grassroots organization created in 2004 to preserve, promote and protect Kentucky’s signature horse industry. Support for KEEP’s activity comes directly from the horse industry and horse industry supporters that we represent. To learn more about how you can become a member or make a contribution, please visit www.horseswork.com.

12.13.13

USEF Announces Dates and Location for 2014 Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial

Posted in Adequan, Reining, Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event, United States Equestrian Federation at 10:32 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY–December 11, 2013–The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to join with HorsePower, Inc. and Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), in announcing that the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship will be held as part of the Kentucky Reining Cup which is being run in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover, April 24-27, 2014 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The Reining championship will also serve as the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Team.

Produced by HorsePower, Inc., the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup will also feature a World Championship Freestyle class and offer $120,000 in total prize money. The Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial will be a CRI3* event held in two rounds over three days, April 25-27 in the Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. Athletes must complete at least two Tryout Events/Qualifying Competitions to be eligible to compete in the Selection Trial. A list of Selection Trial Qualifying Competitions can be found here.

“It is very exciting to once again have the Kentucky Reining Cup held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover,” said John Long, USEF CEO. “The excitement will be elevated in 2014 with the addition of the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial. We look forward to a great weekend of competition.”

Reining was first held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2011, following its success at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Its popularity with both riders and spectators has been evidenced through the world-class field and enthusiastic crowds it has attracted.

“In just three short years, the Kentucky Reining Cup has become established as a major competition on the national reining calendar,” said Brad Ettleman, President of HorsePower, Inc. “The opportunity to host the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and WEG Selection Trial guarantees that we will have the best horses and riders in the nation at next April’s event!”

“The Kentucky Reining Cup has proven to be the perfect event to complement the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event,” said Darren Ripley, President of EEI, producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.  “We are thrilled that it will be back bigger and better than ever in 2014.”

Further information on the Kentucky Reining Cup is available at www.KentuckyReining.com. Further information on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover is available at www.rk3de.org. Further information on the U.S. Equestrian Federation is available at www.usef.org.  Further information on HorsePower, Inc., is available at www.hpowerinc.com.

11.28.13

Kentucky Horse Council Honors 2013 Industry Contributors with Excellence Awards

Posted in Kentucky Horse Council at 7:23 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY, November 10, 2013 – The Kentucky Horse Council Excellence Awards recognize the individuals, groups and associations whose dedication and innovation, through outstanding achievements, positively impact our Kentucky equine community.  This year’s award winners were celebrated at the KHC Annual Member Meeting on November 10, where recipients received public accolades for their work and accomplishments.

Volunteer of the Year:
The Kentucky Horse Council chose Donna Waldrup from Nicholas County, KY, as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year.  Donna has spent long hours over the last four years, working on KHC events & programs, such as the Kentucky Round-Up, the Kentucky Trail Summit, and the Annual Convention.

In addition to her full time job with AT&T, Donna remains extremely active in the equine industry.  Her equine activities include (but definitely are not limited to): working as a part-time rider for Blue Grass Stockyards East, participating in the Cowboy Church Network of Kentucky and Blue Grass Cowboy Church, volunteering at the Kentucky Horse Park and with the Back Country Horsemen, and competing in ranch roping, working cow horse, penning/sorting, and mounted shooting.  This year, Donna competed in CMSA mounted shooting with the Cowtown Rangers and won the State Championship for Ladies Level 1!

“The Kentucky Horse Council has been fortunate to have an incredible database of knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers,” said Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council.  “This past year, Donna Waldrup stood out, and showed everyone what an ideal, hardworking volunteer can do.  Her service to the Kentucky Horse Council is invaluable and highly appreciated.”

Ambassador Award
The KHC Ambassador Award is an annual award with the following criteria:

  • Evidence of significant, long term collaboration with one or more Kentucky equine groups
  • History of positive involvement with the Kentucky Horse Council through board, committee or volunteer work
  • Pioneer or groundbreaking work advancing equine causes in Kentucky

This year’s Ambassador Award was presented to Madelyn Millard of Lexington, KY for her service and dedication to the equine community in Kentucky.

As former president of the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC), Madelyn has made the KHC critical to the industry’s health and well-being.   During her tenure as president, Madelyn guided the KHC board and staff to develop programs in horse welfare, equine professional education, youth support, trail protection, legislative involvement and communications.  Some of these programs are now even national models.

