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A state with a storied horse heritage, Maryland ranks highest in terms of the number of horses per square mile, with plenty of horse-loving people to match as more than 50% of households contain at least one horse enthusiast. This site is a resource for enthusiasts and experts alike – connecting you with riding stables, events, educational opportunities and more. We invite you to explore, learn and get involved in Maryland’s horse industry!

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Aug 27

College Day at the Races

College Students, stop by for a day of horse racing fun and a chance to win one of multiple $1,000 College Scholarships at College Day at The Races at the Maryland State Fair! Admission is FREE with a valid College ID. DATE: Saturday, August 27, 2022 TIME: 12:40 – 5PM EVENT CHECK-IN: 12:40 – 2:30PM. The earlier you check-in, the more chances you have to win.TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN YOU MUST: Pre-Register by Friday, August 26, at 5pm. Check-in between 12:40-2:30pm on August 27. Have your College/University ID and valid photo ID. If you do not yet have a college ID, bring proof of college admission. You MUST pre-register and also check-in the day of the event to be eligible for a scholarship. Scholarships will be drawn throughout the day and winners will be invited for a photo in the winner's circle after a race! Vouchers for food and wagering will be available to all who pre-register! CONTACT: rwilliams@marylandstatefair.com LOCATION: MD State Fair Top Floor North End of the Grandstand TRANSPORTATION & PARKING: Don’t get stuck in traffic and parking, take the Light Rail to the Maryland State Fair. If you do decide to drive, park at the Light Rail lot on Deerco Road (FREE on a first-come, first-served basis) or just UBER/LYFT. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! Terms & Conditions: Scholarship money will be made payable to the winner’s school and the monies will be sent directly to each institution after a proof of enrollment has been received by the Maryland State Fair office. Individuals winning scholarships must provide proof of current enrollment in an accredited college or university to The Maryland State Fair, P.O. Box 188, Timonium, MD 21094 or email rwilliams@marylandstatefair.com. Scholarships will be provided for the Spring 2023 semester. Must be 18 or older to bet on the races.
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Sep 24

2022 Legacy Chase

The 2022 Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs will run on September 24th! The Legacy Chase is the flagship equestrian event taking place at Shawan Downs. Our goal is to bring together elite horses and gifted riders to showcase the graceful intensity of steeplechase racing for the Maryland community. Putting together top-tier purses with our beautiful track and landscape, we believe we can raise the bar for Steeplechasing around the country. We provide food vendors, retail vendors, live music, and other customer experiences to encourage those unfamiliar with the sport to bring their families and friends to a truly pastoral experience. You may not start out as race spectators but they certainly leave as them. LEARN MORE →
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Oct 13

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill

The storied tradition of Eventing at iconic Fair Hill continues with the Maryland 5 Star to be held annually in October at the Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Elkton, Maryland (Cecil County). One of only two 5 Star events in the United States, and seventh worldwide, the prestigious 5 Star (CCI5*) designation is the pinnacle of the sport of Eventing, best described as an equestrian triathlon. The Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill marks a new chapter for the State of Maryland’s rich horse and equestrian tradition. The event showcases four days of competition in Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping.
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Oct 22

37th Jim McKay Maryland Million Day

The 37th edition of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day will take place Saturday, October 22, 2022, at Laurel Park. Jim McKay Maryland Million Day is designed to promote Maryland stallions, whose offspring compete in the races with purses and awards of over $1 million each year. Heading into the new year, Maryland stallion farms are gearing up for the 2022 breeding season and looking forward to the success of the resulting foals, the future stars of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day in 2025 and beyond. “We as an industry have been through a lot but we also have a lot to look forward to. Maryland has continuously worked to bring a new wave of quality stallions into the state and that effort would not be possible without the breeders and horsemen who support them,” said Louis Merryman, president of Maryland Million Ltd. and owner of Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md. “Maryland Million day serves as a showcase for our farms and the horsemen that work so hard.” The 2021 running of Maryland’s Day at the Races marked a return to relative normalcy, after the previous year’s event was run under COVID-19 restrictions, which limited spectator attendance. Enthusiastic participation by horsemen resulted in full fields and a handle figure over $6.5 million, as the always popular Maryland Million Hospitality Village was full and sponsor participation made an impressive rebound from 2020. “We are looking forward to an even better event in 2022, with more fans and more fun” said Cricket Goodall, executive director, “And we are proud that Jim McKay Maryland Million Day caps off Maryland Horse Month in October that celebrates all of the diverse horse activities we have here.” Gates Open 10:00 am -- First post 11:30 am LEARN MORE→
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Valley Meadow Farms Trails Getaway and Bed & Barn

