BCTC-NARA's Dixie Hayes will serve third term as Secretary for The Kentucky Horse Council

LEXINGTON, KY. (November 14, 2016) - The Kentucky Horse Council has elected the 2017 slate of officers and directors at separate board meetings held in October at the Kentucky Horse Park. Dixie Hayes, program coordinator and lead instructor for Equine Studies at Bluegrass Community and Technical Colleges North American Racing Academy (BCTC-NARA), will serve her third term as General Secretary for the Council.

A graduate of Equine Studies from Midway College, Hayes's background includes stints as an assistant farm manager at Linhaven Farm in Versailles, and assistant manager of the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. She began working at NARA in 2011 and founded the Horsemans Pathway Program, which teaches students such things as training, sales prep, bloodstock and conformation, and management of horses and farms.

The Kentucky Horse Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community, provides educational programs and information to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, along with other assistance.

"We are excited to add such a wide-ranging group of people from all over the Commonwealth to our Board of Directors and to have such strong leadership as the result of our elections," said Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Katy Ross. "The diversity of the new directors, combined with the experience and leadership of the returning board members, will help the Kentucky Horse Council as it expands existing programs."

About NARA - Originally launched by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, NARA is now part of BCTC and remains the most successful accredited career and training program offering one-year certificates and two-year associates degrees in support of the horse racing and breeding industries.

For more information about BCTC-NARA, visit www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/NARA.aspx

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