TOPS February 2014

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FEATURES 48 52 58 69 94 96 104 143 157 194

Dining: The Jax Community Spotlight: Cure Kentucky Kids The Heart Ball TOP Women in Finance Entrepreneurs TOP People to Know In Finance A Look at What 2014 May Hold for Small Businesses Behind the Lens: Ron Morrow TOPS Tour of Homes: Classic Elegance with Comfort & Charm WOW Wedding: Jessalyn & Travis Bridges

TOPS IN EQUINE 111 117 120 124 130 132 136 140 141


Horse Park Happenings Fillies in the Workplace: Sherry Akers Kentucky Equine Humane Center Derby Contenders Derby Glam! Big Adventures of the LIttle Red Horse A Brooke Runs Through It Equine Out & About The Herring’s Impact


CORRECTION: January Issue, Page 88: Susan Cox will be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2014. She has also been recognized and honored with induction into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2010. Susan is a USA Triathlon coach and the Team in Training Triathlon Coach for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society in Lexington.




IN EVERY ISSUE 23 Up & Coming 47 Sports: What I Hope is Happening in February 57 Fashion: Work It 59 Reader Photos 61 In the ‘Buf’: Red Flags 62 Parties: Four Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 65 Posh Paws: Dogs & Chocolate 66 Etiquette: Distinctive Dinner Décor 107 Family: Retirement Plan, Don’t Touch My Dials


148 Business News 154 Gardening: Winter Herb Gardening 199 Lifestyle: Valentine’s Day Quiz 200 Weddings: Creative & Inexpensive Hand-Crafted Bouquets


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Up & Coming

14 friday

Cardinal Hill Roundball BASH

The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra: Love

5p-9p Lexington Convention Center

7:30p Singletary Center



Memphis 2p & 8p Lexington Opera House

8p Lexington Opera House

Havana Nights Valnetine’s Salsa Party

16 Sunday Disney Junior Live

9p-11p DoubleTree Suites

1p & 4p Rupp Arena

A Dance Affair: Valentine’s Dinner and Ballet

Circus Oz

7:30p-10:30p Artsplace Gallery

15 saturday ESPN College Gameday: UK Men’s Basketball v Florida 9p Rupp Arena

1p Norton Center

Memphis 1p & 6p Lexington Opera House

18 tuesday Indoor Polo 5:30p Kentucky Horse Park

Circus Oz 8p Norton Center

Motown Magic

Indoor Polo

7p Lyric Theatre

5:30p Kentucky Horse Park

Heart, Sole & Glove 5K Run/Walk

Casting Crowns

10a-12:30p Embassy Suites



20 thursday

7p Rupp Arena

Up & Coming

21 friday

25 tuesday

LUMINOSITY Unveiling Ceremony

Indoor Polo

5:30p Triangle Park

STRIDE Winter Ball 6p Tierney Storage Warehouse

Luke Bryan Rescheduled Concert 7:30p Rupp Arena

22 saturday

5:30p Kentucky Horse Park

26 tuesday Rock of Ages 7:30p EKU Center for the Arts

27 thursday UK Men’s Basketball v Arkansas

UK Men’s Basketball v LSU

7p Rupp Arena

7p Rupp Arena

Indoor Polo

Night: An Evening with Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt 8p Norton Center

Lexington Rescue Mission Walk for Warmth 10a-1p Triangle Park

DanceBlue 2p Memorial Coliseum


5:30p Kentucky Horse Park

28 friday Pink Martini 7:30p-9:30p Singletary Center

LUMINOSITY Opening Reception 6p-9p Loudon House


23 sunday Flat Stanley 2p Lexington Childrens Theatre

8p Lexington Opera House

Bourbon and the Bayou 7p-11p Red Mile Clubhouse



Up & Coming

4 tuesday

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show

UK Men’s Basketball v Alabama

10a-6p Kentucky Horse Park

7p Rupp Arena


9 sunday

5 wednesday

Kentucky Crafted: The Market

The Pink Floyd Experience

9a Heritage Hall

7:30p EKU Center for the Arts

6 thursday Don Giovanni 7:30p Lexington Opera House

7 friday Kentucky Crafted: The Market 9a Heritage Hall

Don Giovanni 7:30p Lexington Opera House

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show 11a-5p Kentucky Horse Park bgantiquesandgardenshow. org

14 friday The Miracle Worker Lexington Opera House

Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra: Gold Rush 7:30p UK

Lexington Comic & Toy Convention 5p-10p Lexington Convention Ctr

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show 10a-6p Kentucky Horse Park bgantiquesandgardenshow. org

15 saturday

8 saturday

Kentucky Crafted: The Market Heritage Hall



Shamrock Shuffle 3K 8a Downtown Tango Meets Jazz 8p Norton Center



Sometimes, a ant’s name can tell diners a bit about what they are about to get into when they walk through its doors. In the case of The ame, along with other details of its logo, paint a pretty accurate Co back in May. game, the orn rant’s culinary W lik t

ngs Aimee and Brad Lovitz opened the restaurant e name is a playful reference to a timeless children’s pass in its logo reveals another layer to the restau-

of coconut black rice. A simple cheese dip appetizer gets an unusual treatment by combining mascarpone, Swiss and cream cheese with sautéed cremini mushrooms and caramelized onions. And shareable plates like the Ricotta & Rhubarb is something I would have never dreamed up, but its combination of smooth creaminess and sweetness coupled with cinnamon-dusted toast points is something I could eat to start or finish a meal. Speaking of a good finish, ditch the usual sweet treats and try the restaurant’s Cuban Plantains, fried just right and bursting with sweetness topped with caramel sauce, toasted coconut and served with coconut whipped cream.

bally inspired, locally infused,” Aimee said.


Many people are probably very familiar with The Jax’s location if they frequent downtown Lexington. It stands on 101 W. Short St., which was formerly home to restaurants/bars such as Annabelle’s, Mia’s and most recently Rosetta.

Where most restaurants may decide to give you a condensed version of its dinner “We’re g v ng guests what menu with a few different items for lunch, they need and what they The Jax’s lunch menu is a completely don’t know that they want.” different experience, focusing on sandwiches, soups and salads, including a killer – Aimee Lovitz Cranberry Turkey sandwich with Great The space’s large windows still give diners Harvest cranberry bread, romaine lettuce, great views of the lights and liveliness of Short house-made mayo, avocado and cranberry and Limestone, but The Jax’s interior is cozy, chutney. It’s garnished with pickles, which you should definitely eat since inviting and modern thanks to rich colors and designs of Morocco. they are made in-house.


For starters, The Jax’s specialty drinks, referred to as “rituals,” all come courtesy of mixologist Jeremiah Cox, head of The Lexington Bartending School. Needless to say, there’s at least one of them that should quench your thirst and kick off your evening properly…especially its Moscow Mule served in a traditional copper mug. Outside of the signature cocktails, wine by the glass ranges from $5 to $12, they have numerous craft and local beers by Country Boy Brewing and West Sixth on draft or in bottled form and, for any of you big spenders, they offer bottle service after 8 p.m. every night.


Aside from a welcome price point (only a few entrees on the dinner menu exceed $20.) I appreciate its dedication to not only being a great place to eat but also a great place to hang out. Lexington can certainly benefit from more genuine lounges like this, and with its daily double social hours from 5 to 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., you can get $5 apps and desserts, glasses of wine or premium liquor and drinks. You could also spend a solid weekend being entertained at The Jax thanks to live music on Friday, DJs spinning on Saturday and its new Sunday Bingo nights (you read that right) hosted by popular Lexington comedian Christopher P. McKnight. The fact that I’m pleasantly surprised by what The Jax offers on a variety of levels isn’t an accident, at least according to its owners.

While the interior may be inspired by one country in particular, the menu is all over the map. You’ll find appetizers, entrees and desserts inspired by Mexico, Cuba, Italy and various parts of Asia, while making sure to include a few classic American staples, all courtesy of chef Natalie Blake. Regardless of where the inspiration comes from, The Jax is a scratch kitchen and tries to remain loyal to its local food providers, whether it’s getting its pasta from Lexington Pasta Company or several of its breads from Great Harvest Bread.

WHAT I LIKE When it comes to The Jax, the food won me over thanks to the unexpected twists it occasionally throws your way. Its popular Bangkok, a Thai dish you can get with either chicken or shrimp, is not only super flavorful but it has a surprising presentation with the help 859 72 2339

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Co-owners Aimee & Brad Lovitz

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Community Spotlight


A Cure for

Pediatric Cancer

by Mary Ellen Slone

Here in Lexington, the high-profile husband and wife

team of Joy and Matt Minner (parents of four healthy kids) are raising awareness and funding for research of childhood cancer in Kentucky, through their non-profit endeavor, Cure KY Kids, LLC. Concurrently, to reinforce the reality of the impact of this insidious disease, a local banker is sharing the story of the all too brief life of his beloved daughter, who died at the age of 8 from a rare form of cancer. THE MISSION Joy and Matt, both Attorneys, are each frequent non-profit entity volunteers. Joy’s involvement with children’s hospitals makes her keenly in tune to the need for more awareness and research funding for pediatric oncology in Kentucky.

Joy Minner

Matt Minner



Matt, the Managing Partner with the Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLC office in downtown Lexington, has chaired many fundraising campaigns for the benefit of children affected by illnesses and other socio-economic hurdles. The Minners, along with founding board members Dr. Karry Wilkes, a Pediatrician & Partner in the local Wilkes and Warner practice; Tucker Ballinger, local Forcht Bank President, and George D. Smith, an attorney with Stoll Keenon and Ogden, set out to accomplish their mission to raise funds for childhood cancer research and services in Kentucky, supporting children with cancer as well as their families with a unique plan. Equally commited to the cause are other CURE KY Kids Board Members ( Jacky Space, Meredith Jenkins, Jenifer Duncan and Nick Phelps). Kentucky’s kids deserve no less than an all-out effort to focus resources, leading to clinical advances to conquer this disease.

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Having recently obtained approval from the Kentucky Transportation Department for the “Curing Childhood Cancer” specialty license plate, this initiative must secure a minimum of 900 commitments from Kentucky passenger vehicle owners to each purchase and proudly display the uniquely designed “Curing Childhood Cancer” license plate.

Sprightly, fun-loving 8-year-old Jillian Smalley, died from an exceedingly rare form of childhood cancer, all of those whose lives she touched would like you to realize:

As soon as there are 900 confirmed supporters, the KY DMV will produce these special plates – each purchaser may either personalize his or her own 5-character lettering/number sequence, or, have the DMV assign the letter/number sequence. The cost? $44 for a regular plate ($69 for a personalized plate). The reservation fee of $25 is to be paid in advance, with the balance due after notification from the KY DMV that the tags are available for pick up at your local tag office. Ten dollars from the sale of each plate will be donated to support pediatric cancer research and programs across the Commonwealth. The more special plates that are ordered, the more exposure this initiative will have, and the more its message will resonate across the Commonwealth. From Florence to Bowling Green, Paducah to Pikeville, passionate individuals have been reserving plates in honor of special people in their lives and to help raise awareness for the cause. According to Mr. Minner, “The individuals who make up the initial 900 commitments to put this specialty plate into production will be a part of a legacy that will have a huge impact on the lives of Kentucky’s children who are fighting the battle against cancer today and in the years to come.”

• CANCER is the leading cause of death by disease among America’s children • Approximately 150 Kentucky children (and 13,500 nationwide) are newly diagnosed with cancer each year. • While over 40,000 children undergo cancer treatments each year, the causes of childhood cancer remain largely unknown. • Despite the advancements in treatments, childhood cancer research remains vastly underfunded. Jillian’s Story The heart-breaking reality of the need to fund research which will ultimately result in the long-sought CURE for pediatric cancer is epitomized by Jillian’s story, as told by her father, local Central Banker Jerry Smalley: “Jillian was diagnosed with Mucoepidermoid Carconoma in her left lung at the UK Children’s Hospital in 2009 (fewer than 100 cases have been chronicled in the past 25 years.) She underwent chemotherapy one week out of each of the next 4 months, which required that she stay at UKCH. Although she was in remission in

There exists an urgent need for this initiative in Kentucky. According to CURE KY Kids Board Member, Dr. Wilkes, “From a professional standpoint, I see these children, walk through cancer with them as patients, and have felt very inspired by this personal connection with cancer and our passion for children to drive forward CURE KY Kids.”


