Nominations are open for Galbreath equine industry entrepreneurship award


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nominations are open for the 29th annual John W. Galbreath Award, which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurship in the equine industry.

    The University of Louisville College of Business Equine Industry Program has given the award annually since 1990 to honor entrepreneurial leadership that has had a significant and positive impact on the equine industry.

    Past recipients have included Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, John A. Bell III (Jonabell Farm); Cothran “Cot” Campbell; and Judith Forbis (the Pyramid Society). Last year’s winner, Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, created an innovative business model to provide a safe and secure retirement facility for Thoroughbred racehorses.

    The award is named for the late John W. Galbreath, the visionary owner of Darby Dan Farm in Lexington and former Churchill Downs chairman who distinguished himself as both a businessman and a horseman.

    The deadline for nominations is Sept. 23. The winner will be announced in the fall and honored at a dinner in Louisville.

    For further information, call 502-852-7617 or email Details and nominating materials can be found at


    Editors: Photo attached of Michael Blowen and his wife, Diane White, receiving last year’s award

    Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.