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IN EVERY ISSUE 54 Sports: Win or Lose–No Couch is Safe 61 Family: Shopping with Young Men 63 Parties: Ten Tips for Hosting a Family Easter Party 117 Posh Paws: Taming Your Wild Cat 118 Relationships: Love Cake 154 Etiquette & Entertaining: Is Less Best? 157 Fashion: Put Some Pep in Your Step 158 Gardening: What to Plant & When 189 Business News 216 Weddings: The Grooms Cake Take 1, This Time for Fun! 219 Taste of Thyme: April Showers Bring May Flowers 220 TOP 5 Dining: Dining with a View 222 Lesley’s List 225 Lex & the City

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Sports

No Couch is Safe and post season accolades for Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl Towns, and Coach Cal? I say no. I refuse to allow one loss to taint an otherwise season for the ages. I am aware that it is so much easier said than done. I am not stupid. I know myself well enough to recognize how difficult not seeing Kentucky win it all would be. The pill we would be forced to swallow would taste worse than those lima beans you still refuse to eat on Thanksgiving and larger than the biggest vitamin on the shelf. For all the misery Big Blue Nation may have to go through, I am not going to let that define this magical season. This team is as special as it gets, folks. “Special” is a term thrown around a little too loosely nowadays. Whether it applies to a sale at the furniture store, a limited engagement as an event, or a term of endearment for a loved one, “special” has evolved to go hand in hand with just about everything in our everyday lives. But I challenge that this Kentucky team is as “special” as anything Big Blue Nation will see in our lifetimes. An undefeated regular season in a Power Five conference is in itself a special accomplishment, one that hasn’t happened since Jerry Tarkanian and the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV left mushroom clouds hanging over college basketball way back in 1991. The biggest difference between that UNLV team and our Kentucky team, besides being undefeated rolling into March Madness? First of all, the NCAA and their Infractions Department aren’t camped outside Memorial Coliseum. For those too young to remember that UNLV team, they were Public Enemy #1 in the eyes of the country. UNLV were bad, bad boys that would crush their opponent’s soul on the court, then get photographed in a hot tub with a known Las Vegas “fixer” after the final horn sounded. From community works and academic success, to role models and “getting” what it means to play basketball for Kentucky, this squad has the character and lack of ego rare among the college basketball elite. Forget the undefeated talk for a second and cherish those kids playing their hearts out for our beloved Blue. And how could we forget the thirty-point thrashing of Kansas? The all-out annihilation of UCLA in Chicago? Beating Rick Pitino and his Dirty Birds in their house? The throttling of Texas? Witnessing the beautiful freak of nature that is Willie Cauley-Stein? The enormous talent of Karl AnthonyTowns? The cold faced assassins known as The Harrison Twins? We could all go on and on about how spectacular this team has been. There is no doubt Coach Cal will win more national titles at Kentucky before he leaves. But will those teams be more enjoyable than this one? I don’t see it. Of course, all of this could be much ado about nothing. Maybe Kentucky will steamroll all over March Madness, finishing the season undefeated with their ninth national championship in tow. Everybody is predicting it. Professional sportscasters have proclaimed it would take an act of God for Kentucky not to cut down the nets in Indianapolis on April 6. One opposing coach went so far to jokingly say he’d “need to call Jesus” before battling UK. The odds are in our favor, BBN. But no matter what happens. Keep enjoying the ride. It may not come around again. Ever. This season has been more special than any in Kentucky history. Refuse to let a loss define it. •

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Shake Off the Haters: The Purr-fects are Ideal Role Models for America’s Youth by Jonathan Miller Previously published on KentuckySportsRadio.com

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s the Kentucky Wildcats proceed on their march toward an historic season, the national media’s parlor game of persistent UK-bashing turned up its volume to 11. What began the moment John Calipari strode on campus with his first class of one-and-done recruits, has now obsessively transfixed the main street media zeitgeist, so much so that a new round of backlash-against-the-backlash stories have popped up, defending Cal and his Cats from some of the more outrageous and hypocritical charges.

of others, when we abandon our own selfish instincts and serve society, that’s when we are acting as our highest selves—that’s when we are truly doing God’s (or humanity’s) work. A principal ideal of universal morality is scrubbing away egomania and me-centered thinking, and focusing one’s attention on the interests of the greater community. The instruction to “love your neighbor as yourself ” can be found in some form in every world culture since we started drawing on cave walls.

But as the cable TV screaming heads continue to assert that the Cats represent everything that is wrong with college athletics, the young men in blue and white were quietly doing the opposite: providing positive societal meaning by exhibiting the kind of values that any good parent desperately desires to instill in their children. And while we complain—justly—that sports has a disproportionate influence on our community, this particular group of ballers have emerged as ideal role models for America’s youth.

Now turn on Sportscenter at any point of the day, and your senses will likely be barraged by individual achievement—a gravity-defying dunk, a sweet three, an über-confrontational block, or maybe an ankle-breaking dribble-drive. Discussions of the game’s greatests often focus on personal statistics—points, rebounds, tripledoubles.

Indeed, four essential, universal moral values are being modeled every game day for a national audience by The Purr-fects: UNSELFISHNESS Every single one of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions holds at its very core the same notion: That when we act on behalf

Certainly, this Kentucky team has put on its share of breathtaking artistic exhibitions. But the magic of Cal’s Platoon system is how each one of these McDonald’s All-Americans and future NBA stars has been willing to sacrifice his minutes, stats and personal glory for the team’s greater achievement. Athletic success at an early age can easily inflate the ego, or worse, lead to a false sense of entitlement. But The Purr-fects learned to surrender their own self-interest (high scoring averages) for the common good (winning a championship), focusing on the uncelebrated lunch-pail, blue-collar fundamentals of the game: lifting up teammates through picks, screens and sharp ball movement, and beating down opponents through suffocating, tenacious D. In so doing, they’ve provided a noteworthy lesson in unselfishness and the ‘Golden Rule’ for the boys, girls, and grownups who consider these hardwood heroes role models. FAIR PLAY The imposition of strict penalties against Syracuse for its decade-long series of infractions—ranging from forged classwork to cash handouts to inadequate anti-drug enforcement—shined yet another spotlight on the seedy underbelly of elite college athletics. Any day now, the NCAA finally will get around to severely punishing (hopefully assessing the death penalty on)

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the University of North Carolina for its abhorrent, twenty-yearsplus academic fraud conspiracy. Now admittedly, neither Kentucky basketball, nor Coach Cal in his previous positions, has been immune from charges of corner-cutting, as the programs coped to compete under the wilting pressure of big-time, big-money college sport. Indeed, the infractions of the Eddie Sutton Era still leave a black eye on the Big Blue Nation, an instructive reminder of how cheating undermines the very integrity of student athletics. But this is a nation that sanctifies second chances; and during Calipari’s entire tenure in blue—with the possible exception of the very ambiguous Enes Kanter case—the Wildcats haven’t even emitted a whiff of scandal. Credit Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart’s dedication to probity and compliance guru Sandy Bell’s laser-like focus on the true interests of the student-athlete. But even Cal’s most vociferous critics—those that will never forgive him for episodes at UMass and Memphis — have to admit that there’s been no evidence that he’s run anything but a clean program in Lexington. I’d argue that above the championship(s), more than the NBA draftees, this is Coach Calipari’s most important accomplishment, particularly as it relates to the youngest Kentucky fans. As I argued in more detail in my rant against flopping, when players and teams cheat and then triumph, sport sends a sinister and destructive message: that dishonesty is permissible on occasion, that deception is acceptable societal behavior. In a culture where winning is everything, the lesson that can be learned is that spin, artifice and clever chicanery are the necessary arsenal to achieve the American Dream. By winning without cheating, The Purr-fects have demonstrated to the newest generation of the Big Blue Nation that the greatest glory actually comes triumphing when playing by the rules. RESILIENCE The Purr-fects have by no measure played perfectly. Falling behind early to Columbia at Rupp, and nearly losing to Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Georgia, Florida, and LSU, Cal’s Cats have shown that even the most talented of teams can, at times, demonstrate weakness, frailty and immaturity. Which again is a good thing—it’s critical that our children understand that it’s OK to fail, to make mistakes; that we learn some of our best lessons from adversity. But what’s remarkable about this band of brothers is how they refuse to lose—that no matter the circumstances, they never gave up. They got up from the mat, dusted themselves off, avoided the natural human temptation to panic, and found a way to win. Like many of my fellow fans, there was never an occasion during the regular season that I