Stuber, Executive Director with the KY Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society said, “Childhood cancer, especially childhood leukemia, is an ever present problem that isn’t slowing down. Since there’s no known prevention, we have to focus on research that will help us find cures. LLS has helped take cure rates for children afflicted with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) to over 90% – but we can’t stop until that number is 100%. KY will have nearly 200 children battling a blood cancer this year. We have to focus on cures and access for all of them!”



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January 2010, the cancer returned and was detected on a follow-up visit in April of 2010. She was transferred to MD Anderson/Houston’s Children’s hospital where we spent six full weeks. We almost lost her within the first week there because of a tumor pressing on her trachea. With surgery to implant a stent, she rallied, and we were able to do some site-seeing in the Houston area; we went to NASA, Galveston, the Zoo; she had manicures and pedicures with a new friend (also a patient) and we went shopping for HEELS! Jillian loved to dress up in heels and she wore them when we went out to dinner in some of the finest restaurants in Houston. Her favorite meal? Filet mignon, baked potato, and steamed broccoli! In late June, she was stable enough for her mother and I to bring her home, knowing that we had to return on July 21st for a check-up. We made the most of that time—Jillian attended her softball team’s picnic, went to Indian Summer Camp for children who have, or have had cancer, and then drove back

to Houston. All during this odyssey, Luther Deaton, CEO, and several of my co-workers at Central Bank called daily to check on Jillian’s condition. When we were advised that Jillian was about to lose her battle, the Bank offered to send a plane for us so that our brave child could be at home when she passed, but the medical transportation requirements were so complex we opted to stay in Houston with Jillian. God released her from her pain, and she passed on July 30, 2010. Her mother (who had been by Jillian’s side around the clock) and I were holding her hands and her grandmother, uncles and a friend were there. Our daughter’s last meal – cupcakes and a hamburger. Her funeral service was at St. Paul Catholic Church downtown, where her school classmates attended and her best friend, Madeline Sutherland, spoke. Because Jillian loved ‘silly bands,’ usually with an arm full of them, her classmates passed out baskets full of those colorful circles to everyone at the service.”


are grateful for the partnership between our Dance Blue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology / Oncology Clinic and Cure KY Kids, which is working to raise funds to support childhood cancer research and services to benefit the patients and families that we see and care for each day,” said Dr. Lars Wagner, chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. “The license plates are a great tribute to our patients who are battling cancer and a great way for citizens of the Commonwealth to give them support in their fight against this disease.”





work it by Beth Parker Fashion Blogger/Stylist

So here we are getting settled into the New Year. For us working folk, that means tons of initiatives, goal setting, business meetings, and the like. Many of us are required to wear a business casual dress code for our 9 to 5. While people tend to play it safe with hues of grays, blacks, and browns, I always opt to infuse a little personality into my work wear. Because, while we hate to admit it, what you wear says quite a bit about who you are, be it professionally or personally. Like many of us, I work in an extremely competitive work environment. There are many sales consultants similar to myself trying to build rapport and business relationships with potential clients. I have found that sporting something for your day gig that shows off your personality and style not only leaves more of an impression, but also gives you a little boost of confidence, too. If you feel good in what you’re wearing it will definitely come across when you’re meeting with business associates. But the question is, how in the heck do we do this?

Suits are easy, black slacks and a blouse are a simple go-to, and quite frankly, we just don’t have tons of time in the morning (or a desire for that matter) to get all creative before 9 am! Separates, prints, accessories, and color—that’s how we do this! What are some things you notice in all of the looks below? First off, there is a pop of color be it red, yellow, or orange. There are accessories in the way of necklaces and clutches. And then we have my two favorite prints in the entire world making an appearance, stripes and leopard. How about deconstructing your suits, by separating the blazers and pairing them with flowy skirts or a pencil skirt with a printed blouse? Try taking your black blazer and pairing it with printed slacks and a brightly colored blouse. Or maybe throw a sweater over a silk button down and toss on a gaggle of gems! It’s all about thinking just a smidge outside of the box and not limiting yourself to what the normal business casual dress code dictates. So let’s cheers to our most fashionable work year yet!




THE HEART BALL by Kathie Stamps

Each year, the American Heart Association hosts a party to celebrate its mission, volunteers, donors, and the invaluable lives saved from heart disease and stroke. It’s a night to reflect on the past accomplishments and achievements as well a look toward the future ones. The Central Kentucky Heart Ball will be held on Saturday, March 8 at Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom. Now in its 26th year this black tie event has helped to advance the lifesaving mission that has impacted the lives of thousands of men, women and children in the Lexington area. Hundreds of corporate and medical professionals will gather to honor survivors and those who made major contributions in cardiovascular research. This year’s ball is chaired by Darby and Charlotte Turner, and will honor Warren W. Rosenthal for his Community wide achievements. “Charlotte and I understand and appreciate all that the American Heart Association does in fighting heart disease and stroke in Kentucky through education, advocacy and research--we look forward to a great event,” Darby said. Guests of the Heart Ball will experience fine dining, dancing and unique silent and live auction opportunities. All proceeds from the Heart Ball will support the American Heart Association, which funds public and professional education, advocacy and scientific research. “This is one of our largest and most important events,” said Mike Turner, Special Events Director for the American Heart Association. “During the evening, our survivors will be honored and their physicians spotlighted for their significant lifesaving achievements. This will allow the community, donors and supporters to see the results of the American Heart Association’s research, advocacy, educational programs and dedication at work.” Tickets start at $200 per person with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. The Central Kentucky Heart Ball is sponsored by University of Kentucky HealthCare, Kentucky One Health and Baptist Health. For more information, call Mike Turner at (859) 977-4605 or visit



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RED FLAGS by Buffy Lawson Relationship Veteran

We have been warned and guided by them since the beginning of our dating careers. These relentless little parts of our brains that are referred to as the ever dreaded… ‘red flags.’ These woefully haunting thoughts that lurk around our minds like a wino stalking a liquor store, desperate to yank our giddy little heads right out of those fluffy, happy clouds and plop us directly into reality. Even the most intelligent, logical, successful people trade their well-intended red flags in for a fabulous, palatable, more romantic pair of rose colored glasses. These magical glasses we wear prevent us from seeing the entire picture and make all flaws and shortcomings invisible. And who can blame us? Falling in love can feel like such an amazing experience. It is the only time in the relationship that we actually believe we have met a truly perfect person. Because, regardless if it is a temporary situation or forever lasting, the newness of somebody is simply fantastic. Coffee tastes especially amazing, we sing out loud to the radio with the windows down and it is impossible for anybody not to notice the bounce in our walk and annoying, yet charming gleam in our eyes. This is not a “woman thing” or a “man thing” it’s a “human nature” thing. Take for example the 53-year-old guy who was once a MAJOR hunk, who has recently begun losing his hair and is now sporting a slight round belly. The first time in his life he is realizing that he is no longer a spring chicken. One evening at the annual company party “Randy” showed up hand in hand with “Mandy” a 22-year-old blonde haired bombshell. Now, keep in mind that Randy was a highly conservative very analytical and a well-regarded employee in the company. He was once married to a prominent attorney for nearly 15 years and remained heart broken over the divorce for quite some time. When the couple walked into the room that evening, Randy’s co-workers nearly gasped out loud. The young woman was wearing a very tight fitting, low cut yellow sundress that complimented her enormous… matching

earrings. Her young soft blonde curls must have taken hours to perfectly place and she posed there beside Randy as if she were on the red carpet. She soon made her way to the ladies room to powder her $4,000 nose. While she was gone, Randy found himself chatting with a couple of his buddies from the office. “Wow, I know what you guys are thinking. You think it’s just her looks,” he proclaimed. “I am telling you it has nothing to do with that. I mean Mandy is AMAZING. She’s not just beautiful…I mean that’s obvious how pretty she is…but on top of that she’s…really… really smart. Seriously. She’s perfect!” One of his friends replied…“So you aren’t seeing any red flags here buddy?” “Absolutely not!” Randy replied. Mandy sashayed back to her date and his co-workers extending her hand for a formal hello. “Hi!” she said in an extreme southern, high pitch tone, “My name is Mandy!” She giggled...“Isn’t Randy the best!!! It’s funny, too; our names an’ all…you know…Mandy, Randy, Mandy, Randy. Get it? They rhyme!!! Must be something in the stars. That’s just such a seriously major coincidence!” She showed the guys the leopard lining of her new Betsy Johnson purse and all three men remained focused on her accessories as she continued rambling. Randy beamed. She got a phone call and excused herself for a minute. “See, what did I tell you” he said to the guys as if almost ready for a group hug. “Speechless” replied his friends in unison with a kind smile. “Just speechless.” “The only thing that I’ve been wondering that I’m not too sure about” said Randy, “is that she swears that those ENORMOUS…uuhh, earrings are real. And I just don’t know if I believe her. And if they are, I can’t help wonder if she might be a little bit… awww, never mind. I’m just thinking out loud. Mandy is such a great girl. I can’t let something stupid like that cross my mind. Shhhh, here she comes…Wow, she really is perfect.” Moral of the story: When one buys a pair of rose colored glasses, the fine print inscribed says: CAUTION: “THESE ROSE COLORED GLASSES WILL WEAR OFF VERY, VERY SOON. WHEN THIS HAPPENS YOU WILL NEED TO REFER TO YOUR RED FLAGS.”




FOUR SWEET WAYS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY by Deanna Talwalkar Party Planner Extraordinaire

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your love for entertaining. If you’re looking for some ideas to celebrate this sweet holiday, we’ve got four sweet ideas for saying “Be Mine”. Your party guests will surely be delighted with each of these Valentine’s Day party ideas. Adult Dessert Party If you want to throw a Valentine’s Day adult party for some of your favorite friends, you can skip the main course and go directly to dessert with your party. A couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day, send out paper or digital invitations for your all-dessert party. When hosting a dessert party, make sure you have a minimum of three dessert options. Many dessert items can be made ahead of time. Some items, like cookie dough, cakes, and brownies can be even be frozen a few days before the party. Remember to offer a couple of savory items to give guests a break from all the sugar. For the decorations, start with a color palette of pale pink and gold. Glittery gold accents will add a sophisticated touch to the party, too.

Valentine’s Craft Party For another fun party idea, try a Valentine’s Day crafting party. Kids can get together and make heart shaped valentines for their friends and classmates. Cut out several heart shapes from cardstock or constructions paper before the party. Gather stickers, buttons, doilies, markers, glitter, ribbon, glue and sequins for the kids to use to decorate their valentines. Kids will love showing their loved ones how much they appreciate them with their handmade creations. For these and more Valentine’s Day party ideas, please visit

Kids Playdate Even little ones can get in on the fun of spreading love during Valentine’s Day. Hosting a play date for preschoolers or young kids will introduce them to the fun of the holiday. Serve healthy muffins, fruit and small sandwiches. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut both the fruit and the sandwiches into little heart shapes. For a party activity, try a fun Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. Kids can search for Valentine’s themed items, like a person wearing red and something with a heart on it. Another party activity would be Pin the Arrow on Cupid – a Valentine’s Day twist on the traditional game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Family Brunch What better way to show your family how much you love them than with a delicious meal? Planning a Valentine’s Day brunch for the ones you love the most is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday. Start with a menu of Citrus Compote with Honey, Heart Shaped Berry Waffles, Cider Glazed Sausage, and Mini Quiche Lorraine. Remember to serve a fun drink, like Cranberry Mimosas or Pink Grapefruit Spritzer. All of these recipes can be found on For a sweet activity, place a large heart at each place setting. During brunch, have guests write their name at the top of the heart, then pass it around the table. Everyone can write something they love about the person on the heart. Photo & Styling by Mirabelle Creations

To download the recipes mentioned here, visit



Etiquette & Entertaining

Distinctive dinner dÉcor by Sue Ann Truitt Etiquette & Entertaining Consultant

There is no better way to show friends and family how much you care than inviting them into your home for dinner. In today’s fast-paced world, guests in your home can be overwhelming, but the real secret to entertaining is being creative and keeping it simple. The days of one person doing everything are over. House, garden , table décor and food – choose an area to emphasize while quietly compromising on the others. Make this the one thing that will wow the guests. So, let the fun begin as we concentrate on table décor creativity. Choosing a theme, holiday or season arouses excitement. For example, using tulips in February. Keep in mind: it’s all in the presentation! Become a constant collector of all possible “props” – formal china, casual pottery, silver and all types of linens. Store them in an organized fashion so they can be easily available. If not, these collectibles will not be used as often. Be diligent in fully using these treasures but not necessarily in the manner for which they were intended. Edit your collections carefully by not using too many at a time. Guests can become confused with clutter while they will respond with interest to items creatively presented.

