Tuck­a­hoe Eques­trian Cen­ter cel­e­brates its 25th birth­day

Record Observer - - Community - By DOUG BISHOP dougp­bishop@ya­hoo.com

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.

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