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

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, the WIHS Equitation Finals and Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships, plus popular community and charity events, like WIHS Kids’ Day and Barn Night. WIHS, an official USEF Heritage Competition, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. For more information, visit wihs.org.
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Sep 24

2022 Legacy Chase

The 2022 Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs will run on September 24th! The Legacy Chase is a family fun-filled day of steeplechase racing, picnicking, tailgating, or get your own tent to entertain friends or clients. Race Day Schedule 10:00 am - Gates Open 12:30 pm - 1st race The Les Grimes Stick Pony Race is at 12 Noon and sign-up is at 11am – bring your own stick pony! 6:00 pm - Gates Close Parking tickets will go on sale in July 2022. LEARN MORE →
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  • USDF Loch Moy Farm Summer Dressage Festivals III...

    August 6, 2022-August 7, 2022 8:00 am

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

    Come out and watch upper level recognized dressage at Loch Moy Farm! Two Licensed Competitions: Show III- Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022 | Show IV - Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022 LEARN MORE→
  • Great and Small’s Youth Horsemanship Camp 2022

    August 8, 2022-August 12, 2022 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    17320 Moore Road | Boyds, MD 20841 VISIT SITE

    August 8th - 12th, 9am - 3pm  (5th - 12th grade) Youth Horsemanship Camp at Great and Small is designed to foster self-confidence, communication and social skills for students with learning differences. This fun camp incorporates therapeutic riding lessons, unmounted equine assisted learning and peer interaction alongside qualified Great and Small staff and volunteers. Learn More→
  • Best of America by Horseback at Valley Meadow...

    August 9, 2022 11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    Don't miss Best of America by Horseback feature of Valley Meadow Farms Trails Getaway and Bed & Barn on August 9th! This episode will be aired on both RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel, and eventually archived on the Best of America website for convenient viewing anytime. Visit the Valley Meadows Farm website to learn about their getaway opportunities for both horse and rider!
  • Anatomy Discovery Workshop

    August 3, 2022-August 9, 2022

    Woodbine, MD VISIT SITE

    Learning equine anatomy should be fun and interactive. It should not entail memorizing! After this class, when someone asks about a muscle, you will actively recall building it on the Equiken® model in clay. You will remember where and how you felt it on the horse (or located for deeper muscles). Memorization is just not the way most brains work! Experience (build, associate, palpate), store (your brain makes notes) and then recall – that’s the ticket. This course utilizes the brilliant system developed by Jon Zahourek, founder of ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning Systems. This seven-day course is taught in increments in a study group format with a hands-on approach. It is run in 3 days on, one day off for self-study and finishes with another 3 days on. Using bones, models, visuals, books, hand-outs, reference material and live horses, Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW will lead and direct the group. Students will work in teams of two, building the muscles on the Equiken® models at a comfortable pace, researching each muscle as the building progresses. Students become very familiar with various published books, publications and internet resources during the course, thus enabling them to better research anatomy. Students will have a chance to ensure they have understood the information by completing a self-assessment before the beginning of each class. Students are responsible for attending all six days of class in the classroom and are expected to spend the off day reviewing material for at least 8 hours. *Please note that registration for this class closes 30 days prior to the course start date to ensure the appropriate number of models are ordered. LEARN MORE→
  • Windy Way Horses Summer 2022 Horse Camps

    June 28, 2022-August 10, 2022 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    6836 ENM-Ellwood Rd | Hurlock, MD 21643 VISIT SITE

  • Waredaca Taproom Thursday Schooling Evening

    August 11, 2022 2:00 pm

    4015 Damascus Road | Laytonsville, MD 20882 VISIT SITE

    The emphasis of our Schooling Evenings will be on a relaxed experience for you and your horse! Dressage Ride a Test , Jumping Schooling Rounds and Cross Country Schooling all in one evening! **Different portables and questions will be arranged for each evening*** YOU design your evening — do as much as you want…it is as easy as that! FORMAT: Choose from the following options: Dressage RIDE A TEST:  Choose any test you wish; receive a judged test with written comments and scores as well as verbal suggestions for your progress – $32 Show Jumping Rounds: $37 for the first two rounds at any height –2 round minimum. Add additional rounds with an open check, credit card or cash payment at show-$12 each additional round Cross Country Schooling FOR DATE OF SCHOOLING EVENING ONLY:  $57/horse or $47 if also show jumping Sponsored by the Waredaca Brewing Company—come visit the Tasting room when you are finished! Learn more and Register→
  • Greenwell Foundation Summer Camps 2022

    June 20, 2022-August 12, 2022 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

    25450 Rosedale Manor Ln | Hollywood, MD 20636 VISIT SITE

    Horse Camp - June 20-24 | June 27-July 1 | July 4-8 | July 11-15 | Aug 1-5 | Aug 8-12 Ride, learn horsemanship and have fun! Nature Explorers - June 20-24 | June 27-July 1 | July 4-8 | July 11-15 | July 18-22 | July 25-29 | Aug 1-5 | Aug 8-12 Everything nature with hiking, crafting, playing and discovering the beauty of Greenwell. Fishing Camp - June 20-24 | July 18-22 | Aug 1-5 Learn skills, have fun, enjoy the serenity while fishing in the Patuxent River. Camper VS. Wild - July 25-29 | Aug 1-5  Learn and utilize survival skills in a SAFE and FUN manner; from foraging berries to collecting materials and starting a fire. Included! * FUN experiences, team building activities and games to challenge, create and inspire. * A safe and supportive environment for all experience levels, no experience is required. * Inclusive Programs: All abilities are welcome * Flexibility and time to explore! LEARN MORE→
  • Rolling Hills Ranch Advanced Camp

    June 20, 2022-August 12, 2022 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    33 Rolling Hills Ranch Ln | Port Deposit, MD 21904 VISIT SITE

    June 20 - June 25 and August 8 - August 12 Rides twice a day Rider must be able to Canter Any age including adults Note: 3% processing fee added for online registration Limited to 10 Students Learn More→
  • Molly Hill Farm Camp 2022

    June 27, 2022-August 12, 2022 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    2022 Whiteford Rd | Whiteford, MD 21160 VISIT SITE

    June 27- July 1 and August 8-12 Contact them today to register: info@mollyhillfarm.com or call 443.655.4788 or 410.925.2579. Learn More→
  • Full Moon Farm Summer Camp 2022

    June 20, 2022-August 12, 2022 8:45 am - 3:00 pm

    4326 Louisville Road | Finksburg, Maryland 21048 VISIT SITE

    Campers will discover the wonderful world of horses and farm life! Campers enjoy daily riding, horse care lessons, guest speakers, horse-related crafts, nature hikes, games, and more- all during a week-long horse adventure! Riding groups are formed by age and previous riding experience, so everyone gets the most out of their daily lessons. Ample assistance is provided for “new horse people”. Sign up for one, two, or all three weeks! 2022 Dates: June 20th–24th July 11th–15th August 8th–12th Learn More→
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