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Board of Public Works Approves $1 Million to Fair Hill

Earlier this week, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the Board of Public Works unanimously approved $1 million in funding for improvements at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in anticipation of the venue hosting a future 4* or 5* international three-day event. The venue is slated to become the second event at this level in the U.S. and only one of seven sites in the world. “The state is committed to bringing this world-renowned equestrian eventing competition to Cecil County and Fair Hill,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Working together with our friends...

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Alibi Breakfast: A Preakness Tradition

photos and text by Sara Gordon What started as a few trainers sipping coffee on the grandstand steps overlooking Old Hilltop and trading tidbits on who has the better horse, the Alibi Breakfast is a highlight of Preakness week. Held each Thursday before Preakness, the breakfast now showcases excellence in media with various awards being handed out. Oh… and those trainers still get a chance to boast on why their horse is the best of the Preakness field! This year, Jeannine Edwards, who served as senior horse racing reporter for ESPN and ABC for 16 years, providing extensive coverage...

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The Kentucky Oaks Connection

When six-year-old Liz Crow first sat on a pony at the Potomac Horse Center, she never dreamed that 23 years later she would be managing a string of successful stakes horses through BSW Bloodstock. Now 29 and living in Lexington, Kentucky, Liz grew up in Bethesda, MD, showing on the local circuits and foxhunting with her mother Rebecca Byers (former Howard County-Iron Bridge member now also living in Kentucky). “My grandparents took me to the races when I was around 8 and I just loved everything about it,” Liz said. Liz graduated from the University of Louisville Equine Business...

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Letter from the MHC President

by Neil Agate (first appeared in the May 2018 Equiery) Welcome to the 5th edition of The Equiery since the Maryland Horse Council and The Equiery became one organization in January. We have a couple of important activities coming up that I’d like to highlight in the Maryland horse community. As we get closer to the launch of the Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS), it is very exciting to see the progress that has been made in the last three months since the inception of the program through a grant from the Right Horse Initiative. This grant is the...

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Live Racing at Pimlico Starts Today!

Today marks the opening of the Preakness meet as live racing returns to Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore. The spring stakes schedule offers 15 stakes races with $3.7 million in purses. Highlighted by the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), will take place on May 19 with the spring meeting ending Memorial Day, May 28. Preakness Day its self offer eight stakes races, four graded, including the Dixie (G2), Maryland Sprint (G3) and Gallorette. On Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 18, the card holds seven stakes races, four graded; the Pimlico Special (G3),...

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The Emerging Science of Equine Podiatry – Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

Sponsored Content – Equine podiatry has made great strides in recent years. Exciting advances in diagnostic imaging like MRI and CT, objective assessment of lameness and hoof balance, improvements in novel materials and fabrication techniques have made exceptional results on difficult and technically challenging cases possible. Increasing collaboration between farriers and veterinarians has allowed for a greater understanding of disease and injury within the hoof. Utilization of technologies such as Metron DVM, a hoof mapping system, enables accurate tracking of a horse’s progress for a variety of conditions using precise hoof measurements. Digital images can be

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