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  • Maryland Stallion Season Online Auction Set for 2024

    For immediate release                                                                      Wednesday, November 22, 2023, Reisterstown, MD With the 2024 breeding season fast approaching, the Maryland Horse Foundation is pleased to announce it will once again host an online stallion season auction from January 3-7. The 2024 auction features seasons from some of the top Maryland-based stallions. This year’s auction will feature no-guarantee seasons from sixteen Maryland-based stallions: Barbados Blofeld Bourbon Courage Cupid Divining Rod Friesan Fire Galawi (IRE) Golden Lad Holy Boss Hoppertunity Kobe's Back Long On Value Long River Madefromlucky Mosler Uncle Lino 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 & 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. The Foundation’s Maryland Horse Library & Education Center is located at 321 Main St. in Reisterstown. For more information, visit marylandhorse.com or contact Jeanne Schnell at jeanne@marylandthoroughbred.com or (410)252-2100 ext. 113. Click HERE to preview the auction.
  • Maryland Horse Foundation Announces New Director

    The Maryland Horse Foundation is proud to announce Jeanne Schnell as their new Director of Development and Programming. Schnell's duties include spearheading the fundraising efforts for the Maryland Horse Foundation and developing and coordinating programs at the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center in historic Reisterstown, Maryland. Schnell is a graduate of the Master of Professional Studies program at Cornell University, where she researched Furosemide and its effects on bone development. She got her start in the Thoroughbred racing industry by rehabilitating horses from injury and finding new careers for those transitioning away from the track. Schnell then worked in various capacities with the New York Racing Association in the communications and racing departments. Most recently, Jeanne was the Thoroughbred Aftercare Liaison and Events Manager for Santa Anita Park. “I am excited to be joining the Maryland Horse Foundation at a time when planning and development opportunities are limitless." said Schnell. "I look forward to hearing from the Maryland horse community and the community at large to see what we can accomplish together to promote all sorts of equine activities. The Maryland Horse Foundation manages the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center (MHLEC), which opened in December of 2022. Since opening the facility has hosted many equine, agricultural and educational meetings with more than one thousand visitors. “The MHLEC mission is celebrating the past while nurturing our future” says Cricket Goodall, executive director, “and we know Jeanne with help us to further that mission and introduce the Maryland horse industry to many more people.” For information about the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center go to MarylandHorse.com or contact Jeanne Schnell at Jeanne@marylandthoroughbred.com.
  • Maryland Horse Foundation Online Auction Preview Now Available!

    The online preview Maryland Horse Foundation’s fourth annual Silent Auction is now open. Bidding will run from October 11 to the 16th. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Maryland Horse Foundation and will help support its educational work. This includes programs such as the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program and the Work Experience Program, which are designed to educate aspiring racing professionals about the opportunities available in the Maryland horse industry. Thanks to numerous generous donations, more than 60 items are available. They range from tickets and passes to events such as the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, Grand National, and at 2025 Maryland Million VIP experience to gift baskets and bundles, gorgeous jewelry and artwork, and several books signed by their authors. The auction is available here. Best of luck to all bidders!
  • 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
  • Maryland Horse Foundation named a 2023 TCA Grant Recipient

    The Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) is honored to be named a 2023 Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) grant recipient. The grant will be focused on the Foundation’s educational outreach efforts including the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program (MTCP). Over the years many of the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program fellows have found jobs in their areas of interest in several states. This program was designed to offer young people an in-depth exposure to the Thoroughbred industry from the breeding shed to the racing office. “I believe that it is important to for these young folks to see that there are various opportunities that will allow them to embrace their passion for horses,” says Cricket Goodall, executive director of the Maryland Horse Foundation, “while using their talents to make a career in the equine industry. That is the goal of this program." The MHF has also created a Work Experience Program, which allows qualified applicants to design a custom internship experience that will benefit their long-term career goals. And with the recent addition of the Howard & Sondra Bender Educational Series, produced in partnership with the University of Maryland Extension, the MHF intends to provide education and information that appeals to many levels of interest with talks at the new Maryland Horse Library & Education Center. These sessions are recorded and available on the Maryland Thoroughbred YouTube channel. To learn more about the Maryland Horse Foundation and its programs, visit MarylandHorse.com. 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. 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.
  • Maryland Horse Foundation Seeks Director of Development & Programming

    The Maryland Horse Foundation is seeking a dynamic director of development and programming to fulfill a variety of duties on a full-time basis at the Reisterstown, Maryland office in Baltimore County. Duties will be focused on fundraising for the Maryland Horse Foundation, and programming for the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center. Maryland Horse Foundation 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 Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) is a 501c3 organization that supports public outreach and educational programs, and oversees the maintenance of MarylandHorse.com in addition to maintaining a social media presence. Additionally, the MHF is responsible for the operation of the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center and, 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. Maryland Horse Library & Education Center The Maryland Horse Library & Education Center (MHLEC)  functions as an informational resource and meeting/educational space for the equine and agricultural communities, the media, the general public, in addition to community, business  and governmental organizations. Maryland Horse Breeders Association As a service organization, the MHBA provides industry information, educational opportunities, and legislative representation to its nearly five hundred breeder-owner members, which include Thoroughbred breeders, owners of racehorses, steeplechase and hunt enthusiasts, and others with horse involvement. The MHBA publishes the monthly The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine, provides a Weekly digital bulletin and manages many websites and social media accounts. The MHBA and the MHF share many of the same goals so the MHBA staff and the  MHF will work closely together. Job Title & Description Maryland Horse Foundation – Director of Development & Programming Work in conjunction with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees to develop and execute both long- and short-term plans for the advancement of the MHF. Raise funds, manage donors, develop, and execute programs. Duties Oversee all board and committee activities including meeting packets, minutes, etc. Develop and coordinate new and recurring educational programs at MHLEC Coordinate schedule of available meeting space in MHLEC Fundraising to support new and recurring programs Record donations and maintain a donor information database Research and pursue grant opportunities Manage and grow long-term giving strategies and donors Execute short term and long-term plans with the executive director and Board of Trustees Qualifications & Benefits An appropriate candidate will meet or exceed the following qualifications: Experience in nonprofit management, donor development, and fundraising required Strong leadership skills and a demonstrated history of taking initiative required Excellent written and oral communications skills required Excellent interpersonal skills required Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in business management or a relevant field preferred Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the horse industry Must be proficient with Microsoft and Google platforms The selected candidate will enjoy the following benefits: Salary commensurate with experience Health and dental plan Paid vacation, paid sick leave, paid holidays, flextime Retirement plan Send resume, cover letter and questions to cricket@marylandthoroughbred.com.
  • Maryland Horse Foundation Hosts Equine Sports Turfgrass Seminar in New Educational Series

    (Reisterstown, MD - July 25, 2023) As the third installment of the newly-launched Howard & Sondra Bender Educational Series, a partnership with University of Maryland Extension, the Maryland Horse Foundation will be hosting a seminar on equine sports turfgrass management August 30th at the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center. The event will feature Equine Sports Turfgrass Alliance members Logan Freeman and Geoffrey Rinehart as speakers. Geoffrey Rinehart (University of Maryland Turfgrass Management) will speak about the five primary cultural practices of turfgrass (mowing, fertilizing, irrigation, cultivation, and pest management) as they pertain to equestrian surfaces. Species and variety selection will also be covered. Logan Freeman, Senior Sports Turf Consultant for the Maryland Jockey Club, will speak about how he utilizes the five primary cultural practices within the turfgrass track maintenance programs at both Laurel Park and Pimlico and the new science-based tools being implemented to help in the process. Following the presentations there will be open discussion about turfgrass management in equine sports. The event will be held at 5:30pm on August 30th. A live video link is available upon request. Attendance is free. Visit www.MarylandHorse.com/Turfgrass to learn more and register. For more information, contact Becky Remsberg at bremsberg@marylandthoroughbred.com or 410-252-2100. About the Howard & Sondra Bender Educational Series The Howard & Sondra Bender Educational Series is the newest addition to the slate of existing educational programs produced by the Maryland Horse Foundation. The series, hosted at the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center, utilizes the facility’s resources to offer an educational series of in-person gatherings covering a wide range of topics for people involved in and/or interested in learning more about the Maryland horse and/or agricultural industries. These sessions are recorded and available for public viewing as an on-demand resource. The Maryland Horse Foundation has partnered with University of Maryland Extension to deliver a set of 4 seminars over the course of 2023, following a general theme of sustainability. About the Equine Sports Turfgrass Alliance The Equine Sports Turfgrass Alliance, (ESTA) is a recently formed group of university and industry turfgrass experts. ESTA as an organization is dedicated to conducting research and providing education about turfgrass surfaces for racetrack, eventing, polo and other-use equine surfaces. ESTA looks to take advantage of any educational opportunities available to communicate with horse owners, trainers and equine facility managers in order to provide information on how to better manage turfgrass systems. It is the goal of ESTA to bring science-backed maintenance practices to the forefront of equine turfgrass management.
  • Maryland Horse Foundation Awarded 2023 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 career programs. 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 Moelis, Wendy Moon, Anita Motion, Scott Palmer VMD, Josh Pons, 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 provides qualified applicants with a custom internship experience that will benefit their long-term career goals in the Maryland horse industry. The slate of programs also includes the newly launched Howard & Sondra Bender Educational Series, a seminar series in partnership with University of Maryland Extension that delivers a set of in-person sessions covering a wide range of topics for people involved in or interested in learning more about the Maryland horse and/or agricultural industries. “We are so proud to use these grant funds to carry on the good works that Mr. and Mrs. Moelis started so many years ago”, says Cricket Goodall, executive director of the Maryland Horse Foundation, “educating young people and exposing them to the many opportunities that the Thoroughbred industry offers is a very important part of what we do.” To learn more about the Maryland Horse Foundation and its programs, email bremsberg@marylandthoroughbred.com, call 410-252-2100 or visit MarylandHorse.com.
  • 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.
  • 2023 Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program Participants Announced

    The Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) is pleased to announce the participants for the 6th edition of the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program, presented by the Howard and Sondra Bender Educational Series. The competitive group of applicants ranged in age from high school sophomores to college graduates and hailed from a diverse group of schools. This year’s participants are: Kenneth Bonuccelli - Woodbine, MD Sam Franklin - Churchton, MD Olivia Kaltenbach - New Castle, PA Haden Sisk - Reisterstown, MD Addison (Addy) Smith - Knoxville, MD Sydney Trigilio - West Springfield, MA View their full bios here “We are so proud to offer this program to young people who are interested in the horse business,” says Cricket Goodall, executive director of the Maryland Horse Foundation, “Our goal is to do everything we can to encourage them to find a way to make their passion for horses into a career.” Previous Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program participants have gone on to other educational opportunities such as the Kentucky Equine Management Internship, internships 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 2023 Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program participants June 5-9 on the Maryland Horse Foundation’s Facebook page. Contact: Becky Remsberg bremsberg@marylandthoroughbred.com
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