Vacation with your horse in Western Maryland at Valley Meadow Farms Trails Getaway and Bed & Barn. Smooth and wide trails on 400 private acres near Hancock, MD. Comfy 4 bedroom farmhouse stay and 2 large stall barn with fenced paddock or self-contained RV parking possible. And, bring your own horse (BYOH) day ride visits scheduled all year. Voted “favorite horsey spot” by guests. Ride hilltops and valleys, cross creeks and meadows. Diverse terrain for all levels of trail riding. Open year-round for scheduled visits to this beautiful, working family farm.  Easy to get to but worlds away. Life is peaceful at this farm. 2 hours from Baltimore and DC areas near I-68 at Sideling Hill. Visit www.valleymeadowfarms.com or call 301-678-6584 to make reservations. Facebook: @valleymeadowfarms | Instagram: valleymeadowfarms | Youtube: My Valley Meadow Farms [embed]https://youtu.be/CEOHtN_HR7c[/embed] [embed]https://youtu.be/ATN51Dw8O9E[/embed]
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Amplify Horse Racing

Amplify Horse Racing is your guide to education and careers in the Thoroughbred industry – an all-encompassing term referring to the breeding, raising, training, racing, retirement, and responsible aftercare of Thoroughbred horses. Have a look into the amazing world of Thoroughbred racing. It is not just a sport of kings – it is a sport for everyone. Head to AmplifyHorseRacing.org to learn more.  Horse Racing Hangouts Series: 2020 and 2021 - Amplify Horse Racing Podcast
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Maryland Horse History Trail: “Horses At The Beach”

The self-guided “Horses At The Beach” driving tour, which takes place in Worcester and the southern part of Wicomico counties. The trail takes visitors from the Assateague National Seashore Park, home of Maryland’s famed “Wild Horses,” the Assateague Ponies, to Glen Riddle Farm, now a popular eatery that was once the training grounds of Thoroughbred horse racing legends Man O’War and War Admiral. Learn More→
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Maryland Horse Discovery Centers

Western Maryland, Capital Region, Central Maryland, Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland These centers are part of a volunteer, certified program of already existing licensed stables that welcome the general public of all ages and experience levels to learn  about horses in a knowledgeable and friendly environment. Learn More →  
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Maryland Horse Industry Board Accepting 2023 Grant Applications

MARYLAND HORSE INDUSTRY BOARD ACCEPTING 2023 GRANT APPLICATIONS -- GRANT APPLICATION PERIOD RUNS FROM AUGUST 1 - OCTOBER 7 ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 28, 2022) – The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB), a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, will begin accepting grant applications on August 1, 2022, for research, educational, and promotional projects that support horses, strengthen the equestrian community, and/or develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry. The deadline to apply is October 7, 2022. “Horses are a critical economic driver in Maryland and an important part of our agriculture industry,” said Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “The equine sector alone adds an additional $1.3 billion to the state’s economy and impacts more than 21,000 jobs. The grants provided by the Maryland Horse Industry Board ensure that our state remains a world-class equestrian epicenter for years to come.” Projects will be evaluated for the quality of their written presentation; possible impact and value to the industry; feasibility of the project; financial need; and potential for matching funds. Grant requests should not exceed $3,000. The average grant amount is approximately $1,000. In 2022, 40 projects received a total of $30,000 in grant allocations. Applicants are strongly urged to read the 2022 Grant Guidelines carefully. Proposals that are aligned with action items found in the 2019 Maryland Horse Forum Report will be given strong consideration as well as applications that aim to enhance diversity and inclusion in the Maryland horse industry. Organizations eligible for grants include, but are not limited to, nonprofit organizations; clubs and associations; businesses; licensed farms and stables; schools and educational institutions; and government entities. Grant recipients will be announced no later than January 1, 2023. Funding will be available after that date. Projects should be completed by June 30, 2023. GRANT APPLICATION PDF To be downloaded, filled out and emailed to ross.peddicord@maryland.gov. You can also download a Word doc from the website.  It is preferred forms are filled out and emailed, but hard copy mailed in forms ( 8 copies of Grant) will be accepted as well. The MHIB was established in 1998 to promote and develop the equine industry in Maryland. Funding for these grants and for the MHIB is provided by the Maryland Feed Fund, which collects $6 on every ton of horse feed sold in Maryland. Since the Maryland Feed Fund was established in 2002, the MHIB has awarded over $500,000 in grants to nearly 400 projects throughout Maryland. Visit the MHIB website to view the 2023 grant guidelines and grant applications. For more information, please contact the MHIB’s Executive Director Ross Peddicord at (240) 344-0000 or ross.peddicord@maryland.gov. # # # Follow Maryland Department of Agriculture on Twitter @MdAgDept MHIB GRANTS
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Maryland Horse Industry Board 2022 Grants Recipients Announced

