MHIB Awards Grants to Equestrian Groups Totaling $21,441

Therapeutic programs, conservationists, youth clubs, and educational and research programs are among the 15 organizations receiving more than $21,000 in grants from the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB). The grants help to strengthen the industry by building awareness of and involvement in the horse industry through research, education and promotional activities. The MHIB will formally present the checks at Horse World Expo on Jan. 21.

"The equine industry is an integral part of Maryland's cultural and economic heritage," said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. "The scope and value of projects that the board evaluated illustrates the demand for these grants, and the 'feed fund' continues to make it possible to support more of those requests."

The Maryland Feed Fund, established during the 2002 legislative session, provides an ongoing source of money to promote the horse industry. The refundable $6 per ton assessment on equine feed costs about $3 per horse per year to the horse owner and supports this grant program as well as other promotional, research, and outreach activities undertaken by the MHIB.

The board received 52 grant applications totaling more than $260,000, demonstrating the need for this funding. Projects were evaluated for value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of the activity, financial need, and quality of the written presentation. Since 2001, the board has awarded 189 grants totaling more than $218,000.

Visit for a summary of the most recent grants awarded. For more information about MHIB or the Feed Fund, visit or contact Ross Peddicord, executive director, at 410-841-5798 or

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