UK College of Agriculture inducts inaugural Hall of Distinguished Alumni

By Laura Skillman

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Dec. 14, 2012) – Five distinguished graduates of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture are being inducted Dec. 14 into the inaugural class of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Fifteen posthumous recipients will also be named.

This year’s inductees are Louis J. Boyd, Maurice Cook, David Switzer, Harold Workman and Joe Wright. These honorees have had outstanding careers and continue to serve as important members of their fields and in their communities.

For nearly 150 years, extraordinary alumni from College of Agriculture have contributed substantially to their chosen fields, their communities and society. To pay homage to these and future distinguished graduates, the college initiated the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This award is the highest honor the college will bestow. The college’s alumni association spearheaded the formation of this award.

“The Ag and HES Alumni Association is excited to support the establishment of the College of Agriculture Hall of Distinguished Alumni,” said Bill McCloskey, alumni association president. “It is important to recognize and celebrate our alumni that exemplified themselves by making significant contributions to their communities and profession while at the same time proudly representing the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.”

Boyd of Bogart, Ga., began his 41-year career of service to animal agriculture as an extension specialist at UK before moving on to distinguish himself at the University of Tennessee, Michigan State University and the University of Georgia. Under his leadership, external funding for Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Station increased more than four fold. He was instrumental in building the UGA alumni association and college development activities. Throughout his career, he was a mentor to students, student clubs and teams.

Cook, a world-renowned expert in soil and water conservation and a leader in the field of soil science, taught at North Carolina State University for more than 30 years before his retirement in 1992 at the rank of professor. He also served as the director of the North Carolina Division of Soil and Water where he initiated the first-in-the-nation soil and water conservation cost-share program for farmers. Cook also served as senior advisor for agricultural affairs for the state, representing the governor throughout the state and the world on issues of better soil and water conservation management.

Switzer of Lexington is recognized worldwide for his extensive knowledge, experience and accomplishments relating to the horse breeding and racing industries. In addition, he is an acknowledged expert in the field of equine foundation bloodstock and insurance, having owned and operated a bloodstock agency for many years. He promotes the Kentucky Thoroughbred industries locally, nationally and internationally. He played a vital communications role during the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome crisis in 2001-2002 and led efforts to create an emergency response team from state government and the industry should another such event occur.

Workman of Louisville currently serves as president and chief executive officer for the Kentucky State Fair Board. Thanks to his efforts, the Kentucky Exposition Center is home to several signature events including the North American International Livestock Exposition, the largest purebred livestock show in the world and the National Farm Machinery Show, which ranks as one of Louisville’s top attractions each year generating more than $20 million in annual economic impact.  Also under this leadership, the exposition center has been transformed to one of the 10 largest facilities of its type with more than 1.2 million square feet of indoor space.

Wright, a Harned farmer and implement dealer, served as state senator for 16 years and Senate majority leader for 11 years, during which time he helped support the purchase of the college’s Woodford County farm and spearheaded efforts to secure funding for additional college building needs. He is a past president of the Kentucky Burley Growers Cooperative, state fair board member, and Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching member. He served on the Breckinridge County school board, was a founding member of the Kentucky FFA Foundation and is a member of the 2012 Kentucky Tax Reform Commission.

“This recognition is a symbol of the respect and admiration we have for distinguished alumni and serves to encourage exemplary achievements by fellow alumni and current students,” said Scott Smith, dean of the College of Agriculture. “These alumni being inducted into our inaugural class have been outstanding leaders in their professions and in society, and it is our honor to acknowledge those contributions.”

The college will be naming a number of posthumous award recipients during the next three to five years to allow those alumni who have died prior to the initiation the Hall of Distinguished Alumni to also be honored. This year’s posthumous award recipients are Garland Bastin, Smith Broadbent Jr., Thomson Bryant, Patricia Buster, Frank Frazier, Opal Hurley Mann Green, John Heick, James Kabler, Pauline Park Wilson Knapp, Charles A. Mahan, Shirley Phillips, Doris Tichenor, Larry Turner, Mack Whiteker, and Harry Young Jr. Find more  information about these honorees at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/alumni.

The College of Agriculture Office for Advancement along with the Ag and HES Alumni Association administers the program.

