KY Horse Council Announces November Topic: ‘Kentucky Bred, Kentucky Proud: The Benefits of the KY-Bred Horse’

by | 10.27.2016 | 11:10am

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the topic for the November Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) meeting. The November 15 panel discussion, “Kentucky Bred, Kentucky Proud: The Benefits of the KY-Bred Horse,” will feature three speakers: Jamie Eads, Ryan Norton and a representative of the Department of Agriculture. They will discuss different breeding incentives as well as how stallion service fees are calculated. KENA is a dinner and educational series open to both equine professionals and horse owners and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 PM, followed by dinner with the main speakers from 6-8 PM. The dinner will be held at the Fasig-Tipton dining room.

The group, focused on the Kentucky thoroughbred, sport, and pleasure horse community, is charged with the mission of providing an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines. KENA, which is organized by the Kentucky Horse Council and supported by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program, provides the opportunity for attendees to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge, and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management.

Jamie Eads is the Director of Incentives and Development for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Ms. Eads will explain how the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund works and the breeds to which it applies. She will also discuss the impact that the KBIF has had on foal crops across the Commonwealth.

Ryan Norton is the Stallion Director at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, KY. Darby Dan currently stands eight stallions at its Lexington base, including Dialed In and Shackleford. Mr. Norton will discuss how stallion service fees are calculated and set, including such considerations as market trends, stallion progeny reports and more.

A representative of the Department of Agriculture's Kentucky Proud program will discuss the application of the Kentucky Proud program to the equine industry, how horses can be registered to be Kentucky Proud and what incentives there are to Kentucky breeders to register with the program.

The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals and enthusiasts to attend the November 15 event. Ticket prices are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For details and reservations, visit

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