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MHBA Elects New Board Officers

On July 9, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association announced the election of three new members of the board of directors. Michael J. Harrison, DVM, was elected president; David H. Wade was elected vice president; and Kent Allen Murray was elected secretary and treasurer. Dr. Harrison owns Willowdale Farm in Butler and has been a practicing veterinarian for more than 35 years. Harrison earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from Washington College. He breeds, races and owns Thoroughbreds and served on the MHBA board from 2009-2016. He has also served as chairman of MHBA’s Legislative Committee. Harrison is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society for Theriogenology, Maryland Agricultural Resource Council and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. He is also a supporter of the Water Hay Oats Alliance. Wade is the general manager of Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, as well as Northview PA in Peach Bottom, PA. In addition, he is the manager of Sycamore Hall Farm and is a Thoroughbred sales agent. Wade was the former yearling manager at Ryehill Farm and was an adjunct faculty member at Cecil College. He has served on the MHBA board since 2016 and is a member of the association’s Sales Committee, Stallion Committee, Events Committee and Yearling Show...

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And there you have it! Area II wins the North American Youth Championships Eventing CIC2*! Kudos to Marylanders Tayler Stewart and Ryan Keefe and the rest of the team!As announcer John Kyle said they won from "pillar to post!" Area II is your Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships gold medal winning team! #FEINAYC Stay tuned for more! ... See MoreSee Less

And there you have it! Area II wins the North American Youth Championships Eventing CIC2*! Kudos to Marylanders Tayler Stewart and Ryan Keefe and the rest of the team!

5 hours ago

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The Equiery was saddened to hear about the death of Solo Lord, the 2001 Maryland Hunt Cup winning horse. Solo Lord had deep Maryland roots. He had been purchased by Gordie Keyes as a two year old, and was trained by the late Bay Cockburn.The 2001 Maryland Hunt Cup winner Solo Lord died Friday, July 19th on owners Michael and Janelle Hoffman's farm in Leesburg, Virigina of natural causes. "Solo" was also one of the few American horses who have competed at the Cheltenham Festival in England. He was 26.

His owner (and rider), Michael, remembers him below:

Once in a life time

We lost a dear friend today. We have known each other since he was two. There was an immediate friendship and connection. We did a lot of first together and when we were both home you knew the other was there. He was an international traveler visiting the Cheltenham Festival in the spring of 2002. He loved to fox hunt but was just as happy doing grid work and flat work too.

The late Bay Cockburn and Gordie Keyes introduced us in Olney, Maryland. He was tall and skinny with a devilish glean in his eye and a scar around his right ankle. And you knew right off there was something special about him. He was tough but a quick learner and a graceful athlete. He took to field sports immediately and nothing was beyond his reach.

Solo Lord passed today out in his retirement field in Leesburg, Virginia. He was 26, born April 22, 1992 to Lady Demon (Solo Performance) by Assault Landing in Maryland. Gordie Keyes bought him at the Fasig Tipton Sales as a two-year old for $1,200. Bay Cockburn broke him with Solo dumping him five times before he agreed to go under-saddle.

I fox hunted him for the first time at three with Loudoun Hunt. He loved the hunt field and it did not matter where he was in the field. Solo could be up front, in the middle or in the back. Joe Cassidy (former huntsman of Mr Stewarts Cheshire Hunt, Loudoun Hunt and Radnor Hunt) and I hunted hounds off him at Loudoun Hunt when I was MFH and Joe came down to teach me how to hunt hounds. Solo knew where hounds were drawing, even if I did not. He would turn and face them only for me to hear them later.

He came into our barn in 1995 and in the summer of 1996 Mary Hazzard put us in touch with F. Bruce Miller when I had a dream to ride in the Maryland Hunt Cup. Bruce asked if we had a horse and my wife Janell piped up oh yes. We had raced him that spring and he would bascule three feet over the hurdles. Solo could jump.

Bruce asked for five years to get us to the Maryland Hunt Cup. The next few years were full of lots of firsts. Solo would hunt in Virginia in the autumn, get a break in December and then go to Bruce in January. We would drive up to Unionville, PA every weekend, ride sets and then fox hunt with Cheshire. Solo loved the three-railers around the Cheshire hunt country with a particular favorite the Brooklawn double. Bruce had the field with a bunch of jockeys behind him scrubbing into every fence. Solo and I learned together how to ride in company with Chip and Blythe Miller and Sean Clancy.

We rode lots of point-to-points in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia making an appearance at the Virginia Gold Cup in 1997 for the Paul Mellon finishing second. Our first ride under rules was 1998 at My Lady’s Manor. We were popped out of the tack at fence five only to go back to the Grand National the following week for a second. Solo loved that last stretch at the Grand National as you turned toward home with five fences bunched together. Bruce calls it the toughest timber finish anywhere.

