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Worcester plans to include Bridle Trails in Ilia Fehrer Natural Preserve

The 437-acre Ilia Fehrer Nature Preserve, just outside of Berlin, was acquired by Worcester County in 2011 with the assistance of state and federal partners as well as from The Trust for Public Land. The property is located within the 4,000-acre Holly Grove Swamp area and contains the largest section of unprotected forestland in the county, and the county is in the process of creating a stewardship plan, a plan which is to include passive recreational use – such as trail riding. A draft of the plan will be presented to the Worcester County Commissioners in March. After the County adopts a final plan, funding for the establishment of passive recreation will need to be secured. Public comment will be accepted until February 27. To learn more or to comment, visit Worcester County Environmental Programs.   Who is Ilia Fehrer?...

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Brandon Cullins (Clements, MD- St. Mary's County) is kicking it on the NBHA circuit! Congratulations!
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Brandon Cullins (Clements, MD- St. Marys County) is kicking it on the NBHA circuit! Congratulations!

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Maryland will miss trainer and eventer, Javier Corradini, who lost his battle with cancer on February 16. He was 38.

Relatives and friends may visit on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Roy W. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Rd., Laytonsville, MD 20882. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11am at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, 114 St. Mary's Place, Laurel, MD 20707.

A native of Argentina and a lifelong horseman, Javier was the only civilian admitted to the Esquela Militar de Equitación for an 18 month course of equestrian studies where he rode six hours a day, six days a week, with an emphasis on three day eventing. After completing his education, he came to America, landing in Maryland, where he established a career as a trainer and a family. Former Equiery contributor, former manager of the Columbia Horse Center and now a best-selling children’s author, Nanci Steveson remembers Javier:

“Nothing prepares us for the loss of someone as young and vibrant as Javier Corradini — horse trainer, riding instructor, beloved friend, teacher of life, pusher of the hesitant, and most magnificently — dedicated family man. Javier spent 16 years as a highly respected trainer/coach at Columbia Horse Center. More importantly than what he did, was how he did it. He possessed a rare connection to horses; taught with clarity and passion; acted with deep compassion for the weary, and vision for those who needed his wisdom. He lived by his own rules, set highest standards for himself, and treated all people with dignity. Nothing mattered more to Javier than his beloved wife, Cate, and their daughter. After courageously battling cancer, Javier, 38, left his life the same way he lived it — full of grace, optimism, love and fireworks, with both his wife and mother at his side.”

A college fund has been set up for his daughters, Georgia Jean, age 2 1/2, and Charleigh Cristina, 8 1/2 months. www.gofundme.com/college-fund-for-Javier's-daughters
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Maryland will miss trainer and eventer, Javier Corradini, who lost his battle with cancer on February 16. He was 38. 

Relatives and friends may visit on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Roy W. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Rd., Laytonsville, MD 20882. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11am at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, 114 St. Marys Place, Laurel, MD 20707.

A native of Argentina and a lifelong horseman, Javier was the only civilian admitted to the Esquela Militar de Equitación for an 18 month course of equestrian studies where he rode six hours a day, six days a week, with an emphasis on three day eventing. After completing his education, he came to America, landing in Maryland, where he established a career as a trainer and a family.  Former Equiery contributor, former manager of the Columbia Horse Center and now a best-selling children’s author, Nanci Steveson remembers Javier:

“Nothing prepares us for the loss of someone as young and vibrant as Javier Corradini — horse trainer, riding instructor, beloved friend, teacher of life, pusher of the hesitant, and most magnificently — dedicated family man. Javier spent 16 years as a highly respected trainer/coach at Columbia Horse Center. More importantly than what he did, was how he did it. He possessed a rare connection to horses; taught with clarity and passion; acted with deep compassion for the weary, and vision for those who needed his wisdom. He lived by his own rules, set highest standards for himself, and treated all people with dignity. Nothing mattered more to Javier than his beloved wife, Cate, and their daughter. After courageously battling cancer, Javier, 38, left his life the same way he lived it — full of grace, optimism, love and fireworks, with both his wife and mother at his side.”

