TOPS In Lexington Magazine, March 2015

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TOPS AROUND TOWN 27 Out & About I 29 Out & About II 30 TOPS February Preview Party I 32 TOPS February Preview Party II 34 KEMI presents Commerce Lexington Inc. Dinner I 36 KEMI presents Commerce Lexington Inc. Dinner II 38 Carin’ for Nurses Ball


40 Horses of All Ages Bachelor Auction I 42 Horses of All Ages Bachelor Auction II 44 African American Ball 46 Community Couture Fashion Show 178 Bluegrass Sports Awards I 180 ReMax Makenna Foundation Event 182 H’Artful of Fun I 184 H’Artful of Fun II 186 Her Knight 188 Mid-Knight Stakes I 190 Mid-Knight Stakes II 192 Frankel: Cocktails & Casino Night 194 Chinese New Year 218 TOP Shots

38 194 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 71 Family: STUFF 94 Relationships: Independent Women 97 Posh Paws: Choosing a Home For Your Pet 149 Fashion: Spring in Your Step 150 Etiquette & Entertaining: Cell Phones—A Help or a Hindrance? 167 Business News 175 Parties: Host a Winning March Madness Party 177 Sports: The Calipari Era, How Do His Teams Rank? 200 Weddings: Let Them Eat…Naked Cake? 203 Taste of Thyme: March Madness Fare 204 TOP 5 Dining: New In Town


206 Lesley’s List 208 Lex & the City 215 Save the Date



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TOP People to Know

Mary Cynthia Martin

Corey M. Brown Realtor

Interior Designer


PEOPLE to know in Home and Garden



Mary Cynthia continues to bring her over 6,000 clients’ visions to life, in residential and commercial. Her award-winning Martin Durr Caldwell’s work was chosen as the 2014 Kentucky Home & Gardens Christmas Home, in which she has written features. She has also shared her interior design expertise with Kentucky Monthly, NBC and Clear Channel radio affiliates. She also worked at Shelly Barrad Design in Chicago. Based in Danville, she works throughout Kentucky. 236.2262 |

Dana Back-Pack Branch Manager

Dana has over 15 years of experience in her field. Her areas of expertise include FHA, VA, Rural Housing Service and Kentucky Housing Corporation lending, as well as conventional and jumbo loans. She specializes in customizing mortgage solutions and working with first-time homebuyers for low down payment programs. In her free time, Dana enjoys riding cross-country with her husband on their Harley-Davidson motorcycle. They are proud members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. 621.0169 |

Corey M. Brown, a lifelong native of the Lexington area, attended the University of Kentucky, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Business Finance. There, he was a four year member of the school’s National Champion cheerleading squad. Corey brings that same discipline, attention to detail and passion to helping clients buy and sell their homes. He aims to make the real estate process stress-free and enjoyable. 489.5282 |

Debra Willet Hupman Designer

Debra, with a UK Interior Design degree, has 30 years experience in the kitchen, bath, and design business. She is a Certified Kitchen Designer, Certified Bath Designer and an Allied member of ASID. The main goal of every kitchen and bath project is to provide a “fun, fabulous, and functional” space that is unique to her client. Debra, along with her experienced design team, Pam Newton, CKD, and Jennifer Barnes, transforms homes into “dream homes”. 255.6838 |

TOP People to Know

Preston Rogers

Justin Jeffries

Crystal Towe


Project Manager

Principal Broker

With one of the top Home Building companies in Central Kentucky, Mike has successfully assembled a group of dedicated and driven Project Managers who are committed to assisting customers with their every need - from the ground up. Pairing his structural and mechanical background with his degrees in Architecture & Business Management, Mike has over 20 years experience in the industry. Mike serves on multiple non-profit boards, including Home Builders Care.

Justin obtained a degree in construction management from WKU and has over 10 years’ experience in all phases of the construction process. Building homes in Lexington has been rewarding and enjoyable, as he has been able to work with homeowners to make their dream home become a reality. His attentiveness to detail, value of customers’ desires, and hard work ethic make him a great choice for building your next home.

After The House Store was formed in 2013, Crystal quickly became a topproducing agent and broker. She has formed a team with the same passions; dedicated, determined to meet every client’s needs and a “refuse to fail” attitude! Together, they represent Andover Construction in several communities throughout the state. “The building process is a 5-6 month journey, and watching it all come together is incredible. Handing over the keys for the first time is something I cherish,” she said.

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Cassie Beach

Jennifer Hawkins

Natalee Mason




Real Estate agent Cassie Beach is local to Central Kentucky. Maintaining client relationships and exceeding their expectations is her number one goal. She has the drive and determination to consistently achieve success as a leader, and demand nothing less than the best in an effort to succeed. Her background in Sales, Marketing, General Real Estate, and New Home Construction help her provide outstanding service to each client.

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Jennifer is the full time REALTOR you’ve been waiting for! After years in administration and customer service, she decided to take the leap and finally become a licensed Real Estate Agent. Jennifer quickly discovered she made the right decision. Within her first year as an agent she became a member of the Million Dollar Club! Whether you’re buying or selling Jennifer is here to help. She’s always on call and never too far from a phone! 285.9727 |

Born and raised in Central, KY, Natalee has practiced real estate in the Lexington-Fayette area since 2006. A resultsdriven, dedicated professional with solid sales and customer service experience. She enjoys utilizing leadership, communication and networking, and attention to detail to accomplish clients’ home goals. She specializes in both existing home sales and has also represented multiple builders in new construction building and sales. Call Natalee when you want to buy and/or sell your home!

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STUFF Spring Cleaning is such a great ritual. The first signs of warm

weather always get me thinking about it. Windows open, rugs hanging on a clothesline, corners scrubbed with a toothbrush. I feel so Laura Ingalls-y after I’ve washed and scrubbed every corner of the house. But let’s be clear—keeping a clean house has very little to do with organization. My house is clean. I promise. But there is stuff. So much stuff.

