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UMD Breeding Program on Hiatus

Breaking News from the University of Maryland The University of Maryland Equine Studies program at the College Park campus announced yesterday that it is placing the equine breeding program on hiatus until a more sustainable funding model can be developed. Dr. Amy Burk, coordinator for the program stated, “I am very proud of what the program helped achieve in the last five years, including the training of our hard-working students and the quality of the horses we produced.” The program has trained over 80 students in equine breeding and sales and helped students land jobs in the breeding industry in...

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Oh How They Grow!

An Update on the University of Maryland Equine Breeding Program (first published in the August 2017 Equiery) by Dr. Amy Burk, Associate Professor, Equine Science, Department of Animal & Avian Sciences, University of Maryland Ask any horse breeder and they will likely agree that it’s amazing how fast a foal grows. One minute you’re helping to hold up a newborn suckling foal and the next minute you’re watching it cross the finish line at Laurel Park race track. It feels like just yesterday that the University of Maryland brought back its breeding program in 2013 after a 30 year hiatus. We had two main goals: to expand our real-world training opportunities for equine students and to enhance our relationship with the horse industry. To date, over 50 students have witnessed the birth of 11 foals on-campus. We’ve sold seven offspring at the renowned Fasig-Tipton Thoroughbred auction, grossing $30,000, with all proceeds going back into the program. There are two UMD-bred horses currently racing: the now four-year-old stakes-placed Maryland’s Best (Rock Slide x The Best Sister) and three-year-old Fear the Fire (Friesan Fire x Daylight Lassie). Maryland’s Best, who has earned nearly $40,000 to date, put our program on the map when he placed third in Maryland Million Nursery Stakes on Maryland Million Day. You would have thought he won the Preakness the way students, staff, and faculty celebrated! Fear...

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Introducing the 2018 Foals!

This year, we had 172 photos representing 62 different foals; which is greater than what was submitted in 2017. Enjoy all of the foals below! All of the information for each foal is above their photo To view multiple photos, mouse over the image and arrows will pop up, allowing you to click through and view the rest Click on the image to view the full size version Allora • Westfalen NA • Filly • sire: Alla’Czar • dam: Rotura • dam’s sire: Rotspon • owner: Cindy Spooner, Union Bridge, MD • breeder: Karen Severns, New Blessing Farm, Mount Airy, MD • photographer: Karen Severns, Mount Airy, MD Ariel • Chincoteague Pony • Filly • sire: Unknown • dam: Rizza • dam’s sire: Unknown • owner: Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Lisbon, MD • breeder: Unknown • photographer: Pamela Wheeler, Frederick, MD Blue and White Royal • Morgan • Filly • sire: Gladheart Black Harris • dam: Meridens Glory • dam’s sire: Caduceus Jesse • owner: Joanna Kelly, Blue and White Morgans, Jarrettsville, MD • breeder: Same • photographer: Judy Lalingo, Jarrettsville, MD Catching Fire • Hanoverian • Filly • sire: Chacco’s Rubin • dam: Balouette du Rouet • dam’s sire: Balou du Rouet • owner: Valerie Fox, White Plains, MD • breeder: Same • photographer: Meghan Palensky, White Plains, MD Cinch (right) • Quarter Horse • Colt • sire:...

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Breed All About It! Equiery Reader Breed Survey Results

While foal photos kept rolling in representing a diversity of horse and pony breeds, The Equiery wanted to know what is the most popular horse or pony breed among our readers! We put out a survey through Facebook and email in early July asking our readers to tell us a bit about their horses. In just a few days, over 200 readers took our survey, making for some interesting results! Although the majority of our survey participants are Maryland residents, our survey reached far past the Maryland border with responses from Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Delaware, New Jersey...

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The History of the Godolphin Barb

Hot-Blooded Horse Conquers a Cold Climate – The Godolphin Barb’s English Home by Laura Harrison McBride (December 2008) One has to take the good with the bad, as every rider knows. It was just so with one of the three Thoroughbred foundation stallions, the Godolphin Barb (or Arabian). Legend has it that the stallion once pulled a water cart through the streets of Paris before being shipped to England where, eventually, he hit his stride as a sire of champions in the middle of the eighteenth century. In fact, the horse probably never pulled a water cart, having been given to the King of France by the Bey of Tunis. The horse was known, then, as the Belgrade Turk, possibly indicating the route by which he was shipped from the Asia Minor to Europe. According to, the Godolphin Barb was foaled in what is today called Yemen, so he would have acquired the Belgrade moniker on his way through Asia Minor and into eastern Europe before moving on to western Europe, France and finally across the channel to England. That the horse is also called an Arabian, rather than a Barb, is also somewhat confusing. But then, the terminology of that part of the world is confusing. The Wind of Heaven… Yemen, by the sixteenth century, had become part of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire included, then,...

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Breeding Horses Responsibly

by Katherine O. Rizzo (August 2010) Economic uncertainty has touched all parts of the horse industry, but perhaps the hardest hit have been the breeders. When the mortgage meltdown began several years ago, breeders immediately dialed back, and we have seen dwindling foal crops ever since. Vets who specialize in breeding and foaling have reported record drops in business this past spring. Mare owners have wisely decided to postpone breeding for a year or two (or more) until the economy improves. While this reduced demand has made it difficult for some stallion owners, it has also provided many with the opportunity to reevaluate what they are breeding and how they are breeding it, to analyze the influence of top lines versus bottom lines, performance versus pedigree, to tinker with their breeding formulas. In the meantime, we hope there will be some long term benefits to the reduced foal crops: fewer unwanted horses in the future and, once demand returns, higher prices for those few horses on the market. Top Line vs. Bottom Line The stallions seem to get all the attention, the marquee billing, the “top line” on the pedigree charts…so it is understandable when those who don’t breed assume that the stallion is more important than the mare (whose name appears on the bottom line in pedigrees). But serious breeders know differently. Alain Seheut of Olde Country Farm...

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