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KEEP Urging Passage Of Equine Tax Equity Bill

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) is showing its support for KY House Bill 112, which will provide horse owners the same exemption from state sales tax on supplies, feed, and equipment that is currently received by other agriculture animals. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the bill was introduced by Rep. Mike Denham, and has […]

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Equine Tax Equity To Be KEEP’s Top Priority In 2016 Legislative Session

The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) unanimously approved a resolution calling for Equine Tax Equity for Kentucky’s horse industry. The Board also approved the formation of an Equine Tax Equity Task Force appointing Frank Penn as Chairman. Consideration of the organization’s equine tax equity policy took place during the Board’s […]

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Fasig-Tipton Returns As Sponsor of KEEP’s Grassroots Funding Program

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) is proud to announce for the second year, a partnership with Fasig-Tipton as a sponsor of the Grassroots Funding Program. This initiative promotes the importance of the equine industry thru the funding of local horse shows, 4-H clubs, educational activities, equine events, trail rides and therapeutic programs throughout the […]

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KEEP Names Joe Clabes As Executive Director

Joe Clabes has been appointed Executive Director of Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), it was announced by the Board of Directors of the Lexington-based organization. Clabes represented KEEP during the recently completed Kentucky 2015 legislative session and has worked in equine policy on the state and federal level for over 15 years. Along with his […]

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Winning Ride: KEEP Foundation Unveils New Seattle Slew License Plate

A new license plate option for Kentucky drivers has been unveiled by the Kentucky Equine Education Project Foundation.  The new license plate will feature a photo of the legendary Seattle Slew, and proceeds from the sale of each plate will support the organization’s grassroots funding program and educational activities.  Pre-orders for this license plate are […]

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KEEP Hires Joe Clabes As Lobbyist

The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) announced that lobbyist Joe Clabes has been hired to assist KEEP in the 2015 legislative session in Kentucky. Clabes of Alliand Strategies, LLC will represent KEEP by focusing on several key issues including the continued support of Historical Horse Racing, consideration of legislation that […]

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Heleringer Resigns as Executive Director of KEEP

Louisville attorney Robert Heleringer has resigned from his position as the executive director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP). In a brief email sent to news outlets on Wednesday night, Heleringer stated that he was resigning effective immediately, but did not go into any further details. Heleringer, an 11-term member of Kentucky’s General Assembly who […]

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KEEP Vote: We’ll Back Instant Racing, Not Casino Gaming in 2015

As the 2015 legislative session in Kentucky approaches, the issue of expanded gambling will likely once again be a topic of discussion.  One group that will not be supporting full-fledged casino gaming in Kentucky is the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP). The KEEP board of directors voted unanimously this week to not back such legislation. […]

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KEEP Launches Non-Profit Foundation

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) is proud to announce a new initiative to foster economic impact for the equine industry in Kentucky. The KEEP Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) grassroots organization that will provide funding grants for equine organizations throughout the state. Newly elected officers for the KEEP Foundation are Chairman Fred Sarver, owner […]

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KEEPing Kentucky’s Horse Industry Strong

The most recent Jockey Club Fact Book shows that the Thoroughbred foal crop in the United States has fallen by 38.1 percent over a 10-year period, from 33,976 in 2003 to 21,016 in 2012. Kentucky, the nation’s most important Thoroughbred breeding state, has seen an 18.5 percent decline during that same period, from 8,761 to […]

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