Table Coverings The choices are unlimited. First, cover the table with a layer of felt, a thin blanket or a custom-made table pad for protection. Many fabrics purchased by the yard will yield a terrific effect as a table covering. For example, burlap, gingham and florals are readily available. Quilts, throws, scarves, wraps or even blankets can set the stage for a special effect. Thinking creatively, cover the table with sheet moss in the Spring or artificial snow in the Winter. Of course, traditional placemats always provide an interesting backdrop for a chosen look. In addition, a bare, well polished table gives a Colonial setting, especially with the reflection of lighted candles. Linen tablecloths provide a beautiful, formal setting which will allow place settings to be set closer together for greater seating capacity. Whether using mirrored mats outside to reflect the stars or Grandmother’s heirloom cloth to provide formality, keep a consistent plan when selecting the rest of the parts to this picture.



China, Porcelain, Pottery This is the element that provides the basis for your theme or seasonal plan. Begin with chargers (12 – 14 inch plates usually with brightly colored rims). They are placed on the table before the other pieces of dinnerware. Because the larger size, these plates can be used for buffets as they can hold both the salad and the entrée. At a seated meal, the charger stays on the table until time for the dessert course to be served. When mixing patterns, the most versatile is the 7 – 9 inch salad/dessert plate as it can also become a luncheon plate or be placed under a soup bowl. This is the logical piece to change to a different but compatible pattern.

Silver This broad category encompasses flatware, coffee and tea set, trays, serving pieces and the most revered – Kentucky Julep Cups. Nothing is prettier than well polished silver reflecting candlelight in the evening. Silver is always in style whether in the Dining Room or in the Garden. So, use it and don’t save it for the next generation – they many not want it. May this article ignite your imagination and inspire you creativity. Call your friends, get out of your sandbox and try something new – have a Dinner Party!

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illie started her career in banking 32 years ago, in the Trust Department for the former Citizens Union National Bank. She worked in the Personal Trust and Consumer Lending areas before moving into retail banking in 1994. “By far, the best thing that has ever happened to me is accepting my current position, 4 years ago, as SVP of Retail Banking for Community Trust Bank,” Billie proudly states. “I learned a long time ago that to be successful, you need to surround yourself with good people. I am blessed to work with some amazing folks!” Billie grew up in Danville and enjoys travel and golf. She attended Western Kentucky University, Mid-West Trust School, Stonier Graduate School of Banking and The Wharton School, where she received the Wharton Leadership Certification. Billie is and has been involved with many community organizations including Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Lexington Humane Society, LFUCG Courthouse Area Review Board, Living Arts & Science Center, Lexington Dream Factory, REACH, and Lexington Rotary. Billie and her partner of 12 years, Lisa, have two sons, Hunter and Mac, two Basset Hounds and a Ragdoll cat. She credits a number of people with having a huge impact on her career. “They not only taught me the importance of being a leader, they showed me what it takes: integrity, kindness, genuineness,” she explains. “[And] always do the right thing.”



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hat started as a parttime position in college grew into a career for Tamara. She says much of her career was spent in Retail Banking until she had the opportunity to work in the Treasury Management department of a national bank. She has worked with Republic Bank since 2008.



This lifelong resident of the Lexington area is a wife and mother of two. She enjoys watching her stepson play sports, riding horses and spending time on her parents’ farm. Tamara is an avid college football fan who credits her parents with teaching her to be honest and work hard. She served as a chair of the Professional Women’s Forum and The Blast. “I love meeting people and my job affords me the ability to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life. I gain a great deal of personal satisfaction when my customers treat me like a member of their team,” Tamara explains. “I strive every day to make their job easier. They have a business to run and I do my best to make sure that anything banking related does not add any extra burdens to their real focus--their business.”



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oreen has been with BB&T for 5 years and in the field of Finance for over 30. Her career began in California, where she had a great management team help guide her through the banking community. “I have worked with outstanding individuals that were passionate to help others realize the American Dream of Homeownership,” Noreen explains. She now works in the Downtown Lexington office of BB&T, assisting customers nationwide, from first-time homebuyers to those referred to her from the Wealth Department. Noreen loves interior decorating, caring for her Shih Tzu and going to auctions, shopping and baking. She is a member of Southland Christian Church, Mortgage Bankers of the Bluegrass and the Homebuilder’s Association of Lexington. “I can honestly say it grows more challenging, yet rewarding, every day,” she explains of her work in mortgage lending. “I love the growth and opportunity to help my clients achieve financial freedom!” Over the years, many of her customers have thanked her, and they keep coming back and referring friends and family. Because of Noreen’s exceptional service and experience, she achieved BB&T’s highest award for the Central KY region 2009-2012, as the Annual “Sterling Award Winner” for Outstanding Achiever in Residential Loan Production and Customer Service, funding over $150 million in loans since joining BB&T! She hopes to win again in 2013!



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bby entered the financial world in 1981 at her late father’s request. After working at two local and one regional bank, Abby joined UBS Financial Services to be part of the “Alpha Financial Group” team. She had previously worked with Marc Cobane, Vice President-Wealth Management at UBS eight out of her 10 years at Fifth Third Bank Investment Advisor’s division. “When Marc approached me to join their team of local professionals with over 80 years of combined industry experience, I was eager to explore the opportunity further,” she explains. This wife and mother enjoys playing golf in her spare time. She also loves putting her self-studies of interior design to work by helping her husband stage homes. Abby has served with the American Heart Association, United Way, Lexington Humane Society, Lexington Art League, LexArts, Woodland Art Fair and Commerce Lexington. She has also served on the Henry Clay High School PTA with two of those years serving as President receiving Volunteer of the Year. “My 32 years in the industry have afforded me the luxury of being able to come to work every day and do what I love most: assist clients in achieving their goals,” she explains. “I make myself available at all times because I want them to know how important their relationship is to me.”



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owena moved to Lexington in 1996 from Oxford, MS to start a job with a local fundraising company. When she felt there wasn’t enough work for a full time job, she turned to a stockbroker in Lexington for guidance. “He encouraged me to become an investment advisor. He believed in me and challenged me to go beyond my vision for myself,” she explains. In 1997 Rowena was hired at Morgan Stanley, passed her securities exams and trained at the World Trade Center in New York. A few years later, she started an investment program at a community bank, and then later helped to start another investment program at Traditional Bank, where she has worked for over 8 years. Rowena is an avid road cyclist, reads many books and is a community volunteer. She loves animals and has 3 dogs. Rowena serves on the boards of The Chrysalis House, The Bluegrass Cycling Club and The Horsey Hundred. She recently organized a Bike Giveaway for the Kentucky Refugee Ministry. “My position is much more than talking and listening to clients and advising them about investment plans – I sincerely care about my clients, and I am privileged to journey in life with them, advocate for them, and be there for them through their life changes,” Rowena says of her position with LPL Financial at Traditional Bank.



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athy has been in the banking industry for over 25 years. She began her career as a teller and following several advancements and the completion of a comprehensive Management Training program was promoted to her current position as an Assistant Vice President/Financial Center Manager. She has been with Your Community Bank for the past 9 years.



Kathy has been married to her husband Dan for 33 years. The couple has 3 lovely daughters, one of whom is married, and a dog. Kathy enjoys running, working out, needle pointing, and reading. She is a sports fanatic and the “#1 Tom Brady fan�. Kathy has been involved with both the PTA and PTSA, serving at various times as treasurer for each. She was a Girl Scout leader for over 10 years, an Executive Board member for Girls on the Run Central Kentucky, and an officer for her neighborhood association. She will be volunteering for the American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk scheduled for May 2014. Kathy says she enjoys both the financial aspects as well as the customer interactions of her work. Additionally, the rewards of helping a person or business realize their dreams help her stay motivated and passionate about banking.



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rior to coming into the Financial Services Arena, Marti worked for 18 years in sales and management serving primarily women. “My desire to make more of an impact led me into the Financial Services industry and I’ve seen a lot of good success stories since choosing this route,” she explains. Marti began her financial services career a decade ago, building a business from the ground up at Edward Jones before she chose to move her practice to IPI, a broker dealer partnering with Bank of the Bluegrass. “I like what both entities stand for: they strive to build into people’s lives by knowing them and doing what is right for the individual.” Marti holds a Bachelor of Science degree from EKU in Recreation & Park Administration. Her minor was in cultural geography. She has additional hours of pre-grad work in Drafting and Design and post-grad hours in Education. “I come from a family of educators and tend to use that style in my business practice,” Marti explains. In her spare time, Marti likes to sing, draw portraits, garden, cook, and play accordion. She serves by donating time or resources at the Lexington Rescue Mission, Chrysalis House and Shriner’s Hospital. She says her 11-year-old son is “talented in many directions” and her husband is “an incredible business processes analyst” who has impacted her career.

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A look at what 2014 may hold for small businesses by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer

What stresses small business owners the most? Our conversations with them and the research we come across suggest it’s a lack of clarity. Well, there’s no small business crystal ball — at least one we are aware of — but if one existed, here’s a look at what it might reveal for 2014: HELP FROM WASHINGTON? Look for a more conciliatory attitude in Congress. Lawmakers’ collaboration on a budget deal in December is a sign that they’ll cooperate on issues affecting small business, including tax reform, says Barbara Kasoff, president of Women Impacting Public Policy, a group that advocates for women and minorities in business. The deadlock over the budget and government shutdown in 2013 hurt small businesses including federal contractors. The safest bet? An increase in a tax code provision that allows businesses to deduct up-front rather than depreciate the cost of equipment like vehicles, computers and machinery. Without action by Congress, the 2014 deduction is $25,000, down from $500,000 in 2013. With many companies still struggling and congressional elections in November, lawmakers may boost it. REVENUE STRAINS A tepid economic recovery will continue to frustrate small-company owners, says Susan Woodward, an economist with Sand Hill Econometrics in Menlo Park, Calif. Small retailers are struggling even as consumers spend more. Growth in online shopping and a tendency for people to patronize stores owned by big companies (choosing Starbucks rather than the local coffee shop, for example) will continue to be a challenge. Small businesses shouldn’t expect goldmines from government contracting. Agencies will spend carefully. Some small federal contractors reported even before the $85 billion in spending cuts in 2013 that agencies had been cutting back. Contractors will prospect for business with companies to make up for budget cuts in 2013 and to diversify their revenue streams. A sustained surge in construction of single-family homes could be a game changer, Woodward says. Growth in housing spills over to manufacturers, retailers and other businesses.


FINDING CAPITAL Companies hoping to borrow from a bank or raise money on the Internet may get their wish. Rules governing how companies solicit money from individual investors online may be completed after a long wait. The Securities and Exchange Commission published them in October, 10 months later than expected. Websites are already preparing for the day when the rules go into effect. Banks are expected to continue gradually increasing their lending to small businesses. At the end of the third quarter, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. tallied $284 billion in small business loans, up 2 percent from a year earlier. Banks are more likely to lend, particularly to the smallest businesses, if Congress doesn’t get bogged down in budget battles and the stock market remains healthy, says Jeffrey Stibel, CEO of the credit rating company Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. TECHNOLOGY TRENDS The number of small businesses that use cloud computing is likely to keep soaring, but owners may feel some pain as cloud providers start charging more. In 2013, 43 percent of small businesses used the cloud, storing data and software offsite and accessing them via the Internet. That’s up from 5 percent in just three years, according to a survey by the advocacy group National Small Business Association. Cloud providers are starting to price their services like cable TV companies, says David Rosenbaum, president of Real-Time Computer Services, a technology services company in New York. Businesses get attractive introductory offers, but they’re likely to pay much more in the future, especially if they decide to move their data elsewhere.

LABOR MARKET CHALLENGES Expect small businesses to struggle to find skilled workers for jobs like hightech manufacturing. It’s not a new problem. Surveys throughout 2013, including monthly reports from the National Federation of Independent Business, showed that owners had positions they couldn’t fill.

