SCHA OFFERS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
Centennial Celebration for Castleman Statue
The Cherokee Triangle Association (CTA) is proud to announce that it is sponsoring an art competition to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the General Castleman Statue.
SOUTH CENTRAL HACKNEY ASSOCIATION OFFERS ROAD PONY CAMP SCHOLARSHIP
The South Central Hackney Association is pleased to announce that once again they will be offering a scholarship to The Shamrock Farm Road Pony Camp in Smithfield, KY. Anyone under the age of 18 is encouraged to submit an essay and a brief biography. Scholarships will be awarded to the winner of an essay contest entitled “Why I Want to Learn More about the Hackney Breed.” The scholarship will cover the cost of camp fees, food and lodging. (Transportation to and from the camp is the responsibility of the winner).
The dates for the 2013 camp are June 23-29. Applicants please submit your essay and a short autobiography, including equine experience, no later than June 7, 2013. Applicant should send essays to: Laura Schmidt, Sec/Treas. SCHA, 369 Schmidt Lane, California, Kentucky 41007. Additional information on the scholarship may be obtained by calling Laura Schmidt at 513-218-8678.
UPHA Ribbons of Service adds performance exhibitor division, earmarked scholarship
The popular UPHA Ribbons of Service Program that has offered $ 22,500 in scholarships for saddle seat equitation riders since 2009 has added a new $2,500 scholarship for junior exhibitor riders/drivers who compete in the performance division. Payable to the UPHA Ribbons Of Service participant who raises the most funds as a performance rider/driver in a show-horse discipline represented by a breed association that is a participant in UPHA, the new award and scholarship broaden the focus of the UPHA’s successful, character-building program that emphasizes community service and charitable fundraising.
SADDLE SEAT HORSEMANSHIP ANNOUNCES WEBSITE LAUNCH AND INSTRUCTIONAL DVD SERIES
As a follow up to the widely acclaimed and top-selling book, Saddle Seat Horsemanship, world champion rider and trainer Smith Lilly announces the launch of www.saddleseathorsemanship.com and the release of an instructional series of DVDs. The DVD series includes four titles: Saddle Seat Riding Skills, Basic Training Of The Young Horse, Developing The Slow Gait And Rack and Show Horse Tails. Along with the book, the new website and DVDs provide great resources and promotional tools for show horse aficionados of all breeds. Lilly states, “Not only do I hope these products help show horse riders of all skill levels better enjoy their horses, but just as importantly that they help promote the Show Horse sport and spread the word, and the recognition, that the majesty of the horse in show ring competition is marvelously fulfilling for riders, horses and spectators alike.” Available from the ASB Museum, Winner’s Circle, Fennell’s, Show Horse Tack and other fine retailers. For more information on the DVDs, book or other products, please visit www.saddleseathorsemanship.com.
KENTUCKY STATE FAIR FREE CONCERTS TO BE HELD ON CARDINAL STADIUM FIELD
Safety report found several structural deficiencies in Cardinal Stadium
New Devon Jumper Rider Competition...On Saddlebred Horses!
Kenneth Wheeler, board member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association, is responsible for a new competition this year. It is called the 5-Gaited Special Class which will be held on Wednesday night May 29. Some of the world's top jumper riders, including Olympian McLain Ward, will test their skills and compete on 5-Gaited Saddlebreds at Devon. Each jumper rider will have a practice session and then show the horse in the class...going for that first place prize. Horses will be provided by Kenny and a few other Saddlebred owners. It is sure to be fun to watch. Kenny added: "We expect the riders may have a lot of fun riding the best that the American Saddlebred has to offer: the 5-Gaited horse!" Come and see the action. This class might very well be the first of its kind in the US!
Biggins Stables offers Summer Camp
Biggins Stable, located in Simpsonville, Kentucky, will be hosting their annual summer riding camp in June. The camp is designed for kids 18 years of age and under. Beginners through advanced are more than welcome. The dates are June 17-22, 2013. There is an option for day or overnight camp and a non-refundable $100 deposit is required upon registration.
