On July 9, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association announced the election of three new members of the board of directors. Michael J. Harrison, DVM, was elected president; David H. Wade was elected vice president; and Kent Allen Murray was elected secretary and treasurer.
Dr. Harrison owns Willowdale Farm in Butler and has been a practicing veterinarian for more than 35 years. Harrison earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from Washington College. He breeds, races and owns Thoroughbreds and served on the MHBA board from 2009-2016. He has also served as chairman of MHBA’s Legislative Committee. Harrison is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society for Theriogenology, Maryland Agricultural Resource Council and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. He is also a supporter of the Water Hay Oats Alliance.
Wade is the general manager of Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, as well as Northview PA in Peach Bottom, PA. In addition, he is the manager of Sycamore Hall Farm and is a Thoroughbred sales agent. Wade was the former yearling manager at Ryehill Farm and was an adjunct faculty member at Cecil College. He has served on the MHBA board since 2016 and is a member of the association’s Sales Committee, Stallion Committee, Events Committee and Yearling Show Committee. He was also on the steering committee of the Farm Managers Club. Wade holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and is a member of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.
Murray owns Twin Oaks Farm in Aberdeen and is a consultant and program manager for Murmur Farm in Darlington. He is also a program manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation. Murray has served on the MHBA board since 2015 and is also a member of the Maryland Million board of directors. He is a members of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. Murray graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a MBA and has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware.