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Equine Workforce Development Launches Data Collection Project

The Equine Workforce Development Initiative, a collaborative effort between the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Foundation Workforce Center, has launched a Thoroughbred industry workforce data collection effort for the state of Kentucky to better identify employer needs and fill staff shortages. The goal of the initiative is to understand the needs of employers andy use that information to better inform educational and community partners who can assist with filling gaps in the equine industry's workforce. In a 2019 study conducted by the Thoroughbred Farm...

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Taxation Task Force to Look at HHR Rates

A Pari-Mutuel Wagering Taxation Task Force has been established in the Kentucky General Assembly to "study the taxes and rates related to horse racing, the impact that changing the rates would have, and the funds relating to the horse industry which receive historical horse racing tax receipts [and] determine if any changes should be made." The task force will be co-chaired by Kentucky State Senator Damon Thayer and House of Representatives member Adam Koenig. The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) issued a statement in support of the action Tuesday: "The...

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KEEP Announces New Board Members

Edited Press Release Officials at the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky's equine economic advocate, have announced the new leadership of KEEP's Board of Directors. The Board of Directors unanimously approved the promotion of Case Clay to become the Board's Chairman, while Kentucky horseman David Ingordo was unanimously approved to become the Board's Vice Chairman. Clay and Ingordo replace Doug Cauthen and Ken Jackson, respectively, who will both continue serving on the KEEP Board. Additionally, Courtney Schneider was added to the Board of Directors. Clay is the Chief Commercial Officer...

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KEEP Commends U.S. House of Representatives for Passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky's equine economic advocate, released the following statement Thursday evening regarding the U.S. House of Representatives passage of H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021: "KEEP commends the U.S. House of Representatives for its the passage of H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021, which addresses the labor crisis facing many agriculture operations across the country by reforming the H-2A visa process, providing a path to legal status for farm workers, and implementing a nationwide E-Verify system. "While this bipartisan...

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KY Governor Signs HHR Legislation

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed a bill on Historical Horse Racing (Senate Bill 120) Monday, which would assure that betting on historical machines is legal. The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky's equine economic advocate, released the following statement in response: "We thank Governor Beshear for signing Senate Bill 120 into law, which ensures the future of our equine industry while protecting thousands of local jobs. Kentuckians and the legislators who represent them have made clear that they support historical horse racing and the many benefits it brings to our...

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HHR Bill Introduced in Kentucky State Senate

Kentucky State Senator John Schickel and Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers introduced Senate Bill 120 into the Kentucky State legislature late Tuesday with the goal of keeping historical horse racing in Kentucky and ensuring the future of Kentucky's signature equine industry. "KEEP applauds Senator Schickel and Senate President Stivers for Introducing Senate Bill 120, Legislation to Keep Historical Horse Racing in Kentucky," read a KEEP press release issued late yesterday. "In response to the Supreme Court's ruling on historical horse racing, the legislation will define pari-mutuel wagering to be consistent...

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KEEP and Race for Education Announce New Scholarships

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) Foundation, in conjunction with the Race for Education, announced scholarships totaling $20,000 for students pursuing equine studies, animal science, or a related agricultural field within the state of Kentucky. The scholarships will be broken into 10 separate $2,000 increments and awarded to students from any state who will study in Kentucky, as well as to individuals with family working in Kentucky's equine, animal science, or agricultural industries. "Young people are the lifeblood of our industry," said KEEP's Elisabeth Jensen. "I am continually excited to...

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KEEP Names Nine New Directors

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...

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KEEP to Hold Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Webinar

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) will host a webinar focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in the horse industry. Building Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Equine Industry With Talent Pipeline Management will be held Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. ET. KEEP is providing the webinar in partnership with the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. If you are interested in participating in the webinar, please register here. Participation in the webinar is free. The webinar...

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KEEP, RFE Announce 2020 Scholarship Winners

Officials at the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) and the Race For Education (RFE) have announced the recipients of scholarships for 2020. A total of $21,000 in scholarships was approved by the KEEP Foundation board of directors and will be distributed among 18 students attending 10 institutions within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. All are currently enrolled in an equine and/or, agriculture related major or a horse-related program. In addition to the 18 Kentucky students, RFE awarded its Robert J. Frankel Scholarship to New York student Elsa Loriel. The Frankel Award...

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Horsemen Apprenticeships Created in Kentucky

A new horse care apprenticeship program is available and has been registered with the Kentucky and the United States Departments of Labor. As an 'Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program' coming on the heels of the recent suspension of H-2B visas in the United States, the aim is to help train a domestic workforce and produce well-rounded horsemen ready to excel in any facet of the horse industry. The apprenticeship is a collaboration between the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce/Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP)'s Equine Talent Pipeline Workforce Initiative, the Bluegrass Community and...

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KEEP Issues Response to the Suspension of H-2B Visas

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) released the following response to President Trump's announcement that no new H-2B visas would be issued in 2020: "On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued an order that extends the federal government's suspension of new H-2B visas, as well as other work visas, through the end of the year. This order, as with the previous order issued in March, claims to open up new jobs to Americans during a time of record unemployment. However, when it comes to the Kentucky horse industry, this...

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