March 3, 2013 – Energized by the plans of the Keeneland Association to establish a new pari-mutel racetrack in Kentucky that would be expressly for American Quarter Horse racing, representatives of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association (KyQHRA) met on March 2 at Keeneland. Discussions centered on making the KyQHRA as effective as possible in supporting Keeneland's efforts; refining the Kentucky Bred Program to promote the state's breeding industry; and rebuilding interest in the KyQHRA after several years with no live racing in the state.
“I'm excited about the level of enthusiasm of our Board of Directors,” said KyQHRA President Dr. Richard Connelley of Salyersville. “We are thrilled to be working with Keeneland, the classiest organization in all of horse racing, and we look forward to having a world-class home to showcase our breed.”
Members of the KyQHRA Board of Directors represent American Quarter Horse owners and breeders and racing industry officials from across the commonwealth. They are:
President Dr. Richard Connelley of Salyersville;
Chairman Gerald Coltharp of Sedalia;
Vice President Dr. Talmadge Hays of Pineville;
Secretary Jovetta Meredith of Shelbyville;
Treasurer Steve Holder of LaCenter; and
Director of Live Racing Rich Wilcke of Bethlehem.
Board Members are Vince Gabbert of Keeneland and Christina Sowders.
An annual membership in the KyQHRA, which will be used to support the association's efforts, is $25 per person. Click on the membership tab for information on becoming a member of KyQHRA.
If you have comments, questions or suggestions, including those related to the Kentucky Bred Program, please email KyQHRA President Richard Connelley at email@example.com.