The Michigan Equine Legislative Day was started three years ago by Colonel Don Packard, Michigan Horse Council President. The mission for this event is to educate our state leaders about the diversity of the Michigan equine industry by showcasing the variety of equine professions, associations, businesses, and educational and therapeutic opportunities.
The 2020 event was held exclusively on the Capitol lawn stretching from the parking spaces in front of the lawn up to the Capitol steps where attenders could enjoy country music and dancing. Presentations from Michigan equine leaders took place under the tent from 9 - 11 am and 1 - 3 pm. From 11 am - 1 pm our equine vendors and leaders visited with our Michigan legislators about various aspects of the equine industry. Two media groups were on site to capture interviews to further help promote the equine industry. Thank you to Mi Farm Bureau's Janelle Brose for being onsite and developing some fantastic media pieces featuring equine issues which you can see on their MFB Mi Farm News 5 Facebook posts on Fridays and their weekly MFB email newsletter. We also thank Doug Damon with Davidson Blake Production and Bill Hall from Podium Video for taping interviews to develop a 15 min documentary on the Mi equine industry.
The Michigan Horse Council would like to thank these individuals for helping us present a diverse glimpse of the economic impact, opportunities, and blessings that horses provide to Michigan youth, families, associations, businesses and communities.
Michigan Horse Council Board and members:
We also thank our attenders from various groups who were on hand to visit and network with our Michigan leaders sharing your passion about horses and your associations.
Thank you to Tracy Mohnke with Tribute Feeds, Brighton Trail Riders and Jenny Cook with the Mi Equine Trail System for their financial support towards the 2020 Mi ELD event. We look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021!
One of the steps that the Michigan Horse Council is taking to invest in the future of the Michigan horse industry is to hire on a part-time administrator who will assist with membership, event planning, meetings, promotions and networking.
Tammy Tyler’s roots run deep within the Michigan Horse Council and the Michigan Horse Expo. Tammy has grown up in the equine and western industries through her family’s 55 year old business, Tom’s Western Store located in Ovid, Mi. Tammy has been active in the show industry through the MQHA, CMHA, LMHA, MIHA, 4H and open show circuits herself as well as her daughter, Kaitlyn. Tammy has been a MIHA coach and a 4H leader.
Most recently she just completed three dedicated years at Michigan High School Rodeo competitions where her daughter has competed at the state and national levels. Developing and enriching equine organizations is a skill set Tammy has learned from her parents, Tom and Sharon Tyler, who were founding members of the Michigan Horse Council and Expo.
Carrying on the torch as the Michigan Horse Council Administrator is an honor for Tammy as she partners with our Michigan equine leaders, associations and competitors throughout the state and nationally. Michigan has a strong equine community and Tammy is here to help you be a part of the Michigan Horse Council!
September 28, 2020
Michigan Horse Council
Colonel Don Packard – President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Michigan Horse Council Cancels 2021 Michigan Horse Expo
It is with regret that the Michigan Horse Council Board of Directors announce that the Michigan Horse Expo scheduled for 2021 will not be hosted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions set upon venues able to host this event.
With this announcement Michigan Horse Council will continue to provide individuals and organizations with a central authority that will support, encourage, supplement, and coordinate the efforts of those presently engaged in the constructive conservation, development, and promotion of the horse industry and horse community in the state of Michigan.
The Board understands and recognize the tremendous commitment that the Expo had to all the vendors, participants, visitors, and sponsors that have been loyal for the past 38 years. To continue this strong partnership Michigan Horse Council is working quickly and carefully to develop a potential online format where vendors, participants, visitors, and sponsors can join virtually and support one another.
Michigan Horse Council continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and will adjust accordingly.
We genuinely appreciate the continue support, partnership, and excitement for this event over the past 38 years and cannot wait to see everyone again in 2022!
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As cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) continue to rise across Michigan, state officials are taking action to inform and prevent future cases. Click the below link for additional information including aerial treatment plans and FAQ's...
You're invited to a virtual facilitated session Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 1-4 p.m. to collaborate with others on the DNR land strategy revision process.
To participate, please use the following link from Microsoft Teams. You do not have to have Microsoft Teams on your computer to join. This link is specific to this meeting and only will be active during this session. If you don’t have access to a computer you may call in using the phone number provided.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
or call 248-509-0316
Conference ID: 443 848 670#
If you have trouble joining, please contact Kerry Wieber at 517-643-1256
As part of the strategy development process, we’ve been asking to hear what you think about Michigan’s public lands – including the 4.6 million acres managed by the DNR. This meeting is another chance for you to weigh in and be heard.
An updated public land strategy, which must be submitted to the Michigan Legislature for consideration and approval by July 1, 2021, will explain why a public land base is so important and provide goals, strategies and measurable objectives to guide the DNR in:
We will be discussing these goals and more information about the proposed revisions at this session. Draft sections of the land strategy have recently been added to our website, and additional information will be available for your review prior to the meeting. Please visit the site to prepare for the facilitated discussion.
During the meeting we also will be using an interactive presentation tool called Mentimeter that will allow you to answer questions, provide feedback and interact with us in real time. This won’t be required for attendance, but it does allow you to participate in the meeting as if we were all in the same room together.
To use this tool, go to Menti.com a few minutes before the meeting with your smartphone or computer. The facilitator will provide the meeting code for access during the presentation.
We’re looking forward to your participation and an active conversation about the land strategy.
Please look for future communications from us and visit Michigan.gov/PublicLands for information and updates throughout the process. Thanks for playing a part in helping the DNR leverage the power of public lands.