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Maryland’s World Travelers


Equiery readers con- tinue to travel the globe visiting far-off places and meeting some very interesting people and horses. If you did not get a chance to travel out- side of the U.S. this


year, never fear! Travel with our Equiery readers and see the world from their perpectives. If you have a trip abroad planned for the next


year, don’t forget to take some photos and write down your adventures for a future issue of T e Equiery. Email your stories and photos to edi- tor@equiery.com.


600 Wells and Counting


by Katherine O. Rizzo When you ask harness horse owner and for- mer driver Ken Wood of Easton (Ken Wood Stables and Lifetime Well Drilling) “why do- nate millions of dollars worth of equipment and personal time to drilling wells in Africa and India?” Ken simply replies, “when you see a need and have the resources to help, why not?” And that is truly his reason for drilling over 600 wells in Ghana alone, plus three in India, and for now expanding the well-drilling project to Tanzania. T e well-drilling project fi rst got started in


2006, when members of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in York, PA approached Ken about purchasing one of his company’s older well-drilling rigs. Ken sold the rig to the group for a small fee and then traveled with the rig to Ghana to help train locals on how to


drill the wells. When he got there, the drink- ing water conditions and the huge numbers of people either sick or dying from drinking con- taminated water appalled him. He ended up donat- ing the rig to the group, but his in- volvement with the program did not stop there. Back in the


For his humanitarian efforts, Ken


Woods has been recognized by the U.S. Harness Writers Association,


Harness Horse International and was named “Chief of Development” by one of the many villages in Ghana he has helped.


Maryland Horses Find Careers in China In April of this year, the fi rst horses from Maryland were


exported to China. Two of these horses were foaled here in Maryland and one was purchased in Maryland. In total, 29 horses were exported from Sharon Clark’s Rigbie Farm in Darlington, which has been an approved Maryland Depart- ment of Agriculture Contagious Equine Metritis quarantine facility for the past 22 years. Sharon acted as the agent in the sale of the horses to the Heilan Equestrian Group of Xin Qiao in the Jiang Su Province near Shanghai. T e horses, mainly Quarter Horses, American Paint Horses


and Shetland Ponies, are being used at the Heilan facility for a Western hemesphere-style riding exhibition. T e exhibition is similar to those of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and includes demonstrations in dressage, quadrilles, four-in-hand driving and more. T e two Maryland-bred horses, TMF Barlinks Model and


TMF Sharpe Barlink, were Quarter Horses from Ed and Dixie Hughes’ Tall Maples Farm in Hampstead. T e Sheltand Pony, Dunkin Donut, came from Jenn Fox’s farm in Fair Hill. China has expressed interest in trying to revive its T orough-


bred racing industry, which means, hopefully, more opportu- nity for Maryland horses to fi nd new homes in China.


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U.S., Ken started working with various charity groups to raise money to send more equipment to Ghana to drill more wells. Although several groups through Catholic charities organizations helped with donations and cutting through the red tape to get the equipment into the country, nearly 95% of the funds needed for the project came direct- ly from Ken. Even though the eff ort to get even one piece of equip- ment into the country is extraor- dinary and often ex- pensive, Ken says, “We get it done. T e end result is helping the people in the villages and that makes it worth it.” By July of 2009, Ken had made 14 trips to Ghana and had drilled over 375 wells, bringing drinking water to millions. Ken has since cre- ated his own nonprofi t or- ganization, Wells for Gha- na, and in 2010, shipped a rock-drilling rig to Ghana. Ken explained that most of the area they are drilling in is a mixture of sand and clay formations. “Much like what you see on the Eastern Shore in Maryland,” he said. In order to expand the proj- ect into the northern areas of Ghana, a rock-drilling rig was needed. “We can drill faster in sand than in rock,” Ken added, stating that on average, they can get two to three sand wells drilled in


one day, versus one well a day in rock. As the project has gained momentum through the years, people in other countries have con- tacted Ken asking for help. Last year, three wells were drilled in India, where Ken commented that the cost, about $4k a well, was nothing in comparison to the thousands of people now with easily available clean drink- ing water. T is year, Ken has expanded


into Tanzania where he said only 18% of the people have access to clean drinking water. Ken left for Tanzania on September 28 with the hope of starting drilling by October 2. T is is Ken’s 22nd trip to Africa, a trip he makes at least four times a year while still maintaining


The main arena at Greenwich Park , where the equestrian competition for the 2012 Olympic Games will be held, is on a raised platform overlooking down- town London.


his harness racing stable and family drilling company here in Maryland.


An Olympic Preview


Equiery photographer Beth Collier (Lusby) spent most of the summer in the U.K. taking photos at many equestrian events. While there, she was able to attend the Test Event for the 2012 Lon- don Olympic Games and give us her report on the equestrian facility at the historic Greenwich Park.


As with past summer Olympic venues, Lon- don hosted the horse trials as a test event for equestrian sports a year ahead of the Olympic Games. T e CIC** Greenwich Park Eventing Invitational took place July 4-6 at Greenwich Park, which is six miles southeast of central London. Since the Test Event was scheduled from Monday to Wednesday, it fi t perfectly into the summer eventing schedule. Many of the same riders traveled from the Test Event to Barbury Castle Horse Trials the next weekend. T e London games are divided into three


main areas for the various Olympic sports: Central Zone, Olympic Park and the River


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