Tuckahoe Equestrian Center celebrates its 25th birthday
QUEEN ANNE — The Tuckahoe Equestrian Center hosted its 25th anniversary celebration Saturday, Oct. 7, with a day filled with equine presentations. It began with the Maryland Rough Riders Drill Team performing a patriotic opening ceremony, followed by the Queen Anne’s County Pony Express 4-H Club Drill Team, both in the large show arena.
Numerous demonstrations took place, one after another in the show ring all-day. They included all types of riding demonstrations: Reining, Dressage, Jumping, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Showmanship, and more.
Lectures on equine health were provided by local experts: equine dentist Judith Cockey; Dr. Autumn Gillespie spoke and demonstrated a Chiropractic examination of a 20-year-old horse; Jennifer Hartnett of Southern States provided a lecture on horse nutrition; and a local blacksmith/farrier showed his handiwork of horseshoe art.
Tuckahoe Equestrian Center was founded by the late Cindy Berkey 25 years ago. The equestrian center has seen many different programs on its grounds, which are next to Tuckahoe State Park, over those years.
The longest lasting was the previous Tuckahoe Outlaw Days, beginning in 1996 and running through 2010. It was the major fundraiser for the center over those years.
Tuckahoe Equestrian Center is a registered 501(c)3 organization.
Among its members, 20year Tuckahoe Equestrian Center member (18 years as Board member) and former Treasurer of the Maryland Horse Council Royce Herman said, “Going forward, we have wish list of what we hope to do with Tuckahoe Equestrian Center. No. 1, we’d like to finally have a septic system installed, and that’s in the works right now, including adding showers and complete bathroom facilities on the grounds.”
“In no particular order of priority,” Herman added, “No 2, upgrade our electrical system. No. 3, re-do the show arena. No. 4, build a roofed pavilion to host events. No. 5. Add a stall barn for larger shows to be held here. To do all this we need to build our membership.”
The current group of TEC members are very active, hosting year-round trail rides, most in the immediate area. The weekend of Nov. 3-5, designated “Cindy Berkey Day,” is the annual Fall Harvest Auction and Trail Ride held at Tuckahoe State Park.
Meals, breakfast, lunch and dinners will be sold for all campers who come for the weekend or the day that weekend. Saturday, Nov. 4, the annual auction will be held of different feeds and hay, homemade foods, used tack, all to benefit TEC. Many local businesses donate items for the auction.
Nov. 18, another local trail ride located between Lewistown and Cordova on a large farm in Talbot county. December the group hosts its annual Christmas party, and will host another trail ride in Queen Anne’s County at Conquest Preserve.
TEC hosted a trail ride in mid-September to raise funds to battle breast cancer. It had a very impressive turnout with over 60 riders, raising several thousand dollars for the cause.
Individual memberships are offered at an annual fee of $30 a year, and family membership at $40 a year. It is a tax deductible donation to join.
Regular meetings for Tuckahoe Equestrian Centrer held at the club house, next to the barn, every third Wednesday evening, beginning at 7 p.m. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. The center is located at 619 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne.
Riding her 20-year old Arabian horse “Mocha” at a full gallop, Ashlee Dilling, 12, of Centreville was one of several Pony Express Club members who participated in a barrel racing demonstration during the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center’s 25th anniversary celebration, Saturday, October 7.
Longtime Maryland Horse Council and Tuckahoe Equestrian Center member Royce Herman of Centreville mans the information booth, Saturday, October 7, during the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center 25th anniversary celebration.