Attention 2016 Year End Prize Winners!

Attention 2016 Year End Prize Winners!

You must claim your awards by March 1, 2017 or your prize will be donated. Please contact to claim your award. You may have your award shipped for a $25 fee or you may pick up your award at the MHSA office in Clarksville, MD at a mutually agreed upon time.

If you are unsure if you won an award, the full list of award winners can be viewed in the 2016 MHSA Banquet Program here: 2016 MHSA Banquet Program

2016 MHSA Regional Championship Horse Show

The 2016 MHSA Regional Championship Horse Show will be held on November 5 – 6 at McDonogh School. The Prize List and Entry Blank are now available. The qualifying lists will not be posted until the end of October. The qualifying deadline is October 31, 2016. Please check the prize list for the complete schedule and information related to the show. Stalls can be reserved and bedding can be ordered.

Getting Back on the Horse – Handling Criticism and Rough Patches – by guest blogger Mikala Perry

I was never the girl who dreamt of riding or asked for a pony for Christmas.  Sure, I thought sitting on the back of a horse and communicating with a creature who doesn’t speak was incredibly awesome, I just didn’t know anything about riding other than what I had seen on television.
I went to a riding camp when I was nine and loved every second of it.  So, I started taking lessons and half-leasing a school horse.  My parents swore that four rides a week was all I would get until I was old enough to pay for everything myself.  Here I am, four years later, at a show barn with my two horses having the time of my life.
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I’ve struggled quite a bit with criticism.  When showing horses, one is expected to have thick skin.  Trainers get tough.  It’s their job.  Students work as hard as they can.  It’s their job.  I however, have struggled with this concept.  If I do something wrong and get scolded for it, I take it personally.  My horse is wild?  Then I’m a terrible rider.  I beat myself up for days telling myself I’m not good enough and never will be.
However, after I finish throwing myself a little pity party, I work as hard as I can to improve upon myself.  Of course, I have days – sometimes even weeks – where I don’t want to work.  I don’t have enough energy to fight for it and just want to go out and have a fun ride in the field with my friends.  But everyone has those days.

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    Sometimes riding gets harder than usual.  Barn drama picks up and the work gets harder.  I get to a point where I don’t know if I can pursue my dreams.  I stress and sometimes wonder if I still love this sport as much as I used to.  I lose sight of what riding is truly about.  In the end, I always choose to continue.  Not for the blue ribbons; not for the perfect lesson; and not because I don’t want to let anyone down.  I do this for me.  I do this for my wonderful horses who I could not be more thankful for.  I do this for the friendships fostered in the barn.  I do this for all the hours spent at the barn waiting for the vet to come.  I do this because I love every single moment spent at the barn.  I love working and having my muscles be sore for days.  I love going to shows and having all my hard work pay off. This sport is hard and it definitely isn’t always fun, but it’s so worth it.
All the sad, frustrated, and angry moments pay off. All the days I go home sore are worth it.  Whether I have good days at the barn or not, it will always be worth it.  In the long run, every single moment at the barn is cherished.  I didn’t choose this wild and crazy horse-infested life – it chose me.

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About Mikala Perry: Mikala is a 14-yr-old 9th grader from Frederick, MD. She rides with Justine Powers at Highgarden Farm in the hunters and equitation with her two horses, Ladylike and Flip 4 It.

2016 East Coast Junior Hunter Finals – A Recap by Courtney Sloan

Every year as the second week of July rolls around, I snag my laptop and clear my schedule in order to allot time to watch the top junior hunters on the east coast float around the Dixon Oval. This year I was even more enthusiastic as the East Coast Junior Hunter Finals came around the corner since I knew I had the privilege of competing at this prestigious championship!  My lease horse, Albee (aka Wallenda), and I qualified for the 3’3” Junior 16-17 section of the championship back in April at Maryland National. Albee is a 14 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding who I’ve had the pleasure of riding for the past two years. We qualified under the guidance and support of my wonderful trainer, Kristin Mangum, who I ride with out of Highland Grove Stable in Purcellville, Virginia.

