KYRU Press Release

KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES KENTUCKY ROUND-UP,
A NEW WINTER FAMILY EVENT

Lexington KY, December 10, 2012 – The Kentucky Horse Council today announces the Kentucky Round-Up, a new family event featuring horse fun, learning and interaction. Kentucky Round-Up will be held February 2, 2013 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Kentucky Round-Up also includes an evening concert by country music star John Michael Montgomery.
The event has been designed to provide families with no horse involvement to be around horses, learn about their personalities, grooming, safety, and horse sports that kids can be involved with. In addition, those who already ride horses will find advanced speakers, clinicians, vendors and demonstrations for their interest. Also taking place at the Kentucky Round-Up is the 4th Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium.
In the evening, well-known Kentucky country music artist John Michael Montgomery will be in concert in the arena, with the Danny Frazier Band as the opening act.
Between the daytime activities and the concert, the Kentucky Horse Council will hold its annual Members’ Awards Banquet to recognize outstanding industry contributors and volunteers.
“Kentucky Round-Up is a way for the Horse Council to address an issue which all of agriculture faces, “ commented Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council board. “Less young people today are comfortable around horses and other livestock because the family farms are disappearing. Getting the kids ‘off the couch and into the barn’ not only introduces them to the wonder of horses, but also has tremendous character and health benefits.”
“We also hope to take these same families out to horse activities and farms throughout the year,” said Ginny Grulke, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Council. “This is not just a one-day experience, but a continuing pathway to the horse.”
For more information about Kentucky Round-Up, visit www.kentuckyroundup.com
ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL
The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.

Kentucky Roundup Clinics

KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES KENTUCKY ROUND-UP CLINICIAN LINE-UP

Lexington KY, December 21, 2012- The Kentucky Round-Up, hosted by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) on February 2, 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park, highlights the need for effective communication between horse and rider through focused demonstrations. Presenting clinicians, Linda Starnes, Avo Kiviranna and Robin Gollehon, focus on understanding the horse as an individual and working within his/her strengths as the key to maximizing performance.

Linda Starnes of Brownsville, KY is a certified Level III Parelli Natural Horsemanship Trainer. She owns, breeds, trains and competes Tennessee Walking Horses with a focus on versatility. Starnes utilizes Horsenality™, a term coined by natural horse training sensation Pat Parelli, to identify horse psychologies and recognize each individual horse’s innate character. By understanding what is uniquely important to the individual horse, Starnes develops a training regimen tailored to them.

Starnes will conduct a live demonstration designed to help the audience better understand the philosophy of utilizing the Horsenality™ approach to working with horses. According to Pat Parelli, “This approach to understanding horses helps horses – and their humans – become more balanced, centered and confident.”

Avo Kiviranna, a graduate of the University of Kentucky with more than fifty years of experience in the equine industry, will present techniques on “Least Resistance” training. Least resistance training describes a measured application of horsemanship skills through appropriate technique, feel, and timing which enables a horse to understand the nature of a specific performance that it is being asked to execute. It is conveyed through the use of body language that horses themselves use naturally to communicate with one another. Commonly referred to as “natural horsemanship” by members of the equine community, this method does not necessarily come naturally to aspiring horsemen.

Kiviranna’s equine background includes ten years as Assistant Professor of Equine Science at the State University of New York at Delhi. He was a county Cooperative Extension Agent, Executive Director of the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc. and a consulting manager to a commercial Thoroughbred breeding operation in New York. He utilized his knowledge to develop a traveling remedial practical horsemanship business through which he helps owners and their problem horses, or sometimes horses and their problem owners.

Robin Gollehon, a nationally renown western pleasure training expert and the creator of the Yearling Head Start and Get Ready To Ride Programs, will use her vast experience with developing young horses to present “Movement and Suitability”, an evaluation of a horse’s gaits and their connection to suitability for a sport or competitive level. In the clinic, she will also demonstrate the connection between how a horse moves its body style.

