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Mary Shunk Wins Joe Kelly Award + Bonus Points Wins Maryland Million Classic

Mary Shunk Named Joe Kelly Award Winner Yesterday, during Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park, Mary Shunk, director of The Retreat at Beckleysville, received the 2017 Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award. The award is presented annually by the Board of Directors of the Maryland Million Ltd. in honor of the memory of Joe Kelly. It recognizes honesty, hard work and humility – qualities that serve as inspiration to others. Shunk is also the founder of The Retreat at Beckleysville, located in Hampstead. She is a Certified Advanced Instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. She is also the co-director of Equestrian Sports for Maryland Special Olympics and a head instructor with the 4-H Therapeutic Riding of Carroll County. “It is truly a well-deserved honor for Mary to be awarded the Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award,” said Kitsi Christmas, president of Maryland Council of Equestrian Therapies (MCET). “She was one of the founding members of MCET, and was president for many years and, along with Rene Dixon, founded the Maryland Challenge Equestrian Trials. Mary always has a smile on her face and is there to help everybody.” Bonus Points Wins Maryland Million Classic It was Bonus Points, bred by Country Life Farm, that won the 32nd running of the Maryland Million Classic, brought to you by Capital...

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Mary Shunk Wins Joe Kelly Award + Bonus Points Wins Maryland Million Classic

Mary Shunk Named Joe Kelly Award Winner Yesterday, during Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park, Mary Shunk, director of The Retreat at Beckleysville, received the 2017 Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award. The award is presented annually by the Board of Directors of the Maryland Million Ltd. in honor of the memory of Joe Kelly. It recognizes honesty, hard work and humility – qualities that serve as inspiration to others. Shunk is also the founder of The Retreat at Beckleysville, located in Hampstead. She is a Certified Advanced Instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. She is also the co-director of Equestrian Sports for Maryland Special Olympics and a head instructor with the 4-H Therapeutic Riding of Carroll County. “It is truly a well-deserved honor for Mary to be awarded the Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award,” said Kitsi Christmas, president of Maryland Council of Equestrian Therapies (MCET). “She was one of the founding members of MCET, and was president for many years and, along with Rene Dixon, founded the Maryland Challenge Equestrian Trials. Mary always has a smile on her face and is there to help everybody.” Bonus Points Wins Maryland Million Classic It was Bonus Points, bred by Country Life Farm, that won the 32nd running of the Maryland Million Classic, brought to you by Capital...

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Federal Funding for Equine Therapy? This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the “Make America Secure Appropriations Act” (H.R. 3219) offered by Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), a bill that will increase equine therapy funding for veterans by $5 million during FY2018. However, before the equine therapy provision becomes law, House and Senate lawmakers must convene a “conference” to negotiate final legislation for a vote in both chambers, and present the bill to the President for his signature. Your Help Needed To Keep Guest Worker Program The American Horse Council is urging horse people to advocate for legislative solutions to the federal government’s beleaguered temporary worker visa program.  In mid-January, the government hit the 33,000 visa cap for the first half of the year.  In March, the agency met its 33,000 visa allocation for the second half of 2017, leaving many small businesses who rely on seasonal labor without workers for the summer months.  Although DHS issued an additional 15,000 visas on July 17, the agency issued those visas on an ad hoc, discretionary basis, undermining common sense business planning.  The July decision will also create limited benefits for small businesses relying on summertime help. AHC requests that you tell lawmakers to support the Senate Bill 792 Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2017 (S. 792), a bipartisan bill which would establish...

Grant $$ available from MD Horse Industry Board

The Maryland Horse Industry Board is now accepting grant applications for research, educational and promotional projects that support horses or the equestrian community, or develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry. Application deadline is October 2. Among the organizations eligible for grants are non-profit organizations, clubs and associations, businesses, licensed farms and stables, government entities, schools and educational institutions. Projects of interest to the Board include (but are not limited to) those that develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry. Projects will be evaluated for their value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of activity, financial need, potential for matching funds, benefits and quality of the written presentation. Grant requests should not exceed $3,000. The average grant amount is approximately $1,000. In 2017, 28 projects received $30,000 in grant allocations. Funding for these grants and for the Maryland Horse Industry Board 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 has awarded over $400,000 in grant monies to over 300 projects throughout Maryland. “Horses are a critical component to Maryland’s agricultural industry. The Maryland Horse Industry Board and The Feed Fund do a terrific job in helping to stimulate growth and opportunity in Maryland’s equestrian community—without using any government funding,”...
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