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Happy New Year! $30k awarded to various Maryland equine-related projects

An environmental study to research manure composting practices, programs to support and expand equine youth activities, projects that will develop and improve public access horseback riding trails, and other initiatives to help therapeutic, rescue and retired racehorse rehabilitation programs are among the 28 recipients receiving $30,000 in grants from the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB), a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The annual grants program helps to strengthen the industry by building awareness in the horse industry through research, education and promotional activities. The MHIB grants are funding through the Maryland Feed Fund, which was established during the 2002 legislative session and provides an ongoing source of revenue to promote the horse industry. The refundable $6 per ton assessment on equine feed costs about $3 per horse per year to the horse owner and supports this grant program as well as other promotional, research and outreach activities. MHIB was able to increase grants allotments 15 percent this year due to a robust feed assessment program. “The equine industry is an integral part of Maryland’s cultural and economic heritage,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. “The scope and value of projects that the board evaluated illustrates the demand for these grants. The Feed Fund continues to make it possible to support more of these requests.” Each year, the Board receives more requests for grants than it can, of course,...

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National Harbor, not Rosecroft, will get the Casino

Today, the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission voted to award the casino license for Prince George’s Equestrian County to the National Harbor, while Penn National’s proposal for a casino at Rosecroft Raceway went no where. At this point, the future for the standardbred track is uncertain. To learn more: Baltimore Sun:  MGM chosen for Prince George’s casino license Washington Post: MGM gets the nod to build Maryland’s sixth casino at National Harbor in Prince George’s...

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The Hunt Is On! Properties wanted for Maryland’s “Horse Park Network”

The Maryland Horse Industry Board has released a Request for Interest, seeking input from any government-owned properties with existing equine facilities that want to be considered in the Maryland Horse Park System feasibility study, Phase II. There are certain publicly owned facilities, such as Fair Hill, Rosaryville, Prince George’s Equestrian Center, and Woodstock Equestrian Park, that are currently quite active with equestrian activities and thus are rather obvious. But Maryland has a lot of public land, and many parcels currently host equestrian activities but on a smaller scale, or do not yet host equine activities but could. This request is intended to help identify those parcels, some of which may be owned by a county or a town. Of primary interest are venues that could hold large events, and thus must be at least 75 acres, and include at least 10 acres that could be built out for indoor and outdoor arenas as well as buildings that could hold meeting rooms, educational activities, cultural centers, expos, and the like. If you would like to make sure a publicly owned facility in your area is considered, provide your local elected officials with this information. But hurry! Publicly owned facilities have until January 10 to indicate their interest (with final paperwork due in February). After the public sites have been identified, five will be selected for further review. The final study...

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Parade Off, Party On!

      Thank you to everyone who made our non-parade Holiday Open House & Gift Mart a success!  Look for more photos on Facebook this week.           The 2013 Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade was canceled due to the saturated ground conditions in the trailer parking areas. But The Equiery Holiday Open House kicked on!  Drop-off site for donation of non-perishable food items for the Howard & Carroll County Food Banks; Pick up for pre-ordered Wreaths (fundraiser for the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department Presentation of the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s Touch of Class Award Plus… Waggin’ Tails Portraits will also be having an Open House; The Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department will still host their Fried Chicken and Country Ham Dinner at 2 p.m. The Equiery will still have its LIVE Vendor Gift Mart (although we will understand if some vendors decide not to come). The 2013 Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade was going to be the biggest parade yet, with well over 600 horses (close to 120 parade entries) and over 70 sponsors!  We, the Parade Committee (upon which The Equiery publisher serves), cancels the Parade. We urge the community to continue to participate in the spirit of the event by supporting our effort to raise much needed funds, during these holiday times for our community charities. All proceeds from the 2013 Parade will still be donated to to the Howard...

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Lisbon Parade, TB Survey & More Headlines

Things to know! Lisbon Horse Parade Saturday December 7! Right now, the parade will go on, rain or shine. However, organizers will reconsider this evening and if it is to be canceled, a notice will be posted on www.lisbonchristmashorseparade.org and on www.equiery.com. If you are coming to watch the parade, please stop by The Equiery for some holiday hospitality and to visit with our Holiday vendors (select December advertisers). We are located at 16008 Frederick Rd, Lisbon, MD 21765, and will have front row seats for the parade! Off-The-Track Thoroughbred Survey This is the most comprehensive survey ever done on the post-race life of Thoroughbreds bred for the track. The Thoroughbred is the most prolific breed in Maryland and it is our state horse. If you have such a Thoroughbred (and it is hard not to in Maryland), please take a few moments to fill out this survey. So far, over 3,600 horses have been included in the study. Please encourage everyone you know to participate.  The survey is being conducted by the Retired Racehorse Training Project, and the results will be published in The Equiery. To participate, please click here.  December Equiery Headlines Now available online or in a tack or feed store near you, the December Equiery includes: A fabulous article on Miss Patsy du Pont by Louisa Emerick Tons of great gift ideas! A guide to the latest and...

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