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TOPS AROUND TOWN 27 Out & About 28 TOPS September Preview Party 30 Cardinal Hill Kentucky Bash I 32 Cardinal Hill Kentucky Bash II 34 Hospice 35th Anniversary Celebration 36 Bottles & Barrels I


38 Bottles & Barrels II 40 Thursday’s Child “Night with the Stars” I 42 Thursday’s Child “Night with the Stars” II 126

$2 Million Kentucky Sire Stakes Super Night


Agean Echoes Opening

190 Picnic with the Pops Presents Bugs Bunny 192 28th Annual TOBA National Awards Dinner 194 Croquet at Henry Clay 196 A Good Walk Spoiled Golf Scramble 198 Winners of the the Republic Bank “We CARE” Award 200 FOX 56 New Season Kickoff Party 210 TOP Shots





IN EVERY ISSUE 24 Up & Coming 48 Fashion: Leather Me Count the Ways


49 Family: Gifts for All? 52 Etiquette & Entertaining: Fall Fashion for Your Table 61 Parties: Party for a Cause 156 New Businesses 161 Posh Paws: Pumpkin for your Pets 163 Gardening: Seed Sharing 208 Weddings: Oh Baby Baby! Baby’s Breath is Back


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Community Spotlight

From Terror to


GreenHouse17, w th ts new name and expanded ntervent ons, cont nues to fac l tate an end to nt mate partner v olence n Central Kentucky by Mary Ellen Slone Photos courtesy of GreenHouse 17 and Rebecca Powell Photography

“To Love and to Cherish, ‘til Death do us part.” Not always the case. Across the USA, 5 million women are abused by an intimate partner, each year. Domestic-intimate partner violence (IPV) is often caused by a husband, ex-husband, boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend; women can also be the abusers. Long an issue which has been nationally relegated to the category of “the ultimate dirty little secret,” domestic violence is being confronted directly in the Bluegrass area by a high-profile, caring organization which, until very recently, has been known as the Bluegrass Domestic Violence program. Under its compelling new name—GreenHouse17—this highly respected organization continues its commitment to end intimate partner violence in families and the effects of this violence in the 17 counties comprising the Bluegrass Area Development District. The new name and brand image represent caring: GreenHouse17 nurtures humans and helps them grow and flourish, with the goal



of providing opportunities to help families heal from the trauma and abuse they have endured. Darlene Thomas, MSSW, who has been an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since1989, leads the agency. When asked to provide an overview of the dynamic of an abusive relationship, Ms. Thomas outlined the situation of “Denise” (not her real name). This young woman’s story is representative of the myriad of women, often with children, who find courage in comfort within the sheltering, nurturing mission of GreenHouse17. Denise was first abused by her intimate partner eight years ago, when she was pregnant with her son. She remembers months would pass without incident, but the threat of violence has always been an undercurrent in her life. Last year, the frequency and severity of the abuse escalated. She feared for the safety of her young son; she and her child needed to escape the violence, so she called our ‘hotline’ for help. A few days after our counselors helped

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Denise create a safety plan to flee the violence, she and her son arrived at our emergency shelter. About 300 adults and their dependent children sought safe shelter with the agency last year. At any given time, about half of the shelter’s residents are children. Last year, residents in shelter composed of four age groups: • 18 and under- 45% • 18-34: 5% • 25-44: 40% • 45-59: 8% • 60+: 2% Although age, ethnicity, backgrounds, and economic status may vary, all have endured similar mental, emotional, and physical trauma. The often-asked question, “Why did she stay?” can have many answers. Many are afraid to flee the abuse because of multiple barriers, such as loss of housing, threats to safety, and lack of a supportive network to name only a few. For others, barriers to leaving include the fear of public shame associated with law enforcement involvement and court proceedings. Like many of us who have contemplated ending a relationship that was not good for us, a hope for a peaceful reconciliation often lingers. “Most women don’t want their relationships to end, they want the violence to stop. They want their families to be together, loving and non-violent.” explains Thomas. “The course of abuse, which often escalates over time, affects a person’s sense of self and safety. Our clients have told us they feared what would happen if they left their partner. When these real fears and threats are understood, it becomes understandable that leaving an abuser is often a process.” GreenHouse17 advocates for the safety of victims, helps them heal from the trauma they’ve endured, and stands beside them as they work to rebuild their lives as survivors. Consider the story of Denise and her son. When they arrived at the GreenHouse17 shelter, a crisis counselor met with them to gather more information about the violence they had survived and assessed the threat of continued harm or retaliation by the abuser, establishing an immediate safety plan. Mother and child were provided a bit of time to acclimate to the shelter’s communal living environment while staff helped to meet their basic needs, including meals, clothing, and healthcare. Soon, staff began to meet with Denise to form a better understanding of her experiences and needs. What makes GreenHouse17 truly special is the opportunity to be out in the fresh air on a beautiful 40-acre farm; growing flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs while concurrently growing strong in body and mind. Eating food fresh from the garden models good nutrition and healthy eating habits for parents and children. All who live at the shelter and receive non-residential services have the opportunity to work on the farm, should they choose; in exchange for a small stipend. Harvesting herbs, creating produce baskets, bottling honey and tying floral bouquets is satisfying and healing.

Denise’s healing, and the healing of so many other adults and children in the shelter was enhanced by the fresh air and watching plants grow. Denise enrolled in the stipend program while she continued to address her safety, healing, and housing needs. Tasks were tailored to her interests and the seasonal needs on the farm.



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In turn, over the next few weeks, she continued to attend groups and to meet with her advocate. These discussions explored possibilities for permanent housing and job placements nearer to her family and friends. When it was safe for Denise and her son to exit the shelter for a new apartment in their home county, the GreenHouse17 farm staff served as a work reference for her. GreenHouse17 offers weekly baskets of its farm harvest for sale. These flowers, herbs and vegetables are planted, tended and harvested by strong, amazing survivors, each on their own healing journey. Every product you buy from GreenHouse17 takes someone another step on the road to self-sufficiency, and shows them the community truly cares about their progress. The harvest content changes weekly through at least October, weather permitting. The director noted: “I believe that, as a community and a society, we must begin to classify intimate partner violence as human rights violations. Until IPV becomes socially unacceptable, adults and children who are suffering under that ‘dome of isolation’ will continue to carry guilt and shame, while those inflicting harm are empowered to exert physical, emotional, and financial power and control over those who love them.” “We must all believe that we are accountable to each other, and that we can be active participants in reporting intimate violence abuse. If and when we do so, we will begin to positively change the future and witness a cultural shift which condemns IPV within our communities, our Commonwealth, and our world.” For more information on how YOU can learn about and help to eradicate intimate partner violence and to learn what the current harvest has available, call 859-233-0657 or visit the agency online at




LEATHER ME COUNT THE WAYS by Beth Parker Fashion Blogger/Stylist

So here’s a few of the many beautiful things about leather. First of all, it is everywhere this fall—I mean EVERYWHERE! Whether it’s piped on pants, trimmed on t-shirts, or the sleeve of your new favorite jacket, you’re going to be hard pressed to avoid this fabulous detailing on your fall wardrobe. Secondly, it comes in an array of different shapes. Long gone are the days when leather only complemented pants or jackets. Nowadays, she pretty much makes a splash on all articles of clothing. Think skirts (mini, maxi, midi), dresses, blouses, t-shirts, and vests. On that same note, the hues are no longer limited to just brown and black. Leather can come in a slew of shades—pinks, reds, whites, grays, navy, royal blues—even orange! Here’s another bonus for Team Leather— she is a CLASSIC! I still have a cognac BCBG Max Azria leather pencil skirt sitting in my closet (and I wear it, more importantly) from post college when I worked there at BCBG. So we’re talking about X years ago and I still get regular usage out of it (you didn’t think I was really going to divulge my age now did you)? Classic is a goodie because if you’re going to invest the money in an authentic leather gem, you’d better be sure you’re going to be able to wear that lovely for years to come. But here’s the kicker, if you DON’T want to break the bank, we’ve got FAUX. Case in point, check out the vegan cognac A-Line skirt I’m sporting. Now I will admit, I can tell the difference between the real stuff and the faux; however, it isn’t terribly obvious and wouldn’t deter me from wearing it. Faux is all the rage anyhow, so who gives a hoot if it allows you to maybe try a piece that you couldn’t otherwise afford. And lastly, my love of leather continues because you can dress her up or down. I have been known to sport her in a more dressy fashion with heels, but I also am a huge fan of dressing some leather leggings down with Chuck Taylors and my favorite Current/ Elliot gray sweatshirt. So there you have it, she’s popular, colorful, classic, potentially affordable, and versatile. Seriously, what is there not to love about leather?




GIFTS FOR ALL? by Hallie Bandy




I have spent the better part of an hour searching for a toe ring. Not mine. My youngest child’s. She received it as a prize for showing up at a birthday party last Saturday—an inexpensive, easy-to-lose, yet oh-so-essential accessory. As annoyed as I am about having to search for it, I can’t get that mad at the Birthday-Party Mom. It’s her oldest child. She hasn’t yet realized kids can become well-adjusted, productive adults without annual over-thetop, Pinterest-inspired, bank-account-clearing festivities. I don’t remember attending such over-the-top events when I was a kid. Maybe I just had the wrong friends. Or lived in the wrong neighborhood. Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention. These days, if you spend any time within the social networks of young parents, you can’t get away from the notion that every child deserves a big party every year. With a great theme, amazing food and a craft that belongs in an art museum. While we’re at it, how about a petting zoo? And you’d better have a stellar gift bag for the kids who came. That’s right. Everyone gets a gift! I’ve had friends that have constructed mini-water parks in their backyard, and others who pay a small fortune to rent game rooms. I’m guilty, too. I’ve spent hours transforming our living room into a pseudo-castle. I’ve hosted a cowboy cookout in my fireplace and rented an Olympic-sized pool. I had an American Idol-like party before there was American Idol. My first daughter’s third birthday party included a “make-your-owngrilled-pizza” bar, where—thanks to my fabulous logistical planning— each child was able to create her very own pizza, just the way she liked it! That is, until she dropped most of it on my living room floor on her way to the patio where my husband, obeying the five-second rule, would pick up and rearrange her toppings and throw the pizza on the grill.

