July 12-14, 2012
The Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference (SETC) will be held in Lexington, KY in July. This is the first time this conference has come to Kentucky! We are excited to have this opportunity to host the conference and trail leaders from around the country.
For Kentucky trail riders, this is a unique opportunity to hear national speakers and to mingle with other trail leaders from the Southeast U.S. as well as around the country.
We want to have a good show of support from Kentucky, with a good turnout of Kentucky trail riders and leaders.
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Lexington, KY, March 22, 2012 – The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has awarded the Kentucky Proud Partner in Excellence to the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) in recognition of their commitment to the growth and sustainability of agriculture in the Commonwealth.
“Extending the Kentucky Proud program to equines has always been a Kentucky Horse Council goal,” remarked Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council. “The horse industry provides a significant contribution to direct farm impact in the Commonwealth, so we were delighted to work with the Department of Agriculture to get the equine Kentucky Proud program initiated. We are honored by this Partner of Excellence Award and plan to continue our active involvement in with the Agriculture Department in the Kentucky Proud Program.”
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The Kentucky Horse Council is collecting donations for our U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund, which will help provide feed & supplies to horses affected by the tornadoes.
The U.S. Disaster Relief Fund exists to support state and local efforts to provide feed and housing for affected horses in natural disasters. We provide the funding to organizations such as a county extension service, and they in turn coordinate the relief efforts, such as purchasing hay, for owners/horses that need it.
We will be providing financial assistance to many organizations this week with the U.S. Disaster Relief Fund, and will need financial support to continue these efforts. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please click here to make a tax deductible donation. The horses of Kentucky will thank you!
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Lexington, KY, March 5, 2012 – The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) is providing coordination for the U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund to support horse owners affected by this past week’s tornadoes. KHC has experience responding to equine crises through this fund and the Save Our Horses (SoHo) Fund.
“In the past, we have supported many victims of flooding and disasters in other states, and now it is Kentucky which needs this support. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this tragedy. The U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund will help Kentucky horse owners with temporary feed and fencing as they work to recover from this disaster,” remarked Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council.
“We are also in touch with the Indiana Horse Council to determine the extent of the need there,” she continued.
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Lexington, KY, February 21, 2012 – Livestock Investigation Training for county and state officials returns to Asbury University March 14-16, 2012. Developed by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) in partnership with the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) with input from experienced enforcement officers, veterinarians, and livestock producers, the three day course is tailored to the needs of the Commonwealth.
Throughout the Level I training, attendees learn how to handle horses and cattle, access body condition score in both species, identify situations that need intervention, and apply Kentucky statutes to animal cases. Attendees practice handling and evaluating live horses and cattle as well as examining Kentucky statutes and enforcement procedures.
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Lexington, KY, February 7, 2012 – The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) today announced that it has pledged $25,000 to the Kentucky Equine Survey.
In November 2011, the University of Kentucky announced the plans for the Kentucky Equine Survey, in partnership with the Kentucky Horse Council. KHC was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Agriculture Development Funds for this survey, with a promise of another $100,000 in funds if the equine industry would match that $100,000 with an equal amount.
“This survey is of extreme importance to the future of our industry,” said Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council. “This will be the first comprehensive survey of Kentucky’s horses in 35 years. We need an accurate and detailed baseline to determine areas for industry growth. Our pledge is a commitment to this effort. The KHC Board hopes other groups/businesses will respond to this challenge pledge. All donations, no matter how large or small, are important steps toward this industry goal.”
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Lexington, KY, January 31, 2012 – At their annual banquet on January 13, 2012, The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) presented awards for excellence in support to the equine industry.
The 2011 KHC Volunteer of the Year is Brian Rogers of Mercer County. Brian has always willingly volunteered to help with booths, set up for events, and transport materials when needed. An emergency room employee at the UK Hospital, Brian has a busy and changing work schedule, but tries to arrange his schedule to be available to volunteer. He is also a volunteer President of the Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen, and in his spare time drives to Auburn, Alabama where his wife is attending Vet School.
The 2011 KHC Horsemen’s Hero was presented to Tom Tuck of Murray, Kentucky. Tom and his wife Theo have worked with the Murray State University Rodeo Team for many years, both before and after they both retired. He supports the student team in fund-raising, transports their rodeo equipment and horses to competitions around the country, and works with what he and Theo call “our kids” while they practice and organize their student rodeo team. Tom has also volunteered to help with trail development in the Western part of Kentucky.
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Lexington KY, January 17, 2012 – The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) welcomes the following new members to the 2012 KHC Board:
Jeff Fisk – Jeff Fisk has been involved with the Kentucky Paint Horse Association, the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, and the Kentucky Cutting Horse Association for many years and is currently a National Director for the National Cutting Horse Association. In addition, his equine activities include involvement in the North American Livestock Exhibition, the Kentucky State Fair Association, KEEP and Thoroughbred Sales. Jeff is also on the Kentucky Horse Park Board and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Board.
Ottis Jean Lane – Ottis Jean Lane has been a horse owner for over fifty years. Over the years she has owned, shown and bred Mountain horses, Tennessee Walking horses and American Saddlebreds. She is licensed to judge all of the Mountain breeds of horses and all flatshod gaited breeds affiliated with Friends of Sound Horses/FOSH. Ms. Lane also owns cattle and is the Morgan County Farm Bureau’s Equine Committee Chairperson as well as being a member of the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Equine Advisory Committee. Prior to her retirement, Ms. Lane, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University, taught science at the Morgan County High School for 28 years.
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Urgent: Need Participation from KY Horsemen
Dear Kentucky Horsemen (and women):
For the first time in 35 years, Kentucky will do a full, statewide survey of ALL BREEDS AND DISCIPLINES OF HORSES, PONIES, MULES, and DONKEYS. Getting accurate figures for our horse community is critical to developing plans to improve the industry, access more trails and equine facilities, assess equine business opportunities, and get public officials’ attention.
This survey is being done by the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, in partnership with the Kentucky Horse Council and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. To read more about the study, go to http://www2.ca.uky.edu/equine/kyequinesurvey.
WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION.
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Country’s Oldest Indoor Horse Show Comes to Kentucky
What are you doing next week? Anything really exciting? Riding season is winding down… weather is getting chilly… you’re looking forward to Thanksgiving but it’s not quite here.
Hop in the car and come to the National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park November 2-6th — this is America’s OLDEST INDOOR HORSESHOW, founded in 1883 and held in Madison Square Garden in New York for many years.
Now it has moved to Kentucky, for what we hope will be a permanent home.
If you were one of those people who thought the World Equestrian Games’ tickets were too expensive, you’ll like what you hear about the National Horse Show: TICKETS START AT $10.00. (Children 12 and under are FREE.)
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