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NEW Innovations and Technologies in Vet Medicine at EMC

by Michael Erskine, DVM, DABVP (Equine)  Director & Clinical Associate Professor As Director of the Equine Medical Center (EMC), I am pleased to announce that we are introducing a new series in the Equiery on innovation and technology in veterinary medicine. Over the next eleven months, EMC will be highlighting new technologies, innovative treatments and cutting edge diagnostics that can help to ensure good health and maximum performance of your horse. Because academic medical centers have multidisciplinary expertise, collaboration, dedicated time for scholarship and discovery, and significant financial support, they have historically been the place where advanced technologies and...

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It’s Official! USEF Selects Fair Hill as 4* Location

At 7 p.m. this evening (July 24), the U.S. Equestrian Federation officially announced that Fair Hill International (Elkton) will be the site selected as a U.S. venue for a future CCI 4* event! At this stage, the USEF now petitions the FEI for the 4* to be added to the 2019 calendar. To read the official USEF press release, click here: https://www.usef.org/media/press-releases/usef-board-of-directors-approves-recommendation-of-new-eventing-cci4-to-fair-hill-international-approves-hits-ocala-to-host-20182019-fei-nations-cup-qualifier To read background on FHI’s quest to host a 4*, go to The Equiery’s July digital edition here: http://content.yudu.com/web/40pbl/Equiery/EquieryJuly2017/html/index.html?page=8 The Equiery will continue to follow this story and post updates as they become...

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Carroll County woman charged with 72 counts of animal cruelty; 18 horses seized

On Monday, July 17, 2017, Megan Bollinger (Westminster) was charged with 72 (updated from original 36)  criminal counts of animal cruelty. The charges follow the June 22 removal of 18 horses by Carroll County Animal Control. Bollinger is scheduled to be tried in Carroll County District Court on September 19. The Equiery will follow the case, and provide more details as they become available (and can be verified by...

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Maryland riders pointed towards the Washington International!

The Washington International Horse Show is just a few months away and many Maryland Hunter and Jumper riders have already earned enough points to compete. Below are a list of Marylanders who just might be showing at the Verizon Center this October. You can view the complete list of WIHS Rankings and track how your favorite riders are doing as the season moves closer to the indoor circuit. WIHS EQUITATION EAST – Although no Marylanders are currently ranked in the top 10, Grace Boston of Owings Mills is ranked 14th while Madeline Schaefer of Westminster is ranked 30th. Ava...

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Over 100 Maryland Kids Heading to USPC Champs

The U.S. Pony Club Festival of Champions starts this week and over 100 members from the Capital (MD, VA), Maryland (MD, PA) and Delmarva (MD, PA, DE, NJ) regions are on their way to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY to compete. Competitors qualified for Champs through a series of regional rallies all spring and summer in Quiz, Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Tetrathlon and Mounted Games. There are 65 kids from the Maryland Region attending, while 30 are from Capital Region and 26 from Delmarva Region. We wish all the members attending safe travels and best of luck!...

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Survey Says: 51.8% of Marylanders want to ride a horse!

The Institute for Governmental Service and Research recently conducted an online opinion poll of 1,000 Maryland residents. Respondents had a broad demographic and geographic range, with 50.8% indicating an interest in either riding or participating in some sort of activity involving horses. The majority are interested in some sort of recreational or sport riding; the least interest is in watching races. More women than men are interested in riding; more men than women are interested in watching races. This response indicates a strong need for gateway programs into the horse industry. Gateway programs include spectator events, guided trail rides,...

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