"Our members represent all equine breeds and disciplines and come from all across Kentucky," said Jim Navolio, executive director of the organization. "Although there have been surges of memberships here and there, mostly our memberships have continued at a steady pace over the last two years. As our staff has traveled the state and talked about our mission and vision, people have signed up on the spot. They believe in our cause--to keep Kentucky the 'Horse Capital of the World.'"KEEP focuses its efforts on advocacy for the equine industry is helping formulate legislative policy; increasing overall awareness of the equine industry's importance; working to maintain a high level of equine education opportunities in the state; and assisting with program development that will benefit the entire industry.
KEEP memberships begin at $5 for juniors, $10 for adults, and $20 for families. All KEEP members receive free admission to the Kentucky Horse Park and any of Kentucky's pari-mutuel race tracks (except Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, or Breeders' Cup Days) through December 2007. Members also receive monthly newsletters, press releases, equine news, and a 15% discount at the Horse Park Gift Shop.