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Roberts to Introduce 2007 Race for Education Scholars

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Trainer Monty Roberts will be the guest speaker at a reception to introduce this year's recipients of scholarships from The Race for Education, the Kentucky Equine Education Program, and the Kentucky Horse Council. The reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 14 at Victorian Square in Lexington.

Commentary: Take Route 2

Commentary: Take Route 2

By Tom LaMarra - Gaming in West Virginia and other states has kept racetracks open, put money in horsemen's pockets, and encouraged breed development. Whether it has done anything to spark long-term interest in and stability for horse racing is dubious at best.

Bay Watch

By Ray Paulick - Racing has enough problems without a grandstanding politician using his position to wage a personal war with a state regulator.

Public KEEP Meeting Scheduled

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An educational public Kentucky Equine Education Project meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. EST Sept. 21 at Piney Point Stables near Leitchfield, Ky.

Kentucky to Count Horses; Navolio Retires From KEEP

In a state that derives an important part of its identity from horses, it's surprising the number of horses that reside in Kentucky isn't known. In a collaborative effort, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the University of Kentucky Equine Initiative, the Kentucky Horse Council, and the Kentucky Equine Education Project plan to change that this fall with a statewide count of Kentucky's horse population.

KEEP Wins National Public Relations Award

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The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) and its public relations agency, Preston-Osborne, have been presented a Silver Anvil Award for their work to establish a breeder incentive fund.

KEEP Announces $1,000 College Scholarship Program

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The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) board of directors has announced an annual $1,000 scholarship program for five in-state undergraduate students working toward a career in the equine industry.

Casino Bill Clears Committee--But Racetracks Left Out

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A Kentucky House committee approved legislation March 15 to authorize a constitutional amendment on casino gambling, but the substitute measure--believed to have little or no chance of passage in the full House--makes no mention of racetracks or dedicated revenue for state programs, the lynchpins of legislation proposed by the Kentucky Equine Education Project.

Taking Root

By Ray Paulick - Kentucky politicians need to understand the educational and lobbying efforts undertaken by the Kentucky Equine Education Project are not a one-and-out deal. The horse industry, which for too long was nonexistent in Kentucky politics, quickly became the state's No. 1 lobbying force. And that's exactly what Kentucky's top industry should be.

State Association Endorses KEEP Revenue and Gaming Plan

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An organization representing county judge/executives throughout Kentucky has endorsed racetrack casino legislation offered by the Kentucky Equine Education Project and currently in the House Licensing and Occupations Committee.

Horse Industry-Backed Candidates Win Special Elections

Two Democrats who received financial support from members of the state's horse industry were elected Feb. 14 to seats in the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives, but officials indicated the result is just a small step on a long road to lining up supporters in the state capital.

KEEP Supports Legislation on Dual Agency

The Kentucky Equine Education Project has given its support for legislation that would make it unlawful for anyone to represent both buyer and seller in a transaction involving horses without written permission of both parties.

KEEP Plan Wins Support of Two Horse Groups

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The Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association and the Kentucky Paso Fino Horse Association have endorsed the Kentucky Equine Education Project's proposal for a constitutional amendment on racetrack casinos.

Nine Out of 10 Kentuckians Want Chance to Vote on Gaming

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More than nine in 10 Kentucky voters (92 %) believe they should be given an opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment allowing for casino gaming even if they are opposed to expanded gambling, according to the finding of a recent survey of 801 Kentucky voters conducted on behalf of KEEPĖœthe Kentucky Equine Education Project.

Right To Vote

By Ray Paulick - This year's 60-day session of Kentucky's general assembly will be the first time KEEP--established in May 2004--has pushed for the "Keep It in Kentucky" constitutional amendment, so named because it is estimated that Kentuckians who crossed into Indiana and Illinois last year spent $671 million on casino gaming.

KEEP Reinvests More Than $100,000 in State's Horse Economy

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The Kentucky Equine Education Project announced Nov. 29 that it has provided funding to 147 equine programs around the state in the past 10 months. To date, $100,343 has been reinvested in Kentucky's horse economy in 67 counties.

KEEP Releases Plan for Racetrack Casino Revenue

The Kentucky Equine Education Project began lobbying in earnest for its racetrack casino plan with a letter to more than 3,200 community officials outlining how the state's share--a projected $437.5 million a year--from gaming would be spent under proposed legislation.

KEEP Membership Drive Reaches 8,500

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The Kentucky Equine Education Project has gained 1,500 members in the last two months, bringing the total to more than 8,500 across the Commonwealth.

KEEP Supports Casinos at Licensed Racetracks

The Kentucky Equine Education Project announced its support Sept. 16 for a referendum to amend the state constitution to allow for casino gambling at licensed racetracks. But details of the plan won't be in the form of legislation until Jan. 1, 2006, and officials admitted the final document will be subject to revision.

KEEP Sets Date to Unveil 'Legislative Initiative'

The Kentucky Equine Education Project will unveil what it calls a "bold legislative initiative aimed at increasing the state's revenue for critical services without a broad-based tax increase" Sept. 16 on the steps of the State Capitol in Frankfort.

KEEP Board Votes on Expanded Gaming Position

With a fall awareness campaign and the 2006 General Assembly session looming, the board of directors of the Kentucky Equine Education Project voted Sept. 7 on its ultimate position on expanded gambling in the state.

Gone West Syndicate Contributes to KEEP

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The Gone West syndicate has donated $100,000 to the Kentucky Equine Education Project, which was formed to promote and protect the horse industry in the state.

KEEP Seeks 10,000 Members by Year's End

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The Kentucky Equine Education Project is launching a major membership drive beginning Aug. 1, with a goal of reaching 10,000 members by the end of this year.

The $12-Million Question

By Ray Paulick - It is up to leaders within Kentucky's Thoroughbred industry to devise a program to distribute money for its incentive program, and an industry-imposed deadline of July 1 to finish the job is fast approaching.

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