August 26, 2012
Mr. J. Herbert Frantz, 87, of 10471 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro, Pa., died at 12:29 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Quincy Village. He had been in declining health since May. Born Oct. 6, 1924, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late J. Harlan and Lois (Eshelman) Frantz. He lived his entire life at the property on Buchanan Trail East. He and his wife of more than 61 years, Alma K. (Kuhn) Frantz, were married May 19, 1951, in Waynesboro. Mr. Frantz was self-employed as a farmer all of his life.
August 22, 2012
The final scheduled Jumper Show Night of the Washington County Horse Council season literally got off the ground Aug. 16. The event was enhanced by extra awards provided in some divisions through the Thoroughbred Incentive Program. The program, sponsored by the Jockey Club, promotes the use of thoroughbreds in many disciplines outside of racing. “We are excited that we were selected to participate in TIP.” said Lori Bellerive, a horse council board member. So with prize money waiting, the excitement of the night was at an all-time high.
August 8, 2012
To mark its 30th anniversary, the Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center will hold its biannual Art from the Heart fundraiser Sunday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Chambersburg Country Club. Thirty years ago, in the spring of 1982, the riding center started its program with three horses, five riders, a handful of volunteers and investors who shared the same wish - to have a place in Franklin County where people with special needs could relax and receive therapy through horsemanship.
July 28, 2012
Last year, when Megan Mikulsky went to show her horse Glory during the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair, she made a startling discovery. He was gone. “He ran away. He went over and made friends with the cows,” she said. “But I caught him.” Megan, 15, of Smithsburg, said learning to think fast and deal with emergency situations is just one of many ways the 4-H-sponsored Horse and Pony English Show benefits her and other riders. The show is the culmination of a yearlong 4-H project in which young riders assume most, if not all, responsibility for their horses.
July 13, 2012
The Maryland Horse Industry Board will accept grant applications for nonprofit research, educational and promotional equine activities beginning Aug. 1. The board intends to award up to $25,000 in grants that support or develop new opportunities for Maryland's horse industry. Applications must be received by Oct. 1. Funding for the board and its grants comes from the Maryland Feed Fund, which collects $6 on every ton of horse feed sold in Maryland. It is an effective model for how industry groups can help themselves without relying on taxpayer dollars.
June 14, 2012
Washington County Horse Council held its first of three jumper nights on May 30. In the jumper night competition, riders are timed on their ability to negotiate complex courses. To enhance the courses at the show, C and M Farm donated the use of many brightly painted poles. They added to the challenge as riders had to overcome their horse's natural fears of the unusual. Overall winner for the night was Julia Lockman, riding Hurley to first place in four classes. Other riders who met the challenges of the course included Sarah Stayer, Zoe Chapelle, Lindsay O'Brien, Mariah Chapelle, Emily Mercier, Leslie Hay and Bonnie Kepner.
June 4, 2012
This week will be different than the rest of summer vacation for 40 youths participating in the Fulton County (Pa.) Camp Cadet. The girls woke at 5 a.m. and the boys at 6 a.m. Monday for running, range shooting, water safety class and presentations at the camp, which is run by the Pennsylvania State Police. Events scheduled through Friday include lessons in arson investigations, forensics, first aid, and resisting drugs and alcohol. Isaiah Clark, 12, was one of 70 students who interviewed for a spot in the camp.
May 19, 2012
When she was 8 years old, Danielle Ruck wanted a miniature pony, “but mom and dad said 'no.'” On Saturday at City Park in Hagerstown, the Greencastle, Pa., girl, now 17, was content just to watch the horses in the 24th National Pike Festival wagon train. She no longer wants to own one. “Too much work,” Ruck said when asked if she still wanted a horse. “No where to keep it.” Ruck joined her aunt, Carolyn Barton of Hagerstown, and other relatives in the park for the wagon train's annual visit.
April 30, 2012
“What is the name of the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby?” That was one of the many questions asked at the Maryland State 4-H Horse Bowl competition on April 23 at the University of Maryland. This year's Washington County senior Horse Bowl team included Mariah Chapelle, Megan Leisinger, Katie Sprankle, Lilli Sutton and Crystal Welling and coach Zoe Chapelle, a 4-H member who recently placed fourth in national competition as a member of the Maryland State Team. With a quick “buzz in” and the answer, “Aristides,” the Washington County team had gained yet another point in a close round as they battled their way to a third-place team finish. While individual points were important, teamwork kept them competitive.
April 20, 2012
A grand opening open house is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at tombetsthefarm, 5404 Mondell Road, Sharpsburg. There will be saddle-fitting demonstrations, pain point demonstrations, farrier demonstrations, riding demonstrations, and free horse and pony rides. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Betsy Ayers at 717-215-5103 or email@example.com .