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Mid-way in the 2017 Maryland Legislative Session

The 437th session of the Maryland General Assembly is in full swing!  Also known as the “Legislative Session,” these 90 days are an intense roller coaster of parliamentary drama. Most Maryland senators and delegates leave their “real jobs” and “real lives” for 3 months, relocating to Annapolis to craft the laws and regulations that govern our state.  It is not uncommon for 2,000 – 3,000 bills to be filed each session, and every single one of them receives at least one hearing before session adjourns on April. Session convened on January 11, and the first month is usually pretty low-key – think of “back to school” week for adults. Lots of meets and greets, not too much action in the hearings. Things heat up in February. On the 1st of this month, Governor Hogan delivered his State of the State Address. February 3 was the last day a senator could introduce a bill through standard procedures, and February 10 was the final day in which a bill can be introduced via the House.  Bills can still be introduced going forward, but the process is more cumbersome and a hearing is no longer guaranteed. So now things are getting interesting! As of today, over 2,600 bills have been filed. Hearing are heating up, bills are coming out of committees and going in front of full bodies....

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Congratulations to Michael Bragdell (Hilltop Farm, Colora) and Boxter A (Bugatti x Winsome A, Weltbekannt) on winning a "The Horse of Course" High Score Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. The duo earned a stellar score of 74.474 percent – the highest score of the show week- in the Intermediate 1 division! ... See MoreSee Less

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MISSING HORSES- URGENT 7 am Monday!!

MISSING 2 horses- bay and chestnut- Cold Bottom Rd.- Orebanks Farm. Got out last night- broke fence. Please call or TEXT ANN MERRYMAN if seen. Share this email with anyone in that area.

Ann Merryman 443 250 1659
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Cathryn Sophia named top Mid-Atlantic TB

Maryland-bred Cathryn Sophia was just named the top horse bred in the Mid-Atlantic by a poll put out by the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz. Voting was done by about two dozen media members and other Thoroughbred racing participants in the Mid-Atlantic region. Cathryn Sophia’s stellar 2016 season had her finishing in the money in all seven of her starts, winning four of them. She won three graded races and earned more than $1.1 million in 2016 alone. The big win of the year by the 2013 daughter of Street Boss was the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in May. She won by 2 3/4 lengths with Javier Castellano in the irons. The filly’s breeder Robert T. Manfuso told The Racing Biz, “It’s exciting. She’s a Maryland-bred and winning the Kentucky Oaks in an incredible thing.” The filly is out of Sheave, an unraced mare by Mineshaft. She was sold by Manfuso in 2014 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale in Timonium and was bought by Charles Zacney for $30,000. He named the filly after his niece. She went in training with John Servis, based out of Prax Racing and was campaigned under the Cash Is King LLC silks. Servis called her a true campaigner. Zacney sold Cathryn Sophia at this past November’s Fasig-Tipton sale for $1.4 million. She was bought by SF Bloodstock and...

Mid-way in the 2017 Maryland Legislative Session

The 437th session of the Maryland General Assembly is in full swing!  Also known as the “Legislative Session,” these 90 days are an intense roller coaster of parliamentary drama. Most Maryland senators and delegates leave their “real jobs” and “real lives” for 3 months, relocating to Annapolis to craft the laws and regulations that govern our state.  It is not uncommon for 2,000 – 3,000 bills to be filed each session, and every single one of them receives at least one hearing before session adjourns on April. Session convened on January 11, and the first month is usually pretty low-key – think of “back to school” week for adults. Lots of meets and greets, not too much action in the hearings. Things heat up in February. On the 1st of this month, Governor Hogan delivered his State of the State Address. February 3 was the last day a senator could introduce a bill through standard procedures, and February 10 was the final day in which a bill can be introduced via the House.  Bills can still be introduced going forward, but the process is more cumbersome and a hearing is no longer guaranteed. So now things are getting interesting! As of today, over 2,600 bills have been filed. Hearing are heating up, bills are coming out of committees and going in front of full bodies....

$30,000 awarded to 23 Maryland horse groups

  $30,000 in grants is being distributed by the Maryland Horse Industry Board (an ag commodity board housed at the Maryland Department of Agriculture) for 23 projects ranging from training to help animal control workers in equine welfare cases, enhance facilities for inner city children to learn about horses and horsemanship, and restore historic Maryland horse racing films from the 1920s that have never been seen by the public.  Nearly half of this year’s grantees received funding for projects related to 4-H, Pony Club and therapeutic horsemanship programs. (Scroll down to see who is getting a grant.) Funding for these grants and the Maryland Horse Industry Board is provided by the Maryland Feed Fund, which collects $6 on every ton of horse feed sold in the state. The funding is collected through the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Weights & Measures Section (these are the folks that make sure that when you purchase a gallon of milk or gas is a true gallon, or that 50 lb bag of horse feed is 50 pounds). Projects are evaluated based on their value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of activity, financial need, potential for matching funds, and overall quality of the written presentation. Grants are capped at $3,000 in order to award funds to as many groups as possible. Grant recipients are...
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