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Delaware Equine News
Vol. 14 No. 2
April / May 2015
Rescue Horse
of the Month
At the awards dinner (left to right): President Stan Vonasek; scholarship
recipients Kimberly Hildreth, University of Delaware; Ashely Dones, Delaware
Valley College, and Kacie Minner, Delaware State University, and DEC
Vice President Ken Horeis. Not pictured: Meredith Bonnell, University of
Delaware, and Andrea Massa, University of Georgia College of Veterinary
Delaware Equine Council Foundation, Inc.
Awards Five $1000 Scholarships
The Delaware Equine Council Foundation, Inc. had a very successful Scholarship
Awards Dinner and Fundraiser. Thanks to our amazing sponsors and many donors,
we were able to award five $1000 scholarships on March 28, 2015. Kimberly Hildreth
was awarded the DECF/Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Scholarship. Please see pages
6 & 7 for more on our Scholarship Awards Dinner.
Harness Racing Camp Set for Harrington
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has released its 2015 summer event schedule
and for the second consecutive year, Harrington Raceway is on the itinerary. Harrington will host a five-day overnight horsemanship camp June 20-24, 2014. The
camp registration fee, which includes all materials, meals, lodging and field trips is
The camp is offered through a 3-