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Kentucky QHRA Elects Officials

Kentucky association looks to rebuild interest.

Press Release
March 4, 2013

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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 Members,” said Board 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; Marc Guilfoil of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission; and Christina Sowders of London.

An annual membership in the KyQHRA, which will be used to support the association's efforts, is $25 per person. Checks for KyQHRA membership may be sent to KyQHRA Treasurer Steve Holder, 1004 Jones Road, LaCenter, KY 42056.