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Keeneland unveils ‘Kentucky proud’ dirt racing surface as new track opens for training

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  Keeneland today unveiled a new dirt racing surface that was installed this summer on its 1 1/16-mile main track. The dirt track is now open for training and will be featured when racing resumes at Keeneland for the Fall …

Saddle up Safely partnership between two UK colleges produces two horse safety booklets

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By Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward   University of Kentucky HealthCare, in partnership with UK colleges of Public Health and Agriculture, Food and Environment and in conjunction with close to 50 community, equine and medical organizations, has released two new …

Host Committee named for 2015 Breeder’s Cup World Championships at Keeneland

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The Breeders’ Cup has announced the formation of the 2015 Keeneland Host Committee for next year’s World Championships, to be held at Keeneland Race Course, October 30-31, 2015.   The Host Committee, comprised of a diverse cross section of leadership …

FCPS fifth-grade field trips to Keeneland give kids insight into Thoroughbred importance

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Keeneland will welcome 2,500 fifth-grade students on field trips this week as part of a partnership between Keeneland and Fayette County Public Schools that teaches the history of the race track and the importance of the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky’s …

Keeneland Association, Cross Gate Gallery combine to host second Sporting Art Auction

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Keeneland Association and Lexington’s Cross Gate Gallery will collaborate to host the second Sporting Art Auction on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.   The 2014 collection features 175 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art, …

UK Equine Research Hall of Fame to induct three veterinary scientists, one posthumously

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By Jenny Evans Special to KyForward   The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct three scientists into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 9 at the UK Hilary J. Boone Center.   Michelle LeBlanc, a …

Showmanship, sportsmanship are hallmarks of the Young Guns Equestrian Drill Team

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  By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   Maneuvering a horse in a specific pattern can be tricky. Maneuvering a team of horses and riders is tricky multiplied by 12. But riders on the Young Guns Equestrian Drill Team appear effortless …

Small but mighty Amaretto takes top prize
in $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix

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  He may be the smallest horse in the class, but do not let his size fool you. The just barely 16 hand stallion Ammeretto is a fierce competitor with rider David Beisel, and he makes up for what he …

Christopher Payne guides Harlan to victory
in $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

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  Despite a consistent drizzle for most of Sunday afternoon, the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby displayed 46 horse and rider pairs, with Christopher Payne and Harlan claiming the blue ribbon. Molly Sewell aboard El Raymond took second …

Liza Boyd and Brunello defend USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals title

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  “I feel like it’s a bit of a dream, like pinch me. I’m still a little bit in shock.” That is what the winner of the 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals had to say after her finish, and …

Search for next Ky. Horse Park executive director open, application deadline Sept. 15

The search for a new executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington is underway.   The Kentucky Horse Park Commission is looking for a new executive director for the 1,200-acre equine park that includes competition venues, museums and …

United States Pony Club presents inaugural Judy Thayer Memorial Coaching award

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The United States Pony Clubs gave the inaugural Judy Thayer Memorial Coaching Award at Show Jumping Championships held at the Kentucky Horse Park during USPC Festival. 2014 marks the first time in 30 years that Judy Thayer was not coaching …

TOBA annual National Awards Dinner set for September 5 at Lexington Convention Center

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The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s 29th Annual National Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, September 5 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Ky. The TOBA National Awards Dinner honors the achievements of Thoroughbred owners in the four …

Race Track Chaplaincy hosts second annual golf tourney benefitting disabled jockeys

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Race Track Chaplaincy of America will host their Second Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Griffin Gate Golf Club at 1720 Newtown Pike.   The cost is $400 per team, or $100 for an individual patron. A portion …

Taylor St. Jacques tops group of 169 talented young riders in USEF Pony Medal Final

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  From 7 a.m. until well into the afternoon, talented young pony rider after talented young pony rider trotted into the Alltech Arena to vie for the win in the USEF Pony Medal Final, but Taylor St Jacques stood out …