Minnesota Horse Council Awards $ 58,630 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 2013 in St. Louis Park, MN, the Minnesota Horse Council announced that $56,455 in grants had been awarded to the following non-profit projects in 2013:
- Hope Rides Minnetonka $4,900
This therapeutic horseback riding program works out of leased sites at Mayer & Stacy. This grant will purchase portable round pen panels to use for additional safe work space for riders.
- Lyon County 4-H Cottonwood $7,000
The show ring at their county fairgrounds in Marshall has an old announcers stand that needs repair, and is lacking concessions space and a storage space for show equipment. This grant will assist them in building a new building to provide an improved announcers stand and concessions area, and with storage space. The Lyon County 4-H horse project and Lyon County Fair will provide the rest of the funds.
- Madelia Saddle Club Butterfield $6,850
The outdoor arena at the Watonwan County fairgrounds in St. James is old & unsafe – the fence is less than 4’ tall, below horses eye level & easy to step over, and many posts are rotted and sunken. This grant will purchase materials for a new, ‘maintance-free’ metal panel arena fence. Materials only, volunteers from the saddle club & 4-H will remove the old fence and install the new one.
- MankatoSaddle Club Mankato $7,000
The show arena in the Lake Crystal city park has been used by this club & other horse groups for over 20 years. And the arena fence is original, and no longer repairable. This grant will assist them in replacing the fence with a metal fence panel one, and also adding a good sand/clay mix footing.
- Miracle Horse Riders Parkers Prairie $ 600
This grant will purchase bareback riding pads with gel inserts for therapeutic riding; equipment needed by this special needs riding program in Crow Wing county
- OlmstedCountyFair Oronoco $5,500
The steel roof on the 1970’s horse barn at this county fairgrounds has developed rust spots where the bolts attach, allowing water to leak onto stalled horses & tack. This grant will pay for adding a protective coating to the roof, then priming & painting it, so it will last for many more years.
7. Osakis Trailblazers SC Belgrade $4,000
- This horse show arena has n old, decrepit announcers stand and lunch stand. This grant will purchase materials to build a new, 2-story announcers stand with lunch stand below. Materials only; the club members will do the demolition of the old buildings and construction of the new one.
- PenningtonCounty Fair Thief River Falls $6,000
The show arena fence at this county fairgrounds was built of wood about 22 years ago, and is in dire need of replacement. This grant will purchase materials for a new 3-rail white vinyl fence for their arena.
- Stable Pathways White Bear Lake $1,250
This therapeutic riding program operates from Bunker Hikks Park in Anoka, and has provided therapeutic riding to many clients over the years. They would like to expand the program, to offer rides to pre-school age children. This grant will help fund start-up costs for this expansion of their program. Matching grant; we will match whatever they raise up to this amount.
- Sus Lacuna/Birchbury Farm Oak Grove $1,930
This grant will enable this club to buy added equipment to make their shows run better: an improved sound system, professional numbers to mark jumps, and radios to replace human ‘runners’.
- University of Minnesota St. Paul $6,600
This grant will provide funding far a research project studying the relationship between laminitis (founder) and specific weed species that are common in dry lots (dirt paddocks). High-carb diets are a known trigger for founder, and susceptible horses are often kept in dry lots to reduce carbs from grazing. This research will gather data to study the weeds in dry lots, and their effect on horse diet.
- Washington County Fair Afton $7,000
This heavily-used county fairgrounds has the horse show area next to highway #5, with only parking areas in between – no fence! Horses that get loose can easily run onto this busy highway, dangerous both to the horses & highway traffic. This grant will fun installation of a sturdy 7-foot chain link fence around the grounds, separating the horse area from the highway, and making it much safer for horses.
Total Grants $58,630
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.