2013 Horse Council Updates
April 23, 2013
Click here to see blog post about Ever Changing Equine Travel Restrictions - https://www.mainefarmbureau.com/media/post/ever-changing-equine-travel-restrictions
The Maine Farm Bureau Horse Council welcomes Robert Morin, of Waldoboro as the new Committee Chair, effective 2013. Robert is the Owner and Trainer at Barrel Mill Farm Equine Training and has many great ideas and a wealth of knowledge to invigorate this committee! Click here for a profile article about Robert: https://www.mainefarmbureau.com/media/post/meet-robert-morin-maine-farm-bureau-horse-council-chairman
Other current Horse Council Board Members are:
Stephen & Stacey Scotia, Buckfield
Amy Beem, Palmyra
Meg Black, Deer Isle
Cynthia Hodak, Biddeford
Don Marean, Hollis
June Phillips, BoothbayHarbor
Pete Stratton, Sidney
The newest Horse Directories are available in the office. This is a comprehensive listing of Farm Bureau members offering services applicable to those in the equine industry – whether recreationally or professionally – offering resources for hay, lessons, boarding, and more.
We are now taking submissions for the Equine Photo Contest – deadline September 30th. If you are a Maine Farm Bureau member and would like to participate, please send jpegs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Another ongoing program, with a deadline of September 15th is the Horse Farm of Merit Program. Call 1-800-639-2126 or email email@example.com to request an application!
The Maine Farm Bureau’s “Horse Farm of Merit” program is established to:
● recognize Maine horse farms who meet high standards for overall horse health, farm management, and compliance with public safety.
The intent of the program is to recognize and promote those farms who meet or exceed the established standards.
Qualified equine professionals will evaluate horse farms.
The program will:
● provide the public with a list of farms meeting the standards.
● provide beneficial information to the farms.
The program has been developed and is overseen by the Maine Farm Bureau.
Certificates of Merit are based on criteria of horse health, farm management, and public standards compliance. A Certificate of Merit may used for promotion of the farm for the duration of the year. The suitability of the farm for the breed or type of activity conducted will be considered when scoring each farm. Farms are judged annually. Judging visits will be scheduled with the farms. Recipients will receive a distinctive sign that can be used at their discretion.
1. A Certificate of Merit and sign will be presented at the Maine Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. The certificate will be valid for the succeeding calendar year.
2. Applicants must have at least two years of involvement in the horse industry.
3. Horse Farm of Merit signs are the property of the Maine Farm Bureau and may be reclaimed if the farm fails to maintain the standards of the program.
4. There shall be a non-refundable annual application fee of $25 for Maine Farm Bureau members and $125 for non-members. Fees cover the cost of administering the program. No farm will be judged unless fees are paid.
5. The sign shall not be displayed at or moved to other premises.
Each Farm will be judged upon the following criteria with the perfect score being 100%.
Any farm scoring at 85% or higher will be considered a “Horse Farm of Merit” and recipient of the certificate. Two judges evaluate new applicants and one judge for renewal.
Horse Health Management
(possible 40 points)
• General Appearance of Horses
• Evidence of Equine Health
(possible 50 points)
• Overall Condition of Farm and Facilities
• Control of Pests and Vermin
• Condition of Stalls and aisle ways
• Condition of Turnouts, Pastures, Riding Surfaces and Fencing
• Condition of Tack and Equipment
• Emergency Removal/Evacuation Procedure
• Equine and Human First Aid
• Fire Protection/Prevention
• Manure Management Program
(possible 10 points)
• Liability Insurance
• Equine Limit to Liability signage