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Around the Ring Hunter & Jumper News for 2014


TASS Success Moves to Second Year T e second year of the T oroughbred Alliance


Show Series (T.A.S.S.) is off and running in Maryland and Virginia. TASS was founded in 2013 by Georganne Hale of the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC), Bev Strauss of MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, Sue Smith of Canter PA, and Fran Burns. T e Equiery is the presenting sponsor


Series End Banquet was hosted by the Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Park Race Course in Laurel. In 2013 a total of 233 horses and 147 riders were nominated for competition. So far this year, 199 horses and 139 riders have been nominated. Another fantastic addition to the 2014 TASS series is longtime Maryland horse show manager and former MHSA Secretary Beverly Abbott, who has joined the team as offi cial points manager. Proceeds from these shows


are donated to thoroughbred- specifi c rescue and retraining 501(c)3s.


Coordinators describe


those donations as a way of “paying it forward” to assist other T oroughbreds who are in need of second careers as show hunters, foxhunters,


trail horses, or event


horses. More information on the TASS organization can be found at www. thoroughbredalliance.org.


TASS co-founder Georganne Hale (Maryland Jockey Club) with Houston, Grand Champion of the 2013 Totally Thoroughbred Show at Pimlico


with Jennifer Webster, Associate Publisher, as one of the additional board members. T e series was designed to give owners and trainers of off -the-track T oroughbreds (OTTBs) competition opportunities for their ex-racers to help showcase the breed as a sport horse, in hopes that they could have secondary career options when their racing days are over. T e series has doubled in size this year, with a total of fourteen T oroughbred-only shows (four in Virginia and 10 in Maryland ), off ering hunter, jumper, dressage, western, sidesaddle and trail classes. Seven shows new to the 2014 TASS lineup include the BEST Horse Show at Prince George’s Equestrian Center on May 3-4, Tranquillity Manor in Monkton on June 8, the T oroughbred Heritage Horse Show in Doswell, VA, July 25-27, Lytle’s Otasaga Farm near Frederick on August 8-9, the Maryland State Fair in Timonium on August 27, the Washington County Horse Council Show near Hagerstown on October 4-5, and a two-day Fi- nale show at McDonogh School on November 1-2.


Horses and riders are nominated at the beginning of the show year and points are accumulated throughout the series with awards presented at the Series End Banquet. T e 2013


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Auditors Welcome at WIHS Prize Clinic


T e 2013 WIHS Barn Night winner


Olney Farm (Joppa) will be hosting a clinic with Cavalor-sponsored rider


William Coleman III, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Eventing team, on Monday, May 5 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Shawan Downs in Cockeysville. Olney Farm was awarded the clinic, sponsored by Cavalor, for winning the Barn Night Spirit Contest at the 2013 Washington International Horse Show. More than 1,200 horse-loving kids from 30 groups in Maryland, Virginia, DC and North Carolina attended WIHS Barn Night last year, participating in contests and activities while enjoying an evening of exciting competition and exhibitions. T e May 5 clinic groups will range from Beginner Novice to Preliminary, taking place in both the arena and on the cross- country course. Auditing of the clinic is free! To audit the clinic, please RSVP to nara.desa@cavalor.com. Participating in the


clinic? Send your photos to editor@equiery.com.


Shetland Pony racing will return to Washington International this year.


Steeplechasing Shetlands at Devon and Washington


And they’re off ! Junior jockeys and speedy


Shetlands will be under starter’s orders in the Dixon Oval on Monday, May 26 for the start of the 2014 WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series presented by Charles Owen. T e Devon Horse Show is hosting the fi rst stop in the series, which culminates at the Washington International Horse Show at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, October 21-26, 2014, where the ponies will be racing on WIHS Barn Night (T ursday) and Grand Prix Night (Saturday). T e exhibition is organized for WIHS by director of Maryland-based


Regina Welsh,


U.S. Pony Racing, which ensures the kids and ponies are schooled and well prepared for the events. “We’re delighted to bring back the wildly popular Shetland Pony racing exhibition introduced at Washington last year with an expanded schedule and multiple venues,”


said


Bridget Love Meehan, WIHS Executive Director. “T ey were so much fun and so well received, we took the opportunity to help grow this grassroots youth racing program by introducing it to new audiences.” For more about the


U.S. Olympian Will Coleman with WIHS’s Flat Major


Washington International Horse Show, visit www.wihs. org or click on the WIHS banner ad on equiery.com.


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