Locations to see and experience horses in Maryland.
Maryland Horse Discovery Center
Western Maryland, Capital Region, Central Maryland, Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland
These centers are part of a volunteer, certified program of already existing licensed stables that welcome the general public of all ages and experience levels to learn about horses in a knowledgeable and friendly environment.
Maryland Licensed Stables
Want to take riding lessons? Board your horse? Work at a rescue? Find a Therapeutic Riding Center? You need a Maryland Licensed Stable! The one common theme among all twenty-three counties as well as the state is the welfare of the horses. It is to help ensure the safety and care of the horses that the state and these counties require licenses. Search your surrounding counties and find the perfect stable for you!
RT 198 & Racetrack Road Laurel, MD 20724
During live Thoroughbred racing days there is free admission and free general parking. Horse racing offers a unique, interactive experience like no other sport. Learn the terms and techniques to place your first bet. Be sure to check out our Beginner’s Guide to horse racing, which explains betting procedure, horse racing results, and horse racing terminology. Our friendly and accommodating staff is always available to help you with any questions you may have about horse racing and horse racing results.
Pimlico Race Course
5201 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215
Come visit Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore's premier destination for horse racing and home of the Preakness Stakes. Dine and watch the excitement of live racing in our Terrace Dining room, or watch simulcast racing and live racing in our Sports Palace. Our Jockey Club also has views of the track and there is plenty of seating in the general admission area. Pimlico has been offering exciting thoroughbred horse racing since 1870.
Ocean Down Casino & Horse Racing
10218 Racetrack Rd, Berlin, MD 21811
Ocean Downs is a casino and harness racing track in Berlin, Maryland, near Ocean City. It is owned and operated by Churchill Downs Inc. Ocean Downs offers Live Racing, Gaming, Promotion, Dining as well as year-round events!
6336 Rosecroft Drive Fort Washington, MD 20744
Rosecroft Raceway, nicknamed the "Raceway by the Beltway" for being close to Interstate 495, is a harness racing track in Fort Washington, Maryland. It first opened in 1949 and was owned by William E. Miller, a horse trainer and breeder. Live Harness Racing, Dining, Gaming and Private Events!
Trail Riding Stables
A Guide to Maryland Horse Trails & Saddle Up Maryland
Want to get out and see Maryland by Horseback? Take a trail ride! Maryland has trail riding stables and also trails you can take your own horse. Veteran Maryland trail riders have assembled these TIPS to help you prepare both you and your horse by following basic guidelines.
Located just 8 miles south of Ocean City, Maryland, Assateague Island National Seashore is a 37-mile long gem in the national and state park systems. Visit to see Assateague’s history, parking and entrance fees, the wild ponies and other wildlife, camping, recreational activities, pet policies, Chincoteague, articles, tours, photos, and more.
The Saratoga WarHorse program takes place during 3-day classes, offered several times each month. The average class size is 5 participants. The program is available to veterans and service members from all branches of the military, regardless of when or for how long they served. The focus of this program is on helping participants get past the physiological symptoms of their Post- Traumatic Stress. Saratoga WarHorse doesn’t provide traditional “therapy,” but does offer an undoubtedly therapeutic experience.There is NO cost for veterans to attend the Saratoga WarHorse program. We pay 100% of travel, lodging, meal, and program expenses.
Tuckahoe Equestrian Center
Trail Riding Horse Club & Equestrian Event Center
The Tuckahoe Equestrian Center is a 'Family and Youth-Oriented' organization located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Tuckahoe State Park north of Route 404. We are a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, actively promoting all equestrian activities such as 4-H, youth activities, games days, trail riding, driving, jousting, parades, and horse shows which include jumping, dressage, and English or Western equitation.
Maryland Saddlery is an equestrian tack and consignment store with two locations in Maryland, and one in Delaware and an online marketplace.
Butler Flagship and Consignment Store 14924 Falls Rd Butler, MD 21023
Crofton Consignment Store 1413 Defense Highway Gambrills, MD 21054
Hockessin Consignment Store 439 Hockessin Corner Hockessin, DE 19707
Sparks MD and Gambrills MD
Dover Saddlery® brand riding apparel, equestrian wear, bridles, saddles, and other tack is developed by riders, for riders. Leveraging nearly a half-century of equestrian expertise and world-wide contacts in the equestrian industry, product development teams at Dover Saddlery are able to offer just the right choices for you and your horse.
10738 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Yoicks specializes in 19th & 20th c. Sporting Art, 19th c. French Animalier bronzes, Antiques, and Curiosities. Yoicks! is also a leading "Rag Merchant to the Gentry" being established stockists of such brands as Partridge, Lock & Co. Hatters, Corgi and a proprietary selection of clothing made in Great Britain. The name, which is a fox hunting exclamation used to encourage hounds at work, also carries the connotation of "rare" in Old English. The store eventually migrated to Stevenson, Maryland in the heart of the Green Spring Valley before launching a bold venture to the legendary Sporting Mecca of Saratoga Springs, New York.
