TOPS in Lexington Magazine, June 2014

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Out & About


TOPS May Preview Party


Markey Cancer Foundation VIP Night


Ky Humane Center Restaurant Roundup I


Ky Humane Center Restaurant Roundup II


Purses, Pouts & Pearls


Camp Horsin’ Around


Lexington Women’s Health “Surgeon”s Night Out”


Lace ’em Up, Central Kentucky Heart Walk


Lexington Library Foundation Bluegrass & Bourbon


198 Hope Center “Education Builds Hope” Luncheon 200 Emerge Lexington 202 Keeneland Concert on the Lawn 204 Dancing with the Lexington Stars I 206 Dancing with the Lexington Stars II


226 TOP Shots


204 Captions for event photos are typically provided to TOPS by the event organizers. We do our best to check names and spelling…but we are all human and make mistakes. Please contact with any corrections and we will make note of it in the next issue.



IN EVERY ISSUE 43 Sports: What I Saw at the Spring Game 46 Dining: Graze Market & Cafe


49 Taste of Thyme: Sizzling Summer Salad 51 TOP 5 Dining: Food Trucks 53 Etiquette & Entertaining: Tips on Tipping 54 Gardening: Enhancing Patio Ambance 115 Fashion: It’s Black & White 116 Relationships: Honey, do these jeans make my butt look big? 185 Posh Paws: Pupsicles 186 Family: Digging Myself Out 189 Parties: Host a Star Spangled Party 190 Business News 214 Weddings: Horsing Around in your Photos 216 Arts & Entertainment 221 Up & Coming


189 The views and comments expressed by the authors are not always that of our editors or publishers. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication, TOP Marketing Group accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or resultant consequences, including any loss or damage arising from the reliance on information in this publication. All images contained in TOPS in Lexington Magazine are subject to copyright of the artist or photographer as named, but not limited thereto. Reproduction of any part of this magazine without prior written permission is prohibited.




Sous Chef DJ Adkins, Chef Craig Devilliers and Pastry Chef/Server Emily Novak

Graze is aptly named, considering it’s surrounded by farm land on the line between Clark and Fayette County. The restaurant seats approximately 15 people (definitely make a reservation for dinner), with very modern clear plastic chairs tucked next to grainy wooden tables and a few stray pieces of art on the walls. You feel less like you walked into a restaurant and more like you stumbled into someone’s house. You’ll find a refrigerator full of Colibri Farm’s lamb that you can purchase and take home with you and a small kitchen in the back right corner where you can see Devilliers and his sous chef preparing every dish. If you want to know what the restaurant serves, you’ll have to look up at the restaurant’s chalkboard, which has a small lunch and dinner menu that changes every day to take advantage of seasonal ingredients. “The chalkboard menu is what we can get and it’s what the local people have,” Devilliers said. “The regulars I’ve spoken to like it because it’s something different all the time.” Aside from a traditional paper menu, you’ll also notice something else missing from Graze. You won’t find a single deep fryer, heat lamp or microwave. Devilliers admits it is a challenge, but he likes the idea of diners being presented a dish that Devilliers and his cohorts just finished cooking. As for the food itself, Devilliers says you can see the influence of his home country, which utilizes all sorts of ethnic cuisines. Graze offers dishes like beef, lamb, bison or elk burgers, salads, soups, pizzas, omelets and hashes at lunch at around $6 to $12 and entrees often include lamb chops, pork loin and other dishes based on available ingredients and themes like pasta night or seafood night ranging from $16 to $30. Considering the restaurant is located on a cattle farm, it’s no surprise that beef is almost constantly on the menu. On this particular visit, the featured appetizer was bone marrow from a cattle bone, 859 745 0990

which had a rich, smoky flavor and gelatinous texture, served with crostinis. Their scallops and lo mein entrée was a standout, featuring a trio of sea scallops with a great sear, perfectly cooked noodles and a great combination of flavors between the sweet and saltiness of the noodles and the peppery spice of Korean-style pickled vegetables. The strip steak they served that day had a simple and rustic presentation. Served on an iron skillet with a few seasoned potato wedges, it looks like something you could have found on a chuck wagon. But between the steak’s juicy tenderness and a fantastic pepper cream sauce, it’s probably one of the best cuts of meat you’ll find in Central Kentucky. There’s more to this restaurant than just appetizers and entrees. Graze has a full selection of bottled and canned beers, wine and cocktails and a few desserts each day prepared by pastry chef Emily Novak. Not only will she make you something delectable like a Nutella cheesecake with layers of the popular hazelnut spread and dark chocolate on an Oreo crust, she’ll also probably be the one that brings it to your table since she’s one of the restaurant’s five servers. Graze has a homey charm and a chef given unlimited daily creativity with some of the best meat, dairy and produce Central Kentucky has to offer. In a century’s old building in the middle of Kentucky farmland, Graze Market and Cafe really seems to have found something pure… and quite delicious.

50 Combs Ferry Rd, Winchester, KY 4039

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Etiquette & Entertaining


Tips on Tipping howing gratitude monetarily in the form of a tip goes back to the 18th Century. Tipping etiquette began as purely an optional compliment. Webster defines the meaning as “unwarranted or unnecessary”. However, tipping has evolved into an expected practice. Despite how long this practice has been in existence, it is still a source of debate and confusion to many.

Gratitude is shown to those who are service professionals; such as hair stylists, parking valet, taxi driver, etc. The accepted way of showing appreciation is in the form of a monetary tip. This is the topic of much discussion. How much to tip? There are different schools of thought on this topic. Older generations expressed opposition to a flat rate. Many felt 10% was the appropriate rate for restaurants. As time has moved on, cost of living expenses have escalated as have the cost of running a business. Employees are now hired with tips being a large part of their wage. In today’s world the most common practice is to base the amount of monetary gratitude on a percentage of the total bill. Questions and answers regarding the practice of tipping vary widely. Certain circumstances are unusual and require different practices: • When there is a group of six guests or more, most restaurants now automatically add an eighteen percent gratuity to the bill. An additional amount may be added by the guest for exceptional service. • Often coffee shops, bakeries, ice cream stores and such will place a container for tips on the checkout counter. Those who desire may place a tip while others may not choose to do so. Either is fine. • At fast food locations, there is no tipping, because there is no table service. • Food delivery people often work solely for tips. They come in contact with many types of people as well as all kinds of weather. Snow storms and torrential rains often produce on overload of business. These delivery people trudge through snow and slush in rains to reach someone’s door. This is for no agreed amount of money. People who have studied this type of job advise that one should tip two or three dollars no matter how small the order. Even if the delivery is late, the tip should be paid. Delays are almost never the fault of the delivery person. On orders above fifteen dollars total, the percentage based tipping should apply. Standard for gratuity is eighteen to twenty percent for delivery and for a restaurant. by Sue Ann Truitt Etiquette & Entertaining Consultant

Everyone should tip for services rendered. Teach children how to tip. It is as important as saying please and thank you. It is the right thing to do!



Perfect Patios

Rincon Mexicano Restaurant & Cantina 3901 Harrodsburg Rd 859.219.0181

Rincon’s Harrodsburg Road location features a patio that’s perfect for sampling their half price house margaritas (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 5pm-10pm). An intimate covered patio section is great for conversation on sunny days while the open patio section offers umbrella shade to help keep things fun and cool. Their great Mexican fare, Mexican Gift Shop and everyday happy hour specials (3PM6PM Bud Light & Miller Light pitchers for $5.99) make Rincon a wonderful spot for getting together with friends. They feature live music on the weekends, as well. Also try Rincon’s other location, located at 818 Euclid Ave.


110 N. Locust Hill Rd. 859.268.2068 Sutton’s offers delicious Italian and American fare, including organic, chemical-free, local and made from scratch offerings. With two patios–one covered and one uncovered, totalling 56 patio seats–Sutton’s is a great place to unwind with friends for lunch or dinner. They also serve food until 2am. Unique to Sutton’s are its two bocce ball courts, a popular game in Italy that is perfect for casual playing on summer evenings. They also offer live music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings through October. Don’t miss their half price bottles of wine on Wednesdays! Their daily Happy Hours are 2pm-7pm and 10pm-2am!



Perfect Patios

Mi Pequena Hacienda

110 Cynthia Dr • Nicholasville 859.309.3840 While Mi Pequena Hacienda has 2 locations (also at Lansdowne,) the Brannon Crossing location offers a dining experience unlike any other! The covered patio offers shade and shelter from the elements while its unique open wrought iron windows allow the breeze to flow through. A cabana atomosphere, the colorful murals and authentic Mexican furniture help patrons feel like they’re in the heart of Mexico. Hacienda’s Mexican dishes feature a Baja Californian flair; the cevice and sizzlin’ fajitas are guest favorites. Enjoy 2-for-1 margaritas Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 5pmclose.

Old Chicago

1924 Pavilion Way

859.977.4640 Old Chicago, located in Hamburg, is Lexington’s favorite lunch, dinner and late night destination! Open Monday through Saturday 11am-2am and Sunday 11am-12am, Old Chicago serves up pizza, pasta, small plates, sandwiches, salads and more, all alongside an extensive list of beers, wines and cocktails. Everyone should try the Old Chicago Thick Crust pizza! The covered patio has six tables, perfect for gathering with friends. The Old Chicago Happy Hour is Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm and every day 10pm-close. For a truly spectacular night out, join them on Tuesday nights for Team Trivia, starting at 9pm!



Tour of Homes


enturing to the basement of the home, visitors will discover the homeowners’ enthusiasm for the outdoors. The walls of the basement are covered with wood slats mimicking the exterior build of a log cabin.



Tour of Homes

On the backside of the home, a patio constructed of artfully curved grey stones opens to magnificent views of the homeowners’ horse pastures.



Frost Bags

One Bag. One Story. T

he inspiration for Frost bags came from a bag given to the creator of the company Jed Frostare by his wife Beth Ellen. The design concept was all her own, built from a piece of raw cowhide. Jed’s high school basketball number ‘25’ had been branded into the selected hide, which was used as a pocket. The state of Kentucky was represented on the bag in forms of horse tack, saddle cinch and halter brass. The bag was lined with a pair of old pajama pants, the first gift Beth Ellen had ever given to Jed 15 years prior. Jed’s signature was branded on the bottom of the bag and now serves as the mark of his company. Jed knew that Beth Ellen’s gift was a concept he had to share with the world. The bag carried not only his story but the story he shares with his wife as well. Anyone who loves luxury items knows how fabulous designer bags can be but to have one custom made is a rare and special thing. Each of Jed’s bags are completely unique and inspired for the person who will be carrying them. To carry a Frost is to carry a piece of you. It’s both sentimental and stylish, a rare and lovely combination for a bag. We loved Jed’s compelling story and spellbinding bags so much we decided to reach out to him for a feature in our June issue. Lucky for us, he generously offered his time and details on his adventure into the admirable world of one-of-a-kind bag making. TOPS: As fashion lovers we are completely charmed by your story and sentimental bags. Your wife Beth Ellen planted the seed for your company but how did she stumble upon the unique process of personal bag making? FROST: Every bag we create has a story, the story of my bag is on our website. I have carried the bag Beth Ellen created for me every day since she gave it to me. Everywhere I go - coast to coast - someone asks me where I got it, and I get to share the story of my bag, and now, my company. Beth Ellen has always understood that I love giving unique gifts – and when she gave me the most unique

by Jesse Brooks

gift I had ever received, I knew that I wanted other people to feel what I felt – that I was holding a bag that could not be duplicated for anyone else. It was my story. That is the essence of our company. The bag may tell the story, but the story creates the bag, and each bag is unique. TOPS: To repay your wife for the idea have you ever made a bag of her very own as a thank you? FROST: That is a work in progress. Beth Ellen has started a collection of sketches, swatches, and ideas that she would like to include in her bag. It will be very unique. I also have a few surprises up my sleeve! TOPS: Most stylish people love a good designer bag but your bags take things to the next level. They go far beyond a monogram or color preference. When it comes to the personalization, what do you usually ask a client? FROST: Our customers reach out to us because they have their choice among the highest quality, most recognizable brands in the world. Our conversation begins with “what story do you want your bag to tell?” From there, we discuss functionality and help them brainstorm the components of the bag such as - leathers, exotic skins, hardware ideas, stitching colors and designs and how these choices will compliment the intended use of the bag. We go as far as the customer takes us. For instance, we have customized bags for handedness, arm length, and specific orthopedic needs. We have also created one of a kind brands/marks that have been used on the pieces we create. On one particular bag, we took the first initial of the customer’s last name and the number six, which was special to him, and designed a mark that was subtly pressed into the leather. I still have the voice mail he left on my phone after he got his bag. “This is the best gift I have ever received in my life. I love this bag.” It is the same way I felt when Beth Ellen gave me mine. TOPS: We watched all the Frost customer stories on your website and I have to say our favorite was the Diana Baker Story. Being



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animal lovers that one really pulled out heartstrings. Using the mane of one of her past rescue horses on the bag was a novel idea. What has been the most unique material used on one of your bags so far?

We have also used items such as jackets, baby blankets, and children’s clothing to incorporate family. And in my bag, Beth Ellen used pajama pants as a liner; the first gift she ever gave me when we started dating. The fun part for us is figuring out how to use the special pieces of someone’s life in or on the bag. TOPS: When making a bag for someone, how important is durability and functionality with the person’s lifestyle? FROST: We build bags to specifically meet the durability and functionality of that individual’s lifestyle. All of our bags are made with the highest quality materials and are guaranteed. These are not single generation pieces. Our bags are heirloom pieces for their owners and families, to be passed down from one generation to the next - the story of the bag along with it. TOPS: You obviously have an amazing team behind you that helps create these enchanting bags. Tell us a little more about the additional hands and minds of Frost. FROST: I am surrounded by successful, talented individuals who are enthusiastic about FROST and the One Bag One Story concept. Our marketing-brand expert is an artistic genius. He can make any idea come to life. My three closest consultants hear all my wildest ideas and thoughts and help me find ways to make those ideas work. Our legal mind always has our best interest at heart and is just a great guy. TOPS: We can really feel the essence of The Bluegrass State when we look at your bags. How much of an influence has Kentucky been in the bag making process? FROST: Beth Ellen and I moved to Kentucky for her residency in Pathology at UK. Everything about Lexington has been amazing. It is such a welcoming place. The people, the long, rich history and culture of horses and horse racing, the beautiful landscape, all of it has been so important and influential in the development of FROST. We focused on capturing the nostalgic feeling of the Bluegrass in our opening video on our website. Moments from my childhood are embedded in the things I love about Kentucky, and it all seems to have fallen into place in FROST.