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thought the Cats would succumb to defeat. Last week, I sat on an airport tarmac watching the Georgia game from my iPhone, and just as the Cats fell behind by nine points, the flight attendant reminded me curtly of FAA regulations. Between “airplane mode” and the pilot’s announcement an hour later that we’d won, I felt the calm serenity that victory was at hand. The Purr-fects’ enduring resiliency is both instinctive and intuitive and a powerful lesson for fans of all ages—who will often be tempted in the real world to lose hope and give up when the going gets tough. LOYALTY In a magical 31-game regular season, the most enchanting moment came with 46.6 seconds left in the final game. Cal lurched to the end of the bench, and instructed his three walk-on seniors to remove their warmup jackets and finish off their careers basking in the glow of the iconic Rupp hard court. As the game expired, Andrew Harrison hung onto the ball at the top of the key, but the 24,000 plus on hand were transfixed on the transcendentally joyful faces of the three young men who had played so few minutes, but had participated in every practice, running drill, and academic exercise. It was the only time I teared up the entire season, and like most everyone around me, I didn’t want that moment to end. A decade from now, we probably won’t remember their names (except for Sam Malone, of course, because he shares his with an iconic TV character.) But Cal’s Senior Day decision to start the three walk-ons, risking the game’s opening momentum against our most storied conference rival, and then allowing them to share the final moments of an unprecedented season with the home crowd, was a special tribute to the virtue of loyalty. The Purr-fects will be forced to endure even more scrutiny from an ever-increasing toxically judgmental media and Twitter-verse. But as the team’s critics desperately search for warts and Achilles heels among our young and all-too-human squad, a new generation of the Big Blue Nation will be drawing powerfully positive lessons from their extraordinary example. And that, sports fans, is yet another reason why Kentucky basketball truly matters. •


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Shopping with Young Men If I ever complain about taking my girls shopping , stop me.

And remind me about my boys. Do you remember the1990s television show, The Wonder Years? In one episode Kevin is trying on pants with his mother. As she goes into the dressing room to check the fit, suddenly her voice is blaring over the store’s loudspeaker: “The crotch is too big,” she announces, to Kevin’s horror. Honestly, if there is a non-awkward way to shop with boys, I certainly don’t know about it. It wasn’t really a problem when they were little. Despite my preference for a more parochial look, they wanted to fit in with the norm in our schools—jeans and a t-shirt. Easily accommodated. Thanks to a fortunate fluke of genetic ordering, my older son wore husky sizes, which were easily cinched when they were handed down to my lanky younger son. I’m here to tell you, online shopping is one of the greatest modern inventions for young mothers. Point, click and it’s delivered in 48 hours. All items can be tried on in the privacy of one’s own bedroom, and returned to the store with ease. This was my method for years. But then they really started growing. Not only did sharing clothes become nearly impossible, but also the basic jeans-and-t-shirt uniform became more complicated. They’ve each taken different paths of preference, neither of which makes it easy on me. One son has become a minimalist. He now simply wants “a” pair of jeans and “a” t-shirt. Okay, maybe two of each, so he has something to wear on laundry day. When we ask what he wants for his birthday, he says “nothing,” so we buy him a new wardrobe. Unfortunately his preferred clothing source— Goodwill—doesn’t have an online store. But the upside is, I often have a load to drop off now that we no longer do hand-me-downs. My other son is very aware of every item he puts on. He doesn’t want just jeans and a t-shirt. He wants the right jeans with the right t-shirt. He also wants the right underwear (not white, but also not bright colors). This fits right in with his preference for the right smell, (there’s a reason Old Spice has expanded its line of body washes) and the right hairstyle, and the right hair products. This requires way more hands-on shopping than I’m used to; and is also how I ended up spending two hours at Men’s Wearhouse, completely stumped by the male fashion world. I mean, after we’ve differentiated charcoal and black, and debated wool vs. polyester, what is there to choose? With the girls, there are unlimited design choices. But with guys—it’s a suit. At least, from where I sit. And where I sit is the uncomfortable bench, watching my son try on numerous iterations of what appears to me to be the same suit, until he finally finds “the one.” And then we get to the part I’ve tried to avoid—alterations. Cuffed, pinned, cinched, my son turns to me and I notice the crotch is a little baggy. At least I didn’t say it out loud.

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Talk Derby to Me

Increase Your Derby Odds

With Help From The Makenna Foundation by Barbara Meyer

Do you have your Derby Day picks yet?

The Makenna Foundation can help put you in the winner’s circle with their annual “Come Talk Derby To Us” event. It takes place Monday, April 27th at Fasig-Tipton in the Outdoor Walking Arena, 2400 Newtown Pike. The evening begins with a Kentucky Spirit Tasting from 6:00 -7:30 p.m., and a dinner buffet at 7:00. The Derby program begins at 7:45. Sheila and Greg David, who founded and lead the Makenna Foundation, promise participants a fun-filled party, one that also serves as Lexington’s premier prelude to the Kentucky Derby. Guests will enjoy eating, drinking, and mingling while being treated to a panel of equine industry experts sharing their racing expertise. The panel will dazzle the crowd with their knowledge about the 2015 Derby horses, jockeys and owners, passing on the “stories behind the story” of the upcoming race. Last year the panel successfully predicted Win, Place and Show picks for the Derby and almost unanimously chose the eventual Derby winner California Chrome. This year’s panel includes Ed DeRosa of Brisnet.com and Claire Novak of the Bloodhorse, John Greathouse Jr., of Glencrest Farm, and other notables to be announced. Kentucky Spirit Tasting sponsors include 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Limestone Branch, MB Rolland Distillery, Old 502 Winery, Rooster Brewing, West 6th Brewing, Wildcat Water, and Wilderness Trail Distillery.

Last year’s experts included Ed DeRosa, Erin Finley, Tom Leach, Kenny McPeek, Graham Motion and Claire Novak

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Event proceeds benefit the Makenna Foundation and UK HealthCare/Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Individual tickets are $80 and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact makennafoundation@gmail.com to purchase tickets and learn more about how you or your business can become a sponsor. “Makenna Foundation events are driven by volunteers who have been touched by Kentucky Children’s Hospital or Makenna’s story,” the Davids remark. “We try to deliver an enjoyable and rewarding event that raises money for much-needed projects at the hospital. We hope you will join us!” THE STORY OF THE MAKENNA FOUNDATION Sheila and Greg David started the Makenna Foundation as a way to honor the memory of their daughter Makenna Lee David. Since the foundation began, funds it has raised have positively impacted countless other children at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington. Makenna was born in 1997. When she was only 8 months old, she suffered a series of strokes and spent several weeks in the hospital. The Davids were told that she was not likely to survive, and if she did, she would never be able to care for herself. Makenna proved the experts wrong and made a recovery, returning home to spend Christmas with her parents and two siblings. Eight months later, Makenna began experiencing breathing difficulties. Searching for a cure, Sheila and Greg took Makenna to the Texas Children’s Hospital in Dallas.

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Makenna was captivated by the hospital’s beautiful three-dimensional wall that served as a welcoming distraction to young patients. She especially loved the wall’s brightly colored tiles.

