Idaho Horse Board

About the The Idaho Horse Board

The Idaho Horse Board was created by Legislative action in 1987. The program became effective on July 1, 1988. Visit the Idaho Horse Board website.

Horse Board Appointments 2014

 

Seven board members are appointed by the Governor to represent a cross section of all equine related interests, including areas such as breeding, racing, competitive events, trail and pleasure riding. Funds collected are given back to the horse industry in the form of grants to further interests in Promotion, Research, and Education.

The Idaho Horse board must receive the grant request applications by December 1st which are then reviewed and funds awarded in January of each year.
he Idaho Horse Board was created by Legislative action in 1987. The program became effective on July 1, 1988.The funding for this program was derived from a $1.00 fee that was attached to brand inspections for horses. State inspectors collect this fee at the time horses are inspected. Seven board members are appointed by the Governor to represent a cross section of all equine related interests, including areas such as breeding, racing, competitive events, trail and pleasure riding. Funds collected are given back to the horse industry in the form of grants to further interests in Promotion, Research, and Education. The Idaho Horse board must receive the grant request applications by December 1st which are then reviewed and funds awarded in January of each year.

In 2000 legislative action was passed to increase the fee from $1.00 to $3.00. The horse owners of Idaho would be allowed to vote in continuing the increased program in December 2003. Prior to the $3.00 assessment the Idaho Horse board received far more grant requests than it had available funding. It seemed the industry’s need far outweighed the dollars that were available. The amount of money that was granted from 1989 through 2000 averaged $9,385 per year. After the Check Off increase was implemented the average program for horses in the state of Idaho was the first such program in the United States with several other states following our lead. The Idaho Horse Board has returned money in the form of rants back to the horse industry from 1989 – 2010 totaling over $359,290.

The referendum failed in December of 2003, leaving the Idaho Horse Board with a 2/3 cut in funding for grant requests. The failure of the referendum was a disappointment to the Idaho Horse Board, the Idaho Horse Council and many Idaho horsemen. Many of Idaho’s equine programs faced major cutbacks and the possibility was that they would cease to exist. Youth programs, trail interests, research programs and general horse industry promotions would be set aside hoping for future funding.

In December 2006 the referendum passed and the Check Off is now $3.00 The Idaho Horse Board grant applications submitted each year far exceed funds available. The funding process of collecting funds through the brand inspection was the first such program in the United States. Other states have installed simi liar programs by using Idaho as their model

TITLE 25

ANIMALS

CHAPTER 25

IDAHO HORSE BOARD

25-2501. Board created. (1) There is hereby created in the department of self-governing agencies the Idaho horse board. The board shall be composed of seven (7) members, each of whom shall be appointed by the governor from a list of nominees recommended by the Idaho horse council. The horse council shall recommend at least four (4) names for each appointment, and the governor shall appoint from the nominees recommended. The membership of the board shall consist at all times of members representing the following interests:

(a) Two (2) members shall at all times be representative of horse racing interests;

(b) One (1) member shall at all times be representative of trail pleasure riding interests and one (1) member shall at all times be representative of general horse interests;

(c) Two (2) members shall at all times be representative of show interests; and

(d) One (1) member shall at all times be representative of breeding interests.

(2) Each member of the board shall be a citizen of the United States and a bona fide resident of this state, and a member of the Idaho horse council. During a term of office, a member must continue to possess all of the qualifications necessary for appointment. Failure to maintain such qualifications shall be cause for removal from office. The governor may remove any board member at will.

(3) On July 1, 1987, the governor shall appoint three (3) members, each for a term of one (1) year; two (2) members, each for a term of two (2) years; and two (2) members each for a term of three (3) years. Thereafter, the term of office shall be three (3) years.

(4) Vacancies in any unexpired term shall be filled by appointment by the governor for the remainder of the unexpired term. The member appointed to fill a vacancy shall represent the same interest as the member whose office has become vacant from a list of four (4) nominees submitted by the Idaho horse council.