Robin, with her husband, Roger, owns and operates Gollehon Quarter Horses in Versailles, Kentucky where they stand their AQHA stallion Good Cowboy Margarita, NSBA World Champion and Horse of the Year. Together they have trained, shown and bred some of the nation’s top pleasure horses and have accumulated more than 80 World and National titles. Ms. Gollehon is a member of the AQHA Professional Horseman’s Association and has been at the top of all the major NSBA Futurities. She was previously named World’s Best Exhibitor, World High Point Lady Exhibitor and Trainer of the Year.

“Avo, Linda and Robin exemplify those characteristics that make trainers great,” Anna Zinkhon, KHC President noted. “Effective communication between horse and handler is what makes the difference between a good ride and a great ride. The need for evaluation of the horse’s natural abilities, regardless of the training method employed, is the cornerstone of good horsemanship and clinical demonstrations at the Kentucky Round-Up reflect our commitment to offering meaningful education for the equine community,” Zinkhon continued. “We are lucky to have such talented horsemen and clinicians residing right here in Kentucky.”

Additional demonstrations will be conducted throughout the day by Mimi Porter (Equine Therapy), Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (The use of miniature horses for therapeutic riding), and a special guest presentation on vaulting.

Mimi Porter, owner of Equine Therapy Inc. and author of The New Equine Sports Therapy, will provide attendees with insight into the ways in which physical therapy can augment traditional equestrian medicine. Porter has 30 years experience as an equine therapist and practiced human sports medicine for 10 years prior to becoming an equine therapist.

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) is a multi-faceted program that is dedicated to enriching the community by improving the quality of life and the health of children and adults with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse. CKRH will share with attendees the unique manner in which horses are used to in the physical and psychological therapeutic setting.

Central Kentucky was introduced to the art of vaulting in 2010 when the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park. Visitors at the Kentucky Round-Up will have the opportunity to learn more from a local vaulting group about this unique sport that fluidly merges horsemanship and gymnastics.

Admission to this February 2nd equestrian event is FREE for children 12 and younger and $10 in advance for adults ($15 at the door); youth groups receive free admission with half-price tickets available for youth leaders. An evening concert featuring well-known Kentucky country music artist, John Michael Montgomery, closes the event with tickets available through Ticket Master. For more information about Kentucky Round-Up and ticket information, visitwww.kentuckyroundup.com.
ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL
The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.

Kentucky Roundup Charities

KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY THROUGH CHARITABLE SUPPORT: RONALD MCDONALD HOUSES, NEW BEGINNINGS THERAPEUTIC RIDING TO BENEFIT FROM KENTUCKY ROUND-UP EVENT

Lexington KY, December 31, 2012 – The Kentucky Horse Council today announces that Kentucky Round-Up, a new family event featuring horses, will benefit two family-oriented charities: Kentucky’s two Ronald McDonald Houses, Bluegrass and Kentuckiana, and New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding of Bowling Green.
Kentucky Round-Up will be held February 2, 2013 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, and is designed for families, children and adults interested in fun, learning and entertainment revolving around the horse. Kentucky Round-Up also includes the KHC Members’ Awards Banquet and an evening concert by country music star John Michael Montgomery.
The two charities were chosen based on the important work they do in the areas of support for children and families with needs in the area of health care support and equine therapy for special needs.
“Kentucky’s horsemen have always been generous, and they believe in the importance of family, “ commented Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council board. “Supporting the Ronald McDonald Houses and New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding is consistent with those values, and is a small way the horse industry can give back to our communities.”
New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is located in Bowling Green, KY and has been providing equine assisted activities for over 15 years to ages 5-80+ with disabilities. It is certified by PATH, Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). In 2011, they served 250+ individuals with 172 volunteers and two part-time paid staff. At NBTR, horses are making a difference in individuals’ lives with disabilities.
There are two Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in Kentucky: RMHC of the Bluegrass (Lexington) and RMHC Kentuckiana (Louisville). Ronald McDonald Houses provide a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.
RMHC Kentuckiana was founded in 1984 and in addition to the house located in downtown Louisville, has family rooms within three Louisville hospitals. Since their founding, RMHC Kentuckiana has helped more than 70,000 family members from all 50 states and several international locations. They offer 36 guestrooms and are located near the Jewish and University of Louisville hospitals.
RMHC Bluegrass creates and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and strengthens families by keeping them together in times of medical need. The house in Lexington offers 20 guestrooms and is located near the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
For more information about Kentucky Round-Up, visit www.kentuckyroundup.com
ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL
The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.

