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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2008
Salary: $60,000 Age: 53 Years on the job: 30 How he got started: Johnson grew up around Maryland racing because his father was a horse trainer. Working as a farrier gave him the opportunity to be around horses, which is something he loves. After attending a two-month program learning the trade, Johnson worked as an apprentice for two years at area racetracks. He has worked as a farrier for more than 30 years, first obtaining his license in 1976. His certification is held through the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the Maryland Racing Commission.
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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2008
Salary: $60,000 Age: 53 Years on the job: 30 How he got started: Johnson grew up around Maryland racing because his father was a horse trainer. Working as a farrier gave him the opportunity to be around horses, which is something he loves. After attending a two-month program learning the trade, Johnson worked as an apprentice for two years at area racetracks. He has worked as a farrier for more than 30 years, first obtaining his license in 1976. His certification is held through the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the Maryland Racing Commission.
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By MARY ELLEN GRAYBILL and MARY ELLEN GRAYBILL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 23, 2005
Nestled in a new Cape Cod in White Hall, on Jolly Acres Road, a blacksmith's family starts its day early. David Belt Sr., 47, and his apprenticed son, Brian, 19, go to a truck filled with the equipment of a modern-day farrier - an anvil that will be used to hammer horseshoes to fit horses and an ever-expanding supply of aluminum shoes for racers and heavier shoes for riding horses. They will head to the barns of McDonogh School in Owings Mills, or Tranquillity Farms in Jacksonville, or to other farms in the horse country of Maryland.
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By ANDREA F. SIEGEL and ANDREA F. SIEGEL,SUN REPORTER | February 3, 2006
The former top health officer for Prince George's County pleaded guilty yesterday to three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in Anne Arundel County for severely neglecting animals he kept on his Harwood farm last year, including a miniature pony that officials said they had to euthanize. As part of the plea agreement, pediatrician Frederick J. Corder Sr. of Bowie will pay more than $12,000 to Anne Arundel County Animal Control and Days' End Farm for their care and treatment of the dogs and miniature ponies removed from Corder's property in June.
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By Carole W. McShane and Carole W. McShane,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 14, 2004
Just as shoeing a thoroughbred racehorse is a matter of balance, so is the life of farrier Kenny Ramsburg. In the stables at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, where he has worked for 20 years, Ramsburg labors amid dust, mud, flies and extremes in temperature and humidity. Every time he shoes a horse, he faces the possibility of injury - being bitten, kicked or stepped on. Fifteen years ago, Ramsburg broke his back while shoeing a horse. "In this game, the [farrier] takes a beating," said Lisa Jimenez, a trainer at Laurel Park.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1997
Kate, a 6-year-old gray mare, nibbled contentedly on a bale of hay as Harvey H. Powell gave her a pedicure, one hoof at a time.Bracing a foreleg between his knees, protected by worn leather chaps, the 77-year-old farrier pulled off the worn iron shoe. He evened the edge of the hoof with nippers, like clipping a big fingernail. He smoothed the bottom with a heavy rasp and nailed on a new shoe, using eight needle-sharp nails to pierce the thick hoof.For Powell -- a 5-foot, 1-inch former cowboy and rodeo rider who shoed mules on the Burma Road in World War II -- it was just part of his daily routine, visiting D. M. "Mikey" Smithwick's horse farm in Hydes to see which of the 35 horses need attention to their feet.
NEWS
June 6, 2003
On June 4, 2003, F.H. "Tom" BAUMANN, beloved husband of the late Gladys M. Baumann (nee Stigler), devoted father of Barbara A. Farrier and her husband James P. Jr., dear brother of Doris Biden, dear grandfather of Lt. Col. Thomas Farrier, USAF, Ret. of Alexandria, VA, Susan Farrier Rotar of Portsmouth, RI and Jeffrey Farrier of Mechanicsville, VA, dear great-grandfather of Julia Rotar and Joseph Farrier. Service will be held at family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 York Road (beltway exit 26A)
SPORTS
By MUPHEN WHITNEY | February 7, 1993
Last week I asked my farrier for advice to pass along to people getting ready for horse show season. Ben Swope's advice was -- as usual -- thoughtful, practical and to the point."
SPORTS
By MUPHEN WHITNEY | March 14, 1993
Most of the 150 people who attended last weekend's Maryland Horsemen's Party and Blue Ribbon Auction were wrapped up in the horsey aspects of the evening.Christopher Busch, 7-year-old son of Maryland 4-H Foundation executive director Thomas Busch, was smitten by a truck."He wants that truck so bad he has already bid against himself," Thomas Busch said with a laugh as he went off to explain the intricacies of the silent auction to Christopher.The truck in question was a blue and white remote-control truck that Christopher eventually forked over $60 of his dad's money for.Busch's 11-year-old daughter, Jennifer, has been riding and showing horses for about a year, and she found something related to her passion in the auction.
NEWS
July 12, 2004
John "Jack" Green, Sr., 67, of Street, Md. and formerly of Middletown, DE. died Friday, July 9, 2004 at the Gilchrist Center in Baltimore, MD. after a courageous battle with thyroid cancer. Jack was born on April 10, 1937 in Philadelphia to the late John C. and Ruth I. Green. He attended Middletown High School where he cultivated many long lasting friendships before his graduation in 1955. He attended New York State Vet College at Cornell University and graduated in 1958. He served in the Delaware Army National Guard from 1959 until 1964.
