May 9, 2011 -- The Sibley Equine Conservancy has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Equine Land Conservation Resource and Breyer Animal Creations, of Pequannock, N.J. The award was presented during the 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. The grant is part of a 3-year program designed to identify and award grants to local equine organizations around the United States to help them preserve land for equestrian use. Sibley Equine Conservancy will use the grant as a deposit on a 220-acre tract of land in Pequot Lakes, Minn., to create the Minnesota Horse Park, a multi-use equestrian facility. The conservancy, based in Pequot Lakes, MN, was selected from 22 applicants from around the country by the ELCR/Breyer Grant Committee.
The land in question is located in Central Minnesota and was long used by equestrians thanks to a gentleman's agreement with its owner. When the land was put up for sale, the Sibley Equine Conservancy saw the need to preserve it and developed a plan, working with county, state and federal agencies to create the Minnesota Horse Park.
For the last three years, horse lovers across the United States have purchased specially made Breyer models, which have helped Breyer's grant program. $30,000 has been donated to preserve land for equestrian use.