Maryland Will Miss... Lifelong foxhunter Gary

Wenzel of Poplar Springs died on July 7. He was 67. Gary was an old-school lo- cal horseman who discov- ered foxhunting through the legendary stables of the Aitcheson family (on the aptly named Riding Stable Road) and their Iron Bridge Hounds. Wenzel was Lau- rel High School graduate who went on to earn a de- gree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and from there held a career in Beltsville at the United States De- partment of Agriculture’s Animal Research Center. Wenzel retired in 2005. Wenzel was a freshman at UMD when he met his best friend and eventual wife Karen Kandra (Equiery photographer), who was also a freshman at the college. T ey met in the hunt fi eld on a junior day in 1969 while he was an Iron Bridge member and she was a Gos- hen Hounds member. T e couple purchased a farm together in Poplar Springs in the late 80s, and once it was all set up and organized, the two friends were married in 1989. And as true foxhunters do, they scheduled their wedding around the fi xture card. Wenzel organized his entire life around his

Gary Wenzel

territory disappeared. In 1978, Wenzel began whipping-in with Goshen with Pat McDowell and eventual masters Rick Jones and Bri- an Pickett. “Gary was like a brother to me,” explained McDowell. “T ose years whipping-in at Goshen were some of the happiest times for Gary. T e four of us really did work as a team.” After huntsman Nick Hartung retired, the Wenzels followed the Bellwood Hunt, a private pack owned by friends Ralph and Barbara Miller in Pennsylvania. Wenzel’s hunting career circled back to Iron

fi rst true passion, foxhunting. He carefully calibrated his work schedule so that he could take one day off each week during the hunting season. Wenzel had his own small private pack for a while. Back in the 1970s, he assembled a nice collection of good hunting older hounds drafted from packs such as Potomac, Deep Run and Blue Ridge. He was able to kennel them at Dr. James Smith’s Maiden’s Fancy Farm, and thus they were dubbed Maiden’s Fancy Hounds. T at pack was dispersed when


Speedy recovery to... ...Savannah Fulton, who broker her collarbone while competing at the Great Meadow International on July 7; ...Sherry Seibel, DVM, who has been hospitalized as a result of cardiac issues and has undergone treatment to improve blood fl ow in two arteries.


Congratulations to steeplechase jockey Mark Beecher and hunter trainer Rebecca Waters on their June 30 wedding.

Former State Veterinarian Guy Hohen-

Bridge, which had since merged with Howard County Hounds. With HCIBH, Wenzel was able to whip-in to another like-minded local horseman and good friend, huntsman Allen Forney. “He was so proud to whip-in to Al- len,” says Karen, “those were some of the hap- piest hunting years of his life.” After Forney retired as huntsman, Wenzel moved on to the Potomac Hunt Club and Genesee Valley in New York.

Potomac Valley Dressage Association member Mard- ee Rochelle died on July 8. An equestrian for most of her life, she joined PVDA in the late 1970s and served on the Board of Directors in 1984. She was Vice Presi- dent in 1986 and President from 1999-2000, as well as in 2003. Rochelle was the Chairperson for the PVDA Year-End High Score Awards for over ten years.

Mardee Rochelle

haus, DVM, an accomplished veterinarian and veteran, died on June 25. Born in Sauk Centre, MN, Hohenhaus relocated to Mary- land where he attended Laurel Senior High School and won the Maryland Heavy Weight wrestling title in 1979. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1988 and received his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He received his master’s degree in public health from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda in 1996, and was a Dip- lomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine. He was also a profes- sor at the Virginia-Maryland Regional Col- lege of Veterinary Medicine from 1990-2002, and director of its veterinary epidemiology residency program. Dr. Hohenhaus served as the state veterinarian and chief of animal health for the Mary- land Department of Agriculture from 2005 to 2014. He previously served as Maryland’s state public health veterinarian for the De- partment of Health and Mental Hygiene, and was a past president of the National Assembly of State Animal Health Offi cials. Along with his dedication to veterinary medicine, Hohenhaus was a 30+ continued ...

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