Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Members to the Kentucky Horse Park Commission

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 11, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed three members to the Kentucky Horse Park Commission.

Lisa Sharp, of Lexington, is vice president of Ball Homes, Inc.  Sharp attended the University of Kentucky.  She is a member of the board of directors for Virginia Place and Equestrian Events, Inc., which organizes the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.  She is married to William Barrett Sharp II.

Sherry L. Hempfling, of Hebron, is executive director of the Boone Conservancy, a non-profit organization in Boone County.  Hempfling received a bachelor’s degree in English and German and a master’s degree in English literature from Eastern Kentucky University, and a juris doctor from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.  She has served as a member of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the St. Luke Hospital Foundation, the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc., the American Saddlebred Horse Association and the Kentucky Dressage Association.  She is married to Harold Hempfling and is serving consecutive terms on the commission.

Meg N. Jewett-Leavitt, of Lexington, is a horse breeder and the owner of L.V. Harkness & Co., a retail store in Lexington.  She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Vassar College and a juris doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  She is a founding board member of the Lexington Foundation and the Kentucky Equine Humane Center.  Jewett-Leavitt is president of the Headley-Whitney Museum and a member of the Lexington Public Library Board of Directors.  She is married to Alan Leavitt and is serving consecutive terms on the commission.

The Kentucky Horse Park Commission is made up of 17 members – the Secretary of the Cabinet for Economic Development, the Secretary of the Commerce Cabinet and 15 gubernatorial appointees.  The commission is charged with providing broad management expertise and direction in the operation of the Kentucky Horse Park and representing the diverse interests of the Kentucky horse industry.