Another time, I hired a clown. That was the day I learned some children have an aversion to clowns. An aversion which transforms them into screaming, biting, hitting, kicking obnoxious party guests. At that same party, I learned some mothers come to kids’ birthday parties, not to watch their kids, but to visit with other moms. And some moms become so engrossed in adult conversation they become completely oblivious to the fact their clown-fearing child is having a complete emotional meltdown, inflicting bodily injury to some poor clown, and basically ruining the party for every other guest. I cringe a little to think there may be a child emotionally scarred forever as a result of that party, but at least it’s not like the scar from the row of stitches my husband’s friend received at his one and only childhood party, courtesy of a fellow party-goer with a toy golf club. (After that, my mother-in-law quit having birthday parties, cold turkey.) I’m not ready to completely shut down my party business. After all, while I don’t remember any over-the-top parties growing up, I do have some sweet photos of myself and childhood friends, wearing ridiculous hats and playing standard birthday-party games. And, even though I’ve toned down the party planning quite a bit since the clown incident, the kids who come to celebrate my kids’ birthdays have never asked why we don’t have an inflatable slide or a rock band performing. They don’t even object to our rules—no trips to the emergency room and any fears of clowns must be fully disclosed prior to the event. I’ve got a few rules for myself, too. No party favors you can’t eat. (Chocolate will disappear before your child gets home, and there are no small parts to break or lose.) Also, serve finger food, at room temperature. Make it all ahead of time. And please—no teeny tiny toe rings.

He managed to do all this between the torrential downpours that weren’t in the forecast. A month after the party, Gourmet magazine featured an adult version of that same party. Except, it looked like those people had a lot more fun. My homemade ice cream party was a huge hit with everyone except my husband, who naively agreed to help me make the – you guessed it – homemade cones. Turns out, rolling the cones is a lot more complicated than it looks. You have to do it while they’re hot, and my husband didn’t take well to the idea of burning his fingers for the cause of gourmet food at a kid’s birthday party. I’m pretty sure he hid the recipe after that.





here are a lot of things that go perfectly with a good book. A cup of coffee or hot tea. A picturesque setting. Silence (if you find any of that, please let me know). Then again, you could also pair what you’re reading with a delectable salad, a sizable sandwich, a hot and tasty breakfast or maybe a drink from the bar with an entrée. That’s certainly the idea behind Brontë Bistro at Joseph-Beth, a delightful brunch, lunch and dinner spot tucked away inside Lexington’s largest bookstore. Joseph-Beth Booksellers has long had a café named simply the Café at Joseph-Beth, but the restaurant’s name changed to Brontë Bistro a few years ago. With the name change came a bit of remodeling, increasing the restaurant’s seating by building a row of new booths alongside the bookstores giant windows that overlook Lexington Green nicknamed “the green mile.” A larger, more upscale-looking bar with warm backlighting was also added, making the atmosphere accommodating for an afternoon lunch date or drinks and dinner in the evening hours. David Runyon, Brontë Bistro’s general manager, said the restaurant’s focus was to keep things casual and delicious with variety for diners seeking healthier options or savory comfort food. All in all, its location inside Joseph-Beth provides something extra. “We joke that we have the world’s largest waiting room,” Runyon said. “It becomes more of an experience than just having dinner.” Brontë Bistro uses as many Kentucky Proud products and fresh ingredients as possible. You can certainly taste the freshness in appetizers like the Mediterranean flatbread, with its mix of spinach, artichokes, olives and tomatoes sprinkled in feta before being topped with a generous layer of mozzarella cheese. Their vegetarian chili is an accomplishment for this particular carnivore. With its mix of fresh vegetables, beans and tomatoes served over rice, I didn’t even miss the beef. In addition to having numerous gluten-free options, you can also substitute gluten-free bread for any of the sandwiches. The sandwich section has quite a variety, featuring staples like a tuna melt, and several varieties of burgers, plus more unusual creations like the grilled ham and Brie with house-made peach preserves. The bistro’s “Chef Favorites” also mix a bit of hometown and international flavors. You can come in for a Kentucky hot brown or some 12-spice fried chicken with white bean, bacon and kale ragout served with tomato jalapeno jam. The more international cuisine comes in the form of dishes like the Asian sea bass, with barramundi sea bass flown in from Australia simply seared with salt and pepper, served over linguini, Napa and red cabbage, carrots and cilantro tossed in a teriyaki-style sauce. Actually, if you ask Runyon, who helped conceive Brontë Bistro’s menu with chef Derek Carty, simple tends to be better. It’s back-tobasics French dip sandwich with steak fries or a fried green tomato appetizer with a simple cornmeal batter and ranch dip containing bits of cooked bacon show some classics never get old. “The whole idea is simplicity, and if you do simple well, and execute it well, you can appeal to a diverse clientele,” Runyon said. Whether you decide to come to Brontë Bistro at Joseph-Beth for a weekend quiche brunch, a quick and tasty lunch or something with a bit more refinement that goes great with a well-made cocktail, you have more than enough reasons to turn a bit of book shopping into something more flavorful.

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Etiquette & Entertaining

Fall FASHION FOR YOUR TABLE by Sue Ann Truitt Etiquette & Entertaining Consultant

Table trends are a lot like fashion trends, they come and go. Some trends may have the potential to become a lasting style, while others slide away as easily as they came. A trend is not someone’s dream (or nightmare), but a result of the careful observation of a variety of influences. Colors, special occasions and the season of the year are the strongest influences of table décor. Now that fall is at its peak, the seasonal table is the most sought after. Many people want their table to have the perfect touch but need ideas. Here is your help: • Fill a wooden bowl or antique basket with gourds and small pumpkins. Top with three ears of Indian corn, tied together with a fallcolored plaid ribbon. Spray the pumpkins and gourds with clear, high gloss lacquer and let dry before arranging in the container. The shine will be particularly effective when reflecting lighted candles. • Place a tall pillar candle in a clear hurricane. Pour candy corn around the candle half way to the top of the candle. Place colored leaves and small pumpkins around the base of the hurricane.

fruits. Tie a large red bow around the neck of the goose. Replace the leaves falling from the chandelier with greenery. Voila! What can be more clever than that? Suggestions which can be used with many of the previous ideas: Use regular burlap instead of a tablecloth. If the burlap is very rough, put a cloth or sheet underneath to avoid scratching the table top. A large square or rectangle of fall-colored fabric “bunched” under an arrangement adds color, texture and interest. Containers of brass, copper or pewter along with wood pieces and antique baskets make good combinations for fall arrangements. Also, when decorating for fall, don’t over look the possibility of placing leaves or bittersweet in the chandelier or above the windows. Decorate from above as well as below. With these ideas simply spelled out, select several which will transform your house through Thanksgiving. There is no reason not to enjoy one of nature’s grandest shows both outside and inside!

• Select a medium to large pumpkin. Cut out a circle at the top and remove the seeds. Place a glass vase inside to hold an arrangement of fall flowers, leaves and berries. Set the pumpkin on a tray before placing on the table. Carefully watch this arrangement to check that the pumpkin doesn’t become soft, particularly at the bottom. For this reason, a vase inside and a tray underneath are necessary. • On a footed cake plate, mound small pumpkins and gourds in a colorful pyramid. Dried leaves may be inserted to fill in open spaces in the stack. Again, spray before making this arrangement and construct it where it is to be shown. It is difficult to move. • Spray three pumpkins with black, metallic orange and silver paint. Place on a wooden plate or tray. Tie large coordinating fall colored bows on the stem of each pumpkin. The center pumpkin of the three could be elevated, if desired. • A picture perfect fall table arrangement is the one shown on this page; designed by John Morris, a noted (Lexington and beyond) artist. The layers and unusual combinations beckon the eye to study each and every artfully selected component. The design began with two fall-colored paisley wraps or scarves crossed in the center of the table. Placemats followed, along with chargers, plates and more plates. The centerpiece is importantly elevated with the use of a riser, but could be accomplished with a stack of books. A pre-made fall garland is intertwined amid the table setting. The surprise wonder of this table décor is that with the removal of the pumpkins and orange touches, the table can be morphed into Christmas. The dark, warm, woodsy tones set the perfect stage for the adding of red plates, pinecones and some reddish colored



Photo by Wes Wilcox


party for a cause by Deanna Talwalkar Party Planner Extraordinaire

October is a great month to throw a party for a good cause. With milder temperatures and beautiful fall leaves, it’s a perfect time for an outdoor party. Since this also happens to be breast cancer awareness month you can turn your fall festivities into an opportunity to party for a cause!

breast cancer organization you would like to support. Provide a box where guests can make donations for the charity you choose. Pink Dessert Party: Since breast cancer affects so many women, a breast cancer fundraiser is a great excuse for a girls night out. Invite your favorite girl friends out for a night on the town or for a night in at your house. Having a few pink desserts and pink signature drinks will remind guests that you invited them out to support breast cancer awareness. You could also turn your evening into a pink cupcake decorating party. Purchase or make enough unfrosted cupcakes for each guest to have two cupcakes. Then provide pink frosting, sprinkles, candy, and other pink cupcake decorations, so guests can make their own creations. Guests can enjoy a cupcake at the party and also take one home for later.

