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walnut-way-horse-farm-extravaganza_300The Walnut Way Equine Extravaganza was held at Walnut Way farm in Shelby County KY at the end of June and was hosted by Marilyn Macfarlane (the farm owner).  For those that weren’t able to attend, the event enjoyed a crowd of approximately 100 attendees, and saw a variety of interesting equine performances which included traditional Arabian dress for both horse as well as the rider, young riders showing their equine prowess, barrel racing, tandem riding, western discipline, and gaited styles of riding (3, and 5 gait).

The show was done by the Walnut Wylde Wryders which are the horse farm’s youth members and is an annual event at the Shelby County horse farm and it is used as a fund raiser to raise money for charity.  Approximately $400 was raised from the


shelby-county-ky-horse-arena_298The proposed Shelbyville Kentucky horse arena located on Dover Road passed another hurdle for approval.  The local Shelbyville KY government entity Triple S Board of Adjustment & Appeals determined that there were 9 conditions to go with the conditional use permit for Rocky Fork Feeders to construct the arena.

The 9 conditions are:

1.  The facility will only be utilized by the Kentucky Cutting Horse Association & its affiliates.

2.  The horse arena will be used on weekends, and holidays only.  Hours are limited to 9 am through 9 pm each day.

3.  The proposed entrance to access the farm site must be relocated & approved by the Shelby County Road Department and comply with their requirements and specs.

4.  Any outdoor lighting at the facility must


shelby_county_kentucky_horse_farms_300The Shelbyville KY newspaper, The Sentinel-News reported in a story that John Long has been selected as the chairman for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

John Long is replacing Tandy Patrick who was serving as interim chairman. [Tandy Patrick shall continue to be an active member of the board for the WEG.]

Some background on John Long:

Became the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Churchill Downs in 1999.

Appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) in 2003.

The article went on to reiterate some of the relevant data expectations for the event to be held September 25, 2010 through October 10, 2010:

650,000 to 700,000 persons will attend the games

800+ athletes and 900 horses  from 60+


ky-horse-farms-struggle-with-hay-prices_100The Louisville KY newspaper The Courier-Journal wrote an excellent article in the Friday January 18 2008 edition regarding a growing problem for many KY Horse farms.

As many of you are aware, hay prices this year have gone up dramatically.  This has led many Kentucky horse farms owners to begin giving away, or donating their hroses because they lack adequate food for the horses to get through the winter.  In some more extreme cases, horse owners are simply abandoning their animals.

The problem began back in the Spring of 2007.  Hay stocks were recorded to be the lowest that they’ve been in about 50 years.  Then there was a late hard frost that killed almost all alfalfa crops in KY.  Add in the very long drought this summer, and soaring temperatures -


smoking-ban-at-churchill-downs-in-louisville-ky_257The smoking ban went into effect today at Churchill Downs in Louisville KY.  Part of a comprehensive “no smoking” effort inside all public buildings, Churchill Downs had sought an exemption feeling that it would hurt their customers enjoyment of their facilities.

But, their appeal was denied earlier this month by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Denise Clayton as there really was no basis for them wanting the exemption - other than them just wanting it.

Churchill Downs elected to comply with the regulation after the end of the Fall meet (which was on Saturday November 24 2007).

It probably won’t affect the track as much as you may initially would expect as all enclosed public areas were already smoke free, with the exception of the Champions Lounge.


louisville-kentucky-boys-haven-equine-program_183The Louisville Kentucky newspaper, The Courier-Journal spotlighted an article today about the Boys Haven Equine Program that is a part of the Boys Haven non-profit home located on Goldsmith Lane in Louisville Kentucky.

The equine program teaches troubled children to care for a horse - and it teaches them a little about humanity as well.  They learn that just as the horse may need their help, that its ok to ask others for help if they need it as well.

The Boys Haven home was founded in 1948 by Father James Maloney and has a long standing tradition of helping troubled children and young adults to become productive and sensitive members of our community.

The equine program was started last year by Jay Wilkinson.  Wilkinson has had prior experience as a


shelby-county-kentucky-farm-city-banquet_490      The Shelbyville Kentucky newspaper, The Sentinel-News announced the Shelby County Kentucky Farm City Banquet is going to be held on Tuesday November 20 2007 in Floral Hall at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, and will begin at 6:30 pm.

This banquet is long standing tradition for the past 50 years, and is held each week during Thanksgiving to honor the farms and their positive impact on businesses in Shelby County.  It is organized by the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club.

The 2006 Farm-City Banquet Farmer of the Year was Edward “Hoppy” Bennet, owner of Undulata Farms here in Shelbyville Kentucky.  His horse farm is home to many of the communities more talented (and expensive) horses, and has been one of the examples of a successfully run horse farm can truly


north-american-international-livestock-exposition-november-3-16-2007_192The Shelbyville Kentucky newspaper, The Sentinel-News, wrote an article yesterday about the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) to be held November 3-16 2007 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville Kentucky.

This year, they expect over 22,000 entries into 140 categories and competitions - and more than 200,000 visitors will be in attendance during the North American International Livestock Exposition 2 week event.

Some of the animals to be at the show this year include:



Dairy cattle




Boer goats


Beef Cattle



And a new addition to the North American International Livestock Exposition this year is the Saddle Mule & Donkey show which is going to be


The Louisville KY newspaper The Courier-Journal reports in the October 27 2007 edition, that Churchill Downs racetrack may no longer host the Breeders Cup World Championships.

Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders Cup World Championships a record 6 times - and has gathered the championship’s largest attendance in 5 of those 6 years, including most recently in 2006.

But when the bidding came for the 2008 event, Churchill Downs didn’t even make a bid to be host for next year’s competition. And taking it a step further, Churchill Downs has not indicated any interest in hosting it for 2009 either.

Officials for Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky have complained that their racetrack gets so little money from the event, that its not worth the effort


kentucky-dressage_193Old Taylor Place is located northeast of Louisville in Goshen Kentucky in Oldham County.

The neighborhood features include a picnic area, and a community barn that offers self care boarding to residents.

It is across the street from Hermitage Farms, a leading thoroughbred breeding farm.

And has award winning, Oldham County schools.

To get there is easy, just take W Highway 42 east from Louisville, turn left into subdivision at Old Taylor Trail.


To search for farms for sale in Goshen Kentucky, please visit Goshen Kentucky Farms For Sale.