FROST: Since every bag is created for a unique individual, everything they chose is unique. We have used World Series baseballs to represent a father son connection. We have disassembled used crocodile skin boots to represent a customer’s childhood home.



TOPS: Being in a creative field like this, you must have people in your life or perhaps in the fashion world that inspire you. Could you tell us a little about whom you admire and what drives you? FROST: My mother is one of the most creative people I have ever known. She is an interior designer by trade. She can walk into a room and just “see” things – where furniture should go – colors

Summer Accessories

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Light weight Turkish towels can be monogrammed and/or worn as a sarong ($29) Floral statement necklace ($34)

Be You Fashion tote in blue ($84)

Fornash monogrammed necklace ($45) and bracelets ($18)

Betsey Johnson polka dot purse ($110)

Booty Buddy mats protect bathing suits from snagging while you sit poolside ($16)

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Summer Accessories

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Diamond 1.08ct tw and Emerald 4.58ct earrings ($17,000)

Clever with leather paddled bracelet , handmade by Master Saddler, Claire Painter in red and green ($35) Triple strand pearl and diamond bracelet with a white gold clasp of cascading bouquet of diamonds from the Vintage/ Estate Collection ($5,500)

Gold Horseshoe bangles in pink and turquoise ($15.95)

Vintage gold bracelet with Open Lace Design ($3,800) Two’s Company Leather and Gold Lock Bracelet in blue, pink and orange ($24)

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It’s Black & White

Typically, summer is a time for bright colors, pastels, lively prints, and basically any and everything color – the brighter and bigger the better. The more vibrant it is, the more seasonally appropriate it is. So why am I so into black and white these days? Seriously, I’m the gal that always sports color. Bright yellows, pinks, blues, reds—they are all favorite shades I wear on the regular. But here’s the thing, black and white can be just as impactful and festive as bright colors. The key is to choose elements of interest be it prints, textures, or fit. Some may say black and white is boring. I have to wholeheartedly disagree. How could a darling tweed dress paired with a dalmatian spotted tote and some fabulously funky heels be anything but fun and fresh? They key here is to make sure your prints complement each other, which in this instance, they definitely do. The pattern in this dress is a lovely foundation for the spots on the tote and the splashes of pink on the heels. Speaking of spots, don’t be afraid to double up on the prints. Because the look is polished and tucked, the dual spots don’t overwhelm the look. A classic pair of cuffed skinny jeans paired with a black heel only add crispness and polish to this black and white ensemble. And then there’s one of my favorite ways to wear black and white – simply. This is when investing in key pieces really pays off within your wardrobe. I splurged just a smidge on the white vest, black coated skinnies and black heels. But here’s my theory on spending a little more jingle than you normally would on an article of clothing. Is it well tailored? Is it timeless? Is it versatile? Is it flattering? Will you wear it often enough that you will get a good ROI? If the piece answers yes to the majority of these questions, you should go ahead and snag it. Thankfully, this entire look from head to toe got a check mark in all of these categories. All of these pieces combined provide a look that is classic, tailored, feminine, and polished—anything but boring, bland, or ordinary! So tell me, are we all now on board with black and white this season? Trust me when I say, if you pair them just so, you can shine just as brightly as the summer sun!

by Beth Parker Fashion Blogger/Stylist

photos by Tiffany Mitchell



Fashions of Derby 140


ofDerby 140 by Christopher Caswell Photos by Clay Cook, Jacob Zimmer and TOPS Staff


very year residents of the Bluegrass welcome guests and celebrities from around the world for what sports enthusiasts refer to as the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” For all of us involved in the sport of fashion, it becomes two days of events that generously support various charities and, of course, the love of thoroughbred racing. With celebrities ranging from Carson Kressley to some of the “2 Broke Girls” cast, this year’s celebration was a feast of fashion from the celebs to us common folk. Everyone brought their Sunday best for the Derby festivities. I normally have some major offenders in the law of fashion, but I think the learning curve is over for some of our repeat guest celebrities.

Boy George



My journey began on Oaks Day. The car door opened and we were at the historic Oxmoor Estate for the Original Maker’s Mark Club’s Oaks Garden Party and Brunch. I felt slightly out of my element

arriving in a chauffeured SUV while others arrived in helicopters and Bentleys. I knew I was about to be amazed. The common thread was a mix of bright colors and florals for both the ladies and gents. It could not have been a more elegant southern brunch. Guys in bow ties, fabulous weather, and ladies dressed like ladies. While the guests filed off to brunch, I slipped off to the track. After a “costume change” and a briefing by my creative assistant on the ‘who’ and ‘what’ was going to happen on the “Pink Carpet” (in honor of breast cancer awareness), we arrived at what locals call “The Track”. We found our space on the carpet and went to work scouting fashion both on and off the carpet. More bright colors, with pink dominating in support of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer awareness. The gentlemen looked dapper in everything from suspenders to bow ties. While the men stuck with traditional fe-

Jonathan Kite

Fashions of Derby 140

dora style head wear (except for Johnny Weir), the ladies wore more headpieces than normal. After a few Grey Goose Lilly’s, we mingled and took photos of fashionable Oaks attendees and celebrities.

Simon Baker and Carson Kressley

Leaving Churchill Downs after such a wonderful Oaks morning and day, I was charged for the night’s celebrity events. Our first stop was the iconic Barnstable Brown Gala, benefiting their obesity & diabetes research charity in association with the University of Kentucky. The Barnstable twins put on a fantastic party where guests like Josh Henderson excited the crowd of onlookers from behind the barricades. The party was a great display of evening wear. Boy George even wore cammo pants; and people think Kentucky has little fashion edge. I knew we were in for some great fashion after meeting “2 Broke Girls” Jonathan Kite at Celebrity Day at the Downs, hosted by Churchill, and the Kentucky Derby Festival. We commented on each other’s floral neckwear and before I knew it, I was handing him my handmade Elizabeth Peak floral bow tie. He was wearing a neon floral necktie by Versacé and coordinated his separates to match. Next stop was the Julep Ball at the YUM! Center, in association with the University of Louisville. Amazing drinks styled by Maker’s Mark and a view of the city set the stage for this event. The space was very glamorous in all white décor – white feathers, white flowers, white crystals – and that was just the centerpiece. Under a canopy of crystal chandeliers, the large concert and sports arena was intimate and, in my opinion, a more modernized version of old Hollywood glamour that we saw at fashion week. Speaking of fashion week, Elizabeth Rovsek from the real housewives of Orange County looked like she just stepped off a runway. The Harris brothers from A&E’s Storage Wars looked like southern gentlemen in vivid colors and bow ties and drinking whiskey to

boot; it doesn’t get more diverse with Kentucky charm. After a few muddled strawberries over Maker’s Mark whiskey, I made my way to Unbridled Eve. This event was orchestrated by sisters Tammy York Day and Tonya York Dees, and benefitted Blessings in a Backpack. This event had the longest red carpet with more media outlets than you could count. The Bachelor’s Bob Guiney was in his expectedly jovial mood and looking sharp. NFL players brought their ‘A’ games with tailored looks from both Donald Driver and E J Manuel. This event had fabulous spaces designated for lounging, bidding, dancing, and dining. I have a strong feeling that all the guests from left with memories of a great Derby eve and ended up spending more money than they planned. Before I knew it Derby 140 morning had arrived. I chose to wear orange to stand out. I quickly realized the men of this derby took a lesson in gentleman’s accessories and were not shy on color. There was color and there were patterns. Floral reigned supreme as fashion week told us it would. Pastels and neons alike – it was a modern display of southern finery. Let’s say I just fit right in and did not mind getting a run for my money when it came to the other gentlemen’s Derby attire. Maneuvering through the maze that is Churchill Downs you witness many inspiring things, one of which has to be the singing of My Old KentuckyHome. And the second has to be when your eye notices the rows of people wearing hats, dresses, suits,



