LEXINGTON – The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has announced former governor and founding KEEP member, Brereton Jones, and Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm as recipients of the inaugural Industry Vision Award during the KEEP Equine Industry Conference on October 18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington. A committee made up of KEEP Board members chose nominees with recipients determined by secret ballot.
“We are very proud to recognize Brereton Jones and Old Friends for their significant contributions to Kentucky’s horse industry,” said Joe Clabes, KEEP Executive Director. “The committee could not have selected two more deserving ambassadors for this recognition. We look forward to expressing our appreciation for all they have done to advance Kentucky’s signature industry and how it is perceived around the world.”
The lunch program on October 18th will also feature an address by Julie Broadway, who was named President of the American Horse Council (AHC) earlier this year. Ms. Broadway will discuss AHC initiatives, including the effort to update the National Economic Impact Study. She will also provide insight into what the horse industry can expect from Washington in the coming months.
The two-day Equine Industry Conference will begin Monday afternoon with partner organization meetings and other breakout sessions, followed by an evening welcome reception providing casual networking opportunities. During Tuesday’s sessions, equine industry leaders and experts will participate in panel discussions regarding the current state of the equine economy and how to improve the outlook for the future. Presentations will include a review of economic data, legislative and regulatory discussion by key policy experts and information about innovative programs to support the equine economy through improved business marketing, tourism opportunities and new industry-based initiatives.
For those that are not able to attend the full conference, KEEP is offering a lunch-only registration special for just $40. Additional information, including the conference agenda and online registration are available online at: www.horseswork.com