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Keeneland begins final stages of track renovation with installation of dirt surface


  Keeneland has begun installation of the dirt racing surface on its main track, the final step in the renovation project that is on schedule for completion next month.   The surface material is a blend of approximately 19,000 tons …

Kelley Farmer continues winning ways with talented string at Ky. Summer Horse Show


  Revival and Enticement have not seen the show ring since the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, but they picked up right where they left off Tuesday at the Kentucky Horse Park. With Kelley Farmer in the irons, the two talented …

The smaller the better? Some in show horse industry looking to preserve one-night events


  By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   For those in the show horse industry, this is the busiest time of year with events held nearly every week all across the state and region. While many of those shows take place …

TOBA to hold two educational clinics and its members meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


  The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is holding two educational events, as well as its annual Members Meeting, in Saratoga Springs, New York the first week of August.   Monday, August 4: Pedigree and Conformation Clinic at Fasig-Tipton Sales …

Kentucky Horse Park the site for 2014 FEI North America Junior Championships


The first day of competition at the 2014 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships kicked off at the Kentucky Horse Park, with dressage riders taking to the Rolex Stadium.   Region 7 and Region 1 proved unbeatable …

Horses as Therapy: Life Adventure Center’s equine programming reaches veterans, others


  By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   Horses are revered as therapy, packaged in a half-ton of brute strength. Their magical calming effect is used in specialized programs for people with emotional or physical limitations and in casual settings for …

New Vocations receives ASPCA grant
for racing thoroughbred aftercare


  New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced this week that a grant has been awarded by the the www.aspca.org”>American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to aid the non-profit program in rehabilitating Thoroughbreds retiring from the racetrack.   …

Kentucky Horse Council announces
election of four new board officers


The Kentucky Horse Council elected a new President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary at its July 14 Board Meeting. The elections include Kathy Hopkins – President, Erin Woodall – Vice President, Becky Cox – Treasurer, and Madelyn Millard – Secretary. …

Kentucky Downs will feature turf course, rail renovations for five-day September race meet


  The purchase of a world class turf rail and a number of other course improvements are underway for the 2014 Kentucky Downs live race meet which begins on Saturday, September 6. The five-day season, which will offer a daily …

Summer Youth Employment students to learn about horse careers in state at Ky. Horse Park


  Nearly 75 students in Lexington’s Summer Youth Employment Program will see unique and varied careers associated with Kentucky’s horse industry in an Equine Career Day visit to the Kentucky Horse Park on July 17.   A public-private partnership between …

Trainer LoPresti relieved after Wise Dan returns for first breeze since colic surgery


Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan turned in his first breeze since colic surgery Friday at Keeneland and his trainer said all went well.   “Couldn’t ask for anything better for his first breeze,” Charlie LoPresti said after …

U.S. Pony Club celebrates 60 years of equine education at Kentucky Horse Park festival


  The United States Pony Clubs Inc. will be celebrating 60 years in equine education at the 11th triennial Festival to take place July 14-21, 2014, at the Kentucky Horse Park. It is anticipated that over 5,000 members, their families, …

Lexington Junior League Charity Horse
Show begins weeklong run at The Red Mile


  The best of the Saddlebreds will be featured this week in the 78th annual Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show.   The event will be held from Monday through Saturday, July 7-12, at The Red Mile.   The event …

Partnership provides 150 students chance
to experience working in horse industry


  About 150 students in the Summer Youth Employment Program in Lexington will get to observe the unique and varied careers associated with Kentucky’s horse industry this summer, thanks to a public-private partnership.   Partners for Youth and Equestrian Events, …

Standing Out: Rare white Thoroughbreds pique curiosity, command celebrity status


  By Liane Crossley Kyforward correspondent   White Thoroughbreds have a certain allure. Reminiscent of mythical unicorns and The Lone Ranger’s legendary Silver, the ivory beauties stand out among their peers.   Paul and Berva Megson and their family became …