OUR MISSION

KEEP is the economic advocate for Kentucky’s $4 billion horse industry in Frankfort and Washington, DC. Since 2006, we have championed issues that benefit Kentucky horses, breeders, race tracks and horsemen, in turn increasing the industry’s financial contribution to the Commonwealth’s economy, job creation, agricultural exports and global investment. We will continue to work to keep Kentucky the Horse Capital of the World on behalf of all breeds and all sectors of Kentucky’s signature horse industry.

The number one goal of KEEP is to educate the public and key state constituencies about the multi-billion dollar economic impact the entire horse industry provides to all sectors of Kentucky’s economy, including breeding and racing, equine services, farmworkers, show
horses and trail riding.

Our mission encourages the development of a pro-jobs and economic opportunities agenda for the Kentucky horse economy to include:

  • Increasing state promotion and incentives for the Kentucky
    horse industry’s world class leadership.

 

  • Preserving and expanding existing state horse economy
    programs for all breeds such as the annual $11 million
    Kentucky Breeder’s Incentive Fund to encourage breeding
    and ownership of Kentucky Horses.
  • Initiatives to stimulate jobs and economic growth through
    economic incentives and tax reform to solidify Kentucky’s
    horse economy leadership to attract new horse industry
    investment to the state.

 

  • Maintain a statewide grassroots network that includes all
    breeds and activities from all 120 counties.