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Attention: Owners of Lesson Stables, Guided Trail Rides, Carriage Companies

Time to Ride Challenge Doubles in Size, Offers Cash Opportunities for Business Owners If you offer gateway programs (programs that introduce non-horse people to horses, such as guided trail rides, lessons for beginners, summer riding programs or camps, carriage rides, or spectator events), then the national Time To Ride Challenge program is for you, and can help provide you with some funding. The Challenge will award $100,000 in cash and prizes to horse professionals who can generate the most “newcomer” interactions with horses, and bring them back for a follow-up experience to encourage further participation. A plethora of breed, discipline, and professional organizations have partnered with Time to Ride to substantially grow awards available to Challenge Hosts. Marketing Alliance Members participating in the CAP are American Quarter Horse Association and US Equestrian, as well as Marketing Alliance Program Partners American Paint Horse Association, Mustang Heritage Foundation, and National Reining Horse Association. Thirteen other organizations have joined forces to provide their members with additional cash and prizes: American Saddlebred Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, Arabian Horse Association, Paso Fino Horse Association, Certified Horsemanship Association, Carriage Operators of North America, Interscholastic Equestrian Association, Michigan State Horse Council, North Carolina State Horse Council, Pinto Horse Association of America, United States Dressage Federation, United States Pony Club, and Wisconsin State Horse Council. Each group will award prizes to the member(s) of their association...

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Racing Rocked Annapolis

By Tom LaMarra (originally published on, the official website for the national Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association). The Maryland racing industry’s efforts to educate lawmakers and present a unified front paid off during the 2017 General Assembly session that ended April 10. The Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act contained several provisions that, had they passed, would have shifted money from the Purse Dedication Account, which is funded by a percentage of video lottery terminal revenue at the state’s six casinos. On the table was a recommendation for the industry, not the state, to pay about $2.5 million for Maryland Racing Commission operations, and another to strike a 2016 legislature-approved measure for the Maryland Lottery to pay $500,000 for a Preakness Stakes bonus for Maryland-bred or -sired runners that compete in the race, and $500,000 to revive an international turf stakes at Laurel Park. As a result of negotiations, the state will continue to fund the racing commission and the combined $1 million for the bonus and what is being called the Maryland International will still come from the Maryland Lottery. Representatives of the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries spent quite a bit of time in Annapolis during the winter and early spring to make the case that racing and breeding is making a comeback, and denting the purse account would be detrimental to the industry and the state’s economy. “I’m happy,”...

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Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

     FOALS! What you need to know NOW. It’s that time of year when joy and cuteness enter the world in the form of a long-legged, lanky adorable foal. Are you prepared for ensuring a healthy foal delivery? Tips & timeframes from Drs. Krista Estell and Elizabeth MacDonald of our neonatal intensive care unit: The first few hours of a foal’s life are critical. A newborn foal can deteriorate very rapidly, requiring immediate medical intervention. A newborn foal should: •  breathe independently within seconds of birth •  be on their feet within one hour •  be nursing on...

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Contained: Anne Arundel County Equine Herpes Virus-1

As of today, Friday, April 7, 2017, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, there have been no new cases of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) reported since April 4, when one horse stabled in Anne Arundel County tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus. The farm was placed on 21-day investigational hold when the first case was confirmed on April 4 and strict biosecurity measures are in place to ensure that no visitors or vendors carry the disease onto other farms. There has been no movement of horses on or off the farm since that date. The...

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Averting an Equine Health Crisis; CANCELLED: 2017 Maryland National Horse Show

We must keep in mind the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” (Click here to read The Equiery‘s first 2017 Equine Herpes health alert.) In what is undoubtedly a proactive and cautious move, management of the 2017 Maryland National Horse Show [Belfield Farm Show Management], which was to be held this weekend, has canceled the show this evening via their Facebook page:In the best interest of our friends, trainers , exhibitors and equines we feel we need to cancel our Maryland National Horse Show. [Thursday, April 6- Sunday, April 9, 2017] The Equiery...

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Anne Arundel County Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpes Virus

THIS JUST IN FROM THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: A horse stabled in ANNE ARUNDEL County has tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). On the evening of April 2, the horse was transported to Marion DuPont Scott Equine Health Center in Leesburg, Va., where it exhibited severe neurological signs, and was euthanized shortly after arrival. Diagnosis of EHV-1 was confirmed today, April 4, by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Animal Health Lab in Warrenton, Va. The farm is presently under a 21-day investigational hold and strict biosecurity measures are in place while...

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