The proposed Michigan Equine Promotion Fund began in 2018 with a meeting with 44 leaders from all segments of the Michigan horse industry. If passed, the fund will work towards research and promotion of the equine industry, and to increase its current $2.6 billion economic impact on Michigan’s economy. This website includes information on this proposal.
Following are a couple of commonly asked questions.
How will members of the commission be appointed?
The proposed commission members will include government appointees from various segments of the equine industry.
What programs will be supported through the fund?
Possible areas of support include youth programs, equine-assisted programs, camps, rescues, unwanted horses, zoning/land use, trails, show industry, and more.
Who supports EPF?
EPF is not a legislative effort of the Michigan Horse Council, though the Council does strongly support it. EPF was developed by a 25-person ad hoc committee of individuals who are known leaders from all segments of the horse industry - associations, equine businesses (feed, vets, farriers, trainers, breeders, riding instructors, boarding barns, etc.), recreational trails advocates, shows and competitions (such as competitive / distance trail riding, rodeos and racing).
Why does MHC support EPF?
MHC provides financial support in various avenues including grants, scholarships, and other programs, as well as the occasional emergency needs. If enacted, this bill will provide the stable financial underpinning for the entire horse industry it so badly needs. If the the EPF is enacted there is likelihood that it can provide five times the financial impact that the MHC could provide on an annual basis.
Where can more information be found?
Visit the EPF website at https://www.michiganequinepromotion.com/.