Madelyn also had the vision to recognize that the Kentucky Horse Council was not just a state organization, but also an important participant in the national industry through equine connections and partnerships.  She is involved with the equine industry at the national level and has been active in the Coalition of State Horse Councils, first serving as Vice-Chair in 2010 – 2011, and then being elected Chair in 2012 at the American Horse Council’s Annual Meeting.

“It is my honor and privilege to present Madelyn with the first annual Ambassador Award,” said Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council.  “We thank her for her vast contributions to the equine industry, within the state, the nation, and globally.  She has shown the world the dedication it takes to make a positive impact on the entire equine community, and has become a role model in the process.”

For more information about the Kentucky Horse Council, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org or call (859) 367-0509.

ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL – The Kentucky Horse Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community.  The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs, grants, scholarships, personal liability insurance, trail riding programs, and an annual statewide equine industry directory.

09.07.13

Study Shows State’s Equine Industry Has $3 Billion Economic Impact

Posted in Economics, Kentucky, Kentucky Horse Council, Press Release at 9:18 pm by EPR

Study Shows State’s Equine Industry
Has $3 Billion Economic Impact

Lexington, Ky.  Kentucky’s equine industry had a total economic impact of almost $3 billion and generated 40,665 jobs last year, according to the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey. The tax contribution of the equine industry to Kentucky was approximately $134 million.

nullAccording to Jill Stowe, University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs director and project lead, the total economic impact is measured by the output effect and is an estimate of revenues earned by the sale of goods and services related to the equine industry and its interconnected industries. The study also showed that the value-added effect, which is perhaps a more descriptive measure of economic impact because it accounts for costs of production, has an estimated economic impact of $1.4 billion. The value-added effect is a measure of profitability and new income paid to workers rather than simply revenue.

TheUK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Ag Equine Programs and Kentucky Horse Council, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, today released the economic impact figures from the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey, a comprehensive statewide survey of all breeds of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. This was the first such wide-ranging study of Kentucky’s equine industry since 1977 and the first-ever detailed economic impact study about Kentucky’s equine industry.

“We are pleased to announce the long-awaited results from the economic impact study. The estimates underscore the continued significance of the equine industry to the commonwealth, and they show that each segment of the industry contributes in important ways to the economy as well as to the rich cultural fabric of Kentucky,” said Stowe, who is also associate professor in agricultural economics.

When looking more specifically at each sector’s estimated impact, breeding had the highest employment figure of 16,198, an output of $710 million and a value-added impact of $333 million. Racing had the highest output impact at $1.28 billion, with a figure of 6,251 in employment and $601 million in value-added impact. Competition figures included 2,708 in employment, $635 million in output and $297 million in value-added impact. Recreation had 594 in employment, $166 million in output and $78 million in value-added impact. Other, which accounts for operations such as therapeutic riding facilities and those where horses are used for work, had an employment figure of 14,914, a $194 million output and a $91 million value-added impact.

“The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is proud of this project because first and foremost, it represents the best available methods of surveying that universities and government can provide. But the most compelling aspect of this study is that our future policy discussions can be guided by solid numbers. We thank the Kentucky Horse Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board as well as our numerous donors, for recognizing how much the Horse Capital of the World needs a sound foundation for policy decisions,” said Nancy Cox, associate dean for research in UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station director and administrative leader for UK Ag Equine Programs.

nullThe first phase of the study was released in January and measured Kentucky’s equine and asset inventory. That portion of the study found that the state is home to 242,400 horses and the total value of Kentucky’s equine and equine-related assets is estimated at $23.4 billion. The survey’s results identified 35,000 equine operations and 1.1 million acres devoted to equine use.

Also from the inventory portion of the study, the total of all equine-related sales and income for equine operations was about $1.1 billion. That total came from sales of all equines, estimated to be $521.1 million, and $491 million in income from both breeding and non-breeding services, such as training, lessons, boarding, farrier, transportation, purses and incentives.

The first phase also found that equine-related expenditures by equine operations totaled about $1.2 billion. Capital expenditures by equine operations, including the purchase of equines, real estate and improvements and equipment, were estimated to be $337 million. Operating expenditures, including expenses paid for boarding, feed, bedding, veterinary, supplies, farrier services, breeding, maintenance and repair, insurance premiums, utilities and fuel, taxes, rent and/or lease, fees and payments, shipping and travel, training and other fees, totaled $839 million. Notably, 77 percent of these operating expenses were spent in Kentucky.

The study determined that 56 percent of Kentucky’s equine operations are farms or ranches and 30 percent are for personal use, while 3 percent are boarding, training or riding facilities. Breeding operations accounted for 2 percent.

