What do you get when you take 90 days + 47 Senators + 141 Delegates + 3,101 Bills?
You get the 2018 Maryland legislative session!
The Maryland legislature took action to maintain current levels of the estate tax, decoupling it from recent federal increases in threshholds. Click here for more info.
What is METS? Check out our new website! mdequinetransition.org
Join us at one of six regional meetings to learn why the Maryland Equine Transition Service is a win-win for horses, your equine business, and the horse industry.
CLICK HERE to REGISTER for one of the following dates:
May 23, 2018 SMADC, Hughesville (10am)
15045 Burnt Store Rd,
Hughesville, MD 20637
May 29, 2018 Laurel Race Track (5pm)
198 Laurel Race Track Road,
Laurel, MD 20725
May 31, 2018 Tuckahoe Equestrian Center (10am)
619 Crouse Mill Rd,
Queen Anne, MD 21657
June 4, 2018 Baltimore Co. Ag Center (10am)
1114 Shawan Rd,
Cockeysville, MD 21030
METS is a statewide equine safety net initiative of the Maryland Horse Council that provides alternatives for horses needing homes by helping owners identify and select the best transition options. Meet METS sessions are for any equine professional who is interested in the welfare of Maryland horses.
We will present a short description of the program’s history and goals as well as plans for the next two years. More importantly, we want to answer your questions and listen to your concerns, ideas, and feedback. Our aim is to engage the entire equine community, from horse owners to industry leaders.
Together, we can keep horses out of the slaughter pipeline. Register today!
Get Answers to These Questions and More at Meet METS!
If you have questions about Meet METS or becoming a Network member,
or if you have a horse in need of transition, contact Brittney Carow at Director@mdequinetransition.org.
As we integrate the Equiery and Horse Council, it is the right time to focus on our future as a combined
organization and so have begun the process of updating our strategic plan.
We are collecting relevant industry studies and will survey MHC members and non-members over the
next two months. A Strategic Planning workgroup will convene for meetings June through August and
work with a facilitator to develop the plan.
Keep your eyes out for the surveys, and please share the links with your colleagues, clients, and friends.
We need responses from all segments of the industry to ensure we are creating a plan representative of
everyone the Horse Council serves.
The MHC completed its last strategic plan in 2009 and met almost every goal it set out to achieve. With changes in the industry and the legislature over the past decade, however, as well as internal changes with the acquisition of the Equiery and MHC’s Go Pro initiative, it is time to once again to take a hard look at where were are as an organization and where we want to go.
The goal of strategic planning is not only to end up with a written document, but to engage the MHC’s leadership, membership, and key stakeholders in a planning process. Benefits of the process include:
The process, which began in March, will take approximately nine months resulting in a new plan to be ratified by the Board at the quarterly meeting in November.
Strategic plans are most useful when based on accurate and relevant information. Many factors will influence the direction and goals of the Maryland Horse Council. Therefore, we will review industry participation trends, the political climate in Annapolis, member and non-member perceptions of the MHC, sample plans from similar industry organizations, other related documents. We will also review key internal indicators to determine the rate and direction of MHC’s progress over the past several years.
MHC’s Executive Committee has set the goals and parameters for the planning process and we are engaging a diverse group of industry representatives to participate. This Strategic Planning Workgroup will convene for meetings June through August and work with a facilitator to develop the plan.
Perspectives of current MHC members, non-member horse owners, and equine industry professionals are critical to our success. We need your input.
Keep your eyes out for the MHC survey over the next several weeks, and please share the links with your colleagues, clients, and friends. We need responses from all segments of the industry to ensure we are creating a plan representative of everyone the Horse Council serves.
There will be a hearing on Thursday, April 12 at 1:30 PM, in Rm 205 of the Jefferson Bldg, 105 W Chesapeake Ave, Towson, to determine if a special exception should be granted to allow solar panels on about 13 acres of farmable land at 14503 Green Rd in Baldwin (the original proposal requested panels on about 160 acres). The hearing will be before John Beverungen, Administrative Law Judge. The Zoning petition is Case#2017-0344 X. Members of the public who wish to support or oppose the project may testify at the hearing. For more information, contact Baltimore County Zoning: 410-887-3391.
The company is proposing the project is Bluefin Origination (Cypress Creek Renewables), 8203 Ventnor Road, Pasadena, MD 21122.
The attorney for those opposing the project is Michael McCann, 410-825-2150, Michael@mmcannlaw.net.