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Legendary Maryland Equine Sporting Photographer & Writer, Peter Winants, Dies At 82

by Margaret Worrall Well known editor, author and steeplechasing expert Peter Winants, age 82, died on May 18, at his home in Rectortown, Virginia, following a long battle with Hodgkin’s disease. Born 1926 in Baltimore to Frances Bonsal and Peter Winants, the younger Peter was ultimately raised on My Lady’s Manor by his widowed mother and her second husband, noted horseman S. Bryce Wing. Winants attended Pomfret School in Connecticut and Princeton University. Following a stint in the Army in WWII, Winants opened a successful photography business in Baltimore with his brother, Garry. In the beginning  photographing horses and equine sports were only a small part of their work, but soon Peter Winants added freelance jobs, including writing, fulfilling his pent-up passion for racing, especially steeplechasing and he was soon a regular contributor to The Maryland Horse. His first book was Jay Trump, A Steeplechasing Saga, a perceptively written story accented by Winants’ photographs of the 1965 English Grand National and Crompton “Tommy” Smith, the first American rider in the race’s history to win that event. There are now four additional books by Winants in print: Flatterer; Foxhunting with Melvin Poe; Steeplechasing, A Complete History of the Sport in North America;  and  The Sporting Art of Franklin B. Voss. At the time of his death he was working on a new book about the legendary Virginia horsewoman and Piedmont...

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Chiropractic Board Declines To Rescind Cease & Desist Order Against Equine Massage Therapist

by Katherine O. Rizzo In the summer of 2008, after receiving a cease and desist letter, human and equine massage therapist Mercedes Clemens sued the Maryland State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. On May 5, 2009, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge David A. Boynton suspended the hearing against the Board, strongly urging the Board to rethink its position and policy, and giving them until June 2 to do so. On May 14, the Board met for its monthly, open meeting. In attendance were two reporters (this reporter and Steve Lash for The Daily Record), former senator Paula Hollinger and Mercedes’ attorney, Paul Sherman from the Institute for Justice. When the Board reached this item on its agenda, it closed the meeting, throwing the reporters, as well as the senator and the lawyer, out of the room, so that they could “discuss the issue and make a final decision.” After 30 minutes, the lawyer, senator and reporters were allowed back into the room, only to be told that the Board had received some sort of mysterious “new information” which needed further discussion and that they would present a written statement “at a future time.” What next? Make sure you have subscribed to The Equiery’s News Feed in order to receive updates directly to your e-mail account. Equiery Recommended Reading: Hold Your Horses: A Delay in That Massage Case by John Kelly...

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What You Need to Know for the 134th Preakness Stakes

When, What, Where… This Saturday, May 16, is the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes, the second race in the Triple Crown, held at Pimlico in Baltimore. Will Mine That Bird take home his second win on his way to a Triple Crown victory? Be there and find out! The Players (in order of post position) HORSE/TRAINER / JOCKEY/ RECORD /EARNINGS Big Drama/David Fawkes/ John Velazquez/ 7-5-1-1 /$890,250 Mine That Bird/Chip Woolley/Mike Smith/ 9-5-1-0 /$1,791,581 Musket Man/Derek/Ryan Eibar Coa /7-5-0-2/ $772,600 Luv Gov / D. Wayne Lukas /Jamie Theriot/ 10-1-3-1/ $62,896 Friesan Fire /Larry Jones/Gabriel Saez/8-4-1-1 /$603,265 Terrain /Al Stall Jr/ Jeremy Rose /8-3-1-1 /$512,084 Papa Clem /Gary Stute /Rafael Bejarano /7-2-2-0/ $890,940 General Quarters/ Tom McCarthy/ Julien Leparoux/ 12-3-3-1/ $641,735 Pioneerof the Nile /Bob Baffert/ Garrett Gomez /9-5-1-1 /$1,634,200 Flying Private /D. Wayne Lukas /Alan Garcia /11-1-4-0 /$193,080 Take the Points /Todd Pletcher /Edgar Prado /6-2-2-0 /$156,190 Tone It Down /William Komlo /Kent Desormeaux /6-2-2-1 /$54,720 Rachel Alexandra /Steve Asmussen /Calvin Borel /10-7-2-0 /$958,354 Hometown Horse In the 12th post position this Saturday will be the hometown horse Tone It Down. The three-year-old colt is owned by Potomac’s Deborah and Mike Horning of M and D Stables and trained by Deborah’s father, former University of Maryland fullback, Willliam Komlo. This is their first Preakness entry. The colt has strong ties to Maryland in his linage as well. He...

