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Anne Arundel Equestrians: Underserved

By Janice Binkley (Edgewater, Maryland) The Problem Horse people in Anne Arundel County own over 10,200 acres. Despite the significance of the size of horse industry, Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks has only two dedicated equestrian facilities: Andover Equestrian Center near BWI and the Andy Smith Equestrian Facility in Broadneck. With limited amenities, these two facilities do not begin to address the need for equine-friendly open space in the county. There are six trail locations, but only thee have safe or accessible trailer parking, and two of these have locked gates (pass-codes are available via an online application process, but this is not very user friendly). Half of these locations provide only asphalt “trails.” The Potential Rockhold Creek Farm in the county’s rural south is a nearly 400 acre property acquired by the county in 2006 with a deed providing that the property should be utilized for agricultural purposes, open space, as a public park and/or for athletic, recreational or educational purposes. It is currently surrounded by farms. Currently, part of the property has been slated for use as a retaining pond for the sludge that is produced after local waterways are dredged. According to authorities, the sludge ponds will eventually be covered by dirt, but no buildings will ever be able to be erected on those sites. With a public-private partnership,...

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Happy Campers from last weeks summer pony camp at Only Farm!

At the PVDA Ride For Life show, Becky Langwost-Barlow and Libertina won Sunday's FEI Test of Choice class doing the Intermediate II test. ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking great Becky!

Go Becky!!

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Some cool facts about, and even cooler photos from, the MHBA Yearling Show, which happens at the Timonium Fairgrounds this Sunday, June 26!The MHBA Yearling show is this Sunday June 25th at the Timonium Fairgrounds 10am! Don't miss it

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Twenty-six Hall of Fame trainers are counted among our past judges, including Triple Crown-winning trainers Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, Max Hirsch, Lucien Laurin

Triple Crown-winning Billy Turner judged the show in 1977, the day after Seattle Slew won the Preakness.

A Racing Hall of Famer competed in the Yearling Show: Safely Kept was shown by her breeders, David and JoAnn Hayden, in 1987. The eventual Eclipse Award-winning champion sprinter, $2 million earner and Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga in 2011. Amazingly, Safely Kept did not earn a ribbon the year she was shown. . . but she was one of 60 in her class!

Alfred G. Vanderbilt remains the leading owner of yearling show champions, his Sagamore Farm winning seven shows—the first coming in 1934 and the last in 1967.

Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Farm is continuing the tradition, breeding and owning two champions in the past four years—a Macho Uno filly in 2013 and Into Mischief filly in 2016

The most successful sire of champions in the yearling show’s history is Alfred G. Vanderbilt’s Discovery, the sire of five champions over seven years

The Northview Stallion Station Challenge Trophy is handed out each year to the leading Maryland sire of the show. The trophy is offered in the name of Not For Love, who retired the Worthington Farm’s Challenge Trophy in 2006 by winning it three times. Not For Love’s last crop of yearlings were shown in 2016

The most money ever earned by yearling show participant in a single season was the $1,139,720 earned by the Robert Manfuso bred and shown Cathryn Sophia in 2016, the year she won the Kentucky Oaks-G1.

First-year stallions with yearlings in this year’s show include Maryland sires Bandbox, Seville (GER), Super Ninety Nine and Tritap.
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Some cool facts about, and even cooler photos from, the MHBA Yearling Show, which happens at the Timonium Fairgrounds this Sunday, June 26!

Congrats to Hayley Antonelli (Bethesda)!!Congratulations to MHSA Junior Member Hayley Antonelli, who was selected to participate in early summer USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions! We are very proud of you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Congrats to Hayley Antonelli (Bethesda)!!