There’s room for small businesses to expand into social media in 2014. More than a quarter don’t use it at all, according to the NSBA. Companies will get more sophisticated in how they use it. They’re starting to use social media tools that allow them to reach out to customers locally — even to customers walking past their stores, says Ramon Ray, a journalist who runs a website called

The situation may change if employers of all sizes keep adding jobs at the stronger pace of the second half of 2013, says Peter Cappelli, a professor of human resources management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. A shrinking pool of workers would force small businesses to train new hires, something many have been reluctant to do.

HEALTH CARE 2014 will give business owners a chance to understand the complexities of the health care law. Insurance brokers and benefits consultants have said it would take a year of the law being in effect for owners to get a sense of its impact on their profits.

Health care may become a recruiting issue. Owners who say they can’t afford to buy insurance under the health care law could find it harder to attract top talent.

Many businesses avoided the law’s requirements by renewing their 2013 policies before the year ended. They’ll need to get up to speed before renewing in 2014.







I tend to think I’m taking middle age pretty well. I do what I can to stay healthy and postpone the inevitable as long as possible. Much as I hate exercise, I drag myself out of bed more days than not, and work up a good sweat in the name of reducing stress and preventing heart disease and osteoporosis. I quit my nightly ice-cream habit several years ago, and take whatever herbal supplements the latest medical studies show will stave off memory loss and keep me performing at optimum capacity. Still, I’m saving up for retirement, in more ways than one. Because every once in awhile, I catch a glimpse of how I do not want to end up, and it makes me want to run farther and take more ginkgo. Awhile back, my daughter and I were waiting at the doctor’s office, both absorbed in our music downloads and reading material. Out of the blue, I heard my daughter – a feline fan – say, “oooh, kitty!” Sitting on the check-in counter was a beautiful white angora cat, whose owner was proudly stroking it. After a few seconds, I had a bit of a reality check, and wondered, “who brings a pet to the doctor’s office?” There was a crowd of people gathering to see her pet, when I heard, “meow.” That, I knew immediately, was not a real cat.

some, it meant they could no longer filter their thoughts into “things I should share publically” and “things I should keep to myself.” At some point on the timeline, conquering new technology requires finding someone under the age of 25 to adjust all the settings. And darn it, no one dare touch it after that! With technology changing at its current rate, I have already begun to fall short of setting all my preferences the way I want. I honestly regret making fun of people who couldn’t set the clocks on their VCRs. I wish we still had a VCR, because I can’t even operate our family’s home entertainment system – which used to be a television. At least I have real pets that don’t need their settings adjusted. Which is why I’ve started the bribe-my-kids fund. I plan to give them all money to keep a room for me at their home. There are four of them, so I figure three short months a year, I will be there to annoy and frustrate them. Their job will be to make sure I exercise and take my ginkgo. They’ll also need to adjust settings on my electronics. And I’m bringing my pets. Live ones.

Sure enough, as I looked closer, it was obvious: this was not a real pet, but a battery-operated faux cat. Aside from the obvious benefits of a robotic cat — no feeding, no cleaning — I refuse to believe it is a legitimate replacement for the real thing. I heard the woman’s caretaker talking about how she had read studies that prove having a pet slows down the onset of dementia in many older patients. Honestly, if you are walking around with a fake cat, hasn’t dementia already progressed past the point of no return? I thought about my elders – grandparents, parents, friends – facing the aging process. Even the sharpest of them reached the point where their human hard drive maxed out, and they had to either remove old data or quit storing new information. For




Image Courtesy of the United States Mounted Game Association cones and taking them out; bin races require putting objects on a bin at full gallop, and one race involves popping balloons on the ground,” he explained. With three to six competitions held at the Kentucky Horse Park each year, the mounted games are just another facet of the horse world that is highlighted at the Park. With USMGA’s first outing at the Horse Park in the fall of 1998, the first official competition occurred in 2000 as the BlueGrass Finale. In the following year, a spring competition was debuted, the BlueGrass Open. Since then, both competitions have become an annual tradition. “The Kentucky Horse Park is a unique, incredible place for competitions that meets the needs of the competitors and allows access to visitors who are interested in learning about the wondrous horses at the park,” Greiling remarked. “The Alltech Arena is probably the finest indoor arena in the country.” This year’s competition is a wonderful opportunity to view the best talent compete for the highest honors. Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director Set to Retire John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse



Park since June 1, 1997, announced his retirement which will take effect April 30. Nicholson is the longest-serving executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park in its 35-year history and has served at its helm during its greatest period of growth – garnering world-wide recognition for the facility. “With our recent 35th anniversary, I started to think about my own history with the park and all that we have accomplished during this tenure,” Nicholson said. “It has been a difficult decision to consider retirement because I love the park and highly value the team of people I work with, but after 17 years, this is the right time for the park and for me personally. I am looking forward to exploring new opportunities. I leave knowing that the park is now a serious and relevant player in equestrian sport around the world, and that it provides an international calling card for Kentucky; not just in attracting and hosting major events, but also acting as an important cultural and economic driver for the Commonwealth.” Under Nicholson’s leadership, the Kentucky Horse Park has a long list of notable achievements crowned by the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Nicholson spearheaded a multiyear effort by the Kentucky Horse Park, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, local government and private partnerships to win


John Nicholson with Lee Carter at last year’s Rolex Three-Day Event (Photo by Keni Parks) the United States’ bid to host the World Equestrian Games. The Games, which are the world championships for eight equestrian disciplines, had never been held outside of Europe. Nicholson served on the board of the World Games 2010 Foundation that organized the event which was televised internationally to 500 million viewers, and had an economic impact of $201.5 million on the state’s economy.

away from New York City, its location since its founding in 1917. This move was a major development within the equestrian world. The organization’s presence at the park was an important factor for the incredible growth of the number and quality of horse shows and competitions at the park, for tenants in the National Horse Center, and for Kentucky securing the bid to host the World Equestrian Games in 2010.

The Kentucky Horse Park has been steadily transformed into the finest equestrian competition facility in the world. Nicholson has overseen its expansion to include $80 million in capital improvement projects, including the 5,500-seat Alltech Arena, the 7,300-seat Rolex Stadium, new stabling barns, an 8,500-square-foot museum wing addition, and, numerous new buildings within the park’s National Horse Center – a collection of national, regional and state equine organizations.

In addition to growing the park, Nicholson has concentrated on improving its public perception and increasing private sector support. One of his first actions as the park’s executive director was playing a major role in raising more than $1.2 million from concerned citizens and racing fans, and securing an additional $1.5 million in state funding to purchase the historic Calumet Farm trophy collection in 1998. The collection had been on loan to the park’s International Museum of the Horse since 1982, but was scheduled to be auctioned as part of the farm’s bankruptcy settlement.

Nineteen of the current 33 National Horse Center tenants have relocated their national headquarters to the park or expanded their offices during Nicholson’s tenure, including the governing body for most equestrian sports in the country, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Formerly known as the American Horse Shows Association, the USEF completed a move to the Kentucky Horse Park in 1999 after being recruited

In 1997, the park was presented with an opportunity to host one of the largest exhibitions ever to come to the United States from China. Stipulating that no tax dollars would be used to fund the project, Nicholson led efforts in raising the necessary $1.2 million from the private sector to fund the exhibition, valued




at $100 million. Imperial China: The Art of the Horse in Chinese History” opened in 2000 and was seen by more than 200,000 visitors. One of the most significant international cultural events in the history of the Commonwealth, the exhibition helped increase economic ties between Kentucky and China through a major trade conference that was attended by the Chinese Ambassador. It also ushered in a remarkable decade that, under Nicholson’s leadership, saw the park produce two more exceptional international exhibitions, “All the Queen’s Horses,” in 2003, and “A Gift from the Desert,” in 2010. In 2008, Nicholson’s outstanding leadership was recognized with the park receiving an Eclipse Award, the highest honor in the Thoroughbred industry from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers Association, and the Daily Racing Form. In 2010, he received the prestigious Equine Industry Vision Award from the American Horse Publications, an award that recognizes outstanding leadership, creativity and meritorious contributions in the equine industry. Nicholson accepted on the park’s behalf the USEF’s Sallie Busch Wheeler Trophy which honors distinguished service in equestrian sport. In 2011, Nicholson was named one of the Chronicle of the Horse magazine’s “Overall Horsemen of the Year.” “The park is at the crossroads of a remarkable past and an extremely promising future,” said Nicholson. “I am proud of the legacy I leave and am pleased to participate in a great and model transition, which will be the latest example of how the park has always tried to conduct business in a forward-thinking and exemplary manner.”



February 7 7pm-11pm

H’Artful of Fun, Alltech Arena

February 8-9

Snowball Series Mounted Games, Covered Arena

February 8 7:30pm

Bluegrass Warhorses Indoor Football, Alltech Arena

February 9, 2pm

Frigid Franny 4-Miler Run/Walk, Parkwide

February 14, 6:30pm

Oak Hill Farm: A Jewel of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Horse Park

February 15-16

Kentucky Round-Up, Alltech Arena

February 16, 8am

AKC Tracking Dog Test, Parkwide

February 21-22

KHSAA Wrestling Championships, Alltech Arena

February 22, 8am-5pm

Snowbird Dressage, Covered Arena

February 28-March 2

HBA Lexington New Home & Remodeling Marketplace, Alltech Arena

March 2-3 & 15

US Mounted Games Association, Covered Arena

March 7-9

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show

March 13-16

Road to the Horse, Alltech Arena

Owner, Dapple Advertising


Fillies in the Workplace: Sherry Akers

By Kathie Stamps

For those who wear many hats,

it is Sherry Akers’ job to make sure those hats—and jackets and shirts— look good. She is the owner of Dapple Advertising, a company that sells apparel and promotional products customized with corporate logos. “We also create custom web stores for clients who desire to sell their personalized products online, or for those who need a more simplified ordering system,” Akers said. “We pride ourselves on seamless, prompt and detailoriented service in delivering quality goods that will improve any company’s image.” Akers founded Dapple Advertising in 1989. “We started in the basement of our house, calling on clients,” she said. Her husband, Mike Akers, was in the early stages of his Thoroughbred business. He owns Dapple Stud, a horse farm in Bourbon County, and a bloodstock agency called Dapple Bloodstock. In the horse world, dapples are those splotches of color that show up on horses when they shed out well in the springtime. There is a tradition of Sherry Akers (Photo by Keni Parks)




The Kentucky Equine Humane Center Launches

Restaurant Roundup by Lauren Henry


n Saturday, April 19, the Kentucky Equine Humane Center launches what they hope will become an annual event, bringing a fresh, new and exciting twist to the traditional dinner and auction affair. The 2014 Great Restaurant Roundup will be an entertaining live auction featuring donations from participating central Kentucky restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bakeries and more. Some of these exceptional participants include: Dudley’s, Jonathan at Gratz Park, Malone’s, Table 310, Coba Cocina, Cheddar’s,


and so many more! Starbucks Susannah Harris of KyEHC explains, “We are so excited about the launch of this incredible event!” The auction will be rapid fire with participants having the opportunity to buy certificates to their favorite places. All bids are for face value of the certificate. Donations range from a five-dollar coffee shop to a $500 fine dining establishment with more than 200 opportunities available to bid on certificates from your favorite spots. Bidders should


note that the first person to bid is first to get auctioned item. Attendees will be able to enjoy the musical stylings of our own local talent, Buffy Lawson. Buffy will be playing both before and after dinner and the auction. Further, each table will be provided with bountiful samplings from the participating restaurants who will chose what they do best and provide a selection for each table. The VIP tables ($1000+) will also have tableside wine service as well as creative cocktails. There will also be two cash bars available for purchasing drinks throughout the night. In addition, auction participants will delight in the extremely unique culinary experiences offered and interspersed throughout the auction selections. For example, attendees may have the opportunity to bid on a private plane trip to eat at the exclusive restaurant, Nobu NYC, or if attending the 2014 Shrimp Festival in style is more your flavor, you

have the chance to win a stay in a luxurious four bedroom, beachfront condo in sunny Gulf Shores, Alabama. Another awesome experience to bid on comes from Furlong’s and is aptly named, “Jambalaya with a Jockey.” This offering features a dinner for two with a celebrity jockey dining with you for an in-depth, unique, behind the scenes peek into the thoroughbred racing world. Thus, not only is there a fantastic auction offering for everyone, the best part about participating in this incredible event is that you will be supporting a wonderful organization that cares for abandoned, abused, neglected and discarded horses. Founded in 2007, the Kentucky Equine Humane Center was established to address the growing need for a safe haven for horses from around the Bluegrass state. Due to increasing numbers of individuals who could no longer care for their equines of breeds other than thoroughbreds,