American Hackney Horse Society National Breeders’ Pony Futurity
The American Hackney Horse Society is pleased to announce that the AHHS National Breeders’ Pony Futurity programs have been moved to the All American Classic Horse Show September 3-7, 2013 in Indianapolis, IN. This year’s futurity program will include a minimum of $20,000 in prize money paid directly to the prize winners. This program includes in-hand classes for weanlings, yearlings, and two year olds in addition to performance classes for three year-olds. Stallion and Mare nominations are due by April 15, 2013 and weanling nominations are due by July 1. For this year only, there will be a buy-in provision in effect for yearlings, two-year olds, and three-year olds. Information and money for the buy-in is also due by July 1. Contact the AHHS for details.
Smoke Hollow Farms Announces Summer Camps
Smoke Hollow farm is offering three summer camps in 2013! This is a great opportunity to let your child experience a truely memorable summer on a wonderful farm. Activities will include riding everyday with a show on Saturday afternoon, grooming lessons and contest, arts and crafts, picture day, wheel barrel races, and so much more. Karen Greenwell will head all camps and has many years of expierience with horses and instruction. Karen makes it fun but teaches the kids to use their hearts, minds, and horsemanship. Camps will run Tuesday-Saturday and arrival time is at 9am. Pick-up time will be at 3pm. Arrangements can be made for early drop off or late pick-up. The cost of the camp is $350. For more information about Smoke Hollow Farm, our lessons, or the summer camps, please visit our website at www.smokehollow.com or call 908-730-8389.
American Saddlebred Registry Launches Mare Harmony
Mare Harmony is a new American Saddlebred Registry program that is currently being launched to help stimulate breeding by providing a venue for mare owners to advertise their mares for lease. The American Saddlebred Registry is committed to the creation of new programs and ideas to help promote breeding of the American Saddlebred. A list of mares available for lease will be posted on the Mare Harmony section of the ASHA website. Contact Lisa Duncan with ASR at 859-475-1464 for more information or visit http://www.saddlebred.com/asha/mareharmony.php.
USEF High School Equestrian Athlete Program
Letterman jackets and varsity letters have long been a tradition of the American high school experience. Whether it’s from track and field or basketball, earning your letter and wearing it proudly is a rite of passage but until recently, equestrian student athletes were left out of these acknowledged ranks. Today’s equestrians have more opportunities than ever before to compete on interscholastic equestrian teams and now thanks to the United States Equestrian Federation’s increasingly popular High School Equestrian Athlete program, teens interested in earning their letter in equestrian have got it made.
The USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program began in the fall of 2009 and was born out of a growing number of high school students wanting their sport of choice—equestrian—to get the same recognition as all the other traditionally recognized sports. “What initiated the program,” says Jennifer Mellenkamp, Director of National Breed/Discipline Affiliates and Youth Programs at the USEF, “was simply supply and demand. We were receiving phone calls from parents saying, ‘is there anything offered that would recognize high school equestrian athletes? They spend just as much time training or competing as football and basketball players,’” recalls Mellenkamp.
The program quickly found its stride, and the response has been overwhelming. “Right now we have over 6,500 students enrolled.” says Mellenkamp. “Parents have told us the school systems don’t understand the training and dedication that is involved to be an equestrian athlete” adds Mellenkamp, “and there is often no recognition for these athletes within their school systems. We felt we needed to start something to give all equestrian athletes the acknowledgement they deserve.”
The USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program was created as a means for students to receive recognition for their individual achievements regardless of if their school recognizes equestrian as a sport. Students are responsible for tracking their own hours and competitions which means support from the student’s school is not necessary to participate. Individuals who do compete interscholastically are able to use their team practice hours and competitions towards meeting the annual requirements. The program does provide schools with updates and information about the students. “We’re hoping this will initiate conversations with the schools,” says Mellenkamp, “and that they will start taking notice of the equestrians that are enrolled.”
