October Membership Meeting

Trainers Panel as next membership meeting!

October 16th, 2012 at Fasig-Tipton.


Dale Romans & Kenneth McPeek

[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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• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. October 11, 2012.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Fasig Tipton.
• Dinner begins at 6:45 P.M.
• Cash or Check accepted at the door, Credit Card payment must be made online.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.


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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/.

Members Please Update your Information

We need your updated information!

If you have changed jobs, phone numbers, email addresses, moved…

or if there was an error in last year’s directory…

Please take a minute and update your information!

If your farm has new information or there was an error in last year’s directory,

we need that updated information as well!

If you know of a farm that is no longer in business and should be removed please let us know that as well.

Please click on the appropriate link below and fill out the appropriate information.

Thank you!!

2012 Sporting Clays Results!!

The KTFMC would like to thank all of the sportsman and sponsors that made
the 2012 KTFMC Sporting Clays Tournament a successful day and event!

Congratulations to team LEXINGTON EQUINE SURGERY & SPORTS MEDICINE for taking home not one, but three top prizes!
[Wes Sutter, Joe Lyman, Tom Seahorn]

• Their team was 1st in the Overall Competition,
• 1st in the Veterinary Clinic Competition and
• Tom Seahorn also was the top individual shooter of the day!

Rounding out the top three was team ROOD & RIDDLE in 2nd…
[Brad Tanner, Jeff Henderson, Charlie McKinley]

…and in the 3rd, team CREECH
[Gatewood Gay, Steve Isaacs, Don Swanson].

Congratulations to all of the sportsmen and thanks again to all of the sponsors and volunteers.

Trail Ride

2012 KTFMC Annual Trail Ride

Saturday, September 22nd
Shaker Village
$ 15.00 per rider
Sign in at 11:00 am at Shaker Stables
Ride begins at 12:00 pm


The ride is approximately two hours and non-riders are invited to join the fun…
(Feel free to stay longer)

Please RSVP. By September 14, 2011

For more information email
Scott Mallory – president@ktfmc.org

**Current Coggins and Health Certificate are required to ride.**

Click here to download Shaker Village Trail Map.

Directions to Shaker Village:

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, less than 30 miles from Lexington.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330

Click here for Mapquest driving directions.

GPS Coordinates:
37 degrees 48.977N
084 degrees 44.419W


TOBA’s 27th Annual National Awards Dinner

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s (TOBA’s) 27th Annual National Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, September 7 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

The TOBA National Awards Dinner honors the achievements of Thoroughbred owners in the four major North American racing regions and breeders in 23 states and Canada.  In addition, the Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year Award is presented to the owner of the ex-Thoroughbred racehorse that excelled in sport horse competitions tracked by the United States Equestrian Federation.

The following regional owners will be honored:

Eastern Region Owner of the Year:  Repole Stable
Midwestern Region Owner of the Year: Ken and Sarah Ramsey
Southern Region Owner of the Year:  Team Valor
Western Region Owner of the Year: Zetcher Racing Stable

A National Owner of the Year will be selected from the regional owners. The National Owner will only be revealed at the Awards Dinner.


TOBA’s State and Canadian Breeders of the Year are:
Kenneth J. Robinette, Alabama
Triple AAA Ranch (Richard Owens), Arizona
Old English Rancho, California

Gardiner Farms, Limited, Canada
Dewey and Karen White, Georgia

Team Block (David Block), Illinois
Robert Gorham and Mast Thoroughbreds, Indiana
Sandra Rasmussen, Iowa
Ralph Lilja, Kansas
Ramsey Farm (Ken and Sarah Ramsey), Kentucky
Allen C. Peltier, Louisiana
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Maryland
Kenneth P. Posco, Massachusetts
Sampson Thoroughbreds (Curtis Sampson), Minnesota
Christine Connelly, New Jersey
Sam E. Stevens, New Mexico
Chester and Mary Broman, New York
Hawk Crest Manor (Hubert Vester), North Carolina
Mesa Farm (Debra Quarne), North Dakota
Dr. Ryland and Jo Ann Harwood, Oregon
Henry Carroll, South Carolina

Estate of Edward P. Evans, Virginia
Michael and Amy Feuerborn, Washington
Jeff and Susan Runco, West Virginia

TOBA’s National Breeder and National Small Breeder of the Year will be selected from the above list of breeders and will only be revealed at the Awards Dinner. Additionally, TOBA will honor Oatsee as the National Broodmare of the Year.

