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approved late in the session. Early in the session Maryland Horse Industry

Day, which was attended by hundreds of stake- holders, was well-received by lawmakers, many of whom spoke to the gathering during the tra- ditional lunch break in Annapolis.

Attn: Owners of Gateway Programs If you off er gateway programs (programs that

introduce non-horse people to horses, such as guided trail rides, lessons for beginners, summer riding programs or camps, carriage rides, or spectator events), then the national Time To Ride Challenge program is for you, and can help pro- vide you with some funding. T e Challenge will award $100,000 in cash and prizes to horse professionals who can generate the most “new- comer”

interactions with

horses, and bring them back for a follow-up experience to encourage further partici- pation. A plethora of breed, discipline, and professional organizations have partnered with Time to Ride to substantially grow awards available to Challenge Hosts. Marketing Alliance Members participating in the CAP are American Quarter Horse Asso- ciation and US Equestrian, as well as Market- ing Alliance Program Partners American Paint Horse Association, Mustang Heritage Founda- tion, and National Reining Horse Association. T irteen other organizations have joined forces to provide their members with additional cash and prizes: American Saddlebred Horse Asso- ciation, Appaloosa Horse Club, Arabian Horse

Association, Paso Fino Horse Association, Certifi ed Horsemanship Association, Car- riage Operators of North America, Interscho- lastic Equestrian Association, Michigan State Horse Council, North Carolina State Horse Council, Pinto Horse Association of America, United States Dressage Federation, United States Pony Club, and Wisconsin State Horse Council. Each group will award prizes to the member(s) of their association who do best in

2017 Challenge by visiting

New East Coast Jumper Medal Fi- nals at Cap Challenge

T e Capital Challenge Horse Show has been selected by the U.S. Hunter Jumper Associa- tion as the site of the new 3’3’’ Jumping Seat Medal East Coast Finals. T e new equitation fi nals will be modeled after the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.

4-H Members Earn Touch of Class

Carley Gray, president of the Linthicum 4-H Hi-Riders Horse Club in Anne Arun- del County, and vice president Alexis Solley were honored on January 31 with the Touch of Class award from the Maryland Horse In- dustry Board for their fi rst place wins at the National 4-H Horse Roundup in Kentucky. Gray and Solley earned top scores and were champions for their Team Demonstration on Colic. For their 4-H national win, they each received a trophy and a $500 scholarship.

Riders qualify for the fi nals when they have accumulated a minimum of 10 points in USHJA 3’3’’ Jumping Seat Medal classes from Decem- ber 2016 until 60 days prior to the Cap Challenge. Rid- ers may not cross-enter into the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals. Quali- fi ed riders may choose to either compete at the fi nals held at Cap Challenge, or at the International Jumping Festival at Blenheim (West Coast Finals). T e Finals will consist of three phases: fl at (Phase I),

the Challenge. T ere are no restrictions regarding how much an organization can award their participants! From trophy spurs to thousands of dollars in cash, the options run the gamut. Awards are available to members of each organization in addition to the $100,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs when they participate as hosts. Since 2014, Challenge participants have in-

troduced almost 100,000 new people to horses through beginner-friendly events, and the demand continues to grow. Stables, clubs and businesses are also invited to sign up for the

gymnastics (Phase II) and jumping (Phase III). T e class will be held over two days. If neces- sary, there will be a work-off and additional testing on the second day. For more informa- tion and specifi cs on each phase, see www.

FHI Prize Money Triples

Fair Hill International announced on April 14 that the prize money for the 2017 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International T ree-day Event






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