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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.
  • Maryland Horse Foundation Awarded 2022 Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation Grant

    The Maryland Horse Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation, to be used for its educational programs and continued promotion of MarylandHorse.com. The grants given by the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation reflect the values set forth by founders Herb and Ellen Moelis. The current board includes Co-Chairs Kathleen Anderson DVM and James Orsini DVM, Margaret H. Duprey, Gretchen and Roy Jackson, Ellen and Herb Moelis, Wendy Moon, Anita Motion, Scott Palmer VMD, Josh Pons, Lucy Zungailia, Katelyn Jackson, and Lynn Cassimeris, Ph.D. The educational programs of the Maryland Horse Foundation includes the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program, designed to increase awareness of career options in the thoroughbred industry and give participants access to leaders in the Maryland thoroughbred community, along with the work experience program, which allows qualified applicants to designed a custom internship experience that will benefit their long-term career goals. To learn more about the Maryland Horse Foundation and its programs, visit MarylandHorse.com.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • The Mill’s Grass Forage Plot Walk

    (White Hall, MD— June 28, 2022) The Mill invites you to an educational forage field walk on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 5:00 pm.  The rain date will be Thursday, June 30th. The event will be held at Clear Meadow Farm, 3116 Troyer Rd, White Hall, MD 21161. There are 15 varieties of forages including 4 varieties of orchardgrass, 3 of timothy, 3 pasture blends, Grasshancer 300 (emergency forage extender), 2 types of fescue, Fojtan festulolium, and Kentucky Bluegrass plots.  The plot was established in 2018.  The first harvest of 2022 was the 2nd week of May.  There is adequate regrowth to see differences in recovery and persistency between the varieties. There are no short-term forecasts of feed or fuel price easing and supply chain issues remain a concern.  The best strategy to keep purchased feed costs in check is to maximize nutritional quality and yields from forage stands. Now is the time to plan for pasture renovations.  Fall is the best time to seed since soil temperatures are ideal for rapid germination and cool evenings help retain soil moisture for shallow-root seedlings.  Additionally, there is less competition from annual weeds which allows for a thicker stand compared to spring seeding. September to mid-October is an ideal time to overseed pasture or hay fields. Soil sampling should be performed now to balance soil pH and know what nutrients will be needed for a new seeding or to boost fall forages and prepare stands to overwinter. Join The Mill to hear agronomists’ observations and management strategies for the 15 forage varieties at the plot and see first-hand, the differences between stands.  There is no cost to attend.  To RSVP – email info@themillstores.com or call 410-692-2200.  Visit www.themillstores.com/pages/2022-forage-plot-walk to see more information about the varieties at the forage trials. -- The Mill is a family-owned agriculture service and supply retailer with 7 locations in Maryland and Pennsylvania that offer delivery to farms and homes, agronomic consulting, application services, and precision ag data management services through Decision Ag Solutions.
  • Maryland Horse Foundation launches new MarylandHorse.com

    (Reisterstown, MD – June 20, 2022) The Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) is proud to announce the launch of a newly designed MarylandHorse.com website. This redesign was completed in partnership with the Maryland Horse Industry Board and funded by a grant from the Rural Maryland Council. The refreshed MarylandHorse.com website features a sortable directory connecting users to a variety of resources in addition to an events calendar tracking Maryland Horse happenings. “MarylandHorse.com is an incredible resource that showcases the Maryland horse industry,” said Jordyn Egan, MHF director of development. “The Maryland Horse Foundation is proud to partner with the Maryland Horse Industry Board on this endeavor and we are committed to maintaining and promoting the website year-round.” In addition to the events calendar and robust directory, MarylandHorse.com will be the home for information about the Maryland Horse Park System and annual campaigns such as October - Maryland Horse Month and Horse Industry Day. Contact Becky Remsberg (bremsberg@marylandthoroughbred.com) if you have an event or resource you would like added to the website. -- The Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) is a charitable organization that 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 a number of 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.
  • 2022 Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program Participants Announced

    Five college students will explore careers in the Thoroughbred industry June 6-10 The Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) is pleased to announce the participants for the 5th edition of the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program. The competitive group of applicants ranged in age from high school seniors to college graduates and hailed from a diverse group of schools. The participants are: Ashlin Dohler - Port Deposit, MD Molly Hutchison - Silver Spring, MD Kendal Stokes - Horse Shoe, NC Liz Ridenour - Catonsville, MD Marina Rohbeck - Morgantown, WV View their full bios here. “The quality group of applicants from schools across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions is a testament to how unique and valuable the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program (MTCP) is,” said Jordyn Egan, Director of Development for the MHF. “What makes the MTCP different is the support from the entire Maryland horse industry and enthusiastic participation from its leaders. We are excited to welcome this new group to Maryland in June and watch their progress in the future.” Previous Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program participants have gone on to other educational opportunities such as the Kentucky Equine Management Internship, an internship with 1/ST Racing and the Ed Brown Society, and the Maryland Horse Foundation’s Work Experience Program. Others are working in a variety of industry positions including sales administration, farm and broodmare management, communications, and higher education. Graduates of the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program are eligible for Career Development Funds, a one-time scholarship to support their post-MTCP career pursuits. To date, the Maryland Horse Foundation has paid out nearly $30,000 in Career Development Funds to cover a variety of expenses. Follow along with the 2022 Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program participants June 6-10 on the Maryland Horse Foundation’s Facebook page. Contact: Jordyn Egan jordyn@marylandthoroughbred.com
  • 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
  • 2022 Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program Dates Announced

    The Maryland Horse Foundation is excited to announce that the 2022 Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program (MTCP) will run from June 6-10, 2022. The online application is now open and must be completed by April 22, 2022. Interviews will take place in the two weeks after the application deadline and selected participants will be notified in early May. “The MTCP is a gateway to the various career possibilities in the Thoroughbred industry,” said Jordyn Egan, MHF director of development. “We tailor the program to the participants interests so that everyone walks away with high-quality contacts that benefit them in the long run. The participants learn from industry professionals and one another throughout the week and enduring relationships are built. It is an incredibly rich and valuable experience for all involved.” Learn more about the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program HERE. Interested individuals are encouraged to email Jordyn Egan – jordyn@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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