On November 20, 2015, prominent publisher, philanthropist, civic leader and foxhunter Austin H. Kiplinger died at a hospice in Montgomery County. He was 97.
According to published reports, his death was the result of cancer that had metastasized to his brain.
Although nationally known as the publisher of the well-regarded Kiplinger Letters and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, locally, Austin Kiplinger was revered as a member of the Potomac and Poolesville equestrian community, which affectionately referred to him as “Mr. Kip.”
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Kip and his wife “Gogo” made Montgomery County their home in the late 1950s with their acquisition and restoration of Montevideo. Montevideo has since hosted numerous Thanksgiving Hunts for the Potomac Hounds, while a section of the farm known as Bittersweet Field has served as the home of the Seneca Valley Pony Club and the Potomac Hunt Races for decades.
In addition to his more public leadership roles (such as on the board of directors for the National Symphony Orchestra and Cornell University), Mr. Kip took active roles in the horse industry.
During the Potomac Horse Fever epidemic of the 1980s, Mr. Kip hosted critical community information and fundraising meetings at Montevideo. Horse farms along the Potomac River were ground zero for the mysterious disease killing horses. In 1982, 113 Montgomery County horses had been officially afflicted, with 28 dying. In 1983, 116 horses in Maryland and 32 in Virginia were officially known to have contracted the disease, with more than 50 dying.
With the leadership of Mr. Kip,
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Yesterday, Ceba Horse was found guilty on three of four counts of animal cruelty in the District Court for Wicomico County.
As The Equiery reported last summer, the Wicomico County, Maryland State’s Attorney charged Delaware resident Ceba Horsey with one felony count of aggravated animal cruelty and three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty for botching the euthanasia of his horse, which had suffered a broken leg.
According to a press release issued by the Wicomico County Sheriff’s office, on 9 July 2015 a deputy responded to a call regarding an injured horse lying in the grass at boarding stable on Waller Road in Delmar, Maryland (which is on the Maryland-Delaware line).
According to the Sheriff’s office, the horse had broken its leg the previous day, and the owner had apparently told others on the property that he would euthanize the horse himself with an injection.
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This fall, Governor Larry Hogan announced $14.9 million in grants for bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use trails across the state. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding a total of 63 grants, including $2.77 million in Bikeways Program grants, $1.03 million in Recreational Trails Program grants, and $11.1 million in Transportation Alternatives Program grants. MDOT awarded the grants to counties, municipalities and non-profit organizations.
Bridal trails and multi-use trails that include equestrian are eligible for many of these programs – and many horse groups have used them with great success. This year, The Equiery did not find any specific equestrian projects on this list, however, we did find numerous multi-user trail projects, even under the Bikeways Program, so scroll down for the detailed list of programs funded. And if any of these programs do have equestrian applications, do let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The largest of the grants includes $6.5 million in funding from
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Over the weekend, a large Maryland contingent of steeplechase horses, trainers and jockeys headed down to Pine Mountain, Georgia for the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens on November 7 and brought back wins in all five races!
Forrest Kelly and Black and Blue Stables’ Monstaleur took home the first win of the day with the $15,000 W.C. Bradley Maiden Timber for trainer Blythe Miller Davies. Kelly and Monstaleur won by a margin of nine!
In the second race, the $25,000 Open Timber, it was Connor Hankin aboard Ballylifen, owned by Bruton Street-US and trained by Jack Fisher, who raced to the finish first, winning by two and half lengths over Mark Beecher on the Maryland-owned and trained Brother Sy (Armata Stables, Todd Wyatt).
Annie Yeager narrowly won the $30,000 Sport of Kinfs Maiden Hurdle riding Keystone Thoroughbreds’ The Duck for trainer Todd McKenna by 3/4 of a length.
Jack Fisher was in the winners’ circle again after the $75,000 Aflac Supreme Hurdle, Novice Hurdle Stakes. He trained the winner Overwhelming for Woodslane Farm with Sean McDermott in the irons.
Annie Yeager scored her second win of the day in the final race, the $25,000 Allowance Flat. She rode Tobias for trainer/owner Rafael Fernandez.
For the full results, visit the National Steeplechase Association.
