KEEP is the economic advocate for Kentucky’s $6.5 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 ensure that Kentucky remains a global leader 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.