General Meeting January 5, 2016
Location and Time:
  Meeting held at Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center Street, Room 003-004 Lower Level, Westminster, MD and called to order at 7:30 by Darlene Welsh, President.
  Lynda Arnold, Janet Breeding, Michael Gafney, Carolyn Garber, Peggy Miller, Dave Radcliffe, Darlene Welsh, Tina Shupp.
Volunteer Hours
  December 2015: 50 hours
Secretary's Report:
  Motion to approve minutes of December 1, 2015 by Janet Breeding; second by Peggy Miller. Motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report:
  Report for December 2015. View Here
Equestrian Center Report: Darlene Welsh
  Lynda Arnold indicated nothing to report. Janet Breeding reported that the Council’s tractor that is kept at the Equestrian Center has been serviced.
Equestrian Center Maintenance Report:
  Discussion was held in regards to regular mowing maintenance of the Center for 2015; the on-site tractor is inadequate for mowing the entire property that includes the "hay field." It is anticipated that volunteers will do the trimming around the rings and around the cross country jumps. Motion by Peggy Miller to obtain three proposals for mowing the Equestrian Center for 2015 season; second by Lynda Arnold. Motion passed. Carolyn Garber volunteered to prepare and distribute the Request for Proposal.
  Tina Shupp reported Self-Help Project requests are due on 02/03/16 with presentation to the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board on 02/24/16. The regular meeting of the Friends of Carroll Recreation and Parks (FOCRP) is scheduled for 01/25/16. Tina suggested the Equestrian Council consider submitting information to Lisa Carroll for inclusion on the monthly newsletter “Recreation Council Newsflash.” Deadline is the first week of each month. To subscribe to the “Recreation Council Newsflash,” send an email to
New Business
  Proposed Sunday Hunting – Spring Turkey Season Janet Breeding reported that early in December 2015, Delegate Susan Krebs distributed a notice regarding local bills to be presented during this legislative session. Carroll County Sportsmen’s Association (CCSA) is requesting hunting on private property in Carroll County during Spring Turkey season with bow and shotgun. Janet indicated those who are interested in this topic should contact their local delegate/find your elected official by using Information will be submitted to Linda Polzin for posting on the CCEC Facebook page.

Maryland Horse Industry Board
$30,000 Awarded in Grants for 2016 Janet Breeding reported the January 2016 issue of The Equiery indicated 48 applications were reviewed and 30 grants were approved. The article reported three organizations from Carroll County were successful in obtaining grants: Equine Rescue Regional Network, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, The Retreat at Beckleysville, Inc.

Horse Industry Economic Impact Survey
Janet reminded members that the “Equestrian Economic Impact Analysis: How Your Community Benefits” by Malcolm J. Commer, Jr. was completed several years ago. The January issue of The Equiery indicates a Horse Industry Economic Impact Survey will be distributed via email. Maryland Horse Industry Day is February 23, 2016 in Annapolis/see Page 41. Information will be submitted to Linda Polzin for posting on the CCEC Facebook page.

Holiday Party 12/1/15 – Food Donation
Peggy Miller reported approximately 40 pounds of food was donated at the December meeting and provided to Morgan Chapel United Methodist Church for distribution.

2016 Calendar of Events: Tentative dates were reviewed

20th Annual Maryland Horse World Expo 2016
To be held on January 22 – 24, 2016 at Maryland State Fairgrounds Show Hours: Friday, January 22 Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 23 9:00 – 7:00
Sunday, January 24 9:00 – 5:00

2016 CCEC Meetings:
February 2, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6

2016 Special Programs/Presentations:
April 5 – Jennifer Reynolds, Coordinator,Extension Equine and Poultry Activities; University of Maryland

July 5 – Toby Gibbon and the American Mustang (to be held at Carroll County Equestrian Center)

Social Events
March 15 – 6:00 p.m. Social Dinner at Maggie’s, 310 E. Green St., Westminster, MD.

Promotional Events
March TBA – 4-H Therapeutic Horse Fair
Saturday, April 9 – Outdoor Expo at Westminster Branch CCPL (Information Booth)

2016 Trail Work Days
Gillis Falls – contact Peggy Miller 410-549-1608
Saturday, April 30
Saturday, September 17

Morgan Run – contact Carolyn Garber 410-549-5141
Sunday, May 15
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, July 10
Saturday, September 3
Sunday, October 9
Sunday, November 13

Piney Run – contact Bridget McCullough
Saturday, May 21
Saturday, September 10

Union Mills – contact Howard Lanham 410-259-2964
Saturday, April 16
Sunday, September 25
  Motion to adjourn by Dave Radcliffe; second by Peggy Miller. Meeting adjourned 8:29 p.m.
Did you renew your membership for 2016?
Inclement Weather Policy
  If CCPS are closed for the day due to inclement weather – meeting cancelled.
If CCPS has early dismissal due to inclement weather – meeting cancelled.
If CCPS schools remain open Mon-Fri and if the snow emergency plan is in effect – meeting cancelled.
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