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The Communications/Marketing Committee generates ideas for increased awareness of KHC through an online presence both through the website and social media, promotional materials, logo wear, trade fair participation, retail items, advertisements, and other opportunities. It also coordinates programs to communicate with the general public, local officials, legislators and members.


The Finance Committee oversees the management of KHC assets, including routinely reviewing financial procedures and processes, maximizing returns on cash investments, establishing the desired level of funding with a 5 year horizon, and assessing funding sources and recommending additional sources of funding. Members of this committee include the Board Treasurer (chair) and other Board members (limited to board members).

Health & Welfare

The KHC Health & Welfare Committee is charged with developing programs and educational material to support the health and welfare of Kentucky horses. Members of the committee are representatives from the health and welfare industries. Each member of the committee is either affiliated with or employed by an organization that provides health and humane services and oversight such as the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, Kentucky Animal Care and Control Association, Kentucky Humane, and etc. The committee also works with legislators and state agency staff to educate them about the unique needs of Kentucky’s equines.


The Legislative Committee is responsible for monitoring bills being proposed in the Kentucky state capitol or the federal government which may affect the horse industry.

  • Taking a position on specific bills (limited to 501C3 status) when they are critical to the health of the industry.
  • Other options for the committee for a bill would be to create an educational statement regarding the bill.
  • Keeping in touch with other equine and agriculture lobbying groups and efforts so that the political landscape is understood when bills are introduced.  Examples: KTA, KEEP, Farm Bureau, Keeneland, Churchill Downs.
  • Taking the responsibility for defining equine issues that have not been addressed and need legislative action. This is accomplished with board input.
  • Providing information to staff when members need to be notified of legislative actions. The notification may be for educational purposes, and in some limited cases, for requests for action.


The Membership Committee is tasked with identifying ways to increase KHC membership through various avenues including membership benefits, KHC offerings, promotional items, etc. Broadening the KHC membership base is the primary goal of the Membership Committee. Additionally the Membership Committee regularly evaluates membership rates (limited to board members).


The Outreach Committee is tasked with providing information and education to both horse owners and non-horse owners. The Outreach Committee defines and implements educational programs through offerings in the classroom, online, publications, and at events. In addition, the Outreach Committee promotes youth involvement with horses by providing educational information, programs, and youth awards. Historically the 4-H Horse Programs have been strongly supported by the Kentucky Horse Council; US Pony Club and FFA are also supported. Members of the committee are horse owners and educators with a passion for spreading equine knowledge and developing the next generation of horse enthusiasts.


The Trail Committee’s mission is to create an environment which supports the development, maintenance and sustainability of horse trails in the Commonwealth. The committee’s efforts also include education for trail riders and trail associations to encourage good trail behavior, strong land manager partnerships and support of multi-user efforts. Finally, the committee works with legislators and state agency staff to ensure that the regulatory and statutory environment in Kentucky is supportive of horse trails.

Kentucky Horse Council members are encouraged to participate in any committee that interests them. For information about committees, please contact the KHC office at


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