Fashions of Derby 140

Josh Henderson

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinsky

ties, and drinking classic mint juleps. It’s as close to an aristocratic environment most of us will ever experience—truly a moment to remember. The winners, losers, and the ones who broke even then set off to the 21c and Proof Derby Dinner and Party. At this event, the only option was to celebrate. Performance artists poured champagne while hanging from chandeliers and human statues made for an interesting start. Glamour and gowns were buzzwords of the evening. However, no amount of fashion could out-shine the art displayed at 21c Hotel. I had the honor of dining with celebrity guest Jonathan Kite from “2 Broke Girls” who wore fuchsia sneakers and a white suit. The night was like a dream that I did not want to wake from. Eccentric fashion, art, and style made this experience one to remember and repeat. Derby 140 was a whirlwind of more than fashion. It showed me how giving and hospitable Kentuckians are. Behind everything throughout the Derby experience is a cause that benefits. We had the privelege of experiencing the history of southern charm and the reminder of what once was daily fashion. If there is any style stream to gain from the Kentucky Derby and its events, it was that you should never be afraid to step out in your best. Be bold, be glamorous, be fashionable, and most importantly, be you.

Bob Guiney



Matt & Mark Harris



As another Rolex event came to a exciting conclusion, the top three riders for 2014 included William-Fox Pitt on Bay My Hero, Lauren Kieffer on Veronica (US) and Buck Davidson Jr. on Castle RM (US).

In its inaugural year, Rolex Kentucky also included a team challenge. The Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge awarded $20,000 in prize money in an effort to help national teams prepare for the team competition at the World Equestrian Games. The winning nation was calculated as the one with the fewest penalties after adding together the final scores of the three highest-placed individuals from that nation. Of course, since their inception, the cross country tailgating parties have proven to be indubitable successes. With gatherings of friends and family, plenty of smiles could be seen across the rolling landscape. As another Rolex event came to a exciting conclusion, the top three riders for 2014 included William-Fox Pitt on Bay My Hero, Lauren Kieffer on Veronica (US) and Buck Davidson Jr. on Castle RM (US).


When dressage wrapped up on Friday, April 25, competition was close, and the anticipation was almost palpable as the big crosscountry day approached. As the sun rose and shone brightly for Saturday, the crowds gathered at the obstacles around the winding course. With 19 clear rounds, others weren’t so fortunate and ran into trouble or retired from the course. Grueling and challenging, this year’s course required a forward approach from horse and rider. With the conclusion of cross-country, Fox-Pitt was in the lead with Kieffer right behind. All that remained to be mastered was a clear round in stadium jumping on Sunday which Fox-Pitt rode to great effect.

IT’S REINING IN THE BLUEGRASS As the anticipated event of the annual FEI Reining schedule, the $120,000 Kentucky Reining Cup was held in conjunction with the Rolex once again. The World Championship Freestyle Reining at the Kentucky Reining Cup was a spectacle to behold with special effects, music and costumes that coalesced to create a one-of-akind entertainment venue for the horse enthusiast. Competitors are not required to follow any set patterns in the freestyle, but rather rely on their own creativity to display their choreographed program. This event is invite-only and participants arrived from around the world to vie for title. Australian Dan James took top honors with a final score of 227. James, who now resides in Kentucky and operates Double Dan Horsemanship with fellow horseman Dan Steers, amazed the crowd with his Lone-Ranger bareback freestyle performance. Riding backwards with spins, James earned the crowd’s approval – taking home the first inaugural People’s Choice Award. Para-reining also made its debut during the Kentucky Reining Cup this year. A new division within the reining sport, para-reining saw five riders with Lise Yervasi winning the class with a score of 72.00 aboard Dolano Glory Rey CT. LIFE AS A SHOW HORSE The hunter/jumper show season has kicked off once again at

The life of a top level hunter or jumper is often spent clocking miles on the road while getting schooled, groomed and primed for the ring.





Each horse has a customized program depending on his specific needs – just like human athletes. Some enjoy walks to the ring to watch the action while others prefer a quiet walk away from the noise. If you happen upon one of the shows this summer and watch ringside, after awhile you’re bound to hear some stories. Stories about that 20 year old pony that has taken kid after kid through the ranks and has given each one the confidence to move up in the sport. Or the quirky horse that no one wanted until just the right rider came along. The Country Heir hunter/jumper shows are right around the corner and afterwards several weeks of continuous showing will occur at the Park. It’s a time when horse and rider hunker down and call the grounds “home” for the summer. Stop on by! MORE HORSIN’ AROUND: BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL The Festival of the Bluegrass is the oldest Bluegrass festival in this region of Kentucky and will occur June 12-15 at the Horse Park. With fun activities for the whole family, this four-day festival will leave you with a certain spring in your step. There might even be some knee slapping! Make it an all-around fun-filled experience by camping out at the Kentucky Horse Park Campgrounds where camp spots can be reserved.

Bring your own food and drink to make it quite the affair to remember as stories are told around campfires and music wafts through the summer air. This year’s lineup includes the Gibson Brothers winners of the 2013 IMBA Entertainer of the Year and Artist of the year; Eric and Leigh Gibson are well-known in the bluegrass genre and beyond. Other shows are the Grascals, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Barefoot Movement along with many others. Kids (ages 6-18) also have the opportunity to participate in the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Camp. Kids with musical interest are invited to bring their instruments and participate in a fun and engaging camp atmosphere.


the Kentucky Horse Park. With week two of the spring shows wrapping up, the Park rings come alive as courses are set and rounds are made by horse and rider. Ponies, professional and amateurs alike, enjoy the series and settle into their home away from home. Many of the horses seem to feel the same way. The life of a top level hunter or jumper is often spent clocking miles on the road while getting schooled, groomed and primed for the ring. A well-seasoned show horse knows his job and does it well. But the devil is in the details during the behind-the-scenes moments at the shows. Horse show braiders are often busy braiding manes and tails starting in the early hours of the morning (we’re talking 2 or 3 am sometimes). A flurry of activity begins each morning as courses are set for the day, and the show office opens as the megacenter for a wide variety of competitor relations.

