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 23

Fourth Monday Talk – The Washington D.C. International

International racing at its best didn't begin with the Breeders' Cup. The first major event in the U.S. was the brainchild of Marylander John D. Schapiro, who took over the reins as Laurel's president in 1950 and decided to create a race designed to bring together the world’s best horses at a mile and a half on the grass. He named it the Washington, D.C., International. The race had its first running in 1952 and was an immediate hit, as *Wilwyn carried the banner for England. Parties in D.C. were a mainstay on the social calendar and everyone from dignitaries to royalty to movie stars were in attendance. Horses came from around the world, including Russia, for the next half-century until the Breeders' Cup drew competitors away. Learn more about the history of the Washington, D.C., International and racing visionary John Schapiro when his step-son, nationally recognized steeplechase trainer Joseph Davies, comes for a talk at the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center on Monday, October 23 at 4 p.m.
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  • Graham Equestrian Center November Horse Discovery Day

    November 4, 2023 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    10301 Harford Rd | Glen Arm, MD 21057-9230 VISIT SITE

    This is a free event! Stop by Graham Equestrian Center to meet and greet some of our horses, pet/brush them and ask questions about horses, horse behavior, horse health and riding. While you are here you can watch a riding lesson or check out some of the trails in this section of Gunpowder Falls State Park. Tickets are not required but please click the ticket link so that you can fill out our waiver before you arrive. This event does not including any riding or pony rides.
  • Clark’s Elioak Farm Enchanted Forest and Petting Zoo

    April 1, 2023-November 5, 2023 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    10500 Clarksville Pike | Ellicott City, MD 21042 VISIT SITE

    APRIL 1 TO NOVEMBER 5, 2023 Tuesday - Friday: 10 AM to 5 PM Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM to 5:30 PM Come visit all our friendly farm animals & see the Enchanted Forest attractions you remember from your childhood!  Come visit our adorable goats and all our other great animals. Take a pony ride, a cow train ride or an Enchanted Express train ride. Great fun for all.  Clark's is pleased to provide a safe environment in our wide, open spaces for the families.
  • Author Talk with Patrick Smithwick

    November 6, 2023 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    321 Main Street | Reisterstown, MD 21136 VISIT SITE

    Marylander Patrick Smithwick has been working with horses all of his life, getting life lessons at a very young age from his father, the legendary steeplechase jockey A.P. Smithwick, who became a trainer after retiring from riding. The younger Smithwick worked his way through school and college by exercising Thoroughbreds at major East Coast racetracks and riding steeplechase races at such venues as Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, and hunt meets such as the Maryland Hunt Club and the Grand National. Smithwick has since developed another passion, writing, and writes about what he knows, growing up with a racing legend in "Racing My Father" to a memoir about a year with his family in "Flying Change", his first two published works. His most recent book, "War's Over, Come Home" is another chapter in the life of his family. ​Smithwick will give a talk about his books and his life at the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center on Monday, November 6 at 4 p.m. Attendance is free. For more information and upcoming events, visit
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