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Day Tripping through Southern Maryland

Just in time for last minute summer day trips! This month, the Maryland Horse Industry Board and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) debuted “Hoofbeats Through History: The Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail.” A new heritage “trail,” Hoofbeats through History is a self-guided equine tour, a network of destinations highlighting the important role horses have played in Southern Maryland – and you don’t need to be on horseback to do this trail! The self-guided tour includes sites where cavalry camped during the Civil War, early stage coach routes, a Pony Express path, plus plantations and manor houses dating back to Colonial days, when horses pulled carriages and plowed fields. Several sites exemplify Southern Maryland’s role in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and others showcase Maryland’s state sport (jousting) or foxchasing. At several destinations, visitors can examine centuries-old equine-related artifacts unearthed in the area. The website is worth checking out – even if you are not planning on doing the tour! It includes descriptions, stories, photos, hours and directions for the key sites, online galleries of documents and articles, and an interactive map. In addition to the history piece, the website lists Southern Maryland Horse Discovery Centers. Discovery Centers are licensed stables which have applied for and been accepted into this unique MHIB marketing program. To qualify as a Discovery Center, licensed stables must welcome people of all ages and experience levels into their...

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Congrats to Aidan Doud (Annapolis), Bella Pellet (Frederick) and Kimi Fleming (Frederick), who will be heading to Ireland this summer to compete in the 2016 Mounted Games World Team Championships Under 17 division. Bella and Kimi will then head to Wales to compete in the 2016 Mounted Games World Individual Under 17 Champs. Can't wait to see photos and hear about the trip! ... See MoreSee Less

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Congrats to Aidan Doud (Annapolis), Bella Pellet (Frederick) and Kimi Fleming (Frederick), who will be heading to Ireland this summer to compete in the 2016 Mounted Games World Team Championships Under 17 division. Bella and Kimi will then head to Wales to compete in the 2016 Mounted Games World Individual Under 17 Champs. Cant wait to see photos and hear about the trip!

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Equiery photographer Karen K. Wenzel (Woodbine) sent us one of her favorite photos for Throw Back Thursday! Pictured is a 5-year-old Katie Gilbert showing Tewkesbury Tractor at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show in 2001.
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Equiery photographer Karen K. Wenzel (Woodbine) sent us one of her favorite photos for Throw Back Thursday! Pictured is a 5-year-old Katie Gilbert showing Tewkesbury Tractor at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show in 2001.

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FHI to bid on 4-Star

The board of directors of Fair Hill International has accepted the invitation extended to them by the United States Equestrian Federation to submit a bid to become only the second 4-Star event in the United States (and the seventh in the world). This new Olympic-caliber event would be held in the autumn of 2018. FHI currently hosts a 3-Star event. The other U.S. 4-Star is The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event held each April. If Fair Hill were to become a 4-Star event, Maryland then would equal Kentucky in having a Triple Crown race (the Preakness) and a 4-Star event, Fair Hill International. Trish Gilbert (FHI chairman) and Garla Geiersbach (FHI executive director) are working closely with the Maryland Horse Industry Board in developing the bid. The following team has been assembled to assist: Facility Designer Todd Gralla from Populous (designer of the equestrian venue for the 2012 London Olympics) Course Designer Derek DeGrazia (Fair Hill course designer and course designer for 2020 Tokyo Olympics) Maryland Director of Sports Terry Hasseltine (also vice president of the MD Stadium...

Legislation & Regulation

Maryland Legislative March Madness!

Caroline County Sunday Hunting, Animal Crime Penalties, Arabian Racing, Open Space & Preservation, Compounding of Vet Drugs A key date in the ninety-day session of the Maryland General Assembly is “cross-over day;” this is the day that if a bill is not voted out of its original house, so that it can “cross-over” to the opposite chamber for debate, it is effectively dead for this year. 2016 cross-over day was March 21; the 2016 legislative session will officially adjourn on April 11 (also known as “sine die”), and so – as you read this, there is a rush of activity as committee chairs rush to wrap things up.  Hearings will be scheduled with much shorter notice, sometimes only a day in advance.  When there are hearings, many will allow only sponsors to orally testify (others may still make an appearance in the committee to support the sponsors and to be available for question, and may still file written testimony). So, what bills are left in play that may be of concern to our readers? Sunday Hunting: Caroline County The Maryland Horse Council is seeking to combat the flurry each year (for the last 12 years) of what are called “local courtesy bills” which expand hunting by a day or two in small, geographic regions by brokering a state-wide compromise that would ensure the...

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Day Tripping through Southern Maryland

Just in time for last minute summer day trips! This month, the Maryland Horse Industry Board and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) debuted “Hoofbeats Through History: The Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail.” A new heritage “trail,” Hoofbeats through History is a self-guided equine tour, a network of destinations highlighting the important role horses have played in Southern Maryland – and you don’t need to be on horseback to do this trail! The self-guided tour includes sites where cavalry camped during the Civil War, early stage coach routes, a Pony Express path, plus plantations and manor houses dating back to Colonial days, when horses pulled carriages and plowed fields. Several sites exemplify Southern Maryland’s role in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and others showcase Maryland’s state sport (jousting) or foxchasing. At several destinations, visitors can examine centuries-old equine-related artifacts unearthed in the area. The website is worth checking out – even if you are not planning on doing the tour! It includes descriptions, stories, photos, hours and directions for the key sites, online galleries of documents and articles, and an interactive map. In addition to the history piece, the website lists Southern Maryland Horse Discovery Centers. Discovery Centers are licensed stables which have applied for and been accepted into this unique MHIB marketing program. To qualify as a Discovery Center, licensed stables must welcome people of all ages and experience levels into their...
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