January 29, 2018
Senate Committee on Budget and Taxation
Maryland General Assembly
Senator Edward Kasemeyer, Chair
Re: SB-434 - Creation of a State Debt - Queen Anne's County - Talisman Therapeutic Riding Farm - SUPPORT
Dear Chairman Kasemeyer and Members of the Committee:
The Maryland Horse Council (MHC) is a membership-based, umbrella trade association of the entire horse industry in Maryland. Our membership includes over 40 breed, interest and discipline associations, plus horse farms and stables, horse-related businesses, and horse owners representing all facets of the Maryland equestrian community, from the owners of race horses to the owners of trail horses or just beloved retired companion horses. As such, we represent over 30,000 Marylanders.
The Maryland Horse Council strongly supports therapeutic riding programs. Programs such as these fill an important need, and have proven success in rehabilitating children and adults, including recovering injured military, and in providing much needed support to their families. Providing and maintaining safe, well managed facilities for these programs is very much in the public interest of all Marylanders.
Therefore, MHC supports SB-434 - Creation of a State Debt - Queen Anne's County - Talisman Therapeutic Riding Farm, and urges the Committee to give it a favorable report.