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By Ed Brandt and Ed Brandt,Sun Staff Writer | April 24, 1994
Merryland Farm, given to Baltimore County by a wealthy New York businessman, would become the site of a major equestrian center in a plan unveiled by county officials yesterday at the farm's dedication ceremonies.The 177-acre property, appraised at more than $4 million, is on Bottom Road on the eastern edge of the historic Long Green Valley area.Plans call for a 63,000-square-foot, two-level building that would include a large, indoor show ring, bleachers for about 350 people, classrooms, meeting rooms, dining and other facilities.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 23, 2013
Despite the forecast of rain, the annual SARC Family Fun Day drew a crowd to the Harford County Equestrian Center on Tollgate Road in Bel Air Saturday afternoon. Though the day was supposed to feature hot air balloons, the mid-day winds that kicked up and threat of rain meant they couldn't go up in the air. Balloon owners still had their baskets set up, and let children and adults climb in to see what it was like, but the colorful balloons were grounded, not even out of their bags.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | April 21, 1995
Carroll County Equestrian Center in Mount Airy will be the site Sunday for a jousting clinic and demonstration, scavenger hunts and guided hikes to celebrate Earth Day.The daylong event is sponsored by the Carroll County Equestrian Council as part of the national effort to focus attention on local recreation and parks projects.Carroll County is one of 500 communities across the country participating in the "March for Parks" Earth Day activities sponsored by the National Parks and Conservation Association,a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the U.S. National Park System.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | July 18, 2013
For 25 years, the Farm Fair has been one of the most well-attended events in Harford County, owing to the organizers' success at ensuring the fair is a bargain that features plenty of exhibits, activities and attractions. Over the years, organizers also managed to secure many substantial donations that have brought infrastructure improvements to the Harford County Equestrian Center on Tollgate Road in Bel Air. As a result, the equestrian center is not only the county's de facto fairgrounds, but also something of a destination venue for dozens of riding events throughout the year.
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By Cynthia Kammann and Cynthia Kammann,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 15, 1998
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.
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By Cynthia Kammann and Cynthia Kammann,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 25, 1998
I COUNTED just over 200 people in attendance at the recent general membership meeting of Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association, and it was a long meeting, lasting 2 1/2 hours.Many people testified to the value of the Andover Equestrian Center, which the county has announced it is closing at the end of the month. Pam Bidle of Linthicum told how her daughter used the center for six years, and Shirley Carson said her heart was breaking to think her daughter would not be able to attend the therapeutic riding program.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | January 6, 1999
Striving to offer more athletic and recreational activities for its growing student population, Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills is proposing to build an equestrian center and field house.The private girls school submitted preliminary plans to Baltimore County officials this week seeking approval of the projects with the hope of starting construction this spring, said G. Peter O'Neill Jr., the school's head.The equestrian center would provide two additional indoor riding rings, allowing the school to hold three riding classes at a time, O'Neill said.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | May 20, 1998
Anne Arundel County is opening its second equestrian center on 12 acres of a family farm it has bought near Cape St. Claire as part of its effort to preserve farmland.County officials say the new center will be used for boarding, lessons and therapeutic riding programs, and that it will not affect the reopening of the Andover Equestrian Center in Linthicum.In January, Linthicum residents packed a meeting in protest after the county announced that it would close Andover temporarily for repairs, which led to fears that the center would close permanently.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1998
More than 100 Linthicum residents, county 4-H leaders and horse lovers showed up at Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School last night to demand answers from county officials about the future of the Andover Equestrian Center.During the monthly meeting of the Linthicum Improvement Association, dozens of the center's supporters pressed the county Parks and Recreation Department to say definitely when it will reopen the facility, which will close temporarily on Jan. 31 so that the county can assess its management and whether the building needs any structural improvements.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff writer | November 13, 1990
Dorie Trapp started riding horses when she was 5 years old. Her father used to let her ride from the Andover/Linthicum area all the way to Patapsco Valley State Park, on the other side of the Baltimore Washington Parkway.Today, that ride can only be done on weekends; all the cars on the roads makes it too dangerous for horses. And that has created a problem for the Andover Equestrian Center, which is running out of space and trails for people to use."Our land keeps getting smaller and smaller and smaller and now it's just ridiculous," said Trapp, who manages the horse riding park for Anne Arundel County.
