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Take the National Equine Industry Survey

All horse people are encouraged to participate in the 2012 AHP Equine Industry Survey. The survey opened March 5 and closes May 15, 2012. The survey is being conducted by the American Horse Publications Association, of which The Equiery is a member. Survey participants will provide feedback on trends in the U.S. equine industry and other information regarding the most important issues facing our industry. The AHP Equine Industry Survey is being sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research, Merck Animal Health, and Pfizer Animal Health. This survey was first conducted in 2009 with the participation of 11,171 horse people, and was largest-ever equine industry survey of hands-on horse industry participants in the United States. With the advances of web publishing and social media, we expect participation to exceed the 2009 level, providing an even more accurate picture of the horse industry in the United States. As in the previous survey, the purpose of the 2012 survey is threefold. The first objective is to obtain information regarding past, present, and expected future participation in the equine industry. The second objective is to identify which issues currently facing the equine industry are perceived as being most critical to those who own, or manage horses. The third objective is to analyze issues pertaining to horse health. In addition to questions on vaccines and deworming, the 2012 survey includes questions relating to nutrition, feed,...

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Rosie Napravnik becomes first lady jockey to win Kentucky Oaks

After severe weather delayed the running of the 2012 Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks (Churchill Downs, Kentucky) by 30 minutes, Believe You Can (orange/green silks), trained by Larry Jones and owned by Brereton C. Jones of Kentucky, edged out Broadway’s Alibi to win by 3/4 lengths. In the irons was Maryland’s own Rosie Napravnik, who raced into the history books to become the first woman jockey to ever win the Kentucky Oaks. To read more about her historic win, click...

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Maryland Arabians Win Darley Awards

Two Maryland-based Arabian racing horses received prestigious honors during the 2012 Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards, which are considered “the Oscars” of purebred Arabian racing in the United States. The ceremony was held in Houston, Texas on March 4. Both horses are headquartered, trained and stabled at Rigbie Farm in Harford County. Maryland-bred Golden Odessy was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year. Dixies Valentine, a 7-year-old mare, received the World Champion Mare Award during the Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Awards, which were awarded for the first time this year to recognize women in Arabian racing and presented along with the Darley Awards. Dixies Valentine was also nominated for a Darley Award for Horse of the Year and has twice before been named a Champion Arabian Filly of the Year. Rigbie Farm is owned by Sharon Clark (pictured above). Both Dixies Valentine and Golden Odessy, who will continue to race in the season ahead, are owned by Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, brother of the current president of the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Tahnoon has boarded and trained his world class Arabian horses at Rigbie Farm for 20 years. Dixies Valentine was originally scheduled to run in the inaugural running of the H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak IFAHR Cup, the first all-woman race for Arabians, which was held...

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Doesn’t this weather make you want to go riding? Why not go riding on the beach!

In an effort to increase tourism during the off season, Ocean City’s Town Council has approved horseback riding on the beach from Nov. 1 through March 30. Of course, riders would have to get a permit. A season permit is $50 and a day permit is $20. It is not a huge area, mind you: you can ride from 27th street to the south end jetty and you must clean up after your horse or face a $500 fine. Click here for more information! Missed getting your ad in the March Equiery? No worries!  We can put your ad online instead!  Contact us to find out how: 1-800-244-9580 or...

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Howard County Barn Destroyed by Fire

The original bank barn at Chapel View Farm on Jennings Chapel Road in Woodbine was completely destroyed in a two-alarm fire on Sunday, January 1. Owner Paul Shoffeitt (a carriage driver) said the 100′ × 50′ barn had been built in the late 1890s and had been renovated several times over the years. Trainer Ashley Beheler, who rents a newer barn on the property, discovered the fire and called 911. No horses or other animals were in the barn at the time and there were no injuries. “Investigators are starting to look everything over today, but we are thinking one of the dusk-’til-dawn lights shorted,” Schoffeitt told The Equiery. Schoffeitt was on a bike ride with friends in the area when he heard the fire truck sirens. “By the time I got back, the first trucks were pulling down the driveway,” he said. Although some of the major media outlets (such as local TV stations) reported that livestock needed to be rescued from the barn, Schoffeitt stated that there were no animals in the barn at the time. Beheler did say that because of the heat and the smoke, she moved all her horses stalled in the other barn into fields, where they have stayed the past two nights. Destroyed in the fire were six carriages, all of the Schoffeitt’s tack, along with some boarders’ tack, a four-horse trailer...

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Horse Board Grants!

The Maryland Horse Industry Board has announced that it will distribute $21,000 to 15 grant request recipients! Included are therapeutic programs, conservationists, youth clubs, educational and research programs. MHIB will formally present the checks to the grant recipients at Horse World Expo on January 21, but you can find out now in the January 2012 print edition of The Equiery who the grant recipients are! The January 2012 print edition is in stores now – grab one this weekend! The January print edition of The Equiery contains a list of grant recipients and a description of their projects. For the grant amounts each group will receive, check this blog in early January. In the January print edition, The Equiery inadvertently left the following grant recipient off the list: Maryland Therapeutic Riding: Scholarships for two instructor/therapists to be certified at a level high enough that they can then train other instructors.  The Equiery is distributed free throughout Maryland and the surrounding areas, in hundreds of tack shops, feed stores, some convenience stores and restaurants and other unique locations where equestrians gather. For a complete list of distributors, please click here. To become a distributor, please contact us at info@equiery.com. ALSO IN THE JANUARY ISSUE: Your complete guide to the 2012 Maryland Horse World Expo as well as Maryland’s 2012 Stallions! ********* Did you miss getting your classified ad in the January issue? It...

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