Horse Country Inc. announced a new partnership today with Legacy Equine Academy. The partnership will provide racially diverse middle and high school students opportunities to build life skills through horsemanship.

Horse Country, which offers tours to a variety of leading horse farms, agricultural businesses, veterinary clinics, and aftercare organizations in central Kentucky, will offer its services to students participating in the Legacy Equine Academy, which was founded in 2015 in collaboration with the Fayette Co. Public Schools Family Resource and Youth Service Center. The academy offers year-round programming and curriculum with an emphasis on equine and agriculture and provides activities to introduce students to the equine, racing, and agriculture industries.

“Supporting the Legacy Equine Academy is a natural fit for Horse Country,” said Stephanie Arnold, Horse Country marketing and member services director. “We look to honor the role of diverse horsemen of the past, while investing in the future of the sport at every level. There are so many professional paths in agriculture and equine – from farm work to marketing to logistics and technology. We are thrilled to welcome students through dedicated experiences and hopefully inspire the leaders of tomorrow in our industry.”

“The role of Legacy Equine Academy is to expose students to various equine industry leaders, experts, and community partners through educational programming,” said Ron Mack, executive director of the academy. “The members of Horse Country represent so many areas of learning and opportunity for careers in agriculture. We are looking forward to experiences we can offer through our Horse Country partnership that fulfill our mission.”

The Legacy Equine Academy hosts the Legacy Ball on Longines Kentucky Oaks Day to celebrate the diversity of Kentucky’s horse racing industry. Horse Country is a sponsor of this year’s Ball. The proceeds of the evening benefit racially diverse students by providing scholarships to Kentucky universities. For more information, click here.

“We celebrate the practical ways the Academy is reaching students in our community and connecting the dots to the equine industry,” Arnold said. “We believe that even a single experience can inspire or transform the path of these students. Our sponsorship of this year’s Legacy Ball, and the experiences we are launching this spring for the students, is just the beginning.”


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