4037 Iron Works Pike
Suite 120
Contact Information
Address 4037 Iron Works Pike
Suite 120
Phone (859) 367-0509
Fax 866 618-3837
Contact Name Katy Ross
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations are accepted by mail as a check, on the phone with a credit card, or on our website with a credit card.
One unique "ear-marked" donation is for our Save Our Horses fund (SoHo) which provides assistance to protect horses from neglect and abuse. 
Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, from planning events to helping at events, such as the Recreational Rider Day.  We also need volunteers to help at other horse events, and you need not be a horse expert to volunteer. We also need assistance in our office for a variety of jobs thoughout the year; you can volunteer for a few hours or for an on-going task.  Thank you.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The Kentucky Horse Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community.
Background Statement
The Kentucky Horse Council is the official affiliate of the American Horse Council, located in Washington, DC, a national organization representing all segments of the horse industry.
We are a collaboration of horse owners and enthusiasts within the state of Kentucky who realize that much more can be accomplished as a group of interested equestrians and owners, than any one of us can do alone.
The Horse Council is multi-breed and multi-discipline oriented; we support and assist every equine endeavor and breed from miniature horses to draft horses; race horses to backyard pets; 4-H and Pony Club participants; and individuals who are professionals in an equine business as well as those who enjoy their horses for a hobby and relaxation.
Impact Statement
Partnered with the University of Kentucky in a grant for the first detailed Kentucky Equine Survey in 30 years.
Developed and hosted an all-breed, all discipline horse event (Kentucky Round-Up) at the Kentucky Horse Park, which was targeted at youth and families. 
Took part in an Executive trip to Normandy France as guests of Alltech, in preparation for representing the Kentucky Equine Industry at World Equestrian Games 2014.
Host a successful Recreational Rider Day, providing educational seminars for the horse enthusiast.
Expand the audience for the educational dinner series known as the Kentucky Equine Networking Association.
Expand the series of trainings that are offered to government officials and first responders.  These include Livestock Investigation Training and Large Animal Emergency Rescue.  
Provide a series of introductory experiences to the public who are interested in horses but don't know where to start.
Start a series of Horsemen's Meetings across the state to develop a grassroots communication and advocacy network. 
Needs Statement We would like to implement a state-wide communications and educational program which allows youth to experience horses, and allows existing horse owners to learn to be more responsible and knowledgeable owners, and to participate in local community activities.  This network of activities involves fun activities for youth who are not involved in horses, as well as regional caucuses for horsemen to learn and network.  It also involves targeted electronic communication and learning.
CEO/Executive Director Statement Kentucky, recognized as "Horse Capital of the World" needs a strong, vibrant and forward-thinking horse council.  With a strong diverse board, the Horse Council endeavors to serve everyone in the industry from the most casual rider to the nationally ranked competitor. All segments of this industry are important and all feed each other.  We provide education at all levels for not just horsemen, but also legislators and elected officials, the general public, youth, land managers and public agencies.  Everyone needs to know about Kentucky's horse industry and its cultural and economic impact, in order to keep it healthy and contributing to Kentucky's lifestyle.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Professional Societies & Associations
Tertiary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Agricultural Programs
Geographic Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.

The KY Horse Council is an information resource for KY horse owners and enthusiasts. Our outreach to the equine community focuses primarily on four key areas: 1. Keeping land accessible for equestrian use through legislative efforts, public relations, & education; 2. Promoting equestrian activities to youth & adults as a healthy, fun, & rewarding lifestyle; 3. Building strong communication & relationships among the KY equine community; 4. Improving the health & welfare of KY horses.

Board Chair
Board Chair Erin Woodall
Company Affiliation United States Pony Club
Term Nov 2014 to Nov 2016
Board Members
Ms. Elizabeth Caldwell Cane Run Farm
Dr. Robert Coleman University of Kentucky
Mr. Jeff Fisk Jeff Fisk Cutting Horses
Ms. Dixie Hayes North American Racing Academy
Mrs. Kathy Hopkins Kentucky Horse Park
Ms. Kerry Irwin Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Ms. Melissa King New Vocations Racehorse Adoption
Ms. Charlotte Lane Grey Dapple Farm
Mr. Darryl Leifheit Retired
Ms. Martha Martin UnBridled Horse Tours
Ms. Jennifer Mayberry Lexmark
Ms. Demetria Mehlhorn LFUCG
Ms. Nicole Rivera Kentucky Horse Park
Mr. Dean Roethemeier Darley
Ms. Kelsea Rookard Lexington Catholic
Ms. Karen Stine Valvoline
Mrs. Erin Woodall United States Pony Club
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Co-Chair
Term Nov 2011 to Nov 2012
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
CEO Comments

