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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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Dec 10

The Great Lisbon FARMERS FEED THE HUNGRY Christmas Parade

Come to historic Lisbon and enjoy a day full of holiday spirit at the 2022 Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade! Information and parade route available on the Lisbon Christmas Parade website.  
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Dec 16

Maryland Horse Library & Education Center Grand Opening

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Horse Foundation are proud to announce the grand opening of the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center this December! The event will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12pm, followed by an open house until 4pm.
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AHP Equine Media Student Award

2023 Applications now open! Apply before February 14, 2023. Are you an aspiring equine journalist? Get a chance to jumpstart your career in equine media through the American Horse Publication's Equine Media Student Award! Each year AHP awards up to three talented students with travel grants to the annual AHP Conference. Additional benefits include the opportunity to network with equine media professionals and attend educational workshops and lectures. Of the Travel Award winners, one will be chosen for the AHP Equine Media Student Award and receive a $1000 cash prize. Applications are restricted to high school seniors and undergraduate matriculated college students under the age of 25. Click here for more information on award eligibility and guidelines. For more information on AHP and its various student programs, contact Judy Lincoln at AHorsePubs2@aol.com or visit www.americanhorsepubs.org.  
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MHBA Online Store

Looking for custom branded Maryland Horse apparel and gear? Shop the Maryland Horse Breeders Association's online Lands' End Business store! With a wide variety of products ranging from clothing to wireless speakers, there's something for everyone. SHOP NOW→
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Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program

The 2023 Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program dates will be announced in January 2023. Contact Jordyn Egan at jordyn@marylandthoroughbred.com with questions. Launched in 2017, the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program is an educational program presented by the Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) that aims to: Increase awareness of the diverse career options in the Thoroughbred industry Give participants access to leaders of the Maryland Thoroughbred community Highlight various paths for pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry Address a critical need to attract and retain experienced and devoted employees Over the course of a week, participants are encouraged to fully engage in the Maryland Thoroughbred industry and explore a multitude of career options. Graduates of the MTCP are eligible to apply for Career Development Funds, one-time funding that can be used to further career pursuits within two years after the program ends. Interested? Contact Jordyn Egan at jordyn@marylandthoroughbred.com with questions. Learn more about the MTCP: MTCP FAQ's Sample Schedule Graduate Testimonials Participant Bios  Graduates Gallery   [gallery size="large" link="none" ids="724,723,722,720,719,718,717,716,715,714,713,712,711,710,709,708,707,706,705,704,703,702,701,700,699,698,696,694,693,692,688,687,691,690,689,686,685"]  
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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 News

Maryland Horse Library & Education Center Grand Opening Set for Dec. 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Reisterstown, MD – November 21, 2022) The Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and the Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) are proud to announce the grand opening of the Maryland Horse Library and Education Center on Friday, December 16 at Noon. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place, followed by the MHBA's Christmas open house until 4:00 p.m. Located at 321 Main Street in the heart of historic Reisterstown, the Maryland Horse Library and Education Center will serve as a hub for learning and collaboration, while honoring the long history of horses in Maryland. The large, airy space includes an extensive reference library, a meeting space and gallery. “Our plan is for the MHLEC to serve as a resource to the community and those folks interested in learning more about horses – whether they are researching a book or looking for a place to take lessons or volunteer,” said Cricket Goodall, executive director of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) was chartered in 1988 by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association to serve various educational and charitable needs of the Maryland horse industry. The MHF supports a number of programs including the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program and Work Experience Internships. And as part of the mission the MHF is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Maryland Horse Library and Education Center. “Maryland has a very diverse horse community and more horses per square mile than any other state. The horse industry has many equine activities and competitions such as jousting, polo, carriage driving and racing. The MHLEC is a culmination of many years of working to establish a location that can celebrate, and most importantly educate people, about what horses mean to Maryland,” says Josh Pons, president of the Maryland Horse Foundation, owner of Country Life Farm. Since 1929, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association has been the leading horse industry horse industry advocate within the state of Maryland. The main purposes of the MHBA have always been to encourage, educate, promote, protect, and improve the horse breeding industry in Maryland. While emphasis has traditionally been placed on the production of Thoroughbred racehorses, the MHBA supports all horse-related interests. To learn more about the Library and all Maryland Horse Foundation initiatives, visit marylandhorse.com.
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Governor Hogan Proclaims October ‘Maryland Horse Month’

ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 30, 2022)—Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed October as Maryland Horse Month, recognizing the abundant economic, historic, recreational, and therapeutic contributions made by the state’s horse industry. “As the only state to host both a Triple Crown Race and two international 5-Star events, Maryland is proud to be a leader in the horse industry,” said Governor Hogan. “With more horses per square mile than any other state, the equine community is a critical part of our heritage and our economy. I encourage all Marylanders to join in celebrating Maryland Horse Month.” The proclamation follows a very successful trade mission that the Governor and equine industry officials made to Ireland and France in June, where agreements were signed with equestrian organizations recognizing the international stature of Maryland’s horse industry and offering beneficial cooperative strategies. A special feature this year is the Grand Opening in mid October of the new Maryland Horse Library and Education Center on Historic Main Street in Reisterstown, The center serves as an information hub for the industry and includes a fine collection of sporting books, a memorabilia area, meeting space, interactive kiosks and rotating exhibits. In celebration of Maryland Horse Month, the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) and its industry partners are conducting a digital marketing strategy to highlight the many statewide attractions, events, activities, trails, exhibits, and experiences with an equestrian connection. These events include the Maryland 5-Star at Fair Hill, a major international equestrian event that will draw competitors from across the U.S. and abroad. The Maryland 5-Star Event takes place Oct. 13-16 at Fair Hill International in Elkton. Other major Maryland horse events include the Capital Challenge Horse Show, one of the largest horse shows in the country with nearly 1,400 entries, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro Sept. 29-Oct. 9; the Jim McKay Maryland Million horse race at Laurel Park Racetrack in Laurel Oct.22; and the Washington International Horse Show, also at Prince George’s Equestrian Center Oct. 24-30. In between these major events are championship finals in jousting – the official state sport since 1962 – rodeo and hunter/jumper disciplines, as well as All Breed exhibitions, carriage driving displays and numerous events hosted by the state’s 42 Horse Discovery Centers, individual farm owners and equine organizations. “Never before has Maryland hosted so many international caliber equestrian events in such a short time frame,” said Ross Peddicord, executive director of MHIB. “Maryland Horse Month is a great way to showcase our state’s equine industry.” The Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism has joined the Horse Industry Board and the Board’s many private-sector equestrian organizations to promote Maryland Horse Month. “Maryland is home to world-class destinations such as Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park among major equestrian events that draw thousands of visitors to the state,” said Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director of the Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and Film. “Drive along the Horses & Hounds Scenic Byway to explore our beautiful countryside also famous for producing Thoroughbreds that have raced on major tracks across America.” Follow Maryland Horse Month on social media and use #MDHorse, #MDHorseMonth, #VisitMaryland, and #MDinFocus when posting about your tour of Maryland’s Equestrian Travel Collection. For the individual events, add #Maryland5Star, #Makeit5Star, #CapitalChallenge, #MDMillion and #WIHS2022 #FEIWorldCup #TimeTo Beat. For additional travel information, please visit marylandhorse.com and visitmaryland.org. To view a copy of the Maryland Horse Month proclamation, please click here. About the Maryland Horse Industry Board The Maryland Horse industry Board (MHIB) is a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Established in 1998, the MHIB helps develop and promote the state’s horse industry. The MHIB also advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters affecting the industry and serves as the licensing body for Maryland stables and horse facilities. About Maryland Tourism The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $11.6 billion on travel-related expenses in 2020. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $1.7 billion in state and local taxes, essentially saving each Maryland household $775 in annual taxes, and directly supported Marylanders with 104,328 jobs. For more information, go to visitmaryland.org.
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Maryland Horse Foundation Named 2022 TCA Grantee

The Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) is honored to be named a 2022 Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) grant recipient. The grant will be used to support the foundation’s existing educational programs, such as the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program. “We are grateful to TCA for their support of the Maryland Horse Foundation’s educational programs. With their support, we will continue to attract the next generation workforce for the Maryland horse industry,” said Jordyn Egan, development director of the Maryland Horse Foundation. In addition to the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program, the MHF is responsible for the Work Experience Program, which allows qualified applicants to design a custom internship experience that will benefit their long-term career goals. The MHF covers the participants wages throughout their internship in addition to expenses such as housing and worker’s compensation. To learn more about the Maryland Horse Foundation and its programs, visit MarylandHorse.com.     Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is a charitable organization that provides grants to approved non-profit organizations that work toward improving the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses and the people who care for them. TCA offers the Thoroughbred industry and its supporters a way to give to one organization while helping many.
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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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