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Equiery Reader Breed Survey Results While foal photos kept rolling in representing

a diversity of horse and pony breeds, T e Equiery wanted to know what is the most popular horse or pony breed among our readers! We put out a survey through Facebook and email in early July asking our readers to tell us a bit about their horses. In just a few days, over 200 readers took our survey, making for some interesting results! Although the majority of our survey partici-

pants are Maryland residents, our survey reached far past the Maryland border with responses from Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. Here is just a sampling of what we learned

from the survey participants. Our 234 survey participants own a total of 712 horses representing 77 diff erent breeds. Twelve of those breeds were crosses. In some cases, “miscellaneous” was used as the breed if the owner did not know the breed or listed a miscellaneous cross. Overall, our Top 10 most popular breeds were:

1. T oroughbred (22.10%) 2. Quarter Horse (10.81%) 3. Morgan (4.50%) 4. Arabian (4.40%) 5. Paint (4.21%) 6. Draft Cross (3.80%) 7. T oroughbred Cross (3.70%) 8. Appaloosa (3.23%) 9. Appendix (2.95%) 10. Standardbred (2.25%)

Outside of the most popular breeds, we had quite a few unique and rare breeds represented in the group. Some of these included Azteca, Icelandic Horse, Walkaloosa, Drum Horse, Sachsen-Anhaltiner, Cleveland Bay, Lipizzan, Georgian Grande, Gypsy Vanner and Cana- dian Horse. But we did not just want to know what

breeds our readers own. We also asked about what they use their horses for. Our readers use their horses for a wide variety of things from trail riding, to competitions to ranch work and more! Here are the most popular uses of the top fi ve horse breeds in our survey. T oroughbred 1. Companion (25.50%) 2. Eventing (21.70%) 3. Hunter/Jumper (13.40%)

Quarter Horse 1. Trail (26.00%) 2. Pleasure Riding (16.90%) 3. Companion (14.30%)

Morgan 1. Trail (37.50%) 2. Pleasure Riding (25.00%) 3. Driving (21.90%)

Arabian 1. Trail (38.70%) 2. Pleasure Riding (22.60%) 3. Companion (19.40%)

Paint 1. Trail (43.30%) 2. Pleasure Riding (16.70%) 3. Companion (13.30%)

In addition, we also asked

our readers if any of the horses they own were bred here in Maryland.

Survey results

showed that 175 horses were Maryland-bred, which is about 25% of the horses listed in the survey. T e breeds with the highest number of horses bred in Maryland were: 1. T oroughbred - 38 Maryland-bred out of 157 total T oroughbreds 2. Morgan - 28 Maryland-bred out of 32 total Morgans 3. Arabian - 18 Maryland-bred out of 31 total Arabians

EIA in Maryland On July 10, the Maryland Department of

Agriculture issued an equine health alert no- tice stating that a horse stabled in Montgomery County had tested positive for Equine Infec- tious Anemia (EIA). At the time of discovery, the horse was not showing any signs of the disease. T e National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames, Iowa, confi rmed EIA on July 9, and MDA offi cially placed the farm under a 60- day investigational hold order on July 10. T e infected horse was in the “carrier phase” and was euthanized. Forty-two additional horses on the property were tested but as of press time, no other horses have been infected. T e horses will be tested again at the end of the 60-day hold period and as long as none test positive for EIA, the hold order will be lifted. According to USDA epidemiologists, the vi- rus has a 200-yard radius of possible infection.

MDA has notifi ed all neigh- boring farms. In addition, ac- cording to Jason Schellhardt, MDA Director of Commu- nications, the

origin of the

virus in the infected horse is under investigation. “T is virus is very rare for our area and is more common along the Gulf Coast. We are cur- rently investigating where the horse could have been infected.” For more about EIA, see the sidebar “What is EIA?” in this issue.

Ryan Keefe (MD), Alexa Lapp (PA), Olivia Dutton (PA) and Tayler Stewart (MD) won the CIC2* NAYC at Rebecca Farm in Montana.

Marylanders Win at NAYC CIC2*

Maryland young riders Ryan Keefe (Sandy Spring) and Tayler Stewart (Damas-

cus) competed at T e Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, during the Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships, July 18-22. T e pair of Maryland natives were part of the winning Area II CICOY2* team alongside Alexa Lapp and Olivia Dutton of Pennsylvania. Ryan rode Flintstar, an 18-year-old T or-

oughbred gelding owned by her mother, Rum- sey. Ryan and Flintstar have been consistently placing in the top 10 at various events up and down the east coast. T is spring, the pair placed second at the Fair Hill International. On dres- sage day, the pair earned a 35.4 to sit in eighth place. A double clean go around the cross- country course moved them up into fourth place. Even with one rail dropping in show jumping, they fi nished the event in fourth place on a fi nal score of 39.4. Tayler has represented Area II at these cham- pionships on several occasions, and returns to the CIC2* team aboard Ideal Contini, a 15-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by her father, Tyler Stewart. T is past spring, Tay- ler and Ideal Contini moved up to Advanced, most recently completing the Jersey Fresh CIC3*. At the NAYC, Tayler put in an impres- sive dressage test to score a 31.2 and move into second place, less than a point behind fi rst. She also jumped double clean on cross-country day to remain in second. Tayler held on to second continued...

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