Maryland Horse Industry Partners to Discuss Economic Impact on Maryland

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WHAT: Maryland horse industry partners will join key Maryland legislators and officials to celebrate Horse Industry Day on February 23, 2016. Hundreds of Marylanders from across the state have registered to participate in advocacy efforts on behalf of the horse industry.

The Maryland horse industry partners are a coordinated voice of individuals and businesses throughout the state involved in Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing and breeding, trail riding, steeplechase, sport horse competitions, rodeo, carriage driving, therapy programs, and other equestrian industries. They represent over 200 equine organizations and 35 different equestrian disciplines.

Horse industry partners will announce at the press conference the upcoming economic study, commissioned by Sage Policy Group, which will provide the most recent quantitative updates on the horse industry’s contributions to Maryland’s economy and more.

Maryland representatives will discuss the importance of Maryland’s horse industry to the state’s economy and heritage through job creation; tax revenue; land preservation; recreation, sport and spectator opportunities; historic and cultural benefits; and more.

Delegate Seth Howard will also speak on HB-660, which would establish an annual Equestrian Day in Maryland.

Dr. Kathleen Anderson, President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, will host the event.

The day will include a kick-off and issue briefing, meetings with lawmakers and culminate with an evening reception. These events will also feature honored speakers: Deputy Secretary Jim Eichhorst, Department of Agriculture; John McDaniel, Chair of the MD Racing Commission; Secretary Joseph Bartenfelder, Department of Agriculture; Secretary David Brinkley, Department of Budget & Management; and Senate President Mike Miller.

Press are cordially invited to attend all events.

WHO: Dr. Kathleen Anderson, President, American Association of Equine Practitioners
Senator JB Jennings, R-7
Senator Joan Carter Conway, D-43
Delegate Seth Howard, R-30B, Sponsor of HB-660
Secretary Mark Belton, Department of Natural Resources

WHEN: Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 3:30PM

WHERE: Lawyers Mall, Annapolis, MD.
Rain Location: Lowe House Office Building, Room 150, 6 Bladen St, Annapolis, MD

For more information visit www.marylandhorse.com.