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McDonogh’s 98 Years of Riding Lessons

by Katherine O. Rizzo (first published in the June 2024 Equiery) On August 8, McDonogh School will host the Maryland Horse Forum, which is a public, day-long conference held every five years to discuss various issues related to Maryland’s horse community. McDonogh is an ideal place hold the 2024 forum because it has hosted a premier riding program for 98 years! McDonogh School celebrated 150 years of education in November 2023, however McDonogh’s riding program is a mere 98 years old. The...
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PVDA celebrates 60 years of dressage this year! At the Summer Show (June 22 - 23) one of the highlights was the opportunity to watch Barbara Conner and Docs Almost Blue join the Century Club. The Club celebrates competing riders and horses whose combined age is 100 or more. (We won’t reveal Barbara’s age, but she and her horse have a combined age of 103). Congratulations Barbara and Docs Almost Blue! #dressage ... See MoreSee Less

PVDA celebrates 60 years of dressage this year! At the Summer Show (June 22 - 23) one of the highlights was the opportunity to watch Barbara Conner and Docs Almost Blue join the Century Club. The Club celebrates competing riders and horses whose combined age is 100 or more. (We won’t reveal Barbara’s age, but she and her horse have a combined age of 103). Congratulations Barbara and Docs Almost Blue! #dressageImage attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

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Congratulations to my hero, Barbara Larkin Conner! You were amazing today, as always, and it was an honor and a pleasure to watch you and your beloved Smokey hit this milestone today! Beautiful job, my friend!

Smokey is not an easy ride ! Barb rocked it and in the heat too . So proud of her

Barbara Larkin Conner so happy and proud of you! You are amazing and of course Smokey was his usual handsome self! Congratulations!!!!

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The Preakness Stakes: By the Numbers

by Katherine O. Rizzo (first published in the May 2024 Equiery) The Preakness Stakes debuted on Tuesday, May 27, 1873 at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore with Survivor winning by 10 lengths in a field of seven horses. Owned by John F. Chamberlain, Survivor held the Preakness record for greatest margin for well over a century until Smarty Jones came along in 2004 and won by 11 ½ lengths. Smarty Jones still holds the record for greatest margin of victory in the Preakness. This year marks the...

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Report of MHC’s Government Relations Committee on the 2024 Maryland Legislative Session

The Maryland General Assembly ended its 446th session at midnight on April 8. As usual, there was an intense flurry of legislative activity right up until the last minute, this year punctuated by a brief recess to allow lawmakers and staff to rush out doors, put on the special glasses, and view the solar eclipse. Equally as usual, the Horse Council’s Government Relations Committee worked hard for the entire 90 days trying to identify bills of interest, evaluating them, and deciding on a course...

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Celebrating the Lesson Horse

by Kimberly K. Egan, MHC President (first published in the June 2024 Equiery) Summer starts this month – hooray! Summer camps and lesson programs are gearing up for three months of horse-crazy children who want little more than to spend as much time as they can with their favorite lesson horses at lesson barns and riding schools. Lucky for us, Maryland is blessed with an extraordinary number of lesson barns – more than in any of our neighboring states and more, indeed, than in many states in...
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