In order to allow ample time for Albee to settle in, we shipped off in the morning on Saturday (7/9) so he had a day to relax before we did our ticketed warm up in the Dixon Oval on Sunday. Luckily, Albee is able to make himself at home almost anywhere and he had no problem acclimating himself to his new surroundings at Devon. When we pulled up to the show grounds we were surprised that they are right off of the main road, however I fell in love with the facility cloaked in powder blue. After setting up Albee’s stall and getting him squared away in his weekend home, with the assistance of my wonderful friend Emily Gebhardt, who spent the weekend grooming, supporting, and taking pictures for me – we ventured up to the Dixon Oval to watch the USHJA National Hunter Derby held by the Brandywine Horse Show to get an idea for how a course in that ring rides.


The following day, ticketed schooling rounds were held in the Dixon Oval. In the morning, before the start of the last day of the Brandywine Series, I hacked Albee in both the Dixon Oval and the Gold Ring so he could familiarize himself with the rings before we began showing.  He went around super well for our schooling round and really enjoyed being in the Dixon Oval, so he was sure to express his enthusiasm after a single set on the quarter line.  I was very pleased with our schooling and felt confident and prepared going into the beginning of the week! That same evening, we attended the rider’s meeting hosted by Geoff Teall in the new lounge by the Gold Ring. Mr. Teall went over rules, purpose, and phases of the competition in detail. After addressing the specifics of the championships, the riders were invited to pick up a garment bag and a T-shirt as souvenirs for qualifying for the prestigious championships.

On Monday morning, the championship began with the classic round. The 3’6” sections competed in the Dixon Oval and the 3’3” sections in the Gold Ring. We were towards the bottom of the posted order, so I had plenty of time to learn my course and watch how it rode. Before the start of the class, Kristin and I walked the course and formed a plan. Our trip was pretty good for the most part, despite a couple of minor errors. When Albee entered the ring he perked up quite a bit, so we could have been a little more patient to a few of the jumps. I was very pleased that Albee was so brave considering this was his, and my, first time at Junior Hunter Finals!


The handy round and under saddle classes ran concurrently on Tuesday, with the under saddles going in the Gold Ring and the handy in the Dixon Oval. I couldn’t wait to get in the Dixon Oval and do our handy trip since we both really enjoy the handy classes! The handy course, which was designed by Skip Bailey, included 6 different places on course with option fences for the riders to choose between. Deciding what options and tracks to take on course really gave riders the chance to show off their horse’s strengths and handiness in various points throughout the course. We went in the ring, had an absolute blast, and laid down a really solid trip to earn us 10th in Section B out of a total of 53 competitors in the 16-17 section of 3’3”Juniors! I was ecstatic when we were called to jog, especially since we overcame some difficulties that morning. Fixing all of our minor issues from the day before and being able to bounce back from a tough morning was enough to leave me beyond satisfied with the weekend, so getting to jog in 10th was really the icing on the cake!


Being able to compete at the East Coast Junior Hunter Finals was such an incredible experience. It was extremely humbling to be in the company of the top junior riders and Junior Hunter horses on the East Coast! I was greatly impressed with the quality of the horses competing – they were truly the best of the best! It was an absolute honor competing against this elite group of horses and riders and I would love to do it again! Unfortunately, this was my first and last Junior Hunter Finals as I will be aging out this winter. I certainly would encourage anyone considering qualifying for Junior Hunter Finals as one of their goals to go forth and pursue it! It really is a once in a lifetime experience that I wouldn’t have traded for the world!


Best of luck to everyone trying to qualify for the finals next year! Have a blast and cherish every moment of it!



PC: Emily Gebhardt


MHSA Blog Post – Junior Riders Balancing Work and Riding – with Colby Noble

It’s every teenager’s favorite time of year again. SUMMER!!! For most of us that means more time to hang out at the barn with our beloved horses and friends. For some of us though, we have decided to take on a summer job. This summer was my first time having an actual job, not just helping Mom and Dad around the house. I got a job being a part-time hostess for a local restaurant in my town. I was so excited that I got the job after searching for 3 months! Quickly I realized though that my riding schedule and work schedule conflicted a little. If you my friend are also having this struggle fear not, I have a solution!