A college fund has been set up for his daughters, Georgia Jean, age 2 1/2, and Charleigh Cristina, 8 1/2 months.  https://www.gofundme.com/college-fund-for-Javiers-daughters

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Tiffany R. HarveyWe will never forget you Jav! We are all so blessed to have known and loved you, and we are all better people because of you.

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Terry Berman LewisI am so sorry to hear this. Cate, if you see this i am sending you a huge hug.

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Arlene AtkinsMy sincerest condolences to his family and close friends. So very sad, what a treasure he was

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Alison BrawdySuch a great loss. He was a very special man.

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Deidra DarsaSo young, so sad

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Aileen LeizearNo that was Me do.

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Sharon GossSo sad!! Prayers for his family!!

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Nanci Turner StevesonStill so surreal. Goodbye my friend, and thank you.

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Marne Martin-TuckerSad news.

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Eva TylerSo very, very sad, my condolences to his wife and kids!

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Racing’s Equine Medical Director: Victim of Legislative Chaos?

by Frank Vespe; originally appeared on theracingbiz.com; reprinted and reposted with permission of Frank Vespe Legislation that would have created an equine medical director position in Maryland has been withdrawn, victim to the fast-moving chaos of the legislative session. The bill, supporters decided, was “untimely,” as Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) president Sal Sinatra termed it. The MJC, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, and Maryland Horse Breeders Association, as well as the state’s Standardbred interests, all were on board. But the bill became untimely in the face of a proposal to take millions of dollars out of racing industry purses. With the state facing a budget shortfall, Senate president Thomas V. Mike Miller (D) has, at the request of the administration of Gov. Larry Hogan (R), introduced a so-called Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA), designed to close the budget gap. One of the proposals in BRFA is to shift the cost of the state Racing Commission out of the general fund and into the racing industry’s Purse Dedication Account. That would shift more than $2 million – in fiscal year 2015, the Commission’s budget was about $2.05 million – onto the racing industry’s back. “We thought [the equine medical director legislation] was complicated by BRFA, and we didn’t need that complication,” said Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) general counsel Alan Foreman. “We have to...

Racing’s Equine Medical Director: Victim of Legislative Chaos?

by Frank Vespe; originally appeared on theracingbiz.com; reprinted and reposted with permission of Frank Vespe Legislation that would have created an equine medical director position in Maryland has been withdrawn, victim to the fast-moving chaos of the legislative session. The bill, supporters decided, was “untimely,” as Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) president Sal Sinatra termed it. The MJC, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, and Maryland Horse Breeders Association, as well as the state’s Standardbred interests, all were on board. But the bill became untimely in the face of a proposal to take millions of dollars out of racing industry purses. With the state facing a budget shortfall, Senate president Thomas V. Mike Miller (D) has, at the request of the administration of Gov. Larry Hogan (R), introduced a so-called Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA), designed to close the budget gap. One of the proposals in BRFA is to shift the cost of the state Racing Commission out of the general fund and into the racing industry’s Purse Dedication Account. That would shift more than $2 million – in fiscal year 2015, the Commission’s budget was about $2.05 million – onto the racing industry’s back. “We thought [the equine medical director legislation] was complicated by BRFA, and we didn’t need that complication,” said Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA) general counsel Alan Foreman. “We have to...

$30,000 awarded to 23 Maryland horse groups

  $30,000 in grants is being distributed by the Maryland Horse Industry Board (an ag commodity board housed at the Maryland Department of Agriculture) for 23 projects ranging from training to help animal control workers in equine welfare cases, enhance facilities for inner city children to learn about horses and horsemanship, and restore historic Maryland horse racing films from the 1920s that have never been seen by the public.  Nearly half of this year’s grantees received funding for projects related to 4-H, Pony Club and therapeutic horsemanship programs. (Scroll down to see who is getting a grant.) Funding for these grants and the Maryland Horse Industry Board is provided by the Maryland Feed Fund, which collects $6 on every ton of horse feed sold in the state. The funding is collected through the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Weights & Measures Section (these are the folks that make sure that when you purchase a gallon of milk or gas is a true gallon, or that 50 lb bag of horse feed is 50 pounds). 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, and overall quality of the written presentation. Grants are capped at $3,000 in order to award funds to as many groups as possible. Grant recipients are...
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