Along with Erin, the MHBA is proud to introduce Becky Remsberg, another new full-time staff member, who has been hired as our administrative assistant and public outreach coordinator. Becky, a 24-year-old native of Fallston, received her associate’s degree in agricultural business management from the Institute of Applied Agriculture at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2017 and recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science and Technology.
Could you tell us a bit about your past work experience?
It’s been primarily livestock farming and horseback riding instruction—I’ve worked on dairy, poultry, pork, and vegetable farms, delivered calves and piglets at the Maryland State Fair Birthing Center, and used to teach riding lessons for UMD’s Maryland Equestrian Club and at a horse camp in Potomac. I spent a couple of years on the crop science side of agriculture for my previous job, where I worked at a gardening center andhelped growers work through pest management issues and the like.
How did you get involved in the horse industry?
A family friend used to board her horses at the sheep farm I grew up on around the time I was in elementary school, so I started riding and working with horses from a pretty young age. I got my own retired racehorse mare sometime after, who I still have 16 years later. She is the light of my life (and only a little bit spoiled). Her best friend is a 33-year-old Arabian gelding and I love them both with every inch of my soul.
I started teaching English riding lessons when I got to college and kept that up for roughly five years, messed around in some other agricultural industries, and now I’m here.
What have you learned from the various aspects of the horse industry that you’ve worked in?
As diverse as the industry is in its many divisions and careers, passion seems to be a universal driving force for an overwhelming majority of the people involved. Of those that I’ve met, worked with, and taught, I rarely come across anyone that doesn’t share a similar love for horses in a way that I don’t think is seen as often in industries outside of horses and agriculture.
This was probably one of my favorite parts about instructing, particularly beginner riders college-aged and up. As unpleasant as it is standing in a cold outdoor arena at 7 a.m., telling people to put their heels down for the thousandth time, there is something immensely rewarding about watching someone who has never seen a horse in-person before fall in love with the sport while growing and developing their skills as a rider.
What interested you about the position and what are you looking forward to most?
Planning and organization! I was the president of an equestrian organization for a couple of years in college, and in doing so, learned that setting up meetings and managing tasks was genuinely one of my favorite things to doand the most valuable of my college experiences.
I’m also the type of person that owns a million pens and highlighters and has multiple planners in use at once (all meticulously organized and color coded, of course), so I’m utterly thrilled to have an excuse to keep all that up. I’ve always loved horses, but once I started instructing in college and grew closer to the industry, I knew I had found a place I wanted to stay in my future. As much as I loved it, I never really planned on continuing an instructing career past graduation, so I’m glad I found a position that combines my love of organization and horses.