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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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Thoroughbred Makeover Winners Earn Touch of Class

Above: MHIB chairman Jim Steele with December Touch of Class winners Rebecca Walters, Michelle Warro and Neil Agate © JHA Photography On December 5, during the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series awards banquet, trainers Michelle Warro (Davidsonville), Rebecca Walters (Fallston) and Neil Agate (Germantown) were presented with the December Touch of Class award from the Maryland Horse Industry Board for their top placings at the 2015 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover and Symposium (Lexington, KY). Warro road the 4-year-old gelding Best Things In Life to win the Eventing division and place third in the Dressage division. Walters and finished second in the...

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