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KEEP is a 501(c)(6) organization that engages lawmakers in Frankfort and Washington on the issues most important to Kentucky’s entire horse industry, all breeds and disciplines. Your KEEP membership dues support, in part, our education and advocacy efforts that ensure that the industry has a powerful voice in the process of policy development and implementation.
What Has KEEP Done?
Kentucky Breeders Incentive Fund – Sales tax from stud fees used to go to the Kentucky General Fund. KEEP and its army of members were heavily involved in the passage of the important legislation that created the KBIF. Now that money is redirected to Kentucky breeders. Since inception, over $97 million has been paid to the breeders of Kentucky bred Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and non-race breeds.
Historical Horse Racing – Since September 1, 2011, Instant Racing has generated over $6 million for purses and $5 million for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund. With a fair tax rate and tracks such as Keeneland and The Red Mile recently approved for historical horse racing, the industry contribution will increase significantly.
Kentucky Proud – In cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, horses were reclassified to be part of the state’s agricultural industry. So, horse farms are now eligible to apply for matching marketing funds as part of the Kentucky Proud Program to market their horses and equine services.
Public Opinion – When KEEP was formed in 2004, the favorable rating for Kentucky’s horse industry was just over 40%. In a recent statewide poll completed this spring 2014, 71% of Kentuckians had a favorable attitude towards the horse industry.
Grassroots Program – KEEP has made a large investment in our grassroots outreach, contributing over $600,000 to nearly 900 local horse shows, 4-H, FFA, Therapeutic, trail riding and equine education organizations throughout the state since 2006. Our continual participation and presence at these equine events throughout the state has served to elevate the favorable image of the horse industry to the state.
Public Outreach – KEEP has built a grassroots network of thousands of members and volunteers representing all equine breeds, and disciplines in all 120 counties in Kentucky. Through communication with our membership, we have encouraged active participation in the political process, and continue to utilize that network to assist in our lobbying efforts.
What Is KEEP Doing?
KEEP will continue to support beneficial legislation for the horse industry. We remain focused on the removal of the unfair sales tax from equine feed and equipment for horse owners, protecting and strengthening the highly successfuly Breeders Incentive Program and continuing work on a tax reform platform to make Kentucky’s horse industry more competitive with other racing states. KEEP will also continue to support local 4-H programs, horse shows, FFA, academic equine programs, trail riding organizations, and breed associations through its grassroots efforts.
If you have membership questions or just questions in general, please contact our office M-F, 9 – 5pm at 859-259-0007 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you decide to join forces with our group as we work together to make positive changes to Kentucky’s world class equine industry!!