However, Makenna’s Wall was only the beginning of what the Makenna Foundation has gone on to do for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Since 2001, they have raised over $1.3 million for hospiWhen Makenna returned home in late November, the Davids re- tal equipment and assistance needed for hospital expansion. All ceived the diagnosis of pulmonary veno-occlusive disease, a rare proceeds from the organization’s events go to the hospital. “We are lung disorder. At the time of her diagnosis there had only been 125 project-oriented,” the Davids say. “You can see the tangible benefits of your donation”. The Foundation pursimilar cases, and all had proved fatal. On chased a pediatric bronchoscope in 2003, December 4th, 1998 Makenna died, just “The doctors, nurses and staff of the and in 2004, the Foundation helped to four months short of her second birthday. Kentucky Children’s Hospital are renovate the Children’s Sedation Suite. The Davids were heartbroken, but reincredible, and while Makenna was In 2006, the Junior League of Lexington membered Makenna’s love for the brightrenovated the Toddler Room in honor of ly hued wall in Dallas and how it took her chosen to leave this earth, so many the Makenna Foundation. In 2010, the mind off of her treatments. They were children are saved by their efforts Makenna David Pediatric Emergency determined to impact the lives of other every day. We just want to help them Center and Welcome Center was opened. sick children by building a similar wall help our children.” It offers a separate pediatric waiting room of color and happiness in Kentucky in and seven pediatric-designed rooms, all -Sheila and Greg David, founders her memory. With the assistance of carwith flat-panel televisions for children’s of the Makenna Foundation ing friends like Janice Mueller, the owner favorite videos and cartoons. broker of RE/MAX Creative Realty, they Through the Makenna Foundation, the established the Makenna Foundation in September 2001. David family has been able to channel the devastating loss of their Makenna’s Wall at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital was unveiled on daughter into a way to help children receive outstanding medical August 1, 2003. “As you can imagine, the day was incredibly emotion- care. “The children of Kentucky deserve our support”, they observe. al but very uplifting for our family,” the Davids recall. “To think that “The Makenna Foundation does not have mega sponsors, although our beautiful little Makenna’s life could be the inspiration for some- we welcome them. Janice Mueller, our co-founder, is a great friend thing so great for years to come was overwhelming.” The mural uses and we couldn’t exist without her. We are built on lots of caring cheerful tiles painted by local schoolchildren. Created for children people who give what they can whether it is time, money, or heartby children, this vibrant piece of artwork is a source of beauty and felt support.” If you would like to learn how you, too, can be part of inspiration to everyone who sees it. “The fact that so many friends, the organization’s efforts to help pediatric patients in our commufamily and community leaders were touched by her life brought a nity, contact the foundation at 859-422-2010 or via their website, sense of comfort to our family,” the Davids say. “It gives us even more makennafoundation.com. You can also visit their Facebook page, joy when we visit and see the wonder and amazement on other chil- facebook.com/makennafoundation. • dren’s faces as they interact with her legacy, Makenna’s Wall.”

Kelli David, Janice Mueller and Lastenia David get photobombed

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LEFT: Oxford summer soft sport coat in navy, Capri multi colored button down, Raleigh washed twill pant in navy, Solid signature silk tie in navy, all by Peter Millar (Keeneland Gift Shop). RIGHT: Scottland dress in green tulip print by Elizabeth McKay, Hilary Panama Derby hat in navy and green, Gold clover earrings (Keeneland Gift Shop).

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Dancing

Andy Shea

with Rae Mickelwait

President/CEO/Owner, Lexington Legends Partner, TrusT Lounge

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ndy played baseball at Boston College and has lived in Lexington for a little over 10 years. He originally moved here to work for the Lexington Legends as their Season Ticket Sales Representative. Since then, he has climbed the ranks to become the team’s CEO and co-owner (with his mom). He says, “I have loved every minute of working for the Legends and living in Lexington!” He then opened TrusT Lounge and is now partners in the business with one of his best friends. Andy is bringing that same self-determination to the DWLS competition. “I plan on bringing the Mirror Ball trophy back to Whitaker Bank Ballpark this year,” he declared. As a previous winner of the title, Andy has a lot to prove when he takes the floor, but he’s happy to do it. “It’s for a great cause with great people and I had an absolute blast 2 years ago.” In his spare time, Andy loves hanging out and socializing with friends. He enjoys going to the dog park with his dog Royal, who he calls his best friend. He’s also a big fan of “Criminal Minds” and sports, especially Philly teams!

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Beach dress by All for Color, Multi color gem stone necklace, Straw clutch with green trim, Gold earrings and bangles (Queen Bee).

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On Her: SS Chemical lace sweatshirt in blue, Tech fabric pleated full skirt in blue, Bracelets in gold and teal, Crystal statement necklace, Floral clutch (Loft). On Him: Classic button down in yellow and green, Classic fit Chinos in spring melon, both by Ralph Lauren, Hamilton drivers in eye tan by Sperry (Dillard’s).

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LEFT: Slim fit Breaker pant in navy, Classic fit Whale shirt, Kentucky Derby bowtie, all by Vineyard Vines (Howard and Miller). RIGHT: Resort fit capri by Lilly Pulitzer, Blouse in light blue by Converse One Star, Green cuff, Pearl necklace and bracelet (Sassy Fox). Becca pumps in white by Gianni Bini (Dillard’s).

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But what if this little friend muffin turns out... evenly and consistently yummy... every single time?

There was a time when I agreed with this sentiment and compartmentalized the issue as black and white. Mostly because in my youth I had a black and white version of love, which, ironically, was as vivid and colorful as one could imagine. It was a big delicious love cake made of soulful flour, tasty ingredients baked just perfectly, sprinkled with the sweetest sugar available.

I often refer to old folks madly in love as the sweetest lil’ raisins ever. Because, at some point...a person who truly understands you means everything. So much more than the youthful physical passions that fall... short with time. Just like a great cake, we humans find that our parts eventually droop and sag. However, what remains can be something quite beautiful.

As the years traveled by, it turned out I was a pretty terrible baker. Either choosing someone with... entirely too much sugar, not enough time spent baking... or over-cooked beyond belief; my love cakes were less than desirable every single time.

Consistency might not be as exciting as spontaneity. But it equals SAFE. Goofy is certainly not as sinful as seduction. But it equals HONESTY. Sweetness may not feel as intoxicating as naughty. But it equals LOVE.

Many of us can come together with culinary love battles and although each story might be slightly different, the end result is often the same. One ugly, pitiful cake after another. by Buffy Lawson Relationship Veteran

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Who wiped away our tears and reminded us that we had perfectly imperfect tools for the most unique fondue available to mankind?

ne of my dearest, most fabulous lifelong girlfriends will disagree with what I am about to submit. However, it will no doubt lead to an interesting, healthy debate over a margarita at girl’s night out, so I am just fine with our difference in opinion. You see, she is an avid believer that once a person has found himself or herself in the “friendship box”, there is no chance for a future romantic relationship. Nope. Nadda. No way Jose’ will a kiss be had. Not to mention one iota of frisky, naughty, heart racing romance. NOT MISTER OR MS. FRIEND. NOT going to happen.

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MISTER OR MS. FRIEND. The one who might not have had the sexy icing sliding down the love cake. And perhaps whose steam has never frosted your set of glasses after the crazy amount of time basking in the heat.

Thus the perfect ingredients just might be, two old friends who are now madly in love. People who take care of each other. Who protect, admire and adore each other. Perhaps the perfect love can come from a best friend. Those best friend’s who aren’t afraid to look at a ‘naysayer’ and say, “Honey, be extra sweet to him today, because this afternoon his cheese isn’t fitting fairly and squarely on the cracker. So you better be nice or I’ll bite your head right off.” Yes, my friends, I suggest...every now and then, you get to have your cake and eat it too. Just sayin’.


