Places to Go, Horses to See

Maryland hosts a multitude of horse-related events throughout the year. Feature events – think Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, Maryland 5-Star at Fair Hill and Preakness – can be found at the top of the page, but the opportunities to experience all the Maryland horse industry has to offer don’t stop there.

Pick a category to highlight an area of interest or scroll through events chronologically if you are only in town for a short time; the Maryland horse world is your oyster!

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Oct 13

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill

The storied tradition of Eventing at iconic Fair Hill continues with the Maryland 5 Star to be held annually in October at the Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Elkton, Maryland (Cecil County). One of only two 5 Star events in the United States, and seventh worldwide, the prestigious 5 Star (CCI5*) designation is the pinnacle of the sport of Eventing, best described as an equestrian triathlon. The Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill marks a new chapter for the State of Maryland’s rich horse and equestrian tradition. The event showcases four days of competition in Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping.
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Oct 22

37th Jim McKay Maryland Million Day

The 37th edition of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day will take place Saturday, October 22, 2022, 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 2022 breeding season and looking forward to the success of the resulting foals, the future stars of Jim McKay Maryland Million Day in 2025 and beyond. “We as an industry have been through a lot but we also have a lot to look forward to. Maryland has continuously worked to bring a new wave of quality stallions into the state and that effort would not be possible without the breeders and horsemen who support them,” said Louis Merryman, president of Maryland Million Ltd. and owner of Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md. “Maryland Million day serves as a showcase for our farms and the horsemen that work so hard.” The 2021 running of Maryland’s Day at the Races marked a return to relative normalcy, after the previous year’s event was run under COVID-19 restrictions, which limited spectator attendance. Enthusiastic participation by horsemen resulted in full fields and a handle figure over $6.5 million, as the always popular Maryland Million Hospitality Village was full and sponsor participation made an impressive rebound from 2020. “We are looking forward to an even better event in 2022, with more fans and more fun” said Cricket Goodall, executive director, “And we are proud that Jim McKay Maryland Million Day caps off Maryland Horse Month in October that celebrates all of the diverse horse activities we have here.” Gates Open 10:00 am -- First post 11:30 am LEARN MORE→
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Oct 24

64th Annual Washington International Horse Show

Come watch the 64th Annual Washington International Horse Show presented by MARS EquestrianTM October 24-30th! Time: Day events 8 am-5 pm; Evening events 6:30-10:30 pm (times approximate) Place: The Show Place Arena, Prince George's Equestrian Center, Upper Marlboro, MD Seven days and three nights of thrilling five-star jumping, elegant hunters, Shetland Pony Steeplechase, dressage exhibition, Jack Russell Terrier racing, Kids' Day presented by Delta, plus Barn Night (Thursday), Military Night presented by Boeing (Friday), and World Cup Night (Saturday) with the week's highlight, the $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM  Washington CSI5*-W presented by Experience Prince George's. For more information, visit wihs.org.
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  • Friday Night Lights

    October 7, 2022 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    1114 Shawan Road | Cockeysville, MD 21030 VISIT SITE

    Come and enjoy the fun at Friday Night Lights at the Baltimore County Ag Center & witness the future of our local horse industry. Learn about local riding schools and how they start their young students off on the right foot, to successful horseback riding techniques. FOLLOWED BY TRUNK OR TREATING for kids of all ages! Don’t forget to dress up as a cowboy or English equestrian.
  • Charreada at the Maryland International Agriculture & Environment...

    October 7, 2022 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Rancho Los Magueyes | Odenton, MD VISIT SITE

    Don't miss the cultural event at the 2022 Maryland International Agriculture & Environment Conference! This year's international conference on climate change, agriculture and culture will highlight Mexico, featuring a Jalisco rodeo and Maryland Horse Industry demonstrations following a day of workshops and panels and VIP networking hour. Enjoy a full day at the conference or reserve tickets for just the evening event on their ticket page. LEARN MORE→  
  • Full Moon Farm Annual Paint Party

    October 8, 2022 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    4326 Louisville Rd | Finksburg MD 21048 VISIT SITE

    All riders, friends, and their families are welcome to join us for our annual Paint Party in the Big Outdoor. This event is BYOB (bring your own brush!). Earn community service hours, meet some great farm friends and help make all of our jumps shine for the next season.
  • Artisan & Craft Fair

    October 8, 2022 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    25450 Rosedale Manor Lane | Hollywood, MD 20636 VISIT SITE

    Greenwell Foundation's Artisan & Craft Fair is THIS SATURDAY, October 8th, 2022 from 9 am until 3 pm! We will have artisans, vendors, food trucks, and be offering a limited amount of pony rides (for purchase). All will be located at our Equestrian Program barn inside of Greenwell State Park.
  • MDHT October Starter Horse Trials at Loch Moy...

