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Horsemen Relations Intern

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


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  • You must have excellent communication, organization, and problem-solving skills. Be detail-oriented, self-starting, and able to meet deadlines. Discreet when working with high-end clientele. Strong computer skills are a must.
  • You will assist with race day hospitality activations, client requests, sales gifting inventory management, conference room gifting, event check-in, and more for Keeneland Association.

Off-cycle Internship

Sales & Business DevelopmentLexington


  • Keeneland Association, a world leader in Thoroughbred Racing and the World’s Largest Thoroughbred Auction House, is looking for seasonal assistance for the Spring in the Horsemen Relations department. This position will assist the Horsemen Relations Manager in the planning, setup, execution, and tear down of events and activations related to racing and sales clientele. This position will assist in creating memorable impressions on our clients, ensuring that they experience exceptional service and hospitality at every touchpoint.


  • Must be available on nights and weekends during peak seasons.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Organized, solution oriented, and flexible.
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to make judgement calls in important situations.
  • Detailed oriented nature to ensure all event components are executed at the highest level.
  • Self-starting qualities and the desire to problem solve in a fast-paced setting.
  • The ability to see a project to completion and meet deadlines.
  • Discretion when working with the high-end Keeneland Sales and Racing clientele.
  • Strong computer skills including Excel, Word, and Adobe.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Sales & Business Development


  • Racing:
  • Attend planning meetings for race day horsemen’s hospitality activations to learn how event components come together to create a high-end experience for guests.
  • Assemble paddock passes for all stakes races to ensure quick and efficient race day operations for the team and clients on grounds during the Fall Meet.
  • Attend to client requests as required throughout a race day.
  • Work with the Track Photographer and Horsemen Relations Manager to execute hospitality for the Director’s Room, including bringing the photo of the winning stakes horse to the space and framing in a quick timeline to surprise and delight connections during their celebrations.
  • Fill in for Horsemen’s Hospitality staff throughout the meet as needed including in the Stakes Lounge, Blue Grass Room, and Horsemen’s Will Call Window.
  • Escort Julep Cup Sponsors to the Winner’s Circle as required throughout the race meet on their sponsored day.
  • Work and represent Keeneland at Sales Activations executed in partnership with the Marketing Department.
  • Ensure that each Horsemen venue is re-set and presentable before gates open each day.
  • Assist in the mailing of the Julep Cups once engraved and completed for undercard and stakes races.
  • Sales:
  • Assist Horsemen Relations Coordinator in purchasing, assembly, and delivery of Conference Room Gifting items for those clients indicated by the Sales Team.
  • Track the General Gifting Inventory for our Sales Gifting Items, ensuring that the gifting closet par levels are maintained throughout the Sale to ensure client gifting can be executed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Assist in fulfilling gifting requests from the Sales Team and delivering those items where required throughout the Sale.
  • Work the Bluegrass Breakfast event check-in stand and assist with any day-of event needs during the activation.


Work type

Full time

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