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Story date: September, 1997

KHP Mustang Troop at the
1996 Presidential Inauguration

Presented here is an electronic reproduction of an imaginative agreeement between BLM, Florida A&M and the Kentucky Horse Park which will allow disadvantaged inner-city youths access to, and instruction on (former) wild horses for the purposes of learning and to produce public reinactments of historic events.


This agreement is made and entered into by and between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), United States Department of Interior, Kentucky Horse Park, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).


The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to provide for continuing care and maintenance of up to 12 wild horses at the Kentucky Horse Park. Cooperative Education Students employed by the Bureau of Land Management will be assigned to work with Park employees, in the supervision and direction of 12-36 inner-city youths in the care, feeding, and maintenance of the wild horses for recreational riding and use in a reenactment of historical events.


The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 requires each executive agency to conduct a continuing program to eliminate the under representation of minorities and women in professional, administrative, technical, clerical, and blue collar employment categories within the Bureau of Land Management.


The overall Bureau of Land Management objective is to eliminate the under representation of minorities and women within the Bureau of Land Management through increased awareness, and outreach to African-Americans and other minorities. The Bureau of Land Management is seeking to develop opportunities and programs which will enrich the leadership capabilities and work experiences of cooperative education students, and gain increased minority application for Federal employment in a culturally diverse workforce. Such endeavors will enhance the image of BLM wild horse program while expanding the knowledge and leadership abilities of Cooperative Education students of FAMU. The young people comprising reenactment units will gain the necessary discipline and equestrian skills to replicate the historical events, while gaining pride and self confidence from public performances. Additional benefits expected from this partnership are the expansion of opportunities for students, expanded awareness of the Bureau's wild horse management programs, and public focus on horse related events at the Kentucky Horse Park.


In fulfilling the objectives of this MOU the parties agree in accordance with legal requirement to participate and be responsible for activities as follows:

BLM will:

(1) Provide twelve gentle, saddle broke wild horses to be maintained and cared for in facilities of the Kentucky Horse Park.

The Kentucky Horse Park Will:

(1) Provide all necessary facilities, veterinary care, supplies, and maintain utilize the horses only under humane and healthful conditions.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University will:

(1) Provide cooperative extension students to be employed by the Bureau of Land Management.

All parties will:

(1) Carry out any additional mutually agreed upon tasks, within the spirit and scope of this agreement, to accomplish the objectives.


Nothing herein shall be construed as requiring the BLM or other parties to expend funds in behalf of the purpose, objectives, and responsibilities set forth in this MOU except as stated in the MOU or agreed to in writing by the signatories or the organizations they represent. All expenditures by the BLM are subject to the availability of appropriations.


This MOU shall become effective on the date of signature and shall remain in effect for 5 years from the date of signature. This MOU may be amended or extended any time by mutual agreement This MOU may be terminated at any time by 30 days notice to the other parties.


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