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Two Ponies Killed by Bear

According to various news outlets, a bear killed two ponies near Clear Spring in Washington County sometime between July 7 and July 9. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources was contacted by a resident of the area on Monday (July 9) afternoon saying that two of their neighbor’s ponies had been killed by a bear near Mummert Road. Authorities were called in and according to Clarissa Harris of the Wildlife & Heritage Service, a 204-lb male bear was tracked and captured in the area. As it could not be confirmed that it was the same bear that killed the ponies, the bear was subjected to pepper spray and loud noises to discourage it from returning to the area. The bear was then tagged and released in the Indian Spring Wildlife Management Area this week. Harry Spiker, bear biologist for the Wildlife & Heritage Service, was called to the scene to confirm the kills. He believes this is an isolated event which most likely happened when the bear came across the ponies in an enclosed area. According to Spiker, bears do not typically attack horses or ponies because they mostly eat vegetation but may attack when the opportunity...

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Nice story in the Carroll County Times about Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue.

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Polo players Maddie and Sophie Grant show off their MHBA Touch of Class Award bracelets. Maddie and Sophie were part of the 2018 National Interscholastic Polo Champion team from Baltimore County.Maddie Grant & Sophie Grant (not present teammates Abbie Grant and Catie Stueck)
2018 National Champions Womens Interscolastic Polo from Baltimore County wearing bracelets from the MHIB's touch of class award.
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Polo players Maddie and Sophie Grant show off their MHBA Touch of Class Award bracelets. Maddie and Sophie were part of the 2018 National Interscholastic Polo Champion team from Baltimore County.
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Hale Named VP of Racing Development; Merz new MD Racing Secretary

Breaking news from the Maryland Jockey Club! MJC announced this afternoon that longtime Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary Georganne Hale has been named Vice President of Racing Development while Chris Merz, assistant racing secretary at Los Alamitos, has been named as Maryland’s new Racing Secretary. Hale became the first and only woman to serve as racing secretary at a major North American racetrack in 2000. Hale first started working at the Maryland Jockey Club in 1984 as assistant racing secretary. In 1986, she was named racing secretary at Timonium and then was promoted to the position of Maryland Racing Secretary in 2000. In her new position, Hale will be overseeing and coordinating the revitalization of the D.C. International. She was also assist with the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series (MATCH) and lead philantropic initiatives with Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), Beyond the Wire and Canter for the Cause as well as serving as a liaison for backstretch programs. “I’m very excited about this new position with the Maryland Jockey Club,” Hale said. “I look forward to the great opportunities it presents to continue to build the Thoroughbred racing program and help with philanthropic programs.” “We’re thrilled that Georganne will be leading these important initiatives for the Maryland Jockey Club,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “As we...

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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