In my line of work, I see the clutter issue every day. It haunts me. Anyone who does not move every five years is in danger of succumbing. Over the years, things get tucked into drawers, stacked on bookcases and packed into the back of closets. When my daughter left for college a few years ago, we unpacked her closet, and it was like adding water to one of those little tiny sponge animals we bought for bath time when she was little. I have no idea how that much stuff was crammed into such a small space. I want to organize my stuff. Really I do. But as far as I’m concerned, all those lists from Real Simple are easily filed in an folder, but rarely executed, and not really all that simple. Because no matter my great intentions, somehow the process always takes a detour. I’ve learned to start with small goals. One room at a time. Three piles: keep, throw away, and give away. And it starts with the first drawer. Which, in addition to socks and t-shirts, I find contains Sunday School crafts from my kids and a collection of ID cards with an amazing range of photos of the kids. Dang they were all so cute…I can’t throw those away. I mean, my husband hung on to one of his ID cards, and now I don’t know what to do with that either. But it sure is cute. Oh, wait, back to reality and sorting. In addition to “keep—throw away—give away,” I decideed to add another pile, “not sure, ask the kids”. It’s this way no matter what room of the house I try to conquer. I’m a fairly organized person by nature, but this kids’ stuff trumps me. Not the hand-me-downs I’ve been recycling for two decades. It’s all the miscellaneous things. ID cards. Collections. Awards. Science projects. Attempting to sort through their stuff and determine what will be valuable someday is an exercise in futility. I mean, what if my son becomes famous some day so the cast from the unfortunate incident when he was 18 months is worth a million dollars? Okay, unlikely, but still, it’s in perfect condition.

by Hallie Bandy



My kids have grown up in an era when they received an award for anything they did. Certificates, ribbons, trophies, medals. I’ve tried suggesting they keep the important ones, but let me tell you; they are all important. Especially the cross-country-runner trophy I accidentally dropped and the head fell off. That one was super important.

I have a nature lover, who finds things wherever we go. Seashells. Horseshoes. Owl pellets. Possum teeth. The craft queen has her stuff, too. Glitter. Yarn. Paints. And then there are all those Beanie Babies! Weren’t they supposed to fund the kids’ education? Maybe if I hang on just a little longer, I can fund my retirement. Meanwhile, I’ll try to keep the dog from destroying them. In our mudroom, one of my children is currently brewing mead for his Literature professor. He’s hoping for extra credit. I’m hoping it doesn’t explode. Either way, there’s really no place to put it. Except in the way. I’ve pretty much determined there isn’t really a system for getting all this stuff under control. De-cluttering my house will have to wait until the nest is empty. For now, I’m just trying to keep the piles under control… and maybe figure out what to do with the possum teeth.




Color Inspiration


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Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture



Color Inspiration

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by Michelle Rauch


he use of greenhouses dates back centuries. Typically found on estates on a grande scale, they were historically reserved for those of wealth and privilege. The first known greenhouses were recorded in Rome. Today, they can be found on a small scale in a humble backyard, on school campuses, and large-scale commercial facilities. The size, investment, and purpose may vary, but the benefits are universal. Having a greenhouse allows gardeners to extend their growing season. Because it is temperature controlled, you can grow virtually year round from your cool weather crops like lettuce, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower to heat lovers like tomatoes, cucumber, and squash. A greenhouse is also a safe haven for your plants to hibernate if you will, or more accurately called overwintering. Bring them in for shelter from the harsh winter and bring them back out to enjoy again the following spring. Do you love the lush, vibrant plants of more tropical regions? Bring the tropics home and grow non-native plants in a greenhouse.

There are three primary elements that make up a greenhouse: a frame, floor, and cover. Historically, greenhouses were made of glass. Plastic is very common now and we have a University of Kentucky Professor to thank for that. Many of us have probably seen the white, heavy plastic clad greenhouses during a drive through the country. I was tickled to learn during my research for this article that the credit for that creation goes to Dr. Emery M. Emmert. Dr. Emmert is regarded as the “father� of the plastic greenhouse. He spent thirty-four years at U.K. teaching horticulture beginning in 1928. He studied and invented plastic greenhouses during 1948-1955. Just as glass does, covering a greenhouse frame with plastic draws on the sun’s energy to heat the enclosure. Since the heat is trapped, proper ventilation is important. Think of it as a sheltered microclimate where you can control temperature, humidity, soil moisture and drainage, and more. A greenhouse allows you to take back control from Mother Nature.




Dr. Emmert was on the forefront of greenhouse technology up until his passing in 1962. Today, the science and technology behind greenhouses is growing. Growers have access to technology that can track almost any environmental factor that they want to study. Daniel Bustle is an Agriculture Instructor and the FFA Advisor at Locust Trace Agriscience Center in Lexington. “I can track temperature changes, air movement, humidity, watering frequency, and external weather data. There are apps for phones that assist with chemical measurements, and apps that help track and identify pests that improve IPM (Integrated Pest Management),” Bustle said. Bustle’s students take what they learn inside a traditional classroom and put it into practice in the school’s state of the art greenhouses. “They get the opportunity to see a plant from start to finish,” he said. Even with all of the technological support, in its purest form, growing in a greenhouse is still a very organic process for students to participate in. “I think it’s an amazing opportunity for us. Most of our generation is absorbed in technology. They eat, sleep, and breathe around technology. It’s kind of unsettling to know that most of my generation doesn’t know how to grow and nurture a plant,” said Hannah Braden who is a senior at Locust Trace. In addition to learning the science behind plants, there is a business component for students at Locust Trace. The students sell the plants they grow out of the greenhouse. The seasonal sales are open to the general public. In the fall you will find mums. Winter is plentiful with poinsettias. The spring is a bounty of herbs, vegetables, hanging baskets, flats of flowers, and ferns. “The money that is made goes back to the greenhouse account to provide continued opportunities for next year’s class,” Bustle said. Home growers with a greenhouse can cash in too. When you are growing from seed, chances are you will have more than your fair share of plants and vegetables. What better opportunity to share with friends, family, and neighbors, or sell them. Everyone wins. You can make a little money to recoup what you spend on seeds and your friends can save from paying the high price of retail at a nursery. Those are the benefits. But before you reap them, there is the initial investment. A quick search of greenhouses online can leave you with sticker shock. Several hundred dollars for something simple up to several thousand for a showy, top of the line glass enclosed structure. While greenhouses can be very expensive, they don’t have to be. It can be costly if someone wants a greenhouse with all the bells and whistles. A greenhouse can be built to the size that you want. If you want something in your back yard or on your farm, you can determine how much space you want to dedicate for a greenhouse. While I have visions of a gorgeous greenhouse some day, realistically I know I will need to win the lottery to make that dream a reality. That doesn’t mean a greenhouse is out of my reach or yours. From a simple cold frame to a fully automated greenhouse that practically does all the work for you, there is something for everyone. It’s important to know what is available and compare it to your needs and the time you have to devote to it. Again, we have U.K’s Dr. Emery Emmert to thank for the choices we have today to extend the growing season.

