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  • About | Minnesota Horse Coun

    ABOUT MINNESOTA HORSE COUNCIL Goals and Objectives Promote and/or support equine educational activities. Strengthen and facilitate communication among horse-related groups. Provide expertise, consultation and advice in horse -related matters . Board of Directors The Minnesota Horse Council is guided by up to 17 directors who each serve a three-year term. Ann Graney Hoffmann, President 952-469-4640 anngraneyhoffmann@mnhorsecouncil.org Gayle Belden, 1st Vice President 763-439-1675 gaylebelden@mnhorsecouncil.org Darrell Mead , 2nd Vice President 612-860-4645 darrellmead@mnhorsecouncil.org Dawn Moore, Secretary 612-819-1708 dawnmoore@mnhorsecouncil.org Elissa Lindsoe, Treasurer 612-819-4512 elissalindsoe@mnhorsecouncil.org Karen Clark 763-682-5324 karenclark@mnhorsecouncil.org David Fleischhaker 651-402-5512 davefleischhaker@mnhorsecouncil.org Sandy Helgeson 612-275-5016 sandyhelgeson@mnhorsecouncil.org Judy Jensen 763-972-6397 judyjensen@mnhorsecouncil.org Trina Joyce 612-729-7798 trinajoyce@mnhorsecouncil.org Doug Persian 763-242-5570 dougpersian@mnhorsecouncil.org Meg Sax 320-761-3990 megsax@mnhorsecouncil.org Tracy Turner, DVM 651-440-1964 tracyturner@mnhorsecouncil.org

  • Membership | Minnesota Horse Coun

    ABOUT THE MINNESOTA HORSE COUNCIL Join MHC and make a difference! Our member stables, saddle clubs, breed organizations, tack shops, businesses and horse people represent over 7,000 horse lovers in the state. Your membership in the Minnesota Horse Council will help us foster growth in and promote a vibrant Minnesota equine community. ​ The MHC stays in touch with members through its monthly newsletter, "For Horses Sake," which is also mailed to other state horse councils, state and national publications, tack shops, local, state and federal agencies, various media, and other interested individuals and groups. Your membership in the Minnesota Horse Council will help us foster growth in and promote a vibrant Minnesota equine community. Join now, using the form below! Become a Member Today! Application Information: Select an item ($) Family - $31.00 Family Membership & Equisure - $72.00 Individual - $26.00 Individual Membership & Equisure - $47.00 Youth (Under 18) - $16.00 Business/Corporation - $36.00 Certified Stable - $46.00 First name Last name Email Address Phone How did you find out about us? Select an option Volunteer Interests Aisle of Breeds Disaster Response Expo Horse Welfare/Humane Treatment Promotion/PR/ News Therapeutic Riding/Programs for Riders with Disabilities Trails Other Please tell us more about you and your involvement with horses! Submit Thank you! PDF Printable Membership Form Equisure Application & FAQs

  • Certified Stables | Minnesota Horse Coun

    Certified Stables The Certified Stables program was established to facilitate through established standards and continuing education the improvement of quality and safety in the stable industry in Minnesota. Moreover, the program acts as a resource and liaison between the horse industry and other areas of agriculture to decrease the costs and increase the quality of products for the stable owners. ​ When a stable becomes certified through the Minnesota Horse Council, they receive a sign to post at their barn, are listed on this website and in the program given to all Mn Horse Expo attendees as certified. Each stable can also advertise themselves as a Minnesota Horse Council Certified Stable. Description of a Certified Stable: A certified stable is concerned with the care of the horse and maintains the facility in order to meet the standards of the Certified Stable Program. The stable managers are proud of their facilities and are constantly seeking ways to improve. Criteria evaluated to achieve certification include the following categories: Condition of animals on the premises Condition of shelter facilities Fire Safety Feed and forage selection and maintenance Condition of paddocks and pastures Plans for prevention & treatment of contagious diseases ​ Goals of the Certified Stable Program: Facilitate through established standards and continuing education the improvement of quality and safety in the stable industry in Minnesota. Act as a resource and liaison between the horse industry and other areas of agriculture to decrease the costs and increase the quality of products for the stable owner. ​ Steps to become a Certified Stable:​ Review our evaluation criteria. (Certified Stables Evaluation) Fill out the Application Form. (See Application Form) Contact the Minnesota Horse Council for an inspection ​ When applying for certification, stables may be certified, not certified, or placed on a plan of improvement. Stables placed on a plan of improvement have the right to appeal the evaluation by contacting the Chairperson of the Certified Stable Program and scheduling a re-inspection. Only stables in Minnesota can be certified. Rescue facilities or those affiliated with rescues do not qualify for Certification through the MHC Certified Stable Program. (They have their own MHC Certified Rescue program) ​ Certified Stables Application 2024 Certified Stables List

