Before ringing in new, let's pause to review 1992

EQUESTRIAN

January 03, 1993|By MUPHREN WHITNEY

As we all look forward to a happy and horsey 1993, here's a look back at some of this column's 1992 news:

* The year started off with a warning about moldy corn poisoning, a frustrating problem that is almost impossible to detect in affected horse feed. There are no known preventive measures other than not feeding corn, there is no cure, and the animal has to be dead before the diagnosis can be confirmed.

* During the winter months, the new Meadowood Riding Center in Woodbine conducted several winter workshops. Meadowood owner Anne Faffley, manager Kay Tabb and instructor Sara Meli treated youngsters to busy days of having fun and learning about horses.

* There was plenty of excitement in March at the Howard County-Iron Bridge Hounds Race Meet. Competition in the Cattail River Junior Races was tough, but not as tough as the competition for the groom's award, which was won by Anne Brown of Glenwood.

* In late spring, Kelly Conaway of Taylorsville won the year-end Governor's Cup trophy for pony races at Maryland Point-to-Point races. At the end of the series, Kelly had an impressive total earned at pony races at the Howard County-Iron Bridge, Marlborough, Elkridge-Harford and Potomac point-to-point meets.

* Howard County-Iron Bridge Hounds huntsman Allen Forney had a busy spring showing his hounds at various big shows around the country. Forney and his charges of crossbred hounds cleaned up at the Maryland Puppy Show in Potomac and brought back ribbons from the Virginia Hound Show at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg.

* On a glorious summer afternoon, Carolyn Garber of Taylorsville set off on foot armed with an anvil pruner to do battle with branches that had overgrown the bridle paths in Carroll County. That was the first of the summer's planned trail clearing expeditions of the county trail system.

Westminster riders Harry Desmond and Jeani Swartz on Dancing XTC Lady and Smoke, respectively, and Joe Zentgraf of Carrollton aboard Dandy gave Garber a hand on that first trail-clearing of the season. Many more riders and other volunteers joined in the subsequent efforts to keep Mother Nature at bay on the trails.

Volunteers from Trail Riders of Today and from the Carroll County Equestrian Council constantly monitor the condition of the trails in the county trail system.

"We need to encourage and enlighten other trail riders to come out and help with this," Garber said. "We really do this all year round, but in the summertime it is more organized. We set the dates in advance and hope that a lot of people will show up to help."

* Later in the summer, Dr. James Grant Betts of Horseshow, N.C., presided over a clinic to introduce Appalachian Singlefoot horses to the Maryland horse community at a breed approval at the Frederick County farm of Marie and Roy Propst. Three examiners from the Appalachian Singlefoot Horse Breed Association assessed a dozen horses from Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Betts founded the ASHBA in 1981. The Appalachian Singlefoot horse and his unique gait virtually had disappeared from this country, but thanks to the diligence of Dr. Betts, there is a renewed interest in reviving this breed.

* One of the highlights of the summer horse show season was the annual benefit for the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center.

This fifth annual benefit show broke all fund-raising records with help from the Howard County Horse Show Association, which kept two rings running until late on both days of the show. This was the first year that the show offered classes for the special needs riders who participate in the T.R.R.C. program.

* Another summertime highlight was the annual Trinity Lutheran Church's Dutch Picnic with its spectacular jousting tournament.

Mike Virts, Knight of St. Marks, once again won the championship trophy. Mike's son, Mike Jr., and his wife, Nancy, also won trophies.

* The combined training event at Weave A Dream farm, the Maryland Million tour of horse farms and the Columbia Classic Grand Prix at Howard Community College are just some of the many events that kept horse people busy during the late summer and early fall.

* Day's End Farm Horse Rescue in Mount Airy continued its mission to educate horse owners and to care for horses that had been abandoned and abused.

* The newly formed Mid-Maryland Horse and Pony Association had a successful year of putting on horse shows catering primarily to young riders. The MMHPA also includes some adult classes at its shows.

* Members of the Howard County Pony Club came home champions from two very prestigious events: the United States Pony Club National Festival '92 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and the Prince Philip Games that were part of the National Horse Show at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

* The Carroll County Equestrian Council came closer to its goal of getting an equestrian show ring in the county. This project is planned for the Gillis Falls area of Mount Airy.

Calendar of events

Monday: Maryland Horse Council annual meeting and election, 7:30 p.m., Goucher College, Baltimore.

Tuesday: Carroll County Equestrian Council general meeting, 7:30 p.m., East Middle School, Longwell Avenue, Westminster.

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