Equine Sports Turfgrass Management Seminar

As the third installment of the newly-launched Howard & Sondra Bender Educational Series (HSBES), a partnership with University of Maryland Extension, the Maryland Horse Foundation will host a seminar on equine sports turfgrass management on August 30th at the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center.

Geoffrey Rinehart (UMD Turfgrass Management) will speak about the five primary cultural practices of turfgrass as they pertain to equestrian surfaces. The five primary cultural practices include mowing, fertilizing, irrigation, cultivation (aerating and de-thatching), and pest management. Species and variety selection will also be covered.

Logan Freeman, Senior Sports Turf Consultant for 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, including some 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.

Attendance is free and light refreshments will be served. The seminar will be recorded and available at

For questions, contact Becky Remsberg at


Geoff Rinehart has 22 years’ experience in the turfgrass and landscape industry working in various parts of the country. He earned Bachelor’s degrees in Turfgrass Management and Landscape Contracting from Virginia Tech and a Master’s of Science in Turfgrass Science at Michigan State University. After graduating from Michigan State, Geoff spent 5 ½ years as a research technician conducting turfgrass science research at Washington State University and spent 4 years’ coordinating the Tacoma-Pierce County Natural Yard Care program conducting outreach and education for homeowners and professionals in Pierce County, WA. From 2013- 2018 Geoff served as coordinator of the Arboretum’s ‘Grass Roots’ Initiative, which includes a 1.3- acre interactive turfgrass exhibit, a website, and ongoing homeowner lawn maintenance workshops in the spring and fall. His experience has also included working on golf courses and in the landscape industry in Maryland, Colorado, Washington state, and Hawaii. Geoff joined the University of Maryland as a Lecturer in the Institute of Applied Agriculture in July, 2017 teaching courses in landscape and turfgrass management.

Logan Freeman has been the golf course superintendent at Mountain Branch Golf Club in Joppa, Maryland for the past thirteen years, and in turfgrass management for 23 years. Originally from Idaho, Logan received an undergraduate degree in Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health from Boise State University and once moving to Maryland, received a Master’s in Applied Turfgrass Management from Penn State University. Logan has taken his passion for all things turfgrass into the equine world, where he is the current Senior Sports Turf Consultant for the Maryland Jockey Club, helping oversee the turf tracks at Laurel Park and Pimlico.


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.

Elkridge-Harford 100th Anniversary Panel

The Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point Races are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, and the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center will commemorate the occasion with a panel discussion on the history of the event on Monday, April 24 at 4 pm.

Conducted at Atlanta Hall Farm in Monkton, the Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point races have long been considered the preview to Maryland’s Triple Crown of steeplechasing: the My Lady’s Manor, the Grand National, and the Maryland Hunt Cup. This year’s races were held on Saturday, April 8.

Panelists include Maryanna Skowronski, the executive director of the Manor Conservancy and member of the Elkridge-Harford race committee, Michael Finney, owner of the art and country clothing shop “Yoicks!” and race caller for the Elkridge-Harford races, and Jay Young, president emeritus of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club.

Attendance is free. For more information about the panel and other activities at the Maryland Horse Library, visit, call (410) 252-2100, or email

2023 Legacy Chase

The Legacy Chase is a family fun-filled day of steeplechase racing, picnicking, tailgating, or get your own tent to entertain friends or clients. All safely outdoors at the beautiful Shawan Downs.

Gates open at 10am, post time 12:30pm.


Cattail Chase Races

Catch the action at this year’s Cattail Chase Races! The 2023 event will include pony races, leadline races and timber races on top of plenty of tailgating opportunities. Gates open at 10am, first post 1pm.


Tickets available Summer 2023!