Kentucky Roundup Speaker Series

KENTUCKY ROUND-UP ANNOUNCES SPEAKER SERIES FOR HORSEMEN AND PARENTS

Lexington KY, January 9, 2013- The 2013 Kentucky Round-Up, hosted by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) on February 2, 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park, announces its schedule of speaker education for Parents, Novice Horse Owners and Advanced Horsemen. Attendance in all classes is included in general admission to Kentucky Round-Up.

“FOR PARENTS: ALL ABOUT KIDS AND HORSES” is a speaker series designed for parents of children who would like to be involved in horses. It will provide information to assist in the family’s decision about horses, and how to getting started. Topics include the different ways that families can be involved in horses, the character development and sportsmanship benefits of horse activities, safety guidelines, cost estimates and Kentucky youth groups which offer horse education and sports.

“DOING IT RIGHT: HORSE CARE BASICS” provides hands-on information for the new or novice horse owner. Speakers will cover basic body parts and horse care, care of horses’ feet, nutrition, choosing a boarding stable, choosing an instructor and questions about buying, leasing and other options for horse involvement.

“THE ADVANCED HORSEOWNER” series will provide information for experienced farms and owners on topics such as Risk Management, Water Quality Plans, the new Kentucky Proud Horse Farm Program, Managing Cushing’s Disease, and Choosing a Thoroughbred for a Second Career.

Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council, commented, “At its core, the Kentucky Horse Council is an educational organization, so including a full complement of speakers to Kentucky Round-Up is critical to our mission.” She added, “We are blessed to have knowledgeable experts in almost any equine topic right here in the Commonwealth, and these individuals are also enthusiastic about providing this information to horse owners and parents.”

Kentucky Round-Up activities, including the educational speakers, start at 9:00AM, with doors opening at 8:30AM. The event continues all day until 4:30PM; the KHC Members Awards banquet will be held from 5:00 – 6:30pm, and an evening concert featuring John Michael Montgomery begins at 7:00PM.

Admission to this February 2nd horse event is FREE for children 12 and younger, Kentucky Horse Council members, and community groups. All others are $10 in advance for adults ($15 at the door); youth groups receive free admission with half-price tickets available for youth leaders. For more information about Kentucky Round-Up and ticket information, visit www.kentuckyroundup.com.
ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL
The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.

Kentucky Round-Up to Feature Clinician Craig Cameron

Lexington, KY, July 18, 2013 – Kentucky Round-Up is an annual event sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) that celebrates the magic of horses with live demonstrations, hands-on activities, and educational exhibits. Today KHC announces the addition of nationally known Craig Cameron as a featured clinician at Kentucky Round-Up 2014.  The event will be held February 15-16, 2014 at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park.

Craig Cameron adds a level of excitement to the new two-day event, by raising the bar on the quality of horsemen education and entertainment.

“We are so excited to have Craig Cameron come to Kentucky to share his unique skills and approach to horsemanship,” said Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council.  “We have committed to building the Kentucky Round-Up into a top-notch event and the presence of Craig Cameron moves us a large step closer to that goal.”

Cameron will be offering multiple clinics both on Saturday and Sunday, including some for the whole audience as well as some for individual paid participants.

In addition to Cameron’s clinics, other new features will be added to the two-day Kentucky Round-Up, which started in February 2013 as a one-day event.

The Round-Up will continue to focus on youth involvement by offering a new Youth Congress.  The Round-Up Youth Congress is open to youth nominated by horse associations, which are members of the Kentucky Horse Council.  Each association may send two youth members. The Congress will emphasize leadership and character training, and also feature a lunch talk by Craig Cameron.

ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL
The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.