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Filly of the Month: Holly Whiteman It wouldn’t be very polite to envy a person too much, so go

ahead and take a deep breath to get yourself ready for this one: Holly Whiteman lives on a horse farm in Midway, in a studio apartment over an actual barn. She wakes up every morning with the most beautiful scenery in the world, and has her own horse in the back yard—a Haflinger named Prince—and a kayak tied to a tree that she takes out on South Elkhorn Creek as her schedule permits. Even when she goes to work, Whiteman’s views are equally tranquil and fabulous, because she is the development assistant at Equestrian Events, Inc., whose office is at the Kentucky Horse Park in the same building with Equine Land Conservation Resource, Friesian Horse Association of North America, Kentucky Horse Council and Rocky Mountain Horse Association. “What’s interesting about the culture in our office is we’re horsey and non-horsey,” Whiteman said. EEI has a staff of six full-time people, two part-timers and a handful of seasonal workers. The office is dog-friendly, so Whiteman’s two-year-old shadow, Marla, follows her to work every day. Marla is part border collie and part Chesapeake Bay retriever. As the development assistant at Equestrian Events, Whiteman is responsible for the sale and service of the International Trade Fair at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, which runs April 2326 this year at the Horse Park. She works with EEI’s director of development and the director of venue management to bring in new entertainment attractions for spectators. New for 2015 is a 5K twilight run. It’s called the RK-5K, and it will take place Friday evening, April 24, starting and ending at the Bourbon and Bridle Lounge tent at the Horse Park.

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Returning for the second year in a row is Kentucky Uncovered, presented by TOPS in Lexington. The Kentucky Uncovered venue is just outside the International Trade Fair and features Kentucky-based companies, including wine and crafts. The International Trade Fair itself has expanded this year. “I have to say, we have new vendors in trade fair I’m excited about,” Whiteman said. Equestrian Events has named Horses and Hope as the official charity for this year’s Rolex, so the organization’s mission will be incorporated throughout the weekend to promote awareness and education about breast cancer prevention and early detection. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is a massive undertaking for Equestrian Events, Inc., so volunteers are particularly appreciated. Whiteman works closely with local colleges to coordinate semester-long internships with EEI. “I work with interns to help facilitate career experiences and networking to further them in their professional lives,” she said. Whiteman was an EEI intern herself as a student at Georgetown College. She had the opportunity to intern for Rolex Kentucky from January to May for three years in a row. She graduated from Georgetown in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies, and was hired full-time by EEI that summer. “In college, I was involved in the Equine Scholars Program,” she said, “a scholarship program that educates students on the different careers within the equine industry through speakers, tours and internships.” Throughout her college career, Whiteman trained fox hunters and exercised horses, worked in barns and taught riding lessons. She also interned with Phelps Media Group, an equestrian marketing

“Growing up around horses taught me a lot about responsibility... You have to be determined and always open to learning new things.”

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“The most amazing thing about horse people is they are very passionate. They love what they do and care very much about what they do.” company based in Wellington, Florida. “I had an opportunity to write and publish press releases, and see the top level competitors from the media side, which was an incredible opportunity to have as a student,” she said. Horses have always been in the center of her life. Whiteman grew up in Winchester, Kentucky, where she started riding horses as an 8-year-old. “Growing up around horses taught me a lot about responsibility,” she said. “In order to be competitive, you have to be diligent yet patient in training. You have to be determined and always open to learning new things.” As a teenager, she began showing horses. “I never had the heart to do it professionally,” she said. “It was more of a hobby.” She did compete with Prince, sometimes at events at the Kentucky Horse Park. “Showing is very time-consuming,” Whiteman said. “Sometimes you don’t realize what people outside of this area do to compete.” She has friends on the west coast who drive eight hours to an event. Because she competed at the Horse Park, Whiteman would drive 20 minutes and then be able to sleep in her own bed instead of a hotel. “It’s amazing for me to see a lot of the competitors I idolized as a young athlete,” Whiteman said, now that she is working behind the scenes of Rolex Kentucky. “It’s

definitely special.” In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking in Woodford County, taking her dog, Marla, to Thursday Night Live and local music events in downtown Lexington, and traveling abroad. She has ridden Icelandic ponies in Iceland, kayaked in Alaska and visited the ancient monuments and ruins of Skara Brae in Scotland. She and her family are thinking about a horseback pack trip in Wyoming this summer. Whiteman is a member of LYPA, the Lexington Young Professionals Association. “Though I only recently joined, they have a great impact on the community, and I am very excited to get involved,” she said. She also volunteers with a Kentucky Children’s Hospital event each summer, the Pediatric Cancer Survivor Picnic. “I feel I’ve been given an edge to know what I want and how to go after it,” she said of growing up around horses. “Everybody’s got to learn to get back up when you fall. Keep with it.” Whiteman considers herself fortunate to be part of the horse industry because the people care so much about horses and other horse people, and they know how to have fun at events. “The most amazing thing about horse people is they are very passionate,” she said. “They love what they do and care very much about what they do.”

“I feel I’ve been given an edge to know what I want and how to go after it. Everybody’s got to learn to get back up when you fall. Keep with it.”

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The campground has 260 sites with fire rings and picnic tables along with a full service facility that includes a grocery store, two bathhouses, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Planned activities are a great way to socialize, and the campground also boasts a junior Olympic-size swimming pool. Of course, the Legacy Trail that takes you from the Park to downtown Lexington offers the ideal way to get some biking, walking or running in. Find out more about the 12-mile-long trail at www.mylegacytrail.com. The campground is pet friendly too! Kentucky Spring Premier Classic Saddlebred Show The Kentucky Spring Premier, a charitable event highlighting the quintessential American Saddlebred horse as well as Hackney ponies, Roadsters and Saddle Seat Equitation, is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park, April 9-11. In 1990, the Kentucky Spring Premier was founded from a group of American Saddlebred enthusiasts who wanted to bring about a spring show to showcase the breeds. When it first came to fruition, the only time the show could be held was during the Kentucky Derby weekend. Although it was uncertain at the time the impact this might have on the fledgling event, the show experienced a great turnout and it became something of a tradition to attend the show – even if it did fall on Derby day. The loveliness of the spring season has been considered the perfect backdrop for this annual event which now is held in the leading-edge indoor facility at the Park. With a focus on beneficence, the Kentucky Spring Premier raises funds for charities such as Thursday’s Child and the American Saddlebred Museum with such happenings as silent auctions, pitch a pig contests, and other activities. These days, the event no longer has a Derby day conflict and it remains a much-anticipated time to get together with friends, old and new as well as dusting off all the show clothes and spend a fun day or two with the horses. The German Shepherd Bluegrass Classic On April 11th, the Bluegrass Classic will take place at the Park in the Campground Pavilion. Endorsed by the German Shepherd Club of America and the German Shepherd Club of Germany, there will be dogs from all over the U.S., Canada and Germany. With a European style, the dog show is held outside in a large ring with classes divided by age. “Those only familiar with an AKC style show will be very surprised at the size of ring and physical exercise of dog, handler, and owner,” said Rebecca Underwood of Drache Feld Kennels, Bluegrass Dog Training in Winchester. There is no admission fee to come out and everyone is welcome! The show is set to take place on Saturday at 9:30am until mid afternoon. On Sunday, the breed survey will take place at Drache

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Feld German Shepherd Kennels beginning at 9am. As part of the survey, a 12-mile endurance run is required. Drache Feld has been located in Winchester for over 15 years and is one of the top three SV style German Shepherd breeders in the country. Farmhouse Rodeo Cowboy Up For A Cure, Inc. (CUFAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fundraising for the benefit of children with various forms of pediatric cancer. In teaming up with the University of Kentucky Pediatric Hematology/Oncology clinic, children and their families are supported through the variety of services offered. The Farmhouse Rodeo is a fundraiser to help in the efforts of CUFAC and will take place in the Alltech Arena April 18. CUFAC’s efforts also involve raising public awareness to the reality of childhood cancer. The organization has partnered with resourceful and energetic professionals across the health care spectrum to assist children and their families in a myriad of ways throughout their course of treatment and beyond. With a steadfast objective to eradicate the disease, all efforts, whether large or small, move us that much closer to finding a cure. Good Eatin’ The Farmhouse Café has once again opened in anticipation for the 2015 tourist and show season. The Farmhouse Café is open Monday-Friday, 8am–3pm, for breakfast and lunch featuring favorite standbys in a quaint farmhouse setting. Take-out is also available. The Bit & Bridle Restaurant is also open daily with their extended seasonal hours, 10am-3pm. Serving a selection of salads, homemade soups, hot and cold sandwiches and snacks – find them in the heart of the Park. For menus and other information about the restaurants on the Kentucky Horse Park grounds, visit the Kentucky Horse Park website. Quick Facts For the summer tourism season that runs March 15 through November 1, the Kentucky Horse Park is open daily 9am to 5pm For a full listing of events and dates, and information on admission and parking prices, you can visit www.KyHorsePark.com. For information on the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, please visit www.parks.ky.gov.

