KHC Announces New Executive Director

After an exhaustive search, the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) announces the hiring of a new executive director. Susan Schneider, a native Kentuckian, has real world experience with horses, business, and law. She will begin her position on Aug. 21.

Schneider has roots in Louisville, Ky., but most recently has lived and practiced law in North Carolina. While there, she served on the board of directors and executive committees of the North Carolina Horse Council. Her educational experience includes a Master's degree in business and a Juris doctorate. She has nonprofit experience, including a position as land protection attorney with the Catawba Lands Conservancy. In addition, she is currently the treasurer of the equine law section of the Kentucky Bar Association, is a licensed racing official, and horse and farm owner. Her personal equine interests include dressage, polocrosse and trail riding.

Schneider succeeds Ginny Grulke, who retired after eight years as executive director of the KHC.

"I believe that Susan can take KHC to the next level as an organization," Grulke said. "She will continue the educational activities we have been known for, but also expand our focus on policies, regulations and legal aspects which support a healthy horse industry in Kentucky."

Anna Zinkhon, president of the KHC board, added," We are excited to have found such a qualified individual to take the reins at the Horse Council. There were many applicants for this position, but Susan stood out among them with her strategic thinking and public policy oriented skills. We look forward to many more years of KHC growth under Ms. Schneider."

Schneider will be traveling around the commonwealth in her initial months, meeting individuals and institutions that have supported the council in the past. To meet or talk with Schneider, please call the KHC office at 859/367-0509 after Aug. 21.

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