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Riders asked to help fight for equine land conservation

Tax incentives to encourage land owners to preserve open space could expire at the end of 2013.

December 10, 2013

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Edited Press Release

There is a general consensus in the equine community that saving land for horses and horse-related activities is a top priority. Open space is at a premium these days and conservation has become an increasingly important issue in the equine world. For this reason, Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) supports federal legislation that prevents the loss of open space. One of the strongest and most cost effective tools to accomplish this is the enhanced tax incentive for landowners who permanently retire development rights on their land.

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This incentive allows farmers and ranchers, horse people, and family land businesses to remain prosperous and viable, when they might otherwise not be able to continue to keep their land open for farming, pastureland, breeding, trails, horse shows, competition venues, hay and grain production or any of the other uses of open space which impact the horse community.

For example, Fauquier County, Virginia landowner Marion Poynter recognizing the importance of conserving horse lands permanently protected her historic 47-acre farm this year by donating a conservation easement to the Piedmont Environmental Council. Mrs. Poynter and her farm, known as "The Meadows,” are known in equine circles for their warmblood sport horse breeding program, which is largely based on the now protected property. However, the equestrian community is in danger of losing this enhanced incentive which is set to expire at the end of the month.

Unless Congress acts, some of the farms and open fields, essential to our industry and sport, will be lost forever. H.R. 2807 and S. 526 would make the enhanced incentive permanent, and both bills have strong bi-partisan support.

The ELCR encourages horse owners and riders to take immediate action by contacting their senators and representative (202-224-3121) and asking them to co-sponsor S. 526 or H.R. 2807. If your representative is already a co-sponsor, you can still call and let them know how important it is to move this legislation forward before the end of the year.

To learn more about the enhanced tax incentive program please visit www.lta.org/easementincentive.

Further Reading
What is an Easement?
7 Tips to Help Save Equestrian Land

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Gee and Haw    Northern Part, CA

12/13/2013 5:45:54 AM

Tis is something worth fighting for.

l    l, MA

12/11/2013 4:42:10 PM

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

12/10/2013 11:37:14 PM

That would be sad.

l    l, AS

12/10/2013 11:24:32 AM

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