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Friday, April 3rd • OPENING DAY • College Scholarship Day

Wednesday, April 8th • WINS- Day Challenge • Horses and Hope Pink Day - Wear pink and help promote breast cancer awareness

Friday, April 10th • Maker’s Mark Bottle Signing

Sunday, April 12th • Kid’s Club Family Day – FREE general admission for All Kid’s Club members and their families. Children’s activities in the North Terrace area from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15th • WINS-Day Challenge

Friday, April 17th • Jockey Autograph Signing - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Meet retired and current jockeys for an autograph signing adjacent to the Paddock.

Sunday, April 19th • Military Day at the Races Presented by Marathon – All active and inactive members of the military and their families receive FREE general admission with a military ID. Military Family Zone 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the North Terrace with free food, live music, children’s activities and more.

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Spring Meet Promotions Calendar Wednesday, April 22nd • WINS-Day Challenge

Friday, April 24th • Concert On The Lawn - Sunday Best concert on the Clubhouse Lawn, hosted by the Markey Cancer Foundation Legacy Council. The concert begins immediately following the races.

EVERY Friday • The Hill – The Hill will include a wagering tent, big screen TV, music and local food trucks from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

EVERY Saturday • Sunrise Trackside – Experience the sunrise, sights and sounds of Sunrise Trackside at Keeneland. • Breakfast With The Works 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast in the trackside Equestrian Dining Room • Children’s Activities 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Adjacent to the Equestrian Dining Room. • Tours 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Tour groups will depart from the welcome booth in the Paddock. • Paddock Demonstration 9:00 a.m. • Handicapping Seminar 11:30 a.m. • Jockey Q&A 12:05 p.m. – Q & A with the jockeys in the Walking Ring. • The Hill –The Hill will include a wagering tent, big screen TV, music and local food trucks from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Complete calendar online at www.TOPSinLex.com and www.Keeneland.com

Be sure to check out www.TOPSinLex.com for all the best photos of fashion, fun and smiling faces at Keeneland!

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Your Guide To...

The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event By Katie Shoultz

The 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three‐Day Event, presented by Land

Rover returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 23 – 26. As one of the most elite equestrian competitions, the Rolex draws some of the world’s best riders and horses to Kentucky from all around the world. This year, the prize money has been increased to $300,000 and the competition will be an official selection trial for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), to help determine which United States event riders will be slated to compete at the 2016 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

The sport of Eventing requires horse and rider to compete in the three distinct disciplines of Dressage, Cross Country, and Show Jumping. With its origins rooted in the cavalry, Eventing was first introduced as an Olympic sport in 1912 and was considered the ultimate test for any Army horse. Dressage, which will be held on the first two days of the competition, will occur in the outdoor stadium

at the Horse Park. A testimony to the grace and beauty of horse and rider acting in harmony, Dressage requires suppleness and obedience of the horse. In the second phase, the Cross Country portion is the definite fan favorite as spectators gather at intimidating jumps set over four miles of terrain. Navigating a course of this magnitude with water hazards, banks and ditches requires bravery, quickness and endurance. On the final day, the horses must successfully complete the Show Jumping phase which means that the horses must be fit enough to come back out and jump with enthusiasm a day after the grueling cross-country. In the ultimate test of athleticism, Eventing brings great admiration for the horse and is a true testament to the partnership that develops between horse and rider. It is also adrenaline in action! This year’s competition is slated to bring riders from about a dozen countries – each with their own story to tell and dream to take

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home the honors. It will bring riders who have never competed at the Rolex before as well as seasoned competitors who have had multiple Rolex wins. As one of only six FourStar Three-Day Events in the world, the Rolex is part of the FEI Classic Series which brings together several four-star international Eventing competitions across the globe and gives riders the opportunity to chase down the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing which requires a win at the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four-Star Events. Cowboy Up Another highlight event returning to the Park April 2425 is the Kentucky Reining Cup. Debuting at the Park in 2011, this exciting event is a family favorite and you can definitely cheer on your favorite horse and rider – the louder the better since there’s a People’s Choice Award. For freestyle events, the horse’s movements are synchronized with music, producing a thrilling spectacle to watch. The Freestyle World Championship, a perennial crowd-pleaser, will include a demonstration freestyle program featuring celebrity Eventing athletes. Want a special treat during the event? Dan James Insider Access tickets are the way to go. Guests of the Kentucky Reining Cup’s World Championship Freestyle Reining and enthusiasts of Double Dan Horsemanship can be treated to top-notch hospitality and get up-close with Dan James himself. More Than Horses… Of course, the Rolex offers something for everyone – from the diehard equestrian to the person who doesn’t care to know the difference between Jumping and Dressage! Tailgating with friends with the cross-country in the background can be the perfect Saturday afternoon in the Bluegrass. And with music, shopping, bourbon tastings and a 5K, it’s hard to find an excuse not to check out the Rolex! As a new attraction for visitors and locals alike, the Rolex Kentucky 5K will commence on Friday evening, April 24 right on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. With a course that takes runners and walkers through areas of the Rolex event (including the Rolex Stadium) – this is a race that is sure to be memorable. The start time is 6:30pm. You get a t-shirt and winners in their divisions get some great prizes. Sign up now! There will also be a 1-mile fun run/ walk. Leashed dogs, strollers and kids under 12 that participate will receive a finisher’s medal.

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Not a runner? You can still join in on the fun Friday evening. The Bourbon and Bridle Lounge will be open during the race. Watch participants cross the finish line with a cocktail in hand! The Official Charity Horses and Hope is a breast cancer awareness initiative of the Office of Kentucky’s First Lady and the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP). The organization has also been named the Official Charity of the 2015 Rolex. The mission of Horses and Hope is to work with the state’s equine industry to provide breast cancer awareness, education, screenings, and treatment referrals. Since its founding in 2008, Horses and Hope has been able to help close to 1 million race track and horse show attendees with over 700 screenings. In January, Horses and Hope announced a partnership with KentuckyOne Health, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville and the Kentucky Cancer Program in an effort to raise $1 million for a new mobile unit cancer screening van. All funds raised for Horses and Hope during the Rolex will go towards this endeavor. You can find out more information about Horses and Hope at: www.horsesandhope.org. Ready to Take the Plunge? Tickets for the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event – including tailgating spots and hospitality packages – are on sale now at www.RK3DE.org. For more information on the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, please visit the Rolex Kentucky website at www.RK3DE.org or call (859) 233-2362. Tickets may be ordered online or by calling (859) 2548123. We hope to see you there!

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The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event Public Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 22nd 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 4:30–6 p.m.

Cross-Country Course Open to the Public First Horse Inspection — High Hope Inspection Lane Competitor Arena Familiarization — Rolex Stadium

Thursday, April 23rd 7 a.m. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m.–Noon 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 12:45–2:30 p.m. 12:45 p.m. 1 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 1:30–3:40 p.m. 5 p.m. 4:30–6 p.m.