For more information or for camp registration visit www. A TRADITION RETURNS: HIGH HOPE STEEPLECHASE On Saturday, May 18, one of the most revered traditions in the Bluegrass returned to the Kentucky Horse Park, benefitting the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. A sport with a storied past, its origins are thought to be in Ireland in the 18th century when horses would race over long distances that included natural obstacles. On occasion, these races were to landmarks such as a church steeple, and over time, such competitions were coined steeplechases . As one of only a few places in the U.S. to host a steeplechase race, the High Hope is one of Kentucky’s best-kept secrets. The first race of the day, the David T. Greathouse Memorial Race was two miles and one furlong in length over natural fences, the sight of thoroughbreds bravely taking on the territory was a thrill for any race enthusiast. Combined with fun tailgates and tents, High Hope is a testament to the legacy of horsemen where hard work is displayed every day, but the enjoyment from the sport is easily witnessed. The Woodford Hounds also presented a live demonstration of the fox hunting tradition that it faithfully represents. The Woodford Hounds began in 1981 and is one of several active hunts within the Bluegrass country. The members were available for meet and greet (along with the hounds)!




Upcoming Events Carriage Driving Festival Friday, June 27, 2014 to Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 5:00pm Carriage Association of America The Carriage Association of America Carriage Festival is a 2-day driving event that includes a show, seminars and social activities. For more information visit

The Egyptian Event! June 3-7, come and experience the world’s largest showcase of the Egyptian Arabian horse! An annual event at the Kentucky Horse Park, the week offers opportunities for all ages with shopping, seminars, competition, auctions and other social events.




Fillies in the Workplace: Shannon White Owner, Ballantrae Farm

As the owner

of Ballantrae Farm, a commercial Thoroughbred farm with a robust third-party boarding business, Shannon White wears all the hats, from van driver to office manager. As a lifelong horsewoman, she considers herself an ambassador and caretaker of the Thoroughbred industry, and embraces her role in fostering young people’s careers. “I am as passionate about that as I am raising horses,” she said. Originally from Winchester, White moved around a lot in her early years because her stepdad was in the Navy. The family moved back to Kentucky when she was in seventh grade, and that’s when she started showing Quarter Horses. By the age of 14 she was prepping yearlings in Clark County for Phil and Norman Owens, to subsidize her show horse hobby. She was also involved in 4-H and extension programs. “I’m a big advocate for 4-H,” she said. At UK, in the mid-1990s, White finished her baccalaureate in animal science with an equine option. She worked for Rood & Riddle, as hospital supervisor, before returning to UK in 1999 for a master’s degree in education—which she completed in one year. Then she developed the Kentucky Equine Management Internship program (www. at the behest of Garrett O’Rourke and Jackie Smith of Juddmonte Farm, Callan Strouss from Lane’s End Oak Tree Division, David Switzer at the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Dr. Laurie Lawrence from UK. Since its inception in 2000, KEMI has introduced 600 students from 130 colleges and universities around the world to career


Shannon White (photo by Keni Parks)

By Kathie Stamps

“In concert with that, I wrote the equine business management curriculum for Lexington Community College,” White said. It was a year-long endeavor to educate business students “so they knew our vernacular and could go to work on a horse farm when they graduated.” In 2001, just as the LCC program was being pushed through to the Council on Postsecondary Education, White was offered a job at Fares Farm, which was owned by Issam Fares, the former deputy prime minister of Lebanon. She accepted the challenge to build a third-party boarding business there, and was the farm’s general manager for 13 years.

with Ivan Rakowsky here in town and the other two are eventing. The indoor arena at Ballantrae is going to be put to another use later this month, as it will be the site of the 2014 Freedom Fest June 27-28, a fundraiser for the Woodford Humane Society. “It’s fun to have people here,” White said. “The sunsets are amazing. We can open the entirety of the farm and allow people to roam and enjoy the evening.” She wants everyone to learn more about the Thoroughbred industry, which is near and dear to her heart. “I encourage people to consider Thoroughbred ownership,” she said. “Horses are special. People invest a lot of time and emotion into these animals.” White serves on the board of directors for KEMI and for Horse Aid Live, as well as the equine advisory committee at Midway College and various other scholarship committees. Last year she found time to help Lexington Catholic High School launch an equine studies program. “That was rewarding,” she said.

“During my tenure at Fares Farm, we bred Curlin,” White said of the two-time Horse of the Year (2006-07) and all-time leading money earner in North American racing history. “That was the first year I did the matings for Mr. Fares. We had another nice filly, Embur’s Song. I bought her as a yearling for Mr. Fares.”

Her day job, though, is owning and running Ballantrae Farm. “I have a wonderful farm manager,” she said of Miranda Gottsacker. “From Wisconsin originally, she worked for Taylor Made Farm and Fares Farm before stepping out with me on this new venture.”

In the last 10 years, White has been involved with six Derby starters, including Wicked Strong, the fourth-place finisher of the 2014 Run for the Roses. “I raised him for William and Anne Lynn,” she said, referring to Wicked Strong’s breeders in New York. “We will offer his little brother this September at our yearling consignment.” It was after the Fares Farm dispersal in January 2013 that White bought Ballantrae Farm, about a mile down the road. Ballantrae is Scottish for “by the sea.” It was named by the original owner, the late Bonnie Phillips. When she was in college, White used to night watch for Phillips. “I loved the property then and have wanted it ever since,” she said. “I looked at all the farms in central Kentucky but was adamant that I had to have this farm.” Situated on 102 acres in Fayette County, Ballantrae is home for White and her three daughters, their three dogs and six dozen horses. Of the 71 Thoroughbreds and warmbloods on the property— all mares, no stallions—White owns around half of them through her Crumbaugh Lane and Kendall Springs partnerships. All three of her daughters ride. Her oldest is riding show jumpers


paths in the Thoroughbred industry. These young people come to Kentucky to live and work on horse farms. White based the curriculum on questions she had in her own early years, when she wasn’t quite certain what opportunities were available.

For most of the year, White and Gottsacker are the two who take care of the animals. “She does the heavy lifting in the morning and I take the kids to school,” White said. “Then we are turning out the horses and getting through the day-to-day chores. I foal my own mares, do my own billing and we do all of our own maintenance.” Busy, yes. White’s world revolves around her children and the farm. “It becomes a lifestyle choice you make, not a career,” she said. “Every day is a new day. There is nothing routine about raising horses.” Besides breeding, foaling, breaking and training, Ballantrae Farm handles a lot of layups from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. (Layup refers to the process of horses recuperating from surgery or otherwise needing rest and rehab.) And just to add something else to her plate, White is starting her own public and private sales company this fall, Ballantrae Sales. “It’s such a rewarding business,” she said of the Thoroughbred industry. “From mating to the starting gate, there is a lot of time invested, but it is fantastic when you see it come to fruition.”




Nickers :

by Lisa Sheehy

Horse Talk Around Town

Reflections from Derby 140

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Dapper Mr. Derby Chris Swann

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Rooftop View of the Infield and Track

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Blue Collar and Bluebloods

Share the Stage at Derby & Oaks by John C. Engelhardt


California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby and Untapable in the Kentucky Oaks were sent away as the favorites. They each were given picture-perfect rides laying third after six furlongs and then exploding to authoritative victories. Any similarities between the horses, jockeys, trainers and in particular the owner/breeders end there.

horses trained by Mesh Tenney. He was only18, and the year was 1955, when Ellsworth headed to the Kentucky Derby with his chestnut dynamo named Swaps. “We went back to the Derby by rail from California,” Sherman said. “It took five days. The car with the horses was divided in two – Swaps on one side and the other horses on the other. I tried sleeping with the other horses, but they were dipping in the buckets, getting water all over my face, so I crawled over to the other side and laid down beside Swaps. He was such a sweetheart.”

