KEEP Plans Multi-Breed Stallion Season Auction

Edited release from Kentucky Equine Education Project

The Kentucky Equine Education Project has scheduled a fund-raising initiative with a twist: a multi-breed auction of stallion seasons.

The event will be held Dec. 3 in Lexington. KEEP executive director Claria Horn Shadwick said "most and possibly all of Kentucky's premier breeding operations" would participate. The seasons will be for Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Quarter Horse, American Saddlebred, and other breeds.

"The donations from horse owners have been overwhelming since plans for this event began," Horn Shadwick said. "We are asking all stallion owners of every breed to make a one-time donation of a 2005 breeding to each of their stallions. With the response we've received so far, it is probable that we will have the largest stallion season auction ever held."

The auction will be held at the Hyatt Regency Patterson Ballroom. Entertainment will be provided by 14 KARAT GOLD, an Atlanta-based band. The price to attend the event is $300 per couple and $175 for individual tickets. Invitations will be sent to members of the horse community, but the event, which will begin at 7 p.m. EST, is open to the public.

This event is being held to raise funds for KEEP, which was created earlier this year to build awareness of the benefits of Kentucky's $4-billion horse economy. KEEP recently announced that 640 people joined the organization in September to lift total membership to 1,140.