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Who’s Who in the Maryland Horse Council

First published in the February 2018 Equiery The Maryland Horse Council is the umbrella organization for all horse organizations in Maryland and recently, purchased The Equiery magazine. 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. Here is a look at the current MHC executive committee. For more information on MHC, click here. To become a MHC member, click here. President: Neil Agate Neil Agate is the founder of Four Gates, LLC, a business and technology services firm that works with early stage companies in Healthcare IT. He is a board member of the British-American Business Association and co-chair of the association’s communications committee. While Neil enjoys all horse activities, he is an avid polo player. In addition to playing polo, he has announced many charity polo matches up and down the East Coast. Originally from England, Neil has lived with his wife Kathy and two daughters in Darnestown for the last 20 years. Vice President: Steuart Pittman, Jr. Steuart Pittman, Jr., and his siblings are the eighth generation of his family to own...

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Trailers, Vans, The Laws & You

What you don’t know could leave your horses stranded on the side of the road. When it comes to the road, most of our readers are law-abiding citizens.  We have driver’s licenses; our vehicles are insured. We are even (grudgingly) starting to comply with the new laws requiring that we be “hands-free” when on the phone. But when it comes to our trucks and trailers, many of us are not complying with the laws. In most cases, this is unintentional, as we are merely unaware that, with that new truck or that gooseneck, we may have entered a whole...

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The Legacy of Salute the Truth

When owner Steuart Pittman shared the news of Salute the Truth’s passing on his Facebook page, the response was overwhelming. Over 700 people posted comments with condolences and stories about their own horses by the Maryland stallion. His post was shared over 200 times. When The Equiery posted on Facebook a call out to owners of Salute the Truth offspring to share their photos and stories, the reach was over 9,000 with many sharing our post with friends and family and even more posting comments right on our page. The result is photos and stories of Salute the Truth...

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Salute the Truth

The Equiery Salutes 2017 Stallion of Distinction Salute the Truth By Katherine O. Rizzo (first appeared in the December 2017 issue of The Equiery) This past summer, Maryland said goodbye to sport horse stallion Salute the Truth [Willie], as the 22-year-old Maryland-bred Thoroughbred was euthanized due to failing health at Dodon Farm, the Davidsonville farm where he spent nearly his entire life. Owner Steuart Pittman wrote that evening on the farm’s Facebook page, “He did everything I ever asked of him, and he kicked my ass when I needed it. He pushed me to my limits and I pushed...

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Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program

by Sara Gordon Sara Gordon, a junior at Virginia Tech, interned for The Equiery in the summer of 2016. Since then she has been immersing herself in the Maryland Thoroughbred industry. For a young person considering future careers, looking at the Thoroughbred industry, especially with the notion to become involved, can be intimidating. But the reality is, the “sport of kings,” filled with historic equine bloodlines, families and traditions, stands with open arms ready for new blood, new ideas, and driven people to implement them. The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program (MTCP) was created by Jordyn Egan and Cricket Goodall...

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Medieval Times in Maryland

by Avery Smith Avery Smith is a second-year undergraduate student at Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland, studying ancient history, archaeology and the history of art and architecture. This past summer, she interned at The Equiery, at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and for the Maryland Steeplechase Association. She has been an active rider for over ten years, participating primarily in fox chasing. This summer, The Equiery staff took a field trip to experience Maryland’s only professional equi-tainment dinner theater, the Medieval Times at Arundel Mills Mall. The theater itself is known in official Medieval Times company lingo as...

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