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American Horse Council President Julie Broadway will provide keynote address

The Kentucky Equine Education Project will convene a gathering of horse industry leaders and policy makers from across the state to discuss ways to protect and promote the Commonwealth’s signature industry. The Equine Industry Conference will take place on October 17-18 at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike in Lexington, KY.

“KEEP is proud to bring leaders from across the state together to discuss the challenges we face as an industry and how best to build on recent success,” said Joe Clabes, KEEP Executive Director. This will be a great opportunity to hear diverse perspectives on all aspects of Kentucky’s equine economy.

The conference will begin Monday afternoon with partner organization meetings and other breakout sessions, followed by an evening welcome reception providing casual networking opportunities. During Tuesday’s sessions, equine industry leaders and experts will participate in panel discussions regarding the current state of the equine economy and how to improve the outlook for the future. Presentations will include a review of economic data, legislative and regulatory discussion by key policy experts and information about innovative programs to support the equine economy through improved business marketing, tourism opportunities and new industry-based initiatives.

The lunch program on Tuesday will feature an address by Julie Broadway, who was named President of the American Horse Council (AHC) earlier this year. Ms. Broadway will discuss AHC initiatives, including the effort to update the National Economic Impact Study. She will also provide insight into what the horse industry can expect from Washington in the coming months.

“The 1996 and 2005 Economic Impact Studies gave incredible insight to an industry that operates in every corner of the country, and contributes greatly to the American culture and economy. We are looking forward to seeing how the 2017 study will be able to further illustrate the importance of our diverse industry,” said Julie Broadway. “With a new Congress coming into Washington in November, it’s more important than ever that the AHC continue to play a critical role in the long term success of the industry, and ensure a favorable legislative environment for the industry to come.”

Tuesday's luncheon will also include an awards presentation honoring an individual and organization that have distinguished themselves through their leadership in Kentucky’s horse industry.

Online registration and information about sponsorship opportunities are available online at: www.horseswork.com

ABOUT KEEP

The Kentucky Equine Education Project is a grassroots organization created in 2004 to preserve, promote and protect Kentucky's signature horse industry. Support for KEEP’s activity comes directly from the horse industry and horse industry supporters that we represent. To learn more about how you can become a member or make a contribution, please visit www.horseswork.com.

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The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2015 (S. 1121/H.R. 3268) (PAST Act) garnered a significant amount of bi-partisan support in 2015 and now has 240 co-sponsors in the House and 50 co-sponsors in the Senate.  The PAST Act is supported by the American Horse Council (AHC) and almost all major national horse show organizations and many state and local horse organizations. The bill was introduced by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Warner (D-VA) in the Senate and Representatives Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) in the House of Representatives. 

The PAST Act would strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses. Despite the existence of a federal ban on soring for over forty years, this cruel practice continues in the “performance” or “big lick” segments of the Walking Horse industry. “Ending soring is not only important in those segments of the Walking Horse industry,” said AHC president Jay Hickey, “it is also important for the well-being and economic health of the horse industry because, while soring happens only in a small segment of the Walking Horse industry, such abuse damages the image of the entire horse industry.”

Every major national horse show organizations support the PAST Act, including the American Horse Council, the American Quarter Horse Association, the U.S. Equestrian Federation, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Paint Horse Association, the American Morgan Horse Association, the Pinto Horse Association of America, the Arabian Horse Association, the American Saddlebred Horse Association, the United Professional Horsemen’s Association, the Appaloosa Horse Club, as well as many state and local horse organizations.

“Very few bills in Congress ever achieve this level of bi-partisan support,” said Hickey.  “The magnitude of support for this bill is clear, but there is still a lot of work that will need to be done to make sure it is brought to a vote. The AHC will be continuing its efforts to see that this happens when Congress reconvenes in January.”

 “All members of the horse community should contact their Senators and Representative in the New Year and tell them ‘they should co-sponsor the PAST Act and it should be given a vote as soon as possible and they should vote for it, when that happens’,” said Hickey.

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American Horse Council President Julie Broadway will provide keynote address

The Kentucky Equine Education Project will convene a gathering of horse industry leaders and policy makers from across the state to discuss ways to protect and promote the Commonwealth’s signature industry. The Equine Industry Conference will take place on October 17-18 at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike in Lexington, KY.

“KEEP is proud to bring leaders from across the state together to discuss the challenges we face as an industry and how best to build on recent success,” said Joe Clabes, KEEP Executive Director. This will be a great opportunity to hear diverse perspectives on all aspects of Kentucky’s equine economy.

The conference will begin Monday afternoon with partner organization meetings and other breakout sessions, followed by an evening welcome reception providing casual networking opportunities. During Tuesday’s sessions, equine industry leaders and experts will participate in panel discussions regarding the current state of the equine economy and how to improve the outlook for the future. Presentations will include a review of economic data, legislative and regulatory discussion by key policy experts and information about innovative programs to support the equine economy through improved business marketing, tourism opportunities and new industry-based initiatives.

The lunch program on Tuesday will feature an address by Julie Broadway, who was named President of the American Horse Council (AHC) earlier this year. Ms. Broadway will discuss AHC initiatives, including the effort to update the National Economic Impact Study. She will also provide insight into what the horse industry can expect from Washington in the coming months.

“The 1996 and 2005 Economic Impact Studies gave incredible insight to an industry that operates in every corner of the country, and contributes greatly to the American culture and economy. We are looking forward to seeing how the 2017 study will be able to further illustrate the importance of our diverse industry,” said Julie Broadway. “With a new Congress coming into Washington in November, it’s more important than ever that the AHC continue to play a critical role in the long term success of the industry, and ensure a favorable legislative environment for the industry to come.”

Tuesday's luncheon will also include an awards presentation honoring an individual and organization that have distinguished themselves through their leadership in Kentucky’s horse industry.

Online registration and information about sponsorship opportunities are available online at: www.horseswork.com

ABOUT KEEP

The Kentucky Equine Education Project is a grassroots organization created in 2004 to preserve, promote and protect Kentucky's signature horse industry. Support for KEEP’s activity comes directly from the horse industry and horse industry supporters that we represent. To learn more about how you can become a member or make a contribution, please visit www.horseswork.com.

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