The requirements for the USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program are simple: High school students must belong to USEF, log at least 100 hours of time training and participate in three competitions during the program year. The program is open to students participating in all breeds and disciplines of equestrian sport. Any level or type of competition can be used to meet the requirements.
If you’re currently enrolled in grades 9-12 and just now hearing about the program, you’re not too late to get started and earn a letter for all four years. The program was expanded to allow any current high school student the opportunity to earn a varsity letter retroactively. You can also get started in the middle of the program year, which runs from June 1 through May 31, and use hours and competitions from before you enrolled.
The benefits of the program reach far beyond the varsity letterman patch, lapel pin, and Certificate of Achievement students receive upon completing the program. Laura Orr of North Carolina completed all four years of the program and described it as “an avenue through which kids in the equestrian sport can verify the time, sweat, hard work, victories and losses they have experienced as part of the world of horses. It’s how the girl who takes her math assignments to every show, the young man that spends his time between classes studying Chemistry, and the homeschooled kid can be part of something bigger than themselves."
Skylar Rowan of Tennessee was another student enrolled in the program. When asked what the USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program meant to her, Rowan responded, "What the program has given to me is validation and recognition from those who truly understand this amazing sport. By earning my varsity letter every year, I can also say to the world that I am an athlete... not just the girl who leaves school every day to 'ride horses.' Riding is my life, my passion and my sport. Yes, it would be great if my school was able to recognize me in the way that they do the other student athletes. But because of the USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program, I now feel every bit as empowered as those that parade across the stage each May to pick up a letter."
For more information about the USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program, please visit www.usef.org/highschool or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
USEF Equestrian College Search
The search for the right college is often considered one of the most exciting and potentially overwhelming times for young adults. With all of the information available and factors to consider, it can be difficult for a student to narrow the search to schools that fit best, especially for young equestrians. Between academic courses and equestrian opportunities, the idea that you may not have come across your "perfect" school is a constant concern. The United States Equestrian Federation has created the USEF Equestrian College Search to help guide students in making an informed decision about their future education.
The Search is an online tool designed to help apprise students of the various opportunities available when looking for equestrian programs or teams at the college level. The Search asks students questions about what they are looking for in a school – everything from size of the school, location, academic interests, and equestrian endeavors. As each question is answered, the Search matches the criteria to qualifying schools to narrow the list for the student. Students will then be able to view a profile page of each institution that matches their goals. At any time, students can click on the link to view results and see the list of institutions matching their criteria.
Looking to ride on an equestrian team in college or earn a degree in an equine related field? Check out the USEF Equestrian College Search at www.usef.org/collegiatesearch today to see what schools match your interests!
Kentucky Congressman introduces capital gains tax relief bill for horse owners
Freshman Congressman Andy Barr of Kentucky introduced the Equine Tax Parity Act (HR-998) in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, which would reduce the capital gains holding period on horses from 24 months to 12 months.
ARHPA Announces New Hall of Fame Nominees
The American Road Horse & Pony Association is pleased to announce that Steve Hanks, of Statesville, NC, has won induction into the ARHPA Hall of Fame. Steve’s win was the result of a vote by the association’s current members.
The Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Horse Show, Minnesota’s largest and most competitive Saddlebred show, will be better than ever! The 59th annual show will be held June 26-29, 2013, at the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota. With a week between Tanbark and the Midwest Charity show, it will be easier for stables to attend both shows.
Judging the show will be: Allison Deardorff (Molalla, Oregon), Lisa Waller (Heiskell, Tennessee) and Bill Waller (Heiskell, Tennessee). A three-judge panel will judge Saddlebreds, equitation and open classes. Lisa Waller will judge Morgan classes.
A new Morgan division has been added to Tanbark with approximately 24 classes, including English, Western, Hunter, Driving, Classics Pleasure and Park classes.
