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Kentucky Equine Education Project welcomes Elisabeth Jensen as new executive vice president

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has tapped lifelong horse enthusiast and Race for Education co-founder Elisabeth Jensen as its new executive vice president. Joe Clabes, KEEP’s executive director since April 2015, is leaving KEEP to become a senior consultant and strategist with the business-management consulting firm Loch Harbour Group and to pursue other business opportunities in...

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 –...

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...

Kentucky Philanthropy elects Al Rider chair; to hold Summit in NKY, release updated Transfer of Wealth

The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative (KPI) Board of Directors elected former Central Kentucky Community Foundation CEO Al Rider of Elizabethtown as Chairman. Rider’s election comes as KPI prepares for the 9th Annual Summit on Philanthropy, which will be held for the first time in Northern Kentucky at the Newport Aquarium on August 29-30. Known as “Mr. Education” in Hardin County, Rider has held...

Bill defining horses as livestock goes to Bevin for signature, called a ‘step forward for the industry’

The Kentucky House of Representatives unanimously passed Senate Bill 139, which would amend the definition of livestock in Kentucky to include horses and equines. The bill now moves to Gov. Matt Bevin for his signature. Securing livestock classification has been among the top policy priorities of the Kentucky Equine Education Project since its 2004 creation. “SB 139 is an important step forward...

KEEP Day gives legislators a chance to discuss the importance of the horse industry to state economy

Kentucky equine-industry participants and supporters got the chance to emphasize the important impact horses have on the state and local economies during visits with state legislators on KEEP Day in Frankfort, organized by the Kentucky Equine Education Project. Several dozen stakeholders in Kentucky’s $4 billion horse industry told an array of lawmakers their individual stories and advocated for...

People in the News: Rider joins KPI board of directors; Head to lead Oliver Group in Kentucky

The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative has announced that former Central Kentucky Community Foundation CEO Al Rider of Elizabethtown has joined its Board of Directors. “Al Rider’s vision and passion for his community and the Central Kentucky Community Foundation is unmatched,” said Joe Clabes, KPI president. “His experience in establishing a new community foundation and advancing policies that...

Kentucky Equine Education Project schedules day to meet legislators in Frankfort for Feb. 22

The Kentucky Equine Education Project has scheduled KEEP Day in Frankfort during the 2017 legislative session for Wednesday, Feb. 22, making it easy for those involved in the industry to meet with their state legislators to discuss the importance of horses to their districts’ economy. “Twenty-eight new legislators were elected in the Kentucky State House of Representatives in the November elections,...

KEEP to honor former governor Brereton Jones, Old Friends farm with inaugural Industry vision awards

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has announced former governor and founding KEEP member, Brereton Jones, and Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm as recipients of the inaugural Industry Vision Award during the KEEP Equine Industry Conference on Oct. 18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington. A committee made up of KEEP Board members chose nominees with recipients determined by secret...

American Horse Council president Broadway to deliver keynote at Equine Industry Conference

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) will convene a gathering of horse industry leaders and policy makers from across the state to discuss ways to protect and promote the Commonwealth’s signature industry. The Equine Industry Conference will take place on Oct. 17-18 at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike in Lexington. “KEEP is proud to bring leaders from across the state together to discuss...

Zepeda, Rider, Hammons to be recognized for service during Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy

Susan Zepeda of Louisville, Al Rider of Elizabethtown and Mike Hammons of Northern Kentucky will be recognized for extraordinary service at the eighth annual Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy next week in Lexington. They will be presented with the prestigious Commonwealth Award during the Summit’s luncheon program on Sept. 1. The Summit convenes at the Griffin Gate Marriott on Aug. 31 and Sept....

Sales tax equity for state horse industry takes step forward with House committee approval

The effort to achieve sales tax equity for Kentucky’s horse industry took a step forward when the Kentucky House Agriculture Committee unanimously approved HB 112 Wednesday. Introduced by Rep. Mike Denham, HB 112 will provide exemption from state sales tax for feed, supplies and equipment used to raise and care for equines, equivalent to the tax policy for other agriculture animals. >Introduced...

Joe Clabes appointed executive director of Kentucky Equine Education Project

Joe Clabes has been appointed executive director of Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), it was announced by the Board of Directors of the Lexington-based organization.   Clabes represented KEEP during the recently completed 2015 Kentucky legislative session and has worked in equine policy on the state and federal level for over 15 years. Along with his lifelong involvement in the horses...

New team serving autistic adults named semi-finalist in the Business For Good Competition

Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative President Joe Clabes, left, Opportunity for Work and Learning CEO David Boggs and Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Linda Linville make up WISE, a new organization in Lexington to serve adults with autism. (Photo provided)   WISE, a Lexington-based start-up social enterprise serving adults with autism, has announced that they...