New guide to re­gion sta­bles, ev­ery­thing equine avail­able

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“For Your Horse: The South­ern Mary­land Equine Guide” is a di­rec­tory for the re­gion’s equine com­mu­nity that brings to­gether in­for­ma­tion for horse own­ers and re­sources for those who are dis­cov­er­ing horses for the first time.

The 44-page, full-color di­rec­tory show­cases horse farms and sta­bles in Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mary’s coun­ties that of­fer rid­ing lessons and train­ing pro­grams, horse board­ing, sales and breed­ing, plus list­ings of equine-re­lated goods and ser­vices in­clud­ing re­gional hay farms, feed pro­duc­ers, vets, far­ri­ers, tack shops, lo­cal area horse­back rid­ing trails and more.

The guide also fea­tures South­ern Mary­land’s seven Horse Dis­cov­ery Cen­ters, a re­cent pro­gram of the Mary­land Horse In­dus­try Board. These care­fully se­lected sta­bles wel­come peo­ple of all ages and ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els to learn about horses in a friendly and knowl­edge­able en­vi­ron­ment. “It’s a great way to get to know these won­der­ful an­i­mals,” said Su­san McQuilkin, mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive of the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC), the guide’s cre­ators. “You can ar­range to take a rid­ing les­son, watch a horse show, touch and in­ter­act with horses, or just ad­mire them from dis­tance.”

A spe­cial sec­tion in the guide of­fers a sneak pre­view of the re­gion’s new­est her­itage trail “Hoof­beats Through His­tory: The South­ern Mary­land His­toric Horse Trail,” a net­work of des­ti­na­tions high­light­ing the im­por­tant role of horses in the area’s cul­ture and her­itage. Sev­eral sites ex­em­plify South­ern Mary­land’s his­toric as­so­ci­a­tion with the thor­ough­bred rac­ing in­dus­try, and oth­ers show­case Mary­land’s state sport (jousting). At sev­eral des­ti­na­tions vis­i­tors can even ex­am­ine cen­turies-old equine-re­lated ar­ti­facts un­earthed in the area. Visit the His­toric Horse Trail web­site at www.somd­horse­ to see key site de­scrip­tions with sto­ries and pho­tos and an in­ter­ac­tive map.

The new South­ern Mary­land Equine Guide is avail­able free to the pub­lic, while stocks last, at par­tic­i­pat­ing sta­bles and equine busi­nesses, re­gional pub­lic li­braries and wel­come cen­ters. See a list of pick up sites on the “what’s new page” on the SMADC web­site, or view the Equine Guide on­line at the “get the guides” page at

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