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                First phase, you are going to want to try to make a simple schedule. I had given my boss an availability sheet containing the days I can work and days I’m not going to be there. Most all bosses are going to want this to see when you are available.  When you make this sheet up, you are going to have to consider a few things. How often do I have a lesson? When do I have horse shows or camps? And if you are like me, when is Drivers Ed? After you make this list, you are going to want to keep a copy for yourself also and give another copy to your boss.

Phase two, making a simple riding schedule. Now I don’t know about you but I love having some kind of idea of when I ride during the week and when my horse’s days off are. When you are making this schedule you might want to run it by your trainer to double check it. If you are having trouble thinking of one, consider these points: how much work does your horse need per week, when are lessons, and how many days should they get off. This is where talking to your trainer comes in handy because they, like you, know exactly what your horse really needs.

Phase three, get together your two schedules. This is where it might get a bit tricky, but just relax and have a cookie you’re almost there! Try your best to work the two schedules together. Some days you might have to get up early before work to get a quick hack in or go out a little later and not get to ride with your friends. It will all be worth it though when you get your first pay check and feel like you can accomplish anything!

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Good luck my junior fellow riders!!

Colby Noble

MHSA Junior Member


What Makes the MHSA So Special?! Inside the Venue, Loch Moy Farm

Where is the Loch Moy Farm located?  Loch Moy Farm is nestled in the hills of Adamstown, Maryland, the Highlands at Loch Moy Farm provide the perfect setting and facility for horse shows and other exciting community and sporting events. The venue is just 15 minutes from Frederick, Maryland, 30 minutes from Leesburg, Virginia, and only 50 minutes from DC and Baltimore.

More about the facility: Loch Moy Farm is another amazing equestrian venue that offers unique opportunities for eventers and hunter/jumpers alike. In addition to hosting the Maryland Horse Trials, Loch Moy Farm offers recognized dressage and hunter/jumper shows, schooling shows and horse trials, adult eventing camp, clinics, other exciting events!

What types of shows are held at Loch Moy?  Loch Moy farm hosts the Sugarloaf Mountain Horse Show Series from March through October, which are all MHSA Regional Horse Shows (some are also VHSA Associate, Colonial Classic, HCHSA, DCAreaHSA, or TASS Thoroughbred rated).  The regional series culminates this year on October 30th with an Oktoberfest and Halloween Derby. As mentioned above Loch Moy is also home to the Maryland Horse Trials, which hosts events at all levels from starter trials to USEA 2* events. There is also paid schooling in the rings available the Friday afternoon before each Sugarloaf show. This blogger is hopeful to make it out for one of the weekday Twilight Eventing opportunities (a combined test of course, I only jump things that are surrounded by fences).


What are the rings like? There are a couple different options for ring configuration at Loch Moy but the standard set up for MHSA regional shows is as follows: one large ring for predominantly jumpers (and some early morning equitation) divisions; a second ring that is divided into 3 generously sized rings, with the far and near sides used for hunter divisions and the middle reserved for schooling/warm up. There are also 2 additional warm up spaces and a special smaller ring for beginner classes. There are new rings under construction for use in derby style events (like the Halloween derby mentioned above), but the unique set up allows for fun derby style courses where riders can jump “in and out” of the ring. The hunter courses are set with beautiful full natural jumps similar to that of a nationally rated show.  All rings are outdoor and host all weather footing that was recently put to the test during a rainy weekend this past May and I can speak with first hand knowledge that it held up nicely!

How is the parking? Trailer parking is a dream! Most spots are pull in and pull out, you just have to navigate the road in. Car parking is also abundant but depending on when you arrive, where your trailer is parked and which ring you are showing in, can be a little bit of walk (but for this step counting addict, it’s not too bad).

What’s the food situation? There is on-site concession that offers the standard horse show foods, grilled cheese, chicken Caesar salad and burgers, in addition to breakfast sandwiches.

