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UK Wildcat Wranglers give back to equine industry during inaugural Equine Week of Service

By Sabrina Jacobs University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Equine Programs put on its first Equine Week of Service Sept. 28-Oct. 3. Armed with sanitizer, masks and the desire to give back to the equine industry, students in a leadership program, the Wildcat Wranglers, created and implemented this week of service to give students a chance to...

Fayette County Public Schools works with community partners to send seniors out in style

Given that the class of 2020 has had a final semester of high school like none other, Fayette County Public Schools and several community partners are working together to ensure their graduation celebration is one-of-a-kind. Already this spring, seniors at all FCPS high schools and special programs have been feted with social media spots, website tributes and individual deliveries of yard signs. Staff...

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope names Pete Hester, Chris Johnson to Board of Directors

Pete Hester Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, which offers a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies at its base in the Kentucky Horse Park, is pleased to welcome Pete Hester, MD and Chris Johnson to its Board of Directors. Originally from Garden City, New York, Dr. Hester is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship at the...

Keeneland to feature AC Entertainment’s Railbird Festival, meshing music festival with horse racing

A new event will join Keeneland’s calendar in 2019, bringing with it significant economic and tourism impacts for Lexington. And, it isn’t a horse race. Nationally renowned festival producer AC Entertainment – of Bonnaroo, Forecastle, High Water, Moon River and other top music festivals – is introducing Railbird Festival, taking place on The Grounds at Keeneland this summer Aug. 10-11. “With...

Central Ky. Riding for Hope unveils new logo, website as part of community education rebranding efforts

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope has unveiled a new logo and website as part of its rebranding efforts focused on community education of the life-changing results Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship can produce. Services offered at CKRH have developed in recent years to provide more than the cornerstone program of Therapeutic Riding. A variety of non-mounted programs are also available through the...

Using horses to relax and refocus: Women’s retreat offered at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope

Area women will have a new method for self-care and personal development as Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and Charlotte Hiler Easley (Licensed Certified Social Worker) partner to provide specialized services using horses to relax and refocus. Starting Sept. 21, Easley and CKRH Programming and Equine Manager Lisa Swanson will begin a five-week series called Life Rhythms. Participants will learn...

Halters Worn by American Pharoah, other notable thoroughbreds among items in CKRH online auction

Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; his sire, Pioneerof the Nile; and grandsire, Empire Maker, are among the exciting Thoroughbred racing-related items in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the 37-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park that offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people of all ages. The online auction is part of...

University of Kentucky equine career fair will connect students, employers March 6 at Spindletop Hall

By Emma Tilghman Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its 10th annual UK Equine Career and Opportunity Fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. EST March 6 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington. The fair is planned each year by students for students through a class within UK’s Equine Science and Management undergraduate degree program. This is a free event open to all college students...

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope names Old National Bank vice president John Douglas to board

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, which offers a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies at its base in the Kentucky Horse Park, is pleased to welcome John Douglas to its Board of Directors. John Douglas A native of Cynthiana, he graduated from the University of Kentucky before starting a successful career in banking and finance that has spanned nearly 30 years. Douglas is currently a vice...

Halloween Tack Sale and Trail Ride fundraiser for Riding for Hope set for Oct. 28

Area horse enthusiasts will be able to find great deals on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the 19th annual Halloween Tack Sale and Trail Ride at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) located within the Kentucky Horse Park. The CKRH barn will be full of gently-used tack, riding gear, clothing and more donated by local supporters to be sold with proceeds benefiting CKRH. Donations for the Tack...

KEEP to honor Tim Capps, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope with Industry Vision Awards

The late Tim Capps and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope will be honored with the Industry Vision Awards during the Kentucky Equine Education Project’s second KEEP Equine Industry Conference this Sunday and Monday at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington. The Industry Vision Awards – which recognize an individual and an organization for outstanding contributions to the equine industry –...

Area rehabilitation organizations hosting adaptive sports event at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope

Organizations serving central Kentucky are joining together for the Adaptive Sports Roundup from 9-3 on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) located within the Kentucky Horse Park. Demonstrations of more than 20 adaptive sports will be led by representatives from CKRH, EasterSeals Cardinal Hill, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Kentucky Area Therapeutic Recreation Association,...

CKRH’s fundraising auction to feature halters worn by American Pharoah, other famous thoroughbreds

Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; popular racehorses such as Arrogate, California Chrome and Nyquest; and world-famous stallions including Frankel and Spreightstown are being offered in an online auction to raise funding for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, a therapeutic riding and horsemanship center located at the Kentucky Horse Park. The halters are part of the Silent Auction...

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Cardinal Hill team to offer specialized summer program

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and Easter Seals Cardinal Hill will join forces to offer the first ever Bluegrass HorseAbility, a summer day program aimed at providing fun and educational opportunities for children with special needs. The nine-week program will be held June 5 – August 4 at CKRH, the center providing equine-assisted therapies and activities located at the Kentucky Horse Park....

CKRH’s Chico named Therapy Horse of the Year by American Hippotherapy Association

he herd of 29 horses at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the facility at the Kentucky Horse Park that offers equine-assisted therapies and activities, is celebrating because one of their own received a national award. Chico, a 24-year-old Morgan cross, has been named the 2017 Horse of the Year by the American Hippotherapy Association in Fort Collins, Colorado. Chico was nominated by Lisa Harris,...

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope expanding its equine-assisted programming

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope proudly expanded its equine-assisted programming when Charlotte Hiler Easley, licensed clinical social worker and equine specialist in mental health and learning, moved her office into the CKRH facility located in the Kentucky Horse Park. Her office is new, but Charlotte is no stranger to CKRH. While completing a Masters in Social Work from Asbury in 2011, she first...

Halters worn by American Pharoah, California Chrome available for bids for CKRH fundraiser

Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; such popular racehorses as Kentucky Derby winners Animal Kingdom, California Chrome and Smarty Jones; and world-famous stallions including Distorted Humor, Dubawi, Medaglia d’Oro and War Front are being offered in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the 35-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park that offers...

Kentucky Horse Park the site for 48th High Hope Steeplechase on Sunday

The 48th High Hope Steeplechase returns to the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, May 22. For nearly 50 years, the High Hope Steeplechase has held a special place on the Kentucky spring calendar. It stands as one of the state’s most beloved traditions. Brimming in history and known as the “sport of kings,” steeplechasing stands as one of the most exciting equestrian competitions, and Lexington, has...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Riders, horses bond at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope program

We’ll take a ride with the folks at the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope program, located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where the bond between horse and rider makes all the difference in the lives of everyone involved. This facility offers horse-assisted activities and therapies that challenge people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential. Produced by WKU PBS Kentucky...

Children’s Charity Classic Week tees off ; dozens of celebrities set for tourney Friday

Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson, Tool Time girl Debbe Dunning and Justified actor Nick Searcy are among the dozens of celebrities slated to participate in the Children’s Charity Classic June 20-21 in Lexington.   The 34th annual Children’s Charity Classic Week kicks off today with a tee-off reception at 4 p.m. at the clubhouse at Andover Golf & Country Club, 3450 Old...