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Former Marylander Ashley Furst Accused of Embezzling Nearly $600k from AHC

Ashley Furst, former director of communications for the American Horse Council and former Maryland-resident, and her husband Christopher Furst have been named in a federal lawsuit for allegedly stealing nearly $600,000 from AHC over the course of five years. The case is also under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to public document Civil Action No. 1:18-CV, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado on Tuesday, September 26, “While she was employed by the American Horse Council Inc., Defendant Ashley Furst orchestrated a complex and carefully-planned criminal enterprise whereby she stole at least $588,061.84 from the non-profit organization and its charitable foundation over the course of nearly five years. She attempted to cover up her theft by hiding information from management, falsifying bank statements and payroll documents, and applying for an unauthorized loan intended to replenish stolen funds. Defendant Ashley Furst used the stolen money to support a lavish lifestyle and make large purchases. To date, Defendant Ashley Furst continues to conceal her fraud.” The suit was brought by the American Horse Council and the American Horse Council Foundation. Furst was first hired by AHC in 2010 as an office administrator, working in their Washington, DC office. Over time her responsibilities grew into the role of communications director. In 2017, she moved to Colorado and signed a telecommuting agreement with AHC to allow...

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Bill Boniface Named a Living Treasure

On Tuesday, September 18, J. William Boniface of Creswell Farm was named a Harford Living Treasure. Boniface bred the 1983 Preakness winner Deputed Testamony, who was born, trained and died at Boniface’s Harford County farm. The Boniface family has long been involved with Thoroughbred racing and Boniface was part of the three-some (with Chick Lang and Jim McKay) that created what is now called the Jim McKay Maryland Million. To read more about this legendary horseman, click on The Baltimore Sun article here....

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MDA’s Official Report on Montgomery County EHV1 Case

From the Maryland Department of Agriculture ANNAPOLIS, MD (Sept. 24, 2018) – On September 21, the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health program confirmed a positive test for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in a 12-year-old warmblood gelding stabled at a private farm in Montgomery County. The neurological horse was seen earlier that day at a private veterinary clinic in Loudoun County, Virginia, and was treated as an outpatient before returning home. The Montgomery County farm has been placed on an investigatory hold effective September 21. There are 18 horses on the farm in three barns. The positive gelding is isolated from all horses on the farm. The positive gelding was previously housed with four horses in one barn. The other two barns are more than 30 feet away from the exposed barn. Strict isolation and biosecurity protocols are in place at the exposed barn with body temperatures taken twice daily. There will be no movement on or off the farm. The attending veterinarians administered to this farm will be notified of the hold order and apprised of the procedures taken to control the spread of EHV-1/EHM. Possible links to the positive gelding are actively being investigated. Owners are cautioned to monitor horses at their premises carefully, and should contact their private veterinarians to arrange for Equine Herpesvirus testing if a horse exhibits significant temperature elevations or neurologic signs. Veterinarians are required...

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EHV-1 Confirmed in Montgomery County

The Maryland Department of Agriculture placed a hold order on private farm in Montgomery County where one horse tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) on Friday, September 21. The gelding was being treated as an outpatient at Spurlock Equine Associates in Virginia before returning to its Maryland home that day. The gelding has since been isolated from all horses on the farm and is undergoing treatment. Dr. Michael Radebaugh of MDA told The Equiery this morning that out of the 18 horses that are stabled at the Montgomery County farm, only the one horse has tested positive. There are three barns on the property and the other four horses that were exposed to the positive horse are quarantined in their own barn with temperatures being taken and logged with MDA twice a day. “The other horses on the property are in barns that are more than 30 feet away,” Dr. Radebaugh stated. “They too can not leave the property and no new horses can come onto the property either.” In accordance with EHV-1 protocols set at the national level, the hold order will last 21 days after the last horse has tested positive. Dr. Radebaugh and his team have already started notifying other barns where the positive horse had recently traveled. “He had been stabled at another farm in Virginia recently and that farm owner has placed her facility...

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Pony Jocks Race for Trip to Abu Dhabi

One lucky pony jockey will get a chance this November to represent the U.S. at the 2018 International Ponies Cup held during the H.H. Sheikha Latifa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The festival is the world’s richest Arabian horse racing event featuring nearly $1.4 million in prize money. Pony jockeys, ages 10-14, from Spain, Sweden, France, Belgium, New Zealand, Italy, United Kingdom and the U.S. will race in the International Ponies Cup. The U.S. rider representative will be selected this weekend on September 23 at the High Hopes Steeplechase in...

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Possible Tornado Touches Down at Fair Hill

Tuesday (Sept. 18) Update! The Equiery spoke with FHNRMA superintendent Rachel Temby this morning and confirmed the following facts. Barn 3 of the “race barns” was the only structure on the property that was damaged by what is officially being called a “weather event.” The majority of the damage was to the south end of the barn affecting both sides of the barn. In addition to the roof and portions of the overhang being blown off, there is also electrical damage and some other pockets of damage to other areas of that same barn. The power to that barn...

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