Stabling options? There are stabling options available, please email Carolyn Mackintosh, for more details.

Nearby attractions? Loch Moy is located in a beautifully scenic part of Maryland with wonderful hiking options like Sugarloaf Mountain and the Monocacy River. If you’re braver than this blogger and have the appropriate equipment  (safety vests required!) there are some serious cross-country schooling opportunities (as well as stuff for beginners) right on the property. The facility is also just 20 minutes from historic downtown Frederic, Maryland, which has amazing dining and shopping opportunities.

Other tips: All of the shows have online registration available via and you receive a discount for registering in advance.
If you enjoy fried chicken (and who doesn’t?), there is a hidden gem just 15 minutes from the property that you might pass by without a second thought called The Dickerson Store. It’s attached to a gas station and there is a sign about their famous fried chicken on the outside, you might think this is a joke. It’s not. Try the fried chicken!


Full disclosure: this facility is in this blogger’s backyard from where she keeps her horse in Poolesville, so it’s definitely a personal favorite.



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About Lauren: Lauren Glickman founded WindyGlick Communications to help small businesses and non-profits utilize social media and other online communication tools. When not tweeting or instagramming, Lauren enjoys cooking, bluegrass and being outdoors with her dog Basil. She is an adult amateur and you can find her and her horse Marli at regional MHSA horse shows and Surmont Stables in Poolesville, MD. In this photo, she is competing at Loch Moy!


What Makes the MHSA So Special? Inside the Venue, McDonogh School

What Makes the MHSA So Special?!

Blogpost #1: Inside the Venue, McDonogh School
Lauren Glickman, MHSA Guest Blogger

Where is the McDonogh School located?

8600 McDonogh Rd, Owing Mills, MD 21117

McDonogh School is conveniently located 30 minutes from Baltimore and just over an hour from Washington, DC. It is a beautiful facility located on the McDonogh School campus, a co-educational K-12 boarding and day school.

History of the Facility:

The equestrian facility is one of the oldest aspects of McDonogh’s property. The school was originally an all-boys academy and the riding program has been around for most of its history. The first cavalry drills began in 1926 (pictured). Since then, McDonogh has built and re-built an impressive barn complete with an indoor ring, plenty of spacious stalls, and several large tack rooms. The equestrian program is especially fond of the three large sand show rings and state-of-the-art indoor that have been home to thousands of prestigious competitions.


What types of shows are held at McDonogh?

Shows are held at McDonogh throughout the year. It hosts almost weekly local, regional and nationally-recognized horse shows annually. For MHSA, this includes shows in both the Regional Program, including the MHSA Regional Finals (started in 2014) and A-rated, B-rated and C-rated USEF shows.

McDonogh is also home to the Bay State Classic in August, which hosts the MHSA Adult Medal Finals and MHSA Children’s Pony Medal Finals. In addition, McDonogh is home to the USHJA Maryland Stirrup Cup Finals.

It also has its own derby program with multiple opportunities to qualify for a derby finals in the fall. Their main outdoor ring is strategically designed for challenging derby courses


What are the rings like?

There is an indoor ring and three outdoor rings (one is dedicated for schooling during shows). As mentioned above, the main ring has a unique set up for equitation and derby style courses, and a gazebo and bleachers for excellent viewing. The second outdoor ring, regularly hosts the jumper divisions. The indoor ring, while not massive, rides comfortably with 5-6 stride lines. The footing in all 4 rings is superb and well maintained with a mixture of euro felt and sand footing


How is the parking?

Parking is available in fields surrounding the property. If there is persistent rain leading up to a show, check with the show management team as ground can get saturated.

What’s the food situation?

There is on-site concession that offers the standard horse show foods, grilled cheese, quesadillas, chicken fingers and wraps, in addition to breakfast sandwiches.

Stabling options?

There are both permanent (70 stalls, but also house permanent McDonogh equine residents) and temporary stall options, but the space for stalls is finite, so make sure to reserve your stalls early!

Nearby attractions?