The vast majority of horses inventoried were light horses (216,300), followed by donkeys and mules (14,000), ponies (7,000) and draft horses (5,100). Thoroughbreds are the most numerous breed in the state (54,000), followed by Quarter Horses (42,000), Tennessee Walking Horses (36,000), American Saddlebreds (14,000), donkeys and mules (14,000), Mountain Horse breeds (12,500), Standardbreds (9,500), Miniature Horses (7,000), ponies (7,000), Paint Horses (6,500) and Arabian and Half-Arabian horses (5,500).

The primary use of the majority of Kentucky’s equines is trail riding/pleasure (79,500), followed by broodmares (38,000), horses currently idle/not working (33,000), competition/show (24,500), horses currently growing, including yearlings, weanlings and foals (23,000), racing (15,000), work/transportation (12,500), breeding stallions (3,900) and other activities (13,000).

“The data from this study will benefit the state in many ways. We have already made use of the results at two regional horsemen’s caucuses held in areas with identified concentrations of equine populations. We are looking forward to at least three additional regional horsemen’s caucuses based on this data in 2014,” said Anna Zinkhon, Kentucky Horse Council Board president.

As might be expected, there is a concentration of horses in the Bluegrass area of Central Kentucky but there are also other areas of the state with significant concentrations of equine.

According to the report, thetop 10 counties in Kentucky with equine acres were Fayette (89,000), Bourbon (48,700), Woodford (44,200), Scott (26,600), Grant (22,000), Oldham (21,000), Grayson (18,900), Warren (18,700), Boone (16,500) and Carter (16,400). More detailed county information can be found in the full report online.

“The University of Kentucky has equine expertise in many scientific disciplines. The economic survey is an example of expertise that transcends over, not only the science of horses, but the business of horses in the commonwealth,” said Norman K. Luba, executive director of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council. “Documented and dependable economic data will provide critical information about the significant role the horse industry plays in the economic well-being of Kentucky’s economy.”

Funding for the project was provided by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, along with UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Kentucky Horse Council and numerous other industry organizations and individuals, a complete listing of which can be found on the project’s website. More information about the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey, including a copy of the final report and appendices, can be found at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/equine/kyequinesurvey.

Contact:

University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Equine Ag Program
Dr. Jill Stowe or Holly Wiemers
(859) 257-2226

Kentucky Horse Council

1500 Bull Lea Rd, Suite 214C
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone:  859.367.0509
Fax:  866.618.3837
www.kentuckyhorse.org

02.28.13

Upcoming Events: March 2013

Posted in Announcement, Events of Interest, Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen, Kentucky Horse Council, Kentucky Horse Park at 9:06 pm by Thomas

March 2nd, 2013 – Saturday

This weekend, Saturday March 2nd at 6 PM, Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen will be having their annual meeting which is open to the public at the Mercer County Extension Office in Harrodsburg.  This is a great organization made up of a wonderful group of horse people dedicated to seeing that we will always have places to ride.  There will be a free dinner and speakers, please check out their Facebook page for more information.

March 9th, 2013 – Saturday

The Woodford Equine Hospital Spring Vaccine Clinic will be held from 8 AM to 2 PM at the Woodford Equine Hospital in Versailles.

After you have gotten your Spring Vaccinations why not head over to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Fayette County Farm Bureau Equipment Consignment Auction which will run from 9:30 Am to 4 PM.

To end your Saturday why not swing by Spindletop Hall for the MSEDA Gala 2013-Cirque du Cheval to benefit the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation starting at 5:30 PM with Cocktails and Dinner at 7:00 PM.

March 27th, 2013 – Wednesday

The Kentucky Equine Youth Festival will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena from 9 AM to 2:30 PM.  This will be a great event for the whole family and is worth getting the kids out of school for as an educational event on Kentucky’s signature industry.сондажи

01.22.13

Kentucky Equine Survey Releases Initial Findings

Posted in Kentucky Horse Council, University of Kentucky at 7:59 pm by EPR

Kentucky Horse Council, Inc.

Press Release from the
University of Kentucky
Contact:
Jill Stowe, 859-257-7256
Nancy Cox, 859-257-3333
By Holly Wiemers

Kentucky Equine Survey Releases Initial Findings

Kristen Harvey's photo of Maine Chance Farm filly LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2013) – Kentucky is home to 242,400 horses and the total value of the state’s equine and equine-related assets is estimated at $23.4 billion, according to the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey.

