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Baltimore A-rabber Update

An October 24, 2013 article by Joanthan Pitts in The Baltimore Sun reports on the reopening of a revitalized and refurbished A-rabber stable in Baltimore City, owned by Dorothy Jones. In the article, Pitts reports that these colorful Baltimore street vendors are beginning to accept and comply with the city’s requirement to microchip their cart ponies. ******* Attention Equiery Facebook Followers! Find and tag yourself and your friends! Hundreds of photos now posted from these events: Opening Night of Cavalia’s Odysseo, featuring a Who’s Who from the Maryland equestrian community! Fair Hill International  Washington International Barn...

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Maryland Million Day Headlines

The headline-makers for 2013 Maryland Million: Sylvia E. Heft’s Eighttofasttocatch led from start to finish and won the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic for the second time in the past three years Richard F. Blue’s Tooth and Claw was the last one on the scene, rallying from last to win the $50,000 Maryland Million Starter Handicap at Laurel Park. Ellendale Racing’s Roadhog caught even money favorite Ben’s Cat in the final jumps to repeat as winner of the $125,000 Maryland Million Turf. If you missed the action, click here to read all about these and the other race winners, and see tons of fabulous photos. In the meantime, there was another winners’ circle presentation. Stuart S. Janney III, the Baltimore County resident whose horse, Orb, won the 2013 Kentucky Derby, received the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s October Touch of Class Award.. Jenn Patterson, Orb’s exercise rider and chief caretaker, accepted the award on Janney’s behalf. Patterson manages a string of horses, including Orb, who are stabled at Maryland’s Fair Hill Training Center and are owned by Janney and his cousin, Ogden Phipps. “It is fitting that we present this award to Stuart at the Maryland Million since he is a former president of the organization,” said Jim Steele, who is chairman of both the Maryland Horse Industry Board and the executive committee of the Maryland Million. Orb won four straight...

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Hold Order Placed On Barn 16 At Bowie Training Center Due To Suspected Case Of Equine Herpesvirus

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, the Maryland Jockey Club placed a hold order on Barn 16 at the Bowie Training Center is proactive precautionary measure, although the preliminary test came up negative. The tested horse, Clonmeen Lass, was euthanized Saturday morning. The Maryland Department of Agriculture is waiting for results from a lab in Kentucky, and MJC expects to know Tuesday evening, Sept. 24 or Wednesday morning, Sept. 25. According to an official statement by the Maryland Jockey Club, the Hold Order affects the barn that houses horses trained by Annette Eubanks, Bobby Lee Plummer and Patrick Magill. Horses conditioned by those trainers are not allowed into or out of the barn until given clearance by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. There will be 24-hour security outside the barn. Anyone leaving the barn needs is being required to follow best management practices for bio-security, including changing clothes and disinfect feet and footwear. According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners: Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and equine herpesvirus type 4 (EHV-4) can each infect the respiratory tract, causing disease that varies in severity from sub-clinical to severe and is characterized by fever, lethargy, anorexia, nasal discharge, and cough. Infection of the respiratory tract with EHV-1 and EHV-4 typically first occurs in foals in the first weeks or months of life, but recurrent or recrudescent clinically apparent infections are seen...

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Touch of Class & Secretary’s Citation Awarded at Maryland Horse Council BBQ

At this year’s Maryland Horse Council Annual BBQ, held on Saturday, September 14 at Dodon Farm in Davidsonville, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown was on hand to present the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s Touch of Class award to Ashley Foster as well as present a Secretary’s Citation to Kathy Schwartz-Howe. Touch of Class winner Foster, a 17-year-old college freshman at Auburn University and her horse Charade, a 12-year-old Warmblood gelding, were champions in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division at the Washington International Horse Show, Capital Challenge Horse Show and the National Horse Show, all in 2012. They also placed first nationally in the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s 2012 Horse of the Year Grand Champion for Junior Hunters 16-17. The pair from Rolling Acres in Brookeville, have competed up and down the East Coast, racking up ribbons as they go. Foster has also won a variety of awards such as the Frances Rowe Award for Junior Exhibitor of the Year by the Virginia Horse Shows Association and the Tad Coffin Equitation Championship. Also at the MHC BBQ, Schwartz-Howe was honored with a Secretary’s Citation. She is the founder of Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon and was recognized for her lifetime achievement in protecting horses from abuse and neglect and for organizing community outreach and education programs to teach people how to care for equines responsibly. After 24 years, Schwartz-Howe...

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West Nile Evidence in Anne Arundel County; MDA to spray

From the Maryland Department of Agriculture The Maryland Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with Anne Arundel County, will expand mosquito control services in two areas of Anne Arundel County due to evidence of evidence of West Nile virus in the area. The first area to be sprayed includes the following communities: St Margaret’s, St Margaret’s Farm, and Old Mill Bottom Estates. This area will be sprayed on Wednesday, September 11 and the following Wednesday, September 18, weather permitting.   The second area to be sprayed includes Cloverlea, Beverley Beach and Caddle Creek. This area will be sprayed on Thursday, September 12 and 19, weather permitting. Spraying will begin at or after 7:30 p.m. Any existing spray exemptions in the area will be temporarily suspended. People should avoid outdoors activities on spray nights. Click here for a map of the area to be treated, or call MDA’s Mosquito Control Program at...

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Buggy Horse Hit By Motorcycle

According to (an e-newsletter for Southern Maryland), an Amish buggy horse was hit by a motorcycle when the buggy driver, Luna Hertzler Fisher of Mechanicsville, railed to yield when making a left hand turn in front of two oncoming motorcycles. Although both motorcyclists were injured and hospitalized, the one which  hit the horse sustained life-threatening injuries and was flown to Johns Hopkins. The horse had to be euthanized. Fisher was not injured. Please click here for a complete report and updates on the...

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