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KEEP convening second annual statewide Equine Industry Conference Oct. 15-16

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) will convene the second annual statewide gathering of leaders representing all aspects of Kentucky’s horse industry on Oct. 15-16 at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike in Lexington.

This year’s conference will bring together 300 representatives of all breeds and disciplines, legislative and regulatory policy-makers and emerging leaders from across the Commonwealth.

“The KEEP Equine Industry Conference is the only annual event held for the benefit of all aspects of Kentucky’s horse economy,” said Joe Clabes, KEEP Executive Director. “We’re excited to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event.”

Some of the most influential and knowledgeable people in the industry will join Monday’spanel discussions, including Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chairman Frank Kling and American Horse Council director of policy and legislative affairs Bryan Brendle.

The program is designed to inform and promote constructive discussion about strategies for protecting and growing Kentucky’s horse economy.

Panel topics will include the horse industry’s impact on Kentucky’s economy, state and federal legislation, the success of historical horse racing in strengthening year-around racing and workforce development challenges. Monday’s panel discussions will be moderated by Alan Balch, one of the best-known executives in both the racing and show-horse worlds.

Included on Sunday’s agenda will be a workshop to help participants learn to utilize their Internet presence and social media to more effectively implement marketing and communication strategies. The opening reception scheduled for 4:30-7 p.m. will provide an excellent networking opportunity with industry leaders and members of the Kentucky state legislature.

Online registration is open and a limited number of sponsorship opportunities remain available. Visit the conference registration site, or www.horseswork.com, for more information on the conference agenda, registration and sponsorships.

The Kentucky Equine Education Project is an all-breed 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, visit www.horseswork.com.


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