Gates Open Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required) Dressage Test Ride — Rolex Stadium Dressage Tests Begin — Rolex Stadium Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open Demonstrations and Exhibitions — Walnut Ring Keeneland Pony Club Quadrille Friesian Horse Association of North America Miniature Horse Equine Ambassador Elisa Wallace - Mustang Horse Dressage Tests Continue — Rolex Stadium Kentucky Reining Cup: CRI 3* Horse Inspection — Alltech Outdoor Warm Up Arena Arena Familiarization — Rolex Stadium

11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 1:30–3:40 p.m. 3 p.m. 6 p.m. 6-8:30 p.m.

7 a.m. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 24th 7 a.m. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 9 a.m. –5 p.m. 10 a.m.–Noon 10:15 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 10:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 25th

Gates Open Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required) Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open Dressage Tests Resume — Rolex Stadium Demonstrations and Exhibitions — Walnut Ring Keeneland Pony Club Quadrille Ky Horse Park/Lexington Fayette Urban Co. Gov’t Mounted Police Paso Fino Horse Association Elisa Wallace - Mustang Horse Prince Philip Cup Games - Celebrity Round Prince Philip Cup Games – Round 1 Friesian Horse Association of North America Miniature Horse Equine Ambassador Retired Racehorse Project Dressage Tests Continue Kentucky Reining Cup: Trade Fair Open — Alltech Arena Kentucky Reining Cup: CRI 3*— Alltech Arena RK-5K Twilight Race

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Gates Open (including Land Rover Tailgating) Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required) Demonstrations and Exhibitions — Walnut Ring Prince Philip Cup Games - Round 2 - Rolex Arena Retired Racehorse Project Friesian Horse Association of North America Combined Driving Demonstration Paso Fino Horse Association Unbridled Vaulting Club Miniature Horse Equine Ambassador Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open Cross-Country Test Horses start every five minutes. There will not be a 1 ½ hour lunch break. Demonstrations and Exhibitions — Walnut Ring Kentucky Reining Cup: FEI Junior & Young Rider Classes, followed by USA Reining/AQHA/NRHA Para-Reining Class — Alltech Arena Kentucky Reining Cup: Trade Fair Open — Alltech Arena David Cottrell & Kentucky Blues, Tom Cool & The Cooligans and Lauren Mink Band Concerts — Trade Fair, Sponsor Village, Rolex Stadium Kentucky Reining Cup: World Championship Freestyle Reining — Alltech Arena

Sunday, April 26th 7 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon 1:15 p.m. 3 p.m.

Gates Open Non-Denominational Worship Service — Pavilion between Stonelea/Claiborne Rings Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required) Second Inspection of Horses — High Hope Inspection Lane Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open Jumping Course Open for Competitor Inspection — Rolex Stadium Presentation of the Teams of the USPC Prince Philip Cup — Rolex Stadium Opening Ceremony & Presentation of Officials and Flags — Rolex Stadium Jumping Test Begins — Rolex Stadium Presentation of the Awards — Rolex Stadium


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A New Sporting Event in Lexington:

The Split Rock Jumping Tour

By Katie Shoultz

President of Split Rock Farm, Derek Braun, does his best thinking

while walking the property that he built from the ground up. And once you start talking to him about his vision of Show Jumping you can tell he’s done plenty of it. At only 30, he’s accomplished plenty already in his career as a professional rider. But, that hasn’t stopped him from taking the equestrian world by storm. He’s quick to brush off any compliments though, instead choosing to focus on the task at hand - his new undertaking - the Split Rock Jumping Tour. To many, the equestrian sport can seem untouchable – a sport that shuns outsiders. Braun’s idea behind the Split Rock Jumping Tour was simple – emphasize the sport aspect of it and build up the spectator base. By putting together a model that would appeal to more than the die-hard equestrian, the inaugural season of the Tour de-

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buts this year. The first event of the season is May 22-24 and will be held at Split Rock Farm so mark your calendars now. A critical piece of the model is outreach to the entire local community. For Braun, this has been the (largely) missing piece in many equestrian events. By combining elements that appeal to a broad audience with shopping, entertainment, family fun, food trucks and a beer garden within a world-class equestrian competition milieu, the Split Rock Jumping Tour is not just another event, but truly an experience. And by doing it on his own farm with strategic placement of every piece, he hopes that the venue space lends a very European feel - friendly and cozy versus vast and overwhelming. Shopping will feature local and national vendors and Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 will host a whole bevy of family fun entertainment.


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Another element that Braun felt strongly about was tying in a local non-profit, and a portion of proceeds from any hospitality package benefits the Markey Cancer Center. Amid numerous amenities, a package also includes tickets to the guests only Gala on Saturday evening with dinner creations by none other than Apiary and will certainly make it’s mark on the social calendar in Lexington. With Braun’s intuitive sensitivity for businesses (chalk it up to his entrepreneurial spirit), opportunities to market a wide array of goods and services are available as the Split Rock Jumping Tour offers customized packages for sponsors. Savvy marketing means always being on the look out for options to promote a business and to gain access to a wider potential customer base. Since there is no substitute for brand visibility and recognition in the marketplace to stimulate potential customers’ interest, the Split Rock Jumping Tour provides the perfect showcase. Braun first started riding at the age of seven and hasn’t ever looked back. Growing up on the East Coast, he found himself in Kentucky on numerous occasions to horse show and decided to call it home in 2007 when he purchased land and built what is now Split Rock Farm. With its history rooted in the equestrian sport, Lexington made perfect sense when Braun was ready to lay down roots of his own. And not one to stand by, he is also is doing his part to ensure that the future of Show Jumping has a place in Lexington. Want to be a part of this unique experience? Tickets are now available for advance purchase at www.splitrockjumpingtour.com and sponsorship and vendor inquiries can be directed to info@splitrockjumpingtour.com. Stay tuned for next month when additional event details are unveiled for this exciting new sporting event in Lexington!

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Than You Know

by Mary Ellen Slone

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s the area’s leading nonprofit organization, the YMCA of Central Kentucky is committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. From exercise to education, volleyball to volunteerism, preschool to preventive health, the YMCA of Central Kentucky doesn’t just strengthen our bodies; the ‘Y’ strengthens our community as a whole. David Martorano, the Y’s vision-driven CEO, proudly shared that “This 160+ year young organization is much more than a gym-we’re a cause. Working with our partners, we’ve demonstrated that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why the strengthening of our community has been the YMCA’s primary focus.” Martorano continues, “While the statistical impacts of our organization are both impressive and ‘share-worthy’, the broad spectrum of opportunities which our YMCA offers to individuals and families through our outreach initiatives are nothing short of amazing.

Our Y serves 30,000+ active members, and offers more than twice as many opportunities to participate in programs which cumulatively impact an estimated 70,000 lives annually.” While being significantly engaged with our community, The YMCA has focused special emphasis on helping all kids throughout the central Kentucky footprint to reach their full potentials as an ongoing-high priority. Learning Programs “We know that children in low-income environments often reach kindergarten unprepared, and as they go forward they continue to fall behind in school. Additionally, many of these youngsters are not eating healthy meals, and as a result, many are overweight or unhealthy. We believe that today’s kids are not statistics- they’re tomorrow’s future, and community-wide, our YMCA is committed to providing whatever resources we can to help them achieve their fullest potential,” said Martorano.

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Etiquette & Entertaining

Is Less Best?

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ith one of the busiest months in the Kentucky calendar upon us, we strive to calculate how to accomplish the feat of entertaining and being entertained while appearing totally unnerved. Look inside yourself and your home to find the answer. Prioritizing becomes the obvious approach which means to rank in order of importance. Whether you are planning to entertain friends after the races or to celebrate spring, the time for a home redo is not now. Determine which deletions and additions will make the greatest impact on your home. Make a list of the fewest number of projects that must be completed before entertaining. Constantly concentrate on keeping your list at a minimum.

crystal containers will add color and reflect the beauty of the season. With a few small arrangements gracing the table, the addition of porcelain butterflies provides the unexpected. Deleting clutter and enormous centerpieces will give the feeling of freshness for the season.