Breast cancer research and support organizations rely heavily on private donations. Every donation is crucial to the important work these organizations carry out on a daily basis. Although breast cancer organizations host many large scale fundraiser events throughout the year, you too can make a difference on a smaller scale. Here are four simple party ideas that will help you have a great time with friends, while raising money for a cause that affects so many:

Pink Lemonade Stand: Kids can also get involved in fundraising. Help your kids set up a neighborhood pink lemonade stand. Don’t limit your stand to just pink lemonade, though. Homemade pink treats and desserts will be big sellers at your stand. Make sure to let customers know that all of your proceeds will be donated to breast cancer awareness. Also, provide brochures or other materials that customers can take with them in case they want to make donations at a later time.

Pink Mustache Party: Have you ever heard of Pink Mustache Month, where guys do not shave during October and dye their mustaches pink to support the cause? You may not be up for actually growing and dyeing a mustache, but you can still host your own pink mustache party. Mustache parties are a hot trend in party design right now. Head over to the TOPS website for free downloadable templates for Pink Mustache Party invitations, banners, cupcake toppers, place cards, drink flags and thank you tags.

Pink Golf Event: If you’re a golfer, you might consider organizing a golf tournament to benefit breast cancer awareness. Invite guests to show up in their favorite all-pink golf attire. Tournament fees can be donated to the breast cancer charity of your choice. And if golf isn’t your thing, any sporting event would work. You could host a tournament or event for any of these sports: baseball, softball, kickball, tennis, football, Zumba, basketball, or biking.

Invite friends over for a casual get together, like a cookout or potluck. A fun party activity for a mustache themed party is a picture “booth”. You don’t actually need a photo booth, just hang some wrapping paper or fabric on a blank wall. Set out silly props like hats, sunglasses, and, of course, mustaches, so guests can get dressed up for their picture. Also, you’ll want to remind you guests in a subtle way that the reason for the party is to raise money for charity. On a small table, set out materials and brochures about the

Photos & Styling by Mirabelle Creations

Planning a charitable party allows you to gather friends for a good time. At the same time, you can also enjoy knowing that your party will support the fight against breast cancer!

To download the templates seen here, please visit



Bra Day Lex

by Mary Ellen Slone

If you are a woman and you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, your entire being shifts into panic mode. You’re frightened, and praying that your diagnosis was in error, you seek a second opinion. You ask yourself and your spouse or significant other “WHY ME?” “WHY NOW ?” And eventually, when you accept the diagnosis, you cry.


irst and foremost, you don’t want to die. But, mixed in with that perfectly natural emotion is the reality of “What am I going to look and feel like after having a mastectomy?” [The surgical removal of the breast and possibly of the adjacent lymph nodes, frequently followed by chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.]

While virtually all women who have experienced some version of this panic-acceptance roller-coaster, the ride of emotional terror begins. Some, but not all, women investigate the options for aesthetic reconstruction surgery following their mastectomies. When faced with this challenge, one of the most personal decisions of their lives, breast cancer patients should know that they DO have options: fewer than 1 in 5 American women who undergo a mastectomy go on to have reconstruction. In the USA, 7 out of 10 women are not aware of their breast reconstruction options. In Kentucky, that percentage is even higher. Women l8 and older who are facing the prospect of having of a single or double mastectomy without reconstruction may consider themselves to be cosmetically ‘maimed.’ This post-operative vision is not pretty—where there once was a breast, there is now a sizeable scar. If the mastectomy was bilateral, there are two ‘railroad track’ scars. Without reconstruction, femininity is often perceived to be compromised. Those women who cannot afford reconstruction often improvise post-operatively by stuffing their ‘empty’ bras with soft cotton socks or rumpled panty hose to approximate the ‘look’ they lost to save their lives. If you’re reading this article and you’re thinking “are you kidding?” The answer is “no, but we wish we were!” Keenly aware of this uniquely personal challenge for female mastectomy patients who face post-op reconstruction, Lexington-based Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sandra Bouzaglou has helped create an initiative which will ultimately help women benefit from reconstructive surgery. Recently, The Center for Plastic Surgery convened thirteen of its breast cancer reconstructed patients and asked each



Bra Day Lex

A fascinating silent auction will feature items donated by the individual plastic surgeons’ offices, including but not limited to, injectables like Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, and Juvederm®, skin care products, and other procedures such as Coolsculpting®, hair laser treatments plus many more opportunities. Cocktails and appetizers will be available. Enterainment includes a bra fashion show featuring Dr. Bouzaglou’s 13 post-breast-cancer reconstructed patients, hosted by Macy’s and Images Modeling. Plus, Lauren Mink, an American Idol contestant from Kentucky will sing “Flower” the song written and composed by Jewel in honor of breast reconstruction patients. Dr. Bouzaglou summarized the purpose of the “Looking Good to Feel Good!” event as follows, “Our event is planned to educate ALL women, not just women with breast cancer, to become aware of their options if they or their loved ones are ever diagnosed with the disease, and to understand that plastic surgery will aid them in lifting their spirits.”

Specially designed bras up for action at the BRA Day Lex event on October 17th

Bra Photos by Keni Parks Dr. Sandra Bouzaglou



S G Komen Affiliates

by Mary Ellen Slone, a l9 year Breast Cancer Survivor Photos courtesy of Susan G. Komen

As recently as a generation ago, when a woman detected an unusual lump in one of her breasts she faced several daunting challenges:

• Fear that if the lump proved to be malignant, a result would be the surgical removal of the entire breast via a complete mastectomy. For women of all ages and ethnicities, that procedure was perceived to be a guarantee that she would be cosmetically, and possibly emotionally ‘maimed’ for life. • Often, especially with chemo therapy, women feared they would somehow lose both their hair and their femininity, possibly be unable to have children, and perhaps deemed less attractive to their spouse. • And, permeating the entire situation – a very real, on-going fear that the cancer would metastasize itself somewhere else in the body, and/or that the massive doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation targeted at killing the cancer cells would also impact the woman’s health and well-being, forever.


ver the past twenty years, breast cancer has ‘come out of the shadows’ as research has expanded and intensified across America – thanks in large measure to the nationally recognized Susan G. Komen Foundation for research. The Komen Foundation originated in Texas in 1982, when Nancy G. Brinker pledged to honor her sister, Susan Komen, who, at age 33, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, although she fought bravely Susan Komen died at the age of thirty six. Throughout her diagnosis, attempted courses of treatment and endless days in the hospital, Susan focused on the plights of other women battling breast cancer; acknowledging that at that time, there was no definitively real cure available. So moved by Susan’s compassion for others and of her commitment to making a difference despite her terminal illness, Nancy promised her dying sister that in Susan’s honor, an all-out effort would be undertaken to overcome the ‘stigma’ of disease, to fund research to attack it, and ultimately eradicate breast cancer forever. Thus, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was created. Since its founding, the Komen organization has been a leader in state-of-the-science breast cancer research nationally and internationally. The organization’s outreach is primarily funded with a minimum of 25% of all income from affiliates pooling together their revenue from events such as, but not limited to, their Race for the Cure and Three Day events. The initial premise—to erase the stigma




Fillies in the Workplace: Mary Lee-Butte

President & CEO of Blue Grass Farms Charities by Kathie Stanps Photos by Keni Parks

She has a heart

as big as the Bluegrass itself, a passion for helping people through difficult times, and the personality to pull it off with aplomb. Mary Lee-Butte is the president and CEO of Blue Grass Farms Charities. The nonprofit organization is a comprehensive outreach center for people who work in every facet of Thoroughbred racing. BGFC provides an enrichment center for learning, a clothing and food bank, emergency financial assistance, counseling, free health clinics, and English as a second language classes.

“We’re taking care of our own people,” she said. A native of Bourbon County, Lee-Butte went to UK and is a self-proclaimed “lifelong learner.” She has studied business, with an emphasis on nonprofit management and business law. For many years she worked as a legal assistant, then left the workplace to spend 18 years at home and volunteering. She has a lot of empathy for people who are going through difficulties, especially relating to health. “I have been plagued with multiple auto-immune disorders for over 20 years,” she said. “I always tell people not to let their diagnosis define their lives. I think having been through so many tough times myself, I am able to relate to and counsel others through challenging times. That’s one of my greatest assets, I think.”



Almost a decade ago, she attended an industry luncheon and was asked to help with a fundraiser for Blue Grass Farms Charities. She said “sure” without hesitation. “The next thing you know, I’m completely immersed in this organization,” she said. “I’m just living for it.” With the help of about 50 BGFC volunteers, she coordinates an annual Christmas party for around 1,200 people at the Keene Entertainment Center. “I shop for 675 kids for Christmas,” she said. “That’s the highlight of my year.” Each child receives winter clothing and an age and gender appropriate toy. Before that, though, BGFC’s fall gala is held in October, right in the midst of racing season. This year it’s on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Marriott. Racino Rendezvous, with a Mardis Gras theme, is a blacktie affair to celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary. Thoroughbred jockeys Calvin Borel and Robby Albarado are serving as honorary chairs. There will be a live auction and a silent auction, and music by the Jimmy Church Band. Tickets are $125, or $85 for those under the age of 35. Proceeds from the event provide 40 percent of the annual operating budget for Blue Grass Farms Charities. In December, the holiday party billed as the ‘Festival of Christmas’ has grown to more than 1,000 attendees, having

“We know that we’re meeting a need,” Lee-Butte said. “So many families can’t afford to go out and buy presents for their kids.” Other programs through Blue Grass Farms Charities provide meals for the backstretch workers at Keeneland, entertainment and recreation, and education for workers at area farms, Keeneland and the Thoroughbred Training Center. The free health care clinics the organization has offered for horse farm workers over the last 10 years are now being taken to the track and the Thoroughbred Center. There are about 550 farms within the five-county area serviced by BGFC. “If somebody needs a pair of shoes for their kids, we get it,” Lee-Butte said. “We try to do everything.”