Tanbark is more than just a horse show. It’s full of special features like ASHA Junior Judging, banners in the Tanbark Hall of Champions to recognize great horses, exhibitor parties, baskets of goodies for sponsors, hospitality galore and that warm Minnesota welcome.
Here are some of the things that make Tanbark terrific.
We’re encouraging people to wear pink and orange on Friday evening and we’ll sell pink and orange ribbons with proceeds going to our local American Cancer Society and Multiple Sclerosis chapter.
Watch for our new website – www.Tanbarkhorseshow.com – coming in early April as your one-stop place for Tanbark information.
Tanbark offers a complete schedule of 150 classes for Saddlebreds, Morgans, Hackney Ponies and equitation, including UPHA Classics, qualifying classes for all the equitation finals, Saddle & Bridle Working Western, and academy classes.
You’ll love Tanbark’s outstanding exhibitor hospitality. Sponsor a class for $150 or more and receive a box seat and ringside treats in a Goodie Bag. Enjoy daily exhibitor parties and events, a wonderful hospitality area and one of the finest center ring displays anywhere. The food service in the Coliseum serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a wide variety of items, including many healthy choices. In keeping with the show’s rose theme, all winners get a rose bouquet with their trophy. Championship trophies are from Radon, Inc.
Tanbark supports some great causes. Tanbark proceeds benefit the We Can Ride therapeutic riding program, Saddlebred Rescue, American Cancer Society, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter.
Exhibitors can browse the vendor area on the grounds, including the ever-popular garden plant sale. And the fairgrounds are just one mile from attractions like beautiful Como Park and its zoo, conservatory and golf course for a relaxing break between horse show sessions.
Tanbark is approved by the United States Equestrian Federation, American Saddlebred Horse Association, Tri-State Horseman’s Association, Minnesota Saddlebred Horse Association, Mid-America Horse Shows Association, Iowa Horse Shows Association, American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin, and American Hackney Horse Society.
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has added prize money and local pleasure classes to an all star line up of Saddlebred and Hackney/Harness divisions.
Ky. Congressman introduces capital gains tax relief bill for horse owners
By Daily Racing Form Breeding Staff
Freshman Congressman Andy Barr of Kentucky introduced the Equine Tax Parity Act (HR-998) in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, which would reduce the capital gains holding period on horses from 24 months to 12 months.
River Ridge - April 24-27, 2013
Let us put your horse on the cover of one of our evening programs during the 2013 show. We are taking this opportunity to offer the four front covers for purchase this year. The photo of your horse would be selected by you for photos by Howie. River Ridge would then make your phot the cover for one of the evening performances.
If you are interested in having your horse or rider on the cover, please contact Barbara Dunham at email@example.com or 740-259-4239 for additional information.
WWU to host International Saddle Seat Invitational
By Rebekah Savage ’14
William Woods University students this year have the rare opportunity to work beside the newly formed U.S. Saddle Seat Young Rider team. On April 4-6, saddle seat riders from three countries will compete in the International Saddle Seat Invitational, being held at William Woods for the first time.
Saddle seat riders from the United States and South Africa will represent their countries in the three- and five-gaited divisions. Riders from Canada will represent their country in the three-gaited division.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) formed the U.S. Saddle Seat Young Rider Team to develop riders for future U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup competitions. During years that the Saddle Seat World Cup competition is not held, members of the Young Rider Team will be eligible to represent the United States in other international competitions.
According to the rules, members of the Young Rider team must be between 22-13 years of age. In actuality, the riders chosen this year are between 14 and 19. Because this is an invitational competition, the riders were selected by a committee and did not try out for the team. Sixty applications were received and, after an extensive review, 12 riders were selected to represent the United States.
Although this is the first year for William Woods University to host the International Saddle Seat Invitational, the university has hosted the United States Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Team Trials every other year since 1996.
During the years the cup is not held, an international competition is held in its place. In December 2011, two WWU students, Murphy McSemek and Alyssa Wick, earned gold representing the United States in a Saddle Seat Invitational in South Africa.
