Next Membership Meeting:

February 20, 2013 at the Red Mile

With Dr. Kristina Lu

“The subfertile mare: little things count”

Dr. Kristina LuKristina G. Lu, VMD, DACT

Kristina is a Philadelphia native, practiced in and around Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and completed a residency in Theriogenology (aka animal reproduction) at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center. She migrated to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in 2005. Her passion is problem solving subfertile horses. Her hobbies include eating, drinking (bourbon is a major food group in her house), and keeping up with her husband’s jokes.

Board Certifications
Diplomate, American College of Theriogenologists

Memberships & Affiliations
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA)
Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP)
Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club (KTFMC)
American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)
Society for Theriogenologist (SFT)

• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. February 17th, 2013.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at The Red Mile.
• Dinner begins at 6:45 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.


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Your help is needed!

Colostrum Reserves are Low!

COLOSTRUM ALERTHagyards and Rood & Riddle both have less than 10 pints of colostrum on hand at this time.

Please help by milking your foaling mares and donating a pint today!

The bank is only successful due to the donor farms, without them there would be no bank.

Online Charity Auction Benefiting Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility Continues as Fourth Couture ‘Kentucky Derby Hat’ Goes On the Block.

GEORGETOWN, KY – FEBRUARY 5, 2013–“Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby,” the 4th Annual Online Charity Auction produced by Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility, and custom millinery Maggie Mae Designs®, continued February 1st as bidding opened on a new handcrafted Kentucky Derby Hat.

Old Friends opened bidding on “The Popcorn Deelites,” a beautiful chapeau honoring the gelding more famous for his role in the film Seabiscuit than his years in the claiming ranks on the racetrack.

Bidding will be conducted for 10 days only. Log on to the Old Friends website at and follow the link. The hat can also be viewed by visiting

This is the fourth of six unique creations by milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of Maggie Mae Designs® that will be auctioned this season. Each of the six Steinmann pieces will be inspired by one of the pensioned racehorses at Old Friends. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit.

Popcorn Deelites, the son of Grade 1 winner Afternoon Deelites (also an Old Friends resident), was a low-level claimer whose career took a turn when he was cast as one of the eight horses to play Seabiscuit in the Oscar-nominated film. A blood-bay with dark points, just like the Depression-era hero himself, Pops did accumulate 11 wins in his six-year career, and earned nearly $60,000.

Steinman’s whimsical Popcorn Deelites hat plays off the gelding’s movie-star status. Seabiscuit’s recognizable red and white racing silks provide the color palette and playful polka dots and elegant trimmings accent the design.

The hat’s foundation was created using black and white polka dot cotton lined and the under brim is lined with red silk. A sash of a scarlet taffeta encircles the base and culminates in an off-center poppy made out of two layers of red silk organza.

“I was told that one of Popcorn Deelites’s nicknames is ‘Poppy,’ says Steinmann. “This offered the perfect floral imagery for the trim centerpiece.”

As always, a physical remembrance is included. Several strands of Popcorn Deelites tail hairs have been braided into the trim, resulting in a one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau.

Bidding began February 1st at 8 pm. To bid, log on to and follow the link.  The auction will be open for 10 days only. For additional information contact Cynthia Grisolia at (347-423-7322) or Maggie Mae Designs® at (508-430-1626).

Maggie Mae Designs® Custom Millinery offers magnificent hats for all occasions – from glamorous racing events such as the Kentucky Derby and the Royal Ascot to stunning and unique bridal wear and handsome cocktail fashions. Owner Sally Faith Steinmann personally handcrafts every design.  Salons of her fashions can be viewed at


Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 120 retired racehorses.  It’s Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division. For more information on tours or to make a donation contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at

Kentucky Equine Survey releases initial findings

By Holly Wiemers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2013) – Kentucky is home to 242,400 horses and the total value of the state’s equine and equine-related assets is estimated at $23.4 billion, according to the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey.

The comprehensive statewide survey of all breeds of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules was the first such study since 1977. Conducted between June and October 2012 by the Kentucky field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, with support and assistance by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and the Kentucky Horse Council, the survey’s results identified 35,000 equine operations and 1.1 million acres devoted to equine use. The results are a snapshot of the 2011 calendar year.

