Horses and Hope

Horses and Hope Mobile Screening Van

Horses and Hope 

Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade - Charitable Partner

Horses and Hope℠ was established to increase breast cancer screening, education, and treatment referral among Kentucky's signature horse industry workers and other special populations. The program has since been expanded to offer cancer prevention and early detection services for many different cancers through the Horses and Hope Cancer Screening Van. Special events honoring breast cancer survivors are also held across the state.

View a short video to see how Horses and Hope is making a difference.

Horses and Hope was started in 2008 by former Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program, University of Louisville, with the support of the Pink Stable, a committee of Kentucky horse owners, riders, trainers, jockeys, and others. Horses and Hope continues today through generous donations from Churchill Downs, the North American Championship Rodeo, and many other friends.

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Tax deductible contributions can be made by using QR Code, Donate Now link, or sending a check to Horses and Hope, 501 E. Broadway, Suite 160, Louisville, KY 40202. 

15th Anniversary Celebration Video of Horses and Hope

Horses and Hope recently celebrated its 15th Anniversary at Churchill Downs. Watch the video to learn how your donations have funded programs across Kentucky for 15 years. Thank you for your continued support! View video.

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Image of Mobile Mammography Screening Van

Horses and Hope Cancer Screening Van

Operated by UofL Health Brown Cancer Center, the Horses and Hope Cancer Screening Van is on the road daily to deliver life-saving services. It is equipped to provide education and screening to men and women for multiple cancers. Services are offered to both insured and uninsured individuals including the medically underserved horse industry workers at thoroughbred race tracks in collaboration with the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund and the Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program. The van is supported by KCP, the Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer, and bilingual outreach workers. The Kentucky State Fair is the highlight of the year where people from across the state receive hundreds of cancer screening services during the 11 days.


Horses and Hope Pink Mustang

Horses and Hope Pink Mustang

A pink Ford Mustang, the pace car for the 2011 NASCAR World Spring cup, was donated by Paul Miller Ford in honor of the 10th anniversary of Horses and Hope. The car travels the state today to raise cancer awareness at special events like the Kentucky State Fair, the North American Championship Rodeo, community festivals, and other locations.


Horses and Hope Race Day photo

Horses and Hope Race Days

Race days attracting sell out crowds of breast cancer survivors and guests are held at Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, and Turfway Park Thoroughbred Tracks every year. Hosted by Former First Lady Jane Beshear, the events feature entertainment, celebrity guests, lunch, a Horses and Hope souvenir, and a horse race honoring breast cancer survivors. Watch the calendar for upcoming events.


Horses and Hope Race Day photo

Pink Stable Members

Jane Beshear, Founder, Anita Ebert, Patricia Cooksey, Carol Farmer, Ann Bakhaus, Mary Midkiff, Judy Miller, Misdee Wrigley Miller, Barbara Thomason, Elaine Walker, and Donna Ward



Cancer Survivors at rodeo
Cancer survivors standing around pink mustang at Sista Strut walk.

Cancer survivors standing next to wood cutout of jockey silk at Keeneland program.
Paul Miller Ford presenting Horses and Hope Pink Mustang replica to KY Cancer Program.