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Southern States Feed acquired by Cargill

My, but how things can change in one year. One year ago, The Eqiuery shared with our readers a press release from Land O’Lakes (which owns Purina Mills horse feed) announcing that it had a signed a letter of intent to acquire Southern States Cooperative, Inc.’s, animal feed business.  The purchase was expected to be completed in January 2017. But that did not happen. However, on September 22, Cargill acquired the animal feed business of Southern States Cooperative, Inc.  Cargill, which also owns Nutrena feeds, is an international ag-nutrition business with more than 20,000 employees at more than 275 facilities in 40 countries. Under the agreement, Cargill purchased the assets of Southern States Cooperative’s animal feed business, including seven feed mills and its portfolio of products, brands and customer and supplier relationships.  The other segments of Southern States Cooperative’s business – retail, farm supply, energy, and agronomy – are not part of the transaction. According to a statement released by Cargill, the acquisition of Southern States animal feed strengthens Cargill’s distribution and go-to-market capabilities in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S., and provides a pathway for continued growth across the region. In addition to the acquisition, Cargill has completed a long-term supply agreement with Southern States for Cargill to supply its retail stores with Southern States branded feed. “We believe that our combined business will provide...

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Bowersox and Keefe Named to USEF Eventing 18 Lists

The U.S. Equestrian Federation Eventing High Performance Committee approved 15 young riders to participate in its Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 Program for 2018 as well as an additional five young riders as auditors. Making the lists from Maryland are Joe Bowersox of North East and Ryan Keefe of Sandy Spring. Bowersox made the participation list while Keefe is on the auditing list. Bowersox has been riding Minotaure du Passoir at Training and Preliminary this year with wins at MCTA and Fair Hill in May. The pair finished 16th at the Plantation Field International CIC1* in September. Keefe has been...

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FHI’s 4* Countdown… FEI Decision Coming Soon!

The FEI annual meeting and convention begins tomorrow and on the schedule is a vote on if Fair Hill International will be granted a CCI4* for 2019. Below is the most recent update on the FHI’s 4* bid as well as a proposal for the FEI to change the “stars” scale of international three-day events. Check back next week for the final decision from the FEI! first published in the November 2017 Equiery The countdown to finding out if Fair Hill International will be hosting a CCI4* event starting in the fall of 2019 is almost over, as the FEI makes a final ruling at the end of this month during its annual meeting in Spain. Although the FEI is the governing body that decides the international eventing calendar, improvements to the Fair Hill grounds have already been approved at the local level with construction set to begin right after the spring Fair Hill Races in 2018. “These renovations will go on as scheduled even if the FEI does not vote in favor of the four-star at Fair Hill,” said Terry Hasseltine of the Maryland Stadium Authority. “Several permits are already being processed for phase one of the Master Plan.” Phase one includes the widening of the turf racetrack, installing an irrigation system under and around the track, construction of competition rings in the infield and construction of the...

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Davies Wins Wing

first published in the November 2017 Equiery When the committee feels it is appropriate, the Maryland Hunt Cup Association will select a member of the steeplechase community for the S. Bryce Wing trophy, to honor that individual’s outstanding contribution to Maryland timber racing, S. Bryce Wing was a member of the Maryland Hunt Cup Association from 1939 until his death at age 85 in 1975. Mr. Wing was Secretary of the Maryland Hunt Cup from 1956 to 1966 and also president of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association (now the National Steeplechase Association) from 1948 to 1964. He was...

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4-H Honors Maryland Horseman

first printed in the November 2017 Equiery The University of Maryland Extension 4-H Youth Development Program held its 31st annual Maryland 4-H Horsemen’s Party on October 8 at the Grandstand Grille in Timonium. Although the party is primarily a fundraiser event, 4-H members, volunteers and partner organizations are recognized for their accomplishments and support during the dinner. The Youth Development Professional of the Year Award was established in 1994 to honor a Marylander of outstanding character who has contributed significantly to the development of youth horse interests in Maryland. Sheri Chisholm, Assistant Professor of Biology at West Virginia University...

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Keystone Velocity Wins Potomac Pace in Record Time

In case you missed it… Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old gelding trained by Rene Allard and driven by Daniel Dube, won the second running of the $100,000 Potomac Pace on November 5 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington setting a track record in the process! The gelding is owned by Rene Allard, VIP Stable, Earl Hill, Jr. and Kapildeo Singh. Keystone Velocity beat out last year’s winner All Bets Off by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:47.3. In 2016, All Bets Off equaled the previous track record of 1:48.2 set in 2007 by Nuclear Breeze. To read more about Keystone Velocity...

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