ics on their website. Woodland Horse Center is ramping up for 2021 summer camp. Meanwhile, Highridge Farm kicked off the year with a fun show on January 2, and plans to keep on keepin’ on! And let’s not forget the postponed inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, now scheduled for October 14 – 17, 2021 at the Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Elkton, MD.

Even though many facilities have found ways to move forward

during the crisis, not every program is able to continue. Potomac has decided to opt-out of participating in the JEL, NCEL & IEA Show Team leagues for the 2020-21 season. Quantum Leap has scaled-back to ex- isting core clients, and according to owner Katie Carr, does not plan to really fully re-open until well after the pandemic is under control. The Chesapeake Dressage Institute remains closed to outside visitors, but is hoping to re-open in the spring. Barns too numerous to list here have not (as of press time) committed to lesson programs, shows or summer camps, remaining in a state of suspended animation, waiting in an existential purgatory for the COVID tide to recede. Needless to say, it can’t come soon enough.

NEWS BY, FROM OR ABOUT INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS Rigidply Rafters received the 2020 Gold Key Award from Rural Builder magazine. Suppliers nominated and voted for excellent service to the construction industry by Rural Builder readers.

Kudos to Carolyn Mackintosh (Loch Moy Farm), for being the driv-

ing force behind the new USEA Volunteer Medal Program, launched in 2020 to enhance the recognition of resilient volunteers, particularly meaningful during the pandemic.

For 2021, the Maryland Therapeutic Riding Center welcomes Jessi-

ca Mitchell in the role of “Barn Coordinator,” mentoring potential new clients and volunteers during peak program times. A 5-year volunteer for MTR, Jessica moves into her professional role as Barn Coordinator as she begins her journey towards becoming a PATH International Cer- tifi ed Therapeutic Riding Instructor and pursuing an EAGALA Equine Specialist Certifi cation.

For 2021, Full Moon Farm unveiled a new website. Wonderland Farm, located on an historic 62-acre estate in Elkton,

celebrated its two-year anniversary on January 18.

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