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NEWSfrom MHC’S INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS


MHC SPONSORS ARE HIRING! MHC member and sponsor MidAtlantic Farm Credit announced the


hiring of Connie Small as a loan offi cer based in MAFC’s Westminster offi ce. In her role, Connie will guide loan applicants through the vari- ous fi nancing options for their specifi c needs. “In learning more about our members’ unique businesses and dreams,” explains Small, “my goal is to provide fi nancial solutions that best suit their needs, along with options to choose what makes the most sense in the long term.” Small grew up milking cows and baling hay on both of her grandparents’ dairy farms in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Farm Credit, she worked at PNC Bank for 33 years, as an Ag Specialist VP, Business Banking Rela- tionship Manager, Branch Manager, and in Customer Service. To learn more about careers at MidAtlantic Farm Credit and to view current openings, visit mafc.com/careers. Meanwhile, MHC member and sponsor Paradise Energy has hired Kaleb Mulford as a solar installer for Maryland. For more jobs at Para- dise, visit https://www.paradisesolarenergy.com/careers


MARYLANDER ELLIE TRUEMAN IS AT IT AGAIN! MHC member and now Florida-resident Ellie Trueman, who owns Kool


Kurtains (manufactured in Frederick) is at it again! But this is not sur- prising. For over 30 years, Ellie has been providing public relations and marketing guidance to some of the biggest names in the equine indus- try, including Cosequin and Ariat. Her consulting work for the American Horse Council and the then American Horse Shows Association (now the United States Equestrian Federation) helped to launch some of the most ambitious common-good programs ever seen in the industry (such as the Horse Industry Alliance, which brought together manufacturers, breeders, retailers and more to do broad marketing programs to the general public to increase interest in horses). One of Ellie’s pet programs (originally launched in Maryland) is the Black Stallion Literacy Program. Ellie has spearheaded a revival of the program (now dubbed the Black Stallion Reading Project) in her new home state of Florida as a cooper- ative eff ort between the Ocala Horse Alliance (which Ellie also helped to found) and Marion County Public Schools in a fi ve year partnership to encourage fourth-grade students to read, set goals, achieve, and be- come aware of job and career opportunities in the equestrian industry. The program links schools and horse farms and provides rewards and incentives for students to achieve their personal best. Each participating fourth grader will receive a copy of The Black Stallion and the opportuni- ty to interact with a horse. For some, this will be their fi rst encounter; for others, this could be their only encounter.


NEW CERTIFICATION FOR PARADISE STABLES MHC member Paradise Stables is now approved as a Maryland Horse


Discovery Center. Horse Discovery Centers are part of a network, devel- oped by the Maryland Horse Industry Board, of licensed equine facilities that are particularly geared towards the general public, especially those who have had no or very little interaction with horses. Discovery Centers may off er tours, demonstrations, educational programs, and/or riding experiences to individuals and groups for free or minimal fees. Applica- tions to be certifi ed as a HDC are open every two years; the next round


of applications will be accepted beginning December 2021.


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Cedar Rowe Lusitanos Equestrian Fitness Center: Note the name: “equestrian” Fitness center, not “equine” fi tness center. Founder Linda Denniston believes that before one can get a horse fi t or accomplish anything else in the saddle, one must fi rst be fi t herself. As she once explained to Horse Illustrated, “We start with the groundwork because people don’t understand the biomechanics of their own bodies. And that’s critical to staying on the horse.” Linda herself is a dressage rider and dressage-horse owner, with FEI trainer Felicitas von Neumann-Co- sel riding Linda’s well-respected Tonico do Top.


Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (CTR): Cathy Schmidt’s lifelong love of horses led her to establish Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding—now simply known as CTR—in 2003. Under Cathy’s leadership, CTR has grown from a single horse to a whole herd, and she has grown the thera- peutic riding program while adding other horse-centered initiatives to meet the com- munity’s needs. Today, in addition to thera-


peutic riding, this list of programs and services includes hippotherapy (physical therapy on horseback), Equine Experiences, the Pony Express, Corporate Teambuilding, Leadership Workshops, Hoofprints bereave- ment programming, and Horse Powered Learning.


The EquiLearn Institute: Founded by Courtney Molino, the EquiLearn Insti- tute is not only an Equinology® Indepen- dent Licensed Company (ILC), but the only school in the eastern United States with the rights to deliver the comprehen- sive Equinology and Caninology® pro- grams. The EquiLearn Institute is an out- growth of Courtney’s original business, Hands on Horses, which she founded in Howard County in 2004 to promote the


overall wellness of companion and competitive animals. A registered veterinary nurse, Courtney studied equine science and anatomy at Vir- ginia Tech, completed the equine rehabilitation program at the Univer- sity of Tennessee, is certifi ed by Equinology® in equine bodywork and is an an FEI Permitted Equine Therapist. Recently, she founded the Eq- uiLearn Institute and is excited to bring the excellent Equinology and Caninology curriculum to the eastern United States.


Heaven Sent Farm: New business owner Gillian Lopez is planning ahead! “Although I established the business this year,” explained Gil- lian, “we are not yet open for business - and probably won’t offi cially open until late fall this year or spring 2022. The barn is currently under construction, but our website and facebook page should hopefully be


This feature is a benefi t for MHC Industry Professional Members. To learn more or submit news & updates, contact Business Network Co-Chairs Jane Seigler & Crystal Brumme Pickett at IndustryNews@mdhorsecouncil.org


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