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New Survey  Shows Equestrian Competition Land Increasingly  Vulnerable

Lexington, KY. November 24, 2008. The  Equestrian Land Conservation Resource
has commissioned a survey about the loss  of land used for horse-related
competitions, which has generated considerable  interest prompting an extension to
the survey deadline through to January 15,  2009. Data has so far been
received from over 100 locations in more than 24  states across the country and
focuses on equine competition sites that have  been lost to development since 1997.

According to the survey results  so far, among the competitions that have
disappeared are Barrel Racing,  Cutting, Dressage, Driving, Endurance and
Competitive Distance Rides, English  Pleasure, Gymkhanas, Hunter Trials and Hunter
Paces, Polo, Reining, Rodeo,  Roping, Saddle Seat, Team Penning, Cow Sorting,
Eventing and Western Pleasure.  These events have impacted many breeds and
disciplines from Sport Horses to  Arabians, Morgans, Quarter Horses and Saddlebreds.

"We have received an  overwhelming and diverse response to our request. The
loss of competition  spaces for horses affects all breeds, disciplines and
regions. This  information is helpful in raising awareness of the land loss issue
and moving  horsemen into action. All land is conserved locally. We need local
equestrians  to become active to preserve our passion, our sport and our
heritage. Once  equestrians are motivated, the Equestrian Land Conservation
Resource can  provide the "how-to" information," said Deb Balliet, CEO, Equestrian
Land  Conservation Resource.

In addition to the competitions that have been  lost to development, the
survey revealed that a number of other horse related  activities have been
compromised including clinics, rallies, youth programs,  boarding stables, riding
academies, training facilities, summer camps,  schooling, private farms and

The Equestrian Land Conservation  Resource is calling on all horsemen and
equestrians to respond to these three  questions: 1. The name by which the
competition site or farm was commonly  known; 2. City & State; 3. Type of
competition held there, e.g. reining,  dressage, eventing, roping, driving, polo, etc.
Deadline for submissions, to  be sent to _info@xxxxxxxxx (mailto:info@xxxxxxxx)
, is January 15, 2009.

The  Equestrian Land Conservation Resource is engaged in farmland
conservation,  trails access and sustainability, best management practices for soil and
water  protection, equine economic development, and community land use planning
and  zoning. It currently has 104 Equestrian Partners. These are dues-paying 
organizations such as equine product companies; conservation and equine trail
groups and breed and discipline organizations, which are in need of current 
information on topical issues as well as for networking and collaboration 

About the survey...

The survey was  electronically distributed through our volunteers,
dues-paying Equestrian  Partners, and the media. The results were collated by farm name,
state and  activity. The survey questions were:
1. Name by which the competition site  or farm was commonly known;
2. City & State;
3. Type of competition  held there, e.g. reining, dressage, cross-country,
roping, driving,  polo.

About the Equestrian Land Conservation  Resource
The Equestrian Land Conservation Resource was founded in  1997 by a group of
concerned horse people who recognized that loss of open  land is the greatest
threat to the future of all horse sport, recreation, and  industry.

_www.elcr.org_ (http://www.elcr.org)

Deb  Balliet;  CEO

Loss of  open land has been identified as the greatest threat to the future
of all  equestrian sport, recreation, and industry. By educating horse people
and  encouraging partnerships with conservationists and other user groups at
the  local level, the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource is mobilizing
thousands  of equestrians to work for land access and protection in their
communities. We  recognize that without such concerted efforts, the equestrian world as
we know  it is at great risk.

Caren  Stauffer

SEDRA Treasurer, SENTINEL Editor, Web Site  Wrangler
Membership, Publicity, Sanctioning Committee
181 Riverwoods Dr,  Chuluota, FL 32766
_www.DistanceRiding.org_ (http://www.distanceriding.org/)  

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