The “dream” horse between the two is California Chrome. Steve Coburn partnered up with Perry Martin and bred a mare purchased for $8,000, Love the Chase to California stallion Lucky Pulpit that stood for Swaps defeated the favored Nashua in the $2,500 – not a pedigree one would find in Derby and by the end of the 1956 season he the Keeneland select sale. Anyone who gets was hailed as one of the greatest racehorses into racing has dreams of success, but Steve California Chrome and the Garland of Roses of all time and without a doubt down the Coburn’s was quite specific. He had a dream greatest ever bred in California. “He had a that the mare would produce a colt that would have a white blaze great demeanor, too,” recalled Sherman of his early days with the and four matching socks. “I saw this baby twice; once in a dream champion. “He was the kind of horse you could come up and pet and the day after he was born,” Coburn stated. “I told my wife, him. When we schooled him in the paddock at Churchill Downs, ’This colt is going to be something special. I can just feel it.’ You people would reach out to touch him.” Sherman eventually went know how you get that solid inner feeling in your chest? I told her, on to a career as a jockey from 1957 until 1980 transferring his ‘No matter what it takes, we are going to do what we have to do horsemanship skills to that of a trainer. to make sure this colt goes where he needs to go.’ And he hasn’t It’s hard to say a jockey that has won a Kentucky Derby flies unproven us wrong.” der the radar, but like Art Sherman, Victor Espinoza doesn’t grab The one-horse stable of a couple of working folks – Steve Coburn headlines with regularity. He also doesn’t mind riding in purple and Perry Martin – who live on either side of the California-Nevada silks with a green donkey emblem as his favorite mount as a child border near Reno are now living the dream. Their early decision was on a donkey at his father’s farm just outside of Mexico City. on the colt’s breeding prompted a friend to call them “dumb asses,” Initially he was scared of riding horses on the farm, but given a sun and they used that as inspiration for their silks, on which there is up to sundown option on the farm or working with horses with his the abbreviation “DAP,” for Dumb-Ass Partners and the image of brother Jose, he took the latter. Espinoza had just turned 20 when a donkey. They elected to turn training duties over to 76-year-old he won with his first mount in June 1992 at the Hipodromo de las Art Sherman, a successful trainer in his own right, but not a name Americas in Mexico City. The following year, he migrated to the that leapt off the pages of racing publications on a regular basis. United States and was the leading apprentice at Bay Meadows and Sherman has quite a story of his own to add to this Derby tale that Golden Gate Fields, while Jose ended up riding in the East. should have Hollywood producers tripping over each other to get Espinoza has now won 3,109 races from 20,401 mounts who had the movie rights. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised earned $160.8 Million. He won the 2002 Kentucky Derby, Preakin Southern California. His father was a barber by trade and since ness, and Haskell Invitational aboard champion War Emblem. Art stood just over five feet tall, many of his father’s customers sugThat’s a long way from riding a donkey outside of Mexico City. gested he look to the racetrack for a career. During his early days he rode for Art Sherman and the “dream Sherman’s first job at the track was as an exercise rider and all- team” was put together when he picked up the mount on Califoraround hand for the respected Rex Ellsworth stable of California nia Chrome after the colt’s sixth race – and they have not lost since.


Calvin Borel aboard Moonshine Mullin take the rail for upset in the $300,000 Alysheba Stakes

Smiling in her Derby hat

Former Jockey Patricia Cooksey,a breast cancer survivor, took part in Oaks Festivities

Victor Espinoza Celebrates with California Chrome at the Wire!

photos by John C. Engelhardt


Fiftyshadesofgold and Mike Smith passed the Oaks and captured the $175,000 Eight Belles

Outrider holds California Chrome’s Blinkers for win photo

Rosie Napravnick celebrates Kentucky Oaks win on Untapable




While most of California Chrome’s wins came against Californiabred horses, he came into this year’s Derby with impressive wins against open company in the Grade 2 San Felipe and Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. In 139 runnings of the Derby only three Californiabred horses had captured the world’s most iconic race – the last was Decidedly in 1962, when the gates sprung open on May 3rd that fact was about to change.

with 555, surpassing the previous standard of 496 held since 1976 by Jack Van Berg. He trained Curlin to back-to-back Horse of the Year titles. Under his care, Rachel Alexandra would become the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness Stakes and she would beat colts again in the Haskell Invitational and win over older males in the Woodward Stakes en route to Horse of the Year honors for 2009.

The connections of eighteen rivals felt the west coast invader was vulnerable at 1 ¼ miles with plenty of front-running horses to soften California Chrome on the lead. Breaking from the 5 path, Espinoza let Chitu and Uncle Sigh lead the field into the first turn and he relaxed his mount into the third position, clear of trouble, but not engaged in a speed duel. With a quarter of a mile left to run California Chrome kicked to the lead quickly and questions of his bloodline abilities were put to rest as Espinoza looked over his shoulder while on top by five lengths and together they cruised to a 1 ¾ length margin of victory over Commanding Curve, who was 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Danza.

You would be hard pressed to find a traditional breeding outfit than that of the Winchell family, owner and breeders of not only Untapable, but her sire Tapit who in recent years has become one of the most successful commercial sires in North America. In the year of Untapable’s conception he commanded a $150,000 stud fee. The Oaks victress is the produce of several generations of the Winchell breeding program that has given gave the Winchell family a long and major presence in American racing, its second Kentucky Oaks win after Summerly in 2005.

The Blue-Collar contingent of Steve Coburn, Perry Martin, Art Sherman and Victor Espinoza shared the national stage for the 2014 Kentucky Derby trophy presentation at Churchill Downs. With a dream realized, not one of them looked like a “Dumb Ass.” On the previous day, when the 140th Kentucky Oaks would be contended, the track was awash with the color pink as they honored cancer survivors for the sixth straight year. A large delegation of survivors paraded before the crowd of 113,071 on a cool, but sunny afternoon. It was a day dominated by strong women, before the race and at the wire. Unlike the “under the radar” cast of characters that captured the Derby, the winning Oaks group was a bit more high profile. Front and center was the new darling of the racing scene Rosie Napravnick the regular rider of Untapable. Since beginning her career in 2005, she has regularly been ranked among the top jockeys in North America in both earnings and total races won. As of 2013 she has been in the top 10 by earnings for two years in a row and is the highest-ranked woman jockey in North America. In 2012, she broke the total wins and earnings record for a woman jockey previously held by Julie Krone. In the process becoming the first woman rider to win the Kentucky Oaks, riding Believe You Can in 2012. She is only the second woman jockey to win a Breeders’ Cup race. Napravnik’s fifth-place finish in the 2013 Kentucky Derby and third in the 2013 Preakness are the best finishes for a woman jockey in those two Triple Crown races to date, and she is the only woman to have ridden in all three Triple Crown races. Untapable’s trainer Steven Asmussen is about as high profile as it gets. Asmussen began racing at age sixteen as a jockey, competing at racetracks for three years until his height and weight ended his riding career. In 2002, he led all trainers in Thoroughbred racing with 407 wins then in 2004 set a new record for wins by a trainer


