Beaton family is serious about its love of horses Three sons ready for joy of ownership


February 21, 1993|By MUPHEN WHITNEY

At last fall's Maryland Million Stable Tour, I met a family that is seriously interested in horses. The Beaton family enthusiastically toured the beautiful facilities in Carroll and Howard counties and began to solidify a dream of owning a race horse.

Graeme Beaton, American financial correspondent for the London Daily Express, has been an ardent thoroughbred racing enthusiast since his boyhood days in Australia.

Graeme's wife, Emily, a systems manager at Mitre Corporation, has needed some convincing that horses are a worthwhile pastime, but she seems to be coming around.

The Beaton boys -- Ezra, Jack and Ben -- have needed no such convincing. All three boys are ready, willing and able to do anything having to do with horses. They are especially enthusiastic about riding.

There were no horses to ride on the Maryland Million Tour -- although the boys were treated to a pony-cart ride at Shamrock Farm in Carroll County -- so I took them to my barn and put them up on Supey and Dody. They have returned several times to ride, and Ben will be getting a Boy Scout badge in horsemanship on Supey.

Therapy clinic rescheduled

The massage therapy for horses clinic scheduled for last weekend at Beth Stambaugh's was canceled because of the inclement weather. It will be rescheduled in March.

Spring hunter races

The 1993 Spring Hunter Pace Race Dates have been released.

The Goshen races on April 3 will be the first of the Maryland Circuit races.

Goshen, Howard County-Iron Bridge (April 10) and Marlborough (April 18) will offer a Hunter-Over-Low-Fences class as the first class of the day. This class will not be part of the circuit this year.

Potomac (May 2) also might offer this class. There will be no Hunter-Over-Low-Fences class at New Market-Middletown (April 25).

The Pretty Boy, Carrollton, and Elkridge-Harford Spring Hunter Paces (which are not part of the Maryland Circuit) will be March 21, March 28 and April 7, respectively.

Steeplechasing organizes

For the first time this year, steeplechasing in Maryland will operate as part of an organization -- the newly formed Maryland Steeplechase Racing Association.

The new organization recently issued the sport's first condition book, which gives information on the seven chases in Maryland: Howard County-Iron Bridge, Elkridge-Harford, Marlborough, My Lady's Manor, Grand National, Maryland Hunt Cup and Potomac.

The first Maryland steeplechase of the season will be the Howard County-Iron Bridge Hunt on March 20 at Meriwether Farm in Glenelg. Call Jack Mobberley at (410) 489-4642 or Harvey Goolsby at (410) 442-1813 for ticket information.

Races for ponies

Barbara and Charlie Conaway are responsible for the pony races that will be conducted at five of this spring's seven Maryland steeplechase races.

"There has been a rejuvenated interest in pony racing and we are looking forward to full fields at all of this year's races," Charlie Conaway said. His daughter Kelly, winner of last spring's Governor's Cup award for pony racing, said, "There are a bunch of ponies getting ready for Howard County," the first race of the season.

The Conaways will offer clinics for new pony race riders and for ponies new to the sport of pony racing at their farm in Taylorsville on March 6 and 13.

"We will teach the kids how to be picked up by an outrider, how to race in company and how to be led to the post," Conaway said. Call the Conaways at (410) 875-2287 for more information.

Calendar of events

Saturday and Sunday -- Flat and jumping clinic with 3-Day Event rider Bruce Davidson. Shadow Brook Farm, Elkridge. (410) 796-4947.

Sunday -- New Kids 4-H and Arnold's Tack Shop Winter Horse and Pony Schooling Show. Gambler's Reward Stable, Sparks. (410) 875-2050.

March 6 -- Longjohn Dressage Show. 9 a.m. Olney Farm, Joppa. $12 per ride, $10 for Pony Clubbers. (410) 877-1887.

March 6 -- Maryland Horsemen's Party and Blue Ribbon Auction. 7:30 p.m. Sports Palace at Laurel Race Course. (410) 252-2100 or (410) 422-7803.

March 6 and 13 -- Pony racing clinics at the Conaways' farm in Taylorsville. (410) 875-2287.

March 13 -- Capital Region District Know-Down. Participants will include the Howard County Pony Club. Spectators, cheering sections invited. Harper's Ferry, W.Va. (410) 875-2287.

March 20 -- 50th running of the Howard County-Iron Bridge Hunt Race Meet. Post time is 1 p.m. Meriwether Farm, Roxbury Road, Glenelg. (410) 489-4642 or (410) 442-1813.

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