November 18, 2014

November 2014 Quarterly Meeting Minutes

Draft Minutes
Quarterly Meeting of the Board of Directors
of the Maryland Horse Council (MHC)
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Miller Senate Office Building
Annapolis, MD

Directors and Officers Present and Absent

Officers & Executive Committee Members:
x Jane Seigler President
x Peter Radue Vice President
x Valerie Ormond Secretary
x Dale Clabaugh Treasurer
x Stephen Fulton Elected Member
x Crystal Kimball Elected Member
x Steuart Pittman, Jr. Elected Member
x Kathleen Tabor Elected Member
x Judy Smith Elected Member
x Royce Herman Advisory Member
Directors-at-Large:
x Amy Burk DAL - Individuals
x Rob Burk DAL - Individuals
x James Casey DAL - Individuals
x Christy Clagett DAL - Farms; Larking Hill Farm
Jean Clagett DAL - Individuals Absent
Kimberly Clark DAL - Charity/Found.; Thoroughbred Placement & Resources, Inc. Absent
x Karen Fulton DAL - Farms; Full Moon Farm
x Royce Herman DAL - Individuals
x Crystal Kimball DAL - Businesses; The Equiery
Carolyn Krome DAL - Farms; Persimmon Tree Farm Absent
x Ron MacNab DAL - Individuals
Carolyn MacIntosh DAL - Farms; Loch Moy Farm Absent
x Steuart Pittman, Jr. DAL - Farms; Dodon Farm
x Peter Radue, DVM DAL - Businesses; Damascus Equine Associates
x Beverly Raymond DAL - Individuals
x Kathleen Tabor DAL - Individuals
Keith Wills DAL - Businesses; Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit Absent
MHC Association Members: Representative In Attendance:
Beverly Pieper Beverly's Hill Absent
Darlene Welsh Carroll County Equestrian Council Absent
Jan Korotki Carrollton Hounds Absent
x Jacquelyn Cowan Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse Club
x Sharon Roberts Cloverleaf Standarbred Owners Association Gina Maybee
x Erin Ochoa Days End Farm Horse Rescue Caroline Robertson
x Judy Smith Frederick County Equine Alliance
x Kristy Alvarez / Lori Harrington Freedom Hill Horse Rescue Kristy Alvarez
Anne Butcher Goshen Hounds Absent
Leslie Bauer Howard County Farm Bureau, Inc. Absent
Gretchen Mobberley Howard County Horse Show Association Absent
x Crystal Kimball Howard County-Iron Bridge Hounds
Nicky Ratliff Humane Society of Carroll County Absent
x Valerie Pringle Humane Society of the US
Cindy Marson / Nancy Thomas League of Maryland Horsemen Absent
x Christy Clagett Marlborough Hunt Club
Chris Anderson Maryland 4-H Program Absent
x Stephen Fulton Maryland Combined Training Association
Patty Sasscer Maryland Association for Wildlife Conservation Absent
Karla Stoner Maryland Draft Horse & Mule Association Absent
Hanum Wensil-Strow Maryland Equestrian Club Absent
x Dorothy Troutman Maryland Equestrian Foundation / Rosaryville Conservancy
Dean Geis Maryland Farriers Association Absent
x Cricket Goodall Maryland Horse Breeders Association
Alan Lohman Maryland Horse Show Association Absent
Carrie Everly Maryland Jockey Club Absent
x Crystal Kimball Maryland Steeplechase Association
x Peter Radue, DVM Maryland Association of Equine Practitioners
x Gina Maybee Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association
Eileen Simpson Maryland State Quarter Horse Association Absent
x Chris Bricker Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association
David Turner Mid-Atlantic Saddlebred Association Absent
x Susan Kary My Lady's Manor Driving Club
Guillermo Warley New Market-Middletown Valley Hounds Absent
x Louise Semancik Plantation Walking Horse Club of Maryland Jacquie Cowan
x Maria Schwartz TROT - Trail Riders of Today Jeff Dwyer
x Royce Herman Tuckahoe Equestrian Center
Bridget Love Meehan Washington International Horse Show Absent
Leo Courtney, MD Wicomico Hunt Club Absent

