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March 15, 1998|By Cynthia Kammann | Cynthia Kammann,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BUSINESS AS usual was postponed at the Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association meeting Thursday as the community continued to focus on the progress toward reopening the Andover Equestrian Center. Since the center was closed Jan. 31 for an assessment, residents have been awaiting news about how the repairs are progressing.

County Executive John G. Gary, county Parks and Recreation Director Thomas Angelis and the chief of facilities for Parks and Recreation, Jay Cuccia, addressed the meeting. Gary announced the members of a citizens' committee, the Andover Equestrian Center Advisory Board, which will help him make some decisions about the center.

They are:

Susan Hull is a past member of the Linthicum 4-H Hi-Riders, a past boarder at the Equestrian Center, leader of the 4-H and mother of two 4-H members. She has almost 30 years of experience with horses and is owner and manager of the Up and Over Farm Ltd. Her alternate is Donna Umberger, a past boarder at the center and mother of a 4-H member.

Judi Umberger is 4-H president, a past boarder at the center and a 10-year member of 4-H. Her alternate is Anna Korosec, a past member and president of 4-H, a boarder at the center for 10 years and junior leader of 4-H.

Carol Kaschner boarded two horses at the center for more than a decade. She is a past leader of 4-H and mother of a 10-year member. She is a volunteer in the therapeutic riding program, and volunteered her horses for use in the program. Her alternate is Bonnie Hoffman, a mother of a 4-H member who boarded her horse at the center until it closed.

Kathy Harjess is owner and manager of "Equilibrium Horse Center," a facility in Gambrills that offers lessons, horse shows, boarding and training.

Experts from the county's therapeutic riding program will also be represented on the board.

Work planned

With input from the advisory board, the officials plan to address storm-water management, a second entrance to the property, upkeep of the pastures and paddocks, hiring a caretaker for the property, repair of the barn and house, and future operations of the facility, Gary said. "More shrubbery and greenery will be looked at, it's a very nice piece of property. It's just been neglected," he said.

A site review showed that the historic building on the property is "probably not suitable to be lived in," said Gary. Restoration of the building probably will be expensive and extensive, Gary said, so he will probably give it to the historical society with a $30,000 to $40,000-a-year contribution to fix it.

Gary also said that a historic farmhouse on the J. J. Haines property on Aviation Boulevard could be moved to either the Benson-Hammond House property or to the equestrian center for a caretaker's home. "One way or another, there's going to be another house on the property to house a government employee," he said.

As for reopening the facility, Angelis said, "The show rink will be open in the spring, the barn and a house for the caretaker may take the entire summer."

Gary said the popular therapeutic riding program will be kept on schedule, and there will be $400,000 in the budget this year for the center.

Several people have asked Gary how they can help. As a representative of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Jacquine Wood Cowan offered to join the advisory committee. Girl Scouts volunteer at the center to achieve riding and horse-lover badges. Hope Weber asked what the 4-H members could do to help, and the Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse Breeders wanted to know where to send money to benefit the center.

Principal to speak

The Old Brooklyn Park Improvement Association meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Brooklyn Park Elementary School. Membership is $5 a year per family.

As speaker at the meeting Tuesday, Judy Jenkins, principal of the Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School, will discuss middle school curriculum and plans for the school.

At the April 21 meeting, Jerry Valierias, owner of the Ritchie Highway Shopping Center, will talk about the center's future.

Pub Date: 3/15/98

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