The Mill's seven locations strive to provide quality products with great service, at affordable prices. You will find your favorite lawn and garden supplies, farm supplies, pet supplies, work apparel, livestock feed, and more. If you don’t know what to buy, just ask any one of our experienced and friendly staff! There are three convenient ways to shop at The Mill. Visit us at one of our locations, check out our Online Store, or have any in-store items delivered with your feed order of 10 bags or more.
4502 Old National Pike Mount Airy, Maryland 21771
Stablemates Inc. has been a family-owned and operated Equestrian Store since 1965. We stock a large variety of products for both English and Western riders at all skill levels.
Just for Ponies
4048 Wilkinson Rd, Havre De Grace, MD 21078
Just for Ponies has been in operation since 2000 and was created after years of being frustrated at not being able to find a good selection of tack and related items that fit ponies well. 'Pony' size used to be anything from mini to cob and often was not proportioned correctly. The companies at that time just never seemed to get it right for ponies!
The Surrey Saddlery
14120 Darnestown Rd, Darnestown, MD 20874
Veteran equestrian store featuring clothing & equipment for both rider & horse. Since 1953, The Surrey has supplied local horseback riding enthusiasts with clothing, equipment, and gifts for all occasions. After 56 years in Potomac, they moved to Darnestown to be closer to the horse community. They are continuing our tradition of great service, excellent quality, and good friends.
16301 New Hampshire Ave # A, Silver Spring, MD 20905
"The friendliest Tack Shop in Maryland" and they have been serving the community since 1996. They are a locally owned English tack shop specializing in Dressage, Hunter jumper and cross-country products. They pride ourselves in having the best apparel and equipment at the best prices. You will also find great advice and reviews to help with your decisions.
All About Equestrian
19961 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837
All About Equestrian's goal is to serve the greater Poolesville area with fast and friendly service. Not only can they help fulfill your horse and rider product needs, but their friendly representatives are always willing to answer any questions you may have and help you find resources in the area, including saddle fitters, embroidery, clipper repair, and more.
Hampton - The Story of America
535 Hampton Ln, Towson, MD 21286
Once possibly the largest private home in America by 1790, the Hampton mansion serves as a grand example of late-Georgian architecture in America. Hampton is also the story of its people, as the estate evolved through the actions of the Ridgely family, enslaved African Americans, European indentured servants, and paid laborers within a nation struggling to define its own concept of freedom.
Ladew Topiary Gardens
3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD 21111
Ladew Gardens, named “One of the Top 5 Gardens in North America,” deemed “the most outstanding topiary garden in America” by the Garden Club of America, and featured as one of “10 incredible topiary gardens around the world” by Architectural Digest, is located in the Maryland countryside 20 miles north of Baltimore. Designed and developed by Harvey S. Ladew (1887-1976), the gardens and historic manor house are known throughout the world. The historic Manor house, built over three centuries, features antiques, artwork and fox-hunting memorabilia.
Northern Baltimore, Maryland
Sherwood Gardens is a privately owned community park, originally called Stratford Green. The Park is Olmsted designed and in the center of a residential community called Guilford located in Northern Baltimore City. Guilford, another Olmsted designed gem, dates back to 1913 and is a Registered Historic District significant for its planning, its architecture, and Sherwood Gardens.
Belair Stable Museum
2835 Belair Dr, Bowie, MD 20715
Beginning in the late 1740s, Governor Samuel Ogle and his brother-in-law, Colonel Benjamin Tasker, imported a number of Thoroughbred horses, including the incredible Selima, to Belair. Today’s Stable Museum highlights the accomplishments of Belair’s bloodstock over a 200-year racing legacy. It also features Belair’s other agricultural uses and contains a restored 1923 Stablemaster’s living quarters. The Belair Stable Museum is located just a block from Belair Mansion. Admission is free; donations are welcomed. Tours for groups of 10 or more persons are available by appointment. View an 8 minute video entitled Belair Stable: Cradle of American Thoroughbred Racing produced by Jeff Krulik.
The Valley Inn Restaurant
10501 Falls Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
In 2012, Ted Bauer, owner of The Oregon Grille, bought and renovated The Valley Inn. Staying true to the original structure built in 1832, Bauer preserved the building’s rich history and notable past while reimagining the space and updating the décor of the historic property. Our locally inspired menu and extensive bar program, coupled with a variety of dining experiences, make The Valley Inn the perfect place to dine with family, enjoy cocktails with coworkers, watch sports with friends, or celebrate a special occasion.
The Grill at Harryman House
340 Main Street in Historic Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.
Looking for a place to meet friends for a casual dinner, celebrate a special occasion, impress a business client, or just “hang out” drink a beer and watch the game? The Grill at Harryman House in Reisterstown, MD is just that place.
