Explore the virtual education opportunities within Maryland's horse industry.
University of Maryland Horse Extension Start with UMD Horse Extension's “Getting Started With Horses in Maryland” Webinar Series. They are happy to welcome newcomers to the horse world in October as we celebrate Maryland Horse Month! Join them for weekly webinars as we discuss how to get started in this fabulous industry. Check out their other videos on their YouTube channel too!
The Maryland Horse Council Farm Stewardship Committee was established with 3 main objectives: 1. To assist horse farm owners to reach their land stewardship goals through providing user-friendly information, community support, access to information on financing, and other incentives. 2. To gain positive attention for MD’s horse farms as stewards of about one-quarter of all agricultural land in the state, about 587,000 acres. 3. To bring the voice of the horse community into discussions of laws, regulations, and incentive programs for agriculture and for the environment. Follow the Maryland Horse Council’s Facebookfor a new Farm Stewardship Tip of the Week every Tuesday morning! Become a Maryland Horse Council member and join the initiatives for great horse farm stewardship!
Days End Farm Horse Rescue A national rescue and rehabilitation facility sheltering 110-150 horses annually in Lisbon. An MHIB Horse Discovery Center. Though not open to the public this year due to COVID-19, Days End Farm Horse Rescue has developed a wholesome range of educational equine content for your children while also giving a behind-the-scenes look at what everyone on their farm is up to amidst a global pandemic. Check out:
YMCA Camp Letts Equestrian Center Edgewater, just south of Annapolis Hosts a holistic horsemanship program, including equine husbandry and riding for children age 6 to adults. Lessons are taught by certified and/or academically trained instructors and offer online content through its Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Instagram:
Equine Studies at the University of Maryland From printed information to recorded webinars, to “how-to” videos, the University of Maryland Equine Studies Program offers free online resources to help anyone learn to better manage a farm and improve horse care. Details on pasture management, horse nutrition, and a variety of other topics are all available to search and review on your own time, at your own pace. Find all this and more on the website and follow the social media page for program updates.
School Horse Curriculum: Horses for Courses! The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) program is happy to share this curriculum guide with farm-based educators and non-formal teachers who work with Horse Discovery Center stables and equine centers open to school group visits. Horses for Courses raises the level of public awareness of Maryland’s equestrian/equine traditions and the positive impact of horses on the quality of life in Maryland by blending history and science education with dynamic, fun, hands-on lessons for grades 4 through 8.
Horse Extra from Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission A comprehensive local guide for equine enthusiasts with more than 80 listings featuring horse barns and stables, feed and tack suppliers, equine organizations, riding trails, and more. The Southen Maryland Horse Extra is produced by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland as a means to assist and promote the region’s horse farms and horse-related businesses and is compiled with information from sources throughout the state and in response to SMADC’s inquiries.
Maryland Combined Training Association (MCTA) The MCTA organizes a nationally recognized Horse Trials in May at Shawan Downs in Hunt Valley, Maryland. This competition offers all levels, Novice through Advanced. The club also manages two “unrecognized” horse trials. One in June in Southern Maryland — the Starter Horse Trials and one in November held at Tranquility Manor Farm in Jacksonville Maryland. “Jenny Camp” as the fall horse trials is known, is one of the oldest competitions of its kind in our area. MCTA also holds numerous clinics and now Webinar Series such as Equine First Aid and Safely Returning to Competition
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Magazine The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, the only monthly magazine dedicated to the Thoroughbred industry in the region, serves to promote Thoroughbred breeding and racing in the eight-state Mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The magazine provides news, information, education and entertainment to Thoroughbred owners, trainers, breeders and enthusiasts throughout the region.
MAEF is a non-governmental, non-profit 501c3 operating under the guidance of a 25 member Board of Directors. The Foundation was incorporated in 1989 following recommendations of a Governor’s task force reviewing the status of agriculture in education in Maryland. MAEF is an independent organization whose purpose would be to educate Marylanders about the important role agriculture plays in their lives MAEF conducts a variety of educational and promotional programs throughout the state using agriculture, nutrition & natural resources as the tools for teaching core subjects, STEM and Next Generation Science.
SMADC’s latest video showcases a relatively new and rapidly diversifying agricultural sector for many farms in Maryland that attracts over a million visitors annually. Agritourism is a unique blend of tourism and agriculture that comes together in an entertaining and educational package of fun, on-farm activities for adults and children.
Getting Cabin Fever? Visit Fairwinds Farm Virtually Fairwinds Farm offers riding lessons, birthday parties, horse shows, summer camp, hay rides, bed & breakfast, pony rides, trail rides, tea parties, horse-drawn carriages, weddings and other special events. Fairwinds Farm has been featured in The New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Country Woman, Horse & Rider, Maryland Life and on Good Morning America.
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