Cap Challenge Set to Run! T e organizers of the Capital Challenge Horse

Show have confi rmed that this year’s show will go on as scheduled September 25-October 4 at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Up- per Marlboro. Show Manager Oliver Kennedy told T e Equiery that Prince George’s County health offi cials cleared the show’s COVID-19 plan late in June. “We’ve been working closely with the County Commissioner, Park and Planning, the Maryland Horse Industry Board and [PGEC] arena staff to get everything sorted out,” Kennedy stated. “Right now we are cleared to use the whole grounds including the indoor arena.”

Kennedy and his team laid out a plan for a spectator-less competition that will off er the same high quality competition as the past 26 shows. Kennedy, who is also a judge and sits on a variety of show and industry related commit- tees, said “we’ve been watching a lot of what other shows have been doing and have taken the best of what is working at those other shows to use here at PG.” He also said that MARS Equestrian has signed on to sponsor the show’s live feed on USEF Network again this year so spectators can watch from their homes. Kennedy said the show plans to run hack

classes in the covered arena this year and are making other class modifi cations to avoid clus- tering at in gates and warm up areas. “T e cov- ered ring is the biggest ring and has multiple in/out gates so we can spread out the hacks better there,” he added. “We are building up a stock pile of gloves and such and are ready for the worst and hoping for the best.” T ere will also be temperature checks, limits to the number of people on the grounds at any one time, and face masks required at all times unless mounted. “T is [face masks] isn’t a per- sonal decision, this is a business decision,” Ken- nedy stated. “In the safest way possible, we need our industry to go on!” Due to the impact COVID-19 has had on

shows so far this season, the qualifying guide- lines for the World Championship Hunter Rider Program have been modifi ed. T e 2020 qualifying guidelines can be found at www. In addition, Capital Challenge will host the

2020 North American League National Finals. NAL’s West Coast Finals have been canceled for 2020.

BCHSA Suspends Points for 2020

T e Baltimore County Horse Show Asso- ciation announced on July 15 that its board has decided to not award points for the 2020 season. In a statement sent to its members,

President Brianna Belter stated,


Riding Club Makes Its Annual Library Donation Each year, the St. Mary’s Riding Club donates equestrian books and

DVDs to the county library. Participating in this year’s donation is Betsy Fritz on her horse Can’t Buy Me Love, Kathy Glockner on Mr. Fitz, club president Emily Repenning and Lois Coryell representing the Leonardtown Library. T e club donated 15 DVDs and fi ve books on western training, dressage, and jumping this year.

have thought long and hard about this decision, and didn’t come to it lightly. We believe that it is in the best interest of our membership to forward all current 2020 memberships to 2021.”

MJC Restricts Jockey Travel

T e Maryland Jock-

ey Club announced on July 14 that as of

July 17, jockeys who enter an out of state track’s jockey quarters will not be permitted to ride in Maryland unless they self-quarantine for 14 days and also obtain a negative COVID-19 test. In addition, jockeys based outside the state of

Maryland will not be allowed to work or gallop horses at Laurel Park or Pimlico Race Course. Jockeys located in Maryland who work or gal- lop horses outside the state will not be allowed to ride, gallop or work horses at Laurel or Pim- lico unless they self-quarantine and obtain a negative COVID-19 test. All of these restrictions were made to pro- tect the health, safety and welfare of all those at Maryland racetracks.

Contucci Dies at 27

T e sporthorse stallion Contucci died on July 10 at the age of 27. Contucci had stood at Hill- top Farm in Colora since his purchase by Jane MacElree in 1998. He was bred in Germany by Klaus Storbeck and won the dressage portion of his 100-Day Test. In his breeding career at Hilltop, Contucci

consistently produced champions in a variety of disciplines. He earned national titles such as USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year and USEF Dressage Sire of the Year. For the past fi ve years, Contucci has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 of the USEF’s Sire Rankings. If you have a Contucci baby, send your photos and stories to for a future story on this great Maryland stallion.

Man Charged for Riding Assateague Horse

On July 1, a visitor to Assateague Island Na-

tional Seashore was charged for riding one of the wild horses on the Island. National Park Service guidelines state that visitors must keep a distance of 40 feet or more from the wild horses at all times.

Bernardini Filly Named MHBA Yearling Champ

T e Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s

86th Annual Yearling Show had 67 yearlings competing for the title of Grand Champion on July 20 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. T e show was broadcast live on MHBA’s Facebook page, allowing viewers from around the world to watch judge Michael


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