The comprehensive statewide survey of all breeds of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules was the first such study since 1977. Conducted between June and October 2012 by the Kentucky field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, with support and assistance by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and the Kentucky Horse Council, the survey’s results identified 35,000 equine operations and 1.1 million acres devoted to equine use. The results are a snapshot of the 2011 calendar year.

“The value of Kentucky’s equine and equine-related assets, such as land and buildings, is significantly larger than other states for which we have data, and it serves to underscore that Kentucky is the Horse Capital of the World,” said Jill Stowe, UK associate professor in agricultural economics and project lead. “Upcoming economic impact analysis results will provide even more details regarding the importance of the industry to the state’s economy.”

Phase 1 of the study was a statewide survey of equine operations that included an inventory of all breeds of equine, including horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. It included a look at sales, income, expenses and assets of those operations. County-level results from Phase 1 are expected soon. Phase 2 of the project will entail an economic impact analysis of Kentucky’s equine industry. Phase 2 information will be available mid-2013.

With regard to the inventory of Kentucky’s equine operations, the study determined that 56 percent are farms or ranches and 30 percent are for personal use, while 3 percent are boarding, training or riding facilities. Breeding operations accounted for 2 percent.

The vast majority of horses inventoried were light horses (216,300), followed by donkeys and mules (14,000), ponies (7,000) and draft horses (5,100). Thoroughbreds are the most prevalent breed in the state (54,000), followed by Quarter Horses (42,000), Tennessee Walking Horses (36,000), Saddlebreds (14,000), donkeys, mules and burros, Mountain Horse breeds (12,500) and Standardbreds (9,500).

“The University of Kentucky study objectively and scientifically validates the importance of the horse industry to our state. This may well be the most significant body of work ever undertaken to estimate the economic significance of horses to Kentucky,” said Norman K. Luba, executive director of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council. “As horse industry enthusiasts, we are indebted to the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and the Kentucky Horse Council.”

The primary use of the majority of Kentucky’s equines is trail riding/pleasure (79,500), followed by broodmares (38,000), horses currently idle/not working (33,000), competition/show (24,500), horses currently growing, including yearlings, weanlings and foals (23,000), racing (15,000), work/transportation (12,500), breeding stallions (3,900) and other activities (13,000).

“Kentucky’s horse industry is important to a diverse set of people across the Commonwealth, from the 9-year-old 4-H member with her pony to the retired school teacher who just took up trail riding,” said Anna Zinkhon, Kentucky Horse Council Board president. “It is the Kentucky Horse Council’s goal to keep this industry alive and growing. The Kentucky Equine Survey provides us with the numbers, so we’ll know how to develop programs to emphasize strengths as well as work on improving areas of need. It is an important window into the future.”

According to the study, the estimated value of the 242,400 equines in Kentucky is about $6.3 billion. In addition, the estimated value of equine-related assets, including land and buildings, vehicles and equipment, feed and supplies and tack and equestrian clothing, is $17.1 billion, bringing the total value of Kentucky’s equine and equine-related assets to $23.4 billion.

The total of all equine-related sales and income for equine operations in 2011 was about $1.1 billion. That total came from sales of all equines, estimated to be $521.1 million, and $491 million in income from services provided, including both breeding and non-breeding services such as training, lessons, boarding, farrier, transportation, purses, incentives, etc.

The study found that total equine-related expenditures by equine operations in 2011 totaled about $1.2 billion. Capital expenditures by equine operations, including the purchase of equines, real estate and improvements and equipment, were estimated to be $337 million. Operating expenditures, including expenses paid for boarding, feed, bedding, veterinary, supplies, farrier services, breeding, maintenance and repair, insurance premiums, utilities and fuel, taxes, rent and/or lease, fees and payments, shipping and travel, training and other fees, totaled $839 million. Notably, 77 percent of these operating expenses were spent in Kentucky.

“We are pleased that this Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund investment made by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board will provide benefits to one of our state’s signature industries,” said Roger Thomas, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. “The results of this survey will validate the economic benefits of all breeds of equine to Kentucky’s overall economy.”

“The College of Agriculture is proud of this project because first and foremost, it represents the best available methods of surveying that universities and government can provide. But the most compelling aspect of this study is that our future policy discussions can be guided by solid numbers. We thank the Kentucky Horse Council and the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy as well as our numerous donors, for recognizing how much the Horse Capital of the World needs a sound foundation for policy decisions,” said Nancy Cox, associate dean for research in UK’s College of Agriculture, Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station director and administrative leader for UK Ag Equine Programs.

