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New Maryland Stable Inspector

After a seven-month hiring process, a new Stable Inspector for the Maryland Horse Industry Board is finally in place. The Maryland Department of Agriculture received well over 100 applications for the entry-level job; at least 60 of those applicants met the minimum qualification standards. Keziah Richard joins longtime veteran Pegeen Morgan as one of the two Stable inspectors, assuming the position vacated by Beverly Raymond, who retired last year after 30 years in the job. Keziah, who goes by her nickname “Kezie” (pronounced “KeeZee”), today lives on a cattle farm in Union Bridge (Carroll County), but she grew up riding horses in the Middletown, DE area. She was a member of the Middletown Pony Club and the New Beginnings 4-H Club and was President and Junior Advisor of the Middletown High School chapter of FFA (Future Farmers of America). She competed in local hunter/jumper horse shows and low level three-Day eventing. After graduating from Middletown High School, she attended Delaware State University for two years, majoring in General Agriculture. While there, she was a member of the Delaware State Intercollegiate Riding Team, competing in Western Horsemanship and Reining. After two years at Delaware State, she transferred to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Poultry Science in 2010. Her duties at the Maryland Department of Agriculture will include inspecting both licensed...

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$20,000 Available for Horse Industry Grants; Deadline Sept. 30, 2011

The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) will be accepting grant applications for non-profit research, educational and promotional equine activities, beginning August 1. The board intends to award more than $20,000 in grants that support or develop new opportunities for Maryland’s horse industry. Applications must be received by September 30, 2011. “The horse industry is a critical component of Maryland’s economy. There are more than 79,000 horses in Maryland, and more than 28,000 citizens are employed in the equine industry,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. “The Maryland Horse Industry Board works very hard to stimulate growth and opportunity in Maryland’s equestrian community. This grant program is one way it helps spur needed innovation and encourage those most committed to the industry.” Funding for the MHIB and its grants come from The Maryland Feed Fund, which collects $6 on every ton of horse feed sold in Maryland. It is an effective model for how industry groups can help themselves, without relying on taxpayer dollars. Since the Fund was established in 2002, MHIB has awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to more than 175 projects throughout Maryland. Organizations eligible for MHIB grants include non-profit organizations, clubs and associations, businesses, farms and stables, government entities, schools and educational institutions. Projects will be evaluated for their value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of activity, financial need, potential for matching funds,...

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Cost-share grants available for nutrient management plans

A few days after the Maryland Department of Agriculture released a message from the Secretary of Agriculture intended to reassure farm owners that there would be plenty of time for public comment on any proposed changes to Maryland’s nutrient management regulations (after a flurry of negative public comment to the changes hit the blogosphere in general and equiery.com in particular), MDA issued the following press release announcing the availability of more grant money for cost-share programs…to help farm owners implement mandatory nutrient management plans. Board of Public Works Approves $348,384 in Agricultural Cost-Share Grants Grants will help farmers implement conservation practices to protect the environment Governor Martin O’Malley announced that the Board of Public Works approved $348,384.48  in agricultural cost-share grants in 13 counties for 33 projects that will prevent soil erosion, manage nutrients and safeguard water quality in streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Together, these projects will prevent approximately 5,744 pounds of nitrogen, 2,215 pounds of phosphorus, and 2,337 tons of soil from entering the Bay and its tributaries.  These projects are funded by state general obligation bonds and are not part of MDA’s general fund budget allocation. The Board is comprised of the Governor, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. “Maryland has been a leader in helping farmers protect soil and water resources by providing conservation grants to install tried and true conservation measures...

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Museum Exhibition: The Transition from Farriery to Vet Medicine

From Monday, July 11, through Friday, October 7, the National Library of Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health, will host a new exhibition, “From Craft to Profession: The Transition from Horse Farrier to Professional Veterinarian,” in the NLM History of Medicine Reading Room, Building 38, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The public is invited to visit from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Mondays through Fridays and from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturdays (except Labor Day weekend, September 3-5). This exhibition will showcase original illustrated manuscripts and early printed books from the Library’s collections featuring the care and treatment of horses over the past five centuries. **************** It is not too late to place a classified ad for the August print edition of The Equiery! Click here to place it by midnight tonight Get your ad online anytime…just e-mail classifieds@equiery.com    ...

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Jennifer Sponseller Webster joins The Equiery as Associate Publisher

The Equiery is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Sponseller Webster to its team as associate publisher. As associate publisher, Jennifer will handle new client advertising, will manage social media and the hunter/jumper blog on equiery.com. In her first few weeks, Jennifer spearheaded the makeover of The Equiery’s Facebook presence (friend us on www.facebook.com/equiery). Jennifer has extensive experience as a top advertising sales executive in regional publications and advertising. She began her career with Chesapeake Life, but when horseman and former New Market neighbor Ross Peddicord founded Maryland Life in 2004, Jennifer immediately signed on. Jennifer is also a lifelong horsewoman, from a family of lifelong horsemen. She grew up foxhunting and showing, dabbling in Pony Club and earning her C-1 before deciding to dedicate herself to being (in her words) a “hunter princess,” showing with a wide variety of Maryland trainers, including but not limited to Carolyn Krome, JoAnn Robertson and Streett Moore. Jennifer is a 1988 graduate of the McDonogh School, where she was a four-year member of the Varsity Riding Team. In 1987, Jennifer went to work for eventer Packy McGaughan, an old family friend. Packy and Tanzer had just finished second at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and had earned a spot on the 1987 Pan American Games team. Packy needed a groom to take to the Pan Am Games, and Jennifer needed his...

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Equiery July print edition now in stores and online!

This weekend is a great time to try out potential new horses, see farms for sale, and just go shopping. Pick up a July print edition of The Equiery, featuring over $250 in valuable coupons from our advertisers, from a tack or feed store near you! A New Generation & A Passing of the Torch The cover of the July Equiery features 17-year-old Sam Cockburn. The photo is courtesy of his proud mom, long-time Equiery client Chrissy Keys Heard, in celebration of Sam’s Virginia Point-to-Point awards for the Spring 2011 season. It is clear that this Maryland-bred, Virginia champion jump jockey is a chip off the old block, with a style harkening back to once-upon-a-time daredevil dad Bay Cockburn (who today trains steeplechase horses out of his former father-in-law’s farm in Virginia). On July 1, 2011, Chrissy Keys Heard officially retired as owner and manager of Oatland Stables. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1985, Chrissy launched the business on her family’s dairy and crop farm in Olney. When The Equiery was founded in 1990, Oatland Stables was one of its first advertisers, along with Reddemeade, The Grey Pony and Gayer’s Saddlery. Positioned for many years with premium exposure on the inside back cover of The Equiery, across from the Riding & Boarding Stable Directory, Oatland grew to become one of the most active boarding, lesson and training facilities in...

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