the Kentucky Equine Humane Center was born. Today, they care for nearly 50 horses at a time on a tranquil, 72-acre farm in Jessamine County. Here, the horses are welcomed and taken care of medically, spiritually, retrained when necessary and ultimately, placed up for adoption. While some horses arrive at the center in good shape and just need a place to stay as potential adopters are sought, others arrive in desperate condition with severe malnourishments, crushed spirits and devastating injuries. The dedicated staff at KyEHC takes in these majestic creatures to lovingly shape their lives for the better. Out of the approximately 1,000 horses that have been received by the center over the duration of its existence, the majority of all of those have gone on to have successful “second” lives in new and loving homes. Despite the incredible efforts of the KyEHC, they cannot make this happen alone and resources are needed to care for more than the 40 horses daily in addition to operating the farm. The Kentucky Equine Humane Center relies entirely on private donations, grants and volunteers to keep their doors open 365 days a year. With the exceptional gifts horses provide for Kentucky, the thought at giving back to them in donating to this cause is uplifting knowing you can aid those in need. Susannah explains, “Horses do so much for Kentucky, let’s do something for them.” Not only is the 2014 Great Restaurant Roundup an exiting way to have fun and show your support for the horses, there are many opportunities to participate in and donate to this outstanding event. “If you are in the food and beverage industry and would like to donate a fit certificate or cool culinary experience, let the KyEHC know,” Susannah describes. She continues, “If sponsoring or attending is more your thing, there are several available opportunities for this as well.” Sponsorships range from $25 to $5,000 and offer a wide variety of selections and options for the sponsor. Regardless of how you get involved, this night is guaranteed to make your taste buds tingle and elevate your restaurant repertoire to new heights. So go ahead and mark the date in your calendar. Spring is right around the corner and you will not want to miss this original and spectacular event.



Road to the Derby:

The Contenders by John C. Engelhardt

Over the years if you had a graded stakes-winning 2-year-old or promising 3-year-old winning early in the year you’d be pointing them to the Kentucky Derby. As of last year you have to literally “point” your horse to get in the starting gate at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. In years past, horsemen could punch their ticket to the Derby with a few rich graded stakes wins before a horse was even 3-years-old. In some cases, a single win in a $1,000,000 would guarantee a horse a berth in the 1 ¼ mile classic, regardless of their performances leading up to the race.

of the best” into the facing each other in the coveted races of March and April as the time clock ticked down and the point system ramped up.

Like the NCAA brackets, the new approach let the players prove their legitimacy and the competition nudged the “best

Races run for the now-turned 3-year-olds carry the 10-4-21 points until mid-February. While the points are modest,

Emphasis was weighed toward horses that displayed stamina through both their 2 and 3-yearold seasons leading up to the Derby. There were eight races that gave points to 2-year-olds and all were at a mile or longer giving the top four 10-4-2-1 points. Those races started and finished in Kentucky at Churchill Downs the first was the Iroquois Stakes won by Cleburne and the last The The Road to the Kentucky Kentucky Jockey Club Derby is a 34-race series captured by Tapiture. Bethat awards points to the tween those were Juvenile Top 4 finishers in each races from California to race. The Top 20 point New York and Louisiana earners nominated to the to Canada. Surprisingly, Triple Crown will earn a the rich Breeders’ Cup spot in the starting gate Juvenile has only delivfor the 140th running of ered one Derby winner – the $2 million Kentucky Street Sense in 2007, but Derby Presented by Yum! Belmont Park’s historic Brands (Grade I) on SatChampagne Stakes which urday, May 3, 2014. The was first run in 1867 unKentucky Derby field has veiled the talented Count been limited to 20 startFleet, Riva Ridge, SecreMalibu Moon ers since 1975. At least 20 tariat (disqualified and horses have entered the 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year-olds every placed second), Foolish Pleasure, Seattle Slew, Spectacular year since 2004, and 13 of the last 15 years. Bid and Sea Hero – all who went on to win the Kentucky While the new system ruffled the feathers of many tradition- Derby. Nonetheless, if you are a 2-year-old, 10 points is the alists, the first year seemed to convert many of the naysayers. best your get.



Into Mischief these are important races for the development of these thoroughbreds, many of who are tested around two turns for the first time. Success in these races will give trainers a target to aim at for what is dubbed as “The Kentucky Derby Championship Series” when the points system grows to eight races with a 50-20-10-5 tally. The competition for points tops out starting on March 29th with races carrying a 100-40-20-10 weight starting that day with the UAE Derby in Dubai and the Florida and Louisiana Derbies. While those with a precocious 2-year-old may view the new system of getting to the world’s most iconic race with a jaded eye, many see it as a blessing to allow a late developing horse to blossom as they mature naturally. Trainers are not forced to ask a young horse to perform outside of their natural growth and if the talent is there, they can compete against the best of their generation when it really counts. While there may be a few races that were left on the outside looking in or some that should be weighted more advantageously, the general consensus is that the new plan is a good one and we will see the 20 most accomplished steeds striding for a page in

racing history on the 3rd of May. We have a few months to go until that date, but let’s take a look at the current headliners as others will rise and surprise in the months ahead. Undefeated Shared Belief became the rare non-Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner to be awarded an Eclipse Award in the 2-year-old male division. The Candy Ride gelding who is trained by Hall of Fame Jerry Hollendorfer was three-for-three in 2013, including victories in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes and the post-Breeders’ Cup Grade 1 CashCall Futurity. He won those three races by a combined 19 1/2 lengths. Shared Belief was bred in Kentucky by Pam and Marty Wygod. He was purchased privately out of a seven-length debut win going six furlongs at Golden Gate Fields Oct. 19. Shared Belief remains in training as a 3-year-old of 2014 and missed a scheduled workout Jan. 12 because of an abscess on his right front foot. The injury, commonly known as a “grabbed quarter,” is minor, said Hollendorfer, who said he decided the prudent approach was to merely wait it out




“I don’t have to work him, so I’m not going to, not until I’m perfectly satisfied.” Shared Belief has been on the track for routine training daily. Hollendorfer has said that the Grade 2, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 8 was the first race under consideration in 2014 for Shared Belief, but he has always said he would consider waiting for the Grade 2, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 8 if he thought that was a smarter way to go. New Year’s Day, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner finished second in the voting for the Eclipse Award, sad to say he will not be a part of Derby conversation this year after sustaining a career ending injury. The colt was purchased by Gary and Mary West as a yearling for $425,000 at Keeneland Septem¬ber in 2012.. “He is a horse that was beginning to reach his full potential,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale owner and president John Sikura, who credited the Wests with looking out for the best interests of their horse after the injury was discovered. “I don’t know exactly what happened, but it just shows you how in the blink of an eye you can go from dreaming about the Kentucky Derby to discussing a stud fee for a soon-tobe turned 3-year-old.” Shug McGaughey was never a trainer who seemed to point his horses to the Derby which raised plenty eyebrows when Orb was covered with the blanket of roses last year for his first victory in America’s greatest race. He was always a patient conditioner that had clients content to let their horses grow into their own under his care and much success with older horses followed. It appears that he has been blessed with another early developing colt in Honor Code, a son from the last crop of A.P. Indy out of a granddaughter of champion Serena’s Song. Looking down the road, Shug made a calculated decision to pass on the rich Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and its coast to coast ship and he stayed in New York to contest the 100th running of the Remsen Stakes. It was a wise, though challenging decision as Honor Code stumbled at the start of the race, was coaxed to split horses into the turn and then rallied gamely to get up by a nose over Cairo Prince. The time of the race was not sensational, but the way he won it was. As with Orb, Honor Code is being brought up slowly to peak in Florida with his eye on the Fountain of Youth Stakes – the same race

Malibu Moon Orb won prior to his authoritative win in the Kentucky Derby. Prior to his score in the Remsen Honor Code finished a fast closing second to the Todd Pletcher-trained Havana in the Grade 1 $500,000 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park. Havana went on to run second as the favorite to New Year’s Day in the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Reports from the Sunshine State have Havana training briskly for his return and he may square off against Honor Code for a rematch in the Fountain of Youth. While the first three point earning races of 2014 won’t guarantee a shot at the Run for the Roses, every chess game starts with that first move and these races all graduated winners with merit. Over its 144 runnings, the Jerome has been captured by the likes of Tom Fool, Bold Ruler, Carry Back and Kelso. It’s much too early to put winner Noble Moon in a category with those greats, but his effort over an icy cold inner track at Aqueduct was visually impressive. Sent away as the odds-on




just to the outside of Kristo and they separated themselves from the rest of the field. Urged on by Smith, Midnight Hawk passed Kristo into the lane and then veered slightly towards the rail. Despite a determined run in the final stages by Kristo, the gray Midnight Hawk held sway to the wire. His sire Midnight Lute, was trained by Baffert to backto-back wins in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint so the question remains – can Midnight Hawk go the distance?

Into Mischief favorite he took over after a half mile in the 1 mile and 70 yard race and when challenged in the stretch he dug in gamely and repulsed his competition. A $200,000 Keeneland September sale purchase, Noble Moon is a son of Malibu Moon – the sire of Derby winner Orb. Trainer Bob Baffert is no stranger to the winner’s circle on Derby day – he’s been there three times. One of his three winners, Real Quiet, is the Grandsire of Grade 3 Sham Stakes winner Midnight Hawk. After scratches, the 1 mile race at Santa Anita had a 4-horse field, but it turned out to be a two-horse race. Kristo, who sold at Keeneland for $500,000 looked like a million and he took the lead out of the gate. Jockey Mike Smith aboard Midnight Hawk was not about to let him get loose on the lead and he put Midnight Hawk


The winner of the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds is a bit of a head scratcher as far as his connections are concerned. Now owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who recently won Eclipse Awards for both owner and breeder, the colt was bred by Spendthrift Farm – not in Kentucky, but in Louisiana! A son of Kentucky stallion Into Mischief, the Ramsey’s of Nicholasville purchased him for $80,000. Named Vicar’s in Trouble he debuted at Keeneland in the fall and ran third. Shipped to the Fair Grounds by trainer Mike Maker he devastated 10 Louisiana-bred rivals by 13 lenghts while being eased up by jockey Rosie Napravnick. In the Lecomte, Vicar’s in Trouble was sent away the slight second favorite and Rosie had to hold him back just off the pacesetter until the far turn in the 1 Mile 70 Yard race. When let loose he kicked clear of the field and changed leads smoothly when asked with a tap of the whip. At the eighth pole he drifted in slightly and then drew away under a hand ride. He’ll be one to watch in the 50-point Risen Star or 100-point Louisiana Derby at that New Orleans. In our next installment of The Road to the Derby, we’ll update the point standings and see what some of the ladies are up to. The connections of Ria Antonia and Rosalind, the 1-3 finishers in the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filles have indicated they are pointing their fillies to take on the boys in the Kentucky Derby.

