Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo Kick-off Central Kentucky Adventure Tourism

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 26, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

TAYLORSVILLE, Ky. - Today, Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo and First Lady Jane Beshear celebrated the arrival of the fall season with the kick-off of the Central Kentucky Adventure Tourism initiative at Taylorsville Lake in Taylorsville, Ky. One of several statewide events to promote and raise awareness about the Beshear-Mongiardo Administration’s Adventure Tourism initiative, today’s kick-off was made special through a partnership with the Kentucky Chapter of the American Quarter Horse Association’s annual fall ride, also taking place at the Taylorsville Lake complex.

“Taylorsville Lake is an ideal location to have an event involving all aspects of Adventure Tourism, boasting horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating and of course, camping!  And with beautiful rivers, parks, mountains and friendly citizens, Kentucky has a wonderful opportunity to be the Adventure Tourism destination of the world,” said First Lady Jane Beshear.

The Kentucky Chapter of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is dedicated to promoting and protecting the interests of the quarter horse in Kentucky. They offer programs and riding opportunities for all ages and skill levels, including Youth and Amateur programs, myriad collaborative efforts aimed to unite horse enthusiasts and a Breeder’s Incentive Fund which seeks to encourage equine economic development. Their annual four-day Ride Kentucky event not only includes long and short trail ride options, but live auctions and an old fashioned outdoor barn dance.

“This kick-off event highlights one of the best parts about Adventure Tourism in Kentucky: it truly is able to bring people together,” said Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo. “Outdoor recreation helps to not only build economies, but build community. From the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Fishing Tournament I hosted here in August to today’s festivities, it is refreshing to see Kentuckians getting together and sharing in all our natural beauty.”

Taylorsville Lake’s 1,200-acre park encompasses the 3,050-acre Taylorsville Lake, which is home to some of the finest fishing in Central Kentucky. The park offers activities for everyone, including boating and a 16-mile multiuse trail system where visitors can hike, bike or horseback ride. For more information about Taylorsville Lake and Adventure Tourism, visit