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2. Central Kentucky Riding for Hope
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Elliott County

For more information:

• Gwenda Adkins, Elliott County Office, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, P.O. Box 709, Sandy Hook, KY 41171, (606) 738-6400
Clothesline of Quilts, an article about the project
• Donna Sue Groves, Southern Field Office, Ohio Arts Council, P.O. Box 30, West Union, OH 45693, (937) 549-2131

Producer, videographer: Brandon Wickey
Audio: Thomas Cooper

Barn Art

Quilt Trails

In the past, advertisements painted on barns would exhort travelers to “See Rock City” or chew Mail Pouch tobacco. Then as travel shifted to interstates, barns lost much of their appeal to advertisers. But now a project to paint classic quilt designs on barns aims to lure tourists back off the interstates and onto rural back roads again.

Several Eastern Kentucky counties are creating Quilt Trails as tourist attractions and as a way to honor and preserve our rural heritage. Painting the barns provides an incentive to maintain those picturesque and historical structures, while using quilt patterns pays tribute to a traditional craft that’s both a link to the past and an increasingly popular contemporary hobby and art form.

On this edition of Kentucky Life, we hop in the car for a tour of Elliott County to see several examples of “quilt barns.” A comprehensive community study conducted a few years ago identified increasing tourism as the county’s best bet for economic development, and the Quilt Trail is one of many projects being undertaken to further that end.

The Quilt Trail idea itself is the brainchild of Donna Sue Groves, a field representative of the Ohio Arts Council who also owns a farm in Adams County, just across the Ohio River from Kentucky. She had promised her mother, a dedicated quilter, that she would paint a quilt square on a barn on family property. Meanwhile, in her career as an arts administrator and booster, she had witnessed the power of public art projects, particularly murals, both to draw communities together and to draw tourists. Gradually the family barn-decorating project became a vision for a much larger effort to use old barns as canvases. Donna envisions an “invisible clothesline” connecting barns across the country, with a classic quilt displayed on each one.

Volunteers in several states are rapidly bringing that vision to life. In Elliott County, we meet two of them—Glenna Boggs and Vivian Brown, who talk about how they got involved with the project. And Extension agent Gwenda Adkins explains how sites, quilt patterns, and volunteer laborers are brought together. Adkins is Elliott County’s administrator for the “Clothesline of Quilts” project encompassing Appalachian counties in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. The other Kentucky counties initially participating in the project were Bath, Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, and Rowan, though several others have since started Quilt Trail projects of their own.

Fayette County

For more information:
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, P.O. Box 13155, Lexington, KY 40511, (859) 231-7066

Producer, editor: Jason Robinson
Videographers: John Schroering, Jason Robinson
Audio: Roger Tremaine

Not Just Horsing Around

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope

Horses have helped humans grow food, get from place to place, spread news and deliver goods, and battle enemies for millennia. At a park in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region where they are honored for all of those accomplishments and more, they also help people with disabilities develop confidence, self-esteem, and social skills while also improving their physical condition.

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, a nonprofit organization supported by donations and volunteers, has been bringing people to the Kentucky Horse Park for hippotherapy and therapeutic riding programs since 1981. In hippotherapy sessions, the patient sits on a horse, and the therapist analyzes how his or her body responds to the horse’s movements. The horse is then directed to move in specific ways to help the patient work on improving posture, balance, and muscle coordination. In therapeutic riding programs, participants move out into an arena setting for a horseback ride, with volunteers providing more or less assistance depending on the participant’s abilities.

CKRH participants may also help groom and care for the horse or maintain stalls and riding tack. In addition to the physical benefits of riding, the experience of bonding with a horse can improve communication skills and attitude and diminish behavioral problems. The CKRH therapists have worked with people whose disabilities range from blindness or deafness to cognitive impairments to degenerative conditions like cerebral palsy. They provide the medical expertise, while their equine partners, carefully screened for gait and temperament, provide the muscle power and the unconditional love.

Taylor County

For more information:
Green River Lake State Park, 179 Park Office Rd., Campbellsville, KY 42718, (270) 465-8255

On Location

Dave hosts this edition from Green River Lake State Park in Taylor County. In addition to swimming, boating, fishing, and other water sports on the 8,200-acre lake, the park offers hiking, camping, and an 18-hole miniature golf course.

Family Album

This program also includes a special expanded edition of Paw Pals, featuring favorite photos of dogs, cats, and other animal friends submitted by our viewers. It’s co-hosted by golden retriever Charlie Shuffett.

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