‘Ev­ery­thing Equine’ helps mark cen­ter’s 25th an­niver­sary

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

RIDGELY — Tuck­a­hoe Eques­trian Cen­ter will cel­e­brate its 25th an­niver­sary Satur­day, Oct. 7, with an “Ev­ery­thing Equine Day,” with free demon­stra­tions, lec­tures and equine-re­lated ven­dors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Multi-dis­ci­pline demon­stra­tions will be held through­out the day, in­clud­ing Hunter/Jumpers, Western Plea­sure, Driv­ing, Bar­rel Rac­ing, Mounted Archery, Per­for­mance Mules, Rop­ing, Dres­sage, Joust­ing, Trick Rid­ing, Western Dres­sage, and Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing. There will also be lec­tures on Equine Den­tistry, Vet­eri­nary, and Black­smith/far­rier ser­vices.

Tuck­a­hoe Eques­trian Cen­ter is lo­cated at Tuck­a­hoe State Park, 619 Crouse Mill Road, Ridgely. It was started by the late Cindy Berkey.

The huge show ring an­nouncer’s stand is named “Fort Berkey” in her honor.

The show ring is 300’ x 150’ in size. There is a club house, and large, five-stall barn near the show ring. The barn is re­served for TEC mem­bers only dur­ing spe­cial events or overnight cam­pouts/trail rides through Tuck­a­hoe State Park.

There is also a lighted joust­ing path, as joust­ing is the of­fi­cial sport of Mary­land.

Tuck­a­hoe Eques­trian Cen­ter used to hold an event known as Out­law Days as their ma­jor an­nual fundraiser. It ran for 15 years be­fore be­ing dis­con­tin­ued a few years ago.

Tuck­a­hoe Eques­trian Cen­ter is a reg­is­tered 501(c)3 or­ga­ni­za­tion. In­di­vid­ual mem­ber­ships are $15, or $25 for a fam­ily mem­ber­ship.

The prop­erty was do­nated by the Crouse fam­ily that had lived there un­til the early 1990s.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the sched­ule of events, con­tact Denise Hill at 1-302-249-5804.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

The cur­rent of­fi­cers of Tuck­a­hoe Eques­trian Cen­ter are shown at Fort Berkey, the an­nouncer’s stand at the huge show ring. Fort Berkey is named for the late Cindy Berkey, who was in­stru­men­tal in found­ing the cen­ter. Stand­ing be­low, act­ing Pres­i­dent Rob Creel, above from the left, Vice Pres­i­dent Irma Mar­shall, Trea­surer Stacy Frank, and Sec­re­tary Gail Brodt. TEC is cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary, Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7, with all-day equine demon­stra­tions and re­lated lec­tures. Ad­mis­sion is free.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

The sign at the en­trance to Tuck­a­hoe Eques­trian Cen­ter, lo­cated at Tuck­a­hoe State Park be­tween Queen Anne and Ridgely. The cen­ter is cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary, Satur­day, Oct. 7, with day-long equine demon­stra­tions and re­lated lec­tures. Ad­mis­sion is free. The land for the cen­ter was do­nated by Clifton and Es­ther Crouse.

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