  • Home | Minnesota Horse Coun

    MINNESOTA HORSE COUNCIL WELCOMES YOU! ABOUT THE MINNESOTA HORSE COUNCIL Our Mission The Minnesota Horse Council, a non-profit corporation, encourages and supports equine-related activities, concerns and education. Founded in 1935, the Council began as a vehicle for horse owners and exhibitors to coordinate horse activities with the Minnesota State Fair Board. Since then the Minnesota Horse Council has evolved into an umbrella organization uniting and supporting equine activities throughout the state. Programs Exceeding Your Expectations Membership Join the Minnesota Horse Council and make a difference. Your membership in the Minnesota Horse Council will help us foster growth and promote a vibrant Minnesota equine community. Programs The Minnesota Horse Council promotes and supports the Minnesota horse industry through a variety of activities and funding mechanisms. Resources The Minnesota Horse Council provides links and information the MHC has considered relevant and accurate for MN horse owners and enthusiasts. Join us for Minnesota's largest equine trade show and breed exhibition April 25th-27th 2025! ​ Minnesota Horse Council Event Calendar GET IN TOUCH Name Email Subject Message Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Horse of the Year | Minnesota Horse Coun

    Horse of the Year Every year the Minnesota Horse Council honors and recognizes a horse for their outstanding service. Each application is evaluated based on the described service and impact the horse had on the industry or those around them. There is no age or breed limitations. Active and retired horses are also encouraged to be nominated. If you know of a horse that should be considered for the Horse of the Year, please use the application below to send in you nomination! ​ ​ Horse of the Year Application Horse of the Year The Minnesota Horse council would like to congratulate the Recipients of the Horse of the Year Award horse for their outstanding service to the horse industry. 2023- Lesson Horse: Black Horse 2022 - Therapy Horse: Echo 2020 -Community Service Horse: Sinclair 2020 - Therapy Horse: Royal Jade Lady 2019 -Lesson Horse: Glitter 2016 - Lesson Horse Chocolate Chip Kisses 2016 - Therapy Horse: Buddy 2014 - CH Heirrevenerent 2013 -Therapy Horse: Joker 2013 - Lesson Horse: Sweet William 2013 - Service Horse in Memoriam: Spirit

  • TEEFA | Minnesota Horse Coun

    TEEFA Temporary Emergency Equine Feed Asssitance In 2008, a longtime Minnesota Horse Council member, seeing a need for financially strapped horse owners, set up a donation station at his place of business. In early 2009 he approached the MHC with $400 that had been donated. He asked the MHC to manage the distribution of the funds. Thus the Temporary Emergency Equine Feed Assistance (TEEFA) committee was formed. ​ TEEFA is run by a committee made of up MHC Board members. The committee relies on individual donations and fundraising efforts by groups and organizations such as 4-H, FFA, etc. to help raise additional monies needed to feed hungry horses as well as funds from the Minnesota Horse Council (beginning in 2014). There is assistance available for those horse owners facing temporary financial hardships which may affect their ability to feed their horses. Feed assistance is provided by direct payment to the vendor for feed or hay. All information received from the applicants will be kept confidential. ​ TEEFA Application

  • Sponsorships | Minnesota Horse Coun

    Sponsorships The MHC Promotions Committee will sponsor equine events. The purpose of the sponsorships is to: Promote the Minnesota Horse Council to Minnesota horse people and make them more aware of the MHC programs. Obtain more memberships by having membership sign-ups at events. In keeping with the MHC mission, help support clubs, associations and organizations. ​ Types of Events: Horse Shows Club/Association Dinners Organized Trail Rides Fundraisers Educational Clinics where more than one clinician is speaking/teaching (The MHC does not sponsor individuals.) ​ ​ Sponsorship Application ​ ​ ​