4844 Butler Rd, Glyndon, MD 21071
Glyndon Grill opened in 2013, quickly becoming a community favorite. Whether meeting friends or coworkers at the bar, grabbing your favorite take-out items (to include alcohol seven days a week), or celebrating a special occasion, Glyndon Grill provides an atmosphere that makes any guest comfortable. Glyndon Grill provides a cozy neighborhood atmosphere that Stonebridge Restaurant Group is proud to call its own.
15819 Old York Rd, Monkton, MD 21111
The Manor Tavern is a picturesque, 267-year-old property dating back to the time of George Washington and is said to have housed the first president’s horse on occasion. In fact, the area began as a stable and over the years had evolved into a blacksmith shop, a general store, and a saloon. Our logo, inclusive of a horse, is a hat tip to our historic roots here in Monkton.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
11501 Maid at Arms Way, Berlin, MD 21811
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Berlin is located within the GlenRiddle Clubhouse and is open to the public. Built in the 1920s, the clubhouse was home to the legendary race horses Man of War and War Admiral (Our founder, Ruth Fertel, loved the racing industry). The clubhouse and restaurant feature restored original woodwork, and the old stall doors are now tabletops in the bar and grill. Whether you’re joining us for a romantic dinner, a business meeting, a private party, or just a drink at the bar, our Berlin steak house will deliver superior service and an unforgettable dining experience. Take a walk along the Ocean City board walk with a great view of the Atlantic Ocean. Then relax and indulge in a perfect dinner at Ruth's Chris.
22 W Padonia Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Ryleigh's Oyster Hunt Valley opened on Padonia Road in 2013. This sprawling location brought the buzz of the original downtown restaurant to the County and blended it with family-friendly dining rooms and a choice of both indoor and outdoor drinking areas. In the summer live-local music streams from the garden-bulb lit Padonia Road Patio every Friday and Saturday night! Combining excellent food in a relaxed but vibrant Oyster Bar atmosphere, Ryleigh’s Oyster has become recognized as one of the Nation’s and Baltimore’s Best.
Horses and Hounds
Located in an area traditionally known as “Hunt Country,” where fox hunts and steeplechase races are still a popular pastime, some of the farms you see during this relaxing drive across the beautiful Maryland countryside are also famous for producing Thoroughbreds that have raced on major tracks across America.
Maryland Horse Collection: Eastern Shore
Drive Maryland's Eastern Shore Horse Collection and plan to see and visit horses along the way! About 20% of Maryland’s horse population lives on the Eastern Shore with a wide variety of horse disciplines including Standardbred racing, jousting, trail riding, and horse breeding, both for racing and non-racing breeds. Of course, the Shore is also home to one of Maryland’s major tourist attractions—the Assateague Wild Horses at the ASSATEAGUE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE PARK. There are also numerous trail riding stables where you can rent a horse and see nature up close and personal.
Open Road - Horses & Hounds
From Hunt Valley to Hereford, Monkton to Towson
Since Colonial times, fox hunters have swept across these rolling, grassy fields in a colorful pageant of horses, hounds and “hill toppers,” who prefer to watch and ride at a slower pace.
Maryland Horse Collection: Western Maryland
Drive Maryland's Western Shore Horse Collection.Horses and their mule counterparts have played a significant role in the history of Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties, the three jurisdictions that comprise Western Maryland. Western Maryland It was through these areas that horse-drawn wagon trains headed west on the National Road and that horses carried George Washington and his soldiers during the French and Indian War. Horses, of course, were a big part of the Civil War and there is a proliferation of equestrian statues at the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg (Washington County).
Maryland Horse Collection: Cecil County
Drive through Maryland's Cecil County: There are over 6,200 horses in Cecil County, making it one of the five largest horse counties in Maryland. Two members of the duPont family—William duPont, Jr. and Mrs. Allaire duPont—are largely credited with boosting horse sports in two major areas.
Maryland Horse History Trail: Hoofbeats Through History
The second Maryland Historic Horse Trail is the Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail. The Southern Maryland Historic Horse Trail is also a joint project of Southern Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) and the MHIB. The Southern Maryland Trail is one of a network of heritage trails across the state that highlights the contribution of horses to Maryland’s history and culture. Photos, anecdotes, and other site information collected for this project will become part of a statewide catalog documenting the role of horses in Maryland’s history.
Maryland Horse History Trail: “Horses At The Beach"
The self-guided “Horses At The Beach” driving tour, which takes place in Worcester and the southern part of Wicomico counties. The trail takes visitors from the Assateague National Seashore Park, home of Maryland’s famed “Wild Horses,” the Assateague Ponies, to Glen Riddle Farm, now a popular eatery that was once the training grounds of Thoroughbred horse racing legends Man O’War and War Admiral.
Summer Day-tripping with the Equiery
Looking for something fun to do this summer without taking a week off from work? There are plenty of interesting and horse-related things to do right here in Maryland! Below are our staff’s favorite places and things to do within the Free State related to horses, all wrapped into one-day trips.