Maryland-breds top the Fasig-Tipton Sale

From the Maryland Horse Breeders Association

Hurray for Maryland! Seven of the top 10 prices at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale, held Monday, Sept. 29 at the sales pavilion in Timonium, were Maryland-breds. Six sold for six-figures, including the two most expensive of the sale. efy14 029c flatter americanvictory 092914 100A copy

Ellen Charles’ Hillwood Stable spent $260,000 for the sales topper, a colt by Flatter bred by Richard Golden’s Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds. The colt is the second foal out of Golden’s homebred stakes winner American Victory (by Victory Gallop); second dam is multiple graded winner Who Did It and Run (by Polish Numbers). At the Keeneland sale less than three weeks earlier, a Giant’s Causeway colt out of Who Did It and Run bred by Golden sold for $200,000.

Hillwood Stable was also the top bidder for the second-highest price, and top-priced filly, when securing a daughter of Pure Prize out of Maryland-bred champion He Loves Me (by Not For Love) for $200,000. From the consignment of breeder Dark Hollow Farm, the filly is the granddaughter of graded stakes winner Palliser Bay. Her dam He Loves Me is a graded stakes winner

of $355,698 and a full sister to stakes winner For Kisses.

Other Maryland-breds selling for $100,000 or more are:

The overall sales average was $21,905, as 275 yearlings brought $6,023,900. A total of 89 Maryland-breds (32 percent of the sale total) sold for $2,622,600, 44 percent of the gross sales, for an average of $29,467.

Leading Maryland sires

Friesan Fire, a son of A.P. Indy standing at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, was the top first-year sire by gross sales and the second-leading sire overall. Fourteen of his 15 yearlings sold for a combined $327,000 (average $23,357). He was the only regional sire with a six-figure sales horse, when his Pennsylvania-bred son out of the Citidancer mare Mrs. Vanderbilt was sold by breeder Cut N Run Farm out of the Bill Reightler consignment for $130,000. Steven W. Young, agent, made the purchase.

Not For Love was the sale’s third-leading sire with nine yearlings sold for $325,000 (average $36,111).

Assateague Pony struck in Hit-and-Run

According Delmarva Now and to the National Park Service, on Monday, September 15 a sports car hit a horse while driving on the causeway leading from the mainland to the Maryland side of the barrier island. This is the third such collision this year.

The car left the scene, but a witness called 911 after seeing the horse fall down.

The horse got up and walked away before authorities arrived. But based on the witness’ description, Park Service officials think the horse was N2BHS-CK, nicknamed Johnny’s Star. But a search that day could find no horses that appeared injured, including Johnny’s Star.

None of the three horses involved in vehicle incidents this year have died. But the park has recorded 29 vehicle-related horse deaths since 1982.

Park officials are urging all visitors to heed the posted speed limits – and to drive slower than the posted speed limits when approaching horses on or near the road.


MHC joins MORE, TROT and others in PEPCO/Exelon Merger Petition

The Maryland Horse Council has joined Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, Inc., Trail Riders of Today, Inc., Potomac Bridle and Hiking Trail Association, Inc., Equestrian Partners in Conservation, Inc.; Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Inc., Montgomery County Road Runners Association, Inc., The American Hiking Society and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, Inc. in a Petition to Intervene in the PEPCO/Exelon merger proceeding currently before the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC case # 9361). The purpose of the intervention by these outdoor user groups to seek to have Exelon, should the merger be approved, grant more public access to its rights of way for recreational use.

MHC Endorses Political Candidates

The following candidates for seats in the Maryland General Assembly were endorsed by vote of the Maryland Horse Council Board of Directors at its Quarterly Meeting on August 26th in New Market, Maryland.

This is the first time that MHC has endorsed candidates for office. The endorsement decisions were based on the candidates’ proven track record of support for MHC and our issues and concerns, including support for: equestrian training and competition facilities and equestrian sports; farmland preservation; the Thoroughbred industry, breeders and racing; opposition to Sunday hunting; and attendance at MHC events.

September means…

September means back to school, back to lesson programs, the start of the fall show and competition schedules, cubbing AND the start of hunting season.  Soon, the White Tail Deer hunting season will be underway, and the Maryland Farm Bureau and Maryland Horse Council encourage their members and the public to be conscious of their surroundings and respectful of others during this traditional and recreational season.