In other steeplechase racing news, Irv Naylor, Jack Fisher and Paddy Young have clinched this year’s National Steeplechase Association championship titles for owner, trainer and jockey. To read more, click here.
Does your equine business rely on foreign workers? If so, you probably rely on the H-2B visa program.
The H-2B program is used by members of the horse industry, principally horse trainers and owners who cannot find American workers to fill semi-skilled jobs as grooms, exercise riders, and stable attendants at racetracks, horse shows, fairs and in similar non-agricultural activities.
Congress will need to take action on all fiscal year 2016 appropriations bills before current funding expires December 11, 2015. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) appropriations bills, include important and helpful language that will make the H-2B program easier for employers to use. However, there is no guarantee this language will be included in the 2016 appropriations package or “Omnibus bill” that is being negotiated now and action is need immediately.
If you, your business or your segment of the horse industry rely on H-2B workers, please contact your Senators to express support for the H-2B appropriations language that is included in the DOL and DHS appropriations bills. Urge them to sign the H-2B letter being circulated by Senators Tillis (R-NC) and Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Boustany (R-LA) that asks the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to include all of the beneficial H-2B provisions from both the House and Senate DHS and DOL bills in any final appropriations bill.
United States Senators for Maryland
The House of Representatives will begin to debate its version of a multi-year national highway bill, called the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRR Act) (H.R. 3763) this week. The bill would reauthorize the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The horse industry benefits greatly from this program.
However, two amendments have been introduced by Rep. Buddy Carter
(R-GA) and by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) to eliminate the RTP program. The House could vote on these amendments this week.
Since its inception RTP has provided money for thousands of state and local trail projects across the country, including many that benefit equestrians. RTP provides funding directly to the states for recreational trails and trail-related facilities for all recreational trail users. It is funded with a portion of the gas taxes paid into the Highway Trust Fund by recreational off-highway vehicle users.
The American Horse Council urges all recreational riders and trail users to call their Representative and ask them to oppose the Carter Amendment #69 and the Yoho amendment # 158 or any amendment to the STRR Act that would eliminate the Recreational Trails Program.
On Monday, October 26, 2015, Anne Goland (a.k.a. Anne Shumate Williams) was arrested in Orange County, VA, on 27 counts of animal cruelty after numerous horses were found dead on her property. As of yesterday, according to NBC Channel 29, investigators have removed 81 horses, mules and donkeys (and additional cats and dogs) from Goland’s Somserset farm. According to Orange County Sheriff Mark Amos (as reported by NBC Channel 29), ““What I saw was one of the most horrendous sights I’ve ever seen in 28 years of law enforcement,” Sheriff Amos said.”
Goland allegedly relocated horses to this farm from her Dickerson, Maryland property after numerous complaints were made about her animals to Montgomery County authorities last January. NBC Channel 29 published this statement from Thomas J. Koenig, director of Montgomery County Animal Services (Department of Police):
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-Jane Seigler, president, Maryland Horse Council
The Maryland Horse Council applauds Governor Larry Hogan’s effort to reduce “overburdensome and out of control regulations” by establishing the Regulatory Reform Commission. To this end, we have recently asked the Commission to consider the requirements of COMAR 15.20.07.02, Nutrient Application Requirements, as set forth in the Maryland Nutrient Management Manual, Nutrient Application Requirements, Section III, (D) and (E). Specifically, we ask that the rule’s prohibition of winter spreading of manure be abolished as it applies to spreading of horse manure on horse farms.
According to the most recent Maryland Equine Census, the state’s 79,100 horses reside on 16,040 separate properties that total 587,000 acres. The nutrient management regulations were conceived primarily to address nutrient runoff from large poultry and grain operations. We question whether their application to horse farm owners who rarely fertilize and whose manure piles consist primarily of hay, straw and wood shavings/sawdust is justified.
We believe that the ban on spreading horse manure mixed with bedding on fields during the winter months is not only a burden on farms that have limited appropriate stacking sites, but also is a threat to our waterways. Horse farm owners have been educated for years to harrow their pastures and thus spread manure droppings so that the nutrients can benefit the soil. Likewise, they have been taught that the mix of manure with straw or shavings that is evenly and lightly spread across pastures by their manure spreaders is good for soil and better for our streams than stockpiling the manure and creating rivers of brown water during heavy rains.
