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Woodford County: Versailles woman earns Quarter Horse championship title

The Jack Jouett House was honored at the 38th annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards with a Service to Preservation Award. Pictured are former Jack Jouett House executive director Janice Clark and archaeology project director Nick Laracuente.
The Jack Jouett House was honored at the 38th annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards with a Service to Preservation Award. Pictured are former Jack Jouett House executive director Janice Clark and archaeology project director Nick Laracuente. Photo provided

Abigail Gay of Versailles earned the championship title in barrel racing and pole bending, and she was a reserve champion at the 2016 Nutrena East American Quarter Horse Association Level 1 Championships in Raleigh, N.C.

Gay showed her American Quarter Horse, Sweet Talkn Dandy, who is a 2005 Sorrel mare. Sweet Talkn Dandy is sired by Sweet Talkn Fol and out of Denominators Dandy.

The champion received a prize package that included a Montana Silversmiths belt buckle, gold trophy, neck wreath and a Top-10 patch.

Jouett House to unveil new historic marker

The Jack Jouett House Historic Site will commemorate the 235th anniversary of Jack’s ride to save American independence with the dedication of a new marker at 2 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine. The marker will be presented on behalf of the National Society of the Children of the American Colonists and its 2015-16 president, Reagan Zolman. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. The Jack Jouett House is located at 255 Craig’s Creek Road near Versailles. For more information, call 859-873-7902, email info@jouetthouse.org or visit Jouetthouse.org.

Jouett archaeology project recognized

The Jack Jouett Archaeology Project has been presented with a Service to Preservation Award from the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation. The award honors those who have demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation, have a positive impact on preserving historic or prehistoric resources through advocacy or education, or have developed innovative or model preservation programs.

Now in its third season, the project has recruited more than 100 volunteers. The project is working to reveal the story of a distillery and grist mill operated on Craig’s Creek in Woodford County by Jack Jouett, a hero of the American Revolution.

The program was the brainchild of archaeologist Nicolas Laracuente, who worked in his personal time to develop the concept in partnership Janice Clark, former site director of the Jack Jouett House Historic Site. The project received support from and was sponsored by Woodford County Fiscal Court and the Woodford County Heritage Committee, with additional support from the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Kentucky Heritage Council.

Alcaraz-Perez wins Midway Woman Award

During its 2016 commencement ceremony, Midway University presented its Midway Woman Award to Irene Alcaraz-Perez of Versailles.

The award is given annually to a Women’s College graduating senior who demonstrates service to others, is an outstanding leader and role model, and is of strong character. In addition, the recipient must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. The award is designed to recognize the core values that the institution holds as critical for its graduates’ future success.

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