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EIA Quarantine Lifted

According to Maryland State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh, the quarantine of the Montgomery County Farm due to a case of Equine Infectious Anemia has been lifted as of Friday, September 14. “No other horses on the property have tested positive for EIA since the 60-day hold order was first put in place, so it is now business as usual,” Dr. Radebaugh stated. He added that 271 horses have been tested in Maryland and Virginia during the investigation and no other horses have tested positive for EIA. “We still have some loose ends to tie up and a few more horses to test but everything is fine,” he said. One horse at the Montgomery County Farm tested positive for EIA on July 9, which was the start of the mandatory hold order. To read the full story of this case, click here:

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Hurricane Season is Here!

With hurricane Florence making her way up the East Coast, the Maryland Department of Agriculture has put out tips to pet and livestock owners on how best to prepare for hurricane season. To read the full MDA press release, click here: Below are recommendations specific for farm owners to prepare for hurricanes or tornadoes that may impact our area: Move all poultry and livestock to high ground and shelter them in securely battened barns, houses, or tightly fenced areas. Cover and secure all water, food, and medical supplies for poultry and livestock. Pump and collect adequate supplies of...

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Lucille’s Century Ride

By Lucille Frasca Harrigan (first published in the September 2018 print edition) I never realized how important horses were in my life until I worked on a memoir of my family for my grandkids. I searched my memory for my earliest recollections of my hometown, Pocantico Hills, NY. They were not of my mother or father, but of Joe Plick, the riding master at the Rockefeller estate where many of my family worked. I remember the smell of the impeccably kempt stable, the clip-clop of the hooves in the yellow brick aisle and the thrill of a five-year-old kid...

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UMD Breeding Program on Hiatus

Breaking News from the University of Maryland The University of Maryland Equine Studies program at the College Park campus announced yesterday that it is placing the equine breeding program on hiatus until a more sustainable funding model can be developed. Dr. Amy Burk, coordinator for the program stated, “I am very proud of what the program helped achieve in the last five years, including the training of our hard-working students and the quality of the horses we produced.” The program has trained over 80 students in equine breeding and sales and helped students land jobs in the breeding industry in...

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Cami Pease Wins Big at AECs

On the final day of the American Eventing Championships, held at the Colorado Horse Park August 29-September 2, Cami Pease and her 18-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Vibrant found their redemption. Finishing on their dressage score, Pease and “Cal” won the Beginner Novice Amateur division and were crowned champions. “Ever since we had a stop on cross-country at Tryon at last year’s AECs, I’ve been saving up money to be able to make the trip to Colorado,” Pease stated. “It is pretty wild that we won and for him to have done this for me.” A native of California, Pease...

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Maryland Horse Council News

Letter from the Maryland Horse Council President Neil Agate (first printed in the September 2018 print edition) I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful equestrian activities that summer has to offer. Although the incredible amount of rain we’ve had this summer may have given some of us less saddle time than we’d like, the weather has not slowed down the Maryland Horse Council. The MHC has been very busy with strategic planning and will be publishing a new Strategic Plan shortly. As always, The Equiery has been hitting its optimum stride and we’re about to publish our eighth edition since bringing the magazine into the Horse Council family in January. The Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS) is kicking into high gear and recently moved into the MHC/Equiery offices in Lisbon. We will also implement over the next few months exciting plans to bring in more members, more sponsors, more advertisers, and more volunteers, all with the goal of broadening our ability to reach, unite and serve the more than 100,000+ horses, their owners, and equine-related businesses in Maryland. All of these activities, and many more outlined in the Strategic Plan, need one thing to guarantee the MHC’s success… VOLUNTEERS. We are fortunate to have a small staff, but they need the support of our member volunteers to make great things happen. Whether it’s helping out at Horseland or...

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