“Being in a position to give back and pay it forward every day is just really neat,” she said. “This is my ministry. This is what I feel I’ve been called to do, I have no doubt about that.”


started with 175 people nine years ago. Invitees are signed up through area farm managers, and at Keeneland and the Thoroughbred Center. It costs about $15,000 to buy all those presents for the kids, and the money doesn’t come out of the charity’s regular budget. Donations to BGFC can be earmarked for the Christmas party (hint, hint).

BGFC serves 2,300 people a year, but the services extend way beyond a spreadsheet. “They’re not a number to us. They are a person,” she said. “I think all of racing is like family. We’re all in this together. When one needs help we’re all there to help them.” How can you help? BGFC always needs nonperishable items for the food pantry; new or gently used clothing, suitable for farm or racetrack work; and hygiene items for the “hospitality packs” the organization takes to the track in October. Restaurants are always appreciated, to provide food for those working on the backstretch. For the Christmas party, volunteers are needed to sort clothing and toys, and bag everything up. Monetary contributions are accepted year-round on the home page at

Instead of sending people to other community agencies in the area, those who work in the Thoroughbred industry can call Blue Grass Farms Charities. BGFC’s goal is to address any need that comes up. Two chaplains provide spiritual support, on the farms and at the racetrack. In fact, the spiritual aspect is how the organization got its start in 2003, as Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy. Mary Lee-Butte came on board the next year, and before long, the name was changed to Blue Grass Farms Charities. The nonprofit organization evolved to include comprehensive health and human services. In 2013 BGFC’s staff almost doubled. There are six people on staff and 12 on the board of directors. Lee-Butte has a long history in helping with fundraising events. “I have always had a heart for the people in this industry,” she said. You might say she relates to her passion by both blood and marriage. She grew up in a racing family, as her father worked at various farms and trained racehorses. Then she married into the industry. Her husband, Don Butte, is the CFO at Fasig-Tipton. Their daughter is a senior at UK, who also works in public relations for FC Bayern Munich, a soccer team in Germany. In her spare time, Mary Lee-Butte is part of the all-female syndicate “It’s All About the Girls.” She likes to unwind by working crossword puzzles and playing with her two very spoiled dogs, Luci and Muff y.



The Alltech National Horse Show


Firmly Grounded In the Heart of Horse Country

In the 1950s,

the National Horse Show was glimmering in its glory days at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. Gentlemen understood wearing a tuxedo was considered being “underdressed” for this highly anticipated equestrian event. The appropriate attire was a white tie and coattails with top hats. Ladies were draped in full-length ball gowns, finished with long gloves and fine jewels. The red carpet was rolled out for A-List New York socialites, who watched the show from their ringside box seats at the start of the New York social season. The National Horse Show has remained a revered fixture in American equestrian sport for 130 years. Leaving its traditional home at the Madison Square Garden in 2001, the National moved around the East Coast before settling at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park in 2011. With Alltech, a top-10 animal health and nutrition company, as its title sponsor, the Alltech National Horse Show continues a legacy of hosting world-class equestrian sport in the Horse Capital of the World. With its triumphant past and a promising start to a new chapter, the Alltech National Horse Show will continue to provide spectators with cherished memories for many years to come. In 1883, a group of influential sportsmen founded the first National Horse Show at the first Madison Square Garden. As the show gained public appreciation through the years, the National Horse Show directory served as a basis for Louis Keller’s first New York social registry. By the early 1900s, the show opened competition to international competitors under the leadership of Alfred G. Vanderbilt. In 1915, Eleanora Sears became the first woman to ride astride at the show. The show also served as a setting for military team competition, with a roster of competitors that included Gen. John J. Pershing, Gen. William Mitchell and Gen. George S. Patton. Even through the country’s involvement in World War II, the show remained a social staple in New York City. The ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals for the country’s best young equestrians became a mainstay of the show in the 1930s. The show moved to the second



TOPS IN EQUINE Madison Square Garden in 1890, to the third Garden in 1926 and finally to the present location of the Garden above Pennsylvania Station in 1968. Before the modern age of computers, social media and live streaming video, the National Horse Show was one of few events in the country where spectators could view top talent in international show jumping. By the early 1900s, the National Horse Show was bringing star-studded teams from Europe, Mexico, South America and Canada to Manhattan. The show’s program was packed with hunter and show jumping divisions, as well American Saddlebred and hackney pony competitions. Nancy Jaffer, an award-winning equestrian journalist, was a young girl when she first attended the National Horse Show in the third Madison Square Garden. Jaffer remembers watching legendary American riders George Morris, Frank Chapot, Hugh Wiley and Bill Steinkraus vying for the prestigious Nations’ Cup. Growing up with the National Horse Show, Jaffer said it wasn’t unusual to see a host of well-known faces in the crowd, including former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, an avid equestrian who had also competed in the show years earlier. “The Garden was the be-all and the end-all,” said Jaffer. “It was a really great facility – anything that was held there got a certain level of cache. The National was the climax of the U.S. show season, and people spent all year trying to qualify to ride in the Garden.” At the third Garden prior to 1968, a walkway circling the arena allowed spectators to leave their seats and visit with friends throughout the arena during



the show. When the evening’s events ended, socialites drifted off to nearby hotels for posh after-parties. As spectators cleared the arena around midnight, young riders in the Maclay Finals started guiding their horses from vans on the street up a ramp into the arena for warm-ups. John Y.G. Walker III, a long-time member of the National Horse Show Board, inherited a passion for the National Horse Show from his father, John Y.G. Walker Jr. Early mornings directing hundreds of young riders up the ramp and into the arena served as bonding moments for Walker and his father, who was a member of the board in the 1970s and responsible for coordinating the preliminary rounds of the junior competition. On one of those early mornings, Walker was pleasantly surprised to share an elevator with actor Paul Newman and his wife, Actress Joanne Woodward, who were attending the show to watch their daughter, Clea, compete in the Maclay. Years later, he’d watch rock stars Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp braving the early morning hours to support their children competing in the Maclay. In the 1980s, Walker joined the Gentleman’s Committee, a group responsible for awarding trophies and ensuring smooth operations of a first-rate show. Members of this committee were nicknamed the “penguins” for their signature attire of white gloves, white ties and tails, and top hats. Late on Sunday night, the penguins would convene in “uniform” at a downtown locale for greasy burgers and a re-cap of the event. Today, induction to this committee is still granted to those who are willing to go “above and beyond” for the Alltech National Horse Show.

“To me, the National holds a special spot in the history of equestrian sport,” said Walker. “Indeed, in all its iterations, from Madison Square Garden, to the Meadowlands, to its run in Florida and in Syracuse, there are things that made each special.” In 2011, National Horse Show President Mason Phelps, directed by the National Horse Show Board, searched for a permanent location to host the storied show. Phelps, a former equestrian who built a career marketing successful horse shows, saw the show through its nomadic period. At the same time, Alltech had recently closed the books on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2010 in Lexington, Ky., which was held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Presented with the opportunity, Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, championed the legacy event, again showing Alltech’s support of equestrian sport at the highest level by becoming the National’s title sponsor. The Alltech National Horse Show now enjoys the state-of-the-art Alltech Arena, which includes a championship-size show ring and an attached 12,000 square-foot warm-up arena. Stadium seating in the arena can hold more than 5,000 fans and includes nine VIP lounges. “The National Horse Show board couldn’t be more pleased with the decision to come to Kentucky,” said Phelps. “In its first two years at the Alltech Arena, the Alltech National Horse Show has collected national accolades and reaffirmed its reputation as the proving grounds for champions. And the good news is, we McLain Ward 2012 Victory are continuing to build on our success every year.”

In its debut year at the Alltech Arena, the Alltech National Horse Show was ranked the top horse show of the year by the North American Riders’ Group. The show returned in 2012 with a higher ranking from NARG. For two consecutive years, the show was named to the National Hunter Hall of Fame and in 2013 it received the designation of Heritage Competition from the United States Equestrian Federation.


In 1988, the show’s long stay at the Madison Square Garden came to a temporary end, and the show relocated to the Meadowlands in New Jersey from 1989 to 1995 where it expanded divisions, taking advantage of having more space. National Horse Show Chairwoman Sallie Wheeler, a lifelong equestrian and an heiress to the Anheuser-Busch fortune, spearheaded the show’s return to the Madison Square Garden in 1996 with great fanfare. She arranged for the famous Thoroughbred racehorse Cigar to retire at the show. The show remained at the Garden until its final appearance there in 2001. The show then traveled around the East Coast, to a pier in New York City to Wellington, Fla., and Syracuse, N.Y., before coming home to Kentucky.

