United States Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), who has taken a leadership role on equine issues in Congress while representing Kentucky’s sixth district, visited Runnymede Farm on July 20 as part of an informal and ongoing fact-finding tour regarding the state’s signature horse industry.
Greeting Barr at Runnymede were farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay, President Brutus Clay, Vice President David Blee and Vice President and General Manager Martin O’Dowd.
In addition to inspecting some of Runnymede’s foals, broodmares and yearlings, Barr advised that he has been working to recruit new members to the bipartisan Congressional Horse Caucus, of which he recently was named co-chairman. Barr’s district encompasses key parts of Central Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, including Lexington.
New York Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), who represents the Congressional district that spans Saratoga Springs, also serves as co-chair of the caucus.
Objectives of the Congressional Horse Caucus include promoting the health of the horse industry and raising awareness of the economic impact of horse industry jobs.