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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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Watch this horse, adopted through Days End Farm Horse Rescue, do a little shopping at PetSmart!

Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Looking for ideas on, 'what you can do with your rescue horse?' Texas Twostep or Tuey, can help! She goes everywhere with her family, there are no limits for this amazing mare.

We hope you enjoy this clip from 'The Adventures of Tuey' as much as we did!

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Head over to Bowman's and check out the specials, and pick up lunch while you're there!

Bowman's Feed & Pet
Come out to the SUMMER WEEKEND SALE at Bowman’s Feed and Pet this weekend June 23rd and 24th! Our employees are jumping at the chance to help you with all your summer purchases. Specials include Purina Layena Grain and Scratch Grains, Strategy Horse Feed, Equine Fly Masks and Fly Spray, Wild Bird Feeders, and 50lb Black Oil Sunflower. The Boy Scouts will be here from 11AM until 2PM to provide hamburger and hot dog lunches. All proceeds go back to the troop. Come join the excitement with us this weekend!
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Congratulations to Lucille Harrigan and her horse Emma on completing their Century Ride.Congratulations to our friend and boarder, Lucille Harrigan, and her pony Emma for completing their Century Ride at the Good News Stable Dressage Show!
Lucille and Emma, with a combined age of 117, rode a beautiful test (Intro A) for a score of 65.24%.
Lucille serves as an inspiration for us all and her devotion and care for Emma is reflected in a very happy and healthy 30+ pony.
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Had a riding dressage teacher who rode till 97 years old.!!!!!! Miss Her!!!!!🇺🇸👧🐎♥️🌹

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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 the purpose of state stable licensing is to “insure the...
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