U of M to begin census analysis


July 04, 1993|By MUPHEN WHITNEY

An analysis of the Maryland equine population survey is under way and results should be available in the fall, according to Malcolm Commer, livestock economist for the Maryland Institute Agriculture and Natural Resources and associate coordinator of the Agricultural Marketing Center for the University of Maryland.

More than 16,000 questionnaires were sent out in November to horse-oriented groups, tack shops, horse magazines, 4-H groups, pony clubs, veterinarians and feed stores.

The survey contained 20 questions in two formats -- one for individual horse owners and one for people who run stables or facilities that are open to the public.

"We tried to get all the lists we could from every source we could think of that had horse users and owners," Commer said.

A horse-related entity in each county had to come up with $2,500 to help support the survey's cost.

The counties involved in this initial survey are Baltimore, Carroll, Montgomery, Howard, Prince George's, Cecil and Harford.

Commer's group began entering the data from the returned questionnaires in February. It is about to cut off data entry operations and begin the analysis.

"We didn't specify a cutoff period for return of the questionnaires and that may have been a mistake," Commer said. "We are still getting surveys back and are still entering data, but I think we have probably gotten 99 percent of what we are going to get, so we are cutting it off."

Commer thought that horse people would be happy to participate in the survey and would return it promptly. The return has been 17 percent -- but not exactly timely.

Now the work begins on the analysis of the massive amount of data.

"I'm projecting having the full analysis to the printer sometime in October," Commer said. "A summary of the analysis will be sent to the sponsors about the first of October and will be available to the public then."

The university's publications department will be responsible for printing the analysis. Commer hopes that they will return the printed copies to him by Jan. 1, 1994.

The report will be primarily a population survey with data on a few economic questions.

Commer determined what should be included in the survey by looking at what other states have asked in similar surveys and by trying to determine what are the most important issues facing Maryland horsemen.

Show results

The Lehigh Riding Club English Horse and Pony Show last Sunday produced the following results:

Leadline Division -- Champion: (tie) Tabatha Hann on Jack Be Quick; Caitlin Nelson on Trigger.

Short Stirrup Division -- Champion: Meredith Eisenhart on Northern Star; Reserve: Caroline Baker on Velvet Brown.

Short Stirrup Hunter Division -- Ch.: Meredith Eisenhart and Northern Star; Res.: Toni Stambaugh on Jack Be Quick.

Low Horse Hunter Division -- Ch.: D'Anne Kelly on Ramekins; Res.: Danielle Hollenshade on Jack Russell.

Children/Adult Hunter Division -- Ch.: G.W. Chadwell on Super Fellow; Res.: Becky Trostle on It Takes 2.

Low Pony Hunter Division -- Ch.: Jessica Meyer on Head of the Class; Res.: Becky Arnold on Pleasant Green's Magnolia.

Small Pony Hunter Division -- Ch.: Krista Lynn Healy on Glencoe Borealis; Res.: Elizabeth Eisenhart on Northern Star.

Adult Amateur Hunter Division -- Ch.: Stephanie March on Imperial Choice; Res.: D'Anne Kelly on Ramekins.

Large Pony Hunter Division -- Ch.: Jessica Meyer on Head of the Class; Res.: Melissa Hawkins on Two Thumbs Up.

Open Hunter Division -- Ch.: Emily Hess on Shadow Lake; Res.: D'Anne Kelly on Ramekins.

Calendar of events

Today and July 18 -- Mid-Maryland Horse and Pony Association Show. Howard County Fairgrounds. (410) 875-2050.

Wednesday -- Severn Valley Stables Twilight Shows. Dressage, Combined Tests, Clear Round Stadium Jumping. Vanessa Holden Swartz, judge. (410) 757-1971.

Saturday -- Howard County Youth Horse Show Series. Robin Townsend, judge. Schooley Mill Park, Highland. (301) 596-9461.

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