Landowners, sportsmen, equestrians, farmers, and others commonly spend more time outdoors during this time of year. Respecting landowners’ private property rights and preventing trespassing while hunting or riding will avoid possible negative interaction among participants.

“Maryland farmers continue to face a growing problem of crop damage inflicted by wildlife, especially deer,” said Maryland Farm Bureau President Chuck Fry. “We encourage Maryland sportsmen to take full advantage of this year’s hunting season.  We also encourage the community to respect the rights of landowners and be considerate of other outdoor recreation while hunting.”
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Senator Brinkley stands up for “Due Process”

The Equiery applauds Senator David Brinkley for standing up for our constitutional right to due process of law by requesting a hearing for DLS Control No. 14-217 Submission of COMAR as “Emergency Regulation.” The Equiery likewise applauds the Maryland Horse Council for alerting the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review (AELR) and for alerting Senator Brinkley (as well as other members of the committee) to this potential circumvention of due process. It is too easy in today’s society to become complacent about the government and about the regulatory process. Too easy to shrug one’s shoulders and say, “Well, that’s just the way they do things.” To paraphrase Edmund Burke, who looked with jaundiced eye upon bureaucracy, tyranny will prevail when good people stand by and do nothing.
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Marylander Barabara Smith conquering the Mongolian Empire!

Maryland Barbara Smith conquers Mongolia! (Photo courtesy of The Adventurists)

Maryland Barbara Smith conquers Mongolia! (Photo courtesy of Richard Dunwoody and The Adventurists)

The results are final and official! Marylander Barbara Smith finished 9th in the Mongolian Derby.

The race officially finished at 8:30 pm on Friday, Aug. 15, a few riders did need to be carried forward on Thursday to ensure they would cross the line in time – but not Barbara! The first nine positions were confirmed by sundown on Thursday, Aug. 14 with no changes to finishing order needed for those first nine (a number of penalties were accrued by the following pack so not all of them were placed in the order they finished, and The Equiery waited for the results to be official before posting).

For most of the race, home-state girl Barbara Smith sat
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$$$ for Grants & Great Ideas!

The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) is now accepting grant applications for research, educational and promotional projects that support horses or the equestrian community, or develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry.

Organizations eligible for MHIB grants include (but are not limited to) non-profit organizations, clubs and associations, businesses, farms and licensed stables, government entities, schools and educational institutions. Projects of interest to the Board include (but are not limited to) those that develop new opportunities and coincide with the board’s mission to increase awareness and growth of the Maryland horse industry. Projects are evaluated for their value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of activity, financial need, potential for matching funds, benefits, and quality of the written presentation. Individual requests should not exceed $3,000. The average grant amount is approximately $1,200. In 2014, 28 projects received $30,000 in grant allocations.
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Maryland will miss Brice Ridgely

Thoroughbred breeder, auctioneer, farmer and well-known Howard County horseman Brice Ridgely (Spring Meadow Farm, Cooksville) passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 5 from complications related to cancer.

Born June 8, 1947, in Olney, MD he was the son of the late William Brice “Worthington” Ridgely and Carolyn Pickett Ridgely. He was the husband of Mary Anne Ridgely (nee Welsh) of Cooksville.

Brice was a charter member of the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club, had served on the boards of the Howard County Fair and Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

Brice bred Declan’s Moon, the leading American Two-Year Old Thoroughbred of 2004.

The Equiery extends its sincerest condolences to his wife and to his entire family: sons Chip and Courtney Ridgely (Libertytown, Rockin R Western Productions), Randy Ridgely of Wyoming, DE and Wilson R., Jr. and Gwen Bounds of Taneytown; daughters and sons-in-law; Melissa and David Covolesky of Mt. Airy and Rachel and Mike Price of Mt. Airy; brother, H. Wayne Ridgely of Libertytown and sister Carol Ann Wheatley of Cambridge. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, where a funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 AM. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Glenwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club, Inc., P.O. Box 335 West Friendship, MD, 21794.

Assateague Pony Population Finally Ecologically Sustainable

According to Delmarva Now, twenty years into its horse-control program on the Maryland side of Assateague Island, the National Park Service can claim victory. This year, the agency reached its goal of reducing the size of the herd to no more than 100 horses. Read more:  Delmarva Now