May KENA Meeting to Focus on Land Conservation

May KENA Meeting to Focus on Land Conservation


The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the topic for the May Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner: “Saving Ground—Preserving Kentucky's Horse Country.”

The dinner, presented by the Equine Law Group of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, will be held on May 16, at Fasig-Tipton, in Lexington. The dinner and educational series is open to equine professionals, horse owners, and recreational riders and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 p.m., followed by dinner with the main speakers from 6-8 p.m.

The group, focused on the Kentucky Thoroughbred, sport, and pleasure horse community, is charged with the mission of providing an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines. Organized by the Kentucky Horse Council and supported by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program, KENA is designed to provide the opportunity for attendees to share ideas, business strategies, and knowledge, and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management.

May's speakers will include:

  • Holley Groshek, executive director of the Equine Land Conservation Resource;
  • Susan Speckert, executive director of the Fayette Alliance; and
  • Roy Cornett, currently serving as the treasurer of the Back Country Horsemen of America.

The panelists will speak on the importance of land conservation to the equine industry, in terms of farmland, competition venues, and access to trails, as well as steps individuals can take to help protect Kentucky's equine lands.

"The issue of protecting Kentucky's farmland is important to every member of the Kentucky horse industry, whether you are a trail rider, breeder, or sport horse competitor," says Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross. "We are thrilled to have a panel with three distinct perspectives on this issue and that will touch all of our membership."

The May 16 dinner is presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP's Equine Law Group, a is a full-service law firm with offices in 29 cities throughout nine states and the District of Columbia, including Kentucky offices in Lexington, Frankfort, and Louisville. The Dinsmore Equine Law Group is a generous supporter of the KENA dinner series.

The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals, and enthusiasts to attend the May 16 event. For details and reservations, visit

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