    October 8, 2022-October 9, 2022 8:00 am

    1235 Park Mills Rd. | Adamstown, MD 21710 VISIT SITE

    Starts at 8 am and runs all day Eventing starter horse trial featuring dressage, show jumping and cross country jumping. Spectators are welcome. Entries have now closed. LEARN MORE→
  • National Jousting Championship

    October 8, 2022 11:00 am

    3816 Petersville Road | Brunswick, MD 21758 VISIT SITE

    A real connection to the traditions of a colorful past remain as each Knight or Fair Maid thunder down the track. These events feature a parade of riders to start the day, four or more classes of competition based on skill level, and ends with a coronation ceremony where the winners are honored for their achievement.
  • Spirits & Steeds

    October 8, 2022 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    7940 Flint Hill Road | Owings, MD 20736 VISIT SITE

    Spirits & Steeds is Freedom Hill Horse Rescue's annual fall festival and largest fundraiser of the year! Located in our arena, local breweries, distilleries, wineries, artisans, and vendors come together to create a large, open-air market for visitors to enjoy. Come to the farm and enjoy supporting FHHR and some of our favorite local businesses! Freedom Hill Horse Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all proceeds go to the care of the rescue horses. Visitors 21 and over can purchase a Drink Ticket for $25 which includes a free FHHR tasting glass. Drink Tickets also include 2 free tastings at each brewery, winery, or distillery. If you'd rather not drink, we have a discounted Designated Driver/Non-Drink Ticket for $20. Children 15 and younger can visit for free! Our Family Fun Area will be better than ever this year and is again FREE! We will also have horse interactions from 2-5 pm.
  • Capital Challenge Horse Show

    September 30, 2022-October 9, 2022

    14900 Pennsylvania Avenue | Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 VISIT SITE

    Don't miss the 29th annual Capital Challenge, one of the nation's top hunter/jumper horse shows! There are many reasons why the Capital Challenge Horse Show has become such a prominent event - from the unique combination of the Show Place Arena and large outdoor ring, to the elaborate championship presentations. But truly there is only one reason why the horse show is so successful at drawing people from across the country to compete, and that is the quality of the horses. From the old favorites to the fresh new faces each year in the Future Hunters, the quality of the animals brought to the ring is unsurpassed. The Capital Challenge is proud to host the Ariat Adult Medal Finals, the Taylor Harris Insurance Services National Children’s Medal Finals, the EMO Insurance/USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Finals, the NAL Finals, as well as the World Champion Hunter Rider Finals and year-end presentations. The horse show is open to all, and competitors from as far away as Alaska have made the trip to show with us. The Capital Challenge does offer a limited number of entries in each division, which are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. This event is free for spectators! Unable to make it in person? Watch it live.
  • Cream of the Crop Screening at Fairwinds Farm

    October 9, 2022 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    41 Tailwinds Lane | North East, Maryland 21901

    Fairwinds Farm & Stables invites you to a screening of Cream of the Crop on the farm! Starring Ben Davies, Brittney Goodwin and an all-star supporting cast, the film is written by JoAnn S. Dawson and directed by Douglas B. Maddox of DBM Films. The story revolves around a young woman determined to save her family farm from foreclosure. Filmed in Maryland, the script features drama, romance, action, and themes about family, second chances, and farm awareness. The screening will be held in Fairwinds' indoor event venue at 7pm, followed by a Q&A with the writer and director from 9-9:30pm. Tickets available for purchase here→ General Admission: $15 Ages 8-10 & Fairwinds Students: $10 Light refreshments included.  
  • Pasture Walk at Fiddlers Folly Farm

    October 12, 2022 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    195 Fiddlers Hill Rd | Edgewater, MD 21037

    Join University of Maryland Extension, NRCS, and Amy Posey for an educational field day focused on equine pasture renovation at Fiddlers Folly Farm, MD! Come learn how Fiddlers Folly Farm is working to improve their pastures through a combination of good grazing management and pasture renovation.
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