Writer: Laura Skillman, 859-323-4761

UK College of Agriculture, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

TCA NAMES HAMELBACK AND MCMAHON TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

LEXINGTON, KY. — Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today the appointment of Eric Hamelback and Michael McMahon to its Board of Directors.
“We are very pleased to welcome Eric Hamelback and Mike McMahon to the TCA board. Eric and Mike will be a huge asset and I look forward to working with each of them,” said Dan Rosenberg president of TCA.
Hamelback is the General Manager of Adena Springs Farm and resides in Paris, Ky.  A graduate of Louisiana State University, he began his career as yearling manager at Prestonwood Farm and later moved to Adena Springs in the same role. Hamelback became general manager at Live Oak Stud in 2002 before returning to Adena Springs in 2005. He is a former president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, is an active Rotarian in the Bourbon County Rotary Club and a coach for Bourbon County’s youth and middle school football programs.
McMahon, a Saratoga Springs native, now resides in Versailles, Kentucky. A graduate of Cornell University and the Irish National Stud, he co-owns McMahon and Hill Bloodstock LLC with partner Jamie Hill. McMahon is also the manager and founder of Bourbon Lane Racing Stable and Spruce Lane Pinhooking. He currently serves on the board of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, is former president of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association and former vice president of the Belmont Child Care Association.
Hamelback and McMahon join current board members Amy Adkins, Shannon Arvin, Gretchen Jackson, Michael Levy, Braxton Lynch, Bob Manfuso, Pope McLean, Jr., Ellen Moelis, Herb Moelis, Dr. Jim Orsini, Dr. Scott Palmer, Josh Pons, Dan Rosenberg, Rob Whiteley and Peter Willmott.
TCA was formed in 1990 to raise and distribute funds to Thoroughbred related charities that work to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue, research and by helping the people who work with them. TCA’s largest annual fundraiser is a Stallion Season Auction. The 23rd annual Stallion Season Auction will be held January 3-5, 2013. For more information please visit www.tca.org. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).
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Erin Crady
Executive Director
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA)
P.O. Box 910668
Lexington, KY 40591
859.276.4989
859.276.2462 fax
www.tca.org

Case Clay named chair of UK’s Gluck Equine Research Foundation

Case Clay, new chair of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors.

Case Clay, new chair of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors.

PHOTO: supplied by Three Chimneys Farm

LEXINGTON, Ky.,Case Clay, president and chief executive officer of Three Chimneys Farm, was named chair of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors at its October meeting. Art Zubrod, manager of Brittany Farm, was named vice chair.

“Being elected chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation means a lot to me, as my grandfather, Albert G. Clay, was one of the founders and a board chair. My father, Robert Clay, also served on the board,” Clay said. “I will take this honor very seriously, and I am excited to work with the board to take the world’s only research facility with the majority of faculty doing full-time equine research to the next level.”

Clay joined the board in January 2010. Clay serves as a member of the Breeders’ Cup and also serves on the boards of directors of Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), the Federal Political Action Committee of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

“I am excited to work closely with Case as the new chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation. Case comes with a great knowledge of the horse industry and experience on numerous boards. This combination will provide him with the tools to be a very effective leader for the Gluck Foundation,” said Ed Squires, director of UK Ag Equine Programs and executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation.

“Mr. Case Clay’s leadership brings new enthusiasm combined with strong knowledge and experience from the horse industry to the Gluck Equine Research Foundation. I am looking forward to working with Case to navigate the Gluck Center through a new era of research that benefits the health and well-being of horses in Kentucky and around the world,” said Mats Troedsson, director of the Gluck Equine Research Center and chair of the UK Department of Veterinary Science.

Clay takes the leadership reins from Walter Zent, a veterinarian and former partner at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, who served on the Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors from December 2000 to October.

“Dr. Zent has served the Gluck Equine Research Foundation during a time that saw a change in leadership, expansion of research facilities at Maine Chance Equine Campus as well as financial challenges during the global downturn of the economy,” Troedsson said. “His longstanding association with the Gluck Center, combined with a true compassion for advances in equine veterinary medicine and science, made him uniquely suited to lead the Gluck Foundation during this time.”

