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Beyond the Wire: retiring the Thoroughbred racehorse before its too late

After the blanket of “Black-eyed Susies,” after the weathervane is painted, after the Woodlawn Vase is returned to the museum, and Pimlico is swept clean of the Preakness pomp, what then? What then of the horses? A flickering two minutes on the first Saturday of May in Kentucky. A heart-pounding two minutes in Maryland. An seemingly interminable two and a half minutes in New York. For fewer than seven minutes each year, Thoroughbreds capture the world’s rapt attention in the Triple Crown Races. And then what?  Of course, we horse people know the answer to this question. The horses...

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TASS to cease offering Show Series

Mission Accomplished! The Equiery congratulates the board of the Thoroughbred Alliance™ Show Series on accomplishing its original mission – and salutes the directors for making the brave and bold decision to fold the Series. You read that right. “Brave and bold decision to fold the series.” TASS concluded its 2016 season on September 10 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at Breezy Run Farm. In this, its final series, 106 competitors participated in seven TASS member shows located in Maryland and Virginia. Founded in 2012 to promote the second careers of Thoroughbreds from the race track, TASS did this by creating...

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Katie McCoy Named WIHS 2016 Youth Ambassador

The Washington International Horse Show recently announced that Katherine F. McCoy of Arlington, Virginia is this year’s Youth Ambassador. The 16-year-old senior at Yorktown High School trains here in Maryland with Adrian Ford of Big Easy Farm in Boyds. McCoy competes in equitation, hunters and jumpers and traveled to Florida this past winter for the Ocala circuit. She last rode at WIHS in 2013. Joining McCoy on the WIHS Junior Committee this year are 24 teens from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Representing Maryland this year are Hayley Antonelli (Bethesda), Bailey Doloff (Sykesville), Olivia McCarren (Chevy Chase), Madeline McManus...

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NCAA, IEA and Summer Interns!

The July Equiery just hit the stores and is full of contributions by this year’s summer interns Sara Gordon, Leanna Bostrom and Elizabeth Scully. You can read all about them on page 17 and then see what they wrote and the photos they have been taking throughout the issue. Below are a few newsy items relating to young riders competing at the high school and collegiate levels. NCAA Continues Support of Equestrians In April, the Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) confirmed its support for equestrian sports remaining on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Emerging Sports list, based on new organizational efforts, membership feedback and potential growth. In 2014, the committee had recommended that equestrian sports be dropped from the list due to the small number of schools with NCAA equestrian teams. However, since then, multiple updates on the progress of the sport offered a new perspective. IEA Coaches Program On June 6, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) announced that it will continue its member Referral Program for the 2016-2017 season. The Referral Program provides adult IEA members with a cash reward for each new equine professional member they refer to the IEA. There is no limit on how many rewards a member can earn. “The Referral Program held during the 2015-2016 membership year was a great success, bringing in 36 new coaches, creating 48 new teams and enrolling...

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Timonium strikes OTB Deal! Now, what is on your wish list for the State Fairgrounds?

They said they weren’t gonna agree, but in the end they all did.  The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural did promise to not seek slots or casino gambling – and in return the Greater Timonium Community Council agreed to back off the protests against allowing the State Fair to be a year-round off-track betting parlor, and various legislators have agreed to withdraw various bills that would have prohibited the OTB. Actually, the Greater Timonium Community Council agreed to more than just to back off. They agreed to support an amendment to the county zoning code to clarify that OTBs...

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Maryland to pilot new Dover Adult-Ami Jumper Medal

Dover Saddlery has announced that it has selected Maryland to launch a new competition medal program for adult amateur riders.   The Dover Adult Amateur Jumper Medal (Dover AAJ Medal) is designed to recognize, reward and incentivize the adult amateur jumper rider competing at 2’9” – 3’ at the regional level. The new Dover AAJ Medal is not an equitation medal.  Eligible riders will accumulate clear rounds as well as first and second placings for end-of-year Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal awards. “We are very excited about this innovative concept for recognizing and incentivizing adult amateur riders who compete at the regional level” stated Stephen Day, President and CEO of Dover Saddlery.  “Via this new medal concept, riders can set personal goals and work to achieve their best with their equine partner in the jumper arena and be recognized for achieving those goals.” “We are happy to be working with the Maryland Horse Shows Association to introduce this pilot program on the regional level and to ensure it is viable and can be replicated prior to a national launch.  The adult amateur rider is an integral part of the horse show market and Dover is pleased to champion this new program concept for adult amateurs,” added Day. The Dover AAJ Medal is being offered at over 30 regional horse shows in Maryland in 2016 with the endorsement and under the...

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