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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2011
Maria Vogel was rockin' in the saddle Saturday at an age when many folks are rockin' a chair. The 65-year-old Adamstown, Md., woman was awaiting her turn to joust at Fairplay Days at Old Tilghmanton Tournament Woods, mounted upon Fadjur, a 26-year-old Arabian. "My obituary will read, 'The oldest novice in the history of the sport,'" joked Vogel, who competes using the moniker "Maid of Visa. " "Like the credit card," Vogel said. "Charge, Maid of Visa," tournament announcer Linda Minnick said over the public address system.
NEWS
August 5, 2011
Animal control officers this week removed eight horses from a home in the Bedington, W.Va., area due to suspected malnutrition, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said in a press release Friday. Three of the eight horses had “little ones” that were also taken to allow continued nursing, the press release said. Animal control officers discovered the horses' condition during a routine inspection, when they also found food and water at “questionable levels,” police alleged.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 8, 2011
They have been likened to “skeletons walking around,” so emaciated that their rib cages are showing and the tops of their backs are sunken. Many of the 13 horses brought to Days End Farm Horse Rescue from a farm in Queen Anne's County, Md., are suffering from heavy infestations of parasites such as lice and worms, said Brooke Vrany, assistant director of the horse rescue group. They were in such an advanced state of emaciation that normal deposits of fat around their eyes were gone, she said.
NEWS
August 23, 2007
Organizations involved in the rescue of 75 horses from a Sharpsburg farm in December still are trying to find homes for most of them. The Humane Society of Washington County will help people schedule appointments to see the horses that remained in Washington County. The phone number is 301-733-2060, ext. 237. Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, Md., has posted pictures and descriptions of the horses it has at its Web site, www.defhr.org. It can be reached at 301-854-5037 or 410-442-1564.
NEWS
February 10, 2013
More than 15 firefighters responded to 10389 Newburg Road in Lurgan Township, Pa., on Sunday morning after receiving a report of a horse slipping through ice on a pond. When crews arrived shortly after 11 a.m., they found five or six horses standing on ice covering a large pond, according to Kevin Singer, a captain with the Newburg-Hopewell Volunteer Fire Department. One of the draft horses had fallen through the ice, Singer said. Singer said firefighters, who remained on land, used feed to lure the horses off the ice. They used rope to pull the remaining horse out of the pond.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 18, 2013
Karen Davis enlisted friends Stacey Schaab and Beth Przybylski to join her for last year's National Pike Festival and Wagon Train in Washington County because she had just finished radiation treatment for cancer. “Now, I can't get rid of them,” Davis joked Saturday afternoon at City Park in Hagerstown, where the trio stopped with the caravan of wagons, horses and people for the weekend ride. The National Pike Festival, which celebrates the historic, 19th-century road that helped extend the Baltimore-National Pike to Cumberland, Md., kicked off Friday with an overnight encampment at Plumb Grove near Clear Spring.
NEWS
September 20, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- All of the horses seized earlier this month from an equine rescue in Berkeley County have been adopted, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Capt. Scott Richmond said Monday. Authorities took more than 50 horses and two young cows from Hidden Meadows Equine Rescue Inc. at 227 Edward Drive off Scrabble Road on Sept. 11. Seven horses died and another had to be put down at the equine rescue in the days leading up to the seizure of the animals, which were found with little to eat and no water, police have said.
NEWS
March 5, 2013
While many children kick back and relax on their Presidents Day break from school,  learning never stops for the 4-H Horse Project Members in Washington County. Presidents Day found these students at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville busily engaged in a series of workshops designed to provide hands-on learning of the knowledge needed for them to advance in the state's Horsemanship Standards Recognition Program. Classes this year focused on the more advanced concepts required for levels three and four, said 4-H leader LeAnn Johnson.  “We have worked hard to develop the resources needed to support this learning,” she said.  Each participant received guidebooks for levels one through four depending on their advancement.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 14, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Authorities seized 56 horses and two young cows Saturday from the operator of an equine rescue organization after they were found with little to eat and no water east of Martinsburg, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said Monday. Seven horses died at Hidden Meadows Equine Rescue Inc. at 227 Edward Drive off Scrabble Road and another had to be put down there Friday after it was found dying before the other animals were seized, said Deputy Scott Myers, who is investigating allegations of animal cruelty.