John C. Engelhardt has been an equine photographer and turf writer for 30 years and served as the President of the Turf Publicists of America. He hosts a weekly radio show on For reprints of his images or future assignments you may contact him at


Derby Glam! by Anastasia Austen

It’s never too soon to starting thinking about the Kentucky Derby! The excitement and buzz for the legendary “Run for the Roses” is already heating up in the Derby City this winter as folks in-the-know start planning for the First Saturday in May. Over the next few months, I will share the inside scoop on what’s going on with all things Derby: the best ticket options, latest fashion trends, celebrities in the mix, new hotels, popular restaurants, and of course, the top parties. Our staff knows the Kentucky Derby—based on years of experience, relationship building and excellent service. If you have tickets, want tickets or need help with your Derby plan then read this column for expert advice. DerbyDeals is your Kentucky Derby resource! Lucky Lexingtonians have the best of both worlds, living in the storied Bluegrass amongst magnificent horses and delicious Bourbon as well as being located just a stone’s throw from the big city/small town lure of Louisville, especially during Kentucky Derby time. If you haven’t been to the Derby for a while or visited Louisville lately, you will be amazed at the new, exciting and fabulous experiences that await you in your own back yard! So, what’s new? Talk around Derby town is all about the new Panasonic High Def screen that will be installed at Churchill Downs in time for the 2014 Kentucky Oaks and Derby. This 12 million dollar high-tech TV is the size of three basketball


courts!! The old joke that you can “attend the Derby and never see a horse” is soon to be an urban legend with this upgrade. Buzz is also about the new luxury sections at Churchill Downs and the VIP lounges. Credentialed media folks used to have a prime press row location, but recent renovations moved them out and new high-end seating options in. The Mansion, The Veranda and the Library take extravagance and Southern hospitality to a whole new level! Also added are gorgeous new social VIP Lounges featuring leather couches, premium bars and catered food and drink. At Churchill’s Fall Meet, the lounges were sold out and all the local jet-setters were there to “see and be seen”. More details to come on these hot spots. Fashion is always an important topic on the prepared Derbygoers agenda. Most agree, there really is nothing quite like the Kentucky Derby, except possibly Mardi Gras…but instead of getting undressed, we get dressed up! Fashion is a huge part of the Kentucky Derby and is also a source of great entertainment; fashion do’s and don’ts provide endless fodder for compliments and gossip. Stay tuned for the latest in equine fashion as Spring kicks in. Parties, parties, parties are what’s on everyone’s mind as gala organizers now line up celeb guests. Folks are now starting to ponder the upcoming legendary and famous Kentucky Derby parties, wondering who may be attending (Golden-Globe nominee and Louisvillian Jennifer Lawrence?) and the best


way to get the invite. What parties are people talking about? The Taste of Derby on Thursday, May 1, is tremendously popular. This deluxe food and wine tasting event features top-notch chefs from cities including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami showcasing regional foods and specialty wines and spirits. Live entertainment, beautiful presentation and quality are the emphasis for a special celebration of food and drink highlighting the cuisine of popular horse racing destinations across the country. Attendees mingle with celebrities, owners, trainers, jockeys and other beautiful people. A red carpet entrance and premium bar make it one of the poshest events of the week! The Barnstable-Brown Gala is over-the top as all Derby parties should be! For over two decades, A-listers in sports, film, TV and music have gathered to celebrate “Derby Eve” at the sweeping mansion of Patricia Barnstable-Brown. A Kentucky socialite, “Trish” and her sister Cyb were featured as the Doublemint Twins in TV commercials and help run the party with their mother, Willie. The family hosts the most anticipated Black-tie party of the year for locals and visitors alike. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket, you will enjoy a masterfully themed party which may feature elves or mermaids gracing the long driveway to greet you upon the red carpet. Butlers roam the grounds with trays of champagne and cocktails among guests in tuxedos and evening gowns. A full bar and gourmet dinner is served to guests as well. The entertainment can vary based on who decides to hop onstage! Spontaneous performances from luminaries such as Kid Rock to Graham Nash, The Backstreet Boys and Meatloaf have wowed guests such as Aaron Rogers, Ashton Kutcher, Miranda

Lambert, Kate Upton and more. You never know who will be there—this party will be one to talk about for a long time! Racing enthusiasts, celebrities, bucket-listers and horse racing insiders from all over the world dream of coming to the “most spectacular two minutes in racing”. Here we are, fortunate enough to live in the Bluegrass State, home of the Kentucky Derby! You don’t have to be a celeb or insider to make the most of this fabulous event and think big for your 2014 Kentucky Derby experience! Catch this column each month for the inside track —no pun intended—and enjoy the tradition and pageantry of a special Day at the Races at world-famous Churchill Downs! specializes in “Making Kentucky Derby Dreams Come True”, by purchasing, trading and selling the best Kentucky Oaks and Derby tickets in exclusive seating areas. We also provide all-inclusive packages, hotel accommodations, sought-after party invites, private transportation and amazing high-end luxury packages and concierge services. In addition, we have access to great seats for other thoroughbred action such as Churchill Downs night racing and the Breeders Cup. When you think of a Day at the Races, think Anastasia Austen is the Brand Development Manager for, a Louisville-area sports travel agency specializing in Thoroughbred Horse Racing events and the Kentucky Derby. Originally from Carmel-by-the Sea, California, she earned her BS in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Marketing from Webster University. She has worked in various aspects of the horse racing industry including equine fashion, sports journalism and special events.




The Big Adventures of the Little Red Horse: Karen Fetty Thompson and Shakespeare In Love

“The sound of the announcer faded and all I could hear was the wind, his breathing and the sound of his footfalls. Everything fell away but the sheer joy of being with my horse.”

This is how Karen Fetty Thompson of Louisville described her first time riding Shakespeare in Love (“Will”) on a cross-country course. While other eventers will relate to Karen’s experience, this picture looks a bit different because Will is an American Saddlebred. At 15, Will is showing why one of America’s oldest breeds is enjoying resurgence in the sporthorse world. After competing at traditional Saddlebred shows, last year this team started a new adventure in combined training. What began as an experiment quickly sparked a new passion for horse and rider. Their story began in 2004 when Karen showed the then 5-yearold gelding in saddleseat classes for owner Maurice Matson. They earned fourth place at the World’s Championship Horse Show. Soon after, Will was Karen’s. For five seasons, Karen and her little red horse competed successfully under saddle and even in harness. During a year off in 2010 Will was bored and clearly wanted a new challenge. Karen explained, “like so many Saddlebreds, he is incred-



ibly smart, which can make him both a challenge and a joy to work with. He is always up for learning something new and gets bored with repeating the same thing over and over.” A friend’s casual suggestion made Karen consider the growing Hunter Pleasure division. Trainer Keith Harger agreed and Will, then 11, transitioned to hunt seat. The transition took time. Will had to develop different muscles to move in the proper frame. They have been a model for the Hunter Pleasure division since their debut in 2011. Their success in Hunter Pleasure led, by accident, to their experiment in combined training. Karen wanted to teach Will to jump in order to qualify for the Saddle & Bridle Hunter Seat Classic finals where teams may face one, small jump. In 2013, Karen sought help from Erin Pullen, trainer at Go Big Eventing & Dressage in Louisville. Erin admitted her initial reaction to teaching a 14-year-old Saddlebred to jump for one class was “One jump, that was it. BORING.” But she was intrigued and found Karen’s enthusiasm infectious. They started with basics like ground poles and low cavalettis. Erin recalled “by the third lesson, they were soaring over verticals and small oxers.” Will loved it and they were ready to

compete by Fall. In November, after a personal best dressage score and clear show jump, Will and Karen sizzled through the cross-country course. Knowing the concerns with going too fast, Karen started apologizing to Erin, “I know we went too fast . . . , but Will and I were having so much fun!” It was Erin’s proudest trainer moment to date: “They talk to each other. They have FUN together. That’s what makes an eventer.” Karen has enjoyed watching her little red horse become a Saddlebred ambassador. They receive compliments on Will’s looks, his way of going and jumping ability, but for Karen, “the best compliment is how welcoming fellow competitors have been . . . and their interest in Will’s story.” Karen also welcomes the chance to dispel misconceptions about the breed. For example, some competitors are surprised that Saddlebreds can jump, while older competitors remember a time when Saddlebreds were popular jumpers. Another misconception is that Will is not a typical Saddlebred in his ability to adapt to this new discipline. While every horse is an individual, Karen believes Will is very representative of Saddlebred work ethic and temperament. He was a pretty “hot” ride in his saddleseat days and still has a huge engine. It’s a matter of how and where




he is taught to channel that power. “Some people have an image of the Saddlebred as a high-strung animal that can’t do anything but prance around a show ring. They don’t understand that what they see in that show ring is a controlled energy and an attitude that these horses can turn on/off or redirect depending upon what’s being asked of them.” In 2014, Karen and Will plan to compete at Saddlebred shows and in eventing. She will also show Saddlebred, Juicy Fruit, in Country Pleasure classes. Karen has found more similarities between saddleseat and combined training than she expected. The horses move in different frames, but the goal is still a “sound, supple and willing horse that drives from behind with balanced, fluid gaits.” Regardless of discipline, Will and Karen’s partnership is the key to their success. “He’s done everything I’ve ever asked of him and surprised me over and over again with what he has been able and willing to achieve.” Anne Guillory is a partner in the Louisville office of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP. Her practice includes civil litigation and equine-related “risk management.” Anne grew up next to a Saddlebred farm in her hometown of Bowling Green. It wasn’t long before she climbed the fence and was grooming horses and cleaning tack. Now she is a member of the USEF, ASHA and the Rock Creek Riding Club. Anne enjoys competing on the Kentucky County Fair circuit.



A Brooke Runs Through It

By John C. Engelhardt

I first met Cindy Rullman on a photo shoot at Ashford

Stud in the early ‘80s. She was working at the esteemed Versailles, Kentucky breeding farm in their public relations department. My assignment was to shoot Storm Bird, who in 1980 was the highest-rated European two-year-old on the official International Classification. Cindy’s assignment was to escort me safe and sound in and out of the stallion’s paddock…or was it? Eyeing the rather sizeable stud, who in turn eyed me, I glanced back at the stunning student of Eastern Kentucky University on the other side of the fence. She shouted, “Don’t worry, he’ll stride towards you and then cut to the fence line.” What she failed to tell me was that after he gathered his steam, the cut to the four board fence would come within three feet of a knee-knocking photographer. I lived through it and she got a good laugh out of it and helped me walk off my heart palpitations by visiting the broodmares and their foals. “This is one of my favorites,” Cindy said, as a chestnut filly nuzzled her face. I found out the broodmare that stood protectively by was “The Crowned Princess,” Terlingua, a stakes winning, record-setting daughter of Secretariat, who when bred to Storm Bird would produce the phenomenal sire Storm Cat. A natural around the equine species, Cindy was a hot-walker at Keeneland during her college days, a groom at legendary Spendthrift Farm working with both broodmares and yearlings and spent time working in the Intensive Care Unit for foals at Woodford Large Animal Veterinary Clinic. All of these experiences led to her heart-felt love of the horse and eventually eight years at the Kentucky Horse Park in public relations leading up to, during and beyond the highly acclaimed World Equestrian Games, while serving on the boards of directors of the Ken-


tucky Humane Center, Center for Women in Racing and prior to that, the Lexington Humane Society. Through a simple twist of fate, The Brooke became a part of her heart and soul. Cindy stumbled across The Brooke’s website a few years ago and then came across it again and eventually started donating money to the cause. They sent more information and she gained more respect for what they are doing around the world. She started communicating with them not only as a donor, but as a volunteer fundraiser. Eventually officials from the London office invited Cindy to come there for six weeks to spend time as a volunteer giving her a chance to know them a chance for them to know her. Impressed with her passion, she was hired as their Fundraising Development Manager for North America. At that time a physical office for The Brooke did not exist and they considered sites in Florida, Virginia, and the Carolinas near some of the large equestrian communities around the country. According to Cindy, “They finally settled on Lexington because it is the Horse Capital of the World and we knew the people here would have an appreciation and an understanding about horses, and thought it would be a great place for an official start to our North American fundraising effort.” Created in 1934 in the United Kingdom by Dorothy Brooke who was married to a British Army General, the organization was formed by her efforts to save war horses left behind after World War 1. These well-bred English horses trapped in Egypt were basically sold into slavery and ended up being cart horses and working in brick kilns and plowing fields in a country where there were no laws to protect animals, no culture of ani-


The Brooke/Richard Dunwoody Photography mal welfare. By the time Brooke had coordinated her effort she had rescued 5,000 horses from the war that had served British, Australian and American forces. Sad to say, after she had purchased them, almost all had to be euthanized do to their poor treatment and subsequent ailments. That is how the Brooke Hospital for Animals was established in Cairo and it has since expanded to 11 third-world countries, literally reaching millions of animals over the course of the past eight decades. Last year alone, through a staff of nearly 1,000 worldwide, the Brooke reached more than 1.1 million working animals, and is striving to reach at least two million animals each year by 2016. The Brooke has some high-profile supporters across the pond, most notably Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, the wife of Prince Charles, who is serving her second year as President of the organization. “She is a lifelong horsewoman and serves as President in much more than name alone,” states Rullman. “She has visited our programs in India, Egypt and Jordan to see our work first hand and is a great supporter.” From the world of racing, champion jockey turned talented pro photographer Richard Dunwoody has combined his passions for horses and beautiful photography capturing the lives of working horses in a series of captivating shots for The Brooke. A native of Ireland, he started riding racehorses at 12. He turned professional in 1984 and won his first Grand National in 1986 and again in 1994. He was champion jockey from 199395 and retired in 1999, with what was a record all time 1,699 winners.