“The value of Kentucky’s equine and equine-related assets, such as land and buildings, is significantly larger than other states for which we have data, and it serves to underscore that Kentucky is the Horse Capital of the World,” said Jill Stowe, UK associate professor in agricultural economics and project lead. “Upcoming economic impact analysis results will provide even more details regarding the importance of the industry to the state’s economy.”

Phase 1 of the study was a statewide survey of equine operations that included an inventory of all breeds of equine, including horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. It included a look at sales, income, expenses and assets of those operations. County-level results from Phase 1 are expected soon. Phase 2 of the project will entail an economic impact analysis of Kentucky’s equine industry. Phase 2 information will be available mid-2013.

With regard to the inventory of Kentucky’s equine operations, the study determined that 56 percent are farms or ranches and 30 percent are for personal use, while 3 percent are boarding, training or riding facilities. Breeding operations accounted for 2 percent.

The vast majority of horses inventoried were light horses (216,300), followed by donkeys and mules (14,000), ponies (7,000) and draft horses (5,100). Thoroughbreds are the most prevalent breed in the state (54,000), followed by Quarter Horses (42,000), Tennessee Walking Horses (36,000), Saddlebreds (14,000), donkeys, mules and burros, Mountain Horse breeds (12,500) and Standardbreds (9,500).

“The University of Kentucky study objectively and scientifically validates the importance of the horse industry to our state. This may well be the most significant body of work ever undertaken to estimate the economic significance of horses to Kentucky,” said Norman K. Luba, executive director of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council. “As horse industry enthusiasts, we are indebted to the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and the Kentucky Horse Council.”

The primary use of the majority of Kentucky’s equines is trail riding/pleasure (79,500), followed by broodmares (38,000), horses currently idle/not working (33,000), competition/show (24,500), horses currently growing, including yearlings, weanlings and foals (23,000), racing (15,000), work/transportation (12,500), breeding stallions (3,900) and other activities (13,000).

“Kentucky’s horse industry is important to a diverse set of people across the Commonwealth, from the 9-year-old 4-H member with her pony to the retired school teacher who just took up trail riding,” said Anna Zinkhon, Kentucky Horse Council Board president. “It is the Kentucky Horse Council’s goal to keep this industry alive and growing. The Kentucky Equine Survey provides us with the numbers, so we’ll know how to develop programs to emphasize strengths as well as work on improving areas of need. It is an important window into the future.”

According to the study, the estimated value of the 242,400 equines in Kentucky is about $6.3 billion. In addition, the estimated value of equine-related assets, including land and buildings, vehicles and equipment, feed and supplies and tack and equestrian clothing, is $17.1 billion, bringing the total value of Kentucky’s equine and equine-related assets to $23.4 billion.

The total of all equine-related sales and income for equine operations in 2011 was about $1.1 billion. That total came from sales of all equines, estimated to be $521.1 million, and $491 million in income from services provided, including both breeding and non-breeding services such as training, lessons, boarding, farrier, transportation, purses, incentives, etc.

The study found that total equine-related expenditures by equine operations in 2011 totaled about $1.2 billion. Capital expenditures by equine operations, including the purchase of equines, real estate and improvements and equipment, were estimated to be $337 million. Operating expenditures, including expenses paid for boarding, feed, bedding, veterinary, supplies, farrier services, breeding, maintenance and repair, insurance premiums, utilities and fuel, taxes, rent and/or lease, fees and payments, shipping and travel, training and other fees, totaled $839 million. Notably, 77 percent of these operating expenses were spent in Kentucky.

“We are pleased that this Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund investment made by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board will provide benefits to one of our state’s signature industries,” said Roger Thomas, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. “The results of this survey will validate the economic benefits of all breeds of equine to Kentucky’s overall economy.”

