.02 Purpose.

The purpose of the Maryland Horse Industry Grant Program is to provide funding for equine-related activities. This program will:

A. Help the Maryland horse industry support research related to equine health and related issues;

B. Promote the development and use of horses in the State;

C. Create public awareness of the value of equine activities as they relate to the preservation of green space and agricultural land; and

D. Develop and disseminate information concerning the equine industry, including the history and tradition of breeding, and the role of horses in recreational activities.