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We had a baby!

At 9:36 this morning, Equiery associate publisher Jennifer Sponseller Webster gave birth to George William Webster. Mother and son are resting comfortably. Happy...

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Pan Am Silver Medalists Heraldic & John Crandell Receive “Touch of Class” Award

Yesterday, November 15, 2011, The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) presented the third “Touch of Class” Award to Silver medalists John Crandell III and Heraldic. As The Equiery reported earlier on, Crandell and his Triple Crown winning Arabian gelding won two silver medals (individual and team) at the Pan American Games held in Chile on Oct. 21. Crandell and Heraldic will lead the U.S. Team in the World Endurance Championship in England in 2012 – an event held simultaneously with the 2012 Olympics. Channel 2 News from Baltimore was on site to cover the event. During the award presentation, Ashley Valis, deputy director of the Governor’s Intergovernmental Affairs, presented the Crandell’s with a proclamation from Governor Martin O’Malley, declaring November 15 “Heraldic and Crandell Family Day.”  “Maryland has an impressive history of raising the finest equine athletes who continually distinguish our great State around the world,” said Governor O’Malley. “I’d like to commend the Crandell Family for their legendary accomplishments and commitment to the highest standards of equine training and care. We look forward to the continued success of Heraldic and the Crandells as they represent Maryland and the United States at the World Championship next year.” Heraldic was in routine quarantine in Miami after flying back from Chile, but was released in time to make it to his official homecoming and silver medal celebration event today. Heraldic...

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Proposed Changes to Manure Management Regulations

They may officially be called “nutrient management regulations,” but we horse people think of them as the “manure management laws.” The Maryland Department of Agriculture has proposed changes to the manure management laws, and the Maryland Horse Council will be discussing them on Tuesday, November 15, 5 p.m. (with a meet and greet reception to follow, just in case you are hungry; the MHC formal meeting will commence at 7 p.m.; click here for more information). On October 27, 2011, the Maryland Department of Agriculture submitted these proposed changes to the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR). According to MDA, the purpose of the changes is to achieve consistency in how all sources of nutrients (from chemical fertilizers to manure) are managed. Once the proposed changes are published in the Maryland Register, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will provide public notice and offer a 45-day public comment period. A summary of the MDA’s proposed changes submitted to AELR, with a link to the full text of the proposed regulations, is available here. “As science evolves and we learn more about how to better manage farms, it’s appropriate to change policies. Maryland, like all of the Bay states, is dealing with increasingly stringent environmental regulations. Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) and the Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) address all sectors dealing with both point source and non-point...

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Your Last Chance to Ride Rocky Gorge, Triadelphia & Other WSSC Trails

This is your last change to ride in Rocky Gorge Triadelphia, and other WSSC Reservoir until the spring! According to the new rules, on Tuesday, November 15, Rocky Gorge, Triadelphia and other reservoirs owned and managed by WSSC (Washington Sewer and Sanitation Commission) will be closed to horseback riders until the spring. As we reported on, TROT (Trail Riders of Today) members stumbled across the new rules governing equestrian access to and use of the WSSC lands this past spring. In addition to shutting down winter riding, for the rest of the year, the rules ban horseback riders from the bridle trails, putting them instead on severely eroded firebreaks and emergency access roads, from which horses have traditionally been banned. The new rules were created ostensibly to control erosion. Once they learned of the new rules, trail riding community immediately rallied in protest that equestrians were never consulted. WSSC has granted one hearing, but little has been done since then and trail riders are up in arms, understandably and justifiably so in the opinion of The Equiery. Trail riders are urging fellow equestrians to stand with them at the next WSSC Commissioner’s meeting on Wednesday November 16 at the RGH Auditorium, 14501 Sweitzer Lane Laurel, Maryland 20707. The meeting will start promptly at starting at 8:30 AM and horse people are urged to arrive early, as parking is...

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2 Charged in Shooting Death of Assateague Pony

On January 15 2011, a 28-year-old bay mare, I.D.# N2BH, was found dead on the Maryland side of Assateague Island National Seashore in the park’s remote backcountry. According to, by March, park rangers had identified a suspect, but could not file charges until the evidence had been processed and tested at a federal crime lab.  The Assateague rangers were assisted in their investigation the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore, National Park Service investigators and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. By October, authorities had enough evidence to charge Easton resident Justin B. Eason with illegal taking of wildlife, use of a weapon that endangers persons or property, destroying from its natural state living wildlife and knowingly giving a false report. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. They also charged Preston resident John A. Eason II with giving a false report. According to, Maryland court records indicate that the Easons have a history of...

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Missing Horse Found Drowned

On October 20, 2011, we posted to The Equiery’s Facebook page an alert for a missing horse in Monkton. Unfortunately, the 6 year old gelding named Junior was found on Oct. 23, drowned in a neighbor’s pool. He had apparently fallen through the pool cover.  Junior was owned by 15 year old Kelly Strucko. The Equiery extends its sincerest sympathies to Kelly and her family. For more details, please see ************************** It’s not too late!  Call before Friday, 5 p.m. to book your holiday display ad! 1-800-244-9680 Or e-mail Jennifer Webster at or Tracy McKenna at

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