Funding for the project was provided by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, along with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, the Kentucky Horse Council and numerous other industry organizations and individuals, a complete listing of which can be found on the project’s website.

More information about the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey can be found on the UK Ag Equine Programs website at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/equine/kyequinesurvey or on Kentucky Horse Council’s website at http://www.kentuckyhorse.org/. A copy of the complete Phase 1 results, including county-level breakdowns, will also be posted on both of these websites when they become available.

Writer: Holly Wiemers, 859-257-2226

UK College of Agriculture, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

UK Ag Equine Programs
(formerly UK Equine Initiative) |
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture | N212 Ag. Science Bldg. North |
Lexington KY 40546-0091 | Office: 859-257-2226 | Fax: 859-323-8484 | www.ca.uky.edu/equine


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.
Contact:

Ginny Grulke
Executive Director
Phone:  859.367.0509
director@kentuckyhorse.org

Kentucky Horse Council

1500 Bull Lea Rd, Suite 214C
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone:  859.367.0509
www.kentuckyhorse.org

01.21.13

Kentucky Round-Up 2013: Still Needed!

Posted in Kentucky Horse Council, Kentucky Horse Park at 10:30 pm by EPR

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Still Needed!
The Kentucky Round-Up is a huge event!  We are advertising it broadly, including websites, emails, print ads and billboards. We will expand it next year.
Your help is needed for a number of things:
  • “Like” the KY Round-Up Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/KentuckyRoundUp) to getr updates and also spread the word.
  • Ads for the program. The ads help pay for printing of the program which will be given to each attendee for no cost.  Business card ads are only $60 and Logos only are $40 ADS DUE WEDNESDAY JAN. 23rd.
    (PRINT PROGRAM AD RATE SHEET)
  • Vendors.  We are hearing a lot of buzz and expect over 2,500 people!  The more the merrier on vendors!  Vendor spots are only $150 (business) and $100 (nonprofit).
    (PRINT VENDOR FORM.)
    (VIEW CURRENT VENDORS)
  • Sponsors.  We still have room for additional sponsors! Sponsorships start at $250 and go to $10,000.  If you know a farm, a business, or a supportive individual or association, please ask them to consider sponsoring so this event can be as successful as possible.
    (PRINT SPONSOR FORM.)
  • Spread the word.  Tell your friends and neighbors! We have many activities for people who don’t own horses, as well as those who do.  We have a large poster which we can send for posting in your area.
  • Volunteers for planning committee for 2014 Kentucky Round-Up.  (EMAIL GINNY, EXEC. DIRECTOR)

Thank You

Kentucky Round-Up Volunteers Needed!

Posted in Events of Interest, Kentucky Horse Council, Kentucky Horse Park, Volunteerism at 10:25 pm by EPR

We need some KY Round-Up Volunteers — for a few hours 
The Kentucky Round-Up will be jam packed with families, kids, horsemen, horses, vendors, classes, demonstrations, clinics….
We need your help.  We have estimated a need for 50 volunteers for the day.  We currently have about 25.
Please consider volunteering for just a few hours.  Volunteers get free admission, a $10 meal allowance, and a free Kentucky Round-Up T-Shirt. And our heartfelt thanks!
VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP
Here are the areas we still need help with:
(Visit kentuckyroundup.com for descriptions of the activities in each area.)
The Ticket Booth                Have 3 people, could use 2 more                                             at 7:30AM
Barn                                         2 people
Horse Demonstrations              Possible 4 (waiting to hear                                                     from college group)
Clinics                                      2 people
Paddock                                   5 people
Kids Corrall                               2 people
Concourse                                4 people
Stable                                      3 people
Set Up Friday Night (4 – 10)      4 people
Break Down Saturday Night       3 people
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Thank You!
Kentucky Round-Up benefits the following organizations:
New Beginnings Ronald mcDonald Charities KHC Youth

12.12.12

Kentucky Round-up

Posted in Kentucky Horse Council at 9:14 pm by EPR

Kentucky Horse Council Announces Kentucky Round-up, 
a New Winter Family Event 

  Kentucky Round-UpLexington KY, December 10, 2012 – The Kentucky Horse Council today announces the Kentucky Round-Up, a new family event featuring horse fun, learning and interaction.  Kentucky Round-Up will be held February 2, 2013 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Kentucky Round-Up also includes an evening concert by country music star John Michael Montgomery.

