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Maryland Horse Breeders Association Announces 2017 Champions

Earlier this month, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association announced its 2017 Maryland-bred champions during its inaugural Renaissance Awards. This new awards celebration was a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club. The event was held on February 12 at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Baltimore. Below are a list of the 2017 champions that were honored at the Renaissance Awards. Just Howard – Horse of the Year, Champion 3-Year-Old Male, Champion Turf Horse Just Howard, owned by Skeedattle Associates’ (based out of Clarksville), won the Commonwealth Derby (G3) at Laurel Park during his summer four-race win streak. A son of English Channel and out of the Alphabet Soup mare Aruban Sandwich, Just Howard is trained by Graham Motion and was bred by the late Howard Bender. He broke his maiden in his sixth career start, a maiden special weight on the turf at Pimlico in May of 2017. That July, he won the Caveat at Laurel Park and then a month later, won the Find Stakes. His final win of the season was the Commonwealth Derby where he set a course record by running the mile and eighth race on the turf in 1:45:81. Howard Bender – Breeder of the Year The late Howard Bender was named 2017 Maryland Breeder of the Year with...

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Kudos to Equiery advertiser Farm Credit on the grand opening of their remodeled and enlarged Maryland headquarters in Westminster. In attendance were Farm Credit member Elizabeth Winters of Paradise Stables (Mt. Airy) and Farm Credit Director of Loans John Strump, among others. Farm Credit is also an Equiery distributor and displays the Equiery in its main lobby. Thank you Farm Credit! ... See MoreSee Less

Kudos to Equiery advertiser Farm Credit on the grand opening of their remodeled and enlarged Maryland headquarters in Westminster. In attendance were Farm Credit member Elizabeth Winters of Paradise Stables (Mt. Airy) and Farm Credit Director of Loans John Strump, among others. Farm Credit is also an Equiery distributor and displays the Equiery in its main lobby. Thank you Farm Credit!Image attachment

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This just in from the Maryland Jockey Club:

MRMA Award Winners to be Recognized Saturday

The Maryland Racing Media Association’s 2017 award winners will be recognized during Saturday’s (February 17) stakes-filled Winter Carnival program.

Irish War Cry, from the Fair Hill barn of trainer Graham Motion, was named the Maryland-based Horse of the Year after winning the Holy Bull (G2) and Wood Memorial (G2) and running second in the Belmont Stakes (G1). He is expected to make his 4-year-old debut in the $100,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) Feb. 24 at Gulfstream Park.

Jim McCue, photographer at Maryland’s thoroughbred tracks for nearly 50 years, will receive the Humphrey S. Finney Award for lifetime achievement; Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra will receive the Dale Austin Newsmaker Award, which honors those who have made big news the past year; and the Nancy Alberts Breakthrough Award will be presented to trainer Lacey Gaudet.

Sinatra oversaw dramatic improvements in the MJC’s racing facilities and racing product as well as substantial growth in handle, which exceeded $600 million for the first time in nearly a decade. Gaudet won 53 races, numerous stakes and nearly $1.5 million in purse earnings in 2016-17 after never having won more than 10 races in a single season.

The MRMA is the nation’s oldest state-level racing media organization, established in 1937.
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Wow! Good for Lacey! I used to work for her parents, Eddie and Linda! Linda was pregnant at the time!

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Classifieds are still open for the March issue! Call or email today by 5 p.m.! 410-489-7826 or classifieds@equiery.com ... See MoreSee Less

Classifieds are still open for the March issue! Call or email today by 5 p.m.! 410-489-7826 or classifieds@equiery.com

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Just for fun! Since it is Valentine's Day... If you and your horse/pony exchanged candy hearts, what would they say? ... See MoreSee Less

Just for fun! Since it is Valentines Day... If you and your horse/pony exchanged candy hearts, what would they say?

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"I'll try to go on the bit for you today" "I'm a giraffe" "I'll colic, tomorrow" "Sorry I chase dogs"

My horses LOVE these. always fun to read them to them & then feed it as a treat!

