Monday, March 26, 2012

Made in Montana

Since February, Montana Horse Sanctuary has been preparing for the annual “Made in Montana” trade show. 

“The Made in Montana Program is part of the International Trade & Relations Bureau in the Business Resources Division of the Montana Department of Commerce. The program, which also includes Grown in Montana and Native American Made in Montana components, helps build recognition for products that are "authentically" Montana. That means they are grown, created, made, and/or enhanced in the state resulting in 50% or more added-value. The program requires that individuals and businesses meet the program's value-added definition to utilize the trademarked image on their qualifying products.”

The sanctuary’s booth was primarily there to get the word out to the public about the turmoil many horses face through out the state. In addition to the message of horses in need, we had a few items to sell too. 

We have beautiful notecards of the sanctuary horses thanks to three artists, John Ashley, Diane Hausmann, and myself, who donated their photography and artwork to the sanctuary to have beautiful notecards made up. 

I introduced another artist, Deb Little, to the sanctuary. Deb is a professional photographer and makes tile pendants with photos into jewelry. Her work is incredible. The pendants were a big hit at the show.

The sanctuary also sells caps, t-shirts, and pins with their stunning logo “Chasing the Sun” by Idaho artist Janene Grende. 

There’s also a license plate dedicated to the sanctuary using Grende’s artwork. In April I will become a Montana resident. I can't wait to get this license plate on my truck!

“Each time a Montana resident purchases or renews a Sanctuary plate for their vehicle, $20 goes directly to the Sanctuary's horse care and expansion fund. This allows us to provide shelter and rehabilitation for more horses.” 

It was so rewarding to be at the show. Many people approached us in our booth asking how they could help and three people let us know that they are leaving the estate to Montana Horse Sanctuary. We also received endless thanks for the work Montana Horse Sanctuary does for horses.


In this picture, Jane Heath (Executive Director of the sanctuary) and Montana artist Diane Hausmann. 

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