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Maryland Horse Industry Foundation is 30!

October 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation. Marking the celebration is a fundraising campaign, the 30 for 30 Campaign, to support the MHIF’s growing menu of educational programs. Read more

Quartet of sprint stakes highlights Maryland Pride Day April 18

Maryland Pride Day, featuring four six-furlong sprint stakes worth $300,000 in purses, will be run Saturday, April 18 to highlight the closing weekend of Laurel’s 40-day summer meet. In addition to the stakes action, the rest of the card will feature races with Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired runners getting first preference. The day will also celebrate the 2018 Maryland-bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees. Stakes closing is Thursday, August 9. Read more

MHBA Board selects officers

At the Board of Directors’ meeting held Monday, June 25, at Buchner Hall on the Goucher College campus in Towson, the new board elected Michael Harrison DVM as president, David Wade as vice-president and Kent Murray as Secretary/Treasurer.

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2018 MHBA Board of Director election results

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership selected three new members and two incumbents to the Board of Directors, as announced June 12. Dictated by MHBA bylaws, the annually held election fills five open seats on the board. Those elected this year will serve for the next three years. Michael Harrison, Christy Holden and Theresa Wiseman join incumbents Kent Murray and David Wade. Holden was elected for the first time; Wiseman was a president appointee in 2017.

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Horse industry boosts Md. year round, not just at Preakness Time

For more than 250 years, horses have played a vital role in Maryland’s culture, spirit and history, going back to 1743, when the Maryland Jockey Club — the oldest sporting organization in North America — was chartered.

Read executive director Cricket Goodall's Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun here

Maryland Horse Industry Adds $1.3 billion to Maryland’s Economy

Home to more than 100,000 horses, Maryland ranks No. 1 in terms of horses per square mile

Baltimore, Md. (May 14, 2018) – The 2018 Economic Impact Study produced by the American Horse Council confirms that Maryland’s horse industry adds more than $1.3 billion to Maryland’s economy. The report found that the horse industry total employment impact is more than 21,000 jobs, including a more than $500 million impact from the horse racing sector alone.

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2019 MHBA Board of Director election results

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership has selected three incumbent members, a former board member and a 2018 presidential appointee to the 2019 Board of Directors, as announced June 13. Dictated by MHBA bylaws, the annually held election fills five open seats on the board. Those elected this year will serve for the next three years. Incumbents Louis Merryman, Sabrina Moore and James B. Steele Jr. join Richard Blue Jr., who last served on the board in 2017, and Michael F. Horning

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Maryland-breds running on Belmont Stakes Day

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which takes place on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at Belmont Park, features 18 stakes races, including eight Grade 1s. Two Maryland-breds, multiple stakes winner Alwaysmining and stakes winner Dirty, will compete in two of the stakes on June 8.

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Michael Stidham to judge 2019 MHBA Yearling Show

Michael Stidham, whose large and successful training operation has expanded into the Mid-Atlantic region in recent years, will judge the 85th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show. Open to all yearlings eligible for Maryland-bred registration, the show will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds’ Horse Show Ring in Timonium on Sunday, June 30. Entries close June 1.

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