Baby Boomer Horse Lovers Drawn to Kentucky

With no retirement tax, temperate climates, decent land prices and trails galore, Kentucky, the horse capitol of the world, is attracting baby boomers ready for retirement to ride the trail system…..

Lexington, KY -  On January 28-30, 2011 the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) will once again sponsor the Kentucky Equestrian Trail Summit.  This annual event brings together trail riders across the state to learn practical advice on trail riding, conservation activities, changes in regulations and legislation, where to ride in Kentucky, and to network with each other on issues regarding protecting trails.  

This year for the first time, the Summit will offer two sessions designed for the brand new trail rider.  These sessions will address how to prepare a horse for the trail, whether it is a retired show or racehorse, or just a new green horse; and how to prepare the rider for the trail including what to carry with you, trail saddles and gear, and how to link into the trail riding community in Kentucky.

"Trail riding is the only segment of Kentucky horse community that is not contracting in these difficult economic times", says Anna Zinkhon, President of the KHC Board.  "Retiring baby boomers are choosing the trail over the show ring, and often choosing horses over other recreational options. We are also seeing retirees move here from other states specifically to trail ride, due to Kentucky's horse reputation, its moderate climate, and its accessibility to transportation.  This trail summit recognizes the need for education in protecting Kentucky's trails and keeping trail riders safe."

In addition to the trail beginners' classes, the Summit offers a full day of speakers on topics ranging from Conservation Ethics, Trail Competition Sports, Models for Trail Riding Businesses, GPS and Orienteering, and more.

Full details of the Summit including online registration, can be found at

The cost to attend the 2011 Kentucky Equestrian Trail Summit is $30 ($25 for KHC members).  Registration deadline is January 26, 2011.   

About The Kentucky Horse Council

The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, scholarships, personal liability insurance, trail riding advocacy, horse show support, and an annual statewide equine industry directory.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, feature a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.