The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) is one of only about a half dozen state equine commodities boards in the country.
The organization was founded in 1998 as an outgrowth of the State’s Riding Stables Inspection Program that began in 1968.
MHIB receives no government funding although it is housed in the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) building in Annapolis and is a program within MDA.
The organization is an example of a private/public partnership.
MHIB is totally funded from private equine industry sources. Monies are accrued from the annual licensing fees paid to MHIB by the state’s approximately 600 licensed lesson, boarding, rental and rescue facilities and from the Feed Fund Assessment program. Every time a Marylander buys a bag of horse feed, 15 cents is voluntarily contributed by feed manufacturers to help fund MHIB projects and initiatives.
MHIB has three primary functions:
1-Regulatory: to license and inspect the state’s commercial lesson, boarding, rental and rescue facilities that solicit business from the public.
2-Advisory: to brief the Maryland Department of Agriculture and other state officials on issues regarding the Maryland horse industry
3-Promotional: to market, bring awareness to and help grow the state’s equine industry.
The 12-member board members of MHIB meet monthly, either at MDA headquarters in Annapolis or at various farms, licensed stables or equine events around the state.
There are six subcommittees dealing with major MHIB initiatives:
The three main annual initiatives are:
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401