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Jody Petty 25 Years of Racing Memories

by Katherine O. Rizzo (First Appeared in the June 2017 Issue of The Equiery)    When you pull up Jody Petty’s race record on Central Entry Office, it is 30 pages long! Thirty pages of very small print! The database states that he has had 1281 starts in his two and a half decades as a jump jockey. And that is all by a man who says he “sort of just fell into the sport.” Originally from Elkton, Petty now lives just over the border in Unionville, PA and officially retired from steeplechasing at this year’s Fair Hill Point-to-Point...

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Maryland Fence Law

(First appeared in the April, 2017 issue of The Equiery) As of press time, both the House and Senate versions of a bill to repeal a St. Mary’s County fencing law (HB109/SB102) had passed their respective houses and crossed over, essentially making the repeal of Public Local Law Article 19, Chapter 43 “Fences” a done deal. Enacted in 1916, the law required neighboring farmers in St. Mary’s County to install joint farm fences built to certain specifications (post-and-rail at four feet, bottom plank eight inches from ground, planks/rail no more than eight inches apart, etc.); the law goes on...

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Equiery Readers on Fencing

(First appeared in the April, 2017 issue of The Equiery) For this year’s Farm Fix-Up issue, we surveyed our readers to learn more about their fences. No surprise, more of our readers have board fencing than any other kind. Did you know that in other parts of the country, dark board fencing is known as “Maryland fence?” Kentucky is known for its white board fences, and we are known for our dark board fencing (once upon a time, they were creosoted; these days, they are left to age naturally, or are oiled or painted). What kinds of fencing do...

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A peek at the people behind the Preakness

by Katherine O. Rizzo with photos by Jim McCue (first appeared in the May 2017 print edition of The Equiery; #Preakness2017) With well over 100,000 people converging on Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for one important race day in May and billions watching around the world, the Preakness Stakes is very much in the spotlight. The pressure is high to put on a good show and the race goes off each year without a hitch only because of the people behind the Preakness. These men and women hold all kinds of jobs from general manager to track farrier to pony riders...

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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 • http://mda.maryland.gov/horseboard/Pages/horse_board.aspx 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 equiery.com. 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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