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Over 100 Maryland Kids Heading to USPC Champs

The U.S. Pony Club Festival of Champions starts this week and over 100 members from the Capital (MD, VA), Maryland (MD, PA) and Delmarva (MD, PA, DE, NJ) regions are on their way to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY to compete. Competitors qualified for Champs through a series of regional rallies all spring and summer in Quiz, Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Tetrathlon and Mounted Games. There are 65 kids from the Maryland Region attending, while 30 are from Capital Region and 26 from Delmarva Region. We wish all the members attending safe travels and best of luck!...

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Survey Says: 51.8% of Marylanders want to ride a horse!

The Institute for Governmental Service and Research recently conducted an online opinion poll of 1,000 Maryland residents. Respondents had a broad demographic and geographic range, with 50.8% indicating an interest in either riding or participating in some sort of activity involving horses. The majority are interested in some sort of recreational or sport riding; the least interest is in watching races. More women than men are interested in riding; more men than women are interested in watching races. This response indicates a strong need for gateway programs into the horse industry. Gateway programs include spectator events, guided trail rides,...

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Maryland’s Biggest Show Just Got Bigger

With close to 1,000 horses every year, Capital Challenge Horse Show at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center is Maryland’s biggest horse show. Now, in its 24th year, it just got bigger, expanding to ten days. Equitation Weekend, presented by BigEq.com, now offers three full days of competition and will host the new United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final for the East Coast. The Jumping Seat Medal Finals were created to provide a 3’3″ level final, as well as an introduction to the 3’6″ finals and a stepping stone to the Talent Search Finals. “The 3’3”...

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Mid-Season Eventing Leaderboard Update

As we cross the halfway point in the eventing season, many Maryland riders and horses find themselves nationally ranked on the U.S. Eventing Association’s Leaderboards, presented by Bit of Britain. And with an extra week on Maryland’s summer calendar, there is plenty of time to cross-country school at one of Maryland’s fabulous facilities! If you have a cross-country facility and want to be added to The Equiery’s Directory to Cross-Country Schooling Courses, call 1-800-244-9580 or email info@equiery.com today! In the OVERALL standings, Marilyn Little of Frederick is the highest ranked Marylander sitting in 16th place. She is also the...

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Elk Creek: Maryland’s Only Combined Driving Event

Elk Creek Combined Driving Event June 3-4 • Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area, Elkton • photos by Hoof Print Images • copy by Louisa Emerick The Elk Creek Combined Driving Event marked its 12th year at Fair Hill NRMA. This “low key – no frills” driving event drew 66 competitors from 14 states and Canada. As Maryland’s only ADS Combined Driving Event, it is encouraging to see so many traveling to Fair Hill for this driving competition. Performances by the very small to the very tall equines wowed the spectators, and three horse teams and two pony teams...

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Canter for the Cause

Ever wonder what if feels like to ride on the famous Preakness course? Stop wondering and do it! Sunday, July 16 • Pimlico Race Course 10am – 3pm Walk, jog, trot, canter or gallop – your choice. Ride through the starting gate! Get a photo in the Winner’s Circle! Ride solo or with friends! EXTENDED DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 12 at 4 pm Register by Sat. July 8 and receive a complimentary, limited edition, collectors saddle towel. Ride as many times as you wish! $50 per trip ENTER NOW! IMPORTANT: Select your pace when you register!  Group 1 “SEABISCUIT” will walk, trot, canter AND gallop Group 2 “SECRETARIAT” will walk, trot and do a SLOW canter Group 3 “WAR ADMIRAL” will ONLY walk and trot! Rules & Requirements: All Horses must have proof of negative Coggins issued within the last 12 months All riders must wear approved helmets All riders must sign waivers (minors must have waiver signed by appropriate adult) Riders under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult No colts, stallions or ridglings For more information, visit www.usponyracing.com   Sponsored By:             Proceeds to Benefit:       Register...

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