Members Present:
Business:
Neil Agate Capitol Polo Club
James Casey, DVM Equine Medicine, Surgery, and Dentistry
Dale Clabaugh State Farm Insurance
Patricia Dane Stitch Factory
Win Hayward AXA Advisors
Crystal Kimball The Equiery
Margaret Rizzo McKelvey Mythic Landing Enterprises
Troy Mishaw TJM Custom Builder
Michael Odian Odian Equine Practice
Peter Radue Damascus Equine Associates
Nikole Sheridan Catered Canine Care
Judy Smith Friday's Horse Equine Giftware
Shawn Staub Farm Family Insurance
Dawn Varney Heritage Harvest Farm

Charity and Foundation:
Enchanted Haven Horse Rescue Carlene Eaton

Farm:
Vicki Carson Flying Chesterfield Farm
Christy Clagett Larking Hill Farm
Mark English Patuxent Run Stables
Steve, Karen, and Grace Fulton Full Moon Farm
LuAnne Levens Periwinkle Farm
Erin and Steuart Pittman Dodon Farm
Jane Seigler Dressage at Sundown
Judy Smith Good Friday Farm
Debby Sharp Sparky Hollow
Renee Terselic Potomac Horse Center

Individual: Chris Bricker, Amy Burk, Rob Burk, James Casey, DVM, Sandra Crow Mapes, Valerie D'Ambrosio, Carolyn Del Grosso, Annie Hankins, James Ellen, Royce Herman, Erica Lancaster, Ron MacNab, Stephanie Maus, Pegeen Morgan, Valerie Ormond, Ross Peddicord, Beverly Raymond, Eli Solomon, Kathleen Tabor

Guests Present: Del. Steven Arentz, Christine Bergmark, Adam Dubitsky, Martha Herman, Michael Lore, Aubrey Lowrey, Dale Maddox, Pat McMillan, Ellen Moyer, Sarah Shoniker, Barbara Smith, Jim Steele, Senator Norman Stone, JoAnne Stone, Pat Walp

Association Manager Present: Margaret Rizzo McKelvey

Roll Call and Minutes
At 7:03PM, President Seigler called the meeting to order. She welcomed Delegate Steve Arentz and Senator Norman Stone, from the state legislature, and Mr. Adam Dubitsky, from Governor-elect Larry Hogan's office.

Secretary Ormond conducted a full roll call. President Seigler asked for a review of the minutes from the August Quarterly Board of Directors meeting. Ms. Kathleen Tabor moved to approve, Ms. Judy Smith seconded. Minutes of the last Quarterly meeting were approved.

Comments from Mr. Dubitsky from Governor-Elect Hogan's Office
President Seigler asked Mr. Dubitsky if he would like to say a few words, and Mr. Dubitsky thanked MHC for inviting him to the meeting and said he was there to listen and learn. He said there was a lot of work to do, including work on the budget. Governor-elect Hogan's goal is to bring people together who have not been talking very much or very well to each other. Mr. Dubitsky expressed the Governor-elect's commitment to make sure MHC has a seat at the table and to incorporate MHC ideas about issues ranging from slots revenues to the environment. The Hogan team wants to hear what's working and what's not, and looks forward to working with the Council.

Financial Report
Treasurer Clabaugh discussed the financial report. Mr. Royce Herman made a motion to approve the financial report, and Mr. Stephen Fulton seconded. The financial report was accepted.

Horse World Expo
Mr. Royce Herman solicited volunteers for the Horse World Expo and passed around the sign-up sheet for volunteers to man the MHC booth during the Expo.

MHC Annual Report and MHIB Annual Report
President Seigler summarized the annual update, and introduced Jim Steele, Chairman, Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB). Mr. Steele mentioned MHIB highlights including the Horse Experience Centers, attendance at horse expos and events, and activities regarding the Maryland Horse Park. Mr. Steele introduced Mr. Ross Peddicord who summarized the functions of the MHIB and the MHC. Mr. Peddicord mentioned some highlights including social media programs and the growth of licensed stables to over 700 in the state. An MHIB report was available for members.

