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Horse Farm of Merit Winners

Published: 3/2/2010
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Six horse farms and stables were honored by Maine Farm Bureau for achievement in the organization’s “Horse Farm of Merit” program. 
A ceremony was held at the Northeast Horsemen’s Conference in Augusta on January 16, 2010 before a large gathering. 
These farms are geographically spread throughout Maine.

Honorees are as follows:

•    Ring Farm – Marian Rabe, Bridgton

•    North Star Standardbreds – Richard & Linda Hartley, Newburgh

•    Black Fox Farm – Lynn Hendrickson & Bob Martineau, Richmond

•    Wales Equestrian Center – Helmi Bishop & Amy Neal, Wales

•    Rest & Be Thankful Farm – George Cheney III, Lyman

•    Cherry Birch Farm – Katharine Braid, Edgecomb

Tom Clark, Principal of NEHC stated that “the award has been established to recognize Maine horse farms who meet high standards for overall horse health, farm management, and compliance with public safety.”  These farms present to the public a safe and professional image, showcasing the horse industry in Maine.

Judging for applicants was conducted at each farm by a team of horse industry professionals and representatives of Farm Bureau’s Horse Council/Equine Advisory Committee.

Scoring included horse health (appearance and evidence of a sound equine health program).  Farm management areas included neatness, ventilation, cleanliness, safety of buildings, grounds and pest control.  Farms were also judged on good farm/community relations, proper insurance coverage and compliance with state and local ordinances.

The farms being honored achieved a final score of at least 85% using the judging scorecard.

Applications for the Horse Farm of Merit program are now available through the Maine Farm Bureau office, 4 Gabriel Drive, Augusta, ME 04330, 207-622-4111 or go online at

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3/3/2010 Cheryl Mouyos
Congratulations go out to all of the winners of this award. Its great to see that the hard work, dedication and love of the horses by the owners of these farms is recognised.

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