MHIB Survey Shows Growth in Rec- reational Riding

On June 15, the Maryland Horse Industry

Board released the fi ndings of an online survey sent to horse-related businesses in Maryland to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Surveys were sent to licensed stable owners, horse show and event organizers, and tack and farm equipment store owners. T e survey results most notably showed that

around 35% of licensed stables experienced an increase in business. Over 28% of horse show and event organizers reported an increase in business and a sampling from fi ve tack and farm equipment stores showed an increase of 60% in business. To read the full report, go to

Walter & Nancy Hughes Inducted into AQHA Hall of Fame

Trainer and judge Walter T. Hughes and his

wife Nancy are part of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Based in Damascus, the couple saw themselves as am- bassadors for AQHA and for the American Quarter Horse breed. Walter served as an AQHA director from 1971 until 1995 where he was on the youth, membership, Hall of Fame and judges com- mittees. He also served as Chairman of the AQHA Judges Committee. Nancy served on the American Quarter Horse Foundation Committee and Council for many years. Together, they often traveled as AQHA am-

bassadors and assisted in the development of international growth and awareness. T e couple was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement award from the AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Council for their eff orts to promote the breed. T ey also breed American Quarter Horses such as Skips Dilly and Brio.

Helen Casteel Wins Scholarship On June 17, Strides for Equality Equestri-

ans (SEE) and the US Eventing Association Foundation announced Helen Casteel of Sil- ver Spring as the fi rst recipient of the Ever So Sweet Scholarship. T e scholarship provides riders from diverse backgrounds with a fully- funded opportunity to train with upper-level professionals. Scholarships will be awarded bi- annually. Casteel and her event horse, Unapproach-

able, barn name Abel, will be training with Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Bri- an Murphy at Overlook Farm Eques- trian Center in Berryville, VA, for three months this summer. T e Murphys and Edy Rameika have sponsored the op- portunity with the scholarship covering all expenses for full board and training costs as well as several lessons per week, housing for Casteel and a stipend to cov- er living expenses, competition fees, and coaching at competitions. Casteel will also have the unique oppor-

tunity to learn how to manage and care for upper-level horses and gets to be part of the Overlook Farm team. She stated that the horse care and management part of being in a high-performance program is one of the parts she is looking forward to most about this program. In addition to competition and horse management skills, Casteel’s goals also include playing an active role in fostering a more inclusive en- vironment within the sport. T is scholarship will provide Casteel with the opportunity to make professional connections, which not only help her as an individual, but will also contribute to improving access and opportunities for other BIPOC riders. She said, “T ough I personally have been fortunate in my circumstance, I still feel that as a Black woman, I can contribute to the conversation and the solution. T e opportunities to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in the equine world and sport can fall into two buckets … exposure and opportunity.”

Remember the super cute Highland Pony on

the cover of our April 2021 issue? Pictured here is that pony’s sire, MacCrimmon Andrew, with Jennifer Clover and Shenanigans of Trinity Glen with Kathryn Simpson at the Loch Moy Dressage Festival I on June 5.

As a scholarship winner, Casteel will also act as an ambassador for the ESS scholarship, which is part of the Professional Pathways programs SEE is developing. “If we continue to actively prioritize inclusion and highlight participation of people of color and LGBTQ+ peoples, we will see the profi le of not just Eventing but all equestrian sports rise,” Casteel wrote in her ap- plication essay.

Greenwell Foundation Receives Education Grant

T e Rotary Club of Lexington Park has

awarded the Greenwell Foundation a grant of $4,500 to bring its “Re-connecting Field Trips” to Great Mills High School this summer. T e fi eld trips involve cooperative activities, Equine Assisted Activities and T erapies, communi- cation challenges and time for refl ection and mediation. Julie Randall, Director of the Rotary Club’s

Helen Casteel of Silver Spring is the fi rst recipient of the Ever So Sweet Scholarship from Strides for Equality Equestrians and USEA Foundation.

Community Service Lane, stated, “Greenwell has been hosting therapeutic fi eld trips for years, and we at Rotary Club of Lexington Park are thrilled to be helping them provide these services during this particularly challeng- ing time for youth – with schools opening up, reconnection with peers and teachers will be vitally important and we know that these fi eld trips will help so much.”


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