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Kentucky Horse Council chooses former state attorney Ross to serve as executive director

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The Kentucky Horse Council has named 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. Ross …

Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch begins; horse farms urged to begin monitoring

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An eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch was reported March 23 in Scott County.   According to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist, the tiny larvae will continue to emerge over the next two …

Keeneland announces security protocols for 2015 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes participants

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Keeneland has announced security measures for horses participating in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1), a nationally prominent prep for the Kentucky Derby, to be held Saturday, April 4.   Horses competing in the Toyota Blue Grass are required …

International equine welfare organization Brooke USA hosts royalty in Louisville

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  Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall commemorated the advancement of Brooke USA at a reception for Brooke donors and guests at Churchill Downs on March 20.   As President of the Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare …

West Wind Farm to host Thoroughbred showcase following Rolex Three-Day Event

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Thoroughbreds For All, an event that showcases the versatility of the Thoroughbred horse, will once again be hosted at the conclusion of the dressage phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on Friday, April 24.   Hosted at New Vocations …

Study finds common equine parasite misidentified in veterinary textbooks

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A recent study led by Martin Nielsen, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center, found that all veterinary medicine textbooks have misidentified a common equine parasite.   The large equine roundworm Parascaris equorum, commonly referred to …

Three Chimneys’ Dubai Sky takes Spiral Stakes win, may be nominated for Derby

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  By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward   Even a third round NCAA Tournament game featuring the undefeated University of Kentucky Wildcats couldn’t keep the crowd away from the Grade 3 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes Saturday.   Attendance figures …

Keeneland Library Series begins March 24 with presentation on turf writer Joe Palmer

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The 2015 edition of the Keeneland Library Lecture Series kicks off March 24 with a unique presentation by Lexington-area actor and playwright Walter May, who will perform for the first time in public a one-man show he created about legendary …

Proposal exempting Keeneland, Breeders’ Cup from state’s pari-mutuel tax signed into law

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  Keeneland will be exempt from the pari-mutuel tax on wagering on live races during the two days of the Breeders’ Cup Oct. 30 and 31, 2015, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday.   …

Kentucky Horse Park welcomes tourists, equine competitors for 2015 summer season

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  The Kentucky Horse Park launches its 2015 tourism season Sunday, March 15. The place to get close to horses, with breeds both large and small, rare and more well-known, represented throughout the grounds, the park offers visitors a unique …

A Very Special Horse: Breeder Fojan looking to Dortmund to fulfill ‘winner’s circle’ dream

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  By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward   Emilie Fojan has had some special horses at Bona Terra Stud farm near Lexington, but the one that is currently on the Kentucky Derby trail might be the best yet. Dortmund, bred …

Kentucky Equine Education Project unveils new license plate featuring Seattle Slew

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  A new license plate option for Kentucky drivers has been unveiled by the Kentucky Equine Education Project Foundation. The new license plate will feature a photo of the legendary Seattle Slew, and proceeds from the sale of each plate …

After two-year absence, Spring Horse Show returning to Kentucky Horse Park in May

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  The Kentucky Horse Park will be full of action this spring, as the world-class facility hosts two weeks of world-ranking show jumping events.   The Kentucky Spring Horse Show Series will be presenting an FEI CSI2* and CSI3* ranked …

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event returns
to Kentucky Horse Park April 23-26

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  The 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington April 23 – 26. This Olympic-level, high-stakes competition draws riders and horses to Kentucky from all over the world.   This …

Award-winning professional O’Shields named managing director of Keeneland Hospitality

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Keeneland has announced that W. Bryan O’Shields, an award-winning hospitality professional with experience at leading resorts and world-renowned entertainment companies, will become managing director of Keeneland Hospitality.   O’Shields previously served as Corporate Vice President of Food and Beverage for …