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26 Horses Seized

On Thursday, May 13, 2010, in what is reported to be the largest seizure ever of animals in Garrett County, authorities raided a farm on King Wildesen Road, impounding 26 horses (originally reported as 25), 18 cows and assorted other livestock on charges of neglect and abuse. These horses were apparently the lucky ones, as the carcasses of ten horses were also found, some reportedly wearing bridles. (The reported number of carcasses has varied from 10 to 17.) According to the Cumberland News-Times, necropsies will be preformed in order to determine the horses’ exact cause of death. The investigation may also involve warrants to excavate in search of more carcasses. Days End Farm Horse Rescue, which was called in by Garrett County Animal Control to assist, relocated the horses and cattle to its Woodbine facility in Howard County. In Maryland, intentional neglect and/or abuse can be prosecuted as a felony. On Thursday, May 20, the Maryland Division of Corrections will donate and deliver 220 bales of hay, baled at the Thoroughbred retirement facility maintained by prisoners. The Equiery will post more information as it becomes available. For current stories, please visit: Cumberland News-Times Baltimore Channel 13 WJZ Washington D.C. Channel 9 News Baltimore Channel 11 WBAL Judge Upholds Animal Cruelty Charges Against Baltimore Couple Meanwhile, back in court on April 27 for criminal neglect of a horse were Baltimore...

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BREAKING NEWS: The Ultimate Lady Legend, Kathy Kusner, to join the Lady Legends Turfside Lunch at the Black-Eyed Susan!

One of the greatest female equestrians ever, Kathy Kusner, will be joining us at Turfside Terrace Lady Legend Lunch, this Friday, May 14, at the Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico Race Course! In addition to being the first licensed female jockey in the United States (after a groundbreaking 1968 lawsuit) and the first female to ride in the Maryland Hunt Cup (the world’s biggest timber race), Kusner rode on three Olympic show jumping teams (silver medal in Munich ’72) and in two Pan Am Games   Her combined show jumping career, flat track and steeplechase career certainly make her the epitome of the Lady Legend! So, if you were playing with the idea of going, but had not yet made up your mind, now is the time to decide…the opportunity to meet all these legendary female riders may never happen again.  Believe me, if I didn’t close The Equiery offices and take everyone to this lunch, my staff would string me up by my toes. This is really a big deal! So, it IS going to be a great day, and many of our friends and clients have already purchased either tables (Stable Tables are $900 each for 10 seats) or individual tickets ($100 each), the Turfside Terrace is quite spacious and there are still plenty of tickets and tables available. We understand that there have been some problems ordering tickets…DO...

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West Nite Virus Recall

On April 28, Brett Whitehead, director of Equine and Ag Retail Business for Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health, issued a letter to veterinarians announcing a voluntary recall of PreveNile West Nile Virus Vaccine. The recall is for specific serials (see list below) and was issued due to an “increased incidence of adverse events related to currently marketed serials.” The letter also stated that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Center for Veterinary Biologics were both informed of the recall. If you have any PreveNile product, please check your inventory and contact your distributor to arrange the return and credit for any returned products. PreveNile One-Dose 91669001 91669002 91669005 91669006 91669007 91669012 91669013 91669014 91669015 91669016 91660001 91660002 PreveNile Five-Dose 91669003 91669004 91669008 91669009 91669010 91669011 91660003 91660004 For questions or more information, please call the Technical Service Department of Intervet at...

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In Memory of Steve and Bev Reardon

On Tuesday, April 27, Stephen James Reardon (68) and Beverly Ann Reardon (59) of Woodbine were killed when their twin-engine Beechcraft Baron crashed into a remote wooded area of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Leslie County, Kentucky. The couple were in route to Olive Branch, Mississippi when they encountered bad weather. The exact cause of the crash is still being determined. Steve and Bev are best known to the horse community as long-time supporters of the sport of eventing. Both have been active volunteers at the Waredaca Horse Trials in Laytonsville for several years where Steve could often be found managing the cross-country start box with friend Jim Ligon and Bev’s extensive experience as a jump judge made her an invaluable asset to the Waredaca team. The Reardons owned a small farm in Woodbine where they kept Bev’s two horses. The celebration of the lives of Stephen and Beverly Reardon will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Waredaca, located at 4015 Damascus Road, Laytonsville, Maryland 20882. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM with a memorial service to follow. Flowers and arrangements can be sent to Waredaca Farm, in care of Robert Butts or in lieu of flowers and arrangements, donations can be made in memory of Stephen and Beverly Reardon to:...

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Preakness Future Secured for Maryland

On April 30, Governor Martin O’Malley, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Tom Chuckas, President and CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, addressed the settlement agreement that ensures the Preakness will remain in Maryland. “For 134 years (and counting) the Preakness Stakes has been run in the State of Maryland and has belonged to the people of our state,” said Governor O’Malley. “The Preakness Covenant will ensure that people of Maryland continue to enjoy this time-honored tradition, and that the State of Maryland and City of Baltimore will continue to realize the economic benefits of this annual event. I want to thank Attorney General Doug Gansler, and his staff for working quickly and aggressively with us with us to secure the future of the Preakness Stakes right here where it belongs in Maryland.” “When Magna entered bankruptcy last year, working with the Governor’s Office, the Office of Attorney General immediately drafted emergency legislation granting Maryland condemnation authority over Magna’s Maryland assets, including Preakness,” said Attorney General Gansler. “That law, in conjunction with the State’s existing right of first refusal over any transfer of Pimlico, gave Maryland the hammer we needed to work out an agreement with new owner MID. I’m pleased that we were able to provide the legal support to the Governor to ensure the Preakness forever remains a Maryland tradition.” “This is wonderful...

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Racing Commission O.K.s Magna Deal; Shareholders Appeal

On Monday, April 26, the bankruptcy judge approved the Magna Entertainment Corporation’s “reorganization plan” to transfer ownership of Maryland’s race tracks to its parent company, MI Development. On Thursday, Apri 29, Racing Commission approved transfer of Laurel & Pimlico racing licenses to the “new” owner, who promised to balance the books within two years. MID reported to the courts that the Maryland Thoroughbred operations (which include the Bowie training track and the Preakness) lose about $11 million a year. Also on Thursday, April 29, shareholders of Magna filed an appeal protesting the bankruptcy judge’s approval of the transfer to MID, noting that shareholders receive nothing in the transfer. In Monday’s hearing, attorneys for the shareholders argued that, by not allowing the tracks to go to bankruptcy auction, Magna and MID are hiding the true value of the properties, and shareholders are not being fairly treated. Maryland-bred Homeboykris to run in today’s Kentucky Derby! Read more on May Equiery now in stores; new ads now...

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