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BY Raychel Harvey-Jones | July 3, 2013
The Humane Society of Washington County seized a 26 year-old female Arabian horse from Edward Roher of Boonsboro  on Monday .  After receiving an anonymous call the humane society field services team headed to a location on Lappans road in Boonsboro, where two field officers accompanied by Michael Lausen, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County, found a horse with clear signs of neglect, according to...
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | 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.
By JANET HEIM | | April 20, 2013
Doris “Doey” Glessner was known for her spunk and style. Her zest for life was contagious, and she shared her life lessons with others by example. Youngest son Neal Glessner of Hagerstown said an appropriate epitaph for his mother would be, “She left a little sparkle wherever she went.” Even Doris' name changed over time. It started when older sister Evelyn's daughter took to calling her Doey because she couldn't pronounce Doris. That side of the family began using the nickname, then a few more special people, then over time, more and more, Neal said.
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.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | February 17, 2013
There were thoroughbreds and foals, muscular lines and wavy manes, but all without horse trailers and with a much easier cleanup Sunday. Saddles-n-Spurs, the 4-H horse club, held its fourth annual model horse show Sunday at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. Instead of riders lining up at the gate to a show ring, young girls carried their entries of model horses to the center tables and dusted them off before the judges gave the models a scrutinizing eye. Like their real-life counterparts, the model horses were judged on the body and build of their breed, said Rebecca Lawson, a judge from Boonsboro.
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.
January 23, 2013
Saddles 'n' Spurs, a 4-H Club, will hold its Washington County Open Model Horse Show Sunday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington County Agriculture Education Center's multi-purpose building. The center is at 7303 Sharpsburg Pike. The show is open to those ages 18 and younger. The classes include: Fun division with a two-entry limit per class and open to all brands of horses Performance division (limit one entry per class - Breyer/Stone brands only) Halter (limit two entries per class - Breyer/Stone brands only)
January 10, 2013
Gentle giants exhibited by the Carbaugh family of Greencastle, Pa., took home several blue ribbons Thursday during the Draft Horse Pleasure Show at the 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The Carbaughs placed first in a variety of classes, including senior youth cart (ages 14 to 19), team hitch commercial, youth team hitch and youth riding. Judges for the show were Tom and Judy Smith. First-place winners for the Draft Horse Pleasure Show were: Men's Cart - Linda Bunning/Walter Rice, Benchfield Farms, Cumberland County Ladies' Cart - Emily Mitchell, Crystal View Carriage Services, Carbon County Junior Youth Cart (8 to 13)
November 1, 2012
A motorist struck and killed a horse that was standing in the roadway on Broadfording Road Thursday morning, police said. The Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Brent Roberts, whose age and address were not provided, was driving east on Broadfording Road. His vehicle hit the horse at about 7 a.m., in the 16000 block of Broadfording Road, east of Broadfording Church of God, near Hagerstown, deputies said. The horse died before deputies reached the scene.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | September 30, 2012
A horse show in Inwood, W.Va., next week is one of two major annual fundraisers needed to keep the word of God spreading among the 1,000 or so “backstretch” workers at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The money augments the $100,000 annual budget of the Charles Town Race Track Chaplaincy. It pays for a full-time chaplain and two part-time secretaries, said M. Victoria “Torie” White of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., a member of the chaplaincy's council. The chaplaincy is an arm of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
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