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Who’s Who in Equine Studies

Dr. Charlie Apter Dr. Apter joined the faculty of the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at University of Maryland College Park in August 2012 as Livestock Lecturer. He received a BS from Clemson University and a PhD in Animal Science (Equine) from Texas A&M University, after which he taught for 11 years in NE Missouri at Truman State University where he managed a 45-head university-owned horse herd. He was then named Director of Agriculture at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, TX, where he worked for five years before joining the faculty at University of Maryland. He...

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Who’s Who on the Maryland Horse Industry Board

Maryland Horse Industry Board • 410-841-5861 • Established by legislation in 1998, the Maryland Horse Industry Board, housed within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, functions as a commodity board to help develop and promote the state’s horse industry. To understand more about what the board can and cannot do, and how it differs from the Maryland Horse Council, please visit Board members are appointed by the Governor to represent different segments of the horse industry; these segments are outlined in the law authorizing the Board. The Maryland Department of Agriculture and other interested parties can make recommendations...

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Who’s Who in the Maryland Horse Council

One Common Bond – The Horse; One Common Voice – Maryland Horse Council The Maryland Horse Council is the umbrella organization for all horse organizations in Maryland. The board of directors consists of one representative from each member organization, as well as directors at large who represent individuals, farm and business memberships, and youth groups. The board of directors, which meets quarterly, elects the officers and the executive committee. The executive committee serves as the steering committee for the council, meeting monthly and conferring regularly to oversee housekeeping and planning issues for MHC. They are your representatives. Please feel...

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Attention: Owners of Lesson Stables, Guided Trail Rides, Carriage Companies

Time to Ride Challenge Doubles in Size, Offers Cash Opportunities for Business Owners If you offer gateway programs (programs that introduce non-horse people to horses, such as guided trail rides, lessons for beginners, summer riding programs or camps, carriage rides, or spectator events), then the national Time To Ride Challenge program is for you, and can help provide you with some funding. The Challenge will award $100,000 in cash and prizes to horse professionals who can generate the most “newcomer” interactions with horses, and bring them back for a follow-up experience to encourage further participation. A plethora of breed, discipline, and professional organizations have partnered with Time to Ride to substantially grow awards available to Challenge Hosts. Marketing Alliance Members participating in the CAP are American Quarter Horse Association and US Equestrian, as well as Marketing Alliance Program Partners American Paint Horse Association, Mustang Heritage Foundation, and National Reining Horse Association. Thirteen other organizations have joined forces to provide their members with additional cash and prizes: American Saddlebred Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, Arabian Horse Association, Paso Fino Horse Association, Certified Horsemanship Association, Carriage Operators of North America, Interscholastic Equestrian Association, Michigan State Horse Council, North Carolina State Horse Council, Pinto Horse Association of America, United States Dressage Federation, United States Pony Club, and Wisconsin State Horse Council. Each group will award prizes to the member(s) of their association...

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Racing Rocked Annapolis

By Tom LaMarra (originally published on, the official website for the national Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association). The Maryland racing industry’s efforts to educate lawmakers and present a unified front paid off during the 2017 General Assembly session that ended April 10. The Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act contained several provisions that, had they passed, would have shifted money from the Purse Dedication Account, which is funded by a percentage of video lottery terminal revenue at the state’s six casinos. On the table was a recommendation for the industry, not the state, to pay about $2.5 million for Maryland Racing Commission operations, and another to strike a 2016 legislature-approved measure for the Maryland Lottery to pay $500,000 for a Preakness Stakes bonus for Maryland-bred or -sired runners that compete in the race, and $500,000 to revive an international turf stakes at Laurel Park. As a result of negotiations, the state will continue to fund the racing commission and the combined $1 million for the bonus and what is being called the Maryland International will still come from the Maryland Lottery. Representatives of the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries spent quite a bit of time in Annapolis during the winter and early spring to make the case that racing and breeding is making a comeback, and denting the purse account would be detrimental to the industry and the state’s economy. “I’m happy,”...

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Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

     FOALS! What you need to know NOW. It’s that time of year when joy and cuteness enter the world in the form of a long-legged, lanky adorable foal. Are you prepared for ensuring a healthy foal delivery? Tips & timeframes from Drs. Krista Estell and Elizabeth MacDonald of our neonatal intensive care unit: The first few hours of a foal’s life are critical. A newborn foal can deteriorate very rapidly, requiring immediate medical intervention. A newborn foal should: •  breathe independently within seconds of birth •  be on their feet within one hour •  be nursing on...

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