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A peek at the people behind the Preakness

by Katherine O. Rizzo with photos by Jim McCue (first appeared in the May 2017 print edition of The Equiery; #Preakness2017) With well over 100,000 people converging on Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for one important race day in May and billions watching around the world, the Preakness Stakes is very much in the spotlight. The pressure is high to put on a good show and the race goes off each year without a hitch only because of the people behind the Preakness. These men and women hold all kinds of jobs from general manager to track farrier to pony riders...

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And it’s DERWINS PROSPECTOR in the 121st Maryland Hunt Cup!

  $100,000 purse. 20 horses nominated, 13 entered, 11 headed to the paddock, 10 started…and only two finished in what was a grueling duel for the wire, with Gerry L. Brewster’s Derwins Prospector edging out Bruton Street-US’s Drift Society to capture the 121st Maryland Hunt Cup; trained by Joe Davies, ridden by Gozangue Cottreau; photo by Isabel Kurek. You can more in The Baltimore Sun and on the National Steeplechase Association, but if you want to feel like you were there, the best of all articles to read is our friend and colleague Joe Clancy’s spectacular retelling in this week’s thisishorseracing.com, complete with fun facts and...

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Western Maryland: What do you need?

The University of Maryland Extension (UME) is committed to providing quality services for members of our agricultural community. In order to help UME, an Agriculture Needs Assessment has been created to understand issues concerning Western and Northern Maryland agriculture, identify agricultural and educational needs, and to focus UME training and resources. The survey has four main sections: 1) industry  priorities, concerns and viability 2) research and education needs 3) education and training preferences and 4) demographic and farm information. T There is no personally-identifying information collected from the survey. Click here to access the survey, which will be open...

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2017 Legislative Wrap Up: What Maryland horsepeople need to know

by Jane Seigler, president of the Maryland Horse Council The 2017 Maryland Legislative session has ended. During the 3 month session, 1,200 bills were introduced in the Senate, and 1,661 in the House, for a total of almost 3,000 bills. Each week during session, MHC legislative committee member Kim Egan Rutter scanned all bills introduced that week, flagging those of interest to the horse industry and the broader equestrian community. During our weekly conference call, we evaluated these new bills, discussed and arrived at our position, and determined our lobbying strategy. During the course of the session, the MHC...

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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,...

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Racing Rocked Annapolis

By Tom LaMarra (originally published on tharacing.com, 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...

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