The Latest from DeGraff Stables

DeGraff Stables Welcomes the French Horse Industry Oct 4th!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Welcome French Trade Commission

Normandy will host the World Equestrian Games in 2014.  During their visit to Lexington, KY for the Alltech FEI WEG, they will tour many businesses and farms in the bluegrass area.  We are excited to welcome the French Trade Commission and the equine-related companies and various representatives of equine businesses from France to DeGraff Stables at Liberty Farm in October.  We also wish them much success in their future endeavors.

NRHA and AQHA Demo & Ride a Reiner Schedule

Saturday, September 25, 2010

At the John Deere Reining Arena during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, September 25 – October 10, in Lexington, Kentucky, visitors can test-ride the speed and finesse of a reining horse and the trustworthiness of an American Quarter Horse. Plus, visitors can hone their horsemanship skills with demonstrations from some of the world’s leading horse trainers, including Clinton Anderson, Stacy Westfall, Anky van Grunsven, Craig Johnson, Lynn Palm, Julie Goodnight and many more. NRHA and the American Quarter Horse Association, along with AQHA and NRHA Corporate Partner John Deere, have teamed up to make these events possible.

No matter what skill level, AQHA, NRHA and John Deere are committed to giving WEG visitors an experience they won’t soon forget.

NRHA Ride a Reiner, AQHA Test Rides,  and the AQHA/NRHA demonstrations take place several times a day at the John Deere Reining Arena during WEG. See below for the tentative schedule of demonstrations.

For a complete schedule of events in the John Deere Reining Arena, visit

Welcome Lynn Palm! Plan to View Her Exciting WEG Presentations!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Enjoy Daily Presentations During WEG by Lynn Palm

DeGraff Stables welcomes, Lynn Palm, respected horsemen and a pioneer among women in the horse industry and featured performer at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, September 25 to October 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

The activities provided daily by Lynn Palm include Bridleless Musical Exhibitions with elements of dressage, reining and jumping to showcase the beauty, amazing athleticism and outstanding ability of Rugged Painted Lark, her registered American Paint Horse. In addition, Palm will be a presenter at the Clinicians Corral and the Kids Zone in the Equine Village demonstrating dressage principles for all breeds, levels and disciplines. Palm's demonstrations will be available with a Grounds Pass ticket, which are now on sale for $25 at the WEG website.

DEGRAFF STABLES ANNOUNCES SPECIAL STALLION DISCOUNTS FOR ST PATRICKS DAY! Welcome to DeGraff Stables and the opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a bit of ‘saving o’ the green’! Book your mare for our St. Paddy’s Day Celebration and you will receive an extra $100 off your current best booking fee! HURRY! This offer is limited and expires on Monday; March 19th! Our Championship sta...llions: DGS IndyGo (AQHA), DGS Vestastic (AQHA), Frosty The Goodbar (AQHA/ARHA), HBF Iron Man (AQHA/APHA), Hes A Cool Hotrod (AQHA/APHA), Hot Lopin Sensation (APHA), Indian Artifacts (AQHA/AWR), Invite The Artist (APHA), MDR Impulsive (AQHA/APHA) and PR Tells A Tale (AQHA)! For more information, call us at 859.846.5000 or visit each stallion's webpage for complete breeding information.  You may even book and pay on-line!

Support KY Instant Racing; Public Hearing Sept. 29 at 10am

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Support the KY Instant Racing Regulations!

Dear Friends,

The Kentucky Racing Commission will host a public hearing on their recently passed Instant Racing regulations this Wednesday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the Red Mile in Lexington.  The hearing is part of the administrative process, and gives members of the public the opportunity to weigh in and comment on regulations that have been passed.  Please make an effort to attend the hearing Wednesday morning and show our support for the Instant Racing regulations, which will help our industry by providing millions of dollars in funding for purses and breeders incentive programs.  We hope to see you Wednesday morning at the Red Mile. Sincerely, The KEEP Grassroots Team

Kentucky - Make Sure You Are Registered to Vote!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Voter Registration Deadline October 4th!

If you are not registered, please do so before October 4th, 2010 to ensure that you can vote in the November elections. We need all members and supporters of Kentucky's horse industry to be heard in Frankfort.

