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!

Maryland Horse Library & Education Center

Learn why the Maryland Horse Library & Education Center is important to Maryland’s horse industry. Featuring testimonials from Ross Peddicord, Chip & George Doetsch, Maggie Wolfendale, Joe Clancy, Scott Wykoff, and Boyd Browning.

Located in the heart of historic Reisterstown in the Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s building at 321 Main Street, the Maryland Horse Library and Education Center honors the history of horses in Maryland and serves as a hub for learning and collaboration. The breadth and depth of the Maryland horse industry is represented by a robust collection of over 10,000 reference books in a warm and welcoming venue available for public use. In addition to the reference library, the Maryland Horse Library and Education Center includes a memorabilia area, versatile meeting space, interactive kiosks and rotating exhibits.

It’s never too late to be a part of this exciting project! Learn more about the various ways you can support the Maryland Horse Library and Education Center HERE.


Wellspring of Life Farm Volunteer Opportunities

Nestled on 71 acres among rolling fields and winding woods in Baltimore County, Maryland, Wellspring of Life Farm, Inc. is dedicated to providing support to those experiencing emotional, cognitive and physical challenges through  equine & canine therapeutic activities.

Wellspring of Life Farm offers a unique experience to participants of all ages by combining the professional talents of health practitioners and equine/canine specialists. Operated and supported solely by volunteers, it is our goal to provide support to as many in need in our community as possible through the blessings of horses and hounds. 

There are many needs for volunteers in our program. We would not be able to offer the innovative programs without the generous time and energy of volunteers. A huge thank you goes out to all of those who have brought Wellspring of Life Farm this far by offering their gifts, talents, and prayers.

Learn more about becoming a volunteer→

Taking the Lead Volunteer Opportunities

Taking the Lead at Timberbrook Farm offers therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy programs to help children and adults with disabilities increase their focus, communication, strength, and self confidence.

Do you have a skill or strength that you would like to share with adults and children with disabilities?

Ongoing opportunities include hospitality, gardening, sidewalking (walking alongside horses during therapy session), and maintenance around the farm. Unique opportunities are available for communication and marketing students or professionals, experienced horse handlers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, speech, occupational, and physical therapists, special educators and students.

Learn more about becoming a volunteer→

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School Volunteer Opportunities

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School (ROSES) is an ADA-compliant stable providing equine-facilitated services for individuals with special needs of all ages. Proud to be a Maryland Horse Discovery Center, ROSES can offer introductory programs in horsemanship, as well as barn tours and information sessions to the general public, schools, agencies, scout groups and other organizations. ROSES partners with therapists seeking to provide services in the non-traditional setting of a stable.

If you have a heart for helping humans and horses, Rose of Sharon Equestrian School may be just the place for you. It often requires as many as three people beyond the instructor to assist our students in reaping the full benefit of what the program has to offer. While experience with horses and/or people with special needs is helpful, it is not required. What is required is the availability to attend volunteer training as well as the willingness to honor a weekly commitment to a student in a patient and non-judgmental manner.
ROSES continues to provide volunteer and internship opportunities for students in need of field experiences at the college level as well those seeking to earn student service learning hours required for high school graduation. Seasoned citizens are finding ways to bring their work experiences and skills out of retirement while volunteering at Rose of Sharon Equestrian School. ROSES has a variety of plans for the future which may be of interest to Eagle Scouts and other organizations looking for ways to give back to the community.

Learn more about volunteering at ROSES→

Graham Equestrian Center Volunteer Opportunities

Graham Equestrian Center  is a non-profit organization and premier equine educational facility in Baltimore County.

Our mission is to educate the mind, improve the body and lift the spirits of local children and adults, regardless of income or (dis) ability through the joy of horses. We offer lessons, free outreach events and provide opportunities to a variety of organizations to allow the people they deserve to experience and enjoy time with horses for enrichment.

There is always work to be done, projects and to-do lists around the barn. Graham is always open to those who can volunteer and help us out. All of our events would not happen if it weren’t for the wonderful help of volunteers. Even if you do not have horse experience, we can use your help!

Learn more about volunteering at GEC→

Manor Tavern

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.