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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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Maryland Horse Council News Updates

2017 January 2017 2017 Preview of Activities, MHC’s New Slate Officers May 2017 MHC Day at the Races, Help MHC Go Pro 2016 January 2016  MHC Meeting, 2016 Preview of Activities May 2016 Legislative Update, MD Horse Industry Day Report, Upcoming Events August 2016 MHC 2020 Initiative, MHC 10th Annual BBQ Preview, Farm Stewardship Committee Update November 2016 BBQ Report, MHC 2020 and Membership Report, Legislative and Regulatory Report, Horse Council PAC 2015 January 2015 MHC Update, Highlights from Annual Membership and Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting, Horse Council PAC Update May 2015 President’s Letter, Save the Dates July 2015 Hails and Farewells, MHC 30th Anniversary BBQ, Farm Stewardship Spring Meeting Report October 2015  Horse Council PAC Update from Win Hayward, Farm Stewardship Meeting Report 2014 January 2014 Message from the President, Jane Seigler, MHC Annapolis Representative, Why you should be a member of MHC May 2014 Message from the President, Jane Seigler, Legislative Updates, Maryland Fund for Horses Update August 2014 Message from the President, Jane Seigler, Committee Updates • Legislative Updates, Executive Commitee Elections November 2014 MHC: Who We Are, MHC Application, MHC Council Association Members 2013 January 2013 Message from the President, Steuart Pittman, Meet the New Officers, Committee Updates May 2013 Message from the President, Steuart Pittman, Meet the New Executive Committee Members Online County Forums, Committee Updates November 2013 MHC: Who We Are 2012 May 2012 Message from the President, Committee Updates • Legislative Updates, Md Fund...

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Maryland Horse Council to “Go Big”

As president Steuart Pittman has quipped, the time has come for the Maryland Horse Council to “go big or go home,” and so, in order to “go big,” MHC is looking to “go pro” by partnering with a professional association management firm. MHC was founded 30 years ago specifically for the purpose of influencing legislators to create a horse park; that horse park is the Prince George’s Equestrian Center. By the time it was five years old, MHC had shifted to a statewide mission: to represent the diverse horse industry at the state level on legislative and regulatory matters. Since the mid-90s, membership and activities have skyrocketed, and as current president Jane Seigler explains, “We’ve kind of become a victim of our own success.” Until 10 years ago, MHC was managed completely by volunteers (disclaimer: for about 15 years, The Equiery actually provided the management services for MHC, and is an ongoing sponsor of MHC). By 2006, MHC had outgrown The Equiery’s ability to manage it as a “volunteer” (i.e., donating our labor and our resources), and so MHC hired its first association manager, Vanessa Finney, who also worked part time for several other associations. Soon one of those associations snapped her up full time. MHC lobbyist Nancy Hill helped bridge the gap until Mythic Landing Enterprises was hired to provide administrative services. This was during the presidency of Steuart Pittman, and...

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