Tuckahoe’s Trail Ambassadors, continued...

up an MHC booth! “I’ve been involved with the Horse Council for around 16 years and I think that connection be- tween the park and the Horse Council is important,” he explained. “TEC cannot lobby. Neither can the [Maryland] Horse Industry Board. It’s through the Horse Council that the Eastern Shore horse community is heard.” Over the years, Royce has held several

Royce Herman has been involved with Tuckahoe for over 20 years and also represents the Eastern Shore horse community within the Maryland Horse Council.

playing the various parts. In-between shows, the club organized various riding demonstra- tions to teach people about horses. “We had some really big crowds over the years and raised the funds we needed each year… ex- cept that one time a hurricane came through,” Royce added. Outlaw Days lasted for 13 years but started to decline as Royce had some health issues come up. “We tried to keep it going but I had to step back and the wheels fell off so to speak,” he said. Royce would also have a booth set up for

the Maryland Horse Council at Outlaw Days. In fact, at every event held at TEC, Royce sets

positions within MHC’s executive board and said that his economic professional background has often been helpful. Dur- ing the current COVID-19 pandemic, Royce has been working to crunch num- bers to show the economic impact of the

horse industry to state officials. “Te [MHC] Legislative and Executive Committees sent recommendations to the Governor and we are making progress in getting things opened back up,” he said. “Te bottom line is we do things for the public good, that’s why we get things done.”

Celebrating Horses Outlaw Days was not the only fundraiser

TEC ran each year. “We hold a Spring Fling that had to be canceled this year due to CO- VID-19 and Cindy Berkey Weekend is held in the fall,” Linda stated. “Tat weekend is huge!

We fill the center with campers and hold an auction that does very well too.” TEC also holds an annual trail ride and auc-

tion called “Saddlin’ Up For Breast Cancer.” Te benefit ride raises funds for Te Red Dev- ils’ Horns of Hope charitable organization. Te whole center turns pink for the day with an “All Pinked Out” judged parade. Most of these fundraisers are geared to people

already in love with horses so in order in in- vite the general public and community back to TEC as they did with Outlaw Days, the club launched the “Celebration of the Horse” four years ago as an anniversary celebration for the club. “Ever since we got it going, it keeps growing and doubles in size each year,” said Al Martinez, who credits his wife, Stacy Frank, as one of the driving forces behind the one-day exhibition. “We had over 400 spectators in 2019, which was our biggest year so far,” Stacy explained. Te day includes a variety of demonstrations as well as food and shopping vendors. “Tis year we hope we are able to still hold it in October as scheduled,” Stacy said adding, “but with ev- erything going on with the coronavirus we just don’t know yet.” She did offer a sneak peek at this year’s new

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