“I can truly say that Walter is one of the most passionate people about the Gluck Center that I know. He has been a great advocate for the faculty and research coming out of the center,” Squires said. “Tom (Goncharoff) was the perfect vice chair. He was never afraid to question the status quo.”

Zubrod replaces Goncharoff, manager of Crystal Springs Farm in New Mexico, as vice chair. Goncharoff has served on the Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors since December 2006. Goncharoff’s term expires in January 2015.

Gluck Equine Research Foundation directors are elected to a four-year term and can serve two four-year terms. The Gluck Equine Research Foundation was formed as a nonprofit organization to provide the exchange of information between the Gluck Center and the horse industry and to secure funds. Since the foundation’s inception, it has been highly supportive in raising funds for equine research, endowed faculty positions and facilities.

The mission of the Gluck Center, a UK Ag Equine program, is scientific discovery, education and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the health and well-being of horses. The Gluck Center faculty conducts equine research in six targeted areas: genetics and genomics, infectious diseases and immunology, musculoskeletal science, parasitology, pharmacology/toxicology and reproductive health.

For more information on the Gluck Center, visit http://www.ca.uky.edu/gluck.

Contact:

Ed Squires, 859-218-1176;   Jenny Evans, 859-218-1089

Next Membership Meeting – Dr. Nathan Slovis

Next membership meeting:

December 11th, 2012 at the Red Mile.

Featuring:

Dr. Nathan Slovis

Update on lower respiratory tract diseases of the horse

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Nathan M. Slovis, DVM, DACVIM, CHT

Dr. Nathan Slovis is the Director of the McGee Center and a Member of the Hagyard Practice. He is a native of Annapolis, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Science from Radford University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University, interned at Arizona Equine Center and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Slovis has published over 30 manuscripts in both national and international peer reviewed veterinary journals. He is the Editor of both the Atlas of Equine Endoscopy and The Atlas of Diseases/Disorders of the Foal both distributed by Elsevier. He implemented the current Infectious Disease and Equine Emergency Response Programs at Hagyard and holds the position of Infectious Disease Officer and Equine Emergency Response Director. He is also a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist and a Member of the Veterinary Infectious Disease Society.

Board Certifications
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Certified Hyperbaric Technologist

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)
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)
Undersea and Hyperbaric Disease Society (UHMS)
Veterinary Infectious Disease Society
Veterinary Hyperbaric Medical Society
United States Equestrian Federation
United States Dressage Association

Presentation Summary:
Dr. Slovis’ talk will educate the audience about the host , environmental and risk factors that are associated with equine respiratory diseases. Respiratory diseases can cause a variety of clinical signs ranging from poor weight gain in foals to poor performance in the athlete. A variety of respiratory diseases will be discussed including rhodoccocus equi, bacterial pleuropneumonia (pleuritis), Small Airway inflammation and its association with poor race performance and exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Preventative medicine and a variety treatment options (including the use of nebulizer treatment protocols) will be discussed. This talk will be case based and will include videos and graphic images to help illustrate the lower respiratory tract diseases that can affect your horse.
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UK to study horse-farm worker safety with CDC grant

Uk multiyear project will identify concerns, make resources available

By Janet Patton — jpatton1@herald-leader.com

Every day, more than 10,000 people go to work on Kentucky Thoroughbred farms, taking care of high-strung 1,000-pound animals, often in close quarters. But nobody seems to know how dangerous this work might be, keep statistics on accidents, or share methods that prevent them.

This fall, the University of Kentucky has launched a multiyear study of the health and safety practices associated with the diverse workforce of the Thoroughbred industry, one of the state’s top agricultural enterprises.

The Thoroughbred Worker Health and Safety Study will be funded by a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of the UK Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention.

“I think there’s always been an issue with farm safety,” said Scott Mallory of Mallory Farms and president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club. “And I believe this study will kind of help show where we need some education and help some reforms along, and maybe form a resource for them to go to get the help they need.”

Farm work is inherently full of risks, as is working with horses.

“I think everybody knows agriculture is one of our more dangerous industries,” said Jennifer Swanberg, professor of social work and executive director of the Institute for Workplace Innovation at UK.

Swanberg is leading the study, designed to find ways to improve horse farm safety and provide those resources free to horse farms.

“When you talk to farm owners and managers … safety and health are primary concerns,” Swanberg said. “This was an area we identified that could help the industry.”

