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COVID-19’s Effect on Maryland’s Horse Industry

First published in the June 2020 Equiery When Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a State of Emergency in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many equine businesses were forced to shut down. Although feeding and caring for horses and other livestock are considered “essential” under the Governor’s “Stay at Home” orders, many businesses reduced their staff or closed altogether. The Maryland Horse Council and Equiery staff have been following the pandemic on the local, national and global...
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Maryland 5 Star Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19

BREAKING NEWS! The inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill has officially been moved to October 2021 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Late on June 3, Jeff Newman, President of the Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), informed The Equiery that after much deliberation, FHOC has decided to postpone the inaugural Maryland 5 Star till October 2021. “Postponing the event is what is necessary to present the type of event that everyone is expecting,” Newman stated. “We must put health and safety...

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Congress Votes to Ease PPP Loan Rules

On June 4, the U.S. Congress passed a bill to ease some of the rules and regulations for the Paycheck Protection Program. The bill has been sent to President Donald Trump to be signed into law. In general, the bill will be giving farms and businesses more flexibility in how and when PPP loans can be spent while still getting these loans forgiven. More specifically, the bill increases the time that businesses have to spend loan funds from eight weeks to 24 weeks. These funds are for payroll and...
  • 2020 Legislative Report

    2020 Legislative Report

    2020: The Pandemic Sine Die By Crystal Brumme Pickett and Jane Seigler first published in the May...
  • COVID19 Impact Survey

    COVID19 Impact Survey

    Over the past two months, the Maryland Horse Council and The Equiery have been following the...

Maryland Horse Council

July Publisher’s Letter

by Neil Agate MHC President (first published in the July 2020 Equiery) Transitions I feel that saying we are living in extraordinary times is getting quite old, but the last month has proven that once again. When we went to press 30 days ago on the June edition of The Equiery we were starting to come out of the COVID-19 lockdown and there were glimpses of normalcy on the horizon for the Maryland horse community. Barns and trails started to open up and we were working with the horse show...
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