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The Challenges of Hunting in Maryland Today

2008 Maryland, My Ever Tighter Maryland No doubt about it: The ever-congested Maryland suburbs have been a boon for equestrian businesses. Nowhere else in the United States is there such a plethora of lesson, training and boarding stables–not to mention tack and feed stores. There is plenty of business for vets, farriers, farm sitters, equine massage therapists–you name it. Maryland’s per-mile density of equestrian offerings is unique. The suburbs provide clients for the lesson and boarding stables. Inside the Baltimore-Washington corridor, there are thriving stables mere miles apart, offering plenty of options for the client. The more rural it gets, the more the number of lesson and boarding facilities start to dwindle due to less demand. The suburban edges offer handy-dandy farmettes, three- and five-acre chunks of land in which adults can realize their childhood passions of “having a horse farm,” while providing a steady stream of business for local feed stores and tractor suppliers (not to mention a whole new market for tractor manufacturers). A savvy health care professional can spend all day traveling down one lane, going from “farmette” to “ranchette”–and never travel more than a few miles! Be they boarders or “farmetters,” not only do these horse people fuel the Maryland equine economy, they are active participants in equestrian activities. These horse owners fill the membership rolls of the eventing, trail riding and foxhunting clubs and...

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Words of Wisdom from Senior MFHs

Roger I. Scullin, MFH since 1978 Howard County-Iron Bridge Hounds You must be dedicated to your hounds, and aspire to make your pack as good as it can be, and the sport as good as it can be. Everything else supports that, having enough territory, having friendly landowners, and having a field that supports your hounds. My first challenge as master was deer breaking our hounds – and successfully breaking them was also my first success! It is important that a master have a vision for what he wants for the sport, a vision that includes hounds, territory, and field. A master should be able to take a long view, as every hunt is going to have short term challenges…every hunt goes through them, new staff, new hounds, changing boards, diminishing territory. Without that long view, you can get discouraged. Patience is probably the most important trait for a master, bringing along young hounds, developing your pack, working with new staff, bringing along new field members and landowners…but with time and work, it can all come together. Probably the best advice I received as a new master was from Val Wilson of Potomac, who said to me, “Roger, the one thing about being a master is one day, for sure, you will be an ex master!” It is all a constant challenge, all of it. It is fun, but...

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Maryland Masters of the Foxhounds Class of 2009

“Pity the master,” writes William P. Wadsworth repeatedly in his invaluable “Riding to the Hounds in America.” So, in accordance with Master Wadsworth, it is with both respect and pity that we welcome the new crop of Maryland Masters of the Foxhounds. What is a “master?” According to Wadsworth, a master is, quite simply, “the person in command of the hunt in field and kennels.” Sounds simple, doesn’t it? You get to append the initials “MFH” to your name, and then you get to lead the field and get invitations to hunt all over the world, right? Right, just as soon as he or she gets done ensuring that the pack of hounds has a capable huntsman, that there is plenty of staff to assist the huntsman, that the breeding and training of the hounds is appropriate for the territory and the club’s style of hunting, that the staff is properly mounted…right after he or she has touched base with the sometimes well over 100 landowners who can make up a given territory, made sure the paneling and trails were in good order, the long time members of the club were in good humor and the new members were feeling included, and just after he or she answers the complaints of the 60 or so backseat drivers, diplomatically dispenses with the Monday morning quarterbacks, and juggles the hunt club...

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Maryland Environmental Trust Preserving & Conserving Equine Properties

by Adam Block, MET Conservation Easement Planner (published in the November 2010 Equiery) Some Day Could Be Sooner Than You Think! The scenic rolling pastures of Some Day Soon Farm are protected forever thanks to a conservation easement donated by Steve and Suzanne Quarles to the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET). A 247-acre Hanoverian breeding station between Mt Airy and New Market in Frederick County, Some Day Soon includes a 33-stall barn, breeding barn, and indoor riding arena. The easement permanently protects 7,000 linear feet of the Woodville Branch stream bed, 5,000 feet of scenic road frontage, and habitat for forest interior-dwelling birds.Steve and Suzanne Quarles worked with MET to customize a conservation easement that protects the conservation values of the property while also permitting horse farm-related activities, including both their current activities (breeding and raising horses) and other possible future activities (boarding, training and riding lessons); and the construction of a limited amount of housing for farm tenants. The easement also provides that the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, Inc., or another similar nonprofit environmental organization, may manage the forest and riparian portions of the property in the future for passive recreation, including the construction and use of permeable foot and horse trails. “MET was a natural partner for us because they shared our vision for the farm,” Suzanne Quarles explains. “We found the staff to be professional, highly...

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Shawan Downs Conservation

Celebrating 28,000 Conserved Acres Many thanks to Michael D. Hankin, president of the Land Preservation Trust, Inc. and Charles Fenwick Jr., executive director of Shawan Downs, Inc., for their contributions to this article. On Thursday, September 23, 2010, the Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs celebrated its 10th anniversary, but the evening was about more than just the Legacy Chase; it was about the legacy of land conservation in Northern Baltimore County, which began with an unrealized vision in the 1960s and today includes over 28,000 preserved acres. Shawan Downs is owned by the Land Preservation Trust (LPT), a 501c3 organization that was formed in 1986 to work alongside the Valleys Planning Council (see sidebar) Walking the Walk: The LPT While VPC is an important advocacy body, it was believed by residents of the Worthington and Greenspring Valleys that there was a role for a companion organization, which could actually take title to properties from time to time if necessary to facilitate a conservation mission, so they created the Land Preservation Trust. Today, LPT engages in two primary activities: obtaining conservation easements and the ownership and operation of Shawan Downs. Shawan Downs: Baltimore’s Gateway to Rural Conservation According to Shawan Downs’ Executive Director, Charlie Fenwick, Jr., twenty members of the community, led by Pedie Killebrew, pooled their resources thirteen years ago to acquire Shawan Downs for LPT. Since then, over...

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