Office of Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear

Adventure Tourism

Mrs. Beshear helps boost local tourism and economic development by encouraging Kentuckians and visitors alike to take advantage of the Commonwealth’s abundance of unique, natural resources and outdoor activities.


Governor's Garden

Through the Governor’s Garden program, Mrs. Beshear strives to educate Kentuckians about the health and economic benefits of community gardening as well as supporting local farmers and food producers.


Horses and Hope

Horses and Hope works with the state’s equine industry to provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment referral. They also host special events to honor breast cancer survivors and promote awareness.



Fighting Breast Cancer

First Lady Beshear is committed to combating breast cancer, which is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Kentucky. In 2008, she founded Horses and Hope with the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP). Horses and Hope provides breast cancer education, screening and treatment referral for the often overlooked members of Kentucky's horse industry and their families. Special events are also held in collaboration with equestrian organizations to honor breast cancer survivors and to raise breast cancer awareness. To date, Horses and Hope has educated over 280,000 horse show and race track fans and has screened more than 350 equine workers. For more information, visit

The Celebration of Hope is an annual gathering of survivors and advocates that was initiated by former First Lady Judi Patton. The event has developed into a celebration of survivorship that attracts nationally-known figures, as well as an opportunity to educate Kentucky's women about breast cancer awareness.

Graduate Kentucky

Graduate Kentucky is a statewide initiative formed in 2008 to raise the high school graduation rate in Kentucky. Focusing on drop-out prevention and community involvement, the program has worked to ensure that students of all ages are given every opportunity to succeed. Mrs. Beshear has worked with educators, students, parents, advocates and political leaders across the state to raise awareness about increasing the graduation rate and to develop real-life solutions to issues facing students and schools. Mrs. Beshear has led the push for graduation legislation throughout five legislative sessions, and in March 2013, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 97, which raises the compulsory attendance age of Kentucky high school students to 18. For more information on Graduate Kentucky and the implementation of SB97, visit

Governor's Garden

The First Lady launched the first Governor's Garden in 2009 in Frankfort to promote awareness about the benefits of locally grown produce and reducing the carbon footprint. There are currently seven locations across the Commonwealth. As part of the Green Team program, the garden teaches students and members of the community how to develop and grow a primary source of sustainable, healthy food. The majority of the produce raised in the Governor's Gardens is donated to soup kitchens.

Adventure Tourism

The First Lady has been working to boost tourism and support economic development by promoting Kentucky as an ideal destination for outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, off-road vehicle activities, hunting and fishing, along with other outdoor sports. With 52 state parks, hundreds of camping sites, horse trails and hiking trails, thousands of miles of rivers and more than 50 fishing and boating lakes, the Commonwealth has a wealth of activities available based on our natural resources. Bipartisan support led to an adventure tourism bill, Senate Bill 196, to pass the 2008 legislative session, which has helped support these efforts. To find your ideal destination, visit

Shop and Share

Mrs. Beshear began this annual, one-day goods drive in 2008 to benefit Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) shelters across the state.

Each year, shoppers at Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores donate needed goods to shelters –such as such as school items, hygiene products and cleaning supplies. To date, the program has raised more than $3 million in monetary and goods donations. Click here for more.

Encouraging Kids to Read

Each season, the First Lady releases a top 10 reading list for students with recommended books that fit a variety of age ranges. Mrs. Beshear encourages students to read for pleasure, as young people who enjoy reading and learning are more likely to be engaged and successful in the classroom. Mrs. Beshear also serves as a Scholastic Reading Ambassador – in this capacity she encourages students to read during the summer months and donates 500 Scholastic books every Spring to two elementary/middle schools in need of new books for their libraries.

Growing Kentucky's Film Industry

During the special session in the summer of 2009, Mrs. Beshear testified in support of House Bill 3, which approved tax incentives for films. The legislation passed, and has subsequently increased film companies' interest in the Commonwealth. As a result of the incentives, Disney expanded shooting of the film Secretariat to several weeks in Kentucky. The Kentucky Film Office is currently working with other production companies that have expressed interest in filming in the Commonwealth. For more information, please visit

Spotlight: HORSES and HOPE

The Vision – Mobile Cancer Screening and Education

HORSES and HOPEFirst Lady Jane Beshear is committed to cancer prevention and early detection services for Kentucky. She has created a public-private partnership with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, KentuckyOne Health, the University of Louisville, and Kentucky Cancer Program to seek $1 million for a van to increase education and screening programs that will improve health outcomes in the Commonwealth. Services will be supported by the Kentucky Cancer Program’s statewide network of cancer control specialists and in partnership with local health care providers, government agencies, and community organizations.

The van will be equipped to provide cancer screenings and education for many cancers including breast, cervical, colon, lung, prostate, skin, and head/neck. Central to the effort will be mobile mammography provided through the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, which has a Nationally Accredited Breast Center, licensed by the American College of Radiology. In addition to cancer prevention and early detection services, patients will be navigated to local resources for care and support.

Click here to learn how you can support Horses and Hope.