$2.9 million offered for Manure Management Technologies

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for demonstration projects from vendors, businesses, and individuals offering technologies, equipment, infrastructure, or services that can improve the management and utilization of manure and other agricultural resources.

Maryland’s nutrient management regulations govern the amount, timing, and placement of crop nutrients—including manure and other organic nutrient sources—on agricultural land to prevent excess nutrients from impacting waterways. To help livestock producers comply with these regulations, Maryland supports and invests in alternative uses for manure such as fertilizer manufacturing, composting and manure-to-energy projects that add value to the farm business model.

MDA has $2.9 million available to invest in these types of innovative technologies during State Fiscal Year 2015, which ends June 30, 2015.Vendors, businesses, and individuals are invited to respond to this RFP; click here to download the RFP.

If you have questions about the program, contact Louise Lawrence at the Maryland Department of Agriculture at louise.lawrence@maryland.gov.

Deadline for proposals is March 6, 2015.

Pony Clubbers have that Touch of Class

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Iron Bridge Pony Club members with Secretary of Ag Buddy Hance and MHIB Chairman Jim Steele.

On behalf of The Iron Bridge Pony Club and St. Margaret’s Pony Club, members from the Iron Bridge Pony Club received the December Touch of Class award from the Maryland Horse Industry Board on Saturday, Dec. 13, after the conclusion of the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade. The Iron Bridge Pony Club won a national championship at the 2014 U. S. Pony Club Championships in Lexington, Kentucky.

The team which rode their mounts in the Parade included Ryan Keefe, 14, from Sandy Spring (Montgomery County); Hallie Kling, 14, from Brookeville (Montgomery County); Gracie Lukaczer, 16, from Washington D.C.; Rachael Miller, 17, from Pasadena (Anne Arundel County); and Erin Reilly, 16, from Woodbine (Howard County).

The team members represented the Iron Bridge Hounds Pony Club from the Washington metro area and the St. Margaret’s Pony Club from Annapolis. They joined forces to win the Novice Event in the three-day event competition, defeating 21 other teams from across the United States.

Coach Rumsey Keefe said,
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Maryland State Fair: Max Mosner retires; Andy Cashman new General Manager

Max Mosner’s 53 year tenure as the president and general manager of the Maryland State Fair was longer than the entire careers of most people!   As Max enters a much deserved retirement, he turns the reins over to his long-time assistant, Andy Cashman.

Read more in the The Baltimore Business Journal and on WBOC TV Channel 16 (Delmarva News).

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Giving Thanks by Giving Wisely

It is the holidays and the end of the tax year! How do you give wisely?

As we gather today to give thanks, most of us our probably include our horses somehow. Maybe a special hot bran mash, or extra apples (apple pie for us, extra apples for them, right?).

And as Thanksgiving officially kicks off the winter holidays, so too does it kick off the official season for charitable giving.

If you are looking for an equine charity, there are many worthy ones, including schools, riding programs and college research programs, rescue programs and shelters, and therapeutic programs. With schools and colleges, giving is fairly standardized. However, with other organizations, you may worry; you may wonder if an organization is legitimate. You may wonder how much of your donation actually goes to help horses, or just to line pockets. Where is the accountability? Who regulates these organizations?
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Tom Chuckas resigns as president & CEO of Maryland Jockey Club

The Stronach Group announced today that Tom Chuckas, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, has resigned his position with the company, effective November 30.

Chuckas joined the Maryland Jockey Club in May 2008. Over the years, he has led the effort to develop a long-term plan to bring stability to horse racing in the state of Maryland. He has also played a pivotal role in rebranding the Preakness Stakes which saw record-breaking attendance for 2014.
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Did you hear? Racing year-round in Maryland!

The Maryland Jockey Club announced earlier this week that Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will conduct 149 days of racing in 2015, as approved by the Maryland Racing Commission. The MJC will conduct a winter meeting at Laurel, a spring campaign at Pimlico, a summer stand at Laurel for the first time since 2010 and a fall meeting at Laurel.

The 2015 winter meeting will begin January 1 and run through March 28 with 43 live racing days with live racing. In January and February, racing will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with holiday exceptions. Wednesday racing will be added during March. The stakes schedule for the 2015 Laurel Park winter meet was also approved. The $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) on February 14 and the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3) two days later headline the 16 stakes program.

Racing will then shift to Pimlico for the spring meeting, which will begin April 2 and run through June 6, Belmont Stakes day. The 37-day stand will feature the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown on Saturday, May 16.

Prior to the Timonium State Fair meet, live racing returns to the major tracks on August 1 at Laurel Park for an 11-day summer stand. After the Timonium meet, Laurel will conduct a 58-day fall meeting through the end of the year with four days a week of live racing during the months of September, October and November and three days a week of racing in December.

Governor-Elect Larry Hogan invited to meet the Maryland horse industry on Nov. 18

As most of our readers are aware, Republican candidate Larry Hogan won Maryland’s gubernatorial election on Tuesday, November 4.

