As a leader in your equine association, the Michigan Horse Council is reaching out to ask for your organization’s participation and support of the upcoming
Equine Legislative Day at the Michigan State Capital in Lansing on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Join us in building awareness about the economic impact of the Michigan equine industry!
Please help provide a unified voice to our state legislators in advocating for support and growth of the Michigan equine industry. The MHC’s goal is to spread awareness about the economic impacts of the Michigan equine industry in its various capacities such as youth programming, showing, rodeo, racing and trail riding. Not only do these activities create a positive economic impact to our state, but many of these events attract out of state visitors to Michigan. For example, the Michigan equine industry provides these four main benefits:
Below is the agenda for the day - feel free to attend any part of the event:
More details are below:
Sponsors of the Equine Legislative Day include
The next Michigan Horse Council Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm (at the MSU Pavilion). We hope to see you there!
Please attend if at all possible!!
USFS Public Meeting
Tuesday April 16th, 2019, 6pm
Mathias Township Community Building
Co Hwy 103
Trenary, MI 49891
To further discuss management of the Bay de Noc-Grand Island trail where a bike and horse time-sharing agreement is being considered (horses use the trail one day, bikes the next). If you sent a letter with our first request and received a letter back from the USFS, it stated a proposal has not been issued to change the management of this trail. At this time, bikes are allowed on the trail but the trail is not managed for bikes.
A proposal has now been issued by Karen Bahrman, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “We are proposing that the GIBDN trail be managed for horses and hikers only in the non-winter months, and that it be posted closed to bikers.”
Please send letters in support of this proposal to email@example.com, we need many letters and we need large attendance at the meeting. Please share with equestrians across the state. Thank you for your help in protecting equestrian trails!
For the whole story, check out the petition here, http://chng.it/ZLHYszvSmF
The Michigan Horse Council has three board positions open for 2019. The board positions are 3-year positions, which can be held for up to two terms. Some responsibilities of the board members include:
For more information on the Michigan Horse Council board positions, to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Inger Lanese at 517-974-9664 or Marci Charest at firstname.lastname@example.orgPost navigation
Source: Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Image source: Wikimedia Commons/prburley CC BY-SA 2.0
The MSU Rodeo Club has recently pledged a donation of $100,000 towards expansion of the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. The expansion, when completed, will provide additional covered arena space. Members recognized its importance to the Michigan horse and livestock community.
The MSU Pavilion opened in December of 1996 and hosts dozens of shows and events for horses, cattle, and other animals throughout the year. In addition, the Pavilion hosts community events such as Autumnfest, the RV Show, and the Annual Home and Garden Show – events which draw people from all over the state of Michigan and beyond.
Though the main arena is a spacious 114’ x 214’, there has been a long-recognized need for expansion to cover the outdoor arena, to the east of the Pavilion.
Whether too hot, too cold, or too wet, the use of the outdoor arena has been contingent upon the weather. Providing an additional enclosed area would ensure that the space could be used for horse shows, a location to warm up horses during the annual Spartan Stampede Rodeo, for more vendor space during the Michigan Horse Expo, or as a location to house more horses during the Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show and Pull. It would also allow other events to expand and new ones to come into the mid-Michigan area.
While the MSU Rodeo Club contribution is significant, the cost of potential expansion is projected to approach $3.0 million. Thanks, in part, to the MSU Rodeo Club’s commitment, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) has started the early stages of fundraising and gathering support for the project.
Getting this project completed will take the support of our agriculture community. Whether through large corporate donations or smaller gifts from individuals or families that appreciate having such a valuable resource available, this project will have a lasting legacy in our great state of Michigan. We hope you will join us in this exciting project!
If your company or group is interested in supporting this project, please contact George Smith, Ph.D., Associate Dean of CANR, and Assistant Director of MSU AgBioResearch at email@example.com.
Source: American Horse Council
On May 23, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-MT) introduced the ‘‘Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act,” in an effort to insulate the livestock industry from the changes facing the commercial trucking industry. In it the Secretary of Transportation shall amend the federal regulations to ensure that a driver transporting livestock or insects within a 300 air-mile radius from the point at which the driver begins the trip shall exclude all time spent;
Finally, if the driver is within 150 air-miles of the point of delivery, any additional driving to that point of delivery shall not be included in the calculation of the driving time; and the 10-hour rest period that currently exists shall not apply prior to unloading.
The American Horse Council will continue to work to limit unnecessary regulatory burden on the horse industry while encouraging legislation that protects the health, welfare and safety of America’s horses and drivers.
Please contact Cliff Williamson at the American Horse Council with any questions.
As the saying goes, there is strength in numbers, and members of the American Horse Council (AHC) are critical to ensuring that our industry has a voice on Capitol Hill. We rely on you to contact your members of Congress through Action Alerts when an issue has arisen that requires industry action. We also encourage members to visit with or contact their congressional representatives throughout the year as they see fit.
Traditionally, the AHC has held a Congressional Ride-In on the final day of the AHC’s Annual Meeting & National Issues Forum where meeting attendees and AHC members go up to Capitol Hill and meet with their representatives on issues that are of importance to them and the industry that they love.
After receiving feedback from our members, we have decided to add a second Congressional Ride-In for our members in the fall. The legislative calendar and election cycle, combined with several key issues that the AHC is working on, make the fall a perfect opportunity for the AHC and its members to visit Capitol Hill and have our voice heard. The AHC will introduce participants to the legislative process and discuss legislation that impacts the equine industry, and participants will visit Capitol Hill to meet with their elected officials and advocate on behalf of the industry. Finally, the AHC will host a debrief and networking session. All participants in the fall Ride-In will receive a special pin to represent their advocacy role on behalf of the AHC.
“The fly-ins are part of AHCs’ ongoing effort to elevate the equine industry’s voice on Capitol Hill,” said Julie Broadway, AHC President. “The fall Ride-In is a free event and all AHC members and horse enthusiasts are encouraged to participate.”
The AHC still encourages those attending the June meeting to set up appointments and visit with their representatives while they are in town. Please contact AHC Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Bryan Brendle, at firstname.lastname@example.org assistance in setting up appointments.
Please keep an eye out for more information on the fall Ride-In as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing you when the leaves change!
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The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce the adoption of a Safe Sport Code of Practice.
“The reputation and integrity of equestrian sports and all equine related programs and activities is maintained when all person’s act, and are seen to act, in a way which is of the highest ethical standards,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have further brought to light the importance of maintaining a safe environment for all, and the equine industry is no exception to this.”
This Code of Practice, unanimously endorse by the AHC Board of Trustees reads:
To behave ethically necessitates an awareness of power differentials among all persons involved. This statement is intended to inform ethical judgments as persons consider asymmetric power relations among themselves and others they work with in professional roles. We recognize that this statement’s strength and requisite influence depend on its circulation, discussion, reflection, and use by the equine industry. It is the industry’s expectation that all equine organizations recognize “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017” and US Center for Safe Sport, and adopt programs to support these initiatives.
The American Horse Council and its members are:
A tentative presentation by the U.S. Center for Safe Sport and a roundtable discussion will be held at the AHC’s National Issues Forum on Tuesday, June 12th in Washington, DC to identify best practices and tools to support this practice. Information about the National Issues Forum can be found on the AHC’s website here:http://www.horsecouncil.org/events/ahc-annual-meeting-national-issues-forum-2/.
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