Maryland Horse Library & Education Center

Maryland Horse Library & Education Center

Welcome to the Library

Welcome to the Library

The Maryland Horse Library & Education Center is the largest library of its kind on the east coast, its shelves holding thousands of books dedicated exclusively to horses. Visitors may browse shelves on a variety of topics, from breeds to training methods, riding disciplines to the history of horse sports, and much much more. Officially opened in December 2022, MHLEC serves as a hub for learning and collaboration, while honoring the long history of horses in Maryland. In addition to its non-lending, special collections reference library, MHLEC offers a meeting space, a gallery, educational exhibits and programs.

On the Shelves

Browse our collection online, keep tabs on new additions to the library, and take a closer look at fascinating titles, book reviews and staff suggestions.

Upcoming Library & Maryland Horse Foundation Events

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Dulany's Friday Finds

The latest finds from library volunteer Dulany Noble!

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The Maryland Horse Library and Education Center is a multi-faceted facility that honors the history and importance of Maryland’s horse industry. Visitors can expand their knowledge of all things equine while using the library, which houses more than 5,000 volumes; attending educational programs; viewing exhibits in the gallery; and making use of the versatile meeting room. The site is centrally located and easily accessible at 321 Main Street in Reisterstown.

In the Media

WBAL-TV Segment with Jennifer Franciotti

On May 17, 2023, Jennifer Franciotti visited the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center for a segment on WBAL-TV. The segment is below, and features interviews with MHBA executive director Cricket Goodall, MHBA communications manager John Piassek, and Ross Peddicord, the executive director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4nMCo0fz2E
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Where’s Marty? Maryland Horse Library on WJZ

On January 10, 2023, Marty Bass visited the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center as part of his "Where's Marty?" series. Take a sneak peak at the segment below or click HERE to view the full feature.
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Building

The Maryland Horse Library & Education Center went from dream to reality when the offices of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, established in 1929, moved to its permanent home in Reisterstown in the summer of 2020. The library occupies what was originally Grace Methodist Church (built circa 1866). In September 2021, MHLEC was designated by the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) as the Educational and Cultural Center of the Maryland Horse Park System.

Previous Author Talks & Panel Discussions

The History of the Washington D.C. International with Joe Davies

Joe Davies, the stepson of former Laurel Park president and creator of the Washington D.C. International John Schapiro, visited the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center on October 22, 2023, to discuss the history and significance of the International. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNjMiSrydFA[/embed]
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Discussion and Demonstration with artist Sam Robinson

Sam Robinson, the official artist of the National Steeplechase Association, visited the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center on July 24, 2023. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBUFTcTwads[/embed]
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Mary Butler Scherer and the Pioneering Women of the Maryland SPCA with Katie Flory

Katie Flory of the Maryland SPCA visited the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center on March 25, 2024 to discuss the SPCA's first female president, Mary Butler Scherer, and the history of women within the organization. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nawa4Xw4mT4[/embed]
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Author Talk with John Eisenberg

On Monday, Jan. 22, the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center welcomed longtime Baltimore sports columnist and author John Eisenberg to discuss his five horse racing books: The Longest Shot: Lil E. Tee and the Kentucky Derby, Native Dancer: The Grey Ghost: Hero of a Golden Age, The Great Match Race: When North Met South in America's First Sports Spectacle, My Guy Barbaro: A Jockey's Journey Through Love, Triumph, and Heartbreak with America's Favorite Horse, and Hallowed Ground: A History of Gainesway Farm. View the talk below: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ze1TD1WVtk[/embed]
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Author Talk with Patrick Smithwick

On Monday, Nov. 6, the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center welcomed author Patrick Smithwick, to discuss his latest book, War's Over, Come Home. View the talk below: [embed]https://youtu.be/V3Yd5xAXJsQ[/embed]
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The Maryland State Fair: the History & the Spectacle with Fran Burns

Fran Burns, now president of the Maryland State Fair, visited the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023 to discuss the history of the Fair and her family's connections to the Fair. View the talk below: [embed]https://youtu.be/55kf7tQwYek[/embed]  
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Author Talk with Gerry Brewster and John Frece

Gerry Brewster and John Frece visited the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center on Monday, June 26, 2023 to discuss Frece's book Self Destruction: the Rise, Fall, and Redemption of U.S. Senator Daniel B. Brewster on Brewster's father, former Maryland senator and horseman Daniel Brewster. View the talk below: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5A6ABNQeMo[/embed]
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Retired Racehorse Project Panel

Kirsten Green, Jazz Napravnik, Lindy Gutman, Clare Mansmann, and Tom Mansmann visited the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center on May 22, 2023 to discuss the Retired Racehorse Project. To learn more about the RRP, visit therrp.org. https://youtu.be/_SK8oU_E2xo
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Author Talk with Patricia McQueen

On Thursday, May 18, the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center welcomed photographer Patricia McQueen, author of Secretariat's Legacy, to discuss her work ahead of the 50th anniversary of Secretariat's Preakness Stakes win. View the talk below: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GRUjodG0CE[/embed]
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Elkridge-Harford 100th Anniversary Panel

The Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point races, held on Atlanta Hall Farm in Monkton, celebrated their 100th anniversary this year. On April 24, the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center played host to a panel on the influence and importance of the races. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEPODE1MMY8
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Women & Horses Panel

The Maryland Horse Library & Education Center played host to a panel discussion on women in Maryland racing on March 27, 2023, in celebration of Women's History Month! Speakers included Karen Fulton, head trainer and owner of Full Moon Farm in Finksburg and vice chair of the Maryland Horse Industry Board, Cindy Halle, a multiple championship-winning polo coach at Garrison Forest School and the Maryland Polo Club, Georganne Hale, vice president of racing development for the Maryland Jockey Club, and award-winning equine photographer Cappy Jackson. Check out their conversation at the link below! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sQFr3o-TX0[/embed]  
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Author Talk with Alvin Stone

The Maryland Horse Library & Education Center played host to its first author talk on February 27, 2023, when Alvin Stone, the author of Stoney: the Story of my Dad's Life, an African-American Groom of Horse Racing, came by to discuss his book and his father's experiences in racing. Watch Alvin's talk at the link below! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJUc8UYiuZI[/embed]
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Visit Us

321 Main Street

Reisterstown, MD 21136

HOURS:

9AM – 5PM
Mon – Fri

The Library will be CLOSED for the following dates in 2024:

March 29

May 27 (Memorial Day)

July 4 (Independence Day)

September 2 (Labor Day)

November 28-29(Thanksgiving)


Questions? Contact us!