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By AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 25, 2011
Farm Fair week has arrived in Harford County. Although the 2011 Harford County Farm Fair doesn't officially open until Thursday morning, there is plenty being done in preparation for the event, which runs through Sunday evening at the Harford County Equestrian Center, 608 N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air. This past Sunday, the fair committee held its first ever pre-fair events at the fairgrounds on the Harford County Equestrian Center, a 5K...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2011
Patricia Artimovich survived a life-threatening disease, thanks, she says, to the Johns Hopkins Avon Breast Cancer Center and to the healing power of horses. Next weekend, horses and their riders will help her raise funds for the hospital and its mission. "Why not take something as beautiful as a horse and organize a show dedicated to Hopkins?" she said. Artimovich is putting together the eighth annual PVDA Ride for Life, an event that has grown from modest beginnings at small arenas into two days of family entertainment at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro.
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January 28, 2007
ISSUE: -- The Navy has begun accepting lease offers for an 857-acre former dairy farm in Gambrills, formally making available the pastoral tract for a state horse park, a mining operation, an organic farm or other uses. The Navy received expressions of interest from six parties early last year, including one from the Maryland Stadium Authority, which seeks to open a state-run equestrian center featuring a visitors center, a museum, a climate-controlled equestrian show ring with 2,500 fixed seats and stables for 840 horses.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,sun reporter | September 22, 2006
State officials plan to study the viability of locating a national animal quarantine facility at Fort Meade's shuttered equestrian center to serve the Mid-Atlantic region's bustling horse-breeding industry. Legislation submitted Monday on behalf of the state Agriculture Department asks the County Council to endorse state funding for a $60,000 study, which would explore creating what would be the fourth such facility in the country. The others are in Newburgh, N.Y., Miami and Los Angeles.
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By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | July 23, 2006
Everything that the Equestrian Center in Bel Air needs to transform into the Harford County Farm Fair arrives early this week, well ahead of the opening of the 19th annual event Thursday. And as they have since 1988, Aimee O'Neill and her husband, Jim Torre, will be involved from the prayerful start until the last pig races. The 7 a.m. prayer breakfast starts four days of fair activities. "We have always started with nondenominational prayer," said O'Neill, who has helped organize and volunteered at all 19 fairs.
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July 24, 2005
The Arc recognizes volunteer efforts at luncheon The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region recognized volunteers at a recent luncheon at The Arc's center in Aberdeen. The Arc offers services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Harford and Cecil counties to help them make informed choices of lifestyle, vocation, education and recreational pursuits. The Arc relies on volunteers for one-on-one friendships, and as family helpers, peer mentors, computer tutors and members of boards and committees.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2002
Residents who want to see a farm on the Broadneck Peninsula used only for a public equestrian center suffered a setback yesterday when state lawmakers rejected a bill that supported their cause. Members of the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee voted down legislation co-sponsored by Republican Dels. James E. Rzepkowski of Glen Burnie and Robert C. Baldwin of Crownsville late Wednesday. The vote was unanimous, with one member absent. "It was a bold piece of legislation, but I think what is important is that the residents of the Broadneck community, who felt underrepresented, had an opportunity to bring this travesty to the light of day," Rzepkowski said.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2004
Three years of controversy surrounding a 12-acre horse farm on the Broadneck Peninsula ended yesterday when Anne Arundel County officials and the former owner of the farm reached a settlement under which the county will build one, instead of two, ball fields at the property. Former owner Elizabeth Smith Gleaves sued the county to prevent construction of ball fields at the farm. She said county leaders had promised her the property would be used only for equestrian activities when she sold it to the county in 1998.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2004
On a recent, rainy evening, a honey-colored horse named Gandolf stood in his outdoor stall - a wooden ring at the Fort Meade Equestrian Center near Odenton - contentedly gnawing on a large bale of hay. "He's one of those horses that is not bothered by anything," said his owner, veteran Matt McKnight. "When I'm here with him, I just zen." McKnight, 26, spends every afternoon at the equestrian center, a place he and many other horse owners - all of them military or Department of the Interior personnel or retirees - call a second home.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2004
Three years of controversy surrounding a 12-acre horse farm on the Broadneck Peninsula ended yesterday when Anne Arundel County officials and the former owner of the farm reached a settlement under which the county will build one, instead of two, ball fields at the property. Former owner Elizabeth Smith Gleaves sued the county to prevent construction of ball fields at the farm. She said county leaders had promised her the property would be used only for equestrian activities when she sold it to the county in 1998.
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