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EHV1 at Laurel Park Contained

On April 16, Maryland Jockey Club Interim President Mike Rogers, along with 1/ST Racing’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Dionne Benson, released a statement concerning one horse at Laurel Park testing positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1). According to the statement, the infected horse started displaying neurological symptoms in its hind limbs on April 14. At this time, that horse, along with a second horse that had been in close proximity to the affected horse but showed no symptoms,...
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Attention Trail Riders: Spring Turkey season has started in Maryland. For a complete list of times and rules, visit marks the beginning of spring turkey hunting season in Maryland. Reminders for hunters:

- Shooting hours are one half-hour before sunrise until noon (Through May 9). From May 10 through May 23, shooting hours are one half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
- Only bearded turkeys may be harvested. The spring season bag limit is one bearded turkey per day and two bearded turkeys for the season.
- It is illegal to hunt turkeys with the aid of bait.

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USEF Proposed Changes to Horse Abuse Rules

On February 15, the U.S. Equestrian Federation issued the following statement. “Dear USEF Members, As part of our continued commitment to protecting the welfare of our equine partners, USEF has proposed rule changes to strengthen the horse abuse rule. Earlier this week, an extraordinary rule change to GR 838 was proposed to accompany the standard rule change to GR 702 currently under consideration, which, if approved, would expand USEF jurisdiction beyond competition environments....

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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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MHC Farm Stewardship: Tips for New Horse Farm Owners

by Kimberly K. Egan, MHC President (first published in the April 2024 Equiery) Many horse people dream of one day owning their own horse farm. For some, it is a lifelong dream; for others it is a necessity for their businesses. Horse farms in Maryland are subject to a number of environmental and safety regulations, however, and it is good to make sure at the outset that your farm complies with all applicable laws. We recommend that once you’ve popped open that champagne bottle and celebrated...
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