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Horse care apprenticeship program registered in Kentucky; provides ‘earn and learn’ training

Through collaboration with employers and educational entities, a new horse care apprenticeship program has recently been registered with the Kentucky and United States Departments of Labor. This opportunity, aimed at providing “earn and learn” training in horsemanship, is an Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program for individuals interested in working in the horse industry. Given the...

Second round of COVID-19 Kentucky Equine Business Impact Survey now open until July 13

The Kentucky Equine Education Project and the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program jointly announced the release of the second round of their COVID-19 Kentucky Equine Business Impact Survey. The survey will be shared with employers throughout Kentucky’s horse industry and community to further capture the impacts of the pandemic on the Commonwealth’s signature industry. The second...

KY Equine Education Project responds to suspension of H-2B work visas, a blow to horse industry

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) released the following response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that no new H-2B visas would be issued in 2020: “On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued an order that extends the federal government’s suspension of new H-2B visas, as well as other work visas, through the end of the year. This order, as with the previous...

Quarles praises Kentucky farm community On National Ag Day; recognizes ag economic impact

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is encouraging all Kentuckians to celebrate Kentucky’s agriculture community on National Ag Day and all week long during National Ag Week. “It’s important to realize during National Ag Week that Kentucky’s 75,000 farm families are responsible for more than 352,000 jobs and $45.86 billion of economic output in the Commonwealth,” said Quarles....

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...

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...

Sale of new Seattle Slew license plates will benefit KEEP Foundation educational programs

The Seattle Slew specialty license plate was officially made available to Kentucky drivers today. The new license plate features a photo of the legendary Seattle Slew. Proceeds from the sale of each plate will support the KEEP Foundation’s Grassroots Funding Program and educational activities. “This license plate, bearing the image of one of the greatest racing champions of all time, means a...

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...

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...

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...

KEEP, My Kentucky Tee combine to launch unique 'Horses Work' Tee-Shirt campaign

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) and My Kentucky Tee have partnered to produce an exclusive tee-shirt design that highlights the role of horses in Kentucky and supports KEEP’s mission to protect, preserve and promote the Commonwealth’s equine economy.   “It’s an honor for My Kentucky Tee to partner with KEEP on the Horses Work Tee Campaign,” said Mike Sandbrink, co-owner...

KEEP board approves resolution urging
tax equity for Kentucky’s horse industry

  The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Equine Education Project – KEEP – unanimously approved a resolution calling for equine tax equity for Kentucky’s horse industry. The board also approved the formation of an Equine Tax Equity Task Force appointing Frank Penn as chairman.   Consideration of the organization’s equine tax equity policy took place during the board’s...

KEEP board approves resolution urging tax equity for Kentucky's horse industry

  The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Equine Education Project – KEEP – unanimously approved a resolution calling for equine tax equity for Kentucky’s horse industry. The board also approved the formation of an Equine Tax Equity Task Force appointing Frank Penn as chairman.   Consideration of the organization’s equine tax equity policy took place during the board’s...

Heleringer hired as new executive director of Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP)

Bob Heleringer, a Louisville attorney who served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1980 to 2002, has been named the executive director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP).   Bob Heleringer “I believe that Bob is the perfect fit for the needs of KEEP,” said Corey Johnsen, Chairman of KEEP. “He has a lifelong appreciation of the horse industry and has a sterling record...

Kentucky Equine Education Project announces five new board members

The board of directors of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) announced today that five new members were added to the Board. At a meeting held on Jan. 15 the KEEP Board voted to accept Ellis Park, Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Farms, Scott Mallory of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, and trail riding advocate Roy Cornett as new Board members. In addition, Chip Bach, the General...