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Who’s Who in Equine Studies

Dr. Charlie Apter Dr. Apter joined the faculty of the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at University of Maryland College Park in August 2012 as Livestock Lecturer. He received a BS from Clemson University and a PhD in Animal Science (Equine) from Texas A&M University, after which he taught for 11 years in NE Missouri at Truman State University where he managed a 45-head university-owned horse herd. He was then named Director of Agriculture at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, TX, where he worked for five years before joining the faculty at University of Maryland. He...

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Who’s Who on the Maryland Horse Industry Board

Maryland Horse Industry Board • 410-841-5861 • Established by legislation in 1998, the Maryland Horse Industry Board, housed within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, functions as a commodity board to help develop and promote the state’s horse industry. To understand more about what the board can and cannot do, and how it differs from the Maryland Horse Council, please visit Board members are appointed by the Governor to represent different segments of the horse industry; these segments are outlined in the law authorizing the Board. The Maryland Department of Agriculture and other interested parties can make recommendations...

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Who’s Who in the Maryland Horse Council

One Common Bond – The Horse; One Common Voice – Maryland Horse Council The Maryland Horse Council is the umbrella organization for all horse organizations in Maryland. The board of directors consists of one representative from each member organization, as well as directors at large who represent individuals, farm and business memberships, and youth groups. The board of directors, which meets quarterly, elects the officers and the executive committee. The executive committee serves as the steering committee for the council, meeting monthly and conferring regularly to oversee housekeeping and planning issues for MHC. They are your representatives. Please feel...

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Attention: Owners of Lesson Stables, Guided Trail Rides, Carriage Companies

Time to Ride Challenge Doubles in Size, Offers Cash Opportunities for Business Owners If you offer gateway programs (programs that introduce non-horse people to horses, such as guided trail rides, lessons for beginners, summer riding programs or camps, carriage rides, or spectator events), then the national Time To Ride Challenge program is for you, and can help provide you with some funding. The Challenge will award $100,000 in cash and prizes to horse professionals who can generate the most “newcomer” interactions with horses, and bring them back for a follow-up experience to encourage further participation. A plethora of breed,...

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Racing Rocked Annapolis

By Tom LaMarra (originally published on, the official website for the national Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association). The Maryland racing industry’s efforts to educate lawmakers and present a unified front paid off during the 2017 General Assembly session that ended April 10. The Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act contained several provisions that, had they passed, would have shifted money from the Purse Dedication Account, which is funded by a percentage of video lottery terminal revenue at the state’s six casinos. On the table was a recommendation for the industry, not the state, to pay about $2.5 million for Maryland Racing...

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Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

     FOALS! What you need to know NOW. It’s that time of year when joy and cuteness enter the world in the form of a long-legged, lanky adorable foal. Are you prepared for ensuring a healthy foal delivery? Tips & timeframes from Drs. Krista Estell and Elizabeth MacDonald of our neonatal intensive care unit: The first few hours of a foal’s life are critical. A newborn foal can deteriorate very rapidly, requiring immediate medical intervention. A newborn foal should: •  breathe independently within seconds of birth •  be on their feet within one hour •  be nursing on...

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