The Kentucky Horse Park Commission is seeking a strong, decisive, and results-driven individual for the position of Executive Director.
The Executive Director will report to the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and shall serve as a liaison with the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The candidate should be able to serve as Chief Administrative and Executive Officer leading an agency with 125 employees at peak season and work within an operating budget of $12 million. The individual must manage staff while being consistent with sound human resources practices within the Commonwealth of Kentucky Merit system.
The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills to appeal to all cultural levels and will be expected to present in front of legislators as well as community and industry leaders. The individual should be able to demonstrate a passion for the vision, values, and mission of the Kentucky Horse Park and also be an ambassador in every encounter.
Knowledge of breeds, disciplines, and the necessary infrastructure to accommodate shows is expected. The Executive Director should provide visionary leadership to guide the Kentucky Horse Park in its growth as a premier facility. The individual should have the ability to design a culture of employee engagement throughout all facets of the park and at every personnel level. The ideal candidate will be able to exemplify the values of the Kentucky Horse Park both personally, as well as being able to instill them in all employees at the park.
To be the premier event venue for equestrians and those who love and want to learn more about horses and humanity’s relationship with the horse. At the Kentucky Horse Park, visitors and exhibitors will have diverse opportunities to engage with, learn about, and be enchanted by the beauty, strength, and spirit of the horse.
To celebrate the history of our relationship with the horse through education, exhibition, engagement, and competition.
Health, safety, and welfare of the horse
Protect green space
Exceptional guest service
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Please forward resumes and cover letters to [email protected] to be received no later than July 31, 2021.
Whether you are a rider preparing for a move-up or a trainer looking to ensure your training program is well-rounded, the soon-to-be released USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is the go-to guide to assist you in navigating key decisions. Lucky enough, attendees of the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first people outside of the those involved in its creation to access this passion project that the ICP Committee has put two years of research and hard work into developing.
In 2021 Cynthia Smith recorded 536 hours and 59 minutes of volunteer time, setting the standard with the most amount of volunteer hours recorded in a single year since the creation of the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program in 2016. The record-breaking number of volunteer time earned Smith the 2021 USEA Volunteer of the Year title.
Tamie Smith’s year has been nothing short of action-packed as she packed up all 25 of her competition horses and made her way to the East Coast for the first part of the year before hopping on a jet to Tokyo where she served as the U.S. team reserve for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then stayed overseas and competed abroad for a little while before returning home to the West Coast. While this year has been full of opportunities to show, her aspirations are bigger than just competition. The 2021 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year has been full steam ahead chasing goals in both her riding career as well as in her impact on the sport’s future.
Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.