What is ELCR?

The Equine Land Conservation Resource?mission is to advance the conservation of land for horse-related activity.

We are concerned about the broad range of horse land issues. We ask the question, ?Where will you ride, drive, compete, race, raise foals, and grow hay in the future?? We address issues faced by all horse owners regardless of size, breed, and discipline.

Across the country, we are losing 6,000 acres of agricultural, forest and other lands each day. Conservatively, we need 36,000,000 acres to feed the estimated 9 million horses in the U.S.

At the 2008 Kentucky International Equine Summit, David O?Connor, President of the US Equestrian Federation and Eventing Gold medalist in the 2000 Olympic Games acknowledged that the loss of land for horse-related activities is the greatest threat to horse sport, industry and recreation in the United States.

ELCR?s many programs include providing information, resources and networking opportunities for horsemen on the following topics:

  • Farmland Protection
  • Community Land Use Planning
  • Trail Access and Stewardship
  • Land Stewardship/Best Management Practices
  • Equine Economic Development
  • Liability Issues

Our Conservation Partners program, a membership program for organizations, is comprised of conservation-minded organizations from various sectors of the horse world?breeding, media, competition and discipline, equestrian parks and facilities, land conservation and stewardship, recreational riding and driving, government, and commercial. Our membership totals 128 organizations with a ?reach? of just under 1.1 million equestrians. We provide information, guidance and support to our Partners via quarterly conference calls, regional meetings, an on-line bulletin board with model forms, and a list service.

ELCR is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and assisted by a volunteer Advisory Council. Our Conservation Partners program enlists organizations and seeks an ELCR liaison who works directly with ELCR in solving horse land loss issues in their communities. Additionally, volunteers are asked to speak, network and participate in various events.

Future plans include developing an ELCR representative in each of the 50 states.

ELCR is wholly funded by charitable contributions, foundation grants, and organizational memberships; we need your help to spread the word and advance the conservation of land in your community before it is too late.

ELCR is a registered 501(c) 3 not for profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. A copy of our annual report is available upon request, on our website, or from the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Contact us at:

Equine Land Conservation Resource
4037 Iron Works Parkway, Suite 120
Lexington, KY 40511
859.455.8383 (phone)
859.455.8381 (fax)

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