Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear Films at Asbury

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University hosted Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and the Department of Travel and Tourism on Friday for a unique project that combines two of Asbury’s nationally-recognized programs: film production and equine studies.

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and a video crew filmed in Asbury's state-of-the-art production studio.
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and a video crew filmed in Asbury's state-of-the-art production studio.

Beshear and a video crew filmed an introduction to Travel and Tourism’s Web site in Asbury’s $12.6-million Miller Center for Communication Arts, taking advantage of expansive studio space and a 50-foot green screen — the largest in the area. The size was necessary due to the unusual measurements of Beshear’s co-star in the video: a police mount-in-training named Frasier.

“I’ve known about Asbury for a long time, but I got my first real taste about a year ago when I got a tour of this fantastic facility,” said Mike Mangeot, commissioner of the Department of Travel and Tourism and director of Kentucky’s film office. “We let people know what’s available here. This is such a great program... I’m glad to promote our ‘hidden gems.’”

When the video was first proposed, the producers toyed with the idea of using a horse that belongs to Beshear, an enthusiastic rider. But when it became clear that the video would be filmed indoors, under spotlights and in front of a screen, it became a priority to feature a horse that could take the unfamiliar surroundings in stride. Frasier, who has nearly completed his training to become a police mount at Asbury’s Equine Center, made his debut with the unflappable nonchalance that student trainers have worked to reinforce.

“The fact that Asbury has an equine program is extremely important,” Beshear said. “When people think about Kentucky, they think about horses — and not just thoroughbreds. What the students here are learning are skills that lead to jobs.

“We really appreciate Asbury,” she continued. “There’s not another place we could have done this, and it gave me two opportunities: to see this facility and be with the horses.”

Asbury University's equine program, the only university program in the world invited to demonstrate at the World Equestrian Games held in Kentucky in 2010, is the only Christian school in the South with an Equine Management major. Located on a 360-acre farm adjacent to the Kentucky Palisades, Asbury’s Equine Studies facilities include offices, classrooms, outdoor and indoor riding arenas and stables where students perform vaulting, police-mount and seasonal shows.

From left: Stephanie Keeley (alumna), Dr. Jim Owens (Dean of the School of Communication Arts), Jane Beshear (First Lady of Kentucky), Jensine Cumbia (student) and Don Mink (Operations Manager).
From left: Stephanie Keeley (alumna), Dr. Jim Owens (Dean of the School of Communication Arts), Jane Beshear (First Lady of Kentucky), Jensine Cumbia (student) and Don Mink (Operations Manager).

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