There will be three phases:

■ In-depth interviews with farm owners, managers and human resources personnel about safety issues;

■ Interviews with Thoroughbred farm workers recruited off-site, confidentially, about concerns;

■ Analysis of the data to determine what resources can be developed by UK to help improve safety.

“The premise of the study is to identify safety and health concerns of owners and farms, and identify promising practices that farms can put in practice for those issues,” Swanberg said.

She said she is encouraged that so many Thoroughbred industry groups and farms are eager to partner with the study.

“I think any time you talk about the health and safety of an industry, it can be perceived as a touchy subject,” Swanberg said.

But about 40 farms have agree to participate and a broad-based board from the Thoroughbred industry and from the farm-worker community will review all results. Information will be shared with all horse farms.

“I think it’s a study that needs to be done so we can make the workplace as safe as it should be,” said Mallory, of Mallory Farms. “Obviously, when you’re dealing with animals, you need to be prepared.”

Mallory said that people aren’t always as well-trained in safety, and that’s when problems can happen. The most common injuries he sees are horses stepping on feet.

David Switzer, executive director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, said the KTOBA is also participating in the project.

“I’m told one of the biggest claims is for back injury, from lifting 50-pound bales of straw and not doing it properly,” Switzer said.

“We’re all concerned about the health and welfare of the horse,” Switzer said. “Well, then, we ought to be concerned about the health of our employees as well.”

Janet Patton: (859) 231-3264. Twitter: janetpattonhl

Read more here:http://www.kentucky.com/2012/11/05/2396160/uk-to-study-horse-farm-worker.html#storylink=misearch

THOROUGHBRED CHARITIES OF AMERICA TO HONOR STRONACH, BELMONT CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Frank Stronach with the TCA Leadership Award and Belmont Child Care Association with the TCA Industry Service Award at the 23rd Annual Select Stallion Season Auction to be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky.

“Mr. Stronach and the Belmont Child Care Association personify the spirit of these awards,” said Dan Rosenberg, president of TCA. “We are extremely grateful for their contributions and dedication to our industry.”

The TCA Leadership Award is presented annually to an organization or individual whose philanthropic endeavors are consistent with TCA’s mission. Past award winners include Fasig-Tipton, Darley, Todd Pletcher, Roy and Gretchen Jackson and Bill Casner.

Frank Stronach is a five-time Eclipse award winning breeder and four-time Eclipse Award winning owner. In 2005, Stronach developed the first in-house retirement program, Adena Springs Retirement Program, to ensure a healthy and safe retirement for Adena Spring’s horses.  In 2011, Stronach created the Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Aftercare Program with matching funds donated by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. He also recently formed the Santa Anita Aftercare Program and has pledged to match the funds currently deducted from purses in support of aftercare.

“To be recognized by Thoroughbred Charities of America, which for more than 20 years has provided support and love for Thoroughbreds and the people who work for them, is a great honor. We must always remember to care for those who work in our industry, and we must make it our business to ensure every Thoroughbred during and after its racing career is afforded a safe and loving environment to prosper throughout its life,” said Frank Stronach.

The TCA Industry Service Award is presented annually to a current TCA grantee that exemplifies TCA’s mission. Past award winners include Old Friends, Kentucky Equine Humane Center, Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, New Vocations and Tranquility Farms.

Formed in 1998, the Belmont Child Care Association was created for the benefit of working families at New York area racetracks. In 2002, Anna House was built and donated to the BCCA to serve families of the backstretch by providing a high quality child care designed to enhance the emotional, social and education development of their children. The center provides scholarship funds to those unable to afford the cost of care.

“The Belmont Child Care Association subscribes to the philosophy that if you change the first five years and then you change everything. We want our children to become America’s productive citizens of tomorrow,” said Donna Chenkin, executive director of BCCA. “Anna House opened its doors on the Belmont Race Track to address the complicated challenge of the children of backstretch families who are at risk of failing school. Thanks to the education the children receive at Anna House and the support of the racing industry, when our graduates enter kindergarten they are engaged, healthy and eager to learn and ready to succeed.”

