Celebrating our Successes,Planning our Future
What are we doing right? What could we be doing better? Where do you want to see the Horse Industry go in the next 5 years?
Categories for discussion include:Participation, Promotion, Education Land use. Legislature and Liability Horse-keeping and Welfare
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Topic 1: MHIB Marketing Initiatives since 2009Proposed Discussion Points: As a result of the 2009 Maryland Horse Forum, MHIB identified and launched a number of programs to increase awareness of and involvement with horses in Maryland. These programs include, but are not limited to, Horse Pals & Social Media. Equine Experience Center Network, the Maryland Horse Park System, Maryland Horse Heritage Trails, Touch of Class/Positive Media Awareness Program, MD Tourism CouncilWho should attend this session? Anyone operating (or thinking about operating) an equine-related business dependent upon attracting “non-horse people,” including (but not limited to) spectator events, guided trail rides, horse rental operations, carriage operations, pony ride businesses, bed & breakfasts, beginner lesson stables, equine camping facility operators, members of local Chambers of Commerce, representatives from State and local offices of business enterprise and tourism.Topic 2: Going Forward: What now? What next?
Proposed Discussion Points: How will we capture, serve and measure the increased involvement as a result of the above programs? If we build it, and if they come, can we serve all of them? How will we know if these programs are effective? Have these programs covered every aspect of the industry, or is something missing?Who should attend this session? Anyone operating (or thinking about operating) an equine-related business dependent upon attracting “non-horse people,” including (but not limited to) spectator events, guided trail rides, horse rental operations, carriage operations, pony ride businesses, bed & breakfasts, beginner lesson stables, equine camping facility operators, members of local Chambers of Commerce, representatives from State and local offices of business enterprise and tourism.
TRACK II: Business & Regulatory
Topic 1: How vulnerable are our businesses? Insurance and Liability
Proposed Discussion Points: What has been accomplished since Forum 2004 & 2009? What still needs to be done? What can be done to reduce farm/stable liability and the cost of insurance? [Do equine limited liability laws really make a difference in insurance rates? How do Maryland’s contributory negligence standards affect insurance? Is it time for an equine limited liability law in Maryland? Are there other legal mine fields of which we need to be aware? What other issues affect our ability to keep our businesses functioning and profitable?Who should attend this session? Stable owners and operators; show/event organizers and managers; hunt clubs; organizations that host events or activities with horses; insurance agents; attorneys who handle liability or negligence cases in the horse industry; members of the State Insurance Commission; State lawmakers.
Topic 2: HELP! Labor, Employment & Worker’s Comp
Proposed Discussion Points: What has been accomplished since Forum 2004 & 2009? What still needs to be done? How can we recruit and hire for positions, make workers compensation insurance coverage more affordable, educate the workforce we have and enhance equine management programs at local colleges and universities? How do we utilize foreign labor sources? How is the industry coping with HB2 Visa labor restrictions and, are O-1 and O-2 Visas useful options for the equestrian labor force.?Who should attend thissession?Farm owners and managers; show owners and organizers; immigration specialists; representatives from the Farm Bureau; federal lawmakers working on immigration issues; insurance agents; directors of college and university equine management programs.TRACK III: Zoning, Land Use & Going Green
Topic 1: Private Land, Farm Stewardship, Farm Preservation & Zoning
Proposed Discussion Points: Progress & Initiatives since 2009; is there still a need for the addition of or expanded definitions of horse businesses and equine operations in various regulations and law; are there enough opportunities in state and county land preservation programs (eg. MALPF), and are they accessible; what more can be done to encourage best management practices (water, soil, nutrient, manure, runoff); are cost share opportunities sufficient and accessible; coping with the ongoing challenges and costs of increasing regulation while trying to maintain a business bottom line.; is there is disconnect between local zoning ordinances and state agricultural definitions, practices and goals? Which “conservation” definitions support horse operations and which do not?How can we better promote horses as environmentally friendly? Do ag enterprise zones work for horse businesses? Which zoning terms are best suited for lesson and boarding stables? Because every county is different, participants are encouraged to bring their own local planning and zoning definitions.
Who should attend this session? Farm owners interested in figuring out if it is worthwhile for them to participate in environmental stewardship programs or ag, land or open space preservation programs; farm owners concerned about current zoning situations that seem to run counter to State ag definitions and/or practices; developers seeking to incorporate horses into their communities; local officials and planners; members of conservation and preservation boards; county extension agents; Soil Conservation District representatives; county Farm Bureau leadership; builders, excavators and other farm service providers.
Topic 2: Public Lands, Wildlife Heritage Areas, Parks & Trails
Proposed Discussion Points: What has changed, improved or gotten worse since 2009; how are DNR, MNCPPC and other jurisdictions and holders of public lands coping with decreased budgets and increasing trail-related maintenance; the challenges of multi-user trails; trail networks; shared land-use issues. How can we grow and preserve Maryland’s equine friendly trails and camping facilities? How can we improve integration with State vs locally owned public trails? How do we identify the trail needs of various user groups (individual trail riders, carriage drivers, foxhunters, guided trail ride providers, trail clubs)? Where will future funding come from? How do we ensure that lands donated to the State or a local government specifically for equestrian-related uses are maintained as such? What about acquisition of public easements on private land for access to park trails? How do we ensure that the equestrian community is represented on planning/zoning boards and on advisory committees for parks and other public lands?
Who should attend this session? Leaders in local trail groups and hunt clubs; representatives from DNR and MNCPPC; officials from county and local park systems; officials from the State Highway Administration; local and state lawmakers.
TRACK IV: Managing The Maryland Horse Population
Topic 1: Breeding Horses in MarylandProposed Discussion Points: What has happened since 2009 to change the landscape for breeders in Maryland? Do we need to grow that segment of the industry? If so, how do we grow the opportunities for breeding without creating more unwanted horses?Who should attend this session? Breeders (stallion and mare owners, as well as owners of mare-care facilities), dealers, operators of large equine programs, MD Racing Commissioners, State lawmakers, track owners, managers of equine rescues, land planners, State vets, MDA representatives, leaders in organizations or alliances that promote alternative careers for horses.
Topic 2: Coping with Surplus Horses; and handling end of life issues.
Proposed Discussion Points: How do we measure the size and scope of the unwanted horse problem in Maryland? What factors contribute to or mitigate the problem? What solutions are out there, and which of them are acceptable? Which of them are economically and logistically feasible? [Are we any better at end of life options today than we were in 2009? If not, what can we do about it? If so, where are we still falling short? Are zoning and landfill regulations still making disposal a challenge? Are large animal composting businesses a foreseeable alternative?Who should attend this session? Breeders, dealers, operators of large equine programs, managers of equine rescues, animal welfare officials, animal control officers, owners and managers of abattoirs, owners of large animal cremation businesses, land planners, State vets, MDA representatives, volunteers at shelters, rescues and sanctuaries, leaders in organizations or alliances that promote alternative careers for horses.
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