Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Members to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today appointed three new members to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) and reappointed five members. The new appointments were made to fill expired terms on the KHRA.
“The growth of Kentucky’s signature industry is important to our economy and to the well-being of many citizens,” said Governor Fletcher. “I appreciate the willingness of these individuals to serve as members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority as the group continues their work for our horse industry.”
Kenneth Alan Jackson, of Lexington, is an attorney and owner of Kentuckiana Farms. Jackson is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received his juris doctorate from the University of Louisville. He is a member of the Kentucky Equine Education Project Board, the United States Trotting Association, the Thoroughbred Club of America, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the Kentucky and Fayette County Bar Associations. He is married to Lisa Jackson. Jackson was appointed to serve a term ending January 6, 2008.
Franklin S. Kling, of Villa Hills, is president and CEO of Saturday Knight, Ltd. He is a graduate of Thomas More College and a member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the Thoroughbred Club of America and the Keeneland Club. Kling was appointed to a term expiring January 6, 2009.
Jerry Yon, of Lexington, is a self-employed physician. Yon is a graduate of the University of Illinois, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Illinois Medical Center. He is a member of the Lexington Medical Society, the Kentucky Medical Association, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Gastroenterology and the Thoroughbred Club of America. He is married to Pamela Mathis-Yon. Yon was appointed to a term expiring January 6, 2008.
Larry F. Telle, of Louisville, was reappointed to a term expiring January 6, 2008. Telle is a senior vice-president with the investment firm J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has been an owner and breeder of racehorses since 1984. Telle is also a member of the Locust Grove Board of Directors.
Kerry Cauthen, of Lexington, was reappointed to a term expiring January 6, 2009. A third-generation horseman from Kentucky, Cauthen is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Kentucky College of Law, director of the Consignors & Breeders Association and a member of the Keeneland Association and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Cauthen has worked with horses on his family’s farm in Walton and also worked for a number of Thoroughbred-related businesses including Taylor Made Sales, Eaton Sales and racetracks in New York and California.
Connie Whitfield, of Hopkinsville, was reappointed to a term expiring January 6, 2009. She is a graduate of Stanford University and received her juris doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles. Whitfield previously served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Legal Policy and helped formulate U.S. trade, natural resource and legal policy in executive positions at three U.S. government agencies: The United States Export-Import Bank, and the Department of Justice and Interior.
Tom Ludt, of Nicholasville, was reappointed to a term expiring January 6, 2009. Ludt was the previous owner of Cromwell Insurance and currently serves as co-general manager of Vinery Ltd., a stallion farm with locations in Lexington and Ocala, Fla. He also serves as a board member of the Breeders Cup. Ludt owns a racehorse and has an interest in bloodstock partnerships.
Waddell W. “Dell” Hancock, of Paris, was reappointed to a term expiring January 6, 2009. Hancock is co-owner of Claiborne Farms in Paris. She is a thoroughbred breeder and photographer and a graduate of Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va. Hancock is a member and steward of the Jockey Club and is active in the Kentucky Horse Park and The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Hancock is the past president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, The Grayson Foundation and the Thoroughbred Club.
The KHRA was created and established on January 6, 2004, as an independent agency of state government charged with the responsibility of regulating the conduct of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing and related activities within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The authority is attached to the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet for administrative purposes.
The Authority consists of 13 members appointed by the governor, with the secretaries of the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, Commerce Cabinet, and Economic Development Cabinet serving as ex officio nonvoting members.