“Here, I’ll be nice and only spook tomorrow.” -Pony “But...tomorrow is our dressage test.” -Human “.....” -Pony

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Congratulations to the Maryland Thoroughbred Renaissance Awards 2018 winners on February 12 at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore#ICYMI: Last night, we celebrated the best of the best at the inaugural Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance Awards! Thanks to the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Maryland Jockey Club for making this event possible. Proud to honor the success of the MD horse industry and congratulations to all! ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to the Maryland Thoroughbred Renaissance Awards 2018 winners on February 12 at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

 

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I'm happy to see the backstretch workers were recognized. I worked on the track for many years as a groom and exercise rider. The heartbeat of track is its workers!

Maryland Horse Breeders Association Announces 2017 Champions

Earlier this month, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association announced its 2017 Maryland-bred champions during its inaugural Renaissance Awards. This new awards celebration was a cooperative effort between the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club. The event was held on February 12 at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Baltimore. Below are a list of the 2017 champions that were honored at the Renaissance Awards. Just Howard – Horse of the Year, Champion 3-Year-Old Male, Champion Turf Horse Just Howard, owned by Skeedattle Associates’ (based out of Clarksville), won the Commonwealth Derby (G3) at Laurel Park during his summer four-race win streak. A son of English Channel and out of the Alphabet Soup mare Aruban Sandwich, Just Howard is trained by Graham Motion and was bred by the late Howard Bender. He broke his maiden in his sixth career start, a maiden special weight on the turf at Pimlico in May of 2017. That July, he won the Caveat at Laurel Park and then a month later, won the Find Stakes. His final win of the season was the Commonwealth Derby where he set a course record by running the mile and eighth race on the turf in 1:45:81. Howard Bender – Breeder of the Year The late Howard Bender was named 2017 Maryland Breeder of the Year with...

Holiday Gift: DOT Waives Mandate for Livestock Haulers for 90 Days

The livestock industry (including which includes us!) was relieved to learn that, on Nov. 27, the United States Department of Transportation granted a 90-day waiver from the requirement that to install electronic logging devices in vehicles. The waiver was a welcome holiday gift, as the mandate was supposed to begin on Dec. 18. Between now and March 18, DOT intends to look closely at agriculture’s request for an exemption while developing additional guidance for agricultural and livestock haulers. The waiver was granted in response to a petition last September from the American Farm Bureau, the American Horse Council and several other livestock organizations. In their request, the groups explained their two biggest concerns about the requirement: livestock haulers’ readiness to comply and the effect on the transported animals’ well-being. Drivers who have to use ELDs would be limited to current hours of service rules, which restrict a driver to only 14 “on duty” hours, with no more than 11 active driving hours. Once a driver hits those maximum hour allotments, he must stop and rest for 10 consecutive hours, which would be problematic when transporting livestock and other live animals. The petition referenced livestock haulers’ strong commitment to and track record of ensuring the safety of both the animals they’re transporting and the drivers they share the road with.  In addition, livestock haulers...

Nearly $30,000 in Grands Awarded by MHIB

On February 14, the Maryland Horse Industry Board announced the recipients of nearly $30,000 worth of grant funds. Funding for these grants is provided by the Maryland Feed Fund, which collects $6 on every ton of horse feed sold in Maryland. Since the fund was established in 2002, MHIB, which runs within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, has awarded over $400,000 in grants to over 300 projects. “Horses are a critical component of Maryland’s agricultural industry. The Maryland Horse Industry Board and the Feed Fund help stimulate growth and opportunity in Maryland’s equestrian community without using any government funding,” said Board Chairman Jim Steele. “This self-funded commodity marketing entity is a model of how industry groups can help themselves without relying on taxpayer dollars.” This year, 27 applications were submitted with $29,983.50 was awarded to 20 organizations and individual from around the state. Projects are evaluated based on their value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of activity, financial need, potential for matching funds, benefits and overall quality of the written presentation. Grants are capped at $3,000 in order to award funds to as many groups as possible. 2017 Maryland Horse Industry Board Grant Recipients are as follows: $3,000 – Day’s End Farm Horse Rescue (Howard County/Statewide) – Enhance and promote animal welfare officer training $3,000 – Mid Atlantic...
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