WWU saddle seat students will groom for the riders in the invitational. Each student will be assigned a horse, and will work and get paid as a groom.
Kristen Cuneo, a WWU junior, was a groom during the United States Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Team Trials last spring, and plans to groom again during the invitational in April.
“It will be basically the same as last year; however these riders have already made the team, so the final competition is to be held here at WWU. I am looking forward to grooming at the International Saddle Seat Invitational because you get to watch great riders show off their skills on our WWU donated horses.”
Cuneo also enjoys watching how the riders adjust to riding a horse they’ve never ridden.
“It's a lot of fun watching them pick a warm up for the horse they have drawn, as well as how they go about their rail and pattern work.”
Sarah Track, clinical instructor of saddle seat at WWU, is looking forward to the competition.
“I am thrilled to be able to have the international element here on campus; it will be great exposure for the school. People will experience the campus and see the school. It's a big deal. This has been really great for William Woods.”
Selected for the U.S. Saddle Seat Young Rider Teams were:
Robertson Equine Sales April 8, 2013 Auction
Royal Crest Farms, Fond Du Lac, WI, has chosen Robertson Equine
Also represented in the Spring Sale are several broodmares from some of the best
"We're very pleased with the quality and diversity of our Spring Sale," Robertson
A special incentive program offers bonus prize money to the purchaser of an RES
Held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, Shelbyville, KY., on Monday, April 8, the
A multi-media catalog is available at the mobile-friendly RobertsonEquineSales.com.
Dates and Judge for the 30th Annual Nebraska Charity Horse Show
Georgia Fall Classic
The 2013 Georgia Fall Classic Horse Show is pleased to announce that Kristen Stivers of Lexington, KY will handle the judging duties for the show that will be held November 23 & 24, 2013 at the beautiful GA Agricenter in Perry Georgia. The 2013 show will be held this year in the new indoor arena and will be using the new stabling as well. The always popular UPHA Chapter 17 Horsemanship Challenge will also be held on Saturday night of the show. The GA Fall Classic is also honored to announce that this years show will be dedicated to Jay Love and the horse show proceeds will benefit the medical fund that has been set up for Jay to help his family with their medical expenses. Jay Love is the son of Mark and Millie Love of Maysville, GA and the grandson of Jim and Jan Henderson. When Jay was 1 and 1/2 years old he was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma which is a brain tumor. He is a tough little guy who bravely fights this fight daily and is loved by so many in the Horse Show Community. He is seen often times showing "his" American Saddlebred New York Fire in the lead line classes or on victory passes with his "Bee Gee" Jan Henderson. Please come and support this show for Jay Love. For show information or sponsorship information, please contact Bruce Payton at 404-353-8912 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the UPHA Chapter 17 Horsemanship Challenge, contact Christy Parker at 912-577-0089 or at email@example.com.
KENTUCKY STATE FAIR ANNOUNCES THE JUDGES FOR THE 2013 WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP HORSE SHOW
The judges for the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show have been selected, they are: Steve Crabtree, Fran Crumpler, Kim Crumpler, George Knight, and Kent Swalla. They will be judging all divisions, Mr. and Mrs. Crumpler will not both judge the same class.
There have been changes made in the schedule of classes. There will be a qualifying class and a championship class for Junior Park Horses. The qualifying requirements for Pleasure, Park, and Park Pleasure, six (6) classes in three (3) shows, will apply to this class.
Due to the diminished entries in the five gaited and three gaited pony qualifying classes the classes have been consolidated into one qualifying class for each of the championships. The younger age division in Equitation has also been changed to two (2) qualifying classes, 13 year olds and 12 and under. This was done because of the lack of entries in the 11 and under classes.
