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This Independence Day, ask your legislator to vote for the right of veterans to choose equine rehabilitative therapies

The Rehabilitative Therapy Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act of 2013 (H.R. 1705), recently introduced on Capitol Hill, would amend federal law to provide that military families and wounded veterans are entitled to be reimbursed for therapies, including “therapies provided on a horse” that are medically authorized. Military personnel and members of their family who suffer from debilitating diseases have sought treatment through therapeutic horse riding programs or hippotherapy.  Unfortunately, TRICARE, the health care program serving uniformed services members, retirees, and their families, will not cover therapeutic riding because it considers such equine therapy experimental and unproven and therefore not reimbursable, despite many advances in the health of people who have used it versus other treatments that have little or no affect on them. This issue has been highlighted by the plight of Kaitlyn Samuels, a member of a military family, who suffers from cerebral palsy, scoliosis, autism and epilepsy.  The Samuels tried therapeutic riding as a last effort to ease Kaitlyn’s pain. The therapeutic riding helped her more than any of the other standard treatments. When the Samuels family sought reimbursement for this professional therapy through TRICARE, the request was ultimately denied.  The family ended up going to court, won their case, but the program still would not reimburse the family for the cost of treatment. This bill has been referred to the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on...

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BAM! (Did you feel that?)

Your truck and trailer were just hit with the double whammy, beginning today, of higher fuel taxes and increased tolls.  Do hope you fueled up yesterday!  (Your publisher, alas, forgot.) Today, July 1, 2013 marks the official launch of the “Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013 “ which was sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Delegate Michael Busch. The act will increase the fuel taxes we pay. And while the act does not specifically state what the new tax on fuel will ultimately be (instead, laying out a rather complex mathematical formula that are tied into evaluations of the consumer price index and average retail prices of fuel), the first phase of the multiyear plan, which begins today, raises the gas tax by 3.5¢ per gallon (from 23.5¢ to 27¢ per gallon).   According to the Washington Post, “by mid-2016, motorists can expect to pay between 13 and 20 cents more per gallon than they do now.” The act also contains language that would prohibit governors from raiding the Transportation Trust Fund in the future. However, they have raided it before, so we are not going to bet the ranch that they won’t do it again. The act also details funding for bike lanes, watershed implementation plans, Maryland Emergency Medical System (and its communication systems), Shock Trauma, base salaries for pilots and technicians and field instructors, the Sen. William Amoss...

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The American Horse Council recognizes Maryland’s Beverly Raymond

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, Maryland’s own Beverly Raymond was presented with the prestigious American Horse Council Van Ness award for her three decades of dedication to the Maryland Horse Council and to the Maryland equestrian community. Each year, the American Horse Council presents the Van Ness Award to a person who has shown leadership and service to the horse community in her state.  It is awarded in memory of Mrs. Marjorie Van Ness, one of the founders of the New Jersey Horse Council and the AHC’s Coalition of State Horse Councils. Nominated by the Maryland Horse Council because she best exemplifies the life and spirit of Marge Van Ness, Beverly Raymond’s quiet and subtle influence on the horse community in Maryland will last for generations to come.  Like Marge Van Ness, Beverly was a founding our state horse council’s board member.  Beverly immediately saw the benefits of an umbrella organization, of “one common interest, the horse; one common voice, the Horse Council.”  As one of the original members, Beverly is the only one who has had the tenacity, the patience, and the dedication to the vision to hang on, to persevere through the lean years.  A review of the first two and a half decades of minutes of the Maryland Horse Council shows that Beverly rarely missed a meeting. In addition to her involvement with MHC, Bev was...

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DNR wants to know: what do you want? And Wednesday night is your last chance to tell them for the next five years.

Do you compete at Rosaryville or Fair Hill? Ride at Tuckahoe or the League of Maryland Horsemen (Marriottsville)? Do you foxchase in the Patuxent or the Patapsco? Trail ride just about anywhere in this state? The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking citizens for their input on State outdoor recreation facilities and services in areas throughout Maryland. Of course, we would like to see a lot of input from horse people, as this is for their Long Range Plan Land Preservation and Recreational Plan, and we want to make sure that equestrian needs and desires are part of that long range plan – and Wed. June 19 will be your last chance to be part of the dialogue.  June 19,2013 6 to 8 p.m. Howard County Robinson Nature Center 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044  At the time The Equiery originally wrote (in February) about this opportunity, the community meetings were expected to conclude in March, but inclement weather forced the rescheduling of one of the meetings, and so now you still have an opportunity to share your thoughts. The public input will help guide the update of the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan,which will serve as a roadmap for future State outdoor recreation facilities and services. Last time, trails were left out entirely.  This time, trails will be included and given significant space.  The plan may include maintenance, improvements, new trails and land purchases. The...

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State Fund Available for Trail Projects

As of early May, the State Highway Administration is currently accepting applications for recreational trail program funding for the 2014 fiscal year. The funds are to be used to complete and maintain recreational trails and related facilities. The funds are not limited to one type of trail use and applications are open to equestrian projects as well as hiking, running, cycling, cross-country skiing, off-road motorcycling and all-terrain vehicles. The SHA is giving priority to projects that link existing trails, reduce environmental impact, have broad public support or include youth group work. The funds match money from federal funds with local funds or in-kind contributions. Funds are available to cover up to 80% of the project’s cost. The deadline is July 1, with grants being announced this fall. Click here to download an application. Applications must be submitted electronically to...

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Get Your June Equiery Now!

The June Equiery is in stores now. Grad your copy at one of these locations today! Inside you’ll find lots of properties and trailers for sale. Plus see tons of photos from steeplechase races, horse shows, Preakness, events and more. The digital version will be posted shortly. Monday June 3 update – Digital Equiery now available! Click on the June cover in bar on the...

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