“The Alltech Arena allows us to re-capture some of the ‘Old Garden’ feeling,” said Walker. “Those folks who have welcomed us with open arms have made it apparent that we are home. Dr. and Mrs. Lyons have, along with everyone at Alltech, made it possible to see that the Alltech National Horse Show has a vibrant future.” The Alltech National Horse Show returns to the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 29-Nov. 3. Reserved for the year’s top talent on the North American show circuit, the Alltech National Horse Show opens the ring to a variety of equestrian classes and disciplines, with highlights including the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, the $50,000 LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Final for youth competitors. For a full program and discounted advance tickets, visit Kentuckians will gather this fall to celebrate three proud traditions deeply rooted in the Bluegrass state – horses, heritage and hops. Alltech will host the first-ever Kentucky Gathering, Oct. 29-Nov.3, at the Alltech Arena on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. The week-long festival includes the world-class equestrian sport of the Alltech National Horse Show, the Biggest Loser 5k RunWalk, Taste Kentucky, a showcase of locally crafted brews, spirits and foods, and many other fun-filled activities for the entire family. Written by Elizabeth Troutman Adams for Alltech, Photos courtesy of the Kentucky Horse Park International Museum of the Horse

Long-time fans of the show echo Phelps’ enthusiasm for the new location and title sponsor. “To have a sponsor like Alltech makes all the difference,” said Nancy Jaffer. “Just having somebody who really cares, wants to make it the best and understands its traditions is really important.”





CHANGES ARE A GAMBLE THAT PAID OFF Story and Photos by John C. Engelhardt

Broken Vow Colt Laughs it Up


the last issue of TOPS EQUIINE we addressed a format change in the presentation of the September Select Yearling Sale with Keeneland’s Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell. It appears the “tweak” turned out to be a more than favorable move for the sales company – the numbers speak for themselves. Lexington’s higher than normal temperatures in early September did not dissuade the serious buyers. They attended the legendary venue and vigorously bid on the best bloodlines and physical equine athletes going under the gavel. “Mission accomplished,” said Russell. “Our goal with the format change was to get as many high-quality yearlings and as many buyers on the grounds as pos-



Lane’s End Yearling Gets Final Touch

sible. It worked. Week 1 was a great success, our consignors did an extraordinary job. They brought us the cream of the North American foal crop.” The new design enhanced the sale in a number of ways – it gathered a broad cross-section of yearlings at all levels of the market, it allowed buyers more time to inspect a variety of horses, and it aided consignors in marketing their horses to their fullest potential. “The format change has been well received by consignors and buyers alike,” said Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson. “The barn area has never been busier, and the tremendous activity at the barns is carrying over to the horses in Book 2.”


intelligence, stamina and pleasant temperament. They were the favorite mount of both sides during the Civil War, and portraits of General Robert E. Lee often show him mounted on his gray Saddlebred, Traveller. Today the Saddlebred is seen most frequently in the show ring. In addition to the walk, trot and canter, some Saddlebreds are taught two man-made gaits, the slow gait and rack. The ability to do learn and perform both gaits is inherited. They are comfortable for the rider and display the athleticism and intelligence of the breed. In addition to traditional horse shows, Saddlebreds are also gaining popularity in sporthorse disciplines such as endurance, combined driving and dressage. In 1985 the American Saddlebred Horse Association was the first breed registry to take up residence at the Kentucky Horse Park. The ASHA’s presence, along with that of the American Saddlebred Museum, makes the Horse Park a special and historic home for one of the oldest American-made breeds. In early October, Alltech Arena welcomes back the beautiful and exciting American Saddlebred, along with Hackney ponies and Standardbred roadsters, as part of the twenty-sixth annual Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show. The Fall Classic is sponsored by Chapter 9 of the United Professional Horseman’s Association and benefits Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. Past show chairs include UK Basketball legend Joe B. Hall who is a great fan and supporter of the breed. Last year’s Fall Classic raised $7,500 for Cardinal Hill, making it a great way to enjoy the Horse Park while also giving back to the community. The Fall Classic is a popular stop for many competitors, as the Kentucky show circuit winds down for the winter. With the crisp air of the early fall, this is an ideal time for a day trip to take in the Horse Park and the Fall Classic. This year the show will have evening sessions on Thursday, October 3rd and Friday, October 4th and morning, afternoon and evening sessions on Saturday, October 5th. With more than 300 entries expected, it features something for everyone from high octane five-gaited horses to speedy roadsters to the always popular pleasure horses. Thursday evening will feature the Junior Five-Gaited class with $6,000 in added prize money available to qualifying owners and breeders courtesy of the Kentucky Breeders Incentive Program. There will be adorable kids piloting their trusty four-legged partners in the Walk & Trot and Leadline classes, as well as Academy classes for riders and drivers of all ages. Academy classes offer new and/or returning riders an opportunity to compete on school horses. It is a fun way to enjoy showing without the expense of owning a performance horse and being in traditional “suit” classes. It’s also a great way to celebrate the hard-working school horses that teach us to ride and keep us “legged up.” In addition, the Fall Classic is a great place to see the breed’s current World’s Champions who were crowned at the World’s Championship Horse Show in August. Last year, visitors were treated to performances by Dr. Owen Weaver and her three-time Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion and 2012 Amateur Five-Gaited World’s Champion, Courageous Lord and by Mary Gaylord McClean and her then two-time Ladies Three-Gaited World’s Champion, Mr. Center Stage. The historic nature of the Horse Park and the privilege of showing at the Fall Classic aren’t lost on the sport’s junior exhibitors. Sophia Giuffre, age 15, is excited to show at the Fall Classic for the first time. She and



Alde-Mar’s Crystal Illusion ridden by Johanna Kapioltas for owner Janet M. Kellett

her new teammate, chestnut mare Sophie Tucker, will show in Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure. This has been a year of firsts for Sophia, who describes Sophie Tucker as taking good care of her while also having plenty of “get up and go.” It is Sophia’s first year showing in suit classes, her first year riding Sophie and her first time showing at the Horse Park. Sophia thinks the Horse Park is special and said that “anyone is really lucky to get to show there.” Sophia’s sentiments were echoed by her friend and barnmate, Natalie Sams, 17. “How cool is it to get to show at the Horse Park?!” For Natalie, the atmosphere is what makes the show. “Showing can get really intense, but you can walk outside and see horses grazing.” Natalie said it reminds her of why she fell in love with horses in the first place. She will also show in Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure with Riders On The Storm. Both girls ride under the direction of Chad and Michelle Cole of Signature Stables at the historic Rock Creek Riding Club in Louisville. In addition to junior exhibitors like Sophia and Natalie, the Fall Classic also spotlights other fresh faces – the young horses showing in the Bluegrass Futurity classes. The Bluegrass Futurity was started by Melissa Moore in 2002 as a way to reward breeders for their investment in the breed. The concept is simple. It is a way to reward breeders for the time and money they invest in their horses. Breeders pay a fee to nominate their stallions, mares and resulting foals to the Futurity. The foals are then eligible to compete in lucrative weanling in-hand and two-year-old fine harness classes held during the Fall Classic. Money raised from the nomination fees and from an auction of donated stallion seasons is paid out to the top placing horses in each class. Since 2002, the Bluegrass Futurity has paid out over $900,000 in prize money. Last year’s weanling class alone offered over $40,000 in prize money.

& Bridle Hunter Seat Classic Finals, in which competitors can be asked to go over a small jump. She began working with Erin Pullen at Go Big Eventing & Dressage to see if Will could learn how to jump. He loved it! They recently completed their first mini-trial which involved performing in dressage, show jumping and cross-country all in one day. It looks like Will and Karen will be Horse Park regulars since they are entered in the Jump Start Horse Trials that take place the weekend before the Fall Classic. Like many Saddlebreds, Will knows his job, loves to learn new things and gets bored with repetition. “At the bottom of it all, however, is a big, big heart. He’s done everything I’ve ever asked of him and surprised me over and over again with what he has been able and willing to achieve.”

In addition to the traditional saddleseat classes, the Fall Classic is also proud to be able to display the versatility of the American Saddlebred. The colorful Western Pleasure division has become very popular and competitive with a record 25 entries at the recent World’s Championship Horse Show. The Fall Classic will feature four Western Pleasure classes, including the Saddle & Bridle William Shatner Western Country Pleasure class. Riders in the Shatner class will compete for an invitation to the Finals for the William Shatner Perpetual Trophy. The Finals are held at the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show. Mr. Shatner is a long-time fan of the American Saddlebred and actively competes on the Kentucky circuit. He even drove his World Champion Fine Harness stallion CH Call Me Ringo in the Opening Ceremonies of the World Equestrian Games in 2010.

For more information and a list of classes, visit wwwkentuckyfallclassic. com. American Saddlebreds will back in action at the Horse Park during the Alltech National Horse Show, October 29 – November 3, 2013.

The Fall Classic also has added two new classes for the growing Hunter Pleasure division. Suitability as a hunter and manners are paramount in these classes. Horses will show at the walk, trot, extended trot, canter and hand gallop. They will also be expected to halt on the rail and back readily in the lineup. In addition to showing off the versatility of the breed, competitors in the inaugural Bluegrass Futurity Hunter Country Pleasure Classic on Saturday night have a chance to earn prize money paid out by the Bluegrass Futurity. Competitors pay fees to nominate their horses to the class. The nomination fees and entry fees are then added to the purse money and divided among the top placing horses. With 40% of the purse going to the winner, the Hunter Classic is sure to be a popular addition to the show. One team looking forward to the new Hunter Pleasure classes is Karen Thompson and her multi-talented gelding, Shakespeare in Love, or “Will.” The new Hunter Pleasure classes will mark the fourth different division for Will and Karen at the Fall Classic. For Karen, showing at the Fall Classic and the Horse Park is “bigger than just going to a horse show – it’s about being part of the larger equine community and competing at the same venue as great horses from all disciplines.” At age 14, Will is a great breed ambassador for that larger equine community. After years of successfully competing in traditional pleasure divisions Karen decided to try something new and transition Will to Hunter Pleasure. In 2011, under the guidance of trainer, Keith Harger, this team made the transition and hasn’t looked back. In addition to competing in Hunter Pleasure classes like the ones at the Fall Classic, Will and Karen have started another new adventure this year—combined training. Karen wanted to try to qualify for the Saddle


For breeders like Fred Sarver of Cornerstone in Carlisle, Kentucky, futurities are “an opportunity… to present examples of the horses that they are producing,” and a great way to promote breeding stallions. This year, Sarver plans to showcase two fillies in the Bluegrass Futurity weanling class. The first is Totally Rocks (Charmed and Bewitched x Rock this Town) who is owned by Carolyn Garrett of San Antonio, Texas. The second is Sarver’s homebred Cornerstone’s Sky Queen (Mountainview’s Heir to Fortune x Mountainview’s Sky Queen). Along with the weanlings, Sarver expects to bring a few other horses to the show because he believes “it is important to support horse shows in our area.” Totally Rocks and Cornerstone’s Sky Queen will help close out the Fall Classic in the final class on Saturday night.