The first step is to decide where you would like to host this gathering of friends. Your newly enhanced garden or mingling around the dining room table, which is decorated for spring, would be welcoming. Concentrate on the chosen area by decluttering. Remove small pieces of furniture, magazine containers and small floor plants. Keep the tops of tables simple by removing multiple items and adding a single stem in a delicate bud vase. If your party is planned for outside, arrange an alternate location should an April shower surprise everyone.

Often regardless of the chosen location for the party, many guests congregate in the kitchen. It is cozy and full of action. Preparing the party foods and visiting with the guests is tricky. Organization and preparedness are important. Assembling the food ahead of time will pay dividends when the guests fill the kitchen. Potential confusion should deter a hostess from selecting party foods that require last minute attention. Keeping the kitchen counter tops as clear as possible will help in the organized kitchen appearance. Setting the bar away from the kitchen will contribute to a wellfunctioning area.

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The well-appointed powder room will speak volumes about the experienced hostess. Sparkling clean is the most important detail. Freshly ironed embroidered, linen guest towels paired with luxurious small soaps and lotions tell a guest that they are special. A lightly scented candle and a beautiful rose complete the perfect appearance.

The location of the gathering is decided, the decluttering is accomplished, the powder room is polished and the kitchen is organized; now it’s time to consider the guests. The list is small which will reward the host and hostess with an enjoyable event. With each aspect of the party planning remember that Less Is Best.


Fashion

Put Some Pep in Your Step

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hank goodness. After that treacherous winter the Bluegrass has had, I know we are all beyond thankful spring is upon us. IT’S ABOUT TIME.

With the flowers in bloom, the warmer temps, and the horsey’s racing, are we all up for chatting a little spring fashion? I’m thinking stripes, separates, and sassy lace. Spring calls for some feminine flair, and I think there’s no better time than the present to break down a few of my fave looks. A girly print mix of stripes and florals. Never underestimate the power of a good print mix. It is a wonderfully modern way to wear your threads and it is forever fresh. Stripes are more or less a neutral in my book; and florals pair just beautifully with them. Take, for instance, this striped dress from Anthropologie. One, the direction of the stripes is terribly flattering, and two, the pink banding highlights a woman’s waistline. Slenderizing times two? Done—sign me up. Remember your separates. Better yet, remember your monochrome separates. Superbly on trend and ridiculously flattering, I consider this look an all around win. Not only is it a fun and fresh take on feminine attire, you basically get three looks in one. Pair the pieces together or separate each item for three distinct rigs. How about the boxy red top layered over a boyfriend blouse with distressed denim and Leopard Heels? Sounds like a keeper to me! Last but certainly not least, I am just loving the idea of a girly lace dress popped in a bubblegum pink. Pairing this girly frock with cuffed snakeskin heels helps to modernize the look and keep it from looking overly cutesy. Cheers to an absolutely wonderful spring for us Lexingtonians…no doubt we definitely deserve it. Treat yourself by updating your spring wardrobe with some fun and feminine pieces—they’ll indeed put a pep in your step and fashionably carry you into the warmer months!

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he mounds of snow have melted, the winter blues are lifted, and Spring has sprung. It’s time to dig in and direct sow. But be careful and curb your enthusiasm. There is a time for everything. Knowing what should be planted and when will yield the best results. As April warms the soil and all threats of a frost are long gone, grab those tools and your seed packets. It’s time to start planting the following: beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, kale, leek, lettuce, onion, parsnip, peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, swiss chard, and turnip. Warm temperatures are a constant in May and the threat of frost is long gone. While April covered the bulk of the A to Z list of veggies to direct sow, there are more to plant in May. The warmth of the soil allows for quick germination. So pull out more seed packets including: beans, celery, corn, cucumber, melon, okra, pepper, pumpkin, summer squash, sweet potato, tomato, and watermelon. I am guilty of planting once and walking away until it’s time to harvest. When it comes to beans and lettuce varieties, try planting a different variety continually over the course of a week and a half. This will give you choices and extend the time you have fresh garden goodness on your table instead of one large crop that may likely go to waste. Variety is the spice of life when it comes to peppers. They come in many colors and many degrees of heat. They also don’t take up much space. Use the same approach when it comes to planting and spread out the process over a week or so. Last on our edible list, the perennially popular tomato. And talk about variety. The choice is yours with every shape, color, taste and size. As spring progresses you should switch from direct sow to transplanting by Michelle Rauch Gardening Enthusiast for best results.

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Lest we not forget the flowers. Pansies love the cooler days of spring and thrive early in the season. I love kick starting my container gardening with pansies. Daffodil and tulips make for a cheerful border garden. Iris blooms with a variety of colors and will take you into late spring. Add crocus to the garden for splashes of pink, purple, yellow, and white. In addition to color, your spring garden can have texture with poppy blooms. The first time I saw poppy I was fascinated by their size and crepe paper appearance. I think they add a touch of whimsy to the garden. It should be a banner year for the primrose. The delicate flower loves a moist ground. After this winter, the soil is certainly soaked. Spring is also a neat time to enjoy the fruits of other people’s labor. While you may not have the room for flowering shrubs or trees in your landscape, you can certainly benefit from the beauty and the scents around you. I am fortunate to have a lilac bush. It came with the house when I bought it, no extra charge! Lilac will delight you with a burst of fragrance in the air around it. I find it so uplifting. I also have a forsythia. The bright yellow shrub literally screams spring has arrived. While I like the flash of yellow, I will say it is short lived and the rest of the year it looks like an overgrown bush. I digress. Additionally, look for showy displays from redbud trees, dogwoods, magnolia, rhododendron and azaleas. Beauty is everywhere.


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pon entering the home, the front foyer features a clover shaped mirror set off by four watercolor ikat prints. The knobs on the console are the same clover shape as the mirror, demonstrating that even minor details are given plenty of creative thought.

The dining room features a neutral-toned animal print rug, paired with custom window treatments in a diamond motif of complimentary hues. The beautiful chandelier, along with the other unique fixtures throughout the home was selected by Anita Thompson, a lighting expert with Fergusons. The crystal and chrome accents add a touch of glam and casts a calming glow off the dark furniture. Three coordinating abstract paintings complete the room’s simple sophistication.

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ust off the kitchen is a spacious mudroom with access to the garage. This is a stylishly organized space containing another custom-made cabinet, complete with hooks and labeled baskets for the family’s personal items. “It keeps the items they need every day nicely contained, and keeps the morning rush to a minimum.” A walk-in pantry with a large window, allowing light to pour into the space, is also accessible through the mudroom.

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ancy and her team utilized a space-saving technique in the kitchen with the addition of a built-in banquette and floating table along the far wall. The use of these items created a more comfortable layout, and allowed ample room for the kitchen table and chairs. The custom made chairs feature a durable chenille fabric in a cream and gray geometric pattern.

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ne of the more interesting design elements of the room is a set of nine glass containers holding white votive candles on a bed of moss. “We really like to incorporate unexpected elements in the artwork. It creates a level of interest that surpasses just the utilization of framed paintings or photographs,� said Nancy.

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he floor plan of the Hopper home is designed so that the entire second level is a designated space for their three daughters. Three bedrooms with their own adjoining baths are decorated in hip shades of lime, tangerine and magenta.

