The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) has announced that the topic for May’s Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner will be “Tax Issues Facing the Horse Industry.” Alex Waldrop will moderate the event and Jen Shah, CPA, will be the guest speaker.

The event will take place May 15 at The Red Mile Clubhouse in Lexington, Kentucky. The dinner and educational series is open to equine professionals, horse owners, and riders and will feature a networking reception from 5:30-6:00 PM, followed by dinner with the main speakers from 6:00-8:00 PM.

The Kentucky Equine Networking Association is charged with providing an educational and social venue for equine professionals and horse enthusiasts from all disciplines. Organized by the KHC and supported by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program, KENA provides the opportunity for attendees to share ideas, business strategies and knowledge, and to obtain up-to-date information on horse and farm management and on issues affecting the equine industry.

Shah is the director of tax services for Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC, and currently leads the firm’s equine practice. She speaks regularly on business and tax considerations for horse owners and the tax implications of all aspects of the equine industry.

Waldrop is the president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), where he leads the Thoroughbred industry’s national office responsible for matters pertaining to federal legislative advocacy, racing safety, and integrity. Among the NTRA’s accomplishments are new tax regulations regarding withholding for pari-mutuel wagering, bonus depreciation for horses and certain equipment, and other tax deductions that benefit farm and horse owners.

“Taxes are intimidating to the average person, and horse owners are no different,” said KHC Executive Director Katy Ross. “With changing tax laws on both the federal and state level, it is important for the equine industry to stay informed because tax policy has a huge impact on individuals, as well as large and small equine operations. We are excited to have Ms. Shah and Mr. Waldrop share their expertise on a variety of tax issues facing equine businesses and owners.”

The May 15 dinner is presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Equine Law Group. Dinsmore & Shohl is a full-service law firm with offices in 23 cities throughout 11 states and the District of Columbia, including offices in Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville, and Covington, Kentucky

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