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Judge Sides with Equine Massage Therapist

On May 5, 2009, massage therapist Mercedes Clemens reached another milestone in her lawsuit to reclaim her right to massage horses when a judge essentially told the Maryland State Board of Chiropractic Examiners to “back off.” Last summer, The Equiery reported that Mercedes Clemens was suing the Maryland State Boards of Chiropractic Examiners and Veterinary Medical Examiners for violation of her constitutional rights after the Chiropractic Board issued her several “cease and desist” orders, using documentation from the Vet Board as back up for their position. “The Maryland Constitution protects my right to earn an honest living free from unreasonable regulations,” explained Ms. Clemens at the time of the filing. Eventually, because the Vet Board had not been responsible for directly sending Mercedes a cease and desist order, and because they claimed to have no problem with equine massage, so long as the practitioner did not claim that any health benefits would be derived, the case against the Vet Board was dismissed. Wouldn’t that be sufficient? No, because the cease and desist order from the Chiropractic Board clearly stated that if Mercedes continued to practice on animals, they would rescind her license to practice on humans. Washington Post’s John Kelly describes the conundrum and the May 5 scene in the courtroom in his May 6 column: …How can an organization that oversees the massaging of humans crack heads when...

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Maryland Legislative Winners and Losers

by Nancy Hill (Sections of this article were first printed in the May issue of The Equiery.) The 2009 General Assembly session has come to an end.  The total number of bills introduced was 2,654 (1,073 in the Senate and 1,581 in the House of Delegates).  Every month it seems I write about the fact that the State of Maryland manages to spend more money than it takes in.  This month is no exception.   Our legislators adopted an annual operating budget of nearly $14 billion.  Although this amount balances the state’s current budget, it does not address the long-term budget deficit. Other big issues of this session were: The death penalty.  Currently, Maryland’s death penalty statute is among the most restrictive in the country but with the new law prosecutors will only be able to seek the death penalty if they have DNA or biological evidence, a videotape of the crime, or a video-recorded confession by the killer. The environment.  Maryland is now one of the few states that pledges to reduce its climate-warming greenhouse gases. Driver’s licenses.  Maryland will now require drivers to present a Social Security card or other proof that they are in the country legally to get a license.  Maryland has been one of only four states that didn’t require proof that someone is in the U.S. legally. Electricity.  The state will now partially...

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The Equiery News Feed

Welcome to The Equiery’s new News Feed! Similar to popular “blogs,” The Equiery News Feed will be a companion to our monthly print edition of “News & Views,” enabling you to get important updates (such as health alerts and breaking news) in between the monthly print editions – delivered directly to you via your e-mail or your RSS feed! The Equiery News Feed replaces our old “News and Resources” page on our website, and will provide better cross referencing and links. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting information on the following subjects, so check back often or sign up for your e-mail notices. • Jockey Club Bankruptcy Update • MD Legislative Session – How it Affects Horses • The Equiery’s Stable Study and the Economic Status of the MD Horse Industry • Preakness Entries and Race Day Results If you have any questions or are having trouble navigating this page, please call us at 1-800-244-9580 x107 or e-mail We would love to hear your comments on what you think of this page and/or about any of the news blasts posted. Simply click on the “comments” button and your message will be automatically sent to us (these comments will not be posted or printed without your permission, and may be edited for...

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