Photos on these two pages by Callaway Stivers




Choices Cold frame. This is the most cost effective option. A cold frame can cost as little as $30 for a small one. Think of this as a box like structure that sits low to the ground and acts as a mini greenhouse. This is the perfect option for the gardener who simply wants to get a jump start on the growing season and start his/her seeds, or who wants a safe place to insulate their plants during the winter. Low tunnels. Also called “quick hoops”, low tunnels are made of wire or PVC hoops covered with clear plastic or row covers. They are typically about a foot and a half tall. They cover the crops, which are in the ground for up to a month before the covers are removed for the spring growing season. The covers may be replaced in the fall to extend that growing season a little longer. They are often used in conjunction with black plastic mulch and drip irrigation. Low tunnels are also good to protect crops from the wind. A low tunnel is cost effective. They can be built for $0.25 to $0.50 per square foot. High tunnels. The high tunnel is the greenhouse of Dr. Emmert’s day. It may also be called a “hoophouse.” These structures are made of a curved or “hooped” frame tall enough to walk through. Sources for framing include metal pipe, PVC pipe, or wood. The frame is covered with greenhouse grade polyethylene plastic. What they may lack in a high tech temperature controlled greenhouse, these more than make up with their ability to adequately control temperatures, provide soil warming, and protect plants from wind and rain in the simplest form. The cost for a high tunnel may range from $1.00 to $2.50 per square foot. As the options are weighed, growers may realize a conventional greenhouse may not even be needed. Instead, a simpler structure may be both economically and realistically a better fit. It boils down to needs, cost, and ambition. With that in mind this may be a great DIY project. Before you build, do your homework. Builders beware. Don’t put your cold frame, hoop house or greenhouse just anywhere. Optimal placement is crucial. The structure needs to receive plenty of sunlight, preferably southeasterly sun. You can supplement with artificial lighting, but remember, that costs more money. Your structure should be free and clear of ob-



structions like tree limbs that could fall and damage your greenhouse. Consider flooring that allows for good drainage like pea gravel. And anchor it. You don’t want it to go up, up, and away with a heavy wind. Back at Locust Trace Agriscience Farm, the value of having a greenhouse isn’t lost on students. “It’s an experience and opportunity you can’t get just anywhere,” said Keaton Smith who is a senior. “The greenhouse is a tool that makes real world learning happen. Students are able to do more than talk about theories, they have the opportunity to apply and test theories,” Bustle said. “This also gives students the opportunity to learn a skill that can sustain them for the rest of their life,” he said. Aside from nutritional sustenance and beautifying one’s surroundings with homegrown plants and flowers, there are the spiritual and emotional benefits. Tamuz Babatunde is a junior at Locust Trace and says it’s nice to be out and one with nature. “It’s almost like I’m living along with them, helping them like a family,” Babatunde said. Hannah Braden agrees. She says retreating to a greenhouse can be relaxing and calming. “When I am in a greenhouse it is like an escape form reality. There’s innocent living things all around you and it’s amazing,” she said. If you are looking for greater control of the growing process, a greenhouse may be worth the time and investment. There are several great resources out there to help. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has help at your fingertips with their Virtual Grower. The online tool can help you with everything from greenhouse design, choosing the right crops, growth schedules, real-time predictions of energy use, and more. See how the at The Center for Crop Diversification at the University of Kentucky will host a High Tunnel webinar Series on Tuesday evenings through the month of March. The free webinars are hosted from 6:30-7:45pm. Topics include crop and equipment options, insect, weed and disease control, and hear from local growers about their successes. For more information visit Learning about greenhouses is just like everything else I have found when it comes to gardening. It is ripe with opportunities to collaborate and learn from others with a shared passion.


Independent Women

One thing is for certain, it’s better to be a healthy single person

than to be in a lousy, no good dead-beat relationship. And chances are for many of us—just as the old saying goes—many frogs will likely be kissed before finding prince or princess charming. I have a dear friend that can surely testify to that. Going to girls night out with her is always hilarious because, bless her heart, she has kissed her share of some downright bizarre frogs; and hearing her stories is always entertaining over a margarita. Thankfully, her sense of humor is fabulous. This precious woman realized that over the past several years, she had become complacent in the world of dating. She noted that with each passing moment, her independence was unwavering and she was admittedly having a hard time imagining having to make the compromises necessary for a productive relationship. But, one evening during happy hour she declared a jovial, “What the heck!!!” She decided to make a genuine attempt to meet somebody nice.

“I was then drawn to another guy. Again, his profile looked great! I did not give him my number feeling more cautious this time. In our chatting, he revealed to me that he was so proud of himself. Said he had recently quit drinking because of a PRETTY MAJOR drinking problem. He was finally sober! When I asked him how long he had been sober, he proceeded to tell me enthusiastically ‘TWO DAYS! Isn’t that great!’” GULP. “Then another guy confided he had low blood pressure, therefore low sex drive, but that he loves going for long romantic afternoon fishing trips instead. The next one shared that he did want to warn me that he has one lazy eye and that it can be distracting…trying to figure out which one to look into, but that most people get used to it.”