There are numerous hotels and restaurants within miles of the show grounds. There is also a Trader Joes. Sutton Place Gourmet is local favorite. There’s also a Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and Smoothie King less than 2 miles from the show grounds. There is also a mall. With its close proximity to downtown Baltimore, there is easy access to the Baltimore Harbor with its restaurants, shops and a personal favorite, the Baltimore Aquarium.

Other tips:

Some shows require pre-registration and have deadlines to be aware of. Almost all of the shows have online registration available via and you receive a discount for registering in advance.
If you want stalls, make sure to call early because they fill quickly. Given how conveniently the facility is located to Baltimore, traffic can also be an issue around rush hour. The indoor ring also hosts a wonderful heated bench for those colder winter shows and chilly early spring and fall competitions.

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About Lauren: Lauren Glickman founded WindyGlick Communications to help small businesses and non-profits utilize social media and other online communication tools. When not tweeting or instagramming, Lauren enjoys cooking, bluegrass and being outdoors with her dog Basil. She is an adult amateur and you can find her and her horse Marli at regional MHSA horse shows and Surmont Stables in Poolesville, MD.lauren-portrait-1

Elizabeth Solter Emerging Athlete Award

Applications for the Elizabeth Solter Emerging Athlete Award are currently being accepted. Please download the application at the following link: Elizabeth Solter Emerging Athlete Award Application Form 

We are currently accepting monetary donations to continue this prestigious award. All donations to the MHSA are tax deductible. Please contact Ericka Caslin if you have any questions about the award or if you are interested in donating.

Award overview:

  • The Elizabeth Solter Emerging Athlete Award is awarded to a dedicated and knowledgeable young rider (USEF horse show age 15-26) who has demonstrated the enthusiasm, work ethic and aptitude necessary for success as a horseman
  • The award winner would have the talent and ambition to excel in the hunter/jumper industry; and must be capable of riding in the hunter, equitation and jumper rings
  • Exemplary all-around performance: from riding to horsemanship to sportsmanship will be reviewed
  • The award winner will be someone who has a future as a rider in the sport, as well as a successful horseman who is viewed as a “good sport” among his/her peers
  • Must be a current member of MHSA and in good standing
  • $1,000 cash bonus to be included to use as a scholarship for college, or in the case of a young professional, to go towards horse business-related expenses
  • Applications to be accepted from the MHSA general membership. An application can be filled out as a nomination by someone else, on behalf of a MHSA member. The winner will be chosen by a 3-person committee appointed by the President. The award will be given at the annual MHSA Awards Banquet.
  • Attached form and essay questions must be submitted to the MHSA office via scan/email ( or via mail – MHSA (Solter Award), 9603 Northwind Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234 – by Friday, September 30th .

What Makes the MHSA So Special?! – Inside the Venue, Prince George’s Equestrian Center (PGEC)

What Makes the MHSA So Special?!


Blogpost #1: Inside the Venue, Prince George’s Equestrian Center (PGEC)

Lauren Glickman, MHSA Guest Blogger

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Deloise Noble Strong – The Easter Bunny and City Smarts

Where is PG Equestrian Center located?

14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772


It is located just off Route 301, an interstate highway, and near I-495, the Capital Beltway. Pennsylvania Avenue Extended (MD Route 4) overlooks the arena and is the only road in the area that goes directly to the White House. Suitland Parkway, which is off Route 4, leads to Washington, D. C. and the United States

Capitol. The site is also convenient to Annapolis and Baltimore and is seven miles from I-95. It is in a safe and secure rural setting with easy access to ten thousand hotel rooms within a twenty mile radius.


History of the Facility:


The Equestrian center sits on the now defunct Marlboro Race Course. The Marlboro Race Course, was a five eights mile track that opened in 1914 located in Upper Marlboro. It had an open-air grandstand and clubhouse that could seat 1,260 fans, 2,600 in the grandstand and 1,000 in the clubhouse. The races were cancelled in 1993.


The PGEC, as we know it today, is the center of activity for the performance horse industry in Prince George‘s County for some time. It is nationally renowned as a major horse show facility with a state-of-the-art indoor arena, exceptional footing and superior equine client services. Equestrians from all over the world have competed in events held at The Prince George’s Equestrian Center
What types of shows are held at PGEC?

