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Maryland’s Biggest Show Just Got Bigger

With close to 1,000 horses every year, Capital Challenge Horse Show at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center is Maryland’s biggest horse show. Now, in its 24th year, it just got bigger, expanding to ten days. Equitation Weekend, presented by BigEq.com, now offers three full days of competition and will host the new United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final for the East Coast. The Jumping Seat Medal Finals were created to provide a 3’3″ level final, as well as an introduction to the 3’6″ finals and a stepping stone to the Talent Search Finals. “The 3’3”...

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Mid-Season Eventing Leaderboard Update

As we cross the halfway point in the eventing season, many Maryland riders and horses find themselves nationally ranked on the U.S. Eventing Association’s Leaderboards, presented by Bit of Britain. And with an extra week on Maryland’s summer calendar, there is plenty of time to cross-country school at one of Maryland’s fabulous facilities! If you have a cross-country facility and want to be added to The Equiery’s Directory to Cross-Country Schooling Courses, call 1-800-244-9580 or email info@equiery.com today! In the OVERALL standings, Marilyn Little of Frederick is the highest ranked Marylander sitting in 16th place. She is also the...

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Elk Creek: Maryland’s Only Combined Driving Event

Elk Creek Combined Driving Event June 3-4 • Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area, Elkton • photos by Hoof Print Images • copy by Louisa Emerick The Elk Creek Combined Driving Event marked its 12th year at Fair Hill NRMA. This “low key – no frills” driving event drew 66 competitors from 14 states and Canada. As Maryland’s only ADS Combined Driving Event, it is encouraging to see so many traveling to Fair Hill for this driving competition. Performances by the very small to the very tall equines wowed the spectators, and three horse teams and two pony teams...

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Anne Arundel Equestrians: Underserved

By Janice Binkley (Edgewater, Maryland) The Problem Horse people in Anne Arundel County own over 10,200 acres. Despite the significance of the size of horse industry, Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks has only two dedicated equestrian facilities: Andover Equestrian Center near BWI and the Andy Smith Equestrian Facility in Broadneck. With limited amenities, these two facilities do not begin to address the need for equine-friendly open space in the county. There are six trail locations, but only thee have safe or accessible trailer parking, and two of these have locked gates (pass-codes are available via an online application...

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Maryland Fence Law

(First appeared in the April, 2017 issue of The Equiery) As of press time, both the House and Senate versions of a bill to repeal a St. Mary’s County fencing law (HB109/SB102) had passed their respective houses and crossed over, essentially making the repeal of Public Local Law Article 19, Chapter 43 “Fences” a done deal. Enacted in 1916, the law required neighboring farmers in St. Mary’s County to install joint farm fences built to certain specifications (post-and-rail at four feet, bottom plank eight inches from ground, planks/rail no more than eight inches apart, etc.); the law goes on...

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Beyond the Wire: retiring the Thoroughbred racehorse before its too late

After the blanket of “Black-eyed Susies,” after the weathervane is painted, after the Woodlawn Vase is returned to the museum, and Pimlico is swept clean of the Preakness pomp, what then? What then of the horses? A flickering two minutes on the first Saturday of May in Kentucky. A heart-pounding two minutes in Maryland. An seemingly interminable two and a half minutes in New York. For fewer than seven minutes each year, Thoroughbreds capture the world’s rapt attention in the Triple Crown Races. And then what?  Of course, we horse people know the answer to this question. The horses...

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