Smoke Hollow Farms Announces New Instructor/Trainer
Smoke Hollow Farm , Pittstown NJ is pleased to announce the arrival of Karen Greenwell as trainer and instructor. Karen is a 6th generation American Saddlebred trainer and brings with her many years of experience. She has worked for top trainers and competitors all over the country, from DeLovely Farm, in Indiana, and Kierson Farm in New Jersey, also at MBA Equestrians and Woodhaven Saddlebreds in Illinois and Cleveland Park Stables in South Carolina. Karen has the ability and a reputation to relate to riders of all ages and levels while building strong relationships with each individual.
Fair Board Approves Lease for Kentucky Kingdom
Amusement park could reopen as early as spring 2014
Approval of a new lease agreement today by the Kentucky State Fair Board moves the reopening of Kentucky Kingdom to as early as spring 2014. The investors, Kentucky Kingdom LLLP, now must secure the final private loans – worth $25 million - before the park can open. The investors have agreed to initially invest $45 million in the park, which has been closed since
“This agreement is great news for the families who will visit Kentucky Kingdom and will certainly be a shot in the arm for local and regional tourism,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “This lease will also mean hundreds of jobs as well as much-needed income for the Fair Board. We are pleased that we were able to reach a mutually agreeable lease so the park can reopen as quickly as possible.”
The Fair Board and Kentucky Kingdom investors agreed to a 50-year lease after the state issued a request last year seeking proposals to reopen the park. Kentucky Kingdom LLLP was the only entity to submit a proposal. The lease includes a provision that will allow for the expansion of the water park at Kentucky Kingdom. The state’s Finance and Administration Cabinet negotiated the lease.
“This lease agreement is a fair deal for both our state taxpayers and for the investors seeking to operate the park,” said board chairman Ron Carmicle. “The lease protects taxpayers from shouldering private debt and ensures that the park operators have every opportunity to succeed. As soon as the private financing is finalized, the countdown begins to a reopened and reinvigorated tourist attraction.”
The rental income starts at $475,000 the first year for the Fair Board and will increase by $50,000 a year for the first 15 years of the agreement. Kentucky Kingdom is required to spend $13 million in 2013 and 2014 to get the park open. It must spend another $7 million on the park through the 2016 season. After 2017, it must spend at least $1 million annually on the park.
Kentucky Kingdom will seek state tourism development incentives through the Kentucky
Summary of Kentucky Kingdom LLLP Lease Agreement
Kentucky Equine Survey Releases Initial Findings
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.
Faithful Friends Wall of Honor
Consignments Now Being Accepted for 2013 Equine Art Auction
Mr. & Mrs. William M. Schaefer of Loudonville, NY, better known as Bill and Gwen, have gifted the Museum with a magnificent limited edition bronze sculpture by Linda White Rankin entitled “Genesis”. The sculpture is # 2 in an edition of only three and sits on a 1 ½” thick Italian black/gold marble vase. The sculpture measures 46” in length and depicts a Saddlebred stallion, mare and foal.
The Schaefer family, lead donors to the Museum’s original 1984 building fund, amassed multiple World’s Championship titles during the 1980’s and 90’s, but are best remembered for their pair of grand fine harness horses, CHShadow’s Creation and CHSupreme Odyssey, shown by Bill and Gwen respectively. The Schaefers have enjoyed this gorgeous piece of artwork for some 20 years, and now want to make it available for many more people to enjoy. The Museum extends its sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Schaefers, both for their current gift and for the very generous and meaningful support through the years.
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) announced today the board approved extending the membership deadline for those who wish to compete in the Saddle Seat discipline to May 1, 2013. IEA Co-founder and Executive Director, Roxane Lawrence, stated, "With IEA interest growing in the Saddle Seat community, the board thought it best to extend the deadline for students in grade six-twelve to May to allow additional time for teams to form and competitions to be held before the school year ends."
The American Saddlebred Horse Association of Michigan invites you to join them in celebrating Wing Commander's 70th Birthday. The event will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at his birthplace and home of the original Dodge Stables, Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan. It is one of the largest historic house museums in the Midwest and is filled with the original art and furnishings of the Dodge Family. Many of the original barns and the arena still stand on the property that is now home of Oakland University.