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NEWS&VIEWS


MHIB Announces Grant Winners T is year, the Maryland Horse Industry


Board has awarded $30,000 in grants to 33 organizations and equestrian operations. T e grants committee selected projects from a pool of 41 applicants. Funding for the MHIB an- nual grants comes from the Maryland Feed Fund, which collects $6 on every ton of horse feed sold in the state. T e Feed Fund was estab- lished in 2002 allowing MHIB to award nearly $600,000 in grants to over 400 projects thus far. Several of this year’s grants were awarded to pandemic-related projects, including funding for virtual learning kits, videos being produced by equine educational programs, and fi nancial aid given to replenish a hay/grain bank that helped licensed stables during the pandemic. Other projects are related to industry requests from the 2019 Maryland Horse Forum, thera- peutic riding programs, trail riding, ambulance rescue initiatives, and help for diverse equestri- an disciplines like Western riding, pony breed- ing, and retired racehorses. Project proposals were evaluated based on


their value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of activity, fi nancial need, potential for matching funds, benefi ts, and overall quality of the written presentation. Grants are capped at $3,000 in order to award funds to as many groups as possible. Eligible projects should have a completion date no later than June 30, 2021. Grant recipients are re- quired to fi le a project report with the Board detailing how the money was used.


T e following organizations and equestrian


operations received 2021 MHIB grants. • 4Steps T erapeutic Riding • Airy Hill Stables • Black & White Cookie • Camp Letts Equestrian Center • Chesapeake T erapeutic Riding • Courageous Hearts Horsemanship • Days End Farm Horse Rescue • Equine Rescue Ambulance (Fair Hill Unit) • Fair Hill Foundation • Fair Hill International • Freedom Hills T erapeutic Riding • Frederick County 4-H T erapeutic Riding • GAIT Inc. • Green Horse Enterprises • Historical Society of Harford County • Kent Agriculture Center • Lifeline Horse Rescue & Rehabilitation • Maryland Fund for Horses • Maryland Horse Council • Maryland Horse Foundation • Maryland Pony Breeders • Maryland T erapeutic Riding • Potomac Hunt Foxchasing School • Retired Racehorse Project • Stables at Winters Run • Talisman T erapeutic Riding • T urmont Riding Club • Tuckahoe Equestrian Center • UMD 4-H Youth Department • UMD Extension (Baltimore Co. Ag Center) • US Pony Racing • Valley Meadow Farms


You Can Use A synopsis of each project is available at


https://mda.maryland.gov/horseboard/Pages/ grants.aspx


Bruton Street Wins in Ireland


While the steeplechase community was still buzzing over champion trainer Jonathan Shep- pard’s announcement of his retirement while campaigning a string of horses in Ireland, it was the partners of Bruton Street V that found themselves in the winner’s circle at the Leop- ardstown Christmas Festival in Dublin, Ire- land, on December 26. Bruton Street V is the European arm of Bru-


ton Street-US, the 2020 National Steeplechase Association champion owner. Partners in Bru- ton Street include Mike Hankin, Charlie Fen- wick, Charlie Noell, Ben Griswold and others. T eir fi ve-year-old French-bred gelding Fran- co De Port ran away to a 4 ½ length upset in the Racing Post Novice Chase. Bryan Cooper was in the irons for trainer Willie Mullins.


Trainer Barred from Racing in Maryland and Other States


On Saturday, January 9, the New York Racing Association barred trainer Eric Guillot from racing on its circuit for changing the name of one of his horses to a racial slur and taunting African American analyst Ken Rudulph, who works for the horse racing network TVG. According to the New York Times, the own- ers of the horse in question at the time were unaware of the name change and have since fi red Guillot as their trainer. Its new owner, Lawrence Roman stated, “We don’t want racism in this sport.” He has since changed the horse’s name to Respect For All. T e Stronach Group, which owns the


tracks here in Maryland, has also banned Guillot from racing horses at their tracks.


IHSA Cancels 2021 Postseason T e Intercollegiate Horse Shows Associa-


TEC Memorial Weekend Each November, the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center hosts a fall event in honor of founder Cindy


Berkey. T e 2020 Memorial Weekend and Harvest Auction was a huge success in spite of the glob- al COVID-19 pandemic. Participants had their temps taken, answered all the appropriate health questions, and plied themselves with disinfectant. Everyone masked up too. TEC is once again indebted to Dale Kinnamon and Terry Fewless, Harvest Auction organizers, for their tireless eff orts in making this highlight of this annual weekend possible. TEC would like to thank everyone who supported TEC during this annual Memorial Weekend. T eir smiles and good will, combined with the perfect weather, created a fun and profi table event for TEC. - Joyce Bell, TEC


tion board of directors has decided to cancel the 2021 IHSA postseason, which includes the Hunter Seat Zone Finals, Western Semi-Finals and the National Champion- ship Horse Show due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “With the ongoing pandemic and numbers on the rise, the board voted with the safety


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