The event has been designed to provide families with no horse involvement to be around horses, learn about their personalities, grooming, safety, and horse sports that kids can be involved with.  In addition, those who already ride horses will find advanced speakers, clinicians, vendors and demonstrations for their interest. Also taking place at the Kentucky Round-Up is the 4th Annual International Safety Symposium, sponsored by riders4helmets.com, attracting attendees and speakers from around the world.

In the evening, well-known Kentucky country music artist John Michael Montgomery will be in concert in the arena, with the Danny Frazier Band as the opening act.

Between the daytime activities and the concert, the Kentucky Horse Council will hold its annual Members’ Awards Banquet to recognize outstanding industry contributors and volunteers.

“Kentucky Round-Up is a way for the Horse Council to address an issue which all of agriculture faces, ” commented Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council board.  “Less young people today are comfortable around horses and other livestock because the family farms are disappearing.  Getting the kids ‘off the couch and into the barn’ not only introduces them to the wonder of horses, but also has tremendous character and health benefits.”

“We also hope to take these same families out to horse activities and farms throughout the year,” said Ginny Grulke, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Council.  “This is not just a one-day experience, but a continuing pathway to the horse.”

For more information about Kentucky Round-Up, visit www.kentuckyroundup.com

11.20.12

Happy 40th Anniversary to the KHC

Posted in Kentucky Horse Council at 10:21 pm by Thomas

Kentucky Horse Council, Inc.

Press Release

KHC Logo Small

Kentucky Horse Council Celebrates
40th Anniversary at Annual Meeting

KHC Past Presidents
Past Presidents of KHC:
Judy Robin, Bill Hilliard, and Anita Magan

Lexington, KY, November 18, 2012 – The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) celebrated its 40th Anniversary as an organization at their Annual Meeting held at Shaker Village in Mercer County.

Past Presidents of KHC who attended the meeting included Mr. Bill Hilliard, President from 1995-1996, Ms. Judy Robin, President in 2000 and Ms. Anita Magan Oh, President in 2003.

The event was attended by over 65 members, which followed a morning trail ride on the Shaker Village property.  The day was a sunny crisp fall day, providing the perfect environment for both the trail ride and the visit to Shaker Village for the 40th anniversary.

Anna Zinkhon, KHC Board President, commented on the event, “The Kentucky Horse Council has been a steadfast supporter of our Kentucky horse industry for 40 years, and we could not have been as strong as we are now without the dedication of all past presidents and board members.  We owe them a debt of gratitude for all of their contributions since 1972.”

The day’s events, in addition to the trail ride, featured Dr. Mats Troeddson, Director of the Gluck Equine Research Center, discussing current equine research activities and the need for communications between researchers, veterinarians and horsemen; Ginny Grulke, Executive Director, reviewing the 2012 KHC activities and a horse industry update, and elections of new board members for 2013.  All enjoyed a 40th Anniversary cake.

KHC is now accepting memberships for 2013.  For a summary of 2012 activities and membership forms, 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.

Contact:
Ginny Grulke
Executive Director
Phone: (859) 367-0509
Kentucky Horse Council
1500 Bull Lea Rd, Suite 214C
Lexington, KY 40511
Fax: (866) 618-3837

08.16.12

Kentucky Horse Council Travels to France & Ireland as Part of Alltech Delegation

Posted in 2014 Games, Alltech, Kentucky Horse Council at 10:04 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY, August 12, 2012 – Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) representatives joined a group of more than 30 Kentucky delegates for a cultural and economic development tour sponsored by Alltech, traveling through Normandy, France, and concluding at the Alltech European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Ireland. The tour was in conjunction with the July 2011 announcement of Alltech’s sponsorship of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014, in Normandy.

Alltech Delegation to France & Ireland

Anna Zinkhon, KHC Board President, and Ginny Grulke,
KHC Executive Director, joined Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Marcheta Sparrow, and Secretary Larry Hayes of the Cabinet for Economic Development, among others, in exchanging ideas during a series of workshops hosted by the Normandy council. The Kentucky Horse Council delegates participated in a workshop with the Normandy Horse Council to discuss partnership opportunities focused on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014, in Normandy.

 

Dr Pearse Lyons personally hosted the delegation, engaging in exploratory conversations about both economic and equestrian opportunities, as well as the cultural bond between the countries.

 

The equine industry provides a strong link between Ireland, Caen, France and Lexington, Kentucky, USA (host city of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™).  Each community is renowned for top-quality horse breeding programs and elite equestrian competition. The economic impact is also significant in each region, with the thoroughbred industry contributing upwards of €600 million to the Basse-Normandie region, and €900 million in Ireland in 2010.