With the help of Jose Cuervo, we jotted down a list of basic criteria on a cocktail napkin: 1. I WILL NOT SETTLE FOR A BONE-HEAD. She was under no illusions of expecting to gaze into the dreamy eyes of Brad Pitt, however is now wise enough to realize that expecting perfection would not land the perfect partner for her. 2. I WILL NOT SETTLE FOR A COUCH SURFER. This person is not allowed to still be living with the parents. 3. I WILL NOT SETTLE FOR A CHAUVINISTIC PIG. This person needs to respect her and women in general. This seemed like a good start to both of us. We discussed the fact that the quickest way to jumpstart the process was to try out an online dating service, so I helped her create her profile and we pushed the final button to place her lovely face out there into the sea of love. We would meet at our usual spot the following week to discuss the progress. That following Thursday I showed up at our favorite booth promptly at 5:30. A few moments later she walked in and joined me. “Well????” I begged in anticipation of her answer. “Well…I had this one guy who’s profile seemed great. After chatting online for a while, I agreed to give him my phone number and we began talking. Seemed nice enough. UNTIL he shared that he was seeking counseling for some EXTREMELY SERIOUS anger management issues.” “But nobody’s perfect by Buffy Lawson right?” he uttered. CLICK. Relationship Veteran



“So yeah, it went FANTASTIC!” she said with one eyebrow shooting up. “At this point, Mister Wonderful is going to have to literally fall straight out of the sky crashing through my ceiling. It was a nice try, but I do like my life just fine, thank you very much.” About that time our waitress brought a margarita and sat it in front of my friend. “This is from the man in that booth,” the waitress said pointing to a VERY nice looking fellow. The man shyly smiled at her, kindly waving. “Well, well, well!” I said. My friend smiled and raised her drink as a thankful air toast. Now, I am not a witch or a fortuneteller…but I do know something about electricity. And those two people had it. Who knows? This just could be her prince charming…or at least a damn goodlooking frog.

Tour of Homes


he adjoining kitchen features high-gloss granite countertops, pure white cabinetry and open shelving to display glassware and dinnerware. A breakfast bar area looks over the living room for effortless entertaining.




Spring in Your Step

photos by Kristin Tatem


arch is upon us, which means, thank goodness, Spring is right around the corner. But here is the kicker with the Bluegrass, March is a tease. She’ll give us a few spurts of warmth only to be followed with a cold blast, an ice storm, or even snow. So, with that in mind, it’s still not time to completely pack up your winter wardrobe but we can indeed pare down on the heaviness. Think detailed sweaters, tissue turtlenecks, and cotton separates. While a ruffled sweater appears to scream spring with its feminine detail, it still serves as a wonderful transitional piece, as it’s got enough weight to keep you bundled. Utilize your sweaters during the month of March. It’s one of the few times you can wear them solo with no additional layers. Little tip I like to follow when getting dressed: If you’ve got one article of clothing that’s terribly girly (sweater), pair her with a more masculine piece. In this case, the boyfriend jean is the perfect partner! One of my favorite items during the fall and winter is a good chunky turtleneck. It is equal parts cozy and chic. The key to sporting the turtleneck once Spring approaches is to look for lighter fabrics. With its tissue weight and stretch, this stripe number is just perfect for the impending Spring. And how about cotton separates for the win? To say that I am mildly obsessed with this casual two piece would be quite the understatement. Sucker is cozy. Sucker is warm. Sucker is cute. Let’s be honest, this rig is basically a glorified sweat suit, but I am 100% ok with that! The waffle texture of the rugby style top paired with the sweatpant material of the track pants keep me warm while still managing to be stylish. Win-Win if you ask me! So let us Cheers to winter (almost) being completely behind us and Spring, Horses, Blooms and the like right around the corner!

by Beth Parker Fashion Blogger/Stylist



Etiquette & Entertaining

Cell Phones–A Help or a Hindrance? O

n April 3, 1973 Martin Cooper introduced the very first personal cellular telephone call to the public. Since then the phone advancement in size and technology has moved like a tornado. From an instrument the size of a brick with a rigid antennae to today’s phone of playing card size, many aspects of our lives have changed along with it. Cellular communication has shrunken the world to the push of a button. Almost any location is quickly accessible. Problems are solved and problems are created at the speed of sound. In cities around the globe, the look is very similar. People walking, running, riding and driving with a cell phone attached to their ear. Recently even Pope Frances showed concern when he said, “Put down that gadget and talk!” Communication can be created but also it can be destroyed. Misunderstandings are frequent when one cannot see the person to whom they are talking. Much is transmitted by the facial expression and gestures, which are lost in a phone conversation. Families are beginning to feel the distance created by each member talking or reading messages rather than communicating with one another face to face. Recently a letter was published in the local newspaper from a husband who stated that his wife constantly looked down at her phone, seeming to ignore him and their three children. He continued, she is totally unaware of what is being said or seen by the rest of the family. He asks, is this the new norm of socialization? In addition, within the family, schoolwork is disrupted when there is notification of a new message. Consequently, less time is spent on homework. Work being done intermittently is of lesser quality because of cell phone disruption. A time and place for basic technology must be determined and enforced in order to function and to communicate as a family.

the street alone, they reach for their phone. It gives a person something to do and something to make the time go faster. These occurrences show signs of dependence, a modern version of what a cigarette did for generations in the past. The results of constant use of a cell phone harm the ability to communicate face to face. Digital skills impact the ability to speak and write properly. Consequences of this are social awkwardness, anxiety, rudeness and the safety of all concerned. The helpful uses for the cell phone explosion are that it provides safety by always having someone to contact if necessary, improve the ability to stay in touch with friends and relatives living in distant locations, confirming plans quickly, and checking inclimate weather alerts. The rapidly advancing age of technology is not going to reverse. How to successfully live in this time is the question. The answer becomes the same as with any potential problem, AWARENESS. Treating the constant usage of the cell phone calls for MODERATION and certainly self-imposed RESTRAINT on the part of the responsible owner of the device. Thus, thinking of others should be kept first and foremost. Remember—Good Manners Never Go Out of Style!

