Minnesota Horse Council Awards $ 49,938 in Grants

 The Minnesota Horse Council uses the revenue from the Minnesota Horse Expo to offer "seed money grants" for new projects & capital improvements by Minnesota equine groups.

          At the Annual Meeting held January 19, 2020 in St. Louis Park, MN, the Minnesota Horse Council announced that $49,938 in grants had been awarded to the following non-profit projects in 2020:

    1. Haven Acres    Hampton    $5,800
      This grant will purchase a portable horse shelter for pasture use.
    2. Hope Rides    Minnetonka    $4,200
      This grant will purchase materials to build 2 trail obstacles.
    3. Rideability      Pine Island    $1,979
      This grant will purchase Purchase draft-size tack for larger horses, riders.
    4. Marshall County Fair     Warrren    $2,500
      This grant will assist them to purchase barn fans, timer, and repair announcer stand.
    5. Hubbard County Fair    Park Rapids   $5,800
      This grant will purchase purchase portable stalls & rubber mats for horse barn.
    6. Stevens County Fair   Morris   $5,800
      This grant will replace footing, lighting in indoor arena, purchase drag.
    7. Beltrami County Fair   Bemidji   $5,800
      This grant will replace old wash rack, upgrade arena, add warm-up arena.
    8. Lake Country Saddle Club  Baudette   $2,276
      This grant will purchase timing system for events.
    9. Fox Hollow Saddle Club    Le Sueur    $4,983
      This grant will assist them with a 50% match for purchasing materials for replacement arena fence.
    10. Mankato Saddle Club  Lake Crystal   $5,800
      This grant will install 8 lighting poles for outdoor arena.
    11. Beaver Brook Tri-County Sportsmen    Cedar  $5,800
      This grant will purchase materials for outdoor arena for mounted shooting events.
    12. Northern Lakes Vaulters   St. Paul    $2,150
      This grant will purchase a third competition surcingle.

          Total Grants   $49,938

 Over the past 21 years, the Minnesota Horse Council has awarded $932,622 in grants to equestrian projects in Minnesota.  This is in addition to other charitable donations by the Horse Council, such as the Direct Funding awards, the Tony Gasser educational scholarships, and the Trails funding program.  The major portion of the Horse Council budget goes back into the Minnesota horse industry. 

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