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Touch of Class & Secretary’s Citation Awarded at Maryland Horse Council BBQ

At this year’s Maryland Horse Council Annual BBQ, held on Saturday, September 14 at Dodon Farm in Davidsonville, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown was on hand to present the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s Touch of Class award to Ashley Foster as well as present a Secretary’s Citation to Kathy Schwartz-Howe. Touch of Class winner Foster, a 17-year-old college freshman at Auburn University and her horse Charade, a 12-year-old Warmblood gelding, were champions in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division at the Washington International Horse Show, Capital Challenge Horse Show and the National Horse Show, all in 2012. They also placed first nationally in the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s 2012 Horse of the Year Grand Champion for Junior Hunters 16-17. The pair from Rolling Acres in Brookeville, have competed up and down the East Coast, racking up ribbons as they go. Foster has also won a variety of awards such as the Frances Rowe Award for Junior Exhibitor of the Year by the Virginia Horse Shows Association and the Tad Coffin Equitation Championship. Also at the MHC BBQ, Schwartz-Howe was honored with a Secretary’s Citation. She is the founder of Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon and was recognized for her lifetime achievement in protecting horses from abuse and neglect and for organizing community outreach and education programs to teach people how to care for equines responsibly. After 24 years, Schwartz-Howe...

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West Nile Evidence in Anne Arundel County; MDA to spray

From the Maryland Department of Agriculture The Maryland Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with Anne Arundel County, will expand mosquito control services in two areas of Anne Arundel County due to evidence of evidence of West Nile virus in the area. The first area to be sprayed includes the following communities: St Margaret’s, St Margaret’s Farm, and Old Mill Bottom Estates. This area will be sprayed on Wednesday, September 11 and the following Wednesday, September 18, weather permitting.   The second area to be sprayed includes Cloverlea, Beverley Beach and Caddle Creek. This area will be sprayed on Thursday, September 12 and 19, weather permitting. Spraying will begin at or after 7:30 p.m. Any existing spray exemptions in the area will be temporarily suspended. People should avoid outdoors activities on spray nights. Click here for a map of the area to be treated, or call MDA’s Mosquito Control Program at...

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Buggy Horse Hit By Motorcycle

According to (an e-newsletter for Southern Maryland), an Amish buggy horse was hit by a motorcycle when the buggy driver, Luna Hertzler Fisher of Mechanicsville, railed to yield when making a left hand turn in front of two oncoming motorcycles. Although both motorcyclists were injured and hospitalized, the one which  hit the horse sustained life-threatening injuries and was flown to Johns Hopkins. The horse had to be euthanized. Fisher was not injured. Please click here for a complete report and updates on the...

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Winbak Farm Receives Touch of Class

  The Maryland Horse Industry Board presented its August Touch of Class award to Joe Thomson and Winbak Farm in Chesapeake City on August 15 during live racing at Ocean Downs in Berlin. Four of Winbak’s Standardbred horses were honored with the award. “Winbak continues to produce Standardbreds of the highest quality, which they race and sell all over the country and around the world,” said MHIB chair Jim Steele. The broodmare Lady Ashlee Ann and stallion Bettor’s Delight were recently inducted into the Living Harness Horse Hall of Fame on July 7. Betterthancheddar, a son of Lady Ashlee Ann owned by Winbak Farm, was named the Canadian Champion Pacer for this year. The late Classic Wish, who was the dam of Bettor’s Delight, is also in the Hall of Fame and was honored with a Touch of Class award. In addition, harness racing drivers Corey Callahan and Frank Milby received Secretary Citations for their 3,000th and 1,500th career wins, respectively. Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance presented the...

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Horse Owners Encouraged to Vaccinate According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a Worcerster County horse has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). EEE is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and can cause a swelling of the brain (encephalitis). The disease is rare in humans, but can occur when an infected mosquito bites a person. EEE disease occurs primarily in areas close to swamps and marshes with high mosquito populations. The last confirmed human case in Maryland was in 1989, and prior to that there were two cases in 1982. The last confirmed case in a horse in Maryland was in 2009 in Wicomico County. In horses, EEE is a serious disease that can be fatal – however, well-vaccinated horses are generally safe from the disease. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) encourages all horse owners to consult with their veterinarian to discuss the best vaccination program for their horse and its circumstances.  The horse in Worcester County had not been vaccinated. Infected horses show a range of clinical signs that often progress over two to three days, including depression, altered mental status, circling, problems with balance, weakness, aimless wandering, impaired vision, walking (gait) abnormalities, head pressing, paralysis, convulsions and death. Horses that survive serious disease often have permanent nervous system deficits. The Maryland Department of Agriculture, working with Worcester County officials,...

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$30k for Grants & Great Ideas

The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) will accept grant applications for research, educational and promotional projects that support horses or the equestrian community, or develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry. Nearly $30,000 is available for grants – a 15 percent increase in funding from the previous year. Grant applications may be submitted until Sept. 30. Individual requests should not exceed $3,000. Organizations eligible for MHIB grants include (but are not limited to) non-profit organizations, clubs and associations, businesses, farms and licensed stables, government entities, schools and educational institutions. Projects of interest to the Board include (but are not limited to) those that develop new opportunities and coincide with the board’s mission to increase awareness and growth of the Maryland horse industry. Projects are evaluated for their value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of activity, financial need, potential for matching funds, benefits, and quality of the written presentation. Funding for these grants and for the MHIB is provided by “The Maryland Feed Fund,” which was established by the General Assembly in 2002. The refundable $6 per ton assessment on equine feed costs about $3 per horse to the horse owner and supports this grant program as well as other promotional, research and outreach activities undertaken by the MHIB. Since the grants program started, the board has awarded 211 grants totaling more than $233,000. Grant...

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