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Shannon Bishop Arvin

Member, Lexington

Shannon has been with Stoll Keenon Ogden since 2002.  She is a member of the Business Services Group, and serves as Practice Group Leader of the Trusts & Estates Group.  Shannon’s practice focuses on working with owners in the Thoroughbred industry on equine transactions involving racing and breeding stock, structuring ownership of equine operations, and business succession and estate planning.  Shannon represents many prominent Thoroughbred operations in the Bluegrass and internationally.  Shannon also represents many leading organizations in the industry, including Keeneland Association, Breeders’ Cup Limited, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association and National Thoroughbred Racing Association.  Shannon’s grandfather, W.T. Bishop (“Bish”) was the first general manager of Keeneland when the track opened in 1936, and Shannon was fortunate to work with her father, the late Buddy Bishop, until his passing in 2008.  Shannon has loved the Thoroughbred industry and the people in the industry her whole life, and began working for Keeneland in the sales office when she was in high school.  She continues to own breeding and racing interests, living on her family’s Foxtale Farm with her husband and two daughters.

A member of Keeneland Association, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the KTA/KTOB and the American College of Equine Attorneys, Shannon also serves as Secretary and Director of Keeneland Association, Secretary of Breeders’ Cup Limited, Past President of the Thoroughbred Club of America, Director of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation, Vice-Chair and Director of Hospice of the Bluegrass, and Advisory Board Member of the Salvation Army.

Shannon received a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with high honors.  Shannon earned her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Kentucky Law Journal and a member of the Honor Council.

University of Kentucky College of Law
2002, J.D.
University of North Carolina
1997, B.A., High Honors


  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2017-present


  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Keeneland Association, Inc., Secretary and Director, 2016-present
  • Breeders’ Cup Limited, Secretary, 2018-present
  • Kentucky Bank Board, 2020-present
  • National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Secretary, 2018-present
  • Horse Country, Inc., Secretary, 2016-present
  • University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation, Director, 2015-present
  • Hospice of the Bluegrass, Director, 2011-present; Chair 2018-present
  • The Lexington School, Board of Trustees, 2019-present
  • Thoroughbred Charities of America, Director, 2015-2018
  • Salvation Army Advisory Board, 2009-2019
  • Thoroughbred Club of America, Past President and Director, 2016-2019
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Work Highlights

Equine Tourism

SKO aided in the creation and formation of a non-profit Equine Tourism entity designed to garner tourism onto Central Kentucky horse farms and increase fan support and awareness in the sport of horse racing.

Family Business Succession Planning- Sale to Grantor Trusts- Charitable Planning

Represented multi-generation family in planning for their family and estates after the sale of the family business, including preparing and/or implementing Delaware Trusts, a charitable lead annuity trust, limited liability companies, sale to dynasty trusts and valuation discounts as well as assisting in the administration of the estates of several family members after their unexpected deaths.

Trust Reformations- Delaware Directed Trusts

Represented a corporate trustee in amending multiple 1950s trusts to be directed trusts, transferring administration of the trusts to Delaware and obtaining a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service to confirm the continuing applicability of the generation-skipping tax grandfathered exempt status of the trusts.

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News Publications Seminars

     Essentials of Ownership
, speaker, OwnerView National Owners’ Conference, 2018

     SKO Women in Business Seminar, Estate Planning, Speaker, 2018

     Symposium on Sports Wagering and its Impact on Horse Racing, Speaker, 2018

     The Business of Ownership, OwnerView National Owners’ Conference, Speaker, 2017

     Accounting and Legal Aspects of Thoroughbred Ownership, OwnerView National     
     Owners’ Conferences  Speaker, 2016

     More of Equine Law’s Greatest Hits – A Survey of the Most Salient Case Law Opinions     
     in  Equine Law History
speaker, UK 29th Annual Conference on Equine Law,

Business Ownership in the Equine Industry, speaker, TOBA New Owners’ Seminar, 2013
Sales Integrity, speaker, UK Annual Conference on Equine Law, 2008
Equine Sales Company Perspective: Practical Issues for the
Attorney and Breeder, speaker, UK Equine Law Seminar, 2004