The TCA Stallion Season Auction is the charity’s largest annual fundraiser. Approximately 200 seasons will be auctioned with the majority of the seasons offered during the two-day telephone auction. Telephone bids will be accepted January 3 – 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST). Interested bidders may register for a bidder number by visiting www.tca.org.

Approximately 25-30 seasons will be sold in a live Select Season Auction on Saturday, January 5.  Bidders or their authorized agents may bid on the select seasons by attending the live auction in-person or they may bid on the select seasons during the telephone phase with the highest bidders earning the right to bid by phone during the live auction. In addition to the seasons, the live auction will feature non-season lots such as a Triple Crown package and a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. A silent auction will also be offered.

TCA Stallion Season Auction sponsors include Brushwood Stable, Adena Springs Farm, Rosenberg Thoroughbred Consulting, PBI Bank, CandyLand Farm, Lael Stable, Provations Group, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, L.V. Harkness & Company and Blood-Horse Publications.

For further information regarding the 23rd annual TCA Stallion Season Auction including season donations, sponsorships and advertising please visit www.tca.org or call (859) 276-4989.

TCA was formed in 1990 to raise and distribute funds for charities in the Thoroughbred industry which provide a better life for Thoroughbreds both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue, research and by helping the people who work with them. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).

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Erin Crady
Executive Director
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA)
P.O. Box 910668
Lexington, KY 40591
859.276.4989
859.276.2462 fax
www.tca.org
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October Membership Meeting

Trainers Panel as next membership meeting!

October 16th, 2012 at Fasig-Tipton.

Featuring:

Dale Romans & Kenneth McPeek

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[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Dale Romans was born on August 14th, 1966 in Louisville Kentucky. He grew up at Churchill Downs working for his father, the late trainer Jerry Romans. Dale took out his first trainer’s license at age 18, a decade after he chose training as his career. Romans also worked briefly for Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens. Romans’ first win came at Turfway with a filly he bought for $1,500. He also scored his first blacktype at Turfway, saddling Morning Punch in the 1991 Florence Stakes.

Among his most successful horses, Kitten’s Joy, was his big break as his horse was named American Champion Male Turf Horse honors and Roses in May provided him with the biggest payday of his career to date, when he won the $6 million Dubai World Cup in 2005. He collected his first Breeders’ Cup win in 2009 when Tapitsfly won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Kentucky Derby starters include, Sharp Humor (2006) finished 19th, Paddy O’ Prado (2010) finished 3rd ,Shackleford (2011) finished 4th and Dullahan (2012) finished 3rd. In 2012 alone he has 15 Graded Stakes wins with Cozetti, Dullahan, Guys Reward, Little Mike, Quick Wit, Shakleford, Silver Max, and Tapitsfly![/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Kenneth G. McPeek was born August 2, 1962 in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from Tates Creek High School and then the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 1985 Kenny took out his trainer’s license in Kentucky and won his first race soon after. He won the most important race of his career and got his big break in 2002 when Sarava captured the Belmont Stakes. That year, he and wife Sue were voted the Big Sport of Turfdom Award by the Turf Publicists of America.

McPeek has found and/or trained such quality racehorses as Sarava, (Belmont winner) Curlin, (All time leading money earner) Golden Ticket, Dream Empress, Tejano Run, Harlan’s Holiday, Hard Buck (BRZ), Repent, Take Charge Lady, Sweet Talker, Leah’s Secret, She’s A Devil Due, Wild Desert, Einstein(BRZ), Prince Arch, Noble’s Promise, Kathmanblu and Rogue Romance, among others. McPeek has won more than 135 stakes in his career, with over 40 of them graded and has currently won over 1250 winners. In 2002, he won the Belmont Stakes with Sarava. He has won back-to-back Spinster Stakes’ with Take Charge Lady in 2002 & 2003 and back-to-back Gulfstream Park Breeder’s Cup Handicap’s with Hard Buck (BRZ) & Prince Arch in 2004 & 2005. Other Grade 1 victories include the Florida Derby, Traverse S., Ashland S., Blue Grass S., Dixiana Breeders Futurity and the Darley Alcibiades S. three times in his career.
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2012 Kentucky Equine Survey reaches critical funding goal; data collection closes Oct. 12

By Holly Wiemers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2012) – A critical fundraising threshold was met this month for the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey, a statewide comprehensive survey of horse breeds. The state’s equine industry and its supporters, among them organizations,businesses and individuals, responded to the challenge of raising enough funds to be eligible for an equal amount from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.

