Following Kentucky Derby 141, Woodford Reserve has donated $15,000 to the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program to continue developing equine therapy programs for wounded veterans. The donation stems from net proceeds raised from Woodford Reserve’s annual $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program. 2015 marked the tenth year of the program, with more than $426,000 total raised for equine and humanitarian causes to date.

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“The Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program is grateful for Woodford Reserve’s support and donation,” said Bridget Kroger, the organization’s founder and president. “It was a true honor to have partnered with Woodford Reserve to continue our quest in giving both veterans and rescued thoroughbreds a second chance. We look forward to extending our mission with this donation.”
The Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program was selected through a national consumer voting campaign to receive the net proceeds of this year’s $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sales.

“Woodford Reserve is proud to continue support for organizations committed to bettering the lives of those involved in the horse-racing community,” said Jason Kempf, Woodford Reserve brand director. “We want to thank our community of brand fans and consumers for their support of our first-ever charity voting program. It was through their help and participation that the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program received their donation.”

Woodford Reserve has additionally made a $1,000 nominal donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund, who additionally participated in the national consumer voting program. The donation will be used to disburse the medical costs faced by injured jockeys.

The WWEP – Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program raises awareness to the healing powers of horses by supporting equine therapeutic programs and horse rescues around the United States.  The WWEP is working to “Give Veterans and Horses A New Lease On Life…one hoof, one boot at a time.”

The PDJF – The Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Created in 2006 by leaders in the horse racing industry, PDJF has disbursed over $5.5 million dollars and currently supports 61 permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have paralysis or traumatic brain injuries. The Fund is grateful for the support of our many industry partners who are committed to the welfare of these men and women.

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