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David Blee And The Power Of The Mentor

(Editor’s note: David Cooper Blee died on Dec. 29 at the age of 66. Among other things, in his professional life he was vice president of Runnymede Farm in Paris, Ky., an internationally recognized expert in the field of nuclear energy, and an advocate for the Thoroughbred industry through his involvement with the Kentucky Equine […]

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David Blee, Runnymede Farm Executive, Horse Industry Advocate, Dies At 66

David Cooper Blee, vice president of Runnymede Farm in Paris, Ky. – founded in 1867 and the state’s oldest continuously run Thoroughbred farm – died on Sunday at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington, Ky., after a brief illness at the age of 66. Family members said he suffered a severe reaction days earlier to an […]

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KEEP Adds Five New Members To Board Of Directors

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky’s equine economic advocate, announced changes and additions to the KEEP Board of Directors, following a meeting of the board on May 9, 2019.  Five new individuals were added to the KEEP Board of Directors: Sean Beirne, Debra Hamelback, Carl McEntee, Ted Nicholson and Dr. Andy Roberts. Beirne is the Director […]

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KEEP: Sports Betting Holds ‘Great Potential’ For Kentucky, Racing Industry

Today, the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky’s equine economic advocate, released a white paper outlining KEEP’s position on legal sports wagering in Kentucky. The white paper details what will be critical to allow for a successful implementation of sports wagering in Kentucky, following the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling in May that […]

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Keeneland Hosting KEEP Equine Workforce Talent Pipeline Gathering

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky’s equine economic advocate, announced that it will kick off its Equine Workforce Talent Pipeline project with an informational breakfast at Keeneland on September 14. Recognizing that the horse industry is a unique and critical part of Kentucky’s economy, with an economic impact of nearly $4 billion annually and responsible for more than […]

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KEEP, Race For Education Unveil 2018 Scholarship Winners

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), and The Race For Education are proud to announce it’s 2018 Scholarship recipients.  The KEEP Foundation board of directors approved $32,000 in scholarships to 19 students, attending 9 universities across the Commonwealth. All of the 2018 scholarship recipients are students currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an […]

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Kentucky Horsemen Urged To Contact Lawmakers Over Proposed Repeal Of Sales Tax Exemption

Facing threats in two introduced bills and with other proposals being considered, the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky’s equine economic advocate, urges Kentucky lawmakers to not increase the tax burden on Kentucky’s signature horse industry. Through an email campaign by KEEP’s grassroots supporters and through one-on-one meetings in Frankfort, KEEP’s message to legislators has […]

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KEEP Day In Frankfort Helps State Legislators ‘Connect The Dots’ Of Horse Industry

The Kentucky Equine Education Project staged its second KEEP Day in Frankfort, with horsemen and horse enthusiasts of all breeds and disciplines interacting with state legislators to discuss the economic importance of equines in their home districts. A prevalent message: Kentucky didn’t become the Horse Capital of the World by being a one-trick pony. Horses of all types contribute significant assets to local […]

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Frankfort To Host Second Annual KEEP Day Feb. 15

The Kentucky Equine Education Project is staging its second KEEP Day in Frankfort on Thursday, February 15, 2018, providing a convenient setting for those involved in the industry to share with state legislators the importance of horses to their districts’ economy. The event will run from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Room 129 in […]

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KEEP Honoring Late Tim Capps, Central Kentucky Riding For Hope With Industry Vision Awards

The late Tim Capps and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope will be honored with the Industry Vision Awards during the Kentucky Equine Education Project’s second KEEP Equine Industry Conference this Sunday and Monday at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington. The Industry Vision Awards – which recognize an individual and an organization for outstanding contributions […]

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