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Long Run's Lamptons Donate Land for OTTB Rehabilitation

Long Run Hounds (KY) Master Dinwiddie Lampton, III, and his wife, Irene, recently donated property to create a permanent home for a Kentucky charity that rehabilitates former racehorses. Second Stride, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization for Thoroughbreds retired from the track, announced it has received a donation of 46.46 acres of land from the Lamptons. The land, located off of Halls Hill Road in the Brownsboro area of Oldham County, will be used to house a new stabling facility dedicated to rehabilitating and retraining Thoroughbreds as they retire from their racing careers.

After a Century, Huntland Welcomes Hounds to Restored Kennels

Huntland, the historic property once owned by sportsman Joseph Thomas just outside Middleburg, VA, had changed hands during the 20th century and its kennels lay vacant for decades. When Dr. Betsee Parker acquired the property, she began to painstakingly restore it with a keen eye for its original layout, functional design, and historical significance. The heartwarming result was highlighted at last week's kennel tour - really a demonstration of the building's unique plan - guided by Dr. Parker and generously supporting the MFHA's Hark Forward initiative.

MFHA District Conservation Winner Continues Good Work

The Charles River. Photo by Ruth Lawler, MFH.

Earlier this year, the Masters of Foxhounds Association presented its Conservation Award for the New England District to Dr. Gilbert Rodgers, Norfolk Hunt Club (MA). Rodgers was recognized for his efforts in preserving a large portion of land formerly owned by Medfield State Hospital for equestrian use. Over the past several months, Rodgers has continued to work with land conservation and public groups to clean up the site and create a gateway to the Charles River. A festive ribbon cutting ceremony was held on October 30, 2015, including Norfolk Hunt members.

Baltimore County Foxhunters and Landowners Rally to Protect Rural Area

Baltimore Conservation 2013Cappy Jackson photoBaltimore County is fortunate to have some of the best rural conservation zoning in the country, as well as strong growth management policies. "The Plan for the Valleys", a land use plan produced in 1964, is credited for laying the foundation for effective management of sprawl, land preservation and resource conservation in the areas surrounding the Worthington and Greenspring Valleys. The organization responsible is The Valleys Planning Council, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. The country of The Green Spring Valley Hounds, approximately 625 square miles, falls in this area.


Voters in Key Western States Agree Public Lands Are Essential

photo of rockiesAccording to the 2012 Colorado College State of the Rockies Conservation in the West poll, voters view parks and public lands as essential to their state’s economy, and support upholding and safeguarding clean air, clean water, natural areas and wildlife. The poll surveyed 2,400 registered voters in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming and found that swing voters in these key states nearly unanimously agree that public lands such as national parks, forests, monuments, and wildlife areas are “an essential part” of their state’s economies and four in five voters believed that having a strong economy and protecting land and water as compatible.

Prominent Foxhunters, Equestrians Appointed to ELCR Board


Jane Beshear

The Equine Land Conservation Resource has made strategic moves to strengthen the organization and its leadership team through the addition of two individuals to the Board of Directors; Ken Haddad of Florida and Susan Harding of Maryland and one addition to the Advisory Council, Mrs. Jane K. Beshear of Kentucky.

Susan M. Harding of Bethesda, Maryland, a recreational rider and driver, is a well-known U.S. equine industry professional. She is a publishing consultant with Active Interest Media, a special interest media company, and former Vice President, Group Publishing Director of Source Interlink Media’s Equine Network. Susan has spent 20+ years in the equine publishing industry.

Susan will play an active role on ELCR’s marketing & communications committee and will be invaluable in our efforts to extend ELCR’s networks in the equine retail, manufacturing and other industry sectors

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