In the legislature, although both Senate President Mike Miller and Representive Mike Busch held onto their seats, Republicans gained two seats in the Senate (for a total of 14 out of 47)and 9 seats in the House (for a total of 52 out of 141).

How does all of this shake out for the horse industry and the equestrian community? Hard to say right now.

The Maryland Farm Bureau endorsed the Hogan-Rutherford ticket, so MFB is now surely pleased.

Meanwhile, the Maryland Thoroughbred industry, understandably, had supported the Brown-Ullman ticket. We say “understandably” because Ullman’s father serves on the Maryland Racing Commission, and the racetrack folks tend to be loyal, but they are also practical, and the Republicans have a good track record for supporting slots, which in turn support racing.

However, the Maryland Horse Council shied away from endorsing a gubernatorial ticket – although MHC’s endorsed candidates for the house and the senate did well.

The Maryland Horse Council has invited Governor-Elect Hogan to attend the MHC annual general meeting on Tues. Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in Annapolis. On his survey for the Maryland Horse Council (which surveyed all the candidates), Hogan indicates a sentimental attachment to the Prince George’s Equestrian Center because of his father, who was the P.G. County Executive from 1978 – 1982; perhaps if he joins us on Nov. 18, he will tell us more!

Click here to read Hogan’s responses to the MHC 2014 Election Candidate Surveys.

Click here for more information about the MHC Nov. 18 meeting – which is open to all horse people.

Today is Election Day! Not sure for whom to vote? Consider voting “Farmer Friendly” and “Horse Friendly.”

Today, Tuesday, November 4, 2014, is election day! A critical day in our representative democracy.

The news networks have been pounding the same message for weeks: today’s election is crucial, pivotal! It could change the direction of the country, or Maryland – or at least your local jurisdiction.

Voting is one of our inalienable rights, as well as one of our civic responsibilities.

There are 40 open seats in the General Assembly, and of course the two gubernatorial candidates are unexpectedly neck-and-neck down the stretch!

Maybe you’ve been meaning to check out the Maryland candidates but just have not gotten around to it. Well, today’s the day and we’ve got two quick ways you can figure out which candidates might represent your interests:

1. Maryland Horse Council’s list of endorsements

2. Maryland Farm Bureau PAC’s list of endorsements

And if you are not sure where you polling place is, click here.

See you at the polls!

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On your way to your polling place, stop by your local feed or tack store and pick up the November issue of The Equiery – you can read it while you wait in line!

In Case You Missed it…. Allison Kilroy Named WIHS Regional Hunter Horse Finals Champion

© Shawan McMillen Photographry

© Shawan McMillen Photography

The WIHS Regional Hunter Horse Finals wrapped up on Sunday, October 26 with Maryland’s own Allison Kilroy earning the championships honors. Allison rode Inside Scoop to win on a score of 80. She trains with Amy and Streett Moore at McDonogh and leases “Tank” from the school. Allison is also the captain of McDonogh’s varsity riding team.

For more on the Regional Finals, go to our Sporting Blog by clicking here.

2014 WIHS Barn Night Winners

Congratulations to the winning stables of the 2014 Barn Night at Washington International Horse Show.  We are proud that, once again, MARYLAND dominated the entries and swept the Barn Night Awards!The creative challenge theme (for videos and banners) was “Equestrian Idol.”  (Were you at Barn Night? For lots of Barn Night photos, visit The Equiery‘s Facebook site!)

Summerfield's winning banner!

Summerfield’s winning banner!

Prizes included a clinic with Olympic gold medalist Peter Wylde, a customized golf cart from United Metro Golf Cart and Dover gift certificates.

The Equiery is pleased to salute our fellow Barn Night co-sponsors:

 

Best Banner Winners Summerfield Farm (Lothian)Share your Barn Night story with us!  Email us at editor@equiery.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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KC van Aarem receives the Touch of Class during WIHS Barn Night with the winners of the largest barn category, Meadowbrook Stables (Chevy Chase, MD)

KC van Aarem receives the Touch of Class during WIHS Barn Night with the winners of the largest barn category, Meadowbrook Stables (Chevy Chase, MD)

KC van Aarem has that Touch of Class

As part of the Barn Night festivities, The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) presented KC van Aarem (Wheaton, MD) with a Touch of Class award. KC was a member of one of the winning teams at the 2014 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in Lexington, Kentucky this summer. 19 year old KC rode her 12 year-old Canadian Sport Horse, Mastermind, on the Zone 3 winning 4-person team in show jumping. KC was presented with her award while posing with Meadowbrook Stables, who had the most people at the 2014 WIHS Barn Night!

The Touch of Class Award honors Marylanders and/or their horses who excel nationally and internationally. The award is named after the Maryland-bred mare, Touch of Class, who won two gold medals in show jumping in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.  For more information about the Touch of Class Award and the Maryland Horse Industry Board, contact MHIB Executive Director Ross Peddicord at ross.peddicord@maryland.gov or phone (410) 841-5798.