Legacy Equine Academy

In partnership with Fayette County Public Schools, the LEA program endeavors to:

  • Inform students regarding the important historical roles African-Americans played in Kentucky horse racing.
  • Educate students about various career professional opportunities in the Equine and Agriculture Industry.
  • Expose students to various Equine resources and experts such as; Locust Trace Agri-Science Center Staff, UK Agriculture Faculty, KTA and KTFMA members and various Community Partners in central Kentucky.
  • Participate in educational field trips to various colleges, horse farms and equine related events throughout the region. (Kentucky Horse Park, Churchill Downs, 2018 Legacy Ball, Keeneland, and many more)
  •  Earn scholarships from various colleges and universities throughout the state of Kentucky including UK College of Agriculture, Midway University and KCTCS.
Legacy Equine Academy Student Leaders visit Kentucky Horse Park and legendary horse trainer Eugene Carter.


A Non-Profit

Executive Summary

The Legacy Equine Academy program allows African American and racially diverse Middle and High School students the unique opportunity to build life skills while learning horsemanship through base instruction at Locust Trace AgriScience.  The students are intentionally recruited and tagged as a “Legacy Leaders” at the Middle School level.  Our goal is to bridge the historical contributions of African American trailblazers such as, Isaac Murphy and Jimmy Winkfield, to the modern traditions and future opportunities in the horse racing industry.  LEA members, along with FCPS Family Resource / Youth Service Center Coordinators at the middle school level and CCR Coaches at the high school level, identify the targeted students interested in the Equine industry and LEA move to ensure their candidacy for Locust Trace multi-level curriculum during their High School years.   The outreach includes at least 25 students in each LEA school program.  Our total will be 150 students in 2017 – 2018 school year.  This will increase to 450+ students in Fayette County Public Schools in year three*.

Program Overview

The program is offered in collaboration with the FCPS Family Resource / Youth Service Center Coordinators and CCR Coaches during and after school hours, as well as, 8 weeks of LEA Leadership Summer Camp. The program is focused on establishing standards of behavior, building trust and team camaraderie. LEA welcomes students from racially diverse ethnic groups to participate in the equine industry. We also aim to promote agriculture literacy and awareness in their respective communities. We encourage students to participate in service learning, science fairs, and educational programs to help them understand how they can apply their skills in agriculture, natural resources or related science disciplines.  Our goal is to encourage students in grades 6 – 12 to attend college and pursue equine agriculture, natural resources, and environmental science degrees. This program provides activities to help students discover, firsthand, how equine and agriculture technology relate to the world around them and the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development, and teamwork.

Mission Statement

The Legacy Equine Academy, Inc. mission is to connect with African American and racially diverse youth providing exposure to the vast opportunities in the farm and horse racing industry. We have partnered with the UK College of Agriculture Dean’s office, KCTC, Midway College, Fayette County Public Schools along with many other Equine related enthusiasts in the corporate community.  Through these relationships, we endeavor to provide a service that offers employment opportunities to qualified African American and other minorities. These positions range from laborers to farm manager interns to veterinary techs and various industry professions. The Academy fosters a commitment to young people that promotes the Horse industry and career related opportunities it offers. The equine industry takes a special kind of skill, passion and patience. This program leads to industry certification and exposes local youth to farm, barn or other organization skills to help grow the industry.

Program Objectives

Hand – On Activities:

  • Provide professional and academic tours, venue visits and workshops.
  • Connect students to equine and agriculture related science industries.
  • Allow students networking opportunities with local industry professionals.

Job Based Training:

  • Qualified employee / employer relationship development with full industry exposure.
  • Certified education curriculums including value added job shadowing and internships.
  • Three (3) level program at Locust Trace School with student skill level measurables
  • Level 1: Novice level training example: Horse washing procedures, etc.
  • Level 2: Hands on activities including anatomy study and trade vocation.
  • Level 3: Training skills consisting of business aspects and equine study.

Camps, Tours and Field Trips:

Legacy Equine Academy Summer Camps

LEA has partnered with Life Adventure Center and their dynamic team of experienced equestrian professionals.  The site at Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary offers an equestrian center with both indoor and outdoor arena training areas.  The camp offers equestrian riding and horsemanship lessons of all skills levels, as well as, equine education and life skills programs.

Kentucky Horse Park  

Students will be offered complimentary admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, tours the International Museum of the Horse, etc. They are introduced to horse breeds from around the world.

Kentucky Derby Museum

Students will enjoy a historic walking tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack. This will include:

  • Visit with resident thoroughbred and miniature horse Winston at the Museum’s stable.
  • “The Greatest Race”, a one-of-a-kind 360º immersive sound and visual experience.
  • An exciting and learning experience on two floors of interactive onsite exhibits.

Claiborne Farm Tours

A behind-the- scenes look at the prominent Thoroughbred breeding operation, now in its fourth generation of ownership by the Hancock Family. Secretariat was conceived and rests on site.

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