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One Horse Left at Hebron Farm

One month ago, the saga surrounding over two dozen horses being found dead on a 100-plus acre farm outside of Hebron began and as of April 11, all but one of the live horses has been removed from the property. Wicomico County Animal Control was at the property again on April 10 to round up the remaining 10 horses and was able to catch all but one of them. According to Days End Farm Horse Rescue CEO Erin Ochoa, no charges have been filed as of April 11, however, the Wicomico County States Attorney visited DEFHR to see some of the Hebron horses that are being fostered there. The States Attorney’s office is gathering veterinarian reports and other evidence from all foster locations, which are spread out in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. DEFHR took 12 of the worse cases with one horse having to be euthanized shortly after arriving and a second horse being euthanized this past week. The total number of horses related to this case is still unknown since several of the mares are currently in foal and have yet to deliver. To read previous Equiery reports on this story, click the links below: 25+ Horses Found Dead in Wicomico Co (March 17, 2018) Update on Hebron Horses (March 20,...
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Did you know there was a leadline race at the Fair Hill Point to Point last weekend? Kudos to all the kids and their ponies... and leaders/runners too 😁One of our adorable pint sized jockeys at the Fair Hill Point to Point yesterday. ... See MoreSee Less

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So cute! The little boots, goggles and ponies!

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Have you ever competed in a "Horseless Rally" or "Horseless Horse Show"? These members of the Burntwoods Pony Club participated in the Virginia Region's Horseless Rally earlier this month and had a blast! ... See MoreSee Less

Have you ever competed in a Horseless Rally or Horseless Horse Show? These members of the Burntwoods Pony Club participated in the Virginia Regions Horseless Rally earlier this month and had a blast!

 

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We used to have white shirt polo games in the ring right after it rained. No horses but sticks for mallets, and batting at a basketball size ball.

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Ebanour & Certain Swagger Lead MSA Open Timber Standings

With two races completed and horses set to run at The My Lady’s Manor and Fair Hill Point to Point this weekend, the Maryland Steeplechase Association Governor’s Cup Series standings are already shaping up in an exciting season. Irvin Naylor’s Ebanour (pictured above) and Jeremy Batoff’s Certain Swagger are currently leading the Open Timber standings with six points each. Ebanour won in the stretch of the Edward S. Voss Memorial Open Timber this past weekend at the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Point to Point while Certain Swagger dueled it out to win the Green Spring Valley Hunt Cup Frank A. Bonsal Memorial Open Timber at Green Spring Valley Point to Point Races on March 31. Western Exchange, owned by Caves Farm, and Stand Down, owned by Frank Bonsal, Jr. are tied in the Novice Timber standings. H. Bruce Fenwick’s Daddy in the Dark and Upland Partners’ Mystic Strike lead the Heavyweight Timber standings. Going For Broke and Eric Poretz currently lead the Amateur Apprentice Timber Horse and Rider standings. Poretz has been having a great season so far winning two at Green Spring and three at Elkridge-Harford to lead the Timber Rider, Amateur Rider and Overall Leading Rider standings. Suzanne Stettinius and McLane Hendriks each hold six points in the Voss Amateur Flat Race series while Stettinius leads the Leading Lady Rider standings. Todd Wyatt...

ELD Mandate Ag Exemption Extended

Breaking News! U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an additional 90-day extension of the agriculture exemption from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate that affects the transportation of livestock, including horses. To read more about the original mandate, click here for the January 2018 Equiery story: http://equiery.com/holiday-gift-dot-waives-mandate-livestock-haulers-90-days/ Below is the most recent statement from the USDA, posted on March 13, 2018. (USDA – Washington, D.C., March 13, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for her announcement of an additional 90-day extension of the agriculture exemption from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. Agricultural compliance with the mandate would have been problematic for the agriculture industry because the devices do not accurately account for the agricultural exemptions currently provided in the law. The ELD rule went into effect in December 2017, with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) granting the agriculture industry an initial exemption that was set to expire on March 18, 2018. With the granting of another extension, the agriculture industry will now have additional time to comply. Secretary Sonny Perdue issued the following statement: “The ELD mandate imposes restrictions upon the agriculture industry that lack flexibility necessary for the unique realities of hauling agriculture commodities. If the agriculture industry had been forced to comply by the March 18 deadline, live agricultural commodities, including plants...

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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