“The College of Agriculture is proud of this project because first and foremost, it represents the best available methods of surveying that universities and government can provide. But the most compelling aspect of this study is that our future policy discussions can be guided by solid numbers. We thank the Kentucky Horse Council and the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy as well as our numerous donors, for recognizing how much the Horse Capital of the World needs a sound foundation for policy decisions,” said Nancy Cox, associate dean for research in UK’s College of Agriculture, Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station director and administrative leader for UK Ag Equine Programs.

Funding for the project was provided by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, along with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, the Kentucky Horse Council and numerous other industry organizations and individuals, a complete listing of which can be found on the project’s website.

More information about the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey can be found on the UK Ag Equine Programs website at or on Kentucky Horse Council’s website at A copy of the complete Phase 1 results, including county-level breakdowns, will also be posted on both of these websites when they become available.

KTFMC mourns the loss of Past President and Farm Manager of the Year, Henry White

White, Henry Henry Dulin White, 85, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013. He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Kathryn Henderson White, daughters Kathryn “Kitty” White, Jean (Robert) Williams, and son Henry D. “Hank” (Andrea) White II. He was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on September 27, 1927, the son of the late Cyrus “Cy” White and Mary Dulin White.

Henry was a 1952 graduate of the University of Kentucky, and later served in the United States Air Force.

Experienced in all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry, Henry was an internationally renowned and respected third generation horseman. He was the manager of Elsmeade and Plum Lane Farms, until his retirement in 2002. Mr. White was the breeding advisor to Mr. Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stable resulting in 1969 Belmont winner and Horse of the Year Arts and Letters, 1970 Horse of the Year, Fort Marcy, 1972 Champion Male Key to the Mint, European Horse of the Year, Mill Reef, and 1993 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Sea Hero, to name a few. He was advisor to Thomas P. Whitney for which he raised Florida Derby winner Cryptoclearance, H.H. The Aga Khan, Nelson Bunker Hunt, Hall of Fame trainer J. Elliott Burch, Preston Burch, and others. He was a highly successful breeder and owner in his own right.

Mr. White was a member of the Keeneland Club, Past President of the Thoroughbred Club of America, Vice President of the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation, a lifetime member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Manager’s Club earning the distinction of Kentucky’s Farm Manager of the Year in 1979, Director Emeritus of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, two term President of the Thoroughbred Breeders of Kentucky, a founder of KEEP, and a Fellow of the UK Alumni Association. He also was presented the “Hardboot Breeders Award” by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders.

Mr. White is also survived by grandsons Randy and Ross Guffey, granddaughter Ashley Williams, step-grandchildren Leigh Ann Guffey Byers, Carrie Roe and Andrew Cropper, brother-in-law Tommy Nelson, sisters-in law Helen (Bob) Edwards, Jessie Drake, Sue (Phillip) Collins, Tommy (Shirlene) Henderson, Willis (Rose) Henderson and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents and sister, Betty White Nelson.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 until 7:30 PM at Milward – Man O’ War, 1509 Trent Blvd. A memorial service will be 2:30 PM Wednesday at Milward – Man O’ War.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, the Salvation Army or to a charity of one’s choice.

Services will be held at:
Milward Funeral Directors – Man O’ War
1509 Trent Blvd.
Lexington, Kentucky 40515
Service scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January Membership Meeting

January 23, 2013 at the Red Mile

With Dr. Craig Carter

“In Pursuit of a Leptospirosis Vaccine for the Horse”


Dr. Craig CarterCraig N. Carter received his DVM at Texas A&M University in 1981.  After 5 years in primarily large animal practice, he returned to Texas A&M and completed a Master of Science and a PhD at Texas A&M University in epidemiology and public health.  He is a board certified diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.  He served as a lecturer in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Head of Epidemiology and Informatics in the diagnostic laboratory at Texas A&M until 2005 when he joined the University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science as a professor of epidemiology.  His military career spanned four decades, retiring from the Army Reserves as a Colonel in 2009.  He is currently the director of the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory where he oversees lab operations, conducts research and works with his graduate students.

• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. January 18th, 2013.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at The Red Mile.
• Dinner begins at 6:45 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.


To register for this meeting select your payment preference:

Announcing our 2013 Board of Directors!

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Claiborne Farm
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