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Expo’s Blizzard Gift: 2016 vendors to receive 85% booth credit for 2017

The owners of Horse World Expo, Denise Parsons and Bob Dobart, are offering a “good will” discount to 2016 Horse World Expo vendors who were shut down because of the blizzard that hit Maryland just as the show opened, forcing a state of emergency in central Maryland and cancelation of Expo weekend. As most vendors are aware, event organizes are not generally legally responsible for refunding vendors fees when events are canceled due to extreme weather events. However, show owners are trying to do right by their loyal vendors by offering all 2016 a partial booth credit if they reserve their 2017 space by September 30. A credit 85% will be available for all vendors who paid in full for the Maryland event. This credit will be applied when returning vendors contract in 2017 for a minimum of the same size booth as rented in 2016. If a vendor chooses to contract for less space than they rented in 2016, the 85% credit will be applied to the smaller booth. If additional space is needed in 2017, please make the request on your Application for Booth Space and we will do our best to accommodate your needs; additional space will be charged at the advertised rates and subject to the advertised deposit and payment...

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We love this shot of Michael Wharton and his horse of a lifetime, multiple International Gold Cup winner and Virginia Gold Cup winner, Grinding Speed, taken in the paddock at Shawan Downs on Saturday. Tammie Monaco photo. <3 ... See MoreSee Less

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We love this shot of Michael Wharton and his horse of a lifetime, multiple International Gold Cup winner and Virginia Gold Cup winner, Grinding Speed, taken in the paddock at Shawan Downs on Saturday. Tammie Monaco photo.

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Sundance Film Festival Award winning movie Dark Horse, to be featured Thursday, October 13th at the 8th Annual Town of Bel Air Film Festival!
Set in a former mining village in Wales, this charming film is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed a racehorse. Raised on a slag heap, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners - for whom he's become a source of inspiration and hope - he makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the track for a heart-stopping comeback. Doors Open at 7:00 pm.
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A New Era of Harness Racing at Rosecroft

Tonight begins a new chapter of the Rosecroft history as the harness track in Fort Washington opens its fall meet under the new ownership of The Stronach Group. The Stronach Group is the parent company of the Maryland Jockey Club, thus owning Pimlico and Laurel Park as well. Opening night begins at 6:40 p.m. with a 12-race program. The 6th race of the night features millionaires Feel Like A Fool, Diamondkeeper, Rock On Precious and Rock N’ Roll Jet. The Maryland Jockey Club has already begun investing funds in the facility and moving ahead with some changes. Improvements include a high-definition, 21-by-30 television to replace the old tote board on the infield, a new starting gate being unveiled opening night, and a new Pick 5 wager with a low 12-percent takeout. Superfectas, trifectas and exactas will be offered on every race with two daily doubles also being offered. “We’re going to observe and learn this fall at Rosecroft, much like we did when we first arrived at Laurel,” said MJC president and general manager Sal Sinatra. “We want to learn the habits of our customers, what they like and don’t like, and what needs to be improved.” The Maryland Jockey Club will also try to grow Rosecroft’s presence by featuring simulcasts of Thoroughbred and off-track facilities in-state, as well as outside the...

Attn Horse Biz Owners: What you need to know about your cash bank deposits.

  The article below is about what happened to a Maryland dairy farmer after the I.R.S. seized their operating capital, legally earned money, under a ostensible crime called “structuring” – but it could happen to you. If you buy or sell horses for cash, or regularly make bank deposits just under $10,000 each, read on to find out how the Maryland Farm Bureau is working hard to keep the IRS from seizing your lawfully earned income. Funds Returned to Local Farmers By Valerie Connelly, executive director of the Maryland Farm Bureau Another Maryland Farm Bureau policy was achieved this summer with the announcement that the IRS will finally return money seized from local farmers in a “structuring” nightmare that began in 2012. The seizure of bank accounts that year was so offensive to Maryland Farm Bureau members that our voting delegates wrote policy calling on the federal government to stop using its structuring law – that was intended to stop terrorists – as a means of stealing thousands of dollars from hard working farmers. MFB delegates successfully passed our policy at the AFBF national convention. Then we worked with Rep. Andy Harris of the 1st Congressional District to introduce legislation. Four years later, following numerous hearings by the House Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee and work by groups inside and outside of Farm...

5 Confirmed Cases of Potomac Horse Fever

According to  Dr. Michael Radebaugh, the Maryland State Veterinarian & Chief of Animal Health, Potomac Horse Fever has been confirmed in five Maryland horses this summer, as of press time. The first two horses were confirmed in Frederick County in late July; one of them died. Since then and as of press, there have been three more confirmed cases, one each in Frederick, Montgomery and Washington Counties. All responded well to treatment. According to Dr. Radebaugh all five horses had been vaccinated for Potomac Horse Fever. Samples have been sent to University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine to determine which of the 11 strands of PHF these might be, with the hope that useful data will be yielded for the vaccine manufacturers. In the meantime, until the first frost, all Maryland horse owners (but particularly those whose horses graze near rivers, creeks and streams) should be extra vigilant for early signs of the disease. Clinical signs include mild to severe fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, laminitis, and mild colic. Potomac Horse Fever is most commonly contracted by horses that ingest infected aquatic insects such as caddisflies and mayflies. “Potomac Horse Fever surfaces here every few years,” said State Veterinarian Michael Radebaugh. “Because it can be fatal, we urge horse owners to pay special attention to how their horses feel. The vaccine for Potomac Horse Fever...
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