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The Kansas Horse Council is dedicated to providing the Kansas equine industry with leadership and direction through education, promotion, and public policy advocacy.

2018 KHC Foundation Scholarship Recipients

2018 KHC Scholarship Recipients

L to R: MaRyka Smith, Jade Edwards, Caroline Gatschet, Isabella Hubbell, Alyssa Leslie, Natalie Vesta, Samantha Guy, Rachel Brown, Sidney Murray, Madison Hetherington. Not pictured: Emily Brightbill, Collin Champagne, Kinsey Griffith, Alan Hinds, and Jacob Grinstead.

The Kansas Horse Council Foundation was pleased to award $15,000 in scholarships to 15 KHC members. A significant portion of these scholarships are funded by the Silent Auction held at Equifest of Kansas. 

 Kansas Horse Council and Back Country Horsemen of Kansas Team Up To Tackle Trail Work

Kansas Horse Council Partners with BHCA of KansasThe state of Kansas boasts more than 500 miles of trails for equestrian use. Through the Kansaas Horse Council, Trails Director Jim Thomas has for years promoted and worked personally on trails, helping to keep access open to horseback riders. In 2013, a chapter of Back Country Horsemen of America formed within the state, led by Steve Lindsey and several other people. With the start of this chapter, the organization and trail work ethics that BCHA provides that are well known through many of the states in the country have been brought to Kansas. The organization helps to provide education on proper trail building and maintenance so that work that is done is long-lasting and sustainable. The organization also helps provide information regarding the value of volunteer work. Last year alone, Jim reported the following information to Kansas public land managers:

  • Kansas equestrians raised $17,200 through annual benefit rides at Eisenhower State Park, El Dorado, Clinton, Kanopolis, and Perry. These funds directly benefit equestrian campgrounds and trails at these lakes.
  • Back County Horsemen of Kansas volunteers in northeast Kansas alone put in more than 1,700 hours of volunteer time on our trails, valued at more than $50,000 with BCHA guidelines.

Both entities are strong and put in a lot of valuable work towards keeping and maintaining horse trail access, and it is only logical that the two should join forces. On June 6 this became a reality. Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Kansas Horse Council and the Back Country Horsemen of Kansas, KHC Chairman Dennis Goodwin and HCHK Chairman Erin Glassman, with the support of their respective organizations, made the MOU official at the KHC monthly board meeting. This MOU will help to minimize duplication of the work put towards promoting, maintaining and building trails, improving equestrian campgrounds, fund-raising and building working relationships with the public land managers for Kansas trails. Erin will be working with Jim to create a continuity of what he has been building through KHC and to help continue the good work already performed in collaboration with the great volunteers in our state.

 

Kansas Horse Council is looking to add Regional Representatives all over Kansas!  Learn More Here

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Stampede on down to your County Courthouse to get your original KHC license plate before it changes! After July 1, the state is limiting the use of color on specialized plates.

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 Affiliates

Equine Disease Communication CenterAmerican Horse CouncilEquine Land Conservation ResourceEquisureBack Country Horsemen of America

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Kansas Expocentre