It makes little sense that during the winter there is no proscription against keeping horses outside on the pastures where they deposit their manure, but there is a rule against spreading that same manure mixed with straw or shavings from stall kept horses evenly across the ground with spreaders where it can soak into the soil under light winter rains and melting snow to improve soil quality for spring and summer pasture growth. The heavier manure spreading that farmers would need to do in early spring in order to dispose of the full winter’s manure stockpile is an environmental threat when heavy spring rains wash the manure into adjacent streams.
For the majority of small horse farms that do not have appropriate places to stockpile a winters’ worth of manure, this regulation is a threat
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Congratulation to Maryland’s Michael Wharton, whose Grinding Speed yesterday won the $75,000 International Gold Cup for a record third time, and in so doing, became the National Steeplechase Association’s 2015 Champion Timber Horse of the Year!
From the NSA:
With regular jockey Mark Beecher in the saddle, the nine-year-old Grindstone gelding took over the lead from pacesetting Personal Brew in the final mile and fought off challenges to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths over Magalen O. Bryant’s Dakota Slew. Sheila Williams’ and Andre Brewster’s Straight to It finished third, a neck farther back.
Sent off as the International Gold Cup’s 3.40-to-1 favorite, Grinding Speed ran the 3 1/2 miles over timber fences in 7:15.40 on turf rated as good.
The International Gold Cup was Grinding Speed’s third straight win over the Great Meadow course in The Plains. He won the Virginia Gold Cup for the second time on May 2.
Trainer Alicia Murphy agreed that, after five stakes victories at Great Meadow, Grind Speed is a horse for the course. He also won the 2012 International Gold Cup and the 2013 Virginia Gold Cup. In a remarkable display of consistency, Grinding Speed, Dakota Slew, and Straight to It finished in those respective positions in the past two editions of the International Gold Cup and the 2015 Virginia Gold Cup.
Grinding Speed also showed that he is not a one-dimensional runner. “You can put him anywhere,” said Wharton, an Annapolis, Md., lawyer who always leads Grinding Speed into the winner’s circle. Indeed, Grinding Speed had to make a bold late move over the last two fences to win last year’s International Gold Cup. He put his opponents to sleep by setting a laggard pace in the Virginia Gold Cup, taking more than 10 minutes to complete four miles.
In this year’s International Gold Cup, he had to run all the way after Fritz Boniface put Personal Brew on a huge lead and dared his opponents to catch him. They finally overtook him in the last mile, with Grinding Speed inheriting the lead and doggedly maintaining it with strong jumping and ample stamina.
“Mark said he was surprised by how much horse he had at the end,” said Wharton, who credited trainer Murphy for bringing Grinding Speed to the International Gold Cup in peak condition. “This race was the goal,” he said. “We knew it was going to be a tough race.”
The $45,000 first-place purse raised Grinding Speed’s 2015 purses to $124,550 and placed beyond the reach of any other timber horse in the race for this year’s championship. Remaining on the timber stakes schedule is next Sunday’s $35,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup.
Jumpers took center stage at the Washington International Horse Show on Wednesday with the $10,000 International Jumper speed class and the $10,000 WIHS Children’s and Adult Jumper Championships. Ireland’s Conor Swail took top honors in the International with Simba de La Roque while Katy Hamilton and Sacha 12 won the WIHS Children’s and Tegan Elizabeth Treacy rode Catalyst to the WIHS Adult jumper champs. In the Children’s, former WIHS Youth Ambassador Mary Elizabeth Cordia rode Zodia (owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone) to second place, just fractions slower than Hamilton. Third place when to Maryland’s own Grace Boston with Whiskey Rox.
Special kudos goes out to John French, who got his start showing ponies right here in Maryland, won sweeping the WIHS Grand Hunter Championships. Now based out of San Jose, CA, French finished this year’s WIHS with three championships, three reserve championships, two Grand Hunter Championship and the 2015 WIHS LEeding Hunter Rider title.
For full results, please visit WIHS.org. And don’t forget to visit The Equiery tonight during Barn Night! We will be walking around all night taking photos so if you see someone in a green vest, smile!