Please support this VHC Effort

VERMONT HORSE COUNCIL

“Creating a unified equine voice”

www.vthorsecouncil.org

Equine Industry Economic Impact Study

Vermont's, open working landscape is of tremendous value to our current and future economic viability! It's important for all of us to know the components which keep that landscape open and valuable.

The Vermont Horse Council has determined one method to make an important contribution to our knowledge base, and we need your help.

The plan is an Economic Impact Study of the equine industry in the State. Identified as a top priority at the recent Equine Industry Summit, this will be a part of a larger study to be conducted by the American Horse Council next year. We know from data gathered by the Green Mountain Horse Association in 2010 that regional economic impact of activities at their facility are $5million per year. Based on that, we can extrapolate that the equine industry in Vermont might represent multiple millions in annual economic stimulation. This study will provide current, reliable data to quantify the impact. This data will allow us to promote the importance of the equine industry in Vermont.

There is a cost to conducting the study and a timeframe for committing to it. And, there is Plan A and Plan B for payment of the cost of the study.

Here is the situation:

 - we need to commit to the study by the end of this month

 - there is a grant which may pay for all or most of the study

 - the grant application is being filed, but the results won't be known

until next year

 - if we don't receive any or all of the grant monies, we will need

independent financing for the study

The success of the grant is Plan A. You are Plan B!!! We're asking for pledges of funds now for disbursal next year if the grant application is unsuccessful. The total funding needed is $17,790.

Won't you please consider a pledge?

Please to Contact Heidi Krantz, President of the Vermont Horse Council for details on how to help. Hkrantz57@gmail.com or 802-586-7559. Checks may be made out to VHC and mailed to 804 Morey Hill Road, Craftsbury, VT 05826.

Heidi Krantz

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Henry Ford