Release of the 2014 Maryland Horse Forum Report
President Seigler discussed the Maryland Horse Forum and directed members to the Executive Summary of the Maryland Horse Forum 2014 Final Report handed out to attendees. She said she would like the forum to continue as a "virtual forum," and encouraged people to bring ideas and issues to MHC at any time. MHIB Executive Director Ross Peddicord said the forum had 28 sponsors and attendance of almost 400 people. He summarized some of the major topics of discussion, and concluded that the Forum revealed a generally more upbeat outlook within the horse industry than was the case during the last Horse Forum in 2009.

Outlook for the 2015 Maryland General Assembly Session
President Seigler introduced MHC lobbyist Mr. Frank Boston, who offered thoughts on the current legislative landscape in Maryland. In his opinion, the recent election outcomes were surprising, but not shocking. Governor-elect Hogan did a better job of getting out his message. The outlook – a Republican Governor with a Democratic Senate and House with two very powerful leaders (Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch) – means there will have to be collaboration. The take home message could be that the Democratic legislature is going to have to work with Hogan because the voters have spoken.

So, according to Mr. Boston, what does that really mean? In 2015, no new taxes. Horse issues will include an attempt to repeal the managed hunt bill in Calvert & St. Mary's counties. MHC will have to work with local Senators and others for assistance. Mr. Boston thinks Maryland will see more Sunday hunting bills and action from gun groups and the National Rifle Association. MHC is working with Maryland Farm Bureau (MFB) on initiatives to bring the deer population under control, and looking at ideas such as market sale of venison as a way to incentivize increased deer harvest. The new Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary will be important to MHC issues.

Ms. Christy Clagett asked when county delegates start to meet so MHC is not blindsided by county bills. Mr. Frank Boston is going to check into when those meetings might happen. He also said that pre-filed bills are probably already decided, but we cannot see them ahead of time. Mr. Boston will find out if proceedings of County delegation meetings have record of discussions or not.

President Seigler asked if this session will be different than the last and how. Mr. Boston said there was a lot of turnover and there will be a big learning curve. Additionally, with a Republican executive branch, there will be new appointments. It will be an interesting session. He thinks more time will be spent on the budget because the Governor has stated he will cut spending vs. tax, and Maryland hasn't seen that since Governor Erlich.

Vice President Radue asked about set aside for racing money. President Seigler read from Governor-Elect Hogan's response to our questionnaire where he stated he would not cut the horse portion of slots monies dedicated to horse racing interests.

President Seigler asked again for people to bring issues up to the horse council; the horse council exists to represent the horse industry and needs everyone's input.

Plans for New MHC Website
Association Manager Margaret Rizzo McKelvy discussed the new features of the MHC website including the following:
-online registration for members
-member usernames and passwords to allow users to make the directory a better resource
-streamlined event registration
-MHC social media integrated
-more interactive county forums (vs. being blogs)
-page sponsorship opportunities
The goal is for the new website to be up at the end of 2014. Stay tuned!

Reports and Business from Committee Chairs and Affiliated Organizations:
Farm Stewardship – President Seigler reported for Ms. Jane Thery, Chair of the Farm Stewardship Committee. Twenty horse farms signed up for FASCAP in two years. She reported on the composting program stating that farmers, haulers, and others had been surveyed, and people are looking for good uses of composted horse manure.

Legislative – Mr. Steuart Pittman mentioned that agriculturists and environmentalists can work well together on legislative issues. He solicited volunteers for legislative committee. He said the Maryland Farm Bureau (MFB) had endorsed Governor-Elect Hogan, and he believed they will be very active this year. President Seigler said the legislative committee could really use someone to update the legislative blog during the session, and for anyone interested to contact Steuart Pittman or Association Manager McKelvey. She also mentioned new partnerships including one with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She congratulated Mr. Pittman who was selected as the Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) Equine Citizen of the Year.

Jacquie Cowan said the PAST Act is held up in the House, but had 366 signatures between the Senate and the House. Pro-PAST activists may have to fight the fight again next year if it does not pass. There will be a Walking Horse demo at the World Horse Expo in Timonium this year.

Business Network – Ms. Crystal Kimball, reported that the full report of the past year is in the update. As a result of the MD Horse Forum, Business Network members met with Insurance Administration officials to discuss worker's compensation. Today's Business Network meeting hosted the Acting Director of Plan and Partner Services to discuss health insurance issues for small businesses under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ms. Kimball proposed having experienced ACA Navigators at the World Horse Expo who could walk people through health insurance business issues.

