Equine directory debuts for Douglas, Elbert

Posted 3/5/12

The Douglas-Elbert County Horse Council made good on its promise to deliver a resource guide to local horse lovers with its first publication of …

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Equine directory debuts for Douglas, Elbert

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The Douglas-Elbert County Horse Council made good on its promise to deliver a resource guide to local horse lovers with its first publication of HorsePower, a directory of equine businesses and services for the two-county area it serves.

The council on March 1 launched the introductory publication of HorsePower, featuring a comprehensive list of horse-related services from farriers and veterinarians to trainers and boarding facilities.

With a goal to make HorsePower the ultimate equine resource for Douglas and Elbert counties, council members spent more than two years reaching out to the equine community to help deliver the first issue of HorsePower, said Paula Koch, the council’s directory chairwoman.

The council printed 10,000 copies of the first publication and distributed more than 2,000 copies to several high-traffic locations such as feed and tack stores, chambers of commerce, libraries and horse event venues, Koch said. The publication is supported by advertising and is distributed free of charge.

The goal is to update the directory every five years in hopes it will become a resource for what is one of the area’s most prolific industries, Koch said.

“We believe this will be the most comprehensive directory that has been assembled for the local horse industry in over 25 years,” she said. “We opted for a print publication that horse-lovers can have in hand as opposed to an electronic version. Most of us in the horse industry are still catching up with the computer age.”

The Douglas-Elbert County Horse Council formed in 2002 in the aftermath of the Hayman fire, in response to the need for an organization to help with equine disaster rescue. The member-based organization also aims to provide a collective voice on equine issues before local government agencies.

For more information about the horse council visit the website at dechc.org.

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