NEWS & VIEWS Horse People Hit Annapolis

In the fast and furious 90 days of the Maryland General Assembly, there are hundreds of constituent events. While some use the term “special interests” disparagingly, the truth is that all citizens are part of “special interest groups,” whether it is related to your livelihood, the type of vehicle you drive, where you live, your social or moral causes – or your hobby! Each of us, wittingly or not, belongs to a variety of “special interest groups.” And they each have their day in Annapolis! And we had ours on January 31, before things got too heated! Over 170 horse people attended the 2017 Horse Industry Legislative Day to receive a tutorial in how a bill becomes a law, to get a crash course on current industry issues, and to visit with their elected offi cials. With the support of more than a dozen horse industry partners who helped to underwrite the day, MHC hired Grow

& Fortify to organize the day, which included such tasks as scheduling appointments for horse people with their senators or delegates and recruiting various keynote speakers.

Maryland “super-lobbyist” Bruce Bereano coaches partici- pants in how to grassroots lobby effectively.

Well known to many in the horse industry, Senator JB Jennings (who represents Dis- trict 7) is a former owner of The Mill of Her- eford, a farm feed and supply store. JB likes to joke that he is “closer to horses than any- one else in Annapolis,” as he and his wife live in an apartment atop her horse board- ing barn. “I literally hear them kicking their stalls at night.” JB is the Senate Minority Leader, and when he is not in Annapolis, he serves as a loadmaster fl ying in the Air Force’s C-27 Joint-Cargo Aircraft in the Air National Guard.

Always a friend to MHC, Senator Joan Carter Conway (43rd Dis- trict) has been the chairman of the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, which means she has been on the front lines of the legislative battle over shared uses of natural re- sources for a long time, has been a strong supporter of fair access and has been a friend to MHC.

Governor Larry Hogan was honored by the Maryland Horse Council for restoring funding for open space programs. Accept- ing for the Governor is (on the right) Maryland Deputy Secre- tary of the Department of Natu- ral Resources Joanne Throwe; MHC president Jane Seigler presenting.

Senator Paul Pinsky has represented the 22nd


In Prince George’s County for almost 30 years, fi rst as a delegate for two terms then as a member of the Senate beginning in 1994. He serves as Vice Chair of the Education, Health and En- vironmental Affairs Com- mittee, which hears all the bills related to the Maryland Department of Natural Re- sources. A former high school history teacher, Pinsky cur- rently works for the Southern Regional Education Board.


Senate President Mike Miller, District 28, is proud of his long support of the horse people in his District 28 and surround- ing Southern Maryland areas, where his family has historic roots in horses–and would love to see the reestablishment of the Marlborough Races (aka “Roedown”).

MHC president Jane Seigler thanking Sen. Craig Zucker (Disctric 30) for his support of the horse industry

Meeting with Del. Bill Felden from Dis- trict 3B are L-R: Georganne Hale (Mary- land Jockey Club); Del. Felden; Carolyn Mackintosh (Loch Moy Farm); Janice Posnikhoff DVM; Judy Smith (Friday’s Horse); Dale Clabaugh (treasurer, MHC)

Deloise Noble-Strong, hangs out with David Brinkley. Today, Brinkley serves as Governor Larry Hogan’s Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management, but most horse people over the age of 50 will remember him from Pony Club days or New Market Hounds, of which his parents, Dr. George Ross and Jean Brinkley, were founding members. Brin- kley has had an active career in the legisla- ture, elected as a delegate in 1994 and serv- ing two terms before serving three terms as a Senator, where he eventually became minority leader. Brinkley was also able to make good use of his background whipping-in hounds when he served as Minority Whip.

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