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produces NAL. T e 2021 Capital Challenge will be held at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro.


Chicoteague Pony Swim Canceled T e Chicoteague Island Volunteer Fire De-


partment decided to cancel this year’s pony swim and live auction due to the ongoing CO- VID-19 pandemic. State restrictions on gath- erings were behind the organizers’ decision to cancel the July event.


Barn Fire in Montgomery County T e cause of a barn fi re that occurred on May


12 in Montgomery County is still under inves- tigation. T e fi re caused more than $2 million in damages at a Peach Tree Road farm. T e fi re was mainly located in a large barn containing round hay bales but had also spread to two at- tached structures and nearby fuel tanks. No animals or people were hurt in the fi re.


WIHS Stays at Tryon and Morven Park for 2021


T e Washington International Horse Show


will be held at the Tryon International Eques- trian Center (NC) again this year. T e WIHS Regional Horse Show and USHJA Zone 3 Championship return to Morven Park Inter- national Equestrian Center (VA). WIHS stated that it has moved to Tryon for the second year in a row due to COVID-19 re- strictions still in place for the Capital One Are- na in Washington, DC. As of press, there was no offi cial comment on why the WIHS Re- gional show has moved away from the Prince George’s Equestrian Center for the second year in a row. Last year, it was moved to Morven Park due to COVID-19 restrictions at PGEC.


Rosecroft Reopens to the Public


On April 30, Rosecroft


Raceway was given approval by Prince George’s County to reopen to the public. Be- ginning on May 1, the track was allowed to host up to 300 spectators daily, in ad- dition to Maryland Rac- ing Commission licensees affi liated with live racing, for both simulcasting and live racing. Live racing will take place at Rosecroft on Wednesdays and Sundays with simulcasting available Wednesday through Sunday each week.


Baltimore Mounted Unit Saved


the


Last spring, funding for Baltimore Police De-


Each year, the St. Mary’s Riding Club donates equestrian


books and DVDs to the county library in Leonardtown. T e club donated 14 new books and six new DVDs this spring. Participating in this year’s donation are librarians Amy Dick- inson and Elizabeth Davis, club member Kathy Glockner aboard Mr. Fitz, and Emily Repenning, club president, with her daughters, Lulu and Jodie.


partment’s mounted unit was cut by the City Coun- cil amid protests and calls for reduced police spending. However, behind the scenes, then- Mayor Jack Young moved the unit from the Police Department to the Recreation and Parks Department, thus saving the unit. Unfortunately, according to Baltimore Brew,


protesters are still angry with the money spent on BPD with current Mayor Brandon Scott stating it will take more than one fi scal year to cut the BPD funding as he promised during his campaign. Scott has recently proposed a 5% increase in the BPD budget. Scott is however, moving the mounted unit budget from BPD to Recreation and Parks and is dedicating the unit “exclusively” to community relations. “T e program is now entirely focused on


community engagement exclusively,” stat- ed Deputy Director of Communications Stefanie Mavronis. According to Lindsey Eldrige, a spokeswoman for BPD, four of- fi cers, a sergeant and the three remaining horses will be assigned to the Community and Youth Division. T e unit is currently housed at the B&O


Railroad Museum where the unit will work with the museum on a variety of youth-fo- cused programs.


Congratulations to David Ziegler and Saladine STC, who are currently ranked number one on the USEF 2021 Breeding Championships list for 5-Year-Old list!


Laurel Park to Close Temporarily Due to renovations of the track surface at


Laurel Park, horsemen have been asked to leave Laurel immediately after the Preakness Stakes on May 15. Offi cials from the Mary-


land T oroughbred Horsemen’s Association held a Zoom meeting on April 30 at which Aidan But- ler of 1/ST Racing stated the track may remain closed through July 1. Butler is the Chief Operat- ing Offi cer for 1/ST Racing and is overseeing the track resurfacing project at Laurel Park. MTHA Executive Secretary David Richard-


son stated during the meeting that as many as 140 temporary stalls will be set up at Pimlico immediately after the Preakness. MTHA is also in discussions with the Maryland State Fair offi cials about possibly using stalls at Ti- monium, which currently has 580 stalls. Butler added that during the closure, other proj- ects at Laurel Park will also be addressed, such as eradicating a rat infestation on the backside.


MD TB Career Program Restarts After a one-year hiatus due to the CO-


VID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Horse In- dustry Foundation’s Maryland T oroughbred Career Program is back for 2021 with fi ve par- ticipants from across the United States: Charles Churchill (Louisville, KY), Ashlee Marcy (Ha- nover, MD), Sophie O’Connor (Shorewood, WI), Cayla Reeder (Kearneysville, WV) and Zaharia A. Selman (Conyers, GA). During the fi ve day program, participants tour several T oroughbred-related sites in Maryland learn- ing about all aspects of the industry. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for Career Development Funds, one-time funding that can be used to further career pursuits within two years after the program ends.


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