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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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Maryland Horse Events

Jun 13

Field Day at Persimmon Tree Horse Farm

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Jun 27

Howard & Sondra Bender Educational Series Pasture Management Seminar

The Maryland Horse Library & Education Center is excited to kick off the new Howard & Sondra Bender Educational Series with a sustainable pasture management seminar in partnership with University of Maryland Extension. Attendance is free. Featuring a talk by Dr. Amy Burk, Equine Extension Specialist and leading expert in equine nutrition and pasture management. Visit MarylandHorse.com for more information about this event and future installments in the series. 
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Oct 14

38th Jim McKay Maryland Million Day

Save the date! The 38th edition of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day will take place Saturday, October 14, 2023. Visit Laurel Park for "Maryland's Day at the Races" to experience live racing with Maryland bred and sired horses competing for over $1 million in purses and awards. With a variety of on-track entertainment between races and 'Ponies in the Paddock' children's area, there's something for the whole family to enjoy! LEARN MORE→
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Maryland Horse Directory

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 2023 Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program will run June 5-9! APPLICATIONS CLOSED Launched in 2017, the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program is an educational program within the new Howard & Sondra Bender Educational Series 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 bremsberg@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" orderby="rand"]  
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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 Foundation Announces Maryland Horse Pride Fundraiser in Celebration of Pride Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Reisterstown, MD (June 1, 2023) – The Maryland Horse Foundation is proud to announce our Maryland Horse Pride Fundraiser to benefit The Pride Center of Maryland. Our goal is to encourage, support, and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community within Maryland’s horse industry.  Saddle pads, shirts, and other apparel with custom pride flag horse logos will be available for sale online at MarylandHorse.com/Pride. Proceeds will go towards the Pride Center of Maryland, a nonprofit that provides direct support to the Baltimore and Central Maryland LGBTQ+ community through more than 30 various programs and services. "The Pride Center of Maryland (PCOM) is the third oldest LGBTIA+/ SGL center in the world. We have been serving the sexual gender minority community for nearly 50 years,” said Senior Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement, Tramour Wilson. “Any support to our organization will help further our mission of providing a safe environment, empowering, and mobilizing sexual gender minorities throughout the state of Maryland." “We are happy to celebrate Pride Month and support the Pride Center of Maryland with this Maryland Horse Pride Fundraiser. We know everyone loves horses, “says Cricket Goodall, executive director of the Maryland Horse Foundation, ”and horses come in all colors!” Orders for the Maryland Horse Pride Fundraiser will open June 1st and close June 30th.  To learn more and participate in the fundraiser, go to MarylandHorse.com/Pride. For questions or more information, contact Becky Remsberg at bremsberg@marylandthoroughbred.com or 410-252-2100 ext. 110. About the Pride Center of Maryland The Pride Center of Maryland is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that offers and organizes numerous programs, services, and events for the Baltimore and Central Maryland LGBTIA+ community. They engage thousands of people each year through their many educational programs, support groups, health clinics, public service and volunteer opportunities and more, and organize the annual Baltimore Pride Celebration. For more information, visit their website at www.pridecentermd.org. 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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2023 National Economic Impact Study for the Equine Industry Kicks Off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Washington, D.C. -- March 30, 2023) The last three years have been a time of great change throughout the country for homes, businesses and industries. Rising costs of living, shrinking of assistance and changes in demographics have affected so much of our world, and that includes the equine industry. However, not all of the changes are easy to identify. Which is why the American Horse Council (AHC) is kicking off what could be one of the biggest studies in its more than 50 years with the 2023 National Economic Impact Study. Major economic changes have occurred during the past five years. Not only have business closures and resulting federal stimulus programs related to the pandemic made a major impact, but the horse industry has adapted to historic changes made to the tax code since 2017. An economic impact study examines the effect of an event or industry has on the economy and usually measures changes in business revenue, business profits, personal wages, and/or jobs. As a large, economically diverse industry, the United States horse industry contributes significantly to the American economy. The purpose of the census is to demonstrate the value of the equine industry in the national and state economies by analyzing the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts of horse ownership, recreation, and equine-related services. Over the course of its 50-plus year history, the AHC has conducted numerous national economic impact studies for the U.S. horse industry, which has included such pivotal years as 1987, 1997, 2007 and, the most recent study, 2017. “The challenges of the last few years with the pandemic and its economic impacts on all aspects of our industry make the 2023 study all that more important and necessary,” states Dr. Rick Mitchell, Chairman of the AHC Board. Data collected will inform public and private investments in equine-related businesses, equine health care, education, land use decisions, tax policy, tourism, employment incentives, etc. The survey begins April 3 and goes through September 29. New this year are sponsored incentives for individuals and groups who participate in the survey, including a John Deere Z545R ZTrak Mower valued at $7500, one year of Nutrena feed for one horse (a $2,000 value); one year of Purina feed for one horse (a $500 value/horse); gift certificates from Trafalgar Square Books (total value $180); enrollment in Texas A&M AgriLife Equine Reproductive Management Online Course valued at $300/enrollment; plus more. "The Economic Impact Study is the most effective tool in our advocacy quiver,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “When the industry needs to take aim at an issue, this data is invaluable in helping us paint the picture of the contributions the industry makes and the breath & depth of its composition." More information and the 2023 Economic Impact Study can be found on the AHC website: https://horsecouncil.org/economic-impact-study/ If you have questions, contact American Horse Council President Julie Broadway at jbroadway@horsecouncil.org About the American Horse Council As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities.
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Jim McKay Maryland Million Day is set for October 14, 2023

Reisterstown, MD - (January 5, 2023) - Save the date! The 38th edition of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day will take place Saturday, October 14, 2023, 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 2023 breeding season and looking forward to the success of the resulting foals, the future stars of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day in 2026 and beyond. “Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, now known as Maryland’s Day at the Races, is truly a fun day at the races,” says Cricket Goodall, executive director, “the races are competitive and there are great stories behind every winner.  And the on-track entertainment like pony racing and horses and hounds adds to the appeal for families and new fans to come out.” The 2022 edition saw eleven Maryland-bred and twelve Maryland-sired winners, including Classic winner Ournationonparade (Cal Nation), who became the second horse in history to win both the Nursery and the Classic in their career. The day also saw Murmur Farm stallion Blofeld sweep both juvenile races, as Chickieness took the Lassie and Johnyz From Albany prevailed in the Nursery. Fille d'Esprit (Great Notion) added to an impressive 2022 resume with her win in the Distaff, one of five stakes wins on the year for the mare. Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, modeled on Breeders’ Cup and designed to spotlight the stallions,  was first run in 1986 at Laurel Park.  The day of racing celebrates the Maryland breeding and racing industry which along with various equine activities in the State has an economic impact of nearly $2 Billion. Contact Information: Cricket Goodall, Executive Director cricket@marylandthoroughbred.com (410) 252.2100 ext. 111 www.MarylandMillion.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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