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Michael Hopkins Earns Touch of Class

Michael Hopkins Honored with the Touch of Class Award by Stacey Wells The Maryland Horse Industry Board presented the Touch of Class Award to Michael Hopkins, the executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, at the 2018 Jim McKay Maryland Million Day on Saturday, October 20. Hopkins received the award for being the first Marylander named Chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI). Hopkins has been the executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission for...

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Results of the November census of the Assateague Island horses.The National Park Service has completed its November 2018 population census of the wild horses on Assateague Island. The total population of the Maryland herd is currently at 78 horses, including 21 stallions and 57 mares. Two aged mares, N6BKO “Samantha” and M17JP “Sierra” are missing and presumed dead. The fourth foal of the year, filly N2BHS-JQ, was born in mid-November to N2BHS-J “Shasta”.

The National Park Service completes a full census of the horse population in Maryland six times per year, in February, March, May, July, September, and November. Managed as a wildlife population, the Assateague horses are free to roam over approximately 27 miles of the barrier island and can be difficult to find at times. During each census, horses are identified by their distinguishing characteristics, mapped and counted. Individual horses that are not observed during multiple census periods are presumed dead. The purpose of the census is to monitor the overall population dynamics of the horse herd in support of the long term fertility control program that was initiated in 1994.(Photo: Lisa Giris)
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Results of the November census of the Assateague Island horses.

 

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Years ago we were told they had been holding the herd at about 125 so I don't know if they changed that policy, if we were told the wrong thing, or if there is a problem taking ponies out.

I have known about these horses most of my life. It is interesting now to find out how many there are and how we keep track of them and will try to take care of them in the future.

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Just a few of the winners at this past weekend's PVDA Fall Show! More photos to come! photo by Christina Dale of PhyxiusPhotos.com ... See MoreSee Less

Just a few of the winners at this past weekends PVDA Fall Show! More photos to come! photo by Christina Dale of PhyxiusPhotos.com

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Kudos to Chloe Bellerive on winning this year's scholarship at the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival going on this weekend at the PEGC!Chloe Bellerive, of Keedysville, MD, returned to the indoor arena this evening to claim the top prize for both our $3000 Maryland Horsemanship Scholarship and our $500 MAEF Merit Scholarship. Chloe is a junior at the University of Kentucky and is interested in becoming an equine surgeon.

Chloe topped a field of eighteen candidates to walk away with $2,000 for top place in the MD Horsemanship Scholarship. This is her fourth year in a row to win this award!! Amazing job Chloe! We wish you the best of luck 😁. This award is made possible with the generous support from the Maryland Horse Industry Board, the VA Tech, and the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, in addition to Dr Mike Erskine and Jamie Secoura of JS Farrier Services, to name just a few.

Our $1,000 second place honors were awarded to Caren Meckelnburg of Abingdon, MD, and third went to Shannon Carter, a student at King George High School, from King George, VA. All our congratulatory hugs to both of you Caren and Shannon! 😍

MAEF's $500 Merit Scholarship is new to 2018 and combines the results of the Horsemanship exam with a score from an essay composition. Congrats Chloe on your additional win! #ilovemaef #winnersallaround

Thanks again Event Clinics for making online registration so simple for our competitors! ❤️
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Thank you!!!

It's all about the people not the horses, It's the horses that make the show, where they at ?

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Maryland's own Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales deliver the official White House Christmas tree! Read more below!It is with great honor that we have been contacted to deliver, once again, the First Lady her Christmas tree. We are thankful for this great opportunity and blessed. We feel that this event promotes our lovely clydesdale breed, our draft horse industry, and everyone's love for horses. Look for us on your local TV station on Monday. ... See MoreSee Less

Marylands own Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales deliver the official White House Christmas tree! Read more below!

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Thank you to the first responders who came out to help this horse.Jarrettsville VFC along with Harford County Special Operations, and Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. are currently responding to the 3100 Block of Troyer Road for a reported horse stuck in a creek.

*UPDATE* 1237 Hours: Horse has been removed and is in care of staff.
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Thank you to the first responders who came out to help this horse.

 

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Thanks all who helped this horse in it's time of need.

A Sad ending.

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Michael Hopkins Earns Touch of Class

Michael Hopkins Honored with the Touch of Class Award by Stacey Wells The Maryland Horse Industry Board presented the Touch of Class Award to Michael Hopkins, the executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, at the 2018 Jim McKay Maryland Million Day on Saturday, October 20. Hopkins received the award for being the first Marylander named Chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI). Hopkins has been the executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission for...

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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...

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Michael Hopkins Earns Touch of Class

Michael Hopkins Honored with the Touch of Class Award by Stacey Wells The Maryland Horse Industry Board presented the Touch of Class Award to Michael Hopkins, the executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, at the 2018 Jim McKay Maryland Million Day on Saturday, October 20. Hopkins received the award for being the first Marylander named Chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI). Hopkins has been the executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission for...
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