Street Legal GRS driven by Juan Rios for owner Robert L. Pugh LLC

USHJA International Hunter Derby Saturday August 17, 2013, on a lovely summer night under the lights in the The Rolex Stadium, Liza Boyd realized a lofty goal. Finishing in second place last year and third place in a prior year, Liza was victorious in the very competitive $170,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship with her horse Brunello. Turning in a beautiful and technically accurate round, in front of an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd, Liza was all smiles and, provided plenty of pats to her partner, Brunello. Liza is the owner of Brunello, a 15 year old Hanoverian gelding. She lives in Camden, South Carolina. Riders competed in over a big and beautiful course designed by Steve Stephens (husband of international rider, Debbie Stephens). The final round was over a “handy” course meaning it was designed to test a horse’s adjustability, turning, and responsiveness over 11 hunt country type jumps with turns and decorative elements placed around the ring such as carriages and barns. Fence heights ranged from 3’6” to 4” with higher options (minimum 4’3”) which scored a rider bonus points for their round. Hunters are judged on way of going, suitability, consistency and their jumping form over the fences.




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exington is world-renowned for its Thoroughbred racing, the absolute epicenter of equine grace and class. But on October 18th, the Marriott Griffin Gate hotel will be transformed into a fantasy world full of the class of Monte Carlo, the thrill of Las Vegas and the decadence of Atlantic City. Blue Grass Farms Charities is hosting their annual Racino Rendezvous night, a charity event to raise money for all the many programs and services BGFC offers to equine industry workers in the Bluegrass. Racino Rendezvous is helping to celebrate the 10th year of service in Kentucky for BGFC. The event starts with a red carpet, where guests can meet Kentucky celebrities and racing superstars. This year’s New Orleans theme was chosen to celebrate Louisiana-born jockeys: Racing Hall of Fame inductee Calvin Borel and world famous Robby Albarado. From beginning to end, the event creates a glamorous and indulgent atmosphere of fun and fantasy. After photos on the red carpet, guests can play casino games hosted by jockeys and other industry icons as the dealers. Items for the auction this year include roundtrip travel on a private jet, tickets to the 2014 PGA, UK vs. Uof L basketball tickets in the lower arena, a Curlin painting by celebrity artist Brian Fox, and several other unique experiences and items. The Jimmy Church Band will also be providing live entertainment. This fabulous event is now in its fifth year and Mary Lee-Butte, the president of Blue Grass Farms Charities, says this year’s event will top them all. “We have something for everyone,” says Butte, “from shopping at our high-end auction to playing casino games with the stars of the turf.” And the most important aspect of the event is



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that 40 percent of BGFC funds are raised through this event. Butte says, “Every dollar raised stays right here in Central Kentucky to provide education and health and human services to deserving, hardworking people who are the backbone of racing. Whether you love racing, or just enjoy Central Kentucky’s scenic miles of fences and beautiful horses, then you can appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes and the people who go out in every kind of weather, seven days a week to do it.” BGFC has several programs to help support the people who make racing such an important part of Kentucky’s economy and cultural tradition. “Providing a safety net, educational and recreational opportunities for them is just one small way we can all say thank you and recognize the valuable role they play in the success of racing in our state,” says Butte. BGFC has teamed up with Keeneland to create the Backstretch C.O.R.E. (Comprehensive Outreach, Resources and Enrichment) program, the result of a new partnership between Keeneland and Blue Grass Farms Charities to expand the charity’s health and human services programs to improve the quality of life for racetrack and training center workers. Also, every year BGFC hosts a Christmas Festival, proving toys, gifts, food and clothing for over 1,000 farm and industry workers and their families. Racino Rendezvous is an over-the-top celebration of this fantastic organization, as well as a fun way to party with the stars of racing. Like they say in New Orleans, “Laissez bon temps rouler,” and the good times will be rolling on October 18th at the Marriott. For information on purchasing tickets ($125 per person, or $85 if you’re under 35), please visit or call 859-219-0910.




he premier pony hunter event in the country takes place each year at the Kentucky Horse Park. Pony Finals attracts hundreds of champion ponies of all sizes and shapes. It is the best of the best from around the country. This year, Daisy Farish of Versailles, KY rode Armani to the Small Pony Reserve Championship, Sassafras Creek (“Sassy”) to the Medium Pony Championship and Northwind Marin to the Large Green Pony Hunter Championship. She was also 6th overall in the Large Pony Championship on Mapleside Denzel. Because her cumulative score on Sassafras Creek was the highest of any rider/pony combination of any size, Daisy also took home the Grand Pony Hunter Championship Title for 2013. A rare honor and a testament to her excellent riding ability at just age 12. This was Daisy’s 5th appearance at the USEF Pony Finals and she says, possibly her last as she is moving onward and upward to the regular equitation, junior hunter and children’s jumper divisions on bigger mounts. Her coach is Patricia Griffith of Heritage Farm which is based in New York. Daisy is a 7th grade student at the Lexington School. Daisy’s grandparents, former Ambassador William Stamps Farish, III and his wife, Sarah own Lane’s End Farm, a premier thoroughbred breeding facility here in the Bluegrass. Her Dad, Bill is very involved in the farm business and her Mom, Kelley, is a former competitive rider. Her aunt Daisy, also a horsewoman, manages the Phipps Racing Stable and bloodstock. Daisy’s love and knowledge of horses comes honestly through family ties and hard work. Daisy will compete next at the horse shows which comprise the year end indoor finals. The series includes the Capital Challenge, Harrisburg, the Washington National Horse Show and the National Horse Show, the last of which is held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Daisy competes during the winter in Wellington, Florida at the Winter Equestrian Festival, sometimes staying for the entire winter while using a tutor to keep up with her school work. However this year, she expects to remain at school and spend more time with family and friends while travelling back and forth to Wellington to horse show. When asked if she had a favorite pony, Daisy said it was too hard to choose, but it might be Sassy. Watch for big things from this talented and lovely young rider in the future!




Lexington Catholic Creates A Horse Path for Careers by John C. Engelhardt Photos courtesy of Lexington Catholic High School


exington Catholic High School represents a long tradition of Catholic education in the Bluegrass Region. The school was formed in 1951 through the merger of two secondary schools, St. Catherine’s Academy, founded in 1823, and Lexington Latin High founded in 1924. Since 1957 the school has been located in the Rosemill neighborhood on Clays Mill Road. Numerous graduates have gone on to be involved in many facets of Kentucky’s storied horse-related industries. Recognizing this fact, school leaders have Sarah Coleman elected to give their interested students a “leg up,” so to say, in getting off to a good start by establishing an elective course and establishing an Equine Academy.

Students enter the program for a variety of reasons. It is second year, as a four-year elective class that could lead to a potential career in the equine industry in many facets. “We consider it a non-breed, non-discipline specific program. So we have everything from what I do as a hunter, we have quite a few eventers, we have some kids who don’t ride at all but might be interested in the thoroughbred industry, we have some pleasure riders and some drill team girls – it is varied,” emphasized Coleman. “A goal of our program is not only to expose them professionally to different careers but to expose them to different breeds and disciplines. My students are not required to do anything outside of the classroom.”

Last year Dr. Steve Angelucci created the Equine Academy at Lexington Catholic and approached Georgetown College to learn more about their program. It was that connection that led to Sarah Coleman being selected to be the Director of the school’s new Equine Academy. The program was launched in February of 2012, there are currently 24 students participating in the class and they utilize the Kentucky Horse Park as their “lab.”

Coleman’s enthusiasm for all that Central Kentucky has to offer is certainly not disguised. “About a month ago we came out to the Horse Park and took a polo lesson with fourteen kids who had never even been to a polo match. We took them to The Red Mile last spring and they got to drive a harness horse. Ironically, none had ever even been to The Red Mile until the Academy took them out there. Since I’m not from here and now I’m in the Horse Capital of the World, it’s still very impressive. There are so many things to do, see and the kids kind of forget that. So it is really fun for me being here because anything I’m interested in, some of my students are bound to be interested in.”

Coleman hails from Canfield, Ohio, a small farming town in northeast Ohio. From an early age she had exposure to a variety of breeds of horses. “I grew up pretty much riding anything I could put my leg over.” After graduation from high school she went on to Ohio University where she was a member of the 2002 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championship Team. She moved to Kentucky in 2004 as a managing editor of farming and agricultural publications. By 2008 she joined the staff at Georgetown College coordinating their Equine Scholars Program. Sarah’s own retired Thoroughbred, Izzy, has become a part of the classroom experience. “He comes down to campus every one or two months and we use him for hands-on experience. It’s always a little bit interesting bringing a horse to a high school. The kids are like ‘Oh my gosh! What’s going on?’ so that is fun, but they are getting more familiar with Izzy.”



