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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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Horse Industry in Annapolis

The Horse Industry Reception returned to Annapolis in February of 2023, where equine professionals and enthusiasts joined together to educate and engage elected officials on the benefits of Maryland's Horse Industry. View our full report of the event.
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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

PRESENTED BY The 2024 Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program will run June 3-7! APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 19, 2024 Click HERE to apply. Launched in 2017, the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program is an educational program within the Howard & Sondra Bender Educational Series that aims to: Increase awareness of the diverse career options in the horse industry Give participants access to leaders of the Maryland horse community Highlight various paths for pursuing a career in the horse 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 horse 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 lexi@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="3936,3935,3933,3939,3940,3941,3942,3946,3947,3944,689,690,691,687,688,692,696,698,699,700,701,702,703,704,705,706,707,709,711,712,713,714,715,716,717,718,719,720,723,724,5819,5820,5821,5822,5823,5824,5826" orderby="rand"] 2023 Highlights [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvfBHp3tYIQ[/embed] Alumni Testimonials Sara Gordon: Class of 2017 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFwW55uLtw0[/embed] Becky Remsberg: MTCP Coordinator  [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypHJtykkWdc[/embed] John Piassek: Class of 2017 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX7kLwYLnl0[/embed] Elizabeth Moorman: Class of 2019 [embed]https://youtu.be/tU9l-fKGBNM?si=mF90zofa5VqBAnh3[/embed] Sophie O'Connor: Class of 2021 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGjIr8m1H_s[/embed]  
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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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2024 Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program Dates Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Reisterstown, MD – January 9, 2024) The Maryland Horse Foundation is excited to announce that the 2024 Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program (MTCP) will run from June 3-7, 2024. The online application is now open and must be completed by April 19, 2024. Interviews will take place in the two weeks after the application deadline and selected participants will be notified in early May. “The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program offers a great opportunity to see behind the scenes in the various components of the industry from reproduction to racetrack operations,” says Cricket Goodall, Executive Director, “we hope to show these young people that love horses that you know you can make a career out of that passion.” Learn more about the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program HERE. Interested individuals are encouraged to email Jeanne Schnell – jeanne@marylandthoroughbred.com – with questions. About the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program 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. About the Maryland Horse Foundation The Maryland Horse Foundation was chartered in 1988 by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association to serve various educational and charitable needs of the Maryland horse industry. The MHF has developed and supports several educational programs and is responsible for the maintenance and expansion of the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center. In addition to our programs and projects, we are proud to work directly with several industry partners to promote the entire Maryland Horse industry.
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Maryland Horse Foundation Launches Winter Clothing Drive to Benefit Young Equestrians

For immediate release                                                                                                                  January 2, 2024 Reisterstown, Md. The Maryland Horse Foundation will kick off the new year with a clothing drive to collect warm winter clothing and riding attire that will be distributed to young equestrians in need this winter season. The clothing drive will run from January 2nd until the end of March 2024. Recommended items are new or gently used hats, gloves, scarves, pants, sweatshirts, long-sleeve shirts, tights, socks, breeches, jodhpurs, and boots. All sizes are accepted and appreciated. Items will be donated to Baltimore-county based programs that offer riding instruction to low-income students. “Buying warm riding attire can be very costly, especially among young riders going through a growth spurt," reflected Jeanne Schnell, Director of Development for the Maryland Horse Foundation. "This initiative is a great way for people to donate items that can be used to keep riders safe and warm this winter.” Beginning January 2nd, unwrapped items may be dropped off inside the Maryland Horse Library and Education Center located at 321 Main Street in Reisterstown, Maryland. The Library and Education Center is open from 9 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday. Revamp your closet, reorganize your tack room, and repurpose your riding clothes for a good cause! Inquiries about donations or clothing distribution can be directed to Jeanne Schnell via email jeanne@marylandthoroughbred.com or (410) 252 – 2100 extension 113. The Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) was chartered in 1988 by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association to serve various education and charitable needs of the Maryland Horse Industry. The MHF supports several educational programs and lectures and oversees the maintenance of MarylandHorse.com. Additionally, the MHF is responsible for the operation of the Maryland Horse Library and Education Center, one of the anchor sites of the Maryland Horse Park System. We are proud to work directly with several industry partners in our endeavors to promote the Maryland Horse Industry. #MHF#
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Governor Moore proclaims October ‘Maryland Horse Month’

ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 1, 2023)—Governor Wes Moore has proclaimed October as Maryland Horse Month in celebration of the Maryland horse industry. The month-long celebration will showcase the many ways the State is enriched by it, from the economic benefits to the recreational and therapeutic benefits. “Maryland is a national leader as the only state to host both a Triple Crown Race and two international 5-Star events,” said Governor Moore. “The Maryland horse industry has an annual economic impact of 2.1 billion dollars and with more horses per square mile than any other state, Maryland is clearly wild about horses. I’m excited to celebrate Maryland Horse Month! ” In celebration of Maryland Horse Month, the Maryland Horse Industry Board and its industry partners are highlighting the many statewide attractions, events, activities, trails, exhibits, and experiences that have 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, which takes place Oct. 19-22 in Elkton. Other major Maryland horse events include the Capital Challenge Horse Show, which is one of the largest horse shows in the country, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro Sept. 28-Oct. 8; the Jim McKay Maryland Million horse race at Laurel Park Racetrack on Oct.14; and the Washington International Horse Show, also at Prince George’s Equestrian Center, Oct. 23-29. In between these major events are championship finals in jousting – the official state sport since 1962 – rodeo and hunter/jumper disciplines on Oct. 14, as well as the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center’s Celebration of the Horse on Oct. 7. The state’s 42 Horse Discovery Centers, individual farm owners and equine organizations will also host All Breed exhibitions, carriage driving displays, and numerous other events.. “With so many exciting equestrian events taking place around the state throughout the month of October, I encourage all Marylanders to get out and experience the Maryland horse industry,” said Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks. “From dressage to trail riding, there is something for everyone to enjoy!” Horse enthusiasts can also visit the new Maryland Horse Library and Education Center on Historic Main Street in Reisterstown. This month marks the one year anniversary of the center, which 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. “Not only does Maryland play host to the world’s top horses and riders at our two 5 Stars at Fair Hill and Upper Marlboro, but October Horse Month puts on display our finest local equestrians at events statewide,” said Maryland Horse Industry Board Executive Director Ross Peddicord.”For those who love horses and the outdoors, it’s time to enjoy the best we have to offer.” 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 #WIHS2023 #FEIWorldCup #TimeTo Beat. For additional travel information, please visit marylandhorse.com/maryland-horse-month and visitmaryland.org. MD Horse Month 2023 Proclamation
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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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