I would like to echo Jeff's call for support that appears below. Our local
club donation goes towards the expenses of having our member of the House of
Delegates attend. His participation at this event over the last few years
has led to an ongoing relationship where we can freely discuss concerns.
2nd Vice President, Virginia Horse Council
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Posted by: "Jeff Shoup"
Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:55 pm (PDT)
The Virginia Horse Council (VHC) has scheduled their 2009 "Legislative Trail
Ride" (LTR) for May 15-17. The Horse Council's LTR has been around for over
20 years as an annual event that has proven to provide great dividends to
Virginia's horse community. The annual LTR enables your VHC Directors to
build very valuable relationships with key supporters of Virginia's horse
community within the Virginia State Legislature. These relationships have
led to benefits to the horse community such as:
* The creation of the Virginia Horse Industry Board (VHIB). The
VHIB is a Commonwealth of Virginia agency specifically tasked with the
promotion and economic development of the horse industry in Virginia and
supporting Virginia's horse community. The VHIB has supported economic
impact studies, educational seminars, and projects such as the Virginia
State 4-H Horse Show. To date, the VHIB has awarded over $800,000 in grants
back to the Virginia horse community and efforts to promote the horse
industry in Virginia. For more about the VHIB go to www.vhib.org
* Significant financial support by the Commonwealth to the Virginia
Horse Center. For more than twenty years, the Virginia Horse Center has
been the crowning jewel of the Commonwealth's $1.46 billion equine industry.
Known throughout the country and internationally, the Virginia Horse Center
serves as a venue for more than 100 events a year including horse shows,
clinics, rodeos, workshops, and community events. For more information
about the Virginia Horse Center, go to www.horsecenter.org
* Creation of the "Virginia Equine Liability Act" protecting horse
owners and equestrian activities throughout the state. For more information
about the Equine Liability Act go to www.VirginiaHorseCouncil.org
* No Sunday Hunting. Year after year bills are proposed to allow
hunting on Sundays in Virginia, which would limit riding areas to horse
owners across the state. The VHC opposes all Sunday hunting bills and each
year the VHC successfully lobbies our friends in the State legislature to
defeat the proposed Sunday hunting bills.
* Financial Support of State 4H Horse Show and Therapeutics Riding
programs. The State Legislature continues to financially support these
worthwhile state equestrian activities.
* Continued financial support by the State Legislature of the VA
Cooperative Extension Service and additions to staff of Equine Specialists.
The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service provides research based
information to the people of the Commonwealth through 107 county extension
offices, six 4-H educational centers, and 13 Agricultural Research and
Extension Centers, including the Middleburg Agricultural Research and
Extension Center (MARE Center). For more about the Extension Service go to
www.ext.vt.edu < <http://www.ext.vt.edu/
> . For more
about the MARE Center go
These are just a few of the direct benefits to the Virginia horse community
that have come about through the valuable relationships developed at the VHC
annual Legislative Trail Ride.
Funding for the 2009 VHC Legislative Trail Ride has come up short. In these
difficult economic times the traditional business supporters of the LTR have
reduced their support. The Virginia Horse Council would like to ask for
your organization's support of the 2009 LTR. Your financial support in any
dollar amount from $50 to $500, or more, is greatly appreciated.
Thank you to those that have already donated to the 2009 LTR . and thank you
advance to the organizations that will step forward and support this very
beneficial annual VHC activity.
Please mail your checks to:
Virginia Horse Council
Legislative Trail Ride
368 Litton Reaves (0306)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(Please note in the "memo" section of your check "2009 LTR")
Thank you again for your support,
Director - Fairfax/Prince William Counties
Virginia Horse Council, Inc.
Email: <mailto: <mailto:jshoup%40virginiahorsecouncil.org>