Explored in several television programs is the theory that smart phones are becoming the new cigarettes. Even people who were never addicted to nicotine are using the cell phone as a constant social prop. Observe people on the street or those sitting at a conference. When they don’t know anyone, they feel awkward and out of place. What do they do? They reach for their by Sue Ann Truitt Etiquette & Entertaining phone. Walking down Consultant



Photo by Nini Edwards


Filly of the Month: Melissa Moore Who is the Kentucky UPHA chapter’s “horse person of the year”? Horse trainer Melissa Moore, owner of Sunrise Stables in Versailles. The United Professional Horsemen’s Association, UPHA, has 21 chapters across North America. Chapter 9 is Kentucky, for trivia’s sake. Oh, and the UPHA headquarters is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Moore has dozens of other awards to her name in the world of Saddlebred horses. She has won the World’s Championship Horse Show, the Alltech National Horse Show and the 5-gaited championship at the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show, to name a few. She is also the current Fine Harness Pony national champion. “My parents were Hall of Fame horse trainers,” Moore said. “I was on a horse before I could walk and grew up riding.” She showed for the first time at the age of seven and has been in the show ring ever since. She describes Saddlebreds as “majestic, noble and whimsical” animals. Her parents, Tom and Donna Moore, were noted names in the American Saddlebred industry. A life-size bronze statue of Tom Moore was dedicated in 2005, four years after he died, in front of Freedom Hall in Louisville, site of the World’s Championship Horse Show. It’s part of the Kentucky State Fair each August. Moore was born in St. Charles, Illinois, and moved to Versailles when she was six. Although horses are a huge part of her life, she did branch out a little in the early 1980s by getting a degree in business and fashion design at Brooks College in Long Beach, California. She even made a living as a model and actress in her 20s when she lived in Los Angeles for a few years, and she con-

By Kathie Stamps

tinues to model and act today, from time to time. In January she was featured in an episode of the new Internet show “Wild About Barns.” “I know that sounds weird, but I like just being a clothes hanger sometimes,” she said. “I have so much responsibility running my business I appreciate not thinking sometimes. It’s always fun to play dress-up and make believe.” A typical day as a farm owner starts for Moore at 5 a.m. After chores around the house she heads to the barn at Sunrise Stables a half-mile away, where she trains 30 horses a day, Saddlebreds and Hackney ponies. She manages a 25-broodmare breeding operation and stands four breeding stallions, three of which she owns. “My studs don’t get any different treatment than my mares,” she said. “You can’t turn them out together like you do mares. They have to have individual attention and stalls, and turnout by themselves.” She purchased the farm nine years ago and built the stables shortly thereafter. The show farm has two barns with a total of 30 stalls, and an attached arena, on 32 acres. The broodmare farm, on 30 acres, has a 13-stall broodmare barn with bull pen. Many weekends during spring and summer Moore leaves the farm operations to her five full-time employees so she can compete in horse shows throughout Kentucky and out of state. When she is not at the farm or in the ring, she gives her time and attention to equine organizations. She is president of the Kentucky Saddlebred Owners and Breeders Association, the organization that works with the racing commission to give away incentive funds, and she’s co-chair of the Kentucky Futurity committee.

“It is a great family sport, and in such a crazy world, the horses have a grounding effect on the kids that grow up in the Saddlebred industry.” 154 MARCH 2015 | TOPSINLEX.COM


Melissa Moore (Pictures by Keni Parks)




As a licensed judge for the United States Equestrian Federation, Moore is also an instructor for quite a few clinics for judges. “I have traveled all over the world judging and giving clinics about the Saddlebreds,” she said. She has been to Canada, England and even as far away as South Africa. She is on the show committee for the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show that takes place every July at the Red Mile, and she’s the show chair for the Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, a three-day show for saddle and gaited horses. The Classic is a fundraiser for the United Professional Horsemen’s Association and benefits Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital; it is scheduled for Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at Alltech Arena. Moore founded the Bluegrass Futurity to help the breeders in the industry. It’s an online auction that sells stud fees. “People donate stallions; all money raised goes into the prize money for the class,” she said. “We give away probably $50,000 a year in two classes.” One is for weanlings and the other is for 2-year-olds under saddle. Most county fairs have a horse show attached to them. Last year Moore brought a horse show back to the Woodford County Fair in her hometown of Versailles, and the Woodford County Horse Show will happen in mid-June again this year. “It’s a one-day show qualifies you for our World’s Championship Horse show,” she said. “It’s the last show that qualifies you.” The American Saddlebred horse is a born performer, one of the most special animals in the world, according to Moore. “They have such a great love for people and the interaction they receive from their owners and trainers. The people who own and show these creatures truly love them and take such amazing care of them.”


Moore is proud to be a member of the Saddlebred world, and is appreciative of the fact that people of all ages can participate in one way or another. “It is a great family sport,” she said, “and in such a crazy world, the horses have a grounding effect on the kids that grow up in the Saddlebred industry.”


