Notes from the January Horsemen’s Listening Sessions

Below are notes taken of suggestions and ideas during the three Horsemen’s Listening Sessions on Jan. 17 & 18, 2016. Approximately 177 people attended the three meetings.
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2:00PM — Leslie County Extension Office
Model heritage of Frontier Nursing Service (Tourism, Visitor Center)
Recommend equine therapy, volunteers
Wounded Warriors
Job Opportunities
Children with disabilities
Liked that Center will offer hands-on experiences
Need programs for kids, including riding lessons
Look at grants from UNITE
Establish a 4-H Club for horses
Classes/Programs: Learn a craft (farrier, trainer, etc)
Need gelding to control population
Need a place to surrender a horse
Need job opportunities here in mountains
Best way to contact: Social media ie Facebook
Offer trail rides
Interns from Leslie County
Local horse history: Mary Breckenridge, coal mines, etc.
Pine Mountain sawmill may donate lumber, materials
Other places in Leslie County who might donate
Monday, January 18 at 10:00AM – Hampton Hotel, Hazard
Interest in therapy for children and adults with autism
Develop trails for horses and maps of other trails similar to Harlan County
Best way to network: Word of mouth and Facebook
Consider Eco-tourism
Agri-tourism
Adventure tourism
Trail town efforts fall right in line with Center
For funding, have an Adopt-A-Horse program
Monday, January 18 at 5:00PM – Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg
To add to revenue, add riding facilities or rent out for horse shows.
Offer camping

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