 

“This trip represents a vision for the future,” commented Anna Zinkhon, KHC President. “In the equine industry as in other industries, our business is becoming more global. By teaming with the exceptional horsemen in Normandy and Ireland, we can accelerate Kentucky’s international equine growth while examining new equestrian support programs from the European model.”

 

In 2013, The Kentucky Horse Council will announce shared projects with the Normandy Horse Council, which will be implemented in time for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

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, personal liability insurance, trail riding advocacy, horse show support, and an annual statewide equine industry directory. The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.

Contact

Ginny Grulke
Executive Director
director@kentuckyhorse.org

Kentucky Horse Council

www.kentuckyhorse.org
info@kentuckyhorse.org
Phone: (859) 367-0509

04.25.12

Do you know of any horses that were injured or died as a result of the March 2012 tornadoes?

Posted in Equine Organizations, Kentucky Horse Council at 4:30 am by EPR

As you all know, the tornadoes that struck Kentucky and surrounding states in March of 2012 did a great deal of damage. The Kentucky Horse Council is collecting information on how many horses were injured or perished due to these tornadoes.

Please take a few moments to fill out our short survey if you personally knew of any horses that were injured or died as a result of the tornadoes. Please also help us by sharing this email with any other equine owners or equine organizations that would like to participate.

Here is the direct link to the survey:

http://www.kentuckyhorse.org/forms/42/Equine-Injury-Loss-Due-to-March-2012-Tornados/

Thank you for your help with this! We very much appreciate it!

Sincerely,

The Kentucky Horse Council

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, personal liability insurance, trail riding advocacy, horse show support, and an annual statewide equine industry directory. The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.
Contact
Dawn Miller
Office Manager
info@kentuckyhorse.org

Kentucky Horse Council
www.kentuckyhorse.org
info@kentuckyhorse.org
Phone: (859) 367-0509

03.05.12

KHC Offers Disaster Relief to Horse Owners Affected by Recent Tornadoes

Posted in Disaster Relief, Kentucky Horse Council at 11:16 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY, March 5, 2012 – The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) is providing coordination for the U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund to support horse owners affected by this past week’s tornadoes. KHC has experience responding to equine crises through this fund and the Save Our Horses (SoHo) Fund.

“In the past, we have supported many victims of flooding and disasters in other states, and now it is Kentucky which needs this support. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this tragedy. The U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund will help Kentucky horse owners with temporary feed and fencing as they work to recover from this disaster,” remarked Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council.

“We are also in touch with the Indiana Horse Council to determine the extent of the need there,” she continued.

The Kentucky Horse Council has been contacting officials in those areas most affected by the tornadoes, to assess the impact of the extensive tornado damage on horse owners.

“We are relieved that over the weekend, horse organizations such as the Northern Kentucky Horse Network have already relayed important information among horse owners regarding temporary shelter and how to assist those victims who have horses. Buffalo Mounted Patrol has traveled to West Liberty, where the devastation was incredible, to patrol damaged areas until rescue efforts could be fully mobilized,” commented Ginny Grulke, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Council.

When any state needs assistance due to a natural disaster, KHC notifies its members and the Kentucky horse community and begins the process of responding to the needs of the affected horses, typically by purchasing feed which the local response agencies then distributes to affected horses. For the tornadoes that hit this past weekend, it is Kentucky who needs the help.

Donations to the U.S. Disaster Relief Fund can be made at www.kentuckyhorse.org/disaster-relief/.

02.07.12

KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL PLEDGES $25,000 TO THE KENTUCKY EQUINE SURVEY

Posted in Equine Organizations, Kentucky Horse Council at 10:57 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY, February 7, 2012 – The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) today announced that it has pledged $25,000 to the Kentucky Equine Survey.

 

In November 2011, the University of Kentucky announced the plans for the Kentucky Equine Survey, in partnership with the Kentucky Horse Council.   KHC was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Agriculture Development Funds for this survey, with a promise of another $100,000 in funds if the equine industry would match that $100,000 with an equal amount.

 

“This survey is of extreme importance to the future of our industry,” said Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council. “This will be the first comprehensive survey of Kentucky’s horses in 35 years. We need an accurate and detailed baseline to determine areas for industry growth.  Our pledge is a commitment to this effort. The KHC Board hopes other groups/businesses will respond to this challenge pledge.  All donations, no matter how large or small, are important steps toward this industry goal.”