National Awards Dinner sponsors include OCD Pellets, AmWest Entertainment, Woodford Reserve, Grey Goose Vodka, John Deere, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, Keeneland, Daily Racing Form and Blood-Horse Publications. Tickets for the National Awards Dinner may be purchased at www.toba.org.

TOBA, based in Lexington, Ky., was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred horse breeders and owners.  TOBA’s mission is to “improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders.”  Projects managed by TOBA include the American Graded Stakes Committee, Sales Integrity Program, The Racing Game and Claiming Crown. Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is the charitable arm of TOBA. TOBA is the owner of The Blood-Horse Inc., and is represented on the Board of Directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association as a founding member.

Ky Equine Survey Misconceptions

2012 Kentucky Equine Survey –clearing up any misunderstandings

It has come to our attention that a few Kentucky horse owners may have false information about the purpose of the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey and the use of its resulting information. In an effort to clear up any misinformation about the survey, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Equine Programs aims to set the facts straight.

Myth 1: Providing this information will result in a change to my tax rate or other government scrutiny.

IN FACT, information provided to the National Agricultural Statistics Service is kept absolutely confidential. NASS has been providing census and other survey services in many segments of agriculture for more than 100 years and by law doesn’t divulge any identifying information, even to the various entities who have hired its services (like UK) or to other government agencies. It even falls outside of the purview of an open records request or legal subpoena, and is one of the only governmental agencies that does. For more about confidentiality, security and information protection by NASS, please see http://www.nass.usda.gov/About_NASS/index.asp.

Myth 2: Specific information I provide about my operation will be shared or available to other government or business agencies or the general public.

IN FACT, the purpose of the survey is not to determine information about specific people or businesses, but rather what breeds of horses, for what uses, with what economic impact and in what counties occur in Kentucky. The same laws governing the confidentiality of your information apply here.

Myth 3: It won’t matter if I don’t provide the information. They can get that from others.

IN FACT, every response matters. By not providing important information about breeds of horses that reside in Kentucky, the state’s horse industry loses an accurate representation of that breed. The lack of participation by any one sector could lead to an overall underestimation of the value of the industry (and hence less clout among our state’s leaders) as well as an undercounting of a specific breed and its value compared to other breeds.

This will be considered the official count of horses in Kentucky for 2012. Make sure your horses and the economic impact they provide to Kentucky are counted!

And, if you feel compelled to contribute to the survey, thank you! We are two weeks away from our funding deadline, and we only need to secure $20,000 in pledges or gifts by August 31 in order to receive $100,000 in matching funds from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.

For more detailed information about the survey and a list of FAQs, please see http://www2.ca.uky.edu/equine/kyequinesurvey.

Sept. 5th – Next Membership Meeting Featuring Dr. Raul Bras

Raul Bras, DVM, CJF

  • DVM – Ross University 2005
  • Internship Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital 2005-06 Cornell University Farrier School 2007
  • Cerftified Farrier 2009
  • Certified Journeyman Farrier, 2010

Dr. Raul Bras grew up in Puerto Rico where he showed and bred Paso Fino horses.  After finishing his undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University,  he went on to graduate from Ross University Veterinary School in 2005, then completing his clinical year at Auburn University. Also in 2005, Dr Bras completed a surgery internship at Rood And Riddle Equine Hospital, where the following year he stayed on as an Associate Veterinarian in the Podiatry Department .  Dr Bras completed the farrier program at Cornell University in 2007 and in 2010 became a Certified Journeyman Farrier of the American Farriers Association.


• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. August 31, 2012.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating will be very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Keeneland in the KY/Lexington rooms.
• Dinner begins at 6:45 P.M.
• Cash or Check accepted at the door, Credit Card payment must be made online.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.


To register for this meeting select your payment preference: