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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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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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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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Washington International Horse Show Tickets Now Available!

Buy Your Tickets Now for the Washington International Horse Show Seven days and three nights of top equestrian sport and entertainment Upper Marlboro, Md. – Tickets are now on sale for the 64th Annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN™. Join us for one of the most competitive, exciting, and entertaining equestrian events in North America, October 24-30, 2022, at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Experience the beauty and athleticism of the finest horses and riders in the world, including Olympic veterans, as they come together for seven days and three nights of world-class international show jumping, top hunter, pony, and equitation competition plus entertaining exhibitions, boutique shopping, VIP hospitality, and special events. Tickets: What You Need To Know Opening Day Special: On Monday, October 24, all tickets will be free Daytime Tickets (all general admission): Monday, October 24 through Sunday, October 30, prices vary from $2-$10 (plus applicable service charge) Children 12 and under admitted free to all daytime events Evening Tickets: Tickets start as low as $15 for selected night NEW option for Grab & Go buffet tickets that include a meal and beverage: Paddock Room Parties: Grab & Go buffet, beer/wine open bar (adult ticket only) for consumption at unreserved table seat in the Paddock Room at The Show Place Arena Premium: Grab & Go buffet, two beer/wine drinks (adult ticket only) for consumption in reserved arena seat Visit the WIHS Ticket page for more details and links to purchase on Ticketmaster. Tickets can also be purchased in person at The Show Place Arena Box Office. Complimentary Tickets for Military, Seniors, Students, and Teachers Complimentary tickets are available for members of the U.S. military, first responders, seniors, students, and teachers. Daytime only (Monday-Sunday) Affiliation badge or ID required Up to four tickets per badge/ID Show Location The Show Place Arena, Prince George's Equestrian Center 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772 Parking is free. Highlights World Cup Night (Saturday, October 29): Thrilling World Cup Jumping including the $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington CSI5*-W for the President's Cup Military Night (Friday, October 28): $75,000 Speed Final, $25,000 Puissance (high jump), and the Jump For TAPS supporting Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Barn Night (Thursday, October 27): Fun for all, especially youngsters, including the $75,000 International Jumper Welcome and the $37,000 Accumulator Costume Class BUY TICKETS For more information about WIHS, visit www.wihs.org, join WIHS on Facebook, follow on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe on YouTube. Tag using #WIHS2022, #FEIWorldCup, #TimeToBeat and #Longines. Contact: Kara Pinato Scro | kara@jumpmediallc.com About Washington International Horse Show Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of North America's most prestigious, competitive, and entertaining equestrian events with competition for international, professional, amateur, junior, and child riders. Highlights include the $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington for the President's Cup, and the WIHS Equitation Finals and Children's and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships, plus popular community and charity events, like Kids' Day and Barn Night. WIHS, an official USEF Heritage Competition, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. For more information, visit www.wihs.org.
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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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