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Jody Petty 25 Years of Racing Memories

by Katherine O. Rizzo (First Appeared in the June 2017 Issue of The Equiery)    When you pull up Jody Petty’s race record on Central Entry Office, it is 30 pages long! Thirty pages of very small print! The database states that he has had 1281 starts in his two and a half decades as a jump jockey. And that is all by a man who says he “sort of just fell into the sport.” Originally from Elkton, Petty now lives just over the border in Unionville, PA and officially retired from steeplechasing at this year’s Fair Hill Point-to-Point...

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Anne Arundel Equestrians: Underserved

By Janice Binkley (Edgewater, Maryland) The Problem Horse people in Anne Arundel County own over 10,200 acres. Despite the significance of the size of horse industry, Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks has only two dedicated equestrian facilities: Andover Equestrian Center near BWI and the Andy Smith Equestrian Facility in Broadneck. With limited amenities, these two facilities do not begin to address the need for equine-friendly open space in the county. There are six trail locations, but only thee have safe or accessible trailer parking, and two of these have locked gates (pass-codes are available via an online application process, but this is not very user friendly). Half of these locations provide only asphalt “trails.” The Potential Rockhold Creek Farm in the county’s rural south is a nearly 400 acre property acquired by the county in 2006 with a deed providing that the property should be utilized for agricultural purposes, open space, as a public park and/or for athletic, recreational or educational purposes. It is currently surrounded by farms. Currently, part of the property has been slated for use as a retaining pond for the sludge that is produced after local waterways are dredged. According to authorities, the sludge ponds will eventually be covered by dirt, but no buildings will ever be able to be erected on those sites. With a public-private partnership, Rockhold Creek Farm could be utilized...

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Maryland Fence Law

(First appeared in the April, 2017 issue of The Equiery) As of press time, both the House and Senate versions of a bill to repeal a St. Mary’s County fencing law (HB109/SB102) had passed their respective houses and crossed over, essentially making the repeal of Public Local Law Article 19, Chapter 43 “Fences” a done deal. Enacted in 1916, the law required neighboring farmers in St. Mary’s County to install joint farm fences built to certain specifications (post-and-rail at four feet, bottom plank eight inches from ground, planks/rail no more than eight inches apart, etc.); the law goes on...

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Equiery Readers on Fencing

(First appeared in the April, 2017 issue of The Equiery) For this year’s Farm Fix-Up issue, we surveyed our readers to learn more about their fences. No surprise, more of our readers have board fencing than any other kind. Did you know that in other parts of the country, dark board fencing is known as “Maryland fence?” Kentucky is known for its white board fences, and we are known for our dark board fencing (once upon a time, they were creosoted; these days, they are left to age naturally, or are oiled or painted). What kinds of fencing do...

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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...

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Cloud Computing wins the Preakness Stakes in front of a record crowd

As the starting gate opened for the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), it was Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire that shot out in front to take a side-by-side lead. The pair dueled it out in front for much of the race with Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Cloud Computing, a 12-1 long shot, stalking the leaders in third at the half mile point but then dropping to fourth behind Term of Art at the 2/3 mile marker. Classic Empire pulled ahead in the far turn and kept on running with Always Dreaming falling...

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