Horse Park’s Hopkins Elected President of Kentucky Horse Council

by | 07.16.2014 | 3:50pm
Kathy Hopkins is director of equine operations at the Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Council elected a new President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary at its July 14 Board Meeting. The elections include Kathy Hopkins – President, Erin Woodall – Vice President, Becky Cox – Treasurer, and Madelyn Millard – Secretary.

Kathy Hopkins is the Director of Equine Operations at Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park. Kathy oversees such diverse activities as the planning, organization, management and care of all equine areas and horses at the Park, including the Hall of Champions, the Draft and Carriage Divisions, the Breeds and Farrier Area, and the Education Department which encompasses the community education programs, youth riding, and the Mustang Troop. Kathy also teaches labs for the Lexington Catholic Equine Academy and serves on its Board of Directors, along with working with her husband and son to run Southern Trace Farm, a Fayette County operation dedicated to breeding Thoroughbred sport horses.

Kathy's more than 40 years of experience in the equine industry includes stints as Director of the Kentucky Equine Institute, a program sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Managers and designed to produce graduates ready to enter the equine profession as well-qualified racing and farm managers, trainers, farriers, jockeys, and sales and marketing representatives.

She has also served as an Instructor in the Thoroughbred Track and Exercise Rider Training Program, a post-secondary program training students for employment in the racing industry through an intensive curriculum including the anatomy and physiology of the horse and breaking, training, and riding techniques.

Erin Woodall is a lifelong horsewoman and rider, who graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Agriculture Education and a minor in Animal Sciences. She has worked at the national headquarters for the United States Pony Clubs (USPC) since 2005, and is currently Activities and Events Coordinator and Systems Administrator. As Activities and Events Coordinator, she assists in the planning, coordination, and onsite management of the USPC Annual Meeting of the Corporation and USPC Championships. Erin collaborates with adult volunteer leadership to provide guidance for the competitive disciplines within Pony Club and in organizing Contests, International Exchanges and Special Opportunities for youth membership. As Systems Administrator, she oversees the technical systems in the Pony Club Office and coordinates with outside contractors.

Erin spent 15 years volunteering at numerous equine competitions before catching the eventing bug herself and started competing in the fall of 2006. She currently serves on the Board of the Midsouth Eventing and Dressage Association.

Becky Cox is the Chair of the Kentucky Horse Council Trails Committee and has been a recreational trail rider for almost 30 years. Becky is a member of Scott County Women's Club, Riders Up, Wheels a Rollin riding and driving club, and Back Country Horsemen of Eagle Creek for which she is currently holding the Secretary/Treasurer position. Becky is actively involved with a proposal to establish a multi-use, non-motorized trail from Sadieville to Corinth. She supports the continuation of the multi-use trail system at the reservoir property in Scott County. Becky also supports a proposal to establish a network of trails across the state and is looking forward to helping the project in any way she can.

Madelyn Millard served as President of the Kentucky Horse Council from 2006-2010, and Vice Chair of the American Horse Council from 2010-2011, then being elected Chair in 2012. Before being elected Secretary, Madelyn served on the Kentucky Horse Council's Health & Welfare Committee and will continue in that post. Madelyn currently manages the Equine Division of Waterwild Farm, a 530-acre family-owned farm in Lexington, Kentucky.  She is responsible for 40-50 client horses, as well as twelve Waterwild-owned horses, most of which are sport/pleasure horses involved in disciplines from dressage to eventing.  She personally rides gaited American Saddlebreds, an off-the-track Thoroughbred, or a Morgan.

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