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others do not have that capacity and are forced to have that material disposed of off the farm, often at great expense. And some of this ma- terial may end up in landfi lls. A 2015 MHC survey of Maryland horse farmers revealed that 34% of respondents reported that they sent un- composted manure off the farm for disposal; 50% of respondents who had their horse ma- nure hauled away were not aware of the ulti- mate disposition. T e Maryland Horse Council has been ac-

tively pursuing ways to increase the available facilities and opportunities for composting horse manure, including modern composting and its use for onsite and commercial organic soil enhancement. MHC has found that the absence of a broad, holistic, and regional ap- proach, and the lack of regional infrastructure, have been signifi cant hindrances to the devel- opment of eff ective and effi cient solutions for the reuse of important organic resources. Horse manure is a good substrate to use for compost. It’s drier than other livestock manure, therefore it’s easier to transport from one loca- tion to another. It has a 5:1:2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, and thus is rela- tively balanced in nutrients when it’s applied as a soil amendment. When the compostable manure includes animal bedding products such as sawdust or wood shavings, or other vegeta- tive materials such as food waste, it is close to an ideal 25:1 carbon-to-nitrogen ratio. It is in the best interest of all to ensure that these waste animal and plant products are recycled to their highest and best use. T e Maryland Horse Council actively sup-

ported SB 99/HB 171 as it believes these bills will be an important step in fi nding and de- veloping composting opportunities, and in- creasing the number of composting facilities as viable economic entities, which, in turn, poten- tially will increase the business opportunities for composting horse manure. According to testimony given by MHC during the bill hear- ings, “In those facilities where it is practiced, it has been shown that food waste, when com- posted with horse manure, results in an excel- lent compost/soil amendment. Given the large quantity of uncomposted Maryland manure and food waste currently being disposed of, exploring ways in which food waste and horse manure can be composted, either jointly or in related facilities, is an indisputable win-win for the state from both an economic and environ- mental standpoint.” Apparently, the Maryland legislature likes these bills, as both versions have passed and crossed over to the other chamber. T e Senate version had a hearing in the House Environ- mental Aff airs Committee as this issue was go- ing to press.


Plan for Bowie Race Track According to T e Bowie Blade-News, the

Maryland Jockey Club has signed a memoran- dum of understanding with the City of Bowie to clean up the Bowie Race Track training center immediately. T e training track closed in 2015; the race track in 1985. If the mainte- nance and improvements are not made, MJC faces fi nes of up to $500 per day, not to exceed $10,000. And, according to the article, within one year, the racetrack owners are required to begin discussions about selling any portion of the property to the city that is not needed for the training of horses. T e city is tired of the continued neglect of the 140-acre property in its midst. T e city has tried to purchase the land in the past, and this year had a bill submitted that would have made it easier for the city to exercise eminent domain. T at bill, as discussed above, has since morphed into something entirely diff erent.

Maryland-bred Champions

T e Maryland Horse Breeders Association has named Cathryn Sophia Horse of the Year, Champion T ree-Year-Old Filly and Cham- pion Sprinter. T e winners are chosen based on a poll conducted by the MHBA. Cathryn Sophia (Street Boss x Sheave, Mine-

shaft) was an Eclipse Award fi nalist and the richest Maryland-bred runner in 2016, earning $1,139,720 from seven starts. She became one of only three Maryland-breds in history to be- come a millionaire at the age of three. Bred by Robert T. Manfuso at Chanceland Farm in West Friendship, she was owned by Chuck Zacney’s Cash is King LLC during her racing career. Trained by John Servis, the fi lly’s biggest win of the season was the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs in May. In 2016, she also won back-to-back Grade 2 races at Gulfstream Park with the Forward Gal and Davona Dale Stakes. T is past fall, the fi lly was sold to Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock LLC for $1.4 million and will be bred to Pioneer of the Nile, sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. T e 2016 Champion Steeplechase horse

was Top Striker, bred by Sycamore Hall Farm LLC, owned by Mrs. George M. Sensor and

trained by Arch Kingsley, Jr. Top Striker won this award in 2014 as well. Kiss to Remember won the Champion Older

Female title for the second year in a row. She was bred by Big Brown Syndicate and Mrs. Charles McGinnes, is owned by Miller Racing and trained by Martin D. Wolfson. Greatbullsoffi re was named Champion Two-

Year-Old Male. T e 2014 bay colt is by Bulls- bay and out of Great Hostess by Great Notion. He was bred by Sycamore Hall T oroughbreds, is owned by Kathleen Willier and is trained by Hamilton A. Smith. Chadds Ford Stable’s Dancing Rags was named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly. Bred by David DiPietro, the fi lly is by Union Rags out of the Storm Cat mare Home Court. She is in training with H. Graham Motion. Giant Run, a 2013 chestnut colt by Giant’s

Causeway out of Who Did It and Run, by Pol- ish Numbers, was named Champion T ree- Year-Old Male and Champion Turf Runner. He is trained by Tom Albertrani for owners Robert C. Baker and William L. Mack and was also bred by Sycamore Hall T oroughbreds. Lacey Gaudet trained the Champion Older Male winner John Jones for owner Matthew Schera. T e 2012 Smarty Jones gelding is out of Chrusciki by Polish Numbers and was bred by Nancy Lee Farms.

Marylander Selected for AHC’s Internship Program

High school student Holden Rafey of Bethesda was selected for one of the two intern slots with the American Horse Council. Hold- en is currently a youth correspondent and blog- ger for the Maryland Horse Council, and is a two-term Junior Committee member of the Washington International Horse Show. “I was very excited to learn about this internship op- portunity, and quickly applied,” said Ms. Rafey. “I cannot wait to begin my week as an intern for the American Horse Council, and am sure I will learn many interesting things about horse industry advocacy as well as the legislative pro- cess. T is opportunity will help me make in- formed decisions about how I will spend my future helping the horse industry.”

Maryland Barn Wins National Builder Award Fuog InterBuild won fi rst place in the Experts Category “Horse Barns over 5,000 square feet,”

presented by the National Frame Building Association, for their barn at the Marlboro Ridge Equestrian Facility in Upper Marlboro, MD. Just in time for our Farm Fix-Up issue, which starts on page 17!

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