Equine Industry on Curriculum

Around three thousand Fayette County Public School fifth graders this week take a field trip to the Keeneland Race Course. Special events coordinator Kara Heissenbuttel says they worked with the school district to target a good age group.

“Fifth graders learn about economics, so we thought it was a great tie-in for Keeneland to be able to talk to them about the horse industry and Keeneland and their involvement in the community,” said Heissenbuttel.

Ten-year-old Latiya of Deep Springs Elementary says she liked taking a tour of the track.

“We got to gallop in the hall of the secretary thing where the horses come out at before they’re about to race. And we got to see them gallop around the trees and what they do,” said Latiya.

The equine industry is looking for new ways to connect with the public as it continues to struggle with a tough economy.