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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....

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Today, in Louisville, Kentucky, a memorial services held for one of the Maryland horse industry’s most ardent supporters, Tim Capps. A mentor to your Equiery publisher and to many others in the horse industry, if you didn’t know Tim, this interview from one year ago is a wonderful introduction.

Tim served the Maryland horse industry in a variety of professional roles, including executive director of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association/Maryland Million, Ltd, publisher of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, vice president of the Maryland Jockey Club. He was a relentless and locquacious advocate for the industry, generous with his time, and inclusive in his philosophies: believing that a rising tide lifts all boats, Tim was an active member of the Maryland Horse Council executive committee, rarely missing a monthly meeting, and informally advocating for the interests of the Maryland Horse Council with Maryland legislators.

Locquacious. Learned. Analytical, Sardonic. Esoteric. Academic. Scholastic. Professorial. Wry. Finding the words to capture the personality of Tim Capps has a certain irony, as he was the Master Wordsmith (capitalization intentional and equally ironic), and when Tim left the Maryland horse industry, Maryland lost a unique intellectual equi-bon vivant. However, he left Maryland for what, perhaps, was his true calling at the University of Louisville. There, Tim was able to mentor and mold hundreds of young equine-business minds through UofL’s College of Business Equine Industry Program, of which he became director in 2011.

Maryland will miss you, Tim Capps. Thank you for all you gave to us.

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Guests include Tim Capps, director of the UofL Equine program and the winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Education

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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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