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NEW! Digital edition of The Equiery now on line!

NEW! Digital edition of The Equiery now on line! Digital ads are available in two formats: the digital print edition and in the searchable format on equiery.com– which also features new ads daily! Plus – Check out these Maryland Horse Sport Headlines on equiery.com: Visit The Equiery’s eventing blog to find out how seven Maryland eventers fared at Bromont, plus highlights from Jersey Fresh, Plantation Fields and MCTA! Marylander Marne-Martin Tucker qualifies for the World Championships, while Marylander Christopher Hickey and Witness Hilltop are ranked 13th in the U.S., and are pointed towards the PanAm Games! Learn more on The Equiery’s dressage blog. Maryland show hunters and show jumpers in the ring and out, at Devon & Upperville in our sporting blog for Hunters & Jumpers. Fun photos from the Carroll County Western Circuit on our western blog! ************* To learn more about how to grow your business with The Equiery and equiery.com‘s digital and print marketing opportunities, call us at...

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Trail Closures? Triadelphia & Rocky Gorge

Update from Ron MacNabb, president of Trail Riders of Today: We had a very successful meeting today (June 15, 2011) at the WSSC.  Although we were not on the agenda, we did have an opportunity to speak. Of the 30 to 40 attending the meeting, about 10 spoke and all stood to be recognized.  Representatives from the offices of Senator Roger Manno District 19, Senator Karen Montgomery District 14, and Delegate Josolynn Pena-Melnyk District 21 spoke in support of horseback riding.  They asked that WSSC retain the equestrian trail and work with the equestrian community to improve the trails and redirect the trail where necessary to reduce environmental impact. Ross Peddicord, Executive Director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board spoke on behalf of the horse industry in Maryland.   He noted that the area surrounding Rocky Gorge represented a large portion of the total horses in the state including over twenty licensed riding stables.  Horses are a billion dollar industry in Maryland and requires an infrastructure of suitable places to ride.  The Governor, who is very supportive of growing  Maryland’s horse industry, and the Secretary of Agriculture, have been made aware of WSSC’s new policy and the harm it could cause.  The Gazette newspaper was present and took pictures for a forthcoming article. By the end of the meeting, the Commissioners seemed quite pleased to hear from so many...

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State Stable Inspector Job Opening: Update

We know our Equiery community is anxious for an update on the process for selecting a new State Stable inspector, as there were over 100 applicants for the job! And there were a lot of excellent candidates that applied. Nevertheless, we know many of you are nervously awaiting word of the status of your application, and are hoping that someone has an “inside scoop.” Right now, the process is not only out of the hands of the Maryland Horse Industry Board (which oversees the Stable Licensing program), the process is out of the hands of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Currently, all the applications are at the Maryland Department of Budget and Management, which is grading the list and verifying the information on 93 candidates who meet the basic qualifications (the others have been eliminated). After OBM has completed that process, the applications will be returned to the Department of Agriculture, which will begin the process of setting up interviews. Remember, folks, this IS government, and it takes time to get anything through a bureaucracy! So, at this point, no news is good news and you should keep the faith. Meanwhile, if you are still looking for a job, keep an eye on the help-wanteds in both The Equiery and on equiery.com (updated daily) or consider posting you own “available” or “in search of” classified today!  Just e-mail classifieds@equiery.com or...

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O’Malley & Animal Kingdom have a chit chat

Governor Martin O’Malley will visit the Fair Hill Training Center on Friday morning, May 20 before he heads to Pimlico for the Black-Eyed Susan. While at Fair Hill, O’Malley will visit with Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion and his Derby winner Animal Kingdom as they make their final preparations for the for the 136th running of The Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 22. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Miss the deadline for the June print edition of The Equiery? Need to sell something fast? No problem! Classifieds can be posted at anytime on equiery.com – just visit or call 1-800-244-9580 for more...

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146 Horses in Various Stages of Neglect; 6 Euthanized

SUBJECT LINE: 146 Horses in Various Stages of Neglect; 6 Euthanized On Thursday, April 28, 2011, the owner of the Polish Arabian breeding farm Canterbury (in Centreville, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland) voluntary relinquished 13 severely neglected and malnourished horses, 6 of which had to be immediately euthanized according to WJZ Channel 13.  133 horses in various stages of neglect and malnutrition remain on the farm. Authorities are considering criminal neglect charges. According to Days End Farm Horse Rescue, which is helping to lead the multi-agency rescue effort, the impound is so large that private facilities are being solicited house, treat, and rehabilitate the animals. Thirteen critical care cases are being transported to a Days End Farm Horse Rescue Satellite facility outside of Hagerstown. Paradise Stables in Mount Airy has agreed to accept up to 70 horses. Days End Farm Horse Rescue is also working to find ways to defray the financial burden that each individual horse creates for the private farms accepting the horses.  The Humane Society of the United States will be assisting with the some of the initial costs and the initial veterinary services are being offered by a volunteer veterinarian corp.  However, additional monies will be needed to complete their rehabilitation, evaluation and eventual adoption. Days End estimates that the initial cost per horse in this condition for the first six months will be approximately $5,000....

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Morgan Leadline Classes Now Require Protective Headgear

On March 21, the USEF Executive Committee approved an Extraordinary Rule Change for the Morgan Division of the USEF Rule Book. Extraordinary Rule Changes simply mean that once passed, the rule becomes effective immediately.  The rule only effect the Leadline division, now stating that all exhibitors in those classes must wear protective headgear at all times while mounted. The rule change was put forward by the board of the American Morgan Horse Association just weeks after the USEF passed similar protective headgear rule changes for the disciplines of Dressage and Eventing. AMHA is also considering proposing that exhibitors in Walk/Trot classes wear protective headgear as well, but this change is still being discussed among the association. USEF President David O’Connor stated, “We applaud the American Morgan Horse Association for this bold, forward-thinking move.” The Equiery wants to know what you think! Do you think more breed associations should follow AMHA’s example? Email editor@equiery.com and we’ll add your comments to the article “The Death of the Top Hat” on our...

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