Honorary Co-chair, former curator of rare books at the University of Kentucky: “Porter Clay: A Very Excellent Cabinetmaker.” (Concourse Lecture Area. Free.) 3:00 pm: Complimentary Daily Lecture & Book Signing: L. R. “Larry” Isenhour, architect: “Building a Modern Lexington: The Houses of Richard B. Isenhour.” (Concourse Lecture Area. Free.) 5:00 pm: Show Closes Saddlebred Museum: Art Contest The American Saddlebred Museum’s Young Adult Committee is hosting an Art Contest, and submissions are welcome until April 1, 2015. The contest is divided into two age divisions: Youth (18 & Under) and Young Adult (19-35). Debuting a new division this year, the Committee will also have an Amateur Artists (36& Over) group. Although it will not be judged, it will allow amateurs to showcase their work and gain exposure. The committee is encouraging all types of artwork including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Judging will be by a panel of experts from various art genres. The full rules can be found at

Paul’s involvement with CKRH came about by the fortuitous invitation for him and his wife Betty to come and observe a friend’s riding lesson. Paul was impressed by the CKRH’s objective of improving the quality of life of special need individuals by providing therapeutic activities with horses. He became a volunteer and worked tirelessly in many capacities to advance the program’s agenda. In remembrance of Paul’s steadfast commitment and labors of love for CKRH, this event is dedicated to him. This year high point ribbons and monetary prizes will be provided for selected divisions and classes by The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program. SECRETARIAT CENTER IS BACK UP AND RUNNING

March 13-14 will see the first of what is hoped to become a great tradition – the Harness Horse Festival. With a variety of breeds and disciplines being represented, along with promotions, demonstrations, and clinics. The days are packed with education and fun. Come on out and support this new endeavor!

With spring on the horizon, the horses are returning to the Makers Mark Secretariat Center campus where things are gearing up for another season of Thoroughbreds learning a new job after being retired from the racehorse life. Founder, Susanna Thomas, has made it her mission to open up the possibilities for this athletic, smart and versatile breed. With heartwarming story after story of successes after the track, Thomas handpicks each one that comes to the Secretariat Center. Be on the lookout as the newbies are introduced to us! There’s bound to be plenty of new stories as Thomas navigates the new year, new horses, new interns and new goals for the Center!

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope


The Paul Frazier Memorial Combined Test and Dressage Competition is the annual event dedicated to the memory of Paul Frazer, CKRH board member and volunteer extraordinaire. “Hey Chief, what do we need to do today, “ was Paul’s familiar response to the various requests for his assistance.

As TOPS brought to you last month, the Road to the Horse will be rolling into the Horse Park March 26-29 bringing fun, excitement and most importantly, the only colt-starting competition of its kind. Competitors will be vying for one of the most coveted titles, but what shines through time and again is the connection made between horse and rider.

Harness Horse Festival

Paul’s expertise in facilitating the differently-abled (“persons with disabilities”) students of Fayette County Public Schools system was apparent during his tenure as Director of Maintenance. His design of a specialized school bus to accommodate special needs children was


the first of its kind and became the prototype for all such vehicles in the state of Kentucky. He supervised the construction or refitting of the schools’ facilities to ensure accessibility to all students regardless of limitations.


And don’t forget…one lucky fan will walk away with $10,000 – so get your tickets now! To learn more: www.

Save the Date: What you’ve been waiting for... The Rolex 3-Day Event will be here before you know it at the Kentucky Horse Park once again with its spectacular array of superbly trained horses and highly skilled riders. This competition (presented by Land Rover) is the only 4 star three-day event in North America (and one of only six in the world) and challenges riders in the disciplines of dressage, cross country, and show jumping. The competition is a proving ground the competitors – many of which are vying for coveted positions on teams competing in future World Championships and Olympics. This year, the Rolex is an official selection trial for the US Eventing Team which will be part of a determining factor as to which US riders will compete at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, next July. For others, it will be the first time competing at the event Rolex – a special occasion unto itself. Take Canadian rider Cody Sturgess who is a 25-year-old up and comer in the sport based in Ontario, Canada. Sturgess and his offthe-track Thoroughbred, Imperial Melody, are slated to compete this year for the first time. Be on the lookout next month for an in-depth peak at some horse and rider combos that the Horse Park will be welcoming in for the event! The adrenaline and excitement will begin on Wednesday, April 22 with the Horse Inspection (where each horse in the competition is inspected by veterinarians to ensure soundness and fitness for the event). It will also mark the opening of the prestigious cross-country course to the public. For the die-hard eventing enthusiast, this offers the perfect opportunity to experience on foot the challenges the riders and horses will face. April 23-24 will treat spectators to the dressage portion of the event in the Rolex Stadium with the crowning jewel, the cross-country competition, occurring on April


The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event 25. The final test of skill will be the show jumping that will wrap up the event on April 26. And sure to put a smile on every rider’s face – the prize money has increased this year. For riders who pour out sweat, blood and tears to make this sport their livelihood – taking home a prize is certainly icing on the cake. With the Rolex 3-day Event dubbed the “best weekend all year,” make sure to be a part of the action. Once again, TOPS in Lexington will be sponsoring the popular Kentucky Uncovered village. With over 60,000 spectators each year, the Rolex is a must-see event and offers something for everyone. A Rolex admission tickets also will get you into all other offerings of the Horse Park! New This Year: the RK 5K Twilight Race A new attraction for visitors and locals alike is the Rolex Kentucky 5K. The race will commence on Friday evening, April 24 right on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. With a course that takes runners and walkers through areas of the Rolex event (including the Rolex Stadium) – this is an event that is sure to be memorable. The start time is 6:30 pm and registered participants receive a race shirt as well as prizes awarded to the top runners. Sign up now! Saving up all your steps for walking around the event on the weekend? If so, you can still join in on the fun Friday evening. The Bourbon and Bridle Lounge will be open during the race. Watch participants cross the finish line with a cocktail in hand! Shopping Delights Known for its incredible selection, vendor row features shopping galore (there are over 175 merchants, corporate sponsors and food




