(Edited press release)
Trainer Monty Roberts, who has conditioned numerous well-known horses, including some belonging to Queen Elizabeth II, 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, which is sponsored by Stockplace, Thoroughbred Times, Blood-Horse Publications, and Mt. Brilliant Farm, will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 14 at Victorian Square in Lexington.
This year, The Race for Education will award nearly $420,000 to young people from low-income families involved in the horse industry or who want to pursue a career in the horse industry.
For the first time, the organization also administered the scholarship programs for KEEP, the Kentucky Horse Council, the National Turf Writers’ Association, and several other organizations. Those recipients also will be introduced at the reception. In all, 40 scholarships have been awarded this year.
“My life’s goal is to leave the world a better place than I found it for horses and for people too," said Roberts. "In that quest I find myself working harder than I ever have, but having more fun at the same time. If we are to leave the world a better place for horses, then we must meet the challenge to better educate the next generation. The Race for Education hits the target squarely where these issues are concerned. I am proud to assist with the goals for Race for Education which will eventually help the people of our industry, and in turn significantly help the horses."
Roberts is also known as a successful author, Hollywood stunt man, foster dad to 47 children (in addition to three of his own), and creator of the equine training technique called Join-Up.
Over the past several years, Roberts has toured the United States and has raised more than $1.6 million for horse-related charities, including 4-H and therapeutic riding organizations.
The Race for Education reception is open to the public, and tickets are $25. KEEP and Kentucky Horse Council members receive a $5 discount. To reserve a spot, call The Race for Education at (859) 252-8648.