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Catching Up with the Campus Farm

It's another successful year in the books for University of Maryland’s Equine Breeding Program! Our year started strong with the sale of our two 2015 Thoroughbred foals for a combined $11,500 in January, along with the acquisition of two new broodmares, and then continued like clockwork with the births of two new healthy colts in April. This year came with a twist, however; our first ever Warmblood/Thoroughbred cross was born! We are excited to be able to continue to expand our program and we anticipate future success.

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Ride For Life Raises Record Funds

To read the full article on this year’s Ride For Life and see more photos, please click on the August issue or pick up a copy at one of these distributors. by Marcia Mia, PVDA Ride for Life Chair It’s a wrap.  After months of planning, meeting, reaching out to sponsors, vendors, riders and donors, the 2016 Potomac Valley Dressage Association Ride for Life is one for the record books!  A record number of donors, rider pledges and totals! This year marks the 13th anniversary of PVDA Ride for Life and the theme was CELEBRATE. We decided early in the planning process, in concert with Johns Hopkins Breast Center, that we would hold the show in Betty Thorpe’s memory, to honor Betty, her courageous battle with breast cancer, her contributions to PVDA, and most of all to celebrate her life. Well, Ride for Life is a fundraiser, after all.  I cannot tell you how thrilled (and relieved since it is my first year) that we exceeded many past years’ fundraising efforts despite the change in format from the previous Dancing Horse Challenge, now the new “Freestyle Fundraiser.”  Marilyn Jackson deserves credit for tallying donations via a multitude of sources. While we fell well short of our 100% rider participation donation goal, many of you heeded the call, some of you surprising yourselves with...

Attn Horse Biz Owners: What you need to know about your cash bank deposits.

  The article below is about what happened to a Maryland dairy farmer after the I.R.S. seized their operating capital, legally earned money, under a ostensible crime called “structuring” – but it could happen to you. If you buy or sell horses for cash, or regularly make bank deposits just under $10,000 each, read on to find out how the Maryland Farm Bureau is working hard to keep the IRS from seizing your lawfully earned income. Funds Returned to Local Farmers By Valerie Connelly, executive director of the Maryland Farm Bureau Another Maryland Farm Bureau policy was achieved this summer with the announcement that the IRS will finally return money seized from local farmers in a “structuring” nightmare that began in 2012. The seizure of bank accounts that year was so offensive to Maryland Farm Bureau members that our voting delegates wrote policy calling on the federal government to stop using its structuring law – that was intended to stop terrorists – as a means of stealing thousands of dollars from hard working farmers. MFB delegates successfully passed our policy at the AFBF national convention. Then we worked with Rep. Andy Harris of the 1st Congressional District to introduce legislation. Four years later, following numerous hearings by the House Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee and work by groups inside and outside of Farm...

5 Confirmed Cases of Potomac Horse Fever

According to  Dr. Michael Radebaugh, the Maryland State Veterinarian & Chief of Animal Health, Potomac Horse Fever has been confirmed in five Maryland horses this summer, as of press time. The first two horses were confirmed in Frederick County in late July; one of them died. Since then and as of press, there have been three more confirmed cases, one each in Frederick, Montgomery and Washington Counties. All responded well to treatment. According to Dr. Radebaugh all five horses had been vaccinated for Potomac Horse Fever. Samples have been sent to University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine to determine which of the 11 strands of PHF these might be, with the hope that useful data will be yielded for the vaccine manufacturers. In the meantime, until the first frost, all Maryland horse owners (but particularly those whose horses graze near rivers, creeks and streams) should be extra vigilant for early signs of the disease. Clinical signs include mild to severe fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, laminitis, and mild colic. Potomac Horse Fever is most commonly contracted by horses that ingest infected aquatic insects such as caddisflies and mayflies. “Potomac Horse Fever surfaces here every few years,” said State Veterinarian Michael Radebaugh. “Because it can be fatal, we urge horse owners to pay special attention to how their horses feel. The vaccine for Potomac Horse Fever...
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