On Dec. 10, there will be a meeting at the MFB building – "Your Business, Your People," [rescheduled to Feb.] to discuss more on worker's compensation, agricultural exemptions, and the fair labor standards act. In 2015, an upcoming meeting will be "Made in Maryland," to discuss business innovations.

Committee to Support Racing – Ms. Christy Clagett reported that more stallions are coming into the state due to the incentive program. She said it is going to take a long time for MD to work its way back up, but it is on the rise. She discussed breeder bonuses, and said there would be 149 days of racing in 2015, including 12 days in August. Hopefully, the first Sunday in June will be MHC's Day at the Races at Pimlico, and MHC plans another Night at the Races at Rosecroft. The big takeaway is that MD racing is not going away, and the horse industry needs to protect the racing portion of slots monies.

Trails and Greenways – Mr. Ron McNab stated that all the way back to the 2009 Horse Forum, trail riders cited the lack of online maps. Advisory groups let people know, and now maps are going to be available online, and he applauded the progress.

Coalition of State Horse Councils Representative – Ms. Vicki Carson stated nothing significant to report.

Maryland Fund for Horses (MFFH) - The MFFH will celebrate its 3-year anniversary. Ms. Vicki Carson provided the history of the Unwanted Horse Project and MFFH and spoke about the highlights of the past year including MD Responsible Horse Ownership Week, webinars (now on line at MDFUNDFORHORSES.org), education plans including Youth Lessons in Responsible Horse Ownership, Safe and Sound brochure (horse resources) – second edition (distributed 5000 of first), and an equine welfare committee has been surveying rescues to get additional info. Ms. Kristy Alvarez, Executive Director of Freedom Hill Horse Rescue (FHHR), is the Chair of the newly-formed MFFH Rescues Committee. Information gathered includes number of employees, capacity, and more. MFFH is putting together a directory of hay banks, and a tack and blanket bank, for licensed rescues. MFFH is seeking a Treasurer; they have a bookkeeper, but not a treasurer. They will have a booth at the Horse World Expo again, and it will be even more interactive this year than last.

MHC Political Action Committee (PAC) – Reporting on the PAC, Mr. Win Hayward, Treasurer, said 2014 had been PAC's biggest year. The idea for a PAC started from the 2009 Horse Forum, and the PAC began in 2011. The PAC distributed $5000 to candidates this year, and the contributions mostly came from MHC members. The PAC is a good strategic companion to the Legislative Committee. It has grown organizationally, with Mr. Win Hayward as the Treasurer; Mr. Steuart Pittman as the Chair; and Ms. Christy Clagett, Ms. Crystal Kimball, President Jane Seigler and Mr. Royce Herman as members. Mr. Hayward said that the legislators understand that when people give money, it means they are serious and that they are involved. Two current PAC challenges are that coffers are now empty after election year distributions, and the PAC wants to expand the contribution base outside of MHC members

MHIB – MHIB is thinking about having a horse festival in the spring during which it will roll out the Horse Discovery Centers, and spotlight all the racing, steeplechase racing, and other marquee horse events that are prominent in the spring. They are considering an MHIB booth at the PanAm games in Canada in July to spread the word about MD horses to the Americas. They are also trying to get horse facilities in the Farm-to-School program.

Announcements by members and associations
-Dr. Casey mentioned he had a confirmed case of West Nile virus in Howard County today. A horse that has it is not a danger to humans or other horses, except for transmission via mosquito bites. It comes from migratory birds, bitten by mosquitoes. He highly recommended horse owners pay for the $25 vaccine for their horses.
-DEFHR celebrates their 25 year anniversary this year; and its banquet will be at Turf Valley.
-Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, in Calvert County, is celebrating 10 years in service this year.

President Seigler stated the next Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting will be held during the World Horse Expo, Friday, Jan. 16, at Timonium Fairgrounds, at 7:00 p.m.

At 8:38 PM President Seigler asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Stephen Fulton so moved, and Ms. Clagett seconded.

Respectfully submitted by:
Valerie Ormond
Secretary