Equestrian Land Conservation Resource Moving to KHP

The Equestrian Land Conservation Resource's (ELCR) leaders have decided to celebrate the organization's 10th anniversary by moving to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and by hiring their first chief executive officer to lead them into a new decade.

President Georgiana McCabe said the Board of Directors believes these changes will increase the organization's effectiveness in helping horse owners, equestrian organizations and conservation partners protect equine access all around the United States.

ELCR will move its headquarters from Elizabeth, Ill., to open at the Kentucky Horse Park in April. The new office will be adjacent to the U.S. Pony Clubs office and just a few hundred feet from the U.S. Equestrian Federation office.

The relationship between the ELCR and USEF is nothing new. In July, the USEF's Board of Directors passed a joint resolution that states:

"The loss of land and access to land for equestrian use is a great and urgent threat to every horse-related activity, industry and sport. USEF recognizes the importance of the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource's work and hereby resolves to explore ways in which the two organizations can work together to inform and assist USEF's members in the preservation of competition venues and necessary land for training and keeping horses."

Said McCabe, "We expect that moving to he Kentucky Horse Park will tremendously facilitate our ability to communicate with and establish partnerships with all of the equestrian organizations that have their offices there, especially with the USEF and the USPC."

To staff the new headquarters, the ELCR's officers have initiated a search for a new chief executive officer. Kandee Haertel, the ELCR's executive director since 2000, has decided to remain in Illinois rather than move to Kentucky.

"Kandee has done an extraordinary job for the last 6 ½ years, and we'll miss her very, very much. But this is a good time to find someone who'll bring to us a new voice and broad experience in both the non-profit and conservation worlds and who'll move us forward toward even greater accomplishments," said McCabe.

For a complete description of the CEO's responsibilities and qualifications, or to learn more about the ELCR, go to www.elcr.org.  

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