Through three generations, Untapable’s pedigree is comprised of nearly undiluted Winchell stock. The daughter of Gainesway Farm’s stallion Tapit, a Winchell-owned star of the mid-2000s who took the 2004 Wood Memorial and Untapable’s dam, the Prized mare Fun House, was bred and campaigned by the late Verne Winchell. Fun House is also the dam of 2010 Secretariat Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Paddy O’ Prado, by El Prado, who was bred by the Winchells. Verne Winchell also bred and campaigned Untapable’s second and third dam. The class exhibited by favored Untapable, despite drawing an unlucky post position 13, revealed itself in the 1 1/8 mile Oaks. Breaking alertly, but taken in hand by Napravnick the duo stalked pacesetter My Miss Sophia and Sugar Shack for half of the race. When Rosie asked, Untapable listened and they drew off easily to a 4 ½ length win over My Miss Sophia and Unbridled Forever. Rosie and her regally-bred filly were well received by the Oaks day crowd with loud cheers from the top of the stretch to the winner’s circle where they were appropriately draped in a blanket of stargazer lilies, the flower selected for its femininity and strength. Looking back on these two races and their historic implications, it is endearing to witness the success of an established breeding operation that have set a foundation for decades in their bloodlines produce an exciting potential champion filly. While two guys with a limited bankroll labeled “Dumb Asses” caught lightning in a bottle and will have their dream live on forever.

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


Rosie Napravnik celebrates her 2nd Oaks victory surrounded by Stargazer Lilies Big hat beauty

Pink Duo

Lady in Red Chrome Suits “California Style”

photos by John C. Engelhardt

Blood-Horse Visuals Director Anne M. Eberhardt-Keough took part in the Survivors Parade




Untapable and Rosie get early position in the Oaks

California Chrome strides out for Derby 140 win


Candy Boy makes a splash

photos by John C. Engelhardt


The Changing Face

of Lexington’s Horse Farms by Cyndi Goyer-Greathouse

Lexington’s real estate

market is evolving, including the equine farm market. The residential housing market reflects a downsizing trend, and the iconic green pastures that are synonymous with “The Horse Capital of the World” have been shifting over the last several years To the casual observer, life in horse country seems the same, but to industry insiders the landscape looks quite different. Yes, horses still graze in the lush fields surrounding Lexington. Yet, the types of horses are shifting. When Thoroughbreds’ racing careers end, many are given second careers as sport horses. Because of that, many farms had ex-racers around that were used for sport, but the farms were predominantly breeding and training facilities for racing. Economic conditions that started in 2009 caused the reduction in the number of Thoroughbreds bred each year. Coupled with the financial distress many Thoroughbred owners faced, these Thoroughbred farms that Kentucky is known for began selling to the sport horse people. The show jumpers, dressage, and three-day eventing horses that spend winters in warmer climates are starting to call the Kentucky Horse Park and central Kentucky their permanent summer home. “There have been many sport horse people buying traditional Thoroughbred farms, and they are buying this land at a premium, particularly in the vicinity of or adjacent to the Kentucky Horse Park. They are putting a great deal of money into the infrastructure as well,” says Mark Dixon, a realtor with Biederman Real Estate and experienced farm developer. The large fields used to turn mares and foals out are being converted to smaller fields and paddocks for show horses. Indoor and covered arenas are popping up. Sand rings with colorful jumps are dotting the landscape. Mirrored rings for dressage

training and instruction are becoming more numerous. In addition, the trend to subdivide when selling larger parcels of land continues to increase. Show horses don’t require the enormous fields to thrive as growing Thoroughbreds do. High level performance horses encompass varying breeds of horses. Many warm bloods and sport horse varieties have inherently slower metabolisms than the Thoroughbreds and too much of the rich, lush grass can actually harm some horses. Another factor in the change is the availability of top-level equine competitions in the area. The Kentucky Horse Park was home to the World Equestrian Games in the summer of 2010. During these games, central Kentucky’s rich farm land was on display to many of the world’s highest-level performance horse competitors. Improvements made to the Kentucky Horse Park to host these games has led to an increase in the number of high-level competitions held annually. The changing real estate in the country has trickled into the city, as owners and competitors are buying summer luxury homes to use while they are in Lexington, such as The Harbour at Lakewood. Crystal Towe, realtor/broker with The House Store Realty Group explains, “Low maintenance yet high end summer and second homes such as our town homes are appealing to the sport horse connections by offering the amenities and elegance of their main homes with lake views and private terraces.” The next time you’re driving through the picturesque country roads with the stone and plank board fencing, notice the subtle changes to the land beyond the fences. The view, thankfully, retains the grace and beauty of horses grazing in the rolling hills of Central Kentucky that Lexington calls home.

If you are looking for a “Second Stall” for yourself, please join us for the unveiling of the beautiful townhomes at The Harbour at Lakeside Friday, June 20th, 6pm - 9pm • 527 Laketower Drive • Lexington, KY 40502 Contact Crystal Towe at 859-492-8861 •



The Harbour at Lakeside (photos by Keni Parks)



TOPS Cares

Imagine, if you possibly can, that you are a young child (male or female) who has been physically and sexually abused by an adult: perhaps by a stranger, but more than likely, by someone you know and trust. Now – while you continue to think like a child, what options do you have to STOP THE HURT? You realize that if you tell, you may not be believed—and you may be punished or further humiliated by reporting the abuse you’ve experienced.

by Mary Ellen Slone


or an unfathomable number of sexually abused children across America, there may only be minimal options for help.

child and family needs when sexual abuse has been disclosed. Forensic interviewing, family advocacy, forensic medical exams, and healing therapy are all available at no cost to a child’s family.

Here in the Bluegrass however, “the climate for recognition and hope for healing is different,” very different. Twenty years ago, a ‘blue ribbon team’ championed by Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson developed a multidisciplinary team approach for the investigation, intervention, prosecution, and treatment of child sexual abuse cases. Resultantly, a not-for-profit Board of Directors was formed in 1994, charged with the analysis and evaluation of the critical need to protect our children from this ‘unspeakable’ abuse. Soon thereafter, the Lexington-based Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) opened its doors with one staff member, a commitment from a diverse and caring Board, and the entire community.

UNDERSTANDING CHILD ABUSE Child abuse is far more than bruises or broken bones. While physical abuse is shocking due to the scars it leaves, not all child abuse is obvious. Ignoring children’s needs, putting them in unsupervised, dangerous situations, or making a child feel worthless or stupid are also manifestations of child abuse. Regardless of the type of abuse, the result is serious emotional harm. DISPELLING SOME COMMON MYTHS ABOUT CHILD ABUSE

“…and if you tell ANYONE, I’ll hurt you again!”

Our community has embraced this concept and has inspirationally nurtured its growth and outreach. The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass now coordinates the investigation and treatment of the most serious cases of child abuse in the surrounding 17 Central Kentucky counties. CAC of the Bluegrass provides all the services a



MYTH: It’s only abuse if it’s violent. FACT: Physical abuse is just one type of child abuse. Neglect and sexual abuse can by just as damaging; and since there are often no visible signs of trauma, others may be less likely to intervene.

