METS Receives Grant from Gentle Giants (edited press release) T e Maryland Horse Council Foundation,

Inc., is pleased to announce that it has received a generous grant from Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue (Gentle Giants) to fund the Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS) program. Gentle Giants will be the primary fi nancial sup- porter of METS while the grant is in eff ect. METS is a central component of the equine

aftercare network in Maryland. It is a re-hom- ing program that works on behalf of horses in need and matches the right owner to the right horse. METS advises owners on transition op- tions, assesses horses for re-homing suitability, and distributes information about the horses in need through its expansive equestrian network. It has been in operation for three years and, in that time, has re-homed over 200 horses in need. “We are all so proud of what the METS team

have been able to accomplish in three short years but even more excited to see where we as a community can take the program in the future with support of great organizations like

Gentle Giants,” said Erica Lancaster, President of the Maryland Horse Council Foundation. Similarly, Gentle Giants is a key member of

the Maryland equine rescue community – and understands how important the work METS does is to Maryland horses and horse owners. Gentle Giants rescues draft horses from auc- tion to save them from slaughter, rehabilitates them physically and emotionally, and re-homes them to suitable adoptive homes. “Gentle Giants is honored to help support the vital services that METS off ers to the Mary- land equine community. Maryland has become a national leader in equine welfare, and we are proud to a part of that movement,” says Chris- tine Hajek, President and Founder of Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue. T e Maryland Horse Council Foundation,

Inc., is a 501(c)(3) public foundation. Its mis- sion is “to perform charitable and educational activities associated with the horse industry in Maryland, and to help create and nurture deep ties between Maryland residents and the Maryland equine community.” T e Maryland Horse Council Foundation was conceived by the Maryland Horse Council, which is the 501(c)(6) trade association that rep- resents the Maryland horse community at the state and local level. See Learn more about METS at www.mde- and for Gentle Giants at

USEF Changes Masks Rule As of May 17, the USEF has updated

its protocols regarding facemasks at all USEF-licensed

competitions due Congratulations to Yvette Harris of Wood-

bine who won the USEF Intermediate Pair Pony Horse Combined Driving National Champion- ship at the Katydid CDE in North Carolina last month. Harris was the lone competitor in the divi- sion with her ponies Morwell Amber (Welsh) and Suki (Welsh cross). T ey fi nished the competition with a double clean cones round and a fi nal score of 155.81 penalty points. T is was the second con- secutive year Harris has won this title. Another Marylander also earned National

Championship honors at the Katydid CDE. To read about Riley Wiltison’s win, see page 15 of this issue.


updated CDC recommendations. T e change states that those who are fully vac- cinated no longer need to wear facemasks at USEF-licensed competitions when out- doors and at least six feet away from other individuals (except those within the same immediate household). USEF also states that if individuals enter an area that is fully or partially indoors, masks must be worn and social distance is required. In addition, USEF reminds all participants that local COVID-19 rules still apply, thus if a state or county still requires facemasks, then the competition must do so as well. Here in Maryland, as of May 15, the

It was a beautiful spring day in May when the Greenwell Foundation in St. Mary’s County welcomed over 100 young and young-at-heart members of the community to its May Open Barn celebrating Unicorns. Costumes abounded, many photos were taken, and everyone enjoyed themselves safely, maintaining state and local guide- lines as we emerge from the pandemic. Executive Director Jolanda Campbell was particularly pleased with the behav- ior of the farm’s two newest members- -goats Billy and Taco. “T ey had a great time meeting everyone, and all our visi- tors loved them!” Campbell said.

executive order for facemasks when outdoors has been lifted. However, some counties may choose to keep the facemask rule in eff ect. T e Equiery reminds its readers to check with county COVID-19 sites as well as facility rules before choosing to take off a facemask.

NAL National Finals Return Cap Challenge

T e North American League’s National

Finals will be held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show this October. “Last year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we moved the National Finals to the Capital Challenge for the fi rst time and the move was very well re- ceived by our participants,” stated Annette Longenecker of Ryegate Show Services, which


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