Registering to vote is quick and easy.  KEEP offers you help!  Just CLICK HERE for a simple form to fill out and mail in.  Please share this email with all of your co-workers, neighbors, family and friends.  Make sure everyone you know is registered to vote in the state of Kentucky:

Click here to download the voter registration form

In the coming weeks, KEEP will be offering you a look at pro-horse industry candidates to help you make an informed decision when it comes time to vote in November. Sincerely, The KEEP Grassroots Team
About KEEP
The Kentucky Equine Education Project is a not for profit grassroots organization created in 2004 to promote and protect Kentucky's horse industry. KEEP is a self-funded organization, meaning we receive no public funds or grants. Our operating funds come from the horse industry and horse industry supporters that we represent.  To learn more about how you can become a member or make a donation, please visit Find us on Facebook

The "Other" Equine Industry Organizes A Network!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Business Lexington Reports on KENA!

Business Lexington Reports - The Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) is off and running. At its inaugural meeting last week, the new organization attracted more than twice as many attendees as expected.

"We thought we would be lucky if 75 people showed up, but about 150 people came," said Ginny Grulke, Director of the Kentucky Horse Council and one of the cofounders of KENA, along with Robin DeGraff and Dr. Ed Squires.

DeGraff breeds American Quarter Horses and owns DeGraff Stables in Midway. Squires is Professor of Veterinary Science, Director of Advancement and Industry Relations, and Director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation at the University of Kentucky.

KENA is modeled on the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Mangers Club (termed a "phenomenal group" by Squires.) Its purpose is to offer both equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines networking opportunities and the opportunity to learn from speakers within the equine industry. "This is the other horse industry, the one that has not had the attention," said Dr. Mats Troedsson, Chair of the Veterinary Science Department and Director of the Gluck Equine Research Center at UK. "This [meeting] is a significant day."

At this first meeting of KENA, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear addressed the group and introduced the speaker, US Army Col. (Ret.) Walter Herd. Beshear drew laughter from the audience when she said that horses had saved both her relationship with her parents when she was a teenager and her marriage. "Everyone in this room has the same passion: the horse," she said. "It's the language we all talk, a bond that ties Kentucky together."   Click Here To Read the Entire Article!

Invitation to Visit During World Equestrian Games!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Outstanding Prospects Available for Sale!

DeGraff Stables at Liberty Farm in Midway, KY invites attendees during the World Equestrian Games to come visit our state-of-the-art reproduction facility and view our first-class young prospects sired by Champions Indian Artifacts, HBF Iron Man and DGS IndyGo!  We are located just 20 minutes from the park and open Monday - Saturday 10am to 3pm or by appointment!  Call Robin on her cell at 419.573.9098 or farm manager; James Skipper at 859.576.3601.  Printable PDF file for Directions: Welcome to DeGraff Stables!

Indian Artifacts Supports The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation

Monday, September 20, 2010

Indian Artifacts Loves to Read!

Indian Artifacts and DeGraff Stables, Inc., long-time supporters of children learning experiences, are excited about their support of the non-profit organization; The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation.  The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation is an innovative partnership of educators, businesses, volunteers, education foundations, and staff members focused on promoting literacy through the winning combination of live horses and books by Walter Farley. Goals include sparking the imagination of first grade students so they will want to learn, and to motivate fourth-fifth graders so they will experience the joy of reading.   We encourage you to visit and learn more about their great work!  Click Here to go to:  The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation Website


Congrats Sharon Rubin; Free Breeding Winner for Hesa Cool Hotrod or Hot Lopin Sensation

Friday, September 10, 2010

Congratulations Sharon!

At the Zone 7 Paint Horse Show in Logan Twp, NJ, Seabreeze Pleasure Horses dontated a 2011 stallion service of choice by way of drawing from Cirucuit Award Winners from the Open, Amateur and Novice Amateur Performance Class events.  34 Classes Qualified!  Congratulations to Sharon Rubin, Circuit Champion in Working Hunter division on her horse; Jazzy Invitation!

Wanda Starace Wins Seabreeze Farm 2011 Donated Breeding at NEPHC

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Congrats to Wanda Starace!

World Champion and Futurity Champion Sire; Hesa Cool Hotrod and Seabreeze Farm would like to congratulate Wanda Starace with her horse The Ultimate Journey for their circuit win in the Non-Pro Longe Line at the New England Paint Horse Club Futurity held in Oneco, CT. Their title qualified them to enter the drawing for a Free Breeding in 2011. Congrats to the lucky team! We look forward to working with you this spring!