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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 Passes 10,000 Member Mark

The Kentucky Equine Education Project has passed its 10,000 member mark this month. KEEP, the lobbying group representing all breeds of horses in the state, reached its goal in just a little over two years since it was formed in May 2004.

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 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.

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 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.

KEEP Board Endorses Staff Changes

The Kentucky Equine Education Project board of directors officially endorsed staff changes, including the naming of Jim Navolio as executive director.

KEEP Reorganizes Staff

Claria Horn Shadwick, who has served as the Kentucky Equine Education Project's executive director since July 2004, has been named to the new position of director of strategy and research, the KEEP board announced. Jim Navolio, the group's operations director, will succeed Shadwick as executive director. KEEP's equine director, Gene Clabes, will assume all responsibilities for KEEP's overall grassroots programs.

KEEP Works on Gaming Strategy; Could Shift Staff

The Kentucky Equine Education Project, formed about a year ago and already with a legislative feather in its cap, seems poised to push for alternative gaming in 2006 but its board of directors must be united in the course of action, the organization's chairman said.

KEEP Ties Reception to Quarter Horse Racing

The Kentucky Equine Education Project, which named its executive staff June 30, will hold a reception July 3 in conjunction with the return of live Quarter Horse racing to Kentucky for the first time since 1992.

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