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Equine Industry Advisory Task Force created in Ohio

October 31, 2008

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Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs on Friday announced the creation of an 11-member Equine Industry Advisory Task Force designed to discuss strategies for promoting and strengthening Ohio’s equine industry.

More than 307,000 horses make up the Ohio horse industry that produces a total economic impact valued at approximately $2.2 billion in goods and services and employs more than 16,000 people.

“This task force’s creation is an exciting event for the equine industry here in Ohio,” said Boggs. “Our goal is to strengthen the industry and to renew Ohioans’ enthusiasm by bringing together representatives who can share diverse experiences and viewpoints.”

Chaired by the department, the task force includes seven representatives and four at-large members, each chosen on equine industry expertise and peer support following an initial stakeholder meeting in September 2008.

Members of the Equine Industry Advisory Task Force include:


Adam Ward, Ohio Department of Agriculture Legislative Liaison, Chair
Willie Koester, Ohio Racing Commission, Racing Industry
Mike Gerard, private horse owner, Pleasure Horse Industry
Gary King, Ohio Agri-business Association, Feed and Tack Industry
Elizabeth Burick, private horse owner, Show Horse Industry
Dr. Tony Forshey, Ohio Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian, Veterinary Field
Fred Arnold, Ohio Fair Managers Association, Ohio County Fairs
Dr. John Mossbarger, Midland Acres, Equine Breeders

At-Large Members

Keith Stimpert, Ohio Farm Bureau
Brock Schmaltz, Ohio Equine Industry Coalition
Tom Fries, Jr., Ohio Standardbred Commission
Denny Hales, Ohio Quarterhorse Association

The first Equine Industry Advisory Task Force meeting will be held Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. at the department’s Bromfield Administration Building, Seminar Room B, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. (Ohio Dept. of Agriculture)


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