First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady attends Horses and Hope Night at 73rd Annual Rock Creek Horse Show

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 09, 2010  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear is attending “Horses and Hope Night” as part of the 73rd Annual Rock Creek Horse Show at the Rock Creek Riding Club in Louisville.

Traditionally known as the first leg of the American Saddlebred Triple Crown, the horse show features amateur and professional riders and trainers competing June 8-12. This competition represents an extension of the First Lady’s Horses and HopeSM initiative to an additional sector of the equine industry. Previous Horses and Hope events have been held at Kentucky thoroughbred race tracks.

“I am delighted that Horses and Hope is expanding to other horse industry events,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Breast cancer does not discriminate, and by spreading awareness to as many women and men as we can, we will be closer to stopping the disease in its tracks.”

A special drink will be for sale during the entire show with proceeds benefiting Horses and Hope. The First Lady will present the trophy and a Horses and Hope cooler to winners of the Ladies’ Three-Gaited, the Ladies’ Five-Gaited and Ladies’ Fine Harness classes. Breast cancer survivors will be honored with special gifts and a souvenir photo. In addition, a pink tent will provide educational material and Horses and Hope items for purchase.

In a partnership created by Mrs. Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program, Horses and Hope works with the state’s equine industry to provide breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral. Programs in the first two years have concentrated on Kentucky’s thoroughbred industry workers, with Breast Cancer Race Days at major race tracks across the state, including Ellis Park, Turfway Park, Churchill Downs and Keeneland. This year the program is being expanded to include workers and events involving Kentucky’s native show horse, the American Saddlebred.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the Commonwealth, according to the Kentucky Cancer Registry. Horses and Hope has screened hundreds of track employees and detected breast cancer in two individuals, both of whom have received treatment.

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