While the Equine Academy is a unique credit earning option at Lexington Catholic, a school well known for its exceptional academics and subsequent college enrollment success, students in their junior year of the program will be made aware of higher education available with established equine programs. “Some of our students may not even enter the equine industry,” says Coleman. “But one of the goals is to make them well-rounded, informed horse people, so when they do go to a college or a vet school interview they can speak as educated horse enthusiasts.” Through the development of the Academy over these early years you can sense the genuine pride Sarah Coleman has as its Direc-


tor. “I think it is wonderful. I was able to take some components that worked at Georgetown and implement them here. The University of Kentucky is our educational partner and they have been fantastic. Another goal eventually with UK is to be able to send our juniors and seniors off campus and take some of their equine classes and get credit so they can come into college with credits already under their belt.” “I tell my students you don’t have to be a freshman in college and know exactly what you want to do, Coleman continued. “But I’m not doing my job if I haven’t piqued your interest in some different facet of the equine industry. So it has been really fun, we are only in our second year of the program, we are still growing and determining what is the best fit. We take our students suggestions seriously as does all of Lexington Catholic, because I keep telling the kids – this is your program. They do it because they are interested and passionate, they are good kids and I have the best. We want to send out educated future leaders.” The school’s Mission Statement regarding this innovative elective states: The Equine Academy at Lexington Catholic provides students with a four-year equine-related educational program offering a foundation in knowledge, practical application and career opportunities in the horse industry. The Equine Academy will be part of a high quality secondary education that reflects our faith-based mission of forming and developing the mind, spirit and body of our students. After listening to Sarah Coleman’s energetic and positive approach to teaching and working with the students – it’s easy to believe that Mission will be accomplished.

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 longshot51@




Aft er meeting with the Keeneland management in the fall of 2012, I was asked to put together a ‘Sporting Art

Auction’ to be held after the November 2013 ‘Breeding Stock Sale’. There was probably no venue in the world where I could zero in on my target market, where the inventory would be seen by every important horseman in the world because they all had a presence at the Keeneland sales. Most collectors and ‘Sporting Art’ dealers would agree that ‘Sporting Art’ as a specialized subject, began in 1973 with Sotheby’s sale of the ‘Jack R. Dick Collection of ENGLISH SPORTING and CONVERSATION PAINTINGS’ held in New York that October. The sale was an overwhelming success and kicked off a tremendous run. The 1970s and early 1980s were boom times for the horse business, and accordingly for purveyors of the subject horsemen loved. It was like a gold rush for the British ‘Sporting Art’ dealers, rushing to America to capture the prize. Frost and Reed and Richard Green, probably the two largest dealers, exhibited at every equine event across America. Saratoga was a hot spot, even horse shows like the Hampton Classic in New York and the Radnor Horse Show in PA saw the big boys show up. Lexington saw British art dealer McConnell-Mason get into the action by showing up on the mezzanine of the Hyatt Regency. The horse sales were strong, and if the sellers would wind up with an extra 100K in their pockets what better way to spend it than on art that depicted the sport they loved. The dealers were ecstatic. They would rush back to England to replenish their inventories, not really worrying about what they had to give for a painting because they were going to hustle back to America and turn it over for good profit. The horse business was booming and so was the ‘Sporting Art’ market. It pushed 19th Century British sporting paintings through the roof. Sotheby’s and Christies began to have annual specialized sales of ‘Sporting Art’ both in New York and London. In the mid 1980s tax laws were changed and it took a lot of people out of the horse business. Prior to that time doctors, lawyers, other professional people, and anyone with money could write off their losses against other earned income. Enjoy the sport, play the game, and if you lost money you could write it off. The change of being an ‘active’ participant in the horse business to being a ‘passive’ participant changed the game. The players could no longer write off their losses and began to drop out of the business. Accordingly, Sotheby’s and Christies started to drop specialized sales of ‘Sporting Art.’ I don’t think there has been a specialized sale of this subject at a major venue in many years. But the time is here, I don’t think anyone has ever been able to get in front of such an influential group of horsemen as the Keeneland venue can offer. We’re off and running. The search for quality ‘Sporting Art’ began October 2012, and will be auctioned this November 20 2013. For more information visit



by Greg Ladd

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“The Bionic Man,” Tim Tetrick, has accumulated over 7,000 career wins, and was harness racing’s top money winner for six consecutive years. He began his racing career at age 16, driving for his father, trainer Tom Tetrick, on the Illinois county fair circuit. Tetrick has a five-year-old son and his favorite TV show is House. Tetrick lives in Runnemede, New Jersey. Earnings: 2012 to present $30,457,996.

BRIAN SEARS A third generation horseman, Sears won his first race with Alicia Blue Chip in high school. His greatest moment was going to Vernon Downs when his bobblehead was introduced. Sears’ father encouraged him to work a real job, and he attended Auburn University, but could not stay away from racing. Among his biggest wins are the Hambletonian Oaks and Peter Haughton Memorial. He resides in Secaucus, New Jersey. Earnings: 2012 to present $20,698,807.

COREY CALLAHAN After attending University of Kentucky and working a “real job,” Kentucky’s own has become one of the most successful drivers in harness racing. He is proud of his racing with horse Mr. Wiggles, with whom he won the 500,000 Hoosier Cup in 2009. He also won the North America Cup and the Breeders Crown with Mr. Wiggles. Callahan lives in Queenstown Maryland and spends his free time with his family, describing the birth of his daughter Ceira as a “life changing experience.” Earnings: 2012 to present $14,470,189.





For Ron, the first time he won the Hambletonian with American Winner was a moment beyond his wildest dreams. He chose his silks because he “loved Benny Webster’s colors,” and while he doesn’t stress before a race, he does avoid wearing certain badluck shirts. He is a Hall of Fame member and has over 8,400 career wins. Pierce loves coming to The Red Mile and eating at Malone’s in Lexington. Pierce lives in Clarksburg, New Jersey. Earnings: 2012 to present $18,024,870.

JODY JAMIESON Jody came to his career in racing through the family business, and wears his father’s colors on his racing skills. His most thrilling win was the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio, because he believes it is the hardest race to win. Jamieson, his wife and children live in Ontario, but he is “originally a maritimer! Nova Scotia baby!” Earnings: 2012 to present $14,005,274.

GEORGE BRENNAN George’s first job was cleaning horse stalls, and he has now made a name as one of the top harness racers, finishing in the top 25 for 13 consecutive years. He was also named Driver of the Year in 2010, after some of his biggest wins in the William Haughton Memorial and the Kentucky Futurity. One of Brennan’s greatest racing moments was breaking the fastest mile record with Holborn Hanover. Brennan lives in Perrineville, New Jersey and describes himself as simple and laidback, and his favorite meal is steak and macaroni. Earnings: 2012 to present $17,762,791. For information about racing at The Red Mile:



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and maintained. My parents are always there for me, cheering me on. The impact that my parents had on my life is incredible. I credit a lot of the character of my children to the influence my parents have had on them. They are an integral part of my family and a constant in my life.” Keni grew up in Lexington and graduated from the University of Kentucky, choosing photography as her focus with a major in Arts Administration. During her studies here, it was suggested to her that she apply for an internship with TOPS. At that point, they did not yet have a program for interns, as it was in the infancy of the company’s foundation. Keni remembers with a smile, “I was their first intern early on. I made an appointment, and ever since I have enjoyed working with them and for them. TOPS has given me a lot of grace and a lot of patience in rebuilding my career and my life; I’m so grateful and flattered to be a part of this issue.” Throughout college, Keni participated in many photo shoots for practice, her favorite class being studio lighting. From this she tells us, “I put together a great portfolio that landed me a job with Holifield Photography. Over the next three years I worked as a studio and wedding photographer for them.” After three years with Holifield Photography, she returned to her entrepreneurial roots (she had previously owned a cleaning service for 12 years) this time as a wedding and portrait photographer. Five of those years photographing weddings and portraits were spent in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati areas and in 2012, she returned to Lexington, and also to TOPS, where she had interned six years before. “When I came back to TOPS, I was starting over personally as well. It was just a renewal point in my life. TOPS President, Keith Yarber gave me the movie ‘The Pursuit of Happyness,’ and it was a great motivator for me.” Keni is now one of the resident in-house photographers for the magazine and you will often find her snapping away at many events that TOPS is involved with. So, the next time you see Keni at an event, be sure to smile pretty and say hello. One of her favorite pursuits is photographing weddings. She and her team do a remarkable job of capturing the big day for their clients. Her newest ventures in photography include working in both the equine and food industries. She says, “I feel that along with weddings, these are becoming my niche areas. Though I hadn’t planned it this way, I’m loving it!” She continues, “I’ve never met such wonderful people than those in the equine industry, and I credit Lisa Sheehy for introducing me to this scene.” After living the majority of her life in Lexington, Keni is ecstatic to be around the equine business more and has enjoyed bringing her children to events with her. “It has been such an unexpected treasure and I had no idea what photographing that first equine event would mean for me my family in the future. I’m so appreciative for these opportunities.” As for the restaurant owners of Lexington, Keni says, “They are proud of their product, and excited that TOPS is featuring them. The whole experience is truly *humbling, because every time the restaurant owners roll out the red carpet for us. I want their passion for what they do to be reflected in my photographs for them.” She shares, “I feel honored to be given this responsibility, because it is a challenge to make people want to not only eat the meal pictured, but to experience the restaurant themselves.”