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Our Photo of the Week was taken by Associate Editor, Katherine Rizzo, at the Maryland Region Show Jump Rally, held over the weekend at Tranquillity Manor Farm in Monkton, of Merysa Kirk on Sunny. The duo comes from the Delmarva Region, and were competing on De La Brooke Blue team, who placed 2nd overall. Merysa placed 2nd individually in the Developing Rider division. Congratulations! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Photo of the Week was taken by Associate Editor, Katherine Rizzo, at the Maryland Region Show Jump Rally, held over the weekend at Tranquillity Manor Farm in Monkton, of Merysa Kirk on Sunny. The duo comes from the Delmarva Region, and were competing on De La Brooke Blue team, who placed 2nd overall. Merysa placed 2nd individually in the Developing Rider division. Congratulations!

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That is a wonderful picture! Thank you for posting it!! We had an amazing day at the rally with such a great team, coach and parents - thank you to the De La Brook team!

Jules Ennis, I saw this on my feed and thought, Wow, that looks just like Merysa and Sunny...and of course it is. They look great!

Great picture of you and Sunny. Very proud of you. Love you

So proud !

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Go merysa go !!!!

Sooo excited for Merysa!😘

Good Job Merysa Kirk!

Julie Mayers-Phillips Kirk

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Beyond the Wire: retiring the Thoroughbred racehorse before its too late

After the blanket of “Black-eyed Susies,” after the weathervane is painted, after the Woodlawn Vase is returned to the museum, and Pimlico is swept clean of the Preakness pomp, what then? What then of the horses? A flickering two minutes on the first Saturday of May in Kentucky. A heart-pounding two minutes in Maryland. An seemingly interminable two and a half minutes in New York. For fewer than seven minutes each year, Thoroughbreds capture the world’s rapt attention in the Triple Crown Races. And then what?  Of course, we horse people know the answer to this question. The horses continue to run. A portion of them will have workmanlike careers, earning reasonable returns and keeping the dream alive for thousands of owners and trainers. Another portion won’t make it, and will go on to new careers, or will be retired, maybe to slide into oblivion. And yet another portion will be run and run and run until they are broken down, often beyond repair, as the last possible dollar that can be squeezed out of their racing career is squeezed, sinking ever lower in races, to tracks more obscure than that last. That wasn’t always the case. Once upon a time, in Thoroughbred states such as Maryland, the former track horse was the go-to horse for lesson stable mounts, foxchasers and show hunters....

2017 Legislative Wrap Up: What Maryland horsepeople need to know

by Jane Seigler, president of the Maryland Horse Council The 2017 Maryland Legislative session has ended. During the 3 month session, 1,200 bills were introduced in the Senate, and 1,661 in the House, for a total of almost 3,000 bills. Each week during session, MHC legislative committee member Kim Egan Rutter scanned all bills introduced that week, flagging those of interest to the horse industry and the broader equestrian community. During our weekly conference call, we evaluated these new bills, discussed and arrived at our position, and determined our lobbying strategy. During the course of the session, the MHC Legislative Committee closely monitored about 30 bills (plus their cross-filed counterparts) that could have an effect on horse people, their farms, businesses and even their pets. We testified at a number of hearings, wrote and submitted written testimony on a number of other bills, and took formal positions without extensive testimony on others. Although budget constraints caused us to cut back on the use of our professional lobbyist, Frank Boston, nevertheless, our all-volunteer army was a force to be reckoned with, and legislators and other interest groups gave us repeated recognition as a significant and respected group. As has been the case in recent years, we worked on a number of bills related to deer hunting on Sundays. This issue has consumed the resources...

Western Maryland: What do you need?

The University of Maryland Extension (UME) is committed to providing quality services for members of our agricultural community. In order to help UME, an Agriculture Needs Assessment has been created to understand issues concerning Western and Northern Maryland agriculture, identify agricultural and educational needs, and to focus UME training and resources. The survey has four main sections: 1) industry  priorities, concerns and viability 2) research and education needs 3) education and training preferences and 4) demographic and farm information. T There is no personally-identifying information collected from the survey. Click here to access the survey, which will be open until May 31, 2017....
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