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Kentucky Life spotlights Extreme Mustang Makeover, Bluegrass fans in Japan and The Kentucky Crafted Market


Kentucky Life spotlights Extreme Mustang Makeover, Bluegrass fans in Japan and The Kentucky Crafted Market

For Release: 04/22/19 12:29 PM

The next episode of KET’s Kentucky Life spotlights the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s efforts to find permanent homes for wild mustangs and the international popularity of Bluegrass, Kentucky’s homegrown musical genre. The episode, which airs Saturday, April 27 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, April 28 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, April 29 at 7/6 pm on KET2, also spotlights The Kentucky Crafted Market.

First, Kentucky Life spotlights the annual Extreme Mustang Makeover event, held each June at the Kentucky Horse Park. An initiative of the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the event brings together wild mustangs gathered from Wyoming and Nevada – who’ve undergone just 100 or so days of training and interaction with humans – and potential adopters, willing to give them a forever home.

Trainers of all ages participate in the event, in an effort to show potential adopters what these horses are capable of – adapting quickly from mistrusting humans to becoming capable jumpers, ranch workers or even family riding horses. In addition to the Kentucky Horse Park, mustang training segments were also filmed at local farms in Midway, Georgetown, Paris and McKee.

Next, Kentucky Life captures the sights and sounds of The Kentucky Crafted Market, where nearly 200 exhibitors of Kentucky-made fine arts, crafts, books and food were on display.

Finally, the program showcases how Kentucky’s Bluegrass music has built a truly worldwide fan base. Bluegrass first caught on in the country via broadcasts on the FEN (Far East Network) for United States military personnel stationed abroad. During the segment, Japanese fans and Bluegrass musicians, including members of the band Bluegrass 45, share why they feel the music transcends not only generations, but also cultural and geographic boundaries as well.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are Valerie Trimble, Corwin Spaulding and Matt Grimm.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications