The Maryland Horse Industry Board will present its September and October “Touch of Class” Awards to OlympianSuzanne Stettinius and International Mounted Games Champion Mackenzie Taylor during Winner’s Circle ceremonies at the Jim McKay Maryland Million on October 6 at Laurel Park, October 6, 2012 around 4:20 pm. The Touch of Class Award is presented every month to honor Maryland horses, individuals, teams, organizations or events that have garnered national or international recognition.

The September award will be presented to Suzanne Stettinius (pictured left), 24, from Parkton (Baltimore County). She is one of the world’s top 36 woman competitors in the Modern Pentathalon Event, winning the Silver Medal at the 2012 North and Central America and Caribbean Open event, and representing the United States at the London Olympic Games this past summer.

The October “Touch of Class Award” will be presented to Mackenzie Taylor (pictured right), 16, from Damascus (Montgomery County) and Inkspot. Taylor recently won the Individual World Mounted Games Championship in international competition in Wales, United Kingdom (a first for a Marylander).  Taylor’s mount, Inkspot, is a former rescue pony adopted from the Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon (Howard County) and will also be present for the ceremony.