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Barn Night Winners!

Kudos to all the barns who came out to the Washington International Horse Show last night for the annual Barn Night. The big winners are listed below and photos and videos can be see on The Equiery’s Facebook page. Largest Group Overall: Tamarack Largest Group Maryland: Harmony Ridge Largest Group Virginia: Hoof & Woof Largest Group DC/Other: Rock Creek Park Video Contest: Team Kama Banner: The Big Easy Spirit: Hidden View Competition continues tonight with WIHS’s Military Night. If you can’t make it to DC tonight, you can watch it live here:...

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The Horses Have Arrived in DC!

The first horses have arrived in Washington, DC at the Capital One Arena (formerly called the Verizon Center) and the 59th Washington International Horse Show officially starts today! With grand prix jumpers, equitation finals, show hunters and more, WIHS’s competition is filled with something for everyone. Add to that, military show cases, Barn Night, Shetland Pony races and Guy McLean’s bridleless demonstrations and you have world-class competition mixed in with world-class entertainment. Access to the venue is easiest using Metro, but there are plenty of parking garages around the arena as well.  The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Washington...

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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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Polo Players Earn Touch of Class

First printed in the October 2017 print edition of The Equiery Last month, the Maryland Horse Industry Board honored two interscholastic teams from Maryland who recently won 2017 national polo championships with its July and August Touch of Class Award. The winning national women’s interscholastic polo team was comprised of coaches and teammates from Garrison Forest School in Reisterstown. The award was presented at the Maryland Horse Council barbecue on September 9 at the Congressional Polo Club in Poolesville to Cindy Halle, coach; Kaycie Campbell, assistant coach; team members Lila Bennett, Hannah Reynolds, Olivia Reynolds and Emily Wiley. The...

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Harford College Honors Jim McKay

Maryland Million is THIS weekend! And the man behind the day that celebrates Maryland racing is being honored next month with the Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism. For details on the award, see below. For details on this year’s Maryland Million, click here: first published in the October 2017 Equiery The late sports broadcaster Jim McKay will be awarded posthumously the 2017 Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism on November 10. The Hays-Heighe House, at the Harford Community College in Bel Air, presents the award. The Hays-Heighe House is a public historic site that was the centerpiece of the Heighe’s 225-acre Prospect Hill Farm, where they bred and trained Thoroughbred racehorses from 1921 until 1953. “The Wider World of Jim McKay: Celebrating His Life and His Work” is an exhibit on McKay’s life that will be open before the reception and awards presentation. McKay’s family will be accepting the award while Bill Boniface, a friend of McKay, will share remarks. McKay began covering racing here in Maryland in November of 1947 with live reporting from Pimlico Racecourse. From there, McKay’s love affair with racing began and he covered several Triple Crown races for ABC as well as heading to England to cover bigger races such as the Royal...

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Battle of the Collegiate Riding Associations

first printed in the October 2017 Equiery There seems to be a bit of a kerfuffle with the two national associations providing umbrella-association services for college and university riding teams. During the summer, the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) sent an official notification that as of Aug. 30, 2017, any college or university that elects to join the National Equestrian Collegiate Association (NCEA) will be ineligible to join the IHSA. By Sept 7, IHSA had reconsidered, and issued the following memo: Upon further evaluation, the IHSA executive committee has decided to allow IHSA and NCEA dual memberships for the...

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