New board members seated at Ky. Equine Education Project

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky’s equine economic advocate, recently announced additions to its board of directors.

Nine new individuals were added to KEEP’s board of directors: Shannon Cobb, Michelle Fischer, Vince Gabbert, Jeff Hall, Katie LaMonica, Jamie MacLeod, James Miller, Bret Shultz and Donnie Snellings.

Cobb is the COO/CFO of The Red Mile. Fischer is the president of Darting Star. Gabbert is vice president and COO of Keeneland. Hall is the general manager of Ellis Park. LaMonica is the manager of marketing at Darley Stud Management. MacLeod is a professor at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center. Miller is co-owner of Saddlebred farm Hillcroft. Shultz is director of racing at Standardbred racing facility Oak Grove. Snellings is the sales and yearling manager at Denali Stud and is the current president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club.

New officers for board of directors 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 Elisabeth Jensen, KEEP’s executive vice president who oversees the daily operations of the organization. “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’s board of directors will host an industry-wide webinar to discuss the year ahead for KEEP, the advocacy issues the organization will take on, and the strategies and approaches the organization will undertake to emerge successfully.