His equine images have now appeared in various publications around the world, His collection of images from Guatemala, Egypt, India and Pakistan went on exhibition at St Martin-inthe-Fields in January 2014 in Trafalgar Square, London. It was the first time that his work had been displayed publicly and as the Brooke’s first exhibition it marked the 80th anniversary of the charity. Cindy’s efforts are to tap into the North American supporters of equine care worldwide. Being based in the Lexington area is a great starting point and she has already made inroads through a downtown hot-spot. With 4 other investors, Debbie Long, owner of Dudley’s Restaurant, purchased The Northern Bank Building, built in 1889 it was one of the most prominent buildings in downtown Lexington. The doors opened in March 2010 to a gorgeous, two story restaurant that continued its award winning creative American cuisine and service to a steady base of local clientele while making newcomers and visitors feel welcome immediately. The Brooke has been included in their welcome. “We started with a fantastic core group of local horsewoman, beginning with Debbie Long who owns Dudley’s and Boo Hardy who has been in the horse business for many years. These women, along with others like Ann Banks, Ashton Moynihan, Benny Bell Williams, Lisa Underwood, Dr Pamela Van Meter, Ellen Skidmore, and several more equally outstanding women, have formed a group we call the “Donkey Social Club” (by invitation only). They have been fantastic about holding fundrais-




ers and spreading the word in the Lexington community about the Brooke and the importance of our work. They have been a Godsend to me and to The Brooke, the way they have embraced what we are doing and by jumping in to help.”

That is where a second phase of the program’s effort comes into play. “What we try to do is equip these owners to take really good care of their animals through solid, basic animal welfare and proven animal husbandry practices,” she emphasized.

“Everything that we do Several fundraisers are is sustainable and can be in the planning stages locally resourced in each and will be posted on community, regardless the website and in TOPS of the country where Lexscene. The Brooke The Brooke/Richard Dunwoody Photography we’re working. We don’t has established a 501(c) (3) organization in the U.S. called American Friends of the expect poor owners to buy expensive products. We teach them Brooke, so Americans can receive the full tax benefits of their how to clean wounds, take care of their animals’ feet, groom donations. American Friends exists solely to support the over- them, lighten the loads, and provide plenty of food, water and rest breaks. Not only for the sake of the animals themselves, seas work of the Brooke. Another local supporter who has connections to a distin- but also for the sake of the owners. If the animals are happy guished institution is Jen Roytz of Three Chimneys Farm. In and healthy they will live longer, work without so much pain, addition to handling all of the storied farm’s media and special and the families will benefit from healthy working partners.” events, she oversees their aftercare efforts and outreach. “Jen has been wonderful to us and with her proactive approach for caring for any horse that was associated with the farm, she can relate to our efforts,” said Rullman who as the Fundraising Development Manager continues to expand her reach across the country.

“We are there to alleviate immediate suffering, but also to prevent future suffering. A great deal of our work is free, direct veterinary intervention – treating illnesses and injuries, bandaging wounds, offering pain-killers, antibiotics, vaccinations, and we have to treat a tremendous amount of harness and saddle wounds that are very debilitating,” she explains. “Most of these animals are working in a chronic state of dehydration and malnutrition with no rest from back-breaking labor in extremely harsh environments. The people they are working for are living from hand to mouth and the amount of work that a horse puts in each day will determine whether or not the owner makes enough money to feed his family that night. It creates a very desperate situation for the owner, which often leads to brutality toward the animal. Then, if something happens to that animal and it becomes too sick or injured to work or it dies – these people have absolutely no safety net. They don’t have welfare, health insurance, unemployment insurance – they have no other income.”


Operating out of the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center in the Kentucky Horse Park you can sense the passion Cindy has for the mission of The Brooke and her responsibility as the only staff member in North America. “The thing that I am so amazed about is that this organization is very deep and there are so many programs that are so life-changing, it’s hard for me to hone in on one topic at a time.”

With emotion welling in her voice Rullman took a moment and continued. “I’m so impressed that this is an organization that cares a great deal about an individual animal, working in an obscure community in a very, very poor country – but it is also able to have a global perspective and approach to sustainable, lasting change. The Brooke is working simultaneously at a micro and a macro level very efficiently and effectively, and one reason they are able to do this is because they have been in existence so long. They know what does and doesn’t work and have this down to a science. And while their heady donor list of celebrities, international diplomats, financiers, and equestrians continues to grow, and their programs continue to expand to new countries and millions of animals, they never lose sight of - or willingness to help - each suffering animal.” “We are very fortunate that we don’t have to beg for money to stay afloat,” states Rullman. “We’re looking for partners who want to help us continue to expand our reach into new regions

Seeing is believing - take a few minutes out of your busy day and go to The and witness the actual efforts of this outstanding organization and learn about the process they have in place to care for these beasts of burden and the many lives and cultures they impact. If you would like to become a donor or become involved in a fundraising effort Cindy would love to hear from you at the following contacts – she is approachable, personable and has a big heart - just be wary if she sends you into a stallion’s paddock and shouts, “Don’t worry.”

With a successful model in place, Rullman takes pride in their continued growth. “We are going to be moving into Mexico next and have several other countries like Tanzania and South Sudan on our radar. So joining our efforts is a way for donors at any level to bring lasting change to animals and people who are downtrodden and often hopeless. By partnering with us, they have a hand in literally changing lives and cultures for the long haul. We and they are not just addressing the symptoms of a huge problem; together we are actually addressing the problems themselves, head-on, with practical solutions.”

John C. Engelhardt has been an equine photographer and turf writer for 30 years and served as the President of the Turf Publicists of America. He hosts a weekly radio show on For reprints of his images or future assignments you may contact him at


and new countries, to help more animals and their owners. We’ve been extremely blessed, particularly by our high-level donors and long-time supporters at all levels. Our donors are really in and they are changing the world. Isn’t that what we all want? We want to know that we matter and our donations matter and our partnership with an organization matters – and this really does. Not only are we helping animals but we are helping the poorest of the poor. We all know in our heart of hearts this is a beneficial thing to do.”

The Brooke/Richard Dunwoody Photography



The Herring’s Impact


by Greg Ladd

Two months after the auction, the dust has finally settled, and we have had time to reflect on our first ‘Sporting Art Auction’ with Keeneland. It was quite an event, all positives, and we accomplished what we hoped we would. We had buyers from all over the world. If they weren’t physically here, they had someone representing them, or they bid ‘live’ by phone, or they left bids. We had bidders from all over North America, South America, the Middle East, England, Ireland, and just about every Western European country that is involved in thoroughbred racing. Everything was presented as only Keeneland would do. From start to finish, and maybe the best ‘cocktail party’ I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a couple. You realize the importance of your friends. Many people called with potential buyers’ they wanted us to send catalogues to. And even more importantly, they called with people who had art to sell. It takes a village. Many great stories evolved, but maybe the best: Lot #5 ‘Farm Yard Scene’ by John Frederick Herring, Jr, was consigned by a ‘loving’ Kentucky grandmother, who had been partial financial support for her 14 year-old California granddaughter, Brigitte, a ballet child prodigy. Bridgitte’s father purchased the painting in a thrift store for $12.95, and knowing his mother’s love of horses gave it to her for a birthday present several years ago.

Last year NYC Ballet made an exception by extending Brigitte an invitation to join their full time training program even though she was under their age of acceptance. Due to financial constraints she was unable to go, so the ‘loving’ grandmother decided to sell the painting, and give the proceeds to her son, in hopes that the NYC ballet will again extend the offer. Perhaps in the near future because of the Herring, she will become a prima ballerina with the NYC Ballet.



Behind the Lens

Though Ron had always been interested in taking pictures, he grew exasperated attempting to teach himself, frustrated with the more complicated cameras. Ron explains, “The passion was always there, but I decided to give up learning about photography until I retired from the postal service. After receiving a Nikon camera as a gift when I did retire, I wanted to learn how to take high quality pictures and took up studying and practicing photography once more.” He admits encountering difficulties at times, but friends and family continued encouraging him to keep trying. Because Ron desired one-on-one training regarding professional photography this required the support of certified American Sign Language Interpreters. Thus, he sought help from Vocational Rehabilitation to pay for the interpreters and the training. It took around one year for Ron to receive approval for financial support. “In exchange for the financial support from VR, I had to agree to work a year in something related to photography to justify receiving financial help, which led me to TOPS,” clarifies Ron. Eight years prior, however, Ron first discovered TOPS while attending a festival and noticed the photographer taking pictures of the event. He continues, “This initially sparked my interest in working for TOPS and the sparks would get stronger whenever I drove past their building. I had to keep reminding myself that I needed to improve my skills in photography before I could even think about applying for a job with them.” Now Ron has developed quite the repertoire as a TOPS photographer, with his first gig as the photographer for the “Hour of Jubilee” Banquet and Awards Ceremony for the Jubilee Jobs of Lexington. Highlights of his career include photographing several auction banquets, the Christmas Parade, Thursday Night Live downtown Lexington, horse races and tailgates at Keeneland. Some of his favorite gigs involve anything UK athletics related and he has a particular bond with the UK Women’s Basketball team and coach. He has also won both the Personal Achievement Award from the Kentucky Rehabilitation Association in September of 2012 and the Personal Achievement Award from the Southeast Region Rehabilitation Association May 2013. What inspires Ron? “Capturing the special moments for someone that enables him or her to remember the little things that occurred at that moment through my lens,” he illuminates. Ron advises, “No matter how old you are or the barriers you face, such as deafness or



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communication, never stop trying to make your dream a reality!” He elaborates, “Every time I felt like giving up on learning how to take semi-professional photos, I recall learning about Abraham Lincoln who became the President of United States in spite of numerous failures. I achieved my dream to become a photographer after working 30 years for the United Postal Service with support from Vocational Rehabilitation. I am very grateful for their help in achieving my dream and encourage others to pursue that which they love.” TOPS: When you’re not Behind the Lens, where can we find you? RM: I enjoy both UK football and basketball. I especially enjoy girls UK basketball games. I also love driving around different places in KY randomly and taking pictures of something in the area that captures my eye such as the Amish working on their farms in Casey county, a solitary bench at the Arboretum on UK campus or local horse farms around Lexington. TOPS: What is the best advice you’re ever received? RM: My photography trainer advised that before I snap a shot know why I am capturing that moment that caught my eye, don’t just take a picture for the sake of taking one. TOPS: What advice do you give to aspiring photographers? RM: For anyone who desires to take high quality pictures they should understand why ISO, shutter speed, and aperture helps with lighting exposure for a good picture. TOPS: What is the best souvenir you’ve collected travelling? RM: I went to Israel in 1984 as part of a tour group and received an attainment pilgrimage document that I framed with a picture of the tour group. TOPS: Best gift received and given? RM: The best gift I ever received was the Nikon camera mentioned earlier. This motivated me to return to learning how to take semi-professional pictures. As for gifts given, I often pay for medicine for people who are in a rough spot and can’t afford to buy it due to high hospital bills. TOPS: How long have you been with TOPS and what kind of work have you done for them?