NEWS
February 18, 2007
A hay caravan made its way Saturday from Monkton, Md., in Baltimore County to Washington County carrying 450 bales to donate to the Humane Society of Washington County to help care for horses the Humane Society seized last year. Several people from around Maryland donated hay to help care for about 70 horses the Humane Society took from a Sharpsburg farm in late 2006. The society has assumed responsibility for the care of all of the horses it found at Windrinker Farm, said Katherine Cooker, manager of development and community relations.
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By TIM ROWLAND | September 4, 2013
Item: The Washington County Board of Education could vote as early as Tuesday on the first reading of a new policy governing service animals for individuals with disabilities in public schools that would now include miniature horses, board officials said. An open letter to the Washington County Board of Education: Dear Sirs and Madams: We need to talk. No, really we need to talk - and soon. This new policy you're considering that would allow miniature horses in schools?
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EDUCATION
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 30, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education could vote as early as Tuesday on the first reading of a new policy governing service animals for individuals with disabilities in public schools that would now include miniature horses, board officials said. Board President Justin Hartings said the inclusion of miniature horses was due to federal law. The board policy committee didn't sit down with a list of farm animals and choose miniature horses, said Hartings, one of three board members on the panel.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
Nancy Replogle of Clear Spring captured the reserve world championship title and the first- place Super-Select title in aged mares at the 2013 Adequan Select American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show on Aug. 27 in Amarillo. Replogle showed the American quarter horse, Sweet Rosie O Grady, which is owned and bred by RC Whisner of New Stanton, Pa. The 2009 buckskin mare was sired by Kids Classic Style and out of What An Eyeful. In the aged mares class, 15 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $3,000.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 18, 2013
Memories of the old Fairplay School included teachers, activities such as Field Day at Hagerstown's City Park, having three grades in one room and the long walk to school. “And it was, for me, it was a long walk. I had 2 1/4 miles to walk,” said Virginia (Bowers) Duttinger, who attended the three-room school in the late 1930s. Louise (Skelton) Hartle said it was a long, hard walk of more than a mile from her home, halfway between Fairplay and Bakersville, to school in all kinds of weather.
OPINION
August 5, 2013
“This is on the environmental group, the score cards, and sustaining downtown police patrol. This environmental group, you know, I don't believe in this environmental stuff anyway. You give two people zero percent, but Mr. Shank, Mr. Parrott, I think they're better than most of them that you put in. Of course, you gave 100 percent on, most of the Democrats. So another thing, as far as the police department, you need to have police walking the streets like they used to, not riding around in patrol cars.
NEWS
July 31, 2013
The Maryland Horse Industry Board will accept grant applications for research, educational and promotional projects that support horses or the equestrian community, or develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry. Grant applications can be submitted between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30. Individual requests should not exceed $3,000. Nearly $30,000 is available for grants - a 15 percent increase in funding from the previous year. Organizations eligible for grants include nonprofit organizations, clubs and associations, businesses, farms and licensed stables, government entities, schools and educational institutions.
NEWS
July 30, 2013
4-H dairy cattle show Showmanship Junior showmanship champion - Ryan Snyder Intermediate showmanship champion - Sydney Davis Senior showmanship champion - Tessa Wiles Overall showmanship champion - Tessa Wiles Ayrshire Junior champion - Rachel Wiles Reserve junior champion - Hannah Reed Grand champion - Rachel Wiles Reserve grand champion - Hannah Reed Brown Swiss Junior champion - Grace Holder ...
LIFESTYLE
July 26, 2013
The four reigning national jousting champions - all from Maryland - recently received the Maryland Horse Industry Board's Touch of Class Award at the 92nd Petersville Farmers Club Joust at the Petersville Farmers Club grounds in Brunswick. The four Marylanders - Corey Minnick of Washington County, Malcolm Macy of Harford County, and Lily Fisher-Flaherty and her younger brother, Ian Flaherty, of Calvert County - swept all four divisions at the 2012 national jousting finals, which were held last fall in Maryland.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
The Maryland Horse Industry Board, a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, is seeking nominations to fill two positions on its 12-member board. The group serves as a commodities board that helps grow and promote the Maryland horse industry. It is also a regulatory body that provides oversight and advocacy to help protect horses and consumers at the state's commercial riding, lesson, boarding, rental and rescue stables. The open positions represent licensed veterinary medicine (equine)
NEWS
July 4, 2013
A horse rescued from Lappans Road this week had to be euthanized Wednesday because of its condition, according to a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Washington County. A person who was concerned about the horse's condition  alerted authorities about the animal, according to Addie Nardi, director of development for the humane society. The horse was taken to the humane society on Maugansville Road on Monday, Nardi said. A veterinarian examined the horse and determined nothing could be done to save the animal, Nardi said.
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