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Kentucky Horse Council Elects New Officers, Directors for 2016

Tuesday, December 8, 2015  
Posted by: Daisy Olivo
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Kentucky Horse Council

Katy Ross

Executive Director

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Lexington, KY (December 8, 2015) – The Kentucky Horse Council elected the 2016 slate of officers and directors at its November 15 Board Meeting held at the Rood & Riddle Conference Center. The officer elections include Kathy Hopkins – Vice President, Dixie Hayes – Secretary, and Demetria Mehlhorn – Treasurer. Erin Woodall will return for the second year of her two-year President’s term.

Kathy Hopkins was elected to serve a second one-year term as Vice President, following election to her second term as a director.

Dixie Hayes, the Program Coordinator/Instructor at the North American Racing Academy, was elected to her second term as secretary.  

Demetria Kimball Mehlhorn, the current Chair of the Kentucky Horse Council Trails Committee, was elected as treasurer.

The director elections include Martha Martin – owner of UnBridled Horse Tours, Melissa King – Facility Manager & Thoroughbred Trainer, New Vocations Kentucky, Kerry Irwin – Attorney, Dinsmore and Shohl and an active member of the Kentucky Horse Council Finance Committee and the Kentucky Equine Networking Committee, Dean Roethemeier – Nominations Division at Darley’s Jonabell Division, Nicole Rivera – Director of Special Events at the Kentucky Horse Park, and Karen Stine – a small boarding business owner and an active member of the Kentucky Horse Council Trails Committee. 

"We are excited to add such a diverse group of new people to our Board of Directors and to have such strong leadership as the result of our elections,” said Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross. "The expertise of the new directors, combined with the experience and leadership of the returning board members, will result in many important gains for the Kentucky Horse Council in 2016.” 

For the complete list of the Kentucky Horse Council Board of Directors, visit


ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.

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