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RM: I have worked for TOPS since November 2012 photographing various events around Lexington. I’m very supportive of TOPS and they have been extremely supportive of me. From the president, Keith Yarber, to the other photographers; I cannot explain the gratitude I feel for the entire TOPS team. Moreover, I have definitely experienced a sense of camaraderie among the other TOPS photographers and to them, I want to say thank you for your kindness and support. I am looking forward to working with you in 2014. TOPS: What is the direction of your photography this year? RM: I plan to continue to take pictures for TOPS as well as continuing my project ‘365 Days’ of random shots of people, places, moments and events that catch my eye around Kentucky every day of the year. TOPS: What is your favorite moment you have had thus far when photographing? RM: My favorite moment occurred while practicing taking pictures looking in a mirror. I was unaware that Benson, my Hearing dog, was watching me until I saw the picture and fell in love with that moment. He’s really good at helping when I’m cooking because he lets me know when the timer goes off, or when the doorbell rings, as well as alerts me regarding the alarms from my home security system and the smoke alarm. I’m able to benefit much from him being my hearing dog and I’ve had him for four years now. He is from Colorado International Hearing Dog Incorporated and I had to specially request him through an intensive interview process. TOPS: Do you have any secret or hidden talents? RM: I am talented at doing American Sign Language ABC stories. An ABC story tells a story while incorporating the hand shapes of the finger spelled alphabet into the story. The story starts with a sign that uses the “A” hand shape and so forth until the story ends with a “Z.” I also like doing comedy routines to make people laugh. For more information about Ron Morrow, check out his website at or contact him at




WINTER HERB GARDENING by Michelle Rauch Gardening Enthusiast

The winter months can leave gardeners longing for warmer weather and the opportunity to dig in the soil. The absence of homegrown goodness also leaves a void. But there is hope. Consider growing herbs in your kitchen windowsill. If you are new to gardening, starting with a windowsill herb garden is a great way to cultivate your green thumb. Some herbs are easier to grow indoors than others. Among those: chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon and thyme. After you decide what you want to grow it’s time to choose a pot. Size matters. 4-inch pots are optimum for growing and will fit nicely on a windowsill. Get creative with your container to add a decorative touch. Old coffee cans, tea tins, cups or a traditional terra cotta pot make great containers for growing your herbs. Good potting mix is important. Herbs require excellent drainage in order to thrive. A quality potting mix is adequate, but it will help to add equal parts of sand, peat moss and perlite for optimum results. Location, location, location. A south or south-west facing window is preferable, although east or west facing win-



dows will do. Adjustments may need to be made in watering or temperature if the light is low. Your herb garden requires at least four hours of full sunlight. When it comes to watering the finger test is you best bet. Test the soil before watering. When the top of the soil is dry that’s your cue. Overwatering will damage your garden. It could be a few days up to a week before it may need a drink. In order for your herbs to thrive it’s important to rotate them in the window and clip them regularly. Clipping the herbs will promote new growth. February is primetime for herb gardens that have been growing all winter. That is when the sunlight is at its brightest during the winter months. By April you may move your plants outdoors or keep them indoors for convenience. In addition to growing culinary herbs, you may want to consider herbs that will delight your senses. Lemon balm, lavender, and chamomile are excellent choices to make a dried sachet or sent a warm bath to soak in. A windowsill herb garden offers convenience and the great taste of homegrown you can’t get in the store. It can also satisfy your need to grow during the long, cold winter.

Tour of Homes

A sturdy iron-rimmed door establishes a sense of formality at the entrance of the home, where a high-ceiling foyer painted in a soft beige welcomes visitors. A decadent bronze chandelier hangs from the ceiling, over an elegant stairway outlined with a decorative iron railing custom designed by Kentucky Ornamental Iron. To the left, visitors enter into a dining room trimmed in classic wainscoting. The dining table is surrounded by custom monogrammed upholstered chairs. The room incorporates several standout pieces, including a stunning chandelier from My Favorite Things, a rug from Lexington Furniture and a cherry heirloom buffet.



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Just underneath the stairway, a short hallway to the first of two master bedrooms - a vision of tranquility that would put even the most anxious souls at ease. A favorite room of the homeowners, the far wall is a floor-length glass window facing the pond at the back of the property. With three layers of floorlength custom draperies to shade the expansive window, the homeowners have the ability to temper the level of light exposure to the room. Nestled in front of the window, a sitting area includes a pair of velvet swivel chairs and a small tufted ottoman. Draped in layers of cream, gold and misty blue, the master bed is complemented by two tall mirrors above the side tables. Originally, the floor plan called for large windows flanking either side of the bed. The homeowner had hoped to incorporate large mirrors over each night stand and eliminated the windows to accommodate this vision.



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Just off the kitchen is a powder room and laundry room. Utilizing a well known trick to designers, Nancy had an heirloom quality chest converted into a one of a kind vanity. An antique aged Eglomise mirror and exquisite sconces were selected to complement the elegance of the vanity. Repeating the quatrefoil motif that is seen throughout the home, the laundry room chandelier adds a touch of charm where you least expect it. A vibrant splash of color provided by the Ikat fabric valance makes this room a stylish extension of the home.



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On the opposite end of the third floor, the twin girls share separate but nicely coordinated bedrooms, which are joined by a Jack and Jill bathroom. This space is fit for two princesses, incorporating crystal chandeliers, Carrara marble flooring and countertops. Monogrammed valances, custom upholstered headboards and paintings done locally by an artist specifically for these rooms accentuate the innocence of these joined rooms.



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The lower level opens up to a large family room that includes a pair of chairs facing a fireplace on one end and a larger entertainment area facing a drop-down television at the opposite end. The centered bar boasts earth-toned granite countertops and the floors are a sleek tumbled Travertine natural stone tile. With a strong emphasis on natural tones and imagery, the spacious walk-out basement includes a comfortable living area with a mosstoned couch and plush chocolate rug. Sliding glass doors transition to a covered patio area bordered by stately columns that join arches overhead. A tucked away guest bedroom and bath on this level of the house allow for secluded privacy for overnight guests.



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The lower level also features a special room that reveals a personal passion of the homeowner, a Level 2 trained sommelier. The wine cellar walls are covered in custom wood shelving filled with vintage and antique wines. This is as beautiful as it is functional and can hold up to 1400 bottles of wine and champagne. A grand iron chandelier illuminates an often utilized tasting table.



WOW Wedding

After the ceremony, the guests were ushered to the Headley Whitney Rose Garden for cocktails, which included the bride and groom’s “Seelbach” signature drink made of Maker’s Mark bourbon, bitters, Cointreau, chilled prosecco and a twist of orange, served in champagne flutes. The reception was also held at the Headley Whitney Museum. The bride loved the idea of creating her own formal setting with beautiful views of Kentucky. A tent was erected and draped with white fabric. Eight chandeliers were hung throughout. The tables were lined with pink and white rose petals, driftwood and candles. Guests found their tables by cards attached to horse shoes that were kept as favors. The meal included gourmet dishes designed to please the foodie groom, such as caramelized scallops, truffled risotto and braised short ribs with bourbon sourghum glaze. Outside the tent, a lounge area was constructed for guests to participate in a bourbon tasting and to enjoy a cigar that was hand-rolled on site. Everyone danced throughout the night to music provided by The Crashers. As a late night snack, guests enjoyed Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and nuggets, a favorite of the couple. Dupree Catering also offered chicken and waffles with bourbon-pecan caramel sauce and crispy bacon. Guests showered the happy couple with rose petals as they climbed into their white Bentley getaway car.



WOW Wedding



WOW Wedding

DETAILS Venue: Headley-Whitney Museum | Photography: Todd Pellowe | Wedding Planner: Deanna Dillender, Great Expectations Catering: Dupree Catering | Flowers: Alicia DeBoor, Great Expectations | Hair & Makeup: Ana Crane | Bentley: Gold Shield | Rentals: Camargo Restroom Trailer: Blue Moon | Cigar Roller: Kentucky Gentlemen Cigars | Officiant: Scott Morgan | Reception Entertainment: The Crashers




VALENTINE’S DAY QUIZ by Cynthia Ellingsen Lifestyle Novelist

February is that time of year when we all start dreaming of warm weather. It’s the time when we flock to Florida and California like migrating birds. Or, maybe we just dream of a certain holiday designed to put a little sunshine back into our lives… Valentine’s Day! (Collective groan) Come on, Valentine’s Day is fun. It’s a day of love. Of celebration. Of romance and… (Boos) Alright, alright. How about a little quiz to figure out what Valentine’s Day really means to you? (Cheers!) *SUPER SCIENTIFIC VALENTINE’S DAY QUIZ 1. When you hear the song My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion, you… a. Laugh and re-enact the scene from The Titanic b. Sing along, wailing and pounding your chest c. Hurl 2. What are the most magical three words in the human language? a. I love you b. Let’s get tantric c. Go Kentucky Wildcats 3. Finish this sentence. A gift on Valentine’s Day is… a. Part of the fun b. An integral part of our future proposal story c. More gifts?! Like I’m not still paying off Christmas 4. Say you won a vacation to the most romantic spot in the world! That would be… a. Doesn’t really matter, as long as we’re all together b. Paris c. Bangkok 5. Finish this poem: Roses are red, violets are… a. Blue b. Child’s play, compared to my five-page sonnet c. A proven allergen 6. This Valentine’s Day, will you make dinner reservations? a. Maybe… We might just have a romantic dinner at home b. You know it. For 8 p.m., six months in advance and I’ll have roses waiting. Ooh, and maybe a tableside cellist c. I could live a thousand years without watching strangers feed each other 7. Have you ever made a homemade Valentine’s Day card? a. At some point. For friends, family, loved ones… b. Yes, and a song to accompany it c. I think I’m going to stop reading here and continue flipping through this magazine to see if I can find my picture.

8. Have you ever eaten a candy heart with a message on it? a. Of course b. I spell out cute phrases ahead of time c. Yes, and I broke my tooth 9. Do you have selfie couple photos in your phone? a. *Blush* Maybe b. Yes, and as my screensaver, coffee mug and matching tattoos c. I have a couple of bathroom-mirror selfies in my phone, yeah 10. What date night movie do you favor? a. Pretty much anything snuggled up on the couch b. Casablanca (with a pre-reading from Romeo and Juliet to kick it off ) c. Sharknado SCORE: Give yourself 1 point for every a, 2 points for every b and 3 points for every c. Ranking:

24-30: A Cherub Named Katniss. If you saw Cupid, you’d probably clothesline him. In February, avoid all restaurants, candy shops and flower shops. But hey, in the midst of all the roses and ribbons, don’t forget what Valentine’s Day is really all about – sharing a little kindness with the people that you love.

15-23: Casanova-Romeo. Look at you, St. Valentine. This holiday is

your chance to take all of that passion and throw it around like a bouquet on a wedding day. You may experience a little disappointment when the big day is over – until next year rolls around, consider donating that big heart to a charity where some extra TLC is needed.

10-14: True Love. Every day is Valentine’s Day. You have a steady appreciation for the simplicity of love and put relationships at the top of your list. Keep doing the little things to show people that you care. As the Beatles said, “And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.” *Cynthia Ellingsen is qualified to write this love quiz because she writes romance novels. Run, do not walk, to Joseph Beth’s, The Morris Bookshop or Barnes and Nobles and get your copy of Marriage Matters or The Whole Package today.




Creative and Inexpensive Hand-Crafted Bouquets by Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant

For the non-traditional artsy bride who wants things to be just a little different, art crafted bouquets are a new and oh-so-interesting take on the traditional fresh flower hand-held bouquets, as well as coordinating boutonnieres. This will take some investigation to learn the craft, but online tutorials abound. With so much “Interest in Pinterest” doing an unusual bouquet is very accepted, will be much admired and show off how clever you are. This is also great for a ‘green’ bride who doesn’t want to waste fresh flowers. Here is an overview of non-traditional bouquets, and we will explore some in more detail later. For the Casual Bride While these alternative looks may not work well for a very formal or large wedding, it is perfect for casual, intimate and outdoor weddings, and a perfect fit for the bride that doesn’t want to be fussy. If your style isn’t big bling and froufrou, this look is perfect for you, but can still carry an element of grace. Remember, it shouldn’t look homemade, but hand made. Paper Perfect You can make stunning folded flowers out of paper, still achieving a floral design that will last. Paper flowers can range in design from ultra elegant with a near live look to whimsical, even made out of printed pages like vintage books or maps. This is a great option for today’s popular burlap and lace weddings, combining rustic paper flowers and burlap bows for a coordinated look. Button Up Your Bouquet Color coordinated button ‘flowers’ are one of my favorite unique bouquet options. Fabulous vintage and figural button finds really make these bouquets special. You can have all button flowers, or you can add interesting buttons to enhance paper flower creations. Use buttons in your wedding colors as the interiors of your paper flowers for an artsy mixed media feel. Shells for the Beach Buff If you are having a beach or lake wedding, what’s more perfect than sea shells, alone or mixed with tropical greens. Careful – don’t make these too big or they will be heavy! Even if you aren’t marrying beside the water but have a connection to the ocean, this is a sweet alternative bouquet look. Marrying a Cousteau, anyone? Pearl Girls Bouquet creations of all pearls are completely beautiful, and bridge the gap to a more formal wedding theme or setting, without using fresh flowers. Be careful here, as overspending on pearl picks and pieces can cost more than fresh flowers if you aren’t careful, so watch for notions sales and bargains online. Wedding Week Time Saver While work on these pieces can be fun but time consuming, the real plus is that during your actual wedding day preparations your art crafted bouquets will be completely checked off your list – no worry about keeping these watered, cool, delivered or arranged the day of your event! Yours and your bridesmaid’s bouquets can be kept as a memory, and double as décor at your reception. The entire process will be a wonderful wedding memory in itself!



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