By 1999 Bruce believed we were ready to give the Maryland Hunt Cup its first try. I had forgotten my silks and was wearing Janell’s purple shirt. Our under-girth broke as riders were put up in the saddle. Anne Moran lent me her extra girth. We finished sixth out of eight starters having sat third through three miles, Welter Weight won.

That fall we won the Virginia Field Hunter Championship together at Fairfax Hunt. The following spring of 2000, we returned with six runners and finished fourth. Solo jumped into second at the water jump but the hill took too much out of him. There is a great Janet Hitchen photo of Solo’s knees up by his ears and Jack Fishers feet above the saddle on Emerald Action over the water jump.

The next year, 2001, Bruce had Solo at another level of fitness. As we rode out to the course to fence one Solo looked out over Tufton Avenue at fence three. He was relaxed and at ease. Solo was home on his favorite course and we knew it. Joe Cassidy, earlier in the day, told us to run our race and let Solo go out front at the start like he would and make the field come to me. At 17 hands with a long galloping stride we sprinted to the front and at one point were 75 lengths in the lead and never gave up the lead even as Welter Weight tried to make his customary sprint after 16. We finished 12 lengths on front in 8:38:60 which stands as the sixth fastest time in the Maryland Hunt Cups 124 year history.

Solo Lord was my friend, partner and a once in a lifetime horse. Thank you for the great times you will be missed
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1 day ago

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NAYC Eventing update from Montana... Marylanders Tayler Stewart and Ryan Keefe both jumped clean and inside the time on cross-country today to sit in second and fourth individually. Their Area II CIC2* team is still in the lead! Show jumping on Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

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We know it is no longer #TBT but this is still worth sharing! Have a great weekend everyone!

The Capital Challenge Horse Show
In 2003, In Disguise, ridden by Shachine Belle became the second horse in the history of Capital Challenge to score a 100 - and no one else has earned a perfect score at #CCHS since!

Watch Shachine Belle and In Disguise's flawless round from the Second Year Green Working Hunter Division here! #ThrowbackThursday #25YearsOfCCHS
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3 days ago

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Live from Montana!

Tayler Stewart of Damascus just rode Ideal Contini (owned by Tyler Stewart) to a score of 31.2 in the dressage phase of the North American Youth Championships for Eventing, being held at Rebecca Farm in Montana. She currently sits in second placeTayler is part of the Area II team competing in the CIC2*.

Fellow teammate and Marylander Ryan Keefe of Sandy Spring scored a 35.4 aboard Flintstar (owned by Rumsey Keefe) to be right behind Tayler in third with more CIC2* left to ride.

Both riders will compete on the cross-country course on Saturday and show jump on Sunday. Good luck ladies! Maryland is rooting for you!
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MHBA Elects New Board Officers

On July 9, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association announced the election of three new members of the board of directors. Michael J. Harrison, DVM, was elected president; David H. Wade was elected vice president; and Kent Allen Murray was elected secretary and treasurer. Dr. Harrison owns Willowdale Farm in Butler and has been a practicing veterinarian for more than 35 years. Harrison earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from Washington College. He breeds, races and owns Thoroughbreds and served on the MHBA board from 2009-2016. He has also served as chairman of MHBA’s Legislative Committee. Harrison is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society for Theriogenology, Maryland Agricultural Resource Council and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. He is also a supporter of the Water Hay Oats Alliance. Wade is the general manager of Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, as well as Northview PA in Peach Bottom, PA. In addition, he is the manager of Sycamore Hall Farm and is a Thoroughbred sales agent. Wade was the former yearling manager at Ryehill Farm and was an adjunct faculty member at Cecil College. He has served on the MHBA board since 2016 and is a member of the association’s Sales Committee, Stallion Committee, Events Committee and Yearling Show...

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...

Montgomery Co Horse Tests Positive for Equine Infectious Anemia

Just in from the Maryland Department of Agriculture: A horse stabled in Montgomery County has tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The positive horse was discovered during a routine wellness examination by a private veterinarian and was confirmed positive July 9 by the National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames, Iowa. The infected horse will be euthanized. EIA is not known to effect human health. The State Veterinarian’s office has placed the farm under a 60-day investigational hold order. The department will do initial EIA tests on the remaining 42 equines on the farm. The animals will be tested again after 60 days, at which point the hold order will be released barring any positive test results. Equine Infectious Anemia is a blood borne virus typically transferred by biting flies or infected needles. The infected horse did not display any clinical symptoms, but was determined to be in the carrier stage of the disease. Confirmed cases of EIA typically result in euthanasia or lifetime isolation for the infected horse. The department’s Animal Health Program will continue to monitor the situation closely, and reminds all horse owners to remain vigilant in protecting the health of their animals—this includes routine disease testing. More information on EIA is available from USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection...
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