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Established in 1985, the Maryland Horse Council (MHC) seeks to unify, inform, and represent Marylandís diverse horse community. As the industryís state legislative representative and trade association, MHC protects and promotes the horse industry by providing a united voice in the Maryland state legislature and state agencies, by interacting with the media and the general public, and by keeping its members informed on issues that affect them and their horses.

In 1998, the MHC's lobbying efforts were successful in advancing legislation that created the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) with the Department of Agriculture. The MHIB serves as a commodity board that promotes the horse industry and licenses stables in Maryland.

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A trio of nationally-known speakers, intensive, fully-participatory brainstorming sessions concerning industry issues, and the presentation of several awards are among the highlights of the 2014 Maryland Horse Forum, Thursday, August 7, 2014 at the Prince Georgeís Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.

The Forum has been held at five-year intervals since 2004 and brings together approximately 300 industry leaders from all segments of the equine community to discuss major industry issues. Prior Forums have resulted in comprehensive recommendations, many of which have been implemented throughout the industry.

The theme of this yearís Forum is "Celebrating Our Successes, Planning for the Future." Topics include marketing and promoting the industry; business and regulatory issues; land, greenways and going green; and managing the Maryland horse population.

Scheduled to speak are Patti Colbert, chair of the American Horse Council national marketing alliance; Steve Day, President and CEO of Dover Saddlery; and Todd Gralla, global designer of horse parks, including the recent Equestrian Olympic venues in London.

The Forum is co-sponsored by the Maryland Horse Industry Board and the Maryland Horse Council. Awards will be presented throughout the program to horsemen and women for outstanding service to the industry.

Admission is free and open to all members of the Maryland equine community. However, advance registration is required. To register and learn more about the Forum, visit: http://mdhorseforum2014.eventbrite.com/.



Click HERE for the mail-in BBQ form

The Maryland Horse Council 2013 Annual Report is ready ... Click HERE

Congratulations to the Maryland Horse Council's newly-elected Directors-at-Large who will serve on the Board of Directors from July 2014 to June 2016.  Click HERE for the list of names.


MHC 7th Annual BBQ

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Thanks to everyone who came out ... we had a great time!

Check out the BBQ / Vineyard Tour photos in our Facebook album
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Association Manager:  Margaret Rizzo at admin@mdhorsecouncil.org




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