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Keeneland to host fifth graders for educational experience about region’s Thoroughbred industry

Keeneland will welcome approximately 2,900 fifth-grade students from 33 area public and private schools each day this week for a two-hour interactive tour designed to expand their knowledge of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. More than 23,000 fifth-grade students have participated in the program, now in its ninth year. “These tours are fun experiences for students that...

Kentucky Horse Council offers Large Animal Emergency Rescue training Sept. 20-22 in Lexington

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced Large Animal Emergency Rescue (LAER) training will be held Sept. 20-22 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and registration is now open. The LAER training will be taught by 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC and instructors Justin and Tori McLeod. Both instructors have extensive experience with equine and livestock as well as working as emergency responders....

Kentucky Horse Park, Rood & Riddle to conduct Man o’ War look-alike photo contest

The Kentucky Horse Park and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital have joined together to create the My Man o’ War Look-Alike photo contest. This social media event challenges horse owners to submit photos of their horse recreating a famous photo of Man o’ War that is posted on the Kentucky Horse Park, Rood & Riddle, and Hats Off Day Facebook pages. The contest is open to any equine breed and...

Horse Calls: Rood & Riddle’s brand of caring documented in ‘Small Business Revolution’

Veterinarian and co-founder of Rood & Riddle, Dr. Thomas Riddle focuses primarily on breeding and makes daily house calls to Lexington-area farms. Rood & Riddle is one of 100 small businesses featured in the nationwide ‘Small Business Revolution’ documentary project from Deluxe Corp. (Photos by Ed Kashi/Small Business Revolution)   Caring for a sick horse is much more complicated...

Keeneland Field Trip: Too young to race, but not to learn about Kentucky horse industry

The Jockey Garden in the paddock is popular with visitors, including these children from Fayette County Public Schools. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   In a brisk 10-station tour, fifth-graders caught a glimpse of how Keeneland functions and why Thoroughbreds are vital to the Commonwealth. The field trip led them through the sales pavilion, the paddock,...