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he teal, lime, and powder blue common room is a fashionable space where the girls can relax or spend time with friends. Soft velvet sofas, chic leather poufs, and a bright green shag rug offer a fun and trendy look. In classic Todd Hopper style, the girls were sent away last Christmas, and the room was waiting for them when they returned. Nancy described how her team developed one of the room’s coolest features: an extra long window seat that doubles as a bed for slumber parties. The window seat is actually the width of a twin size bed and includes drawers underneath for storage. The girls have told their parents that they never want to move out because they love their house so much! •

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Business News

Andover Construction’s Stunning Townhomes

When Andover Construction began exploring the idea of creating a townhome development, they began by looking really closely at what the current Lexington market really wanted. “People are trying to simplify their lives. They’re downsizing, but they still wanted amenities, like a yard,” explained Vice President Mike Hall. Though the market showed that people wanted slightly smaller accommodations, they still wanted the privacy, luxury and comfort of a traditional single family home. Andover Construction’s solution was to create townhomes that offered space alongside creature comforts. A big part of that was choosing a location in a neighborhood that was desirable and offered a sense of beauty, relaxation and convenience. The Beaumont Park Townhomes are located in the center of Beaumont Circle on 13.5 acres. “The Beaumont area was designed well with a couple miles of walking trails,” said Hall. “They are just a short walk away from some really incredible dining. Beaumont has got that live/work new urbanism that’s wildly popular!” In the Beaumont Park Townhomes, windows are intentionally set just a bit higher. Why? “The elevation in that area is high, so you’ve got a great view of the sky from anywhere in your home. It really lets the light in,” Hall explained. It’s just one of the many touches that set these homes apart in the Lexington market. One of the chief goals was to offer each townhome an individual outdoor area. “We came up with this very urban idea to separate the garage from the house. It gave everyone their own little yard with privacy fencing–it separated what traditionally in other townhomes used to be a courtyard,” Hall said. “Our product is a great one that is perfect for everyone, from first

time buyers to people wanting to downsize,” said Justin Jeffries, Project Manager with Andover Construction. Each unit is between 1,900 and 3,250 square feet, most commonly with 3-4 bedrooms. “We’re not just your ordinary, cookie-cutter townhome. They look similar on the outside, but you’re really able to make it your own with all the options that we have,” Jeffries said. “One thing I love is working with homeowners to customize their home. We’ve been able to make so many choices. I really enjoy working with the customers and making them satisfied in the end.” Customization options begin with choosing a floor plan and extend to moving walls around, completely customizing the outdoor space and selecting from a myriad of finish options. “All of our Andover Construction homes, we try to set the bar a little higher with the finishes. We decided we wanted to come in and set an across-the-board standard and hoped that the market would meet us,” Hall explained. The Patchen Wilkes Townhomes are similar in size to the Beaumont Park Townhomes, with beautiful two story archways and posts to create a stunning, Southern-elegance style. “We tried to have the architecture match Lexington, as well as with what looks good in the area,” explained Hall. About half of the Patchen Wilkes Townhomes face the beautiful lake, making this neighborhood stunning and sought-after. Each unit offers an indepth level of customization and promises to be a perfect home for anyone, from first-time homebuyers to established households looking to downsize. The Patchen Wilkes townhome model will open in October 2015 and a sales center to begin reserving lots will start on May 1st. Visit Andover Construction in Patchen Wilkes and a member of The House Store realty group can help customize and select a perfect future home.

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The Grooms Cake Take 1 - This Time for Fun!

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et’s face it. How much say do most grooms usually have in the wedding planning? None! And they usually like it that way. A wedding’s look and feel are usually a reflection of the bride, but having something that speaks clearly about the groom and his interests is a really clever idea. A perfect place to make his statement is in the groom’s cake, this is something you can really have fun with. The Groom’s Cake Isn’t a New Idea

It may feel like a newish trend, and figural, fun groom’s cakes have taken off to new heights in the last few years. It is especially popular in the south, thus a popular idea in the Bluegrass. The groom’s cake tradition originated in Britain, with a smaller cake having stronger flavors like chocolate and additions like fruit and alcohol – the theory being the stronger sex had a stronger stomach. (Really?) An alcohol-laced fruitcake was the traditional favorite for a Victorian groom’s cake.

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This tradition came across the pond in the Victorian Era to the southeastern United States, and was originally cut by the groom before going to the church, and shared with each of the bridesmaids. This trend segued into the groom’s cake being stacked within the wedding cake, but by the mid 20th

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century separate cakes served side by side at the same time became the rule of the day. This Cake’s Theme Can Be Anything The wonderful thing about choosing your groom’s cake is the sky is the limit and anything goes. Really, just about anything. Does he have a favorite sports team? You can show his team spirit. Is he a Star Wars fan boy? R2D2 can be made into a cake. Does he have a particular snack food addiction? Oversize a snack cake. Is he a cerebral reader? Stack up book cakes. Is he a foodie of some sort? Make his favorite into a cake. Does he love to hit the casino? A roulette wheel or play table is a great bet. The focus will be totally on him and what he loves, and it will be his time to be the center of attention. However, if you are tight on budget, you can totally skip this addition to your wedding reception without hurting your theme or the feel of your event. This Choice is a Piece of Cake! You know your groom better than anyone, and choosing his cake and presenting it at your reception can be tons of fun. A lot of wedding planning can feel like work, but choosing a fun groom’s cake is all play! Let HIM eat cake!


Lex And The City

Derby Eve and Derby Day May 2nd will mark the 141st running of The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and to celebrate the annual event is Central Kentucky's largest Derby party, Derby Eve Lexington. The event will kick off Friday, May 1st at The Polo Barn at Saxony Farm with festivities starting at 7:30 pm. Guests will enjoy gourmet cuisine, tasting stations, a bourbon and cigar bar & a high energy dance band straight out of Los Angeles. In addition to dancing, entertainment will also include wandering psychics, palm readers, art displays, fortune telling and celebrity citings. Proceeds from the evening will benefit five charities: Woodford Humane Society, The Calipari Foundation, Race for Education, Horse Aid Live, and Horses and Hope. To purchase tickets please visit derbyevelex.horse.

Photo by Lou Hodges, Jr.

Keeneland will also be celebrating Derby Day with a party to suit everyone’s style, whether it’s a casual picnic in the paddock or a hip cocktail party in the clubhouse. With over a 1,000 televisions and fun activities for kids, Derby Day at Keeneland is the perfect place to view the Run for the Roses. Gates open at 9 am; general admission tickets are $5 and can be bought online at tickets.keeneland.com.

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Save the Date

17 & 18 FRI & SAT Ainadamar - Fountain of Tears: Presented by the Lexington Philharmonic Lexington Opera House

16-26 THUR-SUN

1 WEDNESDAY

Jockey Autograph Signing 11:30a-12:30p | Keeneland Race Course

Kentucky’s Past 2-6p | The Arboretum

SPORTS

4 SATURDAY

2 THURSDAY

Lexington Spring Reptile Expo 10a-4p | Lexington Convention Center

Kentucky Baseball vs Texas A&M Cliff Hagan Stadium

7 TUESDAY

24-26 FRI-SUN

16 THURSDAY

Click, Clack, Moo : Fun with Sounds 10:15a-11a | Carnegie Center

Sister Act : Presented by Broadway Live & the Opera House Fund Lexington Opera House

Kentucky Baseball v Tennessee 7p | Cliff Hagan Stadium

HAIR University of Kentucky Guignol Theatre

KEENELAND 3 FRIDAY Spring Meet Opening Day - College Scholarship Day 11a-6p | Keeneland Race Course

1 WEDNESDAY

Lexington Legends vs West Virginia Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Landscape Oil Painting Class with Bill Fletcher Artist’s Attic

20-22 MON-WED Lexington Legends vs Greenville Whitaker Bank Ballpark

28-30 TUES-THURS

Bluegrass Stakes Day 11a-6p | Keeneland Race Course

Lexington Legends vs Rome Whitaker Bank Ballpark

8 WEDNESDAY

LEARNING

10 FRIDAY Makers Mark Bottle Signing 8a-11:30a | Keeneland Race Course

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ARTS

16-19 THURS-SUN

4 SATURDAY

Horses and Hope Pink Day Keeneland Race Course

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2 THURSDAY Discovery Night : Fiber Art and Live Alpacas! 6-8p | Living Arts and Science Center

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2 THURSDAY Teen Howl Poetry Series 6p | Morris Book Shop

4 SATURDAY Funny Bunny Craftapalooza 11a | Joseph-Beth Booksellers

24 FRIDAY Art in Bloom The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky

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