Equine student helping out at Our Mims Retirement Haven during the Equine Week of Service

UK Ag Equine Programs and the Wildcat Wrangler student ambassador team is once again hosting the UK Equine Week of Service, Oct. 2-8! Registration is now open welcoming students, alumni, faculty and staff to participate. 

Click here to register now!


This service week will benefit the following organizations: 

Blue Grass Farms Charities: 

Blue Grass Farms Charities is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and services for farm workers of the thoroughbred racing community. Some services include a free food pantry, financial assistance, and fresh produce distribution. Blue Grass Farms Charities also provides on-site health clinics and health care referrals. They also organize several programs like a backpack and school supplies drive, summer camps, holiday celebrations, and a soccer game fundraiser.Volunteers for Blue Grass Farms Charities may find themselves organizing and restocking the food pantry, organizing the office, and making food deliveries to local thoroughbred farms. UK Ag Equine Programs is pleased to partner with Blue Grass Farms Charities for another year.

https://www.bgfcky.org/

 

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope’s motto is “Horses Healing People”. CKRH is another equine non-profit that offers therapeutic riding lessons to individuals of all ages with special physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs. In September and October, volunteers will find themselves organizing and cleaning tack for the annual CKRH tack sale. Visitors can find all kinds of donated equine tack and supplies where all the proceeds go back to supporting CKRH.

https://www.ckrh.org/

 

Justin’s Place

Justin’s Place is another equine non-profit that works closely with special needs children. Its mission aims to support children through equine assisted services. One of their main programs is the Barn Buddy program. 'Barn buddies' offers weekly sessions that assist kids ages 3-12 who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or Down Syndrome. UK Ag Equine Programs cannot wait to see what kinds of volunteer work we will complete at Justin’s Place.

https://www.justinsplaceky.com/

 

Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park is one of the most well-known places in Lexington. Between the International Museum of the Horse, Breeds Barn, trail rides, and hosting popular equine events, there are plenty of activities to do at the Kentucky Horse Park. Volunteers may find themselves cleaning and organizing things in the Breeds Barn or in Big Barn with their draft horses. The Kentucky Horse Park loves participating in Week of Service and cannot wait to welcome more volunteers.

https://kyhorsepark.com/

 

KHP Mounted Police

The Kentucky Horse Park also has a program called the Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police. The Mounted Police is an active police force that patrols and controls the grounds of the Horse Park. They provide information and safety and security for guests. Patrol officers are on duty 24 hours a day for every single day of the year. Mounted Police volunteers may be involved in caring for the draft breed police horses and completing general barn care. The Mounted Police unit is always grateful for the service acts UK Ag Equine Programs provides during Week of Service.

https://kyhorsepark.com/about-us/khp-mounted-police/

 

Our Mims Retirement Haven

Our Mims Retirement Haven, founded in memory of Jeanne Mirabito, is a thoroughbred aftercare facility located in Paris, KY, specifically committed to the care of retired broodmares. Their inspiring motto is “Specializing in restoring health and spirit in aged mares." Our Mim’s works tirelessly to ensure “The Ladies” get the attention and care they deserve in retirement. Our Mim’s also works hard to guarantee other broodmares a safe retirement. Volunteers with Our Mim’s will get their hands on a horse by grooming the broodmares. Volunteers may also clean stalls and organize the barn. Our Mim’s loves all of the UK volunteers that help out during UK Equine Week of Service.

https://ourmims.org/

 

Secretariat Center

Thoroughbred aftercare is an extensive part of the thoroughbred industry. The Secretariat Center provides an educational and training facility for retired racehorses looking to move into new careers. The center aims to retrain thoroughbreds into English disciplines like cross country, jumping, and trail riding. Volunteers will help the Secretariat Center by organizing the barn, cleaning equipment, and raking their arena. The Secretariat Center enjoys getting to know UK volunteers as they always look for equine students to work and volunteer with them.

https://www.secretariatcenter.org/

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Event Type: equine industry events



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