Kentucky Ag News

Commissioner Quarles to speak at KENA meeting


Kentucky Horse Council


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the speaker for the May Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) meeting. Ryan Quarles, the Kentucky agriculture commissioner, will speak at the May 17 dinner presented by Neogen Corporation. KENA is a dinner and educational series open to both equine professionals and horse owners and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 p.m. EDT, followed by dinner with the main speakers from 6-8 p.m. The dinner will be held at the Fasig-Tipton dining room.

The group, focused on the Kentucky thoroughbred, sport, and pleasure horse community, is charged with the mission of providing an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines. KENA, which is organized by the Kentucky Horse Council and supported by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program, provides the opportunity for attendees to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge, and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management.


May's speaker will be Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. Mr. Quarles grew up on his family's farm in Scott County with a family that has lived in central Kentucky for over 200 years.  Mr. Quarles completed three undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees in just four years at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 2006. In 2009, he graduated from Harvard with a master's degree in higher education before moving back to Kentucky to finish his last year of law school.  Returning to Kentucky, Mr. Quarles was elected to the Kentucky General Assembly in 2010, representing Scott, Owen, and part of Fayette counties. Mr. Quarles served as the vice-chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and served on the Agriculture and Small Busines Committee, the Tobacco Master Settlement Oversight Committee, and the Banking and Insurance Committee.


The May 17 dinner is presented by Neogen Corporation.


The Kentucky Equine Networking Association welcomes all Kentucky horse owners, professionals and enthusiasts to attend the February 16 event. For details and reservations, visit