NEWS
By MARY ELLEN GRAYBILL and MARY ELLEN GRAYBILL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 23, 2005
Nestled in a new Cape Cod in White Hall, on Jolly Acres Road, a blacksmith's family starts its day early. David Belt Sr., 47, and his apprenticed son, Brian, 19, go to a truck filled with the equipment of a modern-day farrier - an anvil that will be used to hammer horseshoes to fit horses and an ever-expanding supply of aluminum shoes for racers and heavier shoes for riding horses. They will head to the barns of McDonogh School in Owings Mills, or Tranquillity Farms in Jacksonville, or to other farms in the horse country of Maryland.
NEWS
July 12, 2004
John "Jack" Green, Sr., 67, of Street, Md. and formerly of Middletown, DE. died Friday, July 9, 2004 at the Gilchrist Center in Baltimore, MD. after a courageous battle with thyroid cancer. Jack was born on April 10, 1937 in Philadelphia to the late John C. and Ruth I. Green. He attended Middletown High School where he cultivated many long lasting friendships before his graduation in 1955. He attended New York State Vet College at Cornell University and graduated in 1958. He served in the Delaware Army National Guard from 1959 until 1964.
NEWS
By Carole W. McShane and Carole W. McShane,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 14, 2004
Just as shoeing a thoroughbred racehorse is a matter of balance, so is the life of farrier Kenny Ramsburg. In the stables at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, where he has worked for 20 years, Ramsburg labors amid dust, mud, flies and extremes in temperature and humidity. Every time he shoes a horse, he faces the possibility of injury - being bitten, kicked or stepped on. Fifteen years ago, Ramsburg broke his back while shoeing a horse. "In this game, the [farrier] takes a beating," said Lisa Jimenez, a trainer at Laurel Park.
NEWS
June 6, 2003
On June 4, 2003, F.H. "Tom" BAUMANN, beloved husband of the late Gladys M. Baumann (nee Stigler), devoted father of Barbara A. Farrier and her husband James P. Jr., dear brother of Doris Biden, dear grandfather of Lt. Col. Thomas Farrier, USAF, Ret. of Alexandria, VA, Susan Farrier Rotar of Portsmouth, RI and Jeffrey Farrier of Mechanicsville, VA, dear great-grandfather of Julia Rotar and Joseph Farrier. Service will be held at family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 York Road (beltway exit 26A)
NEWS
By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1997
Kate, a 6-year-old gray mare, nibbled contentedly on a bale of hay as Harvey H. Powell gave her a pedicure, one hoof at a time.Bracing a foreleg between his knees, protected by worn leather chaps, the 77-year-old farrier pulled off the worn iron shoe. He evened the edge of the hoof with nippers, like clipping a big fingernail. He smoothed the bottom with a heavy rasp and nailed on a new shoe, using eight needle-sharp nails to pierce the thick hoof.For Powell -- a 5-foot, 1-inch former cowboy and rodeo rider who shoed mules on the Burma Road in World War II -- it was just part of his daily routine, visiting D. M. "Mikey" Smithwick's horse farm in Hydes to see which of the 35 horses need attention to their feet.
SPORTS
By MUPHEN WHITNEY | March 14, 1993
Most of the 150 people who attended last weekend's Maryland Horsemen's Party and Blue Ribbon Auction were wrapped up in the horsey aspects of the evening.Christopher Busch, 7-year-old son of Maryland 4-H Foundation executive director Thomas Busch, was smitten by a truck."He wants that truck so bad he has already bid against himself," Thomas Busch said with a laugh as he went off to explain the intricacies of the silent auction to Christopher.The truck in question was a blue and white remote-control truck that Christopher eventually forked over $60 of his dad's money for.Busch's 11-year-old daughter, Jennifer, has been riding and showing horses for about a year, and she found something related to her passion in the auction.
NEWS
By ANDREA F. SIEGEL and ANDREA F. SIEGEL,SUN REPORTER | February 3, 2006
The former top health officer for Prince George's County pleaded guilty yesterday to three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in Anne Arundel County for severely neglecting animals he kept on his Harwood farm last year, including a miniature pony that officials said they had to euthanize. As part of the plea agreement, pediatrician Frederick J. Corder Sr. of Bowie will pay more than $12,000 to Anne Arundel County Animal Control and Days' End Farm for their care and treatment of the dogs and miniature ponies removed from Corder's property in June.
NEWS
March 23, 2004
On March 21, 2004, DORIS C. BIDEN, formerly of 616 Plymouth Rd.; beloved Aunt of Barbara Farrier, Elva Eareckson and Robert Warner. Friends my call at the family owned David J. Weber Funeral Home, P.A., 5311 Edmondson Ave., on Wednesday, March 24, from 2 to 4PM. Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, 1PM. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 5700 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore, MD 21228
SPORTS
By MUPHEN WHITNEY | February 7, 1993
Last week I asked my farrier for advice to pass along to people getting ready for horse show season. Ben Swope's advice was -- as usual -- thoughtful, practical and to the point."
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