The University of Kentucky’s Ag Equine Programs and the Kentucky Horse Council have partnered on the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey, in conjunction with the Kentucky field office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service and the University of Louisville’s Equine Business Program. The last comprehensive study of this type was conducted in 1977.

“We thank all those equine associations, large and small, as well as individuals all across the commonwealth, who contributed to the Kentucky Equine Survey, said Ginny Grulke, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Council. “Every amount donated, whether $5 or $5,000, helped us reach this major milestone. We are proud of our grassroots riders who dug down deep to support the whole industry, enabling us to meet the $100,000 challenge.”

“It is encouraging to receive such strong industry-wide support for the Kentucky Equine Survey, because it again underscores the importance of having good data to help develop the state’s signature industry to its fullest potential,” said Jill Stowe, UK associate professor in agricultural economics and project lead.

The survey was mailed in June to 15,000 Kentucky horse owners and data collection will close Oct. 12. Horse owners who have not completed and mailed in their information are urged to do so now. Representatives from the National Agricultural Statistics Service are making phone calls to those who haven’t submitted their information.

The purpose of the study is to get an accurate inventory of all horses in the state by breed and use, and to describe their economic impact at the farm and community levels, through races, shows, trail rides and other events. The survey requests information relating to capital investments on the farm and in farm equipment in order to better assess the full economic value of Kentucky’s horse industry. Horses being inventoried include those on farms owned by the horse owner as well as those boarded at equine boarding and breeding facilities.

The survey asks for information about breeds, their uses and their estimated value. Other questions include the number and value of horses sold or purchased in 2011 as well as approximate expenses for horse care, including wages, taxes, feed, bedding,health, supplies, farrier, insurance, boarding and training fees.

All farm and individual names are confidential and will not be available to any state or federal agency, including UK and the Kentucky Horse Council. Summary results from the survey are expected in December, with in-depth economic impact results becoming available during early 2013.

The cost of the study is $600,000. The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund committed $300,000 to the project, with $100,000 of that funding contingent on a match of $100,000 from Kentucky’s horse industry and organizations. Seventy such organizations, businesses and individuals stepped up to help secure that match. UK’s College of Agriculture committed $200,000 for the study.

“This study is critical to every horse activity in Kentucky and will create a rich and unbiased set of data that should be a foundation for decisions by policymakers, educators, investors and business leaders for many years to come,” 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. “We are extremely grateful to the equine industry for recognizing the importance of this study and responding with financial contributions.”

The bulk of the budget goes to the Kentucky field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an agency that conducts this type of research regularly and is able to provide the highest level of confidentiality to participants.

Early and major financial support for this effort came from the Kentucky Horse Council, Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, North American Equine Ranching Information Council, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders and Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club.

Other major financial support was also given or pledged by Alltech, Butler Schein Animal Health, Commerce Lexington Inc., Equine Medical Associates, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Keeneland, Kentucky Equine Education Project, Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association, Merck Animal Health, Pfizer Animal Health Inc., Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Spycoast Farm and the United States Equestrian Federation.

Additional financial support was given or pledged by Beta-Rock Stables, Cane Run Farm, Daniel Boone Distance Riders, Farmers Feed Mill, Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen, Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners, Kentucky Dressage Association, Kentucky Paint Horse Club, Kentucky Ropers Association, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association Foundation, Lexington Equine Surgery, Maplecrest Farm, Masterson Station Equestrian Trust, McMahon & Hill Bloodstock LLC., Misty Ridge Farm, Mountain Pleasure Horse Association, Northern Kentucky Horse Network, Shawhan Place LLC., Siena Farm, Sierra Farm, Society for Arabian Horses in the Bluegrass Area and Webster Pharmaceuticals.

Additionally, the Kentucky Horse Council raised money through a grassroots campaign where private horse owners contributed to the survey. A list of those contributors, currently more than 30 individuals, is available on the Kentucky Horse Council and Kentucky Equine Survey’s websites.

More information about the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey can be found at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/equine/kyequinesurvey or on Kentucky Horse Council’s website at http://www.kentuckyhorse.org/.