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Maryland riders pointed towards the Washington International!

The Washington International Horse Show is just a few months away and many Maryland Hunter and Jumper riders have already earned enough points to compete. Below are a list of Marylanders who just might be showing at the Verizon Center this October. You can view the complete list of WIHS Rankings and track how your favorite riders are doing as the season moves closer to the indoor circuit. WIHS EQUITATION EAST – Although no Marylanders are currently ranked in the top 10, Grace Boston of Owings Mills is ranked 14th while Madeline Schaefer of Westminster is ranked 30th. Ava...

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Maryland’s Biggest Show Just Got Bigger

With close to 1,000 horses every year, Capital Challenge Horse Show at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center is Maryland’s biggest horse show. Now, in its 24th year, it just got bigger, expanding to ten days. Equitation Weekend, presented by BigEq.com, now offers three full days of competition and will host the new United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final for the East Coast. The Jumping Seat Medal Finals were created to provide a 3’3″ level final, as well as an introduction to the 3’6″ finals and a stepping stone to the Talent Search Finals. “The 3’3”...

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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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