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A Historical Look at Maryland’s State and County Fairs

By Sara Gordon Summer is officially upon us, and with summer comes fairs! Whether you enjoy them for the food, entertainment, agricultural displays or the rides, have you ever wondered how all of Maryland’s county fairs came to be? Read on for a brief history of the fairs and how they all got their start.  The Maryland State Fair The first successful State Fair in Maryland was held in 1878, run by a group of Maryland businessmen on a 4-acre lot in Lutherville. Later that year, the extension of the Northern Central Railway cut through the fairgrounds. What might have been an end to the State Fair actually fueled it, as the Northern Central Railway became the primary source of transportation to the fair’s new location–a leased 37-acre plot of land known as the Timonium Estate. In its early years, the fair had a rival in the Pimlico Fair, also in Baltimore and also referred to as the State Fair. In the end, the two groups held joint fairs in 1894 and 1897, and finally merged to form the Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society of Baltimore County in 1906. Popular attractions in the early years included plowing and working oxen, as well as horse racing. Final results of the races were forwarded to interested horsemen in the surrounding areas by carrier pigeons....

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Masters of Foxhounds Association of America
Skip Crawford, MFH Potomac Hunt - who with his wife and joint Master, Victoria, received the Julian M. Marshall Award at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show earlier this month - provided commentary on the breed ideal for American foxhounds. Orange County huntsman Reg Spreadborough presented two couples, including the multiple grand champion Kermit. Crawford noted that Kermit's sire, Potomac Kadillac, is still active in their pack.
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Sindi Chapman, look who it is!

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At the PVDA Ride For Life, Jennifer Martin from Annapolis and CMA Drama Queen performed a sidesaddle musical freestyle to Broadway show tunes ... See MoreSee Less

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Attention Maryland eventers: Due to heavy rains and flooding on the cross country course, Surefire Horse Trials in Virginia have been canceled for this weekend.

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Unfortunately, due to the continued rain today and rain forecast for overnight and tomorrow, the Surefire Horse Trials has been cancelled for the weekend. We will send out information to the competitors later tonight.
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It’s just making every fence into a water obstacle 😂

Beautiful country though.

My daughter is disappointed since she was coming down to compete.

Smart to protect life and limb and the course as well.

Thank you for doing so. Safety is paramount.

So sorry for Jan and everyone involved.

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Are you a professional in the equine industry looking to take on a new opportunity with the National Park Service? NPS is seeking business proposals to provide private horse boarding, therapeutic riding programs, instructional camps, guided trail rides and riding lessons at Rock Creek Park Horse Center. There will be a site visit to Rock Creek Park on June 27. The site visit will provide an overview of the concession operation, along with a tour of the facilities. Anyone interested must RSVP to June Devisfruto (june_devisfruto@nps.gov,) no later than June 25 at 4:00PM (ET). Proposals are due by 4pm (ET) on September 11. www.nps.gov/subjects/concessions/rocr001-19.htm ... See MoreSee Less

Are you a professional in the equine industry looking to take on a new opportunity with the National Park Service? NPS is seeking business proposals to provide private horse boarding, therapeutic riding programs, instructional camps, guided trail rides and riding lessons at Rock Creek Park Horse Center. There will be a site visit to Rock Creek Park on June 27. The site visit will provide an overview of the concession operation, along with a tour of the facilities. Anyone interested must RSVP to June Devisfruto (june_devisfruto@nps.gov,) no later than June 25 at 4:00PM (ET). Proposals are due by 4pm (ET) on September 11.  https://www.nps.gov/subjects/concessions/rocr001-19.htm

 

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WHOA. (Forget a JOB.) WHAT A CAREER! DANG. Other lifetimes. Sigh.😁🐴😁

Read da smol print. Ten year gig. Yes. Please. Take a decade of my life. Yes, please. I'll be happy to live in God's Country.💙🌲💙🌲💙🌲

This is a no joke job. I worked there training horses that first came in for the police officers. It’s a real job no calling out because you want to go to dinner with friends. They are very good horse people and won’t put up with much. Great opportunity though. The commute from eastern shore will suck

Wow. Cool job!!

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Cindy Halle Named US Polo Associations’ Woman of the Year

(First published in June 2018 issue of The Equiery) In Maryland, Cindy Halle may be best known as former coach of Garrison Forrest School’s polo teams, but her dedication to the sport of polo goes much further. She is a player, umpire, clinician and even a certified trainer to train other polo instructors. Since she first started playing nearly four decades ago, she has helped grow the sport in many ways. For her role within the US polo community, the US Polo Association recently named her their Woman of the Year. Halle said, “The award is not just for playing, it’s for contribution to the sport. I was very surprised and honored to receive it.” USPA describes the award as being for women who serve as role models; “women whose selflessness, passion and drive have contributed to the sport for the greater good of the polo community.” Halle was first introduced to the sport when she was a show rider and began exercising polo horses for extra saddle time. While attending the University of California Davis, she started playing right at the time when women were first allowed to participate in the sport. Returning to   Maryland, Halle was the coach at Garrison Forrest for 10 years before “retiring” to raise a family.  “One never really retires from this sport and after taking some...

2018 MHC Legislative Wrap-Up

(First appeared in the June 2018 issue of The Equiery) What do you get when you take 90 days + 47 Senators + 141 Delegates + 3,101 Bills?  You get the 2018 Maryland legislative session! The Maryland General Assembly convened on Wed. Jan. 10 and adjourned on Monday, April 9 – three months of nail biting high drama! It is not easy to pass legislation, and barely 28% of this year’s bills made it through the process; the system is intentionally deliberative – and that is a good thing, as it helps to avert capriciously enacted laws. To read more about the outcome of the session, click...

The Licensing Game: State and County Stable Licenses

first appeared in the May 2018 Equiery A common question among horse owners in Maryland is whether or not they must be licensed. Often this question is directed towards state stable licenses, which fall under the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Maryland has been licensing stables since 1968, and in 1998 the authority to license and inspect stables was given to the newly established Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB). However, in recent months, there have also been many questions surrounding county stable licenses. At this time, only Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Baltimore Counties require stable licenses, though the definition of a “stable” varies slightly from county to county. Although these definitions might vary, the one common theme among all three counties as well as the state is the welfare of the horses. It is to help ensure the safety and care of the horses that the state and these counties require licenses. The Purpose All 23 counties in Maryland offer some sort of animal control or humane society, however, not all these are equipped to deal specifically with equine welfare, which is where the Maryland Horse Industry Board steps in to fill the void. According to the Code of Maryland Regulations for the Department of Agriculture, Title 15, Subtitle 16, Chapter 01, (COMAR 15.16.01.01) the purpose of state stable licensing is to “insure the...
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