Skip to content

Lawmakers to Promote KY Horse Industry



The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has recognized their  appreciation to Governor Ernie Fletcher and Kentucky¹s state legislators for recognizing the value of Kentucky's horse industry by passing a breeder incentive program for all breeds and removing a tax provision that encouraged non-resident horse owners to move their horses out of Kentucky to be trained. 

The legislation, which now goes to Governor Fletcher for his signature before becoming law, shifts the current taxes paid on stud fees for stallions standing in Kentucky into an equine-specific fund to encourage breeding and foaling horses in Kentucky. These monies will be split amongThoroughbreds, Standardbreds and other breeds that have been under pressure from other states that offer lucrative incentive programs.

The second piece of legislation removes the provision that encouraged non-resident owners to move their horses upon purchase to other states instead of boarding and training them in Kentucky. The provisions were drafted by Sen. Damon Thayer and included in Governor Fletcher's tax   modernization plan.

"Horses mean jobs and economic prosperity to our state." said Claria Horn Shadwick, KEEP executive director. "This cornerstone of KEEP's educational message, that horses are a vital part of our state's economy is taking hold both across Kentucky and in Frankfort, thanks to the hard work of our 94 Team Leaders and 5,000 plus members.

Going into this session, KEEP had three primary legislative initiatives. Getting two of the three passed is a recognition of the tremendous value of the industry to our state.

"This legislation is an important first step in addressing the issue   facing our horse industry, but much work remains. Kentucky's horse farmers still pay tax on feed, fencing, and farm equipment, while other livestock are exempt from sales tax. Further, Kentucky's racing industry continues to face challenges from states like New York, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, where larger purses in those states are luring horses away from Kentucky tracks," Horn Shadwick continued.

KEEP was created to unite and promote the horse industry. Currently, conservative estimates put its economic impact at $4 billion with tens of thousands of jobs resulting. As part of its long-term effort, KEEP will branch out into a public education campaign for school children and continue to emphasize membership growth and grassroots initiatives.

"Working with our leaders in Frankfort, as well as our diverse and united industry, we can ensure that Kentucky remains the Horse Capital of the World," said Horn Shadwick.


More Stories

  • A Memorable First Trip To Oklahoma

    Taylor Ladd arrived in Oklahoma to compete for the first time this year, but she had the success of a seasoned veteran. The walk-trot rider left the fairgrounds with two World Championships, one Reserve World Championship, and three Grand National titles under the direction of Taylor River Farm. Read More
  • Highlights from Morgan Grand National

    Enjoy the victory passes and interviews from Oklahoma City on ReporTV! Read More
  • REPORT Leaderboard MGN FINAL

    It's official! The REPORT Leaderboard for the 2017 Morgan Grand National and World Championship Horse Show is final. Wow!  All the hard work all year really paid off! Congratulations to all the winners - blue ribbon and otherwise!

     

    Read More
  • Interview at Sterling Training Center

    In the interview that follows, trainer Katie Mair and owners Mary and Natalie Golota share their thoughts following Katie's win with As Predicted GCH at the Morgan Grand National.  Read More
  • Interview at Cater Stables

    In the interview that follows, trainer Kristen Cater and proud owner Lila Tater share their thoughts following Kristen's victory in Hunter Pleasure with Epona's Mo'O Lio GCH at Morgan Grand National.  Read More
  • Interview at Fire Stables Equestrian

    In the interview that follows, Elaine Galatz, Hannah McBain, Phil Fountain and Julianne Rafferty of Fire Stables Equestrian share their thoughts following a successful Morgan Grand National. Read More
  • REPORT Leaderboard MGN Thru Friday

    With only Saturday's finale performances to go, here's how the blue ribbon counts go in the REPORT Leaderboard through end of day Friday, October 13. Read More
  • A Family Bond

    The Youth of the Year contest tests the skills of young equestrian each year at the Morgan Grand National. Selina Cloutier had the honor of winning this prestigious competition in 1998, and this year, her daughter Clea is competing for the same title. Read More
  • Another Record Breaking Performance

    Morgan Grand National fans were treated to a history making performance on Thursday afternoon as Arcadia, Oklahoma resident Chloe Farischon became the first junior exhibitor to win the World Champion Four-Year-Old English Pleasure title. Read More
  • REPORT Leaderboard MGN Thru Thursday

    It's coming down to the wire and the competition is so close. Check out the REPORT Leaderboard standings as of Thursday, October 12. Read More