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Governor Asks For Sit Down With Jockey Club Owners

Can We Make A Deal? On Monday, December 6, 2010 representatives from the Governor’s office will meet with representatives from MI Development, Inc. and Penn National Gaming, Inc. (which own the Maryland Jockey Club and Laurel, Pimlico and the Bowie Training Center), the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (which manages the contracts with MJC on behalf of the trainers) and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (the Thoroughbred breeders). According to the Baltimore Sun, it is the intent of the Governor’s office to broker some sort of agreement in order to ensure a healthy 2011 racing calendar for Maryland. Live – You’re On The Air On Tuesday, December 7, the Dan Rodricks radio show (noon – 1 p.m.) on 88.1 WYPR will feature Maryland Racing Commission chairman Louis Ullman, Cordish Co. president Joe Weinberg, Maryland Horse Council president Steuart Pittman, Thoroughbred breeder Cynthia McGinnes, and reporter Liz Farmer. Horse people are encouraged to call into the show to share their views of the current situation with the racing industry:...

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In Search of Maryland’s Next Horse Industry Executive Director

In Search of Maryland’s Next Horse Industry Executive Director BODY COPY: The Maryland Horse Industry Board is in search of its next Executive Director. MHIB is a quasi-government organization, a unique private/public partnership created by legislation for the purpose of marketing and developing the equine industry and equine-business related opportunities in Maryland. MHIB also oversee the State Stable licensing program, administers and develops grants for education, youth and other endeavors, and supports education and research. The Executive Director may work closely with the Secretary of Agriculture, the Governor’s office and legislators on various industry initiatives. The funding for the Executive Director position comes from the horse industry, from us, via the money we put into the Feed Fund through every bag or ton of feed we purchase. Although the position is administered through the government, ultimately, the Executive Director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board works for the horse people of Maryland, represented by those horse people serving on MHIB in a volunteer, advisory capacity. Board members are appointed by the Governor for four year terms. The legislation that authorizes the existence of the Maryland Horse Industry Board must be reauthorized every few years by the Maryland General Assembly‚Ķso ultimately, the horse people of Maryland must approve of the work being done by the MHIB and its Executive Director. This position is critical for the Maryland equestrian community, and...

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Please Participate in University of Maryland Equine-Related Injury Study

The Equiery is supporting a University of Maryland School of Public Health study on horse-related injuries and safety practices among people who interact with horses in Maryland and Virginia. The goal of this survey is to characterize the injuries that are most commonly occurring in this population and to identify ways in which safety practices can be improved to reduce the occurrence of injury and improve the outcome after injury. We are asking all Equiery readers to participate in this survey, regardless of whether or not you have suffered a horse-related injury. Everyone who completes the survey will be able to enter into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Dover Saddlery! The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Your responses are very important to us and the results of the survey will be shared in a future issue of The Equiery. You must be at least 18 years of age in order to participate. Click here to take the survey and enter into the...

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More snow photos…

Here are just a few more snow photos from our readers. More to come in the March issue! Plus a heartfelt story about saving a Fjord. Devin’s Darling, owned by Linda Byrd (Dickerson) – photo by Linda Byrd Picasso getting some exercise at Reddemeade Farm (Silver Spring) – photo by Ingrid Ivins Abbey the Aussie seems not to mind the deep snow at GoodNess Ridge Farm (Mt. Airy) – photo by Shari...

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Snow Pics!

The Equiery has been flooded with snow photos and stories! Keep them coming! Send your snow photos and stories to We’ll keep posting a few here throughout the next couple of days. Look for more photos/stories in the March 2010 issue. Here’s a photo from Betty Donovan on the Eastern Shore. Scarlett (4-year-old Morgan filly) jumps up to find another good spot for a snow...

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