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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  • Maryland State Jousting Championship

    October 1, 2022 11:00 am

    1450 Generals Highway | Crownsville, MD 21032 VISIT SITE

    See jousting on October 1st at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds! “Charge, Sir Knight, Charge” Jousting is the oldest equestrian sport in the world and became Maryland’s Official State Sport in 1962. Jousting today has become a civilized game of keen horseman-ship, skill and sportsmanship with the development of “The Ring Tournaments”. Local jousts are held throughout the Caroline, Talbot, and Queen Anne areas. The object of Jousting is to run your horse at a gait greater than a walk down the 80 yard jousting path three times and spear up to 3 rings each time for a total of 9 rings in under 8 seconds (except Novice and Lead line which are not timed). Ring sizes range from 1¾” to 1” in diameter. LEARN MORE→
  • Graham Equestrian Center October Horse Discovery Day

    October 1, 2022 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. LEARN MORE→
  • Mounted Wanderers 2022 October Open Horse Show

    October 2, 2022 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Oak Ridge Park, Hughesville, MD 20637 VISIT SITE

    Mounted Wanderers 4-H Club is back with another year of horse shows for the community! Shows will be held at Oak Ridge Park in Hughesville, MD with a variety of classes including ranch, conformation, over fences, flat classes, western, trail, and speed. October Open Horse Show judges: Gina Hall & Samantha Markley. 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.
  • Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill

    October 13, 2022-October 16, 2022

    4600 Telegraph Rd | Elkton, MD 21921 VISIT SITE

    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.
  • 37th Jim McKay Maryland Million Day

    October 22, 2022

    RT 198 & Racetrack Road | Laurel, MD 20725 VISIT SITE

    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→
  • Washington International Horse Show

    October 24, 2022-October 30, 2022

    14900 Pennsylvania Ave | Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 VISIT SITE

    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.
  • Freedom Hill Horse Rescue New Volunteer Orientation

    November 5, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    7940 Flint Hill Rd | Owings, MD 20736 VISIT SITE

    Must be 13 or older with some horse experience. Freedom Hill Horse Rescue is looking for dedicated people to join either morning or afternoon feed shift teams. The orientation covers our specific feed shift routine, a barn tour and a meet and greet with our horses.  This is a hands on class, so please wear closed shoes, preferably boots. Learn More→
  • Graham Equestrian Center November Horse Discovery Day

    November 5, 2022 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. LEARN MORE→
  • Clark’s Elioak Farm Enchanted Forest and Petting Zoo

    April 1, 2022-November 6, 2022 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    10500 Clarksville Pike | Ellicott City, MD 21042 VISIT SITE

    APRIL 1 TO NOVEMBER 6, 2022 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. LEARN MORE→
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