vendors) during the Rolex from clothing to art to furniture and, of course, every possible item imaginable for the horse enthusiast. Stroll through the array from shops coming from across the country and beyond to find the perfect gift for someone or yourself! Tailgate! Spectators can watch the excitement of cross-country day live from your tailgate spot on course. Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Land Rover Tailgating passes include 6 General Admission Tickets and one reserved parking space near the Cross-Country Course on Saturday only. This is a unique opportunity to watch horse and riders gallop over terrain and navigate obstacles at high speed. “Rolex is like Christmas for Lexington. It’s the only time of year you can get all of your horse friends in one place at one time across multi-disciplines,” said Jen Oliver, an equine massage therapist and Lexington enthusiast. “Tailgating on cross-country day allows me to hop around visiting all of my clients and friends to share the athleticism of the best equine athletes in the world over one of the best courses in the world.” Tailgating at Rolex quickly became a spectator favorite since everything can be left at your tailgate spot while you walk the course and with each year drawing out bigger crowds, reserve your space now! A Lil’ Western Action Rolex is some of the busiest days at the Horse Park and another highlight event will be returning to the Park April 24-25, the Kentucky Reining Cup. Created in 2009 as the official test event in Lexington for the World Equestrian Games, the North American sport of reining took off and hasn’t looked back. Debuting at the Park in

2011, this exciting event is a family favorite. The reining competition captures the essence and spirit of the working ranch horse. Showcasing the horse’s athletic prowess with circles spins and sliding stops – the reining horse must be agile, quick and responsive to its rider. For freestyle events, the horse’s movements are synchronized with music, producing a thrilling spectacle to watch. Since 2011, the event has only continued to grow in popularity and it’s sure to be another event not to miss this year. As an invitational event, participants are selected by the show organizers and come from around the globe. Of course, eventing competitors are in the mix as they try on the reining sport. David and Karen O’Conner have made appearances in the Alltech Arena as well as Buck Davidson and many other famous names in the world of Eventing. And again this year will be the People’s Choice Award. Make yourself heard when you cheer on your favorite rider! The Freestyle World Championship, a perennial crowd-pleaser, is on the schedule that includes a demonstration freestyle program featuring celebrity Eventing athletes. The crowning of World Champion Freestyle rider is always a memorable occasion. The great interest for video on demand reflects the high degree of popularity enjoyed by the Kentucky Reining Event. Want a special treat during the event? Dan James Insider Access tickets are the way to go. Guests of the Kentucky Reining Cup’s World Championship Freestyle Reining and enthusiasts of Double Dan Horsemanship can be treated to top-notch hospitality and get up up-close with Dan James himself – not to mention additional amenities. For more information or to order tickets for the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup, go to:




Salute Spring With a Visit To By Barbara Meyer

Outside the Bluegrass, the coming of spring coincides with blos-

soms and birdsong. For Kentuckians, it can only mean — Keeneland!

Keeneland’s spring meet is almost here, an opportunity to cast aside winter and celebrate the activities, sights, sounds, food and fashion that can only be found at our historic track. There’s simply no better place to bring your family, tailgate with friends, and entertain clients and out-of-town guests when warmer weather returns. A day at Keeneland can be anything you want: a place to wear your best suit or favorite jeans, learn about horses and history or listen to music on the lawn. Whether you gravitate towards the grandstand or prefer to explore the barns and paddock, the track has something for you. You could attend Keeneland every day during the meet (and many do), and experience something different in the lovely, park-like setting. “Seeing the pageantry and colors of the jockey silks, the beautiful thoroughbreds, the exciting racing, the scenic landscape, and the

energy of the crowds makes for a very special way to spend the afternoon”, says Amy Gregory, Keeneland’s Director of Communications. “Keeneland strives to offer its patrons the highest level of customer service and a unique fan experience.” Attractions aplenty The Spring Meet, which opens Friday, April 3rd and concludes on Friday, April 24th, is packed with popular activities in addition to the races themselves. Opening day is College Scholarship Day, where full-time college students get free general admission and can register for a chance to win a one of ten $1,000 scholarships, one given away following each of the day’s ten races. On Friday, April 17th, retired and current jockeys sign autographs and meet fans from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Jockey Autograph Signing adjacent to the Paddock. Keeneland is proud to honor military families on Military Day at the Races, Sunday, April 19th. Military persons and their families (active, inactive and veterans) receive free admission with a military ID, and get free food, live music, children’s activities, and more from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the North Terrace.

Photo courtesy: TEAM COYLE / KEENELAND


2015 marks a number of firsts for thoroughbred enthusiasts. The Toyota Blue Grass, a national premiere prep race for the Kentucky Derby, will be held on Saturday, April 4th, the second day of the spring meet. “The Toyota Blue Grass is now worth $1 million and will be held on the same day as the Central Bank Ashland Stakes, a premier prep race for the Kentucky Oaks, which will make for a spectacular day of racing”, Gregory observes.

kinds of musical entertainment. On Friday, April 24th, you can come for the races and stay for the Concert on the Lawn, which follows immediately afterward. The concert, hosted by the Markey Cancer Foundation, will feature local rising stars, Sundy Best. On Friday, May 1st, celebrate Oaks Day with Martinis on the Lawn in the Lower Club and Club Lawn, which includes live music as well as the aforementioned drink. And of course, Keeneland wows on Derby Day with their own Derby Bash, featuring a buffet lunch, souvenir programs and mint juleps in the Entertainment Center, plus live music in Keene Barn.


Fan fun isn’t limited to the weekends. Every day offers something new at Keeneland, such as Thursday, April 23rd, when Lexington Herald-Leader subscribers receive free general admission with that day’s newspaper and can meet some of their favorite writers. Bourbon aficionados can get their Maker’s Mark bottle signed at the track on Friday, April 10th.

