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2017 Equiery Business Seminars

2017 Maryland Horse World Expo The Equiery Business Q&As & Round Table Discussions Friday, January 20, 2017 Seminar Hall B North Hall, Cow Palace Free Door Prizes in Each Session! Your Business & Your Bottom Line: Q&A with the Experts Consider this your opportunity for professional consulting without the appointment, without the cost. Our panelist of successful business owners have been there, done that – and you can benefit from their experience.   1 p.m. CASH FLOW – YOUR BUSINESS DEPENDS ON IT Debt collection, lien laws Moderated by The Equiery’s Crystal Brumme Pickett (publisher) Do clients or former...

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Dr. Daniel Named New State Vet

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel took over the role of state veterinarian for the Maryland Racing Commission on January 1, replacing Dr. David Zipf who retired from MRC after 50-plus years at the end of the 2016 season. Dr. Daniel is the state vet for West Virginia working at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and plans to continue that role as well. She told the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, “I’m a workaholic. I got that from my dad.” She also stated that she had been substituting at the Maryland tracks for the past two years and looks forward...

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Mary Eppler Makes History at Laurel

Baltimore native Mary Eppler made racing history on December 31 when she became the first female trainer to ever win a trainer’s title at Laurel Park. Eppler, who is 62 and bases her horses out of Pimlico Race Course, finished out the fall meet with 24 wins, bringing her 2016 total to 49 wins, 43 seconds and 40 thirds. Her 2016 earning totaled $1,747,721 from 282 starts. She currently holds 761 career wins. Eppler credits her racing start to breaking and hot-walking horses for the late Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Sagamore Farm in Glyndon. From there she held a...

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Stuck in the Mud

Gravel: The simple solution that is “not simple.”   After one of our wettest, muckiest winters on record, Marylanders are girding their loins for an equally mucky wet spring. Many horse farm owners are looking for simple solutions to that perennial scourge of scourges: mud. Deep boot-sucking, tractor-sucking, soul-sucking mud anywhere the horses congregate; mud that sucks off shoes, twists stifles and destroys any hope of future pasture. One seemingly simple solution is to just throw some gravel down, and the local gravel pits tell us that their phones hum this time of the year with requests from farmers...

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Maryland recognized by EQUUS Foundation & Ariat

Maryland’s Discovery Centers create opportunities for more horse-human bonds. The efforts of the Maryland Horse Industry Board to bring new people into the equestrian community was recognized in October by the EQUUS Foundation and Ariat International when they were presented with the Klinger Perpetual Trophy for Honor and Service. The award recognizes a horse, individual, or organization that best demonstrates the values of honor and service as embodied by Klinger, a special horse who has touched the lives of many in his life of service with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon. MHIB received the award for the Maryland Horse Discovery Center Network. As its name implies, facilities in this network offer a variety of opportunities for non-equestrians to have their first hands-on exposure to horses (or ponies or minis or mules), whether it is a mounted experiences, such as a trail rides or lessons, or un-mounted experiences, such as petting zoos, carriage rides, farm tours or volunteer opportunities. In order to participate in the Maryland Horse Discovery Center Network, a farm, stable or program must first be licensed by MHIB. After it is licensed, it has an opportunity to apply for “Horse Discover Center” status. Candidate sites are inspect abd reviewed to insure they offered safe and reliable animals, programs with proven horsemanship basics, adequate insurance policies, and more. The intention is to provide...

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Maryland Horse Council to “Go Big”

As president Steuart Pittman has quipped, the time has come for the Maryland Horse Council to “go big or go home,” and so, in order to “go big,” MHC is looking to “go pro” by partnering with a professional association management firm. MHC was founded 30 years ago specifically for the purpose of influencing legislators to create a horse park; that horse park is the Prince George’s Equestrian Center. By the time it was five years old, MHC had shifted to a statewide mission: to represent the diverse horse industry at the state level on legislative and regulatory matters. Since the mid-90s, membership and activities have skyrocketed, and as current president Jane Seigler explains, “We’ve kind of become a victim of our own success.” Until 10 years ago, MHC was managed completely by volunteers (disclaimer: for about 15 years, The Equiery actually provided the management services for MHC, and is an ongoing sponsor of MHC). By 2006, MHC had outgrown The Equiery’s ability to manage it as a “volunteer” (i.e., donating our labor and our resources), and so MHC hired its first association manager, Vanessa Finney, who also worked part time for several other associations. Soon one of those associations snapped her up full time. MHC lobbyist Nancy Hill helped bridge the gap until Mythic Landing Enterprises was hired to provide administrative services. This was during the presidency of Steuart Pittman, and...

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