LEXINGTON, KY (Aug. 25, 2014) – Keeneland will welcome 2,500 fifth-grade students on field trips this week as part of a partnership between Keeneland and Fayette County Public Schools that teaches the history of the race track and the importance of the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky’s economy.
Each morning from Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Aug. 28 several hundred local fifth graders will make the trip to Keeneland for a morning full of activities. Students will be greeted by Keeneland officials, watch a live Thoroughbred auction demonstration in the Sales Pavilion, and tour the track’s Grandstand, Paddock and trackside areas.
The tour will have stops along the route featuring horse industry partners such as Darley, Riddle & Rood Equine Hospital, North American Racing Academy, and Locust Trace AgriScience Farm. Each stop will feature presentations and demonstrations for the students.
“These student visits have become a highlight for Keeneland, and we enjoy their eagerness to learn about Keeneland and Kentucky’s horse industry,” said Keeneland Vice President and COO Vince Gabbert. “We appreciate our partnership with Fayette County Public Schools and its interest in including the horse industry’s many opportunities in students’ curriculum.”
Keeneland will provide each student with a “Thoroughbred Racing and Sales” book, which can be used in the classroom following the field trips.