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Q&A TOPS: What is your preferred hobby other than photography? Keni: Swimming whenever the opportunity is presented. TOPS: Any fall pastimes that you and your family enjoy? Keni: It has become a tradition to make outings to the apple orchards every fall. That, and attend Fear Fest at King’s Island to get in the spirit of the season. TOPS: Do you have a go-to date night with your hubby? Keni: Salsa nights. There is always something going on with the salsa folks of Lexington and it is guaranteed to be a fun time. TOPS: The meal you make for your family that they can’t get enough of is… Keni: Crepes. Strawberry and banana crepes with chocolate drizzled on top has become a must-have in our household. TOPS: What are some of your other interests and passions? Keni: As far as interests, I love to travel. I have been to 46 states and several countries. Other passions include motherhood and mission work. In a lot of ways, my daughters are a team with me both professionally and personally because they help hold my reflectors on jobs and they make others smile for the camera.



TOPS: What is a project you are involved with that we did not know about before? Keni: Selling sandals from Africa for LOHADA, a group of orphanages, elderly homes and women’s programs. We are helping the women’s program begin a business. TOPS: Do you have a favorite topic to photograph? Keni: Yes! Weddings. TOPS: Do you have any advice to brides? Keni: Appreciate the love behind the wedding. Realize that the way your relationship began with your future husband is the most beautiful beginning you will ever have, also cherish the moment. TOPS: What is the best advice you’ve received? Keni: To slow down at times. TOPS: What is your favorite advice to give to others? Keni: Genuinely care about everyone you come in contact with. God has put them in your path for a reason. TOPS: Best souvenir from your travels? Keni: Photos of course!


PREPARING SEEDS FOR THE FUTURE by Michelle Rauch, Gardening Enthusiast

I like a bargain. I’ve written about the cost-cutting benefits of gardening before. Plant sharing among friends and family is among the ways to save money. Saving your seeds is another. The seeds you preserve and save this season will save money next year when you are ready to buy plants and seed packets. This is a great time of year to prepare your stash of seeds for preservation, as your crops are ripe and ready. Save those seeds before you eat your veggies. Some seeds are easier to prepare for saving than others. Take, for example, peppers. The seeds are mature as soon as the pepper has changed color. Simply scrape the seeds out and dry. Seeds should always be dried on a glass or ceramic plate. Do not place them on a paper towel or paper plate. They will stick. Back to the pepper seeds. When they break instead of bend they are ready to store. Melons and squash are equally as easy. Scoop, rinse and dry. Pumpkin seeds should be dried on a screen to get adequate ventilation during the drying process. After the seeds have dried, place them in an envelope or glass jar. They should be kept in a cool area away from the sun. These are the seeds that I put in a no fuss category. Others take more time and tender loving.

tomato plants that were sprouting in my raised bed gardens. I have six tomato plants this year that flourished simply from last year’s plants reseeding themselves. Talk about a bountiful surprise! I have more tomatoes than I know what to do with this year. So your seeds are stored for the long winter. Now what? They will be ready to plant in the spring or the following year or even the year after that. When prepared properly, seeds may last several years depending on the variety. Onions typically store up to two years, while cucumber seeds may keep up to five years and still be viable once they are planted. Last, but not least, it may sound simple, but it bears mentioning. Always label your seeds. Especially if you are battling a middle-aged memory, as I am. I didn’t get around to marking my vegetable plots this summer and in a matter of days I forgot what I planted where. Not a big deal if you like surprises. The fruits of your labor now will reap economic benefits later. After all, free is good.

Tomatoes are tricky. They take more time and patience. It’s easy to see why; the seed is encased in a gooey membrane. I’m not going into detail on the tomatoes because, to be honest, it makes my head spin. It involves fermenting, adding water at the “right” time and keeping a watchful eye for “good seeds” to settle. That’s followed by straining and drying. I prefer the method that has served me very well this summer--volunteers from last year’s tomatoes. At one point I pulled up fifteen



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A beautiful rose-colored marble fireplace, flanked by two built-in bookshelves create the focal point of the room, while a large couch and two oversized chairs add an additional level of comfort. An ornately carved rectangular table lit by a chandelier acts as the centerpiece in the dining room, while a beautiful reproduced work of art hangs on the wall facing the entrance, catching all eyes when you enter the space.



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The basement area also boasts a 600-bottle wine cellar and a tranquil in-home massage nook, complete with an antique armoire to house linens and towels and a massage table;perfect for relieving stress after a long week.



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hen they purchased the home in 2000, the kitchen debuted a floor that was less than trustworthy. Now, the kitchen floor is a terra cotta colored tile, adding warmth to the room. The ample granite countertops act as ideal marinating stations during grilling season, while the stainless steel Jenn Air and Sub Zero appliances add just the right amount of shine to the otherwise Tuscan-feeling space, complete with walls by Faux Creations. A circular table situated next to the window invites friends and family to settle in and visit over hot cup of coffee or tea.



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An attached balcony off th emaster bedroom suite is accessed by French doors overlooking the outdoor entertaining spac. This is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun set before heading off to sleep. Additional amenities in the bedroom include a flat screen TV over the built-in fireplace facing the king sized bed, and a cozy lounge chair lit by a chandelier. Dark curtains block out the sunlight streaming through the expansive windows installed by Pella Windows.



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The oversized two-car garage has a seating and entertaining area attached, with a fireplace, bathroom and large cooking area with refrigeration. This was contributed by Sawyer and Elder Construction while John Cordle supervised and kept the building process on track until completion. Additionally, this garage area features a 900-square foot unfinished space above it for an apartment or mother-in-law suite, as well as outdoor heaters to prolong use in the colder months, plus a tongue and groove ceiling with a copper chimney stack. Here you will often find the family enjoying expansive views of their 2,400 square foot barn with a hayloft, landscaping, volleyball court and historic trees on the property, which is enclosed by four-board fencing.



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he privacy and quietness found in the outdoor area caters to the Van Epps laid back lifestyle.



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her mother’s wedding gown used to wrap her bouquet. Her something new was a gift from the groom, a pair of diamond stud earrings. Lydia’s something borrowed was her grandmother’s cameo pinned to the lace. Her something blue was a very special heart sewn inside the back of the wedding gown cut from a dress shirt that belonged to her father, who had passed away when she was eleven. The bridesmaids wore coral cotton dresses from J. Crew and pearls. Adam and his groomsmen wore Tommy Hilfiger khaki suits with gray ties. Adam wore chocolate brown handmade alligator cowboy boots and sported a Tag Heuer watch which was a gift from his bride. The reception was held at the Lexington Country Club. Guests dined on filet mignon and chicken cordon bleu, potatoes and mixed vegetables. After dinner, Lydia’s brother played acoustic guitar for their first dance. He also played some original tunes later in the evening. One of the couple’s favorite moments was when they saw each other for the first time. Lydia says she will never forget the look on his face when he told her how beautiful she was. The only thing Lydia would do differently is not stress so much, keeping in mind the most important thing is that you are marrying the love of your life, and everything else will fall into place.



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DETAILS Wedding Venue: First United Methodist Church of Lexington | Reception Venue: Lexington Country Club | Photography: Shaun Ring Wedding Planner: Always Planned | Cakes: Tinkers | Flowers: A Perfect Posy (Always Planned) | DJ: Soundwave Moble DJ | Videographer: Reel Special Productions






Once considered an old fashioned flower or ‘cheap’ when added to floral arrangements, the lowly Baby’s Breath, or Gypsophila, is back in a huge way – primarily because oldfashioned has been re-imagined as vintage, and Vintage Cottage Chic or Shabby Chic weddings are ‘Tres Chic’ today. The trick to a great wedding look with Baby’s Breath is to use it in large masses, giving these flowers a big but ethereal look making a splash. A great thing about Baby’s Breath is the price – it’s not expensive at all and when you shake it out to fluff out each stem you get a big look from each bundle. Wholesale Baby’s Breath is approximately $7 a bundle, saving you a bundle on fresh flowers.

tion grand. Start with a lightweight round floral oasis (Don’t soak in water or it will be too heavy) and build the big fluffy globe of Baby’s Breath around it. Baby’s Breath Bouquets: Simple bridesmaids bouquets that are just bundles of Baby’s Breath and a little greenery are fresh and current. A larger version made for bride’s bouquet with the addition of a few white lilies or other white flower makes a big impact at very little cost. For boutonnieres and corsages, add a sprig of Baby’s Breath to tie your pieces together for a cohesive look. Easy, stylish, and sweet!

Choose the Baby’s Breath variety that is more delicate, ‘Million Star’, or my favorite ‘Overtime’ with a larger showier bloom. Decorating with Baby’s Breath is easy, too, you can treat it like greenery, because it doesn’t need to be in water to stay fresh during your ceremony or prep, and will dry to use in your home. Baby’s Breath Centerpieces: Creating globes or large arrangements of delicate white tiny flowers look perfect and do a great job of dressing up a Burlap and Lace wedding theme. Again, using large masses of Baby’s Breath here is the key for the Wow factor. Adding a few other white flowers – my favorite is to add White Lilies and creamy roses – will make your Baby’s Breath arrangements look rich and beautiful. If you want to add a little greenery, go with three stems of Bells of Ireland for height.

Hanging Baby’s Breath Decor: A impressive idea for using Baby’s Breath at your reception is to create hanging globes of this fluffy floral over your tables – the look is dreamy, and “Decorating Up” is always a good idea to make your recep-



Aisle Decorations with Baby’s Breath: Add interest to your walk down the aisle, especially if your wedding is outdoor, with simple Baby’s Breath in mason jars, tied to aisle seats or on shepherd’s hooks. Adding a single lily really makes the look pop, while not overdone. Or simply tie a bundle to your chairs with ribbon or lace and…voila!

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