Our board is a mixture of individuals from all aspects of the horse industry in Kentucky.  They are able to give us the perspectives of everyone from the recreational rider to the serious breeder.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Katy Ross
Term Start Apr 2015

Lifelong equestrian and attorney.

Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description This  program is fully funded by donations.  The program offers education to Animal Control officers and Sheriffs regarding how to properly conduct a horse neglect or abuse case, including a review of Kentucky's laws, use of appropriate vet resources, how to take evidence, etc.  The fund also pays for food, transportation and vet care when horses are confiscated for neglect.  In addition, temporary feed is when horseowners who lose their job or have a medical episode where they cannot work. The fund also provides geld services for low income horse owners.
Budget 24000
Category Animal-Related Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served Adults, ,
Description Kentucky Equine Network Association (KENA) is an educational and networking group focused on equine professionals.  There are six dinner meetings per year with expert speakers on topics of horse management and business.  This program is funded solely by sponsorships and dinner fees.
Budget 15000
Category Animal-Related Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Description The Kentucky Breeds and Disciplines Council is a group of representatives from all of the horse breed and sports in Kentucky, who are members of the Kentucky Horse Council.  They meet quarterly and advise the KY Horse Council Board on current issues and concern of the horse industry.
Budget 500
Category Animal-Related Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Program Short Term Success Of a list of top priorities developed in 2012, about 50% have been implemented by the Kentucky Horse Coumcil.
Program Long term Success This program is one year old and so success cannot yet be measured.
Description This program is designed to keep legislators aware of the importance of the horse industry to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Using quarterly postcards, committee testimonies, and event interactions, KHC advocates for the needs of the industry.
Budget 5000
Category Animal-Related Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments Our challenge is to educate the general public as well as legislators about the important role that horses can play in humans' lives; how they enrich our emotional experiences, provide values and character to children who care for and work with horses, how they relieve stress for adults, and how they have a special role with special needs children.  Our society takes the horse for granted but because of the increasing urbanization of our society, the ability to interact with horses is becoming more difficult.  Our culture is now two generations away from the agrarian lifestyle, and we now have parents who have never been around large animals of any type, and assume that horses are out of reach (and perhaps are not worth the effort they take).  Our job is to keep this wonderful animal in front of children and families so they appreciate the value of horses to our culture and to our lives.  We must constantly fight the impression that horses are only for rich people, because many a family has kept family horses on a limited budget.  We also must fight the impression that most horses in Kentucky are race horses because riding horses outnumber racehorses.  Our programs strive to educate everyone - from the general public to youth to the legislators - about the wealth of experience, values and healthy lifestyles that horses offer.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
KHC routinely collaborates with the following related organizations:
The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
The UK Gluck Equine Research Center
The Kentucky Ag Council
The Kentucky Back Country Horsemen
The Kentucky Equine Education Project 
Kentucky Proud Partner of the YearKentucky Department of Agriculture2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $220,000.00
Projected Expenses $235,000.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$12,829$21,580$393,635
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,151$2,021$4,778
Membership Dues$13,849$67,461$57,879
Special Events--$0--
Revenue In-Kind--$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$171,359$156,684$476,817
Administration Expense$73,218$113,931$95,177
Fundraising Expense--$37,050$33,513
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.791.001.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%51%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%172%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$510,092$546,707$553,780
Current Assets$508,460$546,324$553,159
Long-Term Liabilities--$0--
Current Liabilities$19,598$5,397$12,122
Total Net Assets$490,494$541,310$541,658
Form 990s
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 2012 990
2011 990 2011
2010 990 2010
2009 KHC 990
2008 Form 990
Audit Documents
2011 Financial Review/Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 4037 Iron Works Pike
Suite 120
Primary Phone 859 367-0509
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Katy Ross
Board Chair Erin Woodall
Board Chair Company Affiliation United States Pony Club