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Governor Paul Lepage, (right) was a guest at the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association banquet. He greeted, left to right, Tina Quiron, USTA Director Dr. Timothy Powers, the governor's aide, John Butera, the governor and Jackie King.
Major USTA activities over the past year were reviewed and rule change proposals were discussed and voted on by the 60 members in attendance. The USTA meeting was followed by the Maine Harness Horseman’s Association annual meeting.
The evening hours brought a visit from Maine’s Governor Paul LePage, who greeted horsemen and also spoke of Maine’s rich agricultural economy, citing the “fabric of our state,” which comprises, “farming, forestry and fishing.” LePage spoke of his efforts to more closely mesh governmental agencies dealing with agricultural issues to ensure closer cooperation toward mutual goals.
Dinner and awards for the best and brightest people and horses in the state followed, as well as presentation of scholarship awards to 15 students and a live auction to help support future scholarship winners.