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Cindy Halle Named US Polo Associations’ Woman of the Year

(First published in June 2018 issue of The Equiery) In Maryland, Cindy Halle may be best known as former coach of Garrison Forrest School’s polo teams, but her dedication to the sport of polo goes much further. She is a player, umpire, clinician and even a certified trainer to train other polo instructors. Since she first started playing nearly four decades ago, she has helped grow the sport in many ways. For her role within the US polo community, the US Polo Association recently named her their Woman of the Year. Halle said, “The award is not just for playing,...

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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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RRP Makeover Starts Today!

The day has finally come for the start of the 2017 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover and Symposium. Located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, 381 horses are being shown by 341 trainers from 38 states and Canada and the United Kingdom. The majority of the entries are competing as professionals (55%) while 13% are juniors (18 and under) and 32% are amateurs. The largest discipline represented this year is Eventing with 100 entries. Second larges is Dressage with 89 and then Show Hunters with 88. Maryland is being represented by 22 trainers with 24 horses. Rebecca...

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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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Maryland: 2017 Open National Interscholastic Polo Champions

Apparently, no one really expected Maryland to win. On April 29, Maryland faced off against Houston the United States Polo Association’s Open Interscholastic National Championship, hosted this year by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, quickly scoring the first two goals. From USPA: Brennan Wells going straight to goal, followed quickly by teammate Parker Pearce executing a classic “walk the dog” team play. Houston’s Sloan Stefanakis sunk a beautiful backshot and Grayson Price tallied another from the field to keep it close. Bennan Wells then finished an end-to-end run to put Maryland up by one at the end of the...

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30 Marylanders vie among 480 for $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover

Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) released today a list of 480 trainers from 45 states, three Canadian Provinces and England who will acquire and train a recently retired racehorse for the $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, scheduled for October 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park.  On that list are the following 30 Marylanders: Neil Agate Marisa Bianchi Jane Blayman Jacqueline Bowen Jaclyn Burke Dyanna Capuano Reinier Castilla Kathleen Dibben Brandon DiNicola Daisy Fenwick Elizabeth Firth Kimberly Godwin Clark Juan Carlos Gonzalez Jessica Henwood Lea Jih-Vieira Amber Markley Sabrina Morris Jennifer Osterman Brenda Petel Lauren Poteet Jordan Pruiksma Etniel Sanabria Nuno Santos Sally Shirley Beverly Strauss Jennifer Tabisz Amanda Takacs Brittany Tice Michelle Warro Kelly Wells Ohio and Virginia each contributed 27, while Pennsylvania had 44 entries. All ten of the discipline winners from last year’s Makeover will return to defend their titles, along with seventy-three other Makeover alumni. The remaining group of nearly 400 is doing this for the first time. This may be the most diverse group of accomplished horse trainers ever to gather in one place. Among the entries is a large contingent of professionals from the top ranks of their respective sports. It includes fifteen event riders who have competed at the advanced level, four grand prix dressage riders, and four grand prix show jumpers. The field hunter division features two past winners of the North American Field Hunter Championships, and among show hunters are ten who have trained winners at the country’s top A-circuit shows. The strong contingent of barrel racers will be...

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