This weekend is a great time to try out potential new horses, see farms for sale, and just go shopping. Pick up a July print edition of The Equiery, featuring over $250 in valuable coupons from our advertisers, from a tack or feed store near you!

A New Generation & A Passing of the Torch

The cover of the July Equiery features 17-year-old Sam Cockburn. The photo is courtesy of his proud mom, long-time Equiery client Chrissy Keys Heard, in celebration of Sam’s Virginia Point-to-Point awards for the Spring 2011 season. It is clear that this Maryland-bred, Virginia champion jump jockey is a chip off the old block, with a style harkening back to once-upon-a-time daredevil dad Bay Cockburn (who today trains steeplechase horses out of his former father-in-law’s farm in Virginia).

On July 1, 2011, Chrissy Keys Heard officially retired as owner and manager of Oatland Stables. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1985, Chrissy launched the business on her family’s dairy and crop farm in Olney. When The Equiery was founded in 1990, Oatland Stables was one of its first advertisers, along with Reddemeade, The Grey Pony and Gayer’s Saddlery. Positioned for many years with premium exposure on the inside back cover of The Equiery, across from the Riding & Boarding Stable Directory, Oatland grew to become one of the most active boarding, lesson and training facilities in that part of Montgomery County. As Olney closed in around them, Chrissy’s father decided to sell the farm and retire to Virigina, so, in 1995, Chrissy relocated the business to Brookeville, building a new barn and indoor.

Astrid (or Star) Dalley joined the Oatland team as farm manager and instructor and, on July 1, 2011, became the official owner of the business, Oatland Stables. Congratulations, Star!

Now officially “retired,” Chrissy plans to spend more time at the home she shares in Mississippi with husband Keith, which will be quite convenient, as Sammy will be attending Mississippi State this fall.

In the July edition of The Equiery:

NAPPA Graduates Hitting the Big Leagues

Schools with Riding Programs

Combined Driving

Readers’ Thoughts on the Centreville Horse Seizure

Pony Clubbers at the Prince Philip Cup

Seneca Valley Pony Club’s 50th Anniversary

Not to mention, brides and grooms and babies!

The July Equiery print edition also features artwork, poetry and fiction by juniors Ashlen Forbes, Charleez Azaria Simcik, Charlotte Hobery, Gaby Shenof, Elle Perri, Jaclyn Bryant, Mary Grace O’Connor, Katie Baden, Jackson Schrickel, Christa Shive, Katie Johnson, Caitlyn Wilson, Katherine-Aria Close, Ema Klugman, Bonnie Caden, Nicole Kristen Williams and Salli Mandel.

Plus, Out & About with Peggy & Cassie Ingles, hanging out with Bob Baffert, steeplechase legend Joe Aitcheson with old flame and Olympian Kathy Kusner, Denise Koch of Channel 13/WJZ lunching with Local Lady Legends Ingrid Gentry, Brenda Herzog, Jane Toal and Kitty Hoffman, Eclipse award winner and Maryland-bred girl jock Forest Boyce, and lots and lots of Maryland horsewomen dressed in pink, of all things, in support of Susan G. Komen For The Cure® at Pimlico’s Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Races.

Maryland Will Miss
In closing, don’t forget to check “Maryland Will Miss” (in the column “Equiery Life) for friends and colleagues who may have recently passed away, including Sarah Marie Stebbins, Anita Pyle, Daryl Stewart, Thomas Jefferson Baker, Notley Joseph Offutt, David Lee Sipe, Charles F. Carbaugh, and Algard Bell.

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