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Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation Launches Program


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The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation recently announced the creation of a Professionals’ Circle Program and Rider Ambassador Program, both of which are sponsored by sport horse enthusiast Jacqueline B. Mars. Through the Professionals’ Circle Program, members can offer monetary contributions as well as their time toward supporting Grayson’s work and research. Included among Grayson Ambassadors, Margie Goldenstein Engle, Beezie and John Madden, Mike Smith, Lauren Kieffer, Sophie Doyle, Tom Morley and Maggie Wolfendale.

“We are grateful to Ms. Mars for sponsoring this program, which will allow individuals to spread awareness about Grayson’s work to improve the lives of horses of all breeds and disciplines, including the sport horse community,” said Jamie Haydon, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “The launch of these programs coincided with the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows in Lexington, Kentucky, and reflects how Grayson-funded research has a wide-ranging impact on the equine community.”

Hall of fame rider Mike Smith added, “When I think about all that horses have done for me, it seems natural to help give back to them through my support of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. This organization has great past performances in identifying and funding research projects designed by experts to help keep horses sound and healthy and to treat them when they do have problems.”

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