The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), a not-for-profit grassroots organization created in 2004 to preserve, promote, and protect Kentucky’s signature multi-breed horse industry, has added to its Board of Directors. The nine additions are Shannon Cobb, Michelle Fischer, Vince Gabbert, Jeff Hall, Katie LaMonica, Jamie MacLeod, James Miller, Bret Shultz, and Donnie Snellings. New officers for the board will be elected at the board’s January meeting.
“Given the hurdles the horse industry faces in the coming year, KEEP may be more necessary now than at any other point in its history,” said KEEP’s Executive Vice President Elisabeth Jensen. “The Kentucky Supreme Court’s ruling that jeopardizes historical horse racing and its contribution to the success of Kentucky’s horse industry presents an immense challenge as we will work to convince the legislature to address the issue. The addition of these board members and the work they have already engaged in on behalf of KEEP and the horse industry is a critical part of the battle ahead.”
In December, KEEP will host an industry-wide webinar to discuss the year ahead for the organization, the advocacy issues it will tackle, and the strategies and approaches the organization will undertake.