 

Dr. Nancy Cox, Associate Dean in the UK College of Agriculture, said “On behalf of the Kentucky Equine Survey Team, led by UK Ag Equine Programs faculty, many thanks go to the Kentucky Horse Council for this generous expression of confidence in the importance of this survey to Kentucky and its horse owners. Our team considers this the only appropriate way to provide accurate information about the breadth and depth of equine economic activity in the Horse Capital of the World. KHC has shown how much a unified group of horse industry members can accomplish when they participate and invest in our equine community.”

 

“We appreciate the Kentucky Horse Council Board’s support and value the relationship UK and KHC have as we both work to benefit Kentucky’s horse industry”, added Dr. Ed Squires, University of Kentucky Equine Programs Director.

 

Ginny Grulke, Executive Director of the KY Horse Council, explained the source of the pledge funds.  “The Council is able to make this significant pledge by using some “rainy day” funds that the Council has saved over the years. We plan to replace these funds over the next four years.”

 

The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) has been contracted to collect the names of horse owners in the state; both UK and KHC encourage horse owners to submit their information, which NASS does not reveal to any person or agency.  The deadline for sending names to NASS is February 17, 2012. To read about the survey or submit a name, visit www.kentuckyhorse.org/KES-names/.

01.14.12

Kentucky Equine Survey

Posted in Kentucky Horse Council at 5:58 am by EPR

Urgent: Need Participation from KY Horsemen

Dear Kentucky Horsemen (and women):

For the first time in 35 years, Kentucky will do a full, statewide survey of ALL BREEDS AND DISCIPLINES OF HORSES, PONIES, MULES, and DONKEYS.  Getting accurate figures for our horse community is critical to developing plans to improve the industry, access more trails and equine facilities, assess equine business opportunities, and get public officials’ attention.

This survey is being done by the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, in partnership with the Kentucky Horse Council and the National Agricultural Statistics Service.  To read more about the study, go to http://www2.ca.uky.edu/equine/kyequinesurvey.

WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION.

Our deadline is February 17th, 2012. 

This survey can only be effective if we have a comprehensive list of horse owners and equine farms and facilities in the state.  This needs to include the many people in our state who keep horses for recreational purposes and do not have equine-related businesses.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Kentucky Field Office,  a Kentucky-based USDA unit which has responsibilities for surveying other livestock entities, will be handling the polling and survey mailing.   The questions for the survey have been developed by UK, UofL, and KHC.

We are requesting that you submit your name and contact information to NASS. Note that none of these names will ever be released to any other organization; not UK, not KHC, not any Kentucky agency.  NASS has a privacy policy for all of its activities which can be found here:  http://www.nass.usda.gov/About_NASS/Confidentiality_Pledge/index.asp.

We make this request because we believe so deeply in the need for this survey to be accurate and complete.  At the end of the survey, we will have good estimates on:

  • How many horses of each breed are in each Kentucky county
  • How many horses are used in each discipline in each Kentucky county
  • The economic impact on Kentucky as a whole from the equine industry

To send your name to NASS for the survey, please fill in the form at this link: 

http://www.kentuckyhorse.org/KES-names/ 

Note: Even though this form is on the Kentucky Horse Council website, the information is sent ONLY to NASS.

Thank you.  The cooperation and participation of the equine industry is critical to the success of this study.  The study will be the basis for further activities to enhance horse ownership and the horse industry in Kentucky.

Sincerely,

Anna Zinkhon, President                                                    
Kentucky Horse Council Board                                
 Dr. Nancy Cox, Associate Dean
UK College of Agriculture, Equine Initiative

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12.26.11

Kentucky Horse Council: I will pay for someone’s new membership!

Posted in Kentucky Horse Council, My Actions at 11:14 pm by Thomas

I want to take a moment here at the end of the year to ask you the readers to consider joining the Kentucky Horse Council if you are not already a member even if you do not own horses in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Now I know in these tough economic times many of you may not be in a position to spend money on anything but the necessities and I understand that all too well.  So I want to help somebody out who has a love of horses and wants to get involved but has other responsibilities that must be met first.

So for 2012 I want to pay it forward.  Send me an email with the subject “Pay It Forward” as to why horses are important to you and that someday in the future you will do the same for someone else and I will pay the 2012 membership fee for the individual who sends me the most compelling email.

I will make my decision January 29th.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas Paul Demond
Thomas@KyWEGO.com
KyWEGO

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