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Going to Graceland

First published in the December 2017 Equiery by Crystal Pickett It started with a prayer… And then the journey. One sturdy hoof-step at a time and one heart full of hope. On Sunday, October 7, Tom Cashman and Homer The Mule left West Friendship… eight days and approximately 900 miles later they arrived in Memphis, Tennessee. Why Memphis? Memphis is best know as the home of Graceland, but Memphis is also a land of grace and home to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. A place where potentially terminal illnesses are valiantly fought. A place where there is never...

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Mary Shunk Wins Joe Kelly Award + Bonus Points Wins Maryland Million Classic

Mary Shunk Named Joe Kelly Award Winner Yesterday, during Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park, Mary Shunk, director of The Retreat at Beckleysville, received the 2017 Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award. The award is presented annually by the Board of Directors of the Maryland Million Ltd. in honor of the memory of Joe Kelly. It recognizes honesty, hard work and humility – qualities that serve as inspiration to others. Shunk is also the founder of The Retreat at Beckleysville, located in Hampstead. She is a Certified Advanced Instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International....

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Joe Clancy and Jim McCue recognized by MJC for their contributions to Maryland horse racing

We are off to the races! Literally, as The Equiery offices will be closed this afternoon so that the staff can head to Pimlico for the “Ultimate Girls Day Out:” The Black-eyed Susan Stakes, featuring all fillies (and mares) all day! As sporting fans around their world train their eyes on this weekend’s running of the 142nd Preakness Stakes, The Equiery is pleased to continue to focus those Marylanders behind the scenes who make the Preakness possible and who are an indelible part of the fabric of our equestrian community. Yesterday, the Maryland Jockey Club recognized two of our...

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Peter Fenwick to be Recognized with the Robert N. Clay Conservation Award

Lexington, Ky. – August 29, 2016 – Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) is pleased to announce that  Peter Fenwick of Glyndon, Md. has been named as the 2016 recipient of the Robert N. Clay Conservation Award. The award, named in recognition of Robert N. Clay’s equine land conservation leadership in the Thoroughbred industry, will be presented at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association National Awards dinner on September 10th in Lexington, Ky. “TOBA is pleased to have established this award in partnership with ELCR to help increase awareness of the importance of land conservation to the Thoroughbred industry and...

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After a long, dreary February, Maryland will miss…

…Howard County’s Gretchen Mobberley, who died February 21 from complications related to cancer. She was 84. A lifelong horsewoman, Gretchen and her husband Jack founded Summer Hill Farm in 1963, eventually developing more than 20 stakes winners before Jack passed away in 1995. Gretchen continued the operation with her daughter, Thoroughbred trainer Bird Mobberley. Gretchen was a unique force within the equestrian community in Howard County, as a founding member of the Howard County Horse Show Association, and an active hunting member of first the Howard County Hunt Club (now the Howard County – Iron Bridge Hounds) A service will be held on March 7 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Glenwood, MD at 12pm, with a reception to follow. Wonderful article by Tim Keefe in This is Horse Racing. …Baltimore County’s Andre Walker Brewster, who died of complications related to cancer on February 20. He was 90. In the horse world, Brewster, a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, was known has the owner (through Arcadia Stable) of the good horse Buck Jakes, two-time winner of the Maryland Hunt Cup. He was a notable attorney, first at Venable Baetjer & Howard and later as a partner at Piper-Marbury, and served on numerous boards, including Johns Hopkins Hospital, Alex. Brown & Sons, Equitable Trust Co., Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland, First National Bank, Monumental Corp., Savings...

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The King is in The Hall!

Leatherbury inducted into National Racing Hall of Fame The powers-that-be at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame have finally recognized what Marylanders have known for a long time: King T. Leatherbury is nothing short of a true Hall of Famer. On August 7, the 82-year-old flat track trainer, with his to-date 6,000 victories, took the podium at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Pavilion in Saratoga, New York, to be officially inducted into racing’s most prestigious museum.  “This really is a tremendous award. I’m deeply honored and proud to be here,” he said. Only five other trainers have achieved 6,000 wins — an Leatherbury is not done yet!  Adding to his reputation as a force with which to be reckoned, he received this honor the first time out of the gate, i.e. the first time he was listed on the ballot.     Although his father was a Thoroughbred breeder and owner, Leatherbury did not get hooked on racing until he was a business student at the University of Maryland and would head out to Laurel or Bowie race tracks. He told the Washington Post, “I wasn’t a lover of horses per se. I was a lover of the game.” Leatherbury has not built his record by winning glamorous Triple Crowns or high profile stakes races. His is a workmanlike career, one victory at a time with claiming races.  Because the...

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