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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 .
By DAVE McMILLION | | March 19, 2012
Citizens emphasized the need for more places in Washington County to ride horses during a public meeting Monday night on a proposed county plan for land preservation, parks and recreation. A 2010 Maryland Equine Census said there were 3,750 horses, ponies, mules, donkeys and burros in Washington County, but Keedysville resident Sharon Draper said she thinks that number is too low. Although Draper said there are many horse owners in the county, Boonsboro resident Charleen Jones said places in the county to ride horses are limited.
March 13, 2012
Janet McKegg was born in 1954 in Washington County General Hospital and spent the first 18 years of her life in Pleasant Valley, about 10 miles south of Boonsboro. She loved nature and its creatures from her earliest years, and also loved horses from the first time she saw one, getting astride a draft horse before she was 2. She attended the University of Maryland at College Park, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in wildlife biology. She began her 28-year career with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a ticket taker at Cunningham Falls State Park and progressed from that to becoming the DNR's first woman wildlife biologist.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | January 19, 2012
Pennsylvania State Police say a Chambersburg, Pa., man is a victim of fraud in which a woman sold his racehorse for slaughter. Police allege Kelsey Elva Lefever, 24, of Honey Brook, Pa., sold horses to slaughter under the pretense she would care for, train and relocate them in new homes. She is charged with deceptive or fraudulent business practices, two counts of felony theft by deception and two counts of misdemeanor theft by deception, police said. She was jailed on $20,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Feb. 6 in Harrisburg, Pa., where charges were filed, according to online court records.
BY JANET HEIM | | January 12, 2012
Debbie Barkdoll and her 18-year-old quarterhorse, Missy Dream Luck, are riding around in style these days. When the duo became the 2011 National Barrel Horse Association Open 4D Champions at the NBHA World Championships in Perry, Ga., at the end of October, 2011, they won the use of a horse trailer for a year. Lettering on the trailer clearly marks their championship status. They were also rewarded with a saddle, large belt buckle, and vest and boots, among other prizes. “A little bit of luck and a lot of consistency,” is how Barkdoll sums up their success.
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | January 9, 2012
For the past few months I've jokingly referred to Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" as "Oscar, Please. " I've had this mental picture of Spielberg submitting a canister of film to a low-level Academy employee and then arrogantly outstretching his hand expecting to receive an award.       The reason I think this way is that the film incorporates a lot of elements that typically lead to a good showing in Oscar voting. The film has shots of English countryside, harrowing war scenes, tales of triumph, European accents, a swelling score by John Williams, lovely evening lighting in the final scene, and of course a horse that you can't help but love.
December 30, 2011
With 2011 drawing to a close, The Herald-Mail this week took a look back at some of the stories the newspaper published during the year and followed up on some of those stories to provide a glimpse of what happened next. Ex-supe 'devoted' to new job The story: Elizabeth Morgan retired as superintendent of Washington County Public Schools in February and took a job as head of a national dropout prevention initiative. The update: Morgan does a lot of traveling and gives speeches as executive director of the America's Promise Alliance's Grad Nation initiative.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | December 18, 2011
Bill Moroney was 7 years old when he visited his grandfather's Massachusetts home, and began feeding and petting the horses. "I pestered my father into taking me to riding lessons," said Moroney, 51. Moroney doesn't get too many chances to ride anymore, but he relishes the opportunities he gets. As president of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association, based in Lexington, Ky., Moroney spent about a third of the past year on the road, away from his 6-acre spread south of Keedysville.
By HEATHER KEELS | | October 29, 2011
The Humane Society of Washington County seized two horses Friday from a farm at 8428 Sharpsburg Pike near Hagerstown, Humane Society spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said. The horses were taken because of failure to provide proper veterinary care, Cooker said. They are owned by Jim Burns of 326 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown, she said. They were taken to Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon, Md., Cooker said. "They are up, but the fact that we took them means they're not great," she said of their condition Friday.
October 14, 2011
Colleen Rutledge of Frederick, Md., who is chasing her Olympic dream of competing in the three-day equestrian event, recently received the Maryland Horse Industry Board's second Touch Of Class Award along with her horse, Shiraz. The award was presented during ceremonies at the Jim McKay Maryland Million horse race at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md. "We are pleased to present this award at the Jim McKay Maryland Million, which is a program of races that feature offspring of Maryland-based stallions.
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