Keeneland is a foodie’s paradise

In 1932 a Bluegrass colt named Burgoo King won the Kentucky Derby, and the savory stew he’s named after is a Keeneland staple. Keeneland is for kids Many believe the signature burgoo, and famous bread pudding with bourbon sauce, are the Many a lifetime love for racbest examples of the dishes ing was cultivated by attendavailable anywhere. And at ing meets as a youngster, and Keeneland, the settings are just experiencing the beauty and as unforgettable as the food. majesty of Keeneland helps Start your day with an early children develop an appreciamorning breakfast at Keeneltion of Kentucky’s rich racing and’s Track Kitchen, and you heritage. Young racing fans can just might find yourself elbowjoin the free Keeneland Kids to-elbow with a well-known Club to receive a personalized trainer, owner or jockey. Dine membership pass, discounts, on the renowned corned beef invitations to Kids Club or hot brown casserole while events, and much more. Evwatching the races from the ery Saturday during the meet, comfort of your table in the members can join the club’s Lexington/Kentucky Room. adorable mascot, Buckles, in Sip your favorite cocktail as the Kids Club Corner for face you stroll the paddock and give painting, photos in jockey silks Photo courtesy: COADY PHOTOGRAPHY / KEENELAND your favorite horses one last and other child-friendly fun. look (and perhaps some words Saturday’s Sunrise Trackside also of encouragement) before they gives kids and their families the make their way to the starting gate. experience of sharing a hearty breakfast, watching morning thoroughbred warm-ups on the track, followed by Kids Club activities and a fun and educational paddock demonstration following their meal. BETology Expertise in horses or horse racing isn’t required to have an unforgettable day at Keeneland. Don’t know the difference between a trifecta and a Pick Six? Have no fear – Keeneland’s knowledgeable BETologists roam the grounds to answer questions, assist new racing fans with one-on-one advice, and explain betting terms. BETologists can have you speaking and wagering like a racing regular in no time, and will never breathe a word to anyone that you once thought the daily double might be a drink special. Strike up the band While hearing your pick announced as the race winner is always music to the ears, Keeneland is also a great place to enjoy other

Keeneland has a unique history

Keeneland is unique in many ways — it’s the only track in the U.S. that is both a racetrack and a sales company. As the largest thoroughbred auction house in the world, it attracts major buyers from over 50 countries. The spring and fall race meets offer some of the sport’s richest purse money, attracting the nation’s top owners, trainers and jockeys. As a Keeneland visitor, you are right in the center of it all. Since Keeneland was founded in October of 1936, it has preserved its rich past while remaining fresh and contemporary. Even if the weather, and your wagers don’t turn out as planned, all would agree — there’s no such thing as a bad day at Keeneland! Whether a day at the races is a first-time event, or a longstanding family tradition, there’s no better time to experience all that Keeneland has to offer. Want to learn more? Visit



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Let them eat…Naked Cake? T

he wedding cake is the second favorite thing for a bride to choose, right behind her wedding dress. Cake designs vary wildly, and if you can dream it, a good baker can create it for your event. But as with everything, cake designs come in and out of vogue, so before starting our look at wedding cakes, let’s take a look back.

photos. Also, make sure layers aren’t so thin they look like pancakes, or if they are, that the cakes edges are sculpted for a consistent look. Naked Cakes tend to dry out more quickly, so don’t display the cake for over 3-4 hours, and have it made and delivered at the last possible moment.

A Quick History of the Wedding Cake

Your guests will love whatever you choose

We see wedding cakes dating back to Ancient Rome, where a wheat and barley cake was broken over the head of the bride as a symbol of good fortune. Even in Medieval England, spiced sweet buns were piled as high as possible, and the bride and groom were challenged to kiss over top of the tall stack, which meant a lifetime of prosperity. In 17th century England it became wedding mince pies, with a glass ring built in. The woman who found the ring was the next to wed. The wedding cake as we know it showed up in Victorian England. Your cake is much more than dessert; it is making you a part of history’s long traditions.

Every bride is different. Some are all about the look of the cake, and others are all about the taste. In this area we are so lucky to have some truly marvelous bakeries, so Bluegrass brides can have both!

The Wedding Cake MakeUnder—The Naked Cake Out with the old, in with the new. The newly popular Naked Cake takes the fuss out of the cake by not adding the exterior layer of frosting and works so well with popular rustic, burlap-inspired wedding themes. The focus instead is on the texture and richness of the cake itself; different flavors of cake layers, the decadent thick interior frosting and fruit layers, and hinting at the flavorful liquors that are laced into the layers of cake. It leaves nothing to the imagination and makes your mouth actually water in anticipation. A nice finish is a light dusting of powdered sugar, drizzles of dulce de leche or chocolate, or the very faintest smear of frosting. Yum! Be Careful When Going Naked

by Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant


Make sure you see photos of Naked Cakes that your baker has made for other brides. There are a couple danger areas you can get into, but if your baker knows what he is doing, you are good to go. Without the outside bonding layer of icing, some brides have experienced a slide of the layers, with a Leaning Tower of Pisa effect. Great for flavor, bad for


Save the Date

ENTERTAINMENT 1 SUNDAY A Kentucky Wedding Show 1-5p | The Club at Spindletop Hall

20 & 21 FRI & SAT


Dance SCAPA : Presented by Friends of the Art Schools and SCAPA Lexington Opera House

Rhiannon Giddens 7:30p | Lexington Opera House


5 THURSDAY Bryan Callen 7:15p | Comedy Off Broadway Simply Smitten of Lexington 6-8p | Grand Ballroom of Signature Club

7 SATURDAY BGT Antiques & Garden Show Kentucky Horse Park

11 WEDNESDAY Etta May 7:15 Comedy Off Broadway

Winter Jam 2015 : Tour Spectacular 6p | Rupp Arena

LIVE MUSIC 8 SUNDAY Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition Singletary Center

THEATRE 3 TUESDAY Anything Goes 7:30 EKU Center for the Arts

5-8 THURS-SUN The Tales of Hoffman Lexington Opera House


The Great Gatsby Lexington Opera House

Adura McDonald 7:30p EKU Center for the Arts

28 & 29 SAT & SUN 26 THURSDAY Trinidad James 9p | Cosmic Charlies

The Beauty and the Beast : Presented by KY Ballet Theatre Lexington Opera House

12-15 THURS-SUN Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure Rupp Arena



27 FRIDAY The Black Cadillacs 9p | Cosmic Charlies



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