MYTH: Child sexual abuse doesn’t happen in my neighborhood. FACT: Child abuse crosses all racial, economic, and cultural lines. Studies suggest that as many as one in seven children will be sexually abused


Host a Star Spangled Party It’s almost time for America’s birthday! There’s no better way to celebrate than with a festive, patriotic themed Fourth of July party. Throwing a casual, fun Independence Day party is a great way to celebrate all the great parts of the summer. Add a little red, white, and boom to your party with these Fourth of July party tips! FOOD Fourth of July fare usually includes lots of grilled goodies. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue are great choices. If you’re hosting an outdoor event, skip mayonnaise and cream based sides. Instead opt for pasta salads, vinegar based slaw, corn on the cob, and fruit salad. Let fresh in-season produce, such as corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelon, take center stage in your dinner menu. For Independence Day drinks and dessert, let patriotic colors be the star. A delicious, flag inspired kids’ drink is to layer blue Gatorade, Sobe Pina Colada, and cranberry apple juice. The adults can enjoy a red, white and blue Sangria. A festive dessert, such as Star Spangled Cherry Pie, will be a show stopper at your party. DÉCOR Casual, rustic looks are perfect for a July 4th party. If you’re hosting a fairly intimate affair, try placing an outdoor table underneath a big tree. You can hang festive decorations, like tissue pom-poms, paper starbursts, or twinkling lights from the tree branches. Make your holiday table a little extra special with red, white, and blue spirited table top décor. Rustic elements, like mason jars, brown paper bags, and burlap, will casually dress up your party table. Other components included here are red and white gingham napkins, blue woven placemats, a burlap runner, chips served in brown bags with decorative tags and soda bottles decorated with ribbon. Remember to prevent pests from bugging your guests by using citronella candles and setting out all-natural bug spray. Guests will also appreciate you making bottles of sunscreen available to prevent sunburns. ACTIVITIES Photos & Styling by Mirabelle Creations

If you’re having kids at the party, one fun activity is to plan a neighborhood parade. Encourage young guests to bring bikes, big wheels, and wagons to the party. Set out crepe paper streamers, poster board, and markers for kids to use to decorate their little vehicle. Stock up on other inexpensive, patriotic décor at your local dollar store. Kids can decorate their vehicles, then parade through the neighborhood. You can also award small prizes for the most creative decorations. No July 4th is complete without the ceremonious fireworks display. A few days before your party, assess the best spot for fireworks. If you don’t have space to perform your own fireworks show, make plans to visit your local city fireworks display.

by Deanna Talwalkar Party Planner Extraordinaire



TOPS Around Town

CONCERT ON THE LAWN Photos by Alex Orlov This event featured performances from the talented Laura Bell Bundy and Sundy Best following the final race of the Keeneland Spring Meet. The concert benefitted the Markey Cancer Foundation, an organization that invests in the people and programs that are working to find cures and improve cancer treatment.



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Horsing Around in your Photos to Add Bluegrass Style


n my personal opinion, your wedding photos are the second most important decision you make for your wedding, behind the gown (ok, ok details that she may have missed on her special day). You often hear a bride say that because the wedding day is so overwhelming, it was all a blur to them. Great wedding photography immortalizes how all the meticulously detailed planning ‘worked’ on their wedding day, and the Bride will be able to see everything she missed. But even better are the creatively staged photographs that evoke your style and take advantage of the beautiful locales. In the Bluegrass, it is very cool to bring in the feel of Bluegrass style for your guests to enjoy, and this serves as a fabulous backdrop. KEEP YOUR WEDDING PHOTOS “ON TRACK” We are extraordinarily lucky in our area to have world famous and breathtakingly beautiful Keeneland Racetrack, white fences, rolling bluegrass and “better than a mansion” horse farm barns befitting a king that can be the stage for your wedding photographs. Photos in a racetrack setting are classically beautiful, while evoking the casual grace of ‘Trackside Casual’. Keep in mind that photos on the actual track are rarely permitted, but you never know – magic can happen. A HORSE OF COURSE If you can arrange it, or have friends in the horse business, including a large four legged addition to your wedding party (during photo shooting only!) can make for one of a kind wedding photos. Nothing will say bluegrass more. Please don’t think that shooting with a horse just happens, as these guys are stars in their own right, so talk by Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant

Photos courtesy of The Time Photography by Frank Decker



to their people first. If a horse isn’t in the cards, nothing says central Kentucky like our miles of white fences and sun shining bright on paddocks of bluegrass. NEVER A LONG SHOT These magical settings will be the foundation for the portraits that will be featured in your new home, and your parents’ homes, for years to come. They can adorn your new ‘At Home’ cards and even your first year’s Christmas Cards, evoking your Kentucky roots, and making your Bluegrass Style Wedding unforgettable.

Arts & Entertainment

It’s a Grand Night for Singing

the entire Thursday through Sunday event. Mountain Heart opens the festival which includes groups like Barefoot Movement, The Gibson Brothers, Claire Lynch Band, The Seldom Scene, Detour and Dry Branch Fire Squad, it closes at noon on Sunday with a Gospel Show. Tickets per day are $25-$50. Tickets for all four days are $105 without camping and $120 with camping. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit JUNE 12-15, 19-22 THE SOUND OF MUSIC as an outdoor drama will be presented by The Ragged Edge Community Theater in the James Harrod Amphitheater at historic Old Fort Harrod State Park each night from 8-10:30 p.m. For more information, call 859-734-3314. #2 JUNE 13-15 AND 20-22, IT’S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING is back for its 22nd year as the grand opening of the Lexington summer arts scene. This University of Kentucky

Opera Theatre production is a highly popular Broadway-style musical revue featuring new faces as well as long-time audience favorites. Singletary Center for the Arts, Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults and $40 for seniors, faculty and staff; $15 for children and students. Purchase tickets by calling 859-257-4929 or by visiting JUNE 14, OPENING NIGHT FOR KENTUCKY’S 55TH STEPHEN FOSTER STORY on stage at My Old Kentucky Home State Park amphitheatre in Bardstown. The show with beautiful costumes, lively dance and timeless music takes the audience back to the 1850s every night through Aug. 16 at 8:30 p.m. Most weeks there is an indoor Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $19-$24 for adults and $11-$13 for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 800-626-1563. JUNE 15, ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO brings his unique blend of rock and roots music with emotionally honest lyrics to Lexington for a 7:30 p.m. performance at Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade. Tickets are $25 online at JUNE 24-JULY 5, IS HE DEAD? BY MARK TWAIN Adapted by David Ives, the zany farce takes the audience to Paris in 1846 where a young painter pretends to be dead to get the girl of his dreams. This production is performed outdoors at Pioneer Playhouse in Danville nightly Tuesday through Saturday, and indoors in case of rain, with a dinner at 7:30 p.m. or without a dinner at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $28 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets for show only are $16 for adults and $9 for children, call 859-236-2747. JUNE 28, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS are at Renfro Valley for a concert at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35-$45 and can be purchased online at or by calling 800-765-7464.

Lesley is owner ofThe Academy for the Creative Arts based in Central and Southeast Kentucky. Also a violinist with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Lesley is contributing Arts and Culture editor and associate news editor of



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