  • Scholarships | Minnesota Horse Coun

    Scholarships The future of the industry lies in the hand of the next generation who carry the torch for the promotion and support of the equine industry as they continue to lead and grow. The Minnesota Horse Council has actively supported the equine related pursuits of individuals for 20 years through the Tony Gasser Memorial Scholarships. ​ Tony Gasser was a well-known Minnesota Horseman and active in the Minnesota Horse Council. In his will he left money to start a scholarship fund to offer scholarships to students in equine-related fields. This was the beginning of the MHC/Tony Gasser Memorial Scholarships, back in 1984. ​In 1991, the Minnesota Horse Council determined that 5% of the total annual profits from the Minnesota Horse Expo should be dedicated to increasing these funds and increasing their investment of the horsemen of the next generation. In recent years, about 20% of the profits from the Minnesota Horse Expo have been given by the Minnesota Horse Council to deserving students in the form of academic scholarships. The Minnesota Horse Council offers this investment in the next generation through the yearly scholarship opportunities. Please see the scholarship application details in the document below. ​ Scholarship Application ​ ​ Past Scholarship Recipients The Minnesota Horse council would like to congratulate the recipients of the MHC/Tony Gasser Memorial Scholarships. the MHC recognizes these individuals for their hard work and wishes them the best on their future endeavors! 2023 Scholarship Winners Paige Gabrielson - Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Macy Hanks - University of Arkansas Morgan Schelske - University of Minnesota, Crookston 2022 Scholarship Winners Paige Gabrielson - Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Macy Hanks - University of Arkansas Morgan Schelske - University of Minnesota, Crookston 2021 Scholarship Winners Paige Gabrielson - Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Cameron Gallenberg - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Morgan Johnson - Southwest State University 2019 Scholarship Winners Kiera Balding - Carlton College McKenzie Cselovski - South Dakota State University Autumn Eggers - Kansas State University Hannah Eggert - University of Nebraska, Lincoln Paige Gabrielson - Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Cameron Gallenberg - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Erin Halla - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Morgan Johnson - Minnesota West Community and Technical College Amanda Olson - University of Minnesota, Crookston Michaela Von Schenk - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine 2018 Scholarship Winners Kathryn Crum - University of Minnesota, Crookston Paige Gabrielson - University of Wisconsin, River Falls Cameron Gallenberg - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Kelsey Hagerty - North Dakota State University Erin Halla - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Charlotte Knopp - Mount Holyoke College Amanda Olson - University of Minnesota, Crookston Alexandra Resnick - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Katie Treadwell - Undecided Michaela Von Schenk - North Dakota State University Tori Winters - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine 2017 Scholarship Winners Kalley Christopherson - University of Wisconsin, River Falls Angie Esselman - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Paige Gabrielson - University of Wisconsin, River Falls Cameron Gallenberg - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Erin Halla - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Sabrina Hart - University of Wisconsin, River Falls Charlotte Knopp - Mount Holyoke College Alexandra Resnick - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Morgan Schmidt - Ridgewater College Natasha Spiczka - University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Grants | Minnesota Horse Coun

    Grants Through grants, the Minnesota Horse Council provides support to a variety of equine related endeavors. This not only provides support but creates a lasting impact that reaches far beyond the present. The grant program was established with three main goals in mind: ​ In keeping with the MHC mission, help support clubs, associations and organizations. Promote the Minnesota Horse Council to Minnesota horse people and make them more aware of the MHC programs. Obtain more memberships by having membership sign-ups at events. Over the years the MHC has supported many types of projects including Horse Shows, Club/Association Dinners, Organized Trail Rides, Fundraisers, and multi clinician Educational Clinics. To continue the support of the grant program, the Minnesota Horse Council uses the revenue from its Minnesota Horse Expo to provide "seed money grants" for new horse projects or programs or for capital improvements by Minnesota horse groups. In 1991 the Council moved to set up a regular, formalized process to offer grants each year and to have a standard application format and specified eligibility criteria, so that applicants would know what types of projects are supported by MHC. The yearly grants have continued each year to present day with over $1,326,661 for a total of 368 grants since its inception. If interested in applying, please view the application for further details on the grant requirements and application details. ​ ​ Grant Application ​ Common Mistakes on Grant Applications ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

  • Direct Funding | Minnesota Horse Coun

    Direct Funding The Minnesota Horse Council Direct Funding Program will send a check for up to $500 to any non-profit horse-related organization to help cover the expenses of a program or activity they organize which advances the goals of the Minnesota Horse Council . ​ There is no specific deadline for submitting requests for funding; requests will be evaluated as they are received. Our goal is to complete this evaluation and send a letter of acceptance or rejection to the submitter within 30 day s of receiving the request. Direct Funding awards are normally paid after the project is completed. This will be arranged between the recipient and the Horse Council Treasurer. ​ Direct Funding awards must be used within 6 months. Your organization can only receive this funding once per year. ​ Direct Funding Application

  • Programs | Minnesota Horse Coun

    Programs Listed below are the ways the MHC promotes and supports the state's horse industry through a variety of activities and funding mechanisms. Direct Funding Grants Scholarships Sponsorships TEEFA

  • Resources | Minnesota Horse Coun

    Information and Resources relevant for horse owners and enthusiasts. ​ Resources Programs for Riders With Disabilities ​ Equine Education Opportun ities Riding Lessons Equine Indoor Facilities Ho rse Rentals/Trail Rides Disaster Response Team MN Horsemen's Directory

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