Record $40,000 Awarded to 36 Equestrian Organizations ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 11, 2022) —The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) has announced the awarding of a record $40,000 in grants to 36 organizations and equestrian operations representing a variety of equine groups and disciplines across the state. This year’s recipients included funds for equine education and welfare projects, trail riding activities, youth programs, therapeutic riding centers and other equestrian activities. “We are delighted that we were able to increase the amount of grant funding this year; it’s a record amount and reflects how well our programs have held up even during the pandemic,” said MHIB board chair Jim Steele. Funding for these grants and the MHIB is provided by the Maryland Feed Fund, which collects $6 on every ton of horse feed sold in the state. Since the fund was established in 2002, the MHIB has awarded over $600,000 in grants to more than 400 projects. A full list of recipients, including a synopsis of each project, is available on the MHIB’s website mda.maryland.gov/horseboard. “Horses are a critical component of Maryland’s agricultural industry. MHIB and the Feed Fund help stimulate growth and opportunity in Maryland’s equestrian community without utilizing state funding,” Steele said. “This self-funded commodity marketing entity is a model of how industry groups can help themselves.” Projects are evaluated based on their value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of activity, financial need, potential for matching funds, benefits and overall quality of the written presentation. To award funds to as many groups as possible, grants are capped at $3,000. Eligible projects should have a completion date no later than June 30, 2022. All grant recipients will be required to file a project report with the MHIB detailing how the money was used. The MHIB was established in 1998 to promote and develop the equine industry in Maryland. For more information about the grants program and the MHIB, please visit our website or contact Executive Director Ross Peddicord at (240) 344-0000 or ross.peddicord@maryland.gov. # # # Follow the Maryland Department of Agriculture on Twitter @MdAgDept
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Maryland Horse Library and Education Center designated part of the Maryland Horse Park System

The Maryland Horse Library and Education Center was designated by the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) as the Educational and Cultural Center of the Maryland Horse Park System. The new, multi-faceted facility will honor the history and importance of Maryland’s horse industry.  “Maryland is home to over 100,000 horses, more horses per square mile than any other state,” said Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “With over 40 equine disciplines practiced right here in Maryland and premiere horse events held year-round, our state’s equestrian industry is world-renowned. This center will teach Marylanders and visitors from around the world about the remarkable contributions of our horse industry.” Construction of the 4,500-square-foot center is expected to begin in September and will be open to the public by spring 2022. The center will be located in the Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s (MHBA’s) building in historic Reisterstown, centrally located close to Pimlico Race Course, Sagamore Farm, and other popular equine destinations. Once completed, the facility will house over 1,000 equestrian books, a memorabilia area, versatile meeting rooms, a media center, interactive kiosks and rotating exhibits. “This one-of-a-kind facility in Maryland will serve as a central learning and research hub for horse sports in the state,” said MHIB Chair Jim Steele. “It is our intention for the center to educate the public about the breadth of Maryland’s horse industry and to motivate them to get involved. I want to thank all of the individuals who have been involved in making the center a reality, it is your hardwork and dedication that has made this all possible.”  As part of the state’s efforts to enhance and increase interest in the Maryland horse industry, the MHIB established the Maryland Horse Park System. The Maryland Horse Park System is made up of three venues: an outdoor and field equestrian competition facility; an indoor competition and exhibition arena; and an educational and cultural center. To identify these three locations, the MHIB and the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) commissioned the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) to perform a study in 2011.  Upon the conclusion of the study and improvements made to each facility, the Fair Hill Special Events Zone in Elkton was designated the outdoor and field equestrian competition venue and the Prince George’s Equestrian Center was named the indoor competition and exhibition arena.  Additionally, the study found a need for an educational and cultural center. To fill this need, the Maryland Horse Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the MHBA, started planning and fundraising for the construction of the center. The foundation is responsible for the center’s development and maintenance.  “The goals of the center align perfectly with the Maryland Horse Park System’s overall mission to promote and increase interest in the state’s horse industry,” said MHBA Executive Director Cricket Goodall. “We are thrilled to be designated as part of the Maryland Horse Park System and are excited to showcase the legacy of Maryland’s iconic equine sector.”  For more information about the Maryland Horse Park System, please contact MHIB’s Executive Director Ross Peddicord at (240) 344-0000 or ross.peddicord@maryland.gov. For additional details about the Maryland Horse Library and Education Center, please contact MHBA’s Executive Director Crickett Goodall at (410) 252-2100 or cricket@marylandthoroughbred.com.
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Maryland Horse Park System

Developed by the Maryland Horse Industry Board, the Maryland Horse Park System is an alliance of three cornerstone equestrian destinations – Prince George’s Equestrian Center, Fair Hill Special Events Zone, and the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center. In partnership with qualifying Affiliate Members, the unified mission is to promote Maryland as a world class equine industry and destination.

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