It hosts over one hundred local, regional and national equine shows annually. For MHSA, this includes shows in both the Regional Program (started in 2014) and nationally recognized and MHSA-rated shows like Showplace Spring Horse Show, Maryland National Horse Show, Maryland Horse & Pony Show, Capital Challenge Horse Show,  WIHS Regional Horse Show and Zone 3 Finals.

From March through August, PGEC is home to the Black-Eyed Susan Horse Show Series (BEST). All BEST shows are part of the MHSA Regional Program as well as qualifiers for the Colonial Classic Local Champions Horse Show.

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Jessica Schindler – Shirlaine


What are the rings like?

The Show Place Arena is a five thousand seat deluxe indoor arena with three banquet/social rooms and several elegant sky suites overlooking the arena. The arena is used for all of the MHSA-rated shows held there including multiple medal finals and the Gittings Finals that take place during the WIHS Regional Horse Show.


There are also three lighted outdoor competition rings with all-weather footing and one covered show ring, with bleacher seating and real bathrooms (no port-o-johns!).


Depending on the show there are also 2-3 rings available for warming up and different opportunities available for schooling at the beginning of each show day or the day before the show. Lunging is available on the racetrack.

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Deborah Birch – On Demand

How is the parking?


Parking is abundant! Reports on line suggest spaces for up to 2,000 cars and speaking from personal experience, I have never had any problems finding a spot for my car. There is also plenty of on-site truck and trailer parking and lots of space (a great place to come even for the first time hauler).


What’s the food situation?


There is an on-site food concession pavilion (with restrooms attached) and picnic tables for eating. As far as horse show food goes, there are a lot of options. There is the standard horse show offerings of burgers and grilled cheese. But there are also breakfast sandwiches (until the eggs run out), wraps, quesadillas and a few different salad options. Insider tip: If they have cucumber salad, it’s a personal favorite with grilled chicken! The food can be very popular, one other tip, if a line has formed, make sure you allow enough to make it to your next class!


Stabling options?


There are 260 permanent stalls and space for an additional 1,500 temporary stalls. Renting a stall (at a savings to you) for the season is an option for the BEST Horse Show Series (sold out for 2016). Contact the show management to make arrangements on a show by show basis.


Nearby attractions?

There are several hotels 3-10 miles from PGEC. See the full list of local accommodations on the Capital Challenge website. There are also other dining options in Upper Marlboro, from Ledo’s Pizza and Subway to local Chinese and Thai options. Bowie, Maryland, about a 10 minute drive up 301 North – also offers a wide variety of dining, shopping and hotel options.


Other tips:

Some shows require pre-registration and have deadlines to be aware of.  Almost all of the shows have online registration available via and you receive a discount for registering in advance. You can also save money if you plan to participate in more than 4 BEST Series Shows by joining for the season ($10 per show weekend).
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BEST Horse Show Series

Belfield Show Management

Maryland Horse and Pony Show

Capital Challenge Horse Show

WIHS Local Weekend and Zone 3 Finals


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About Lauren: Lauren Glickman founded WindyGlick Communications to help small businesses and non-profits utilize social media and other online communication tools. When not tweeting or instagramming, Lauren enjoys cooking, bluegrass and being outdoors with her dog Basil. She is an adult amateur and you can find her and her horse Marli at regional MHSA horse shows and Surmont Stables in Poolesville, MD. lauren-portrait-1

Dover Adult Amateur Jumper Medal

The Maryland Horse Shows Association is pleased to announce a partnership with Dover Saddlery to offer a new and exciting Medal Class at the MHSA Regional Horse Shows, The Dover Adult Amateur Jumper Medal. Many of our MHSA Regional Horse Shows are already offering this new and exciting class at their shows. To learn more about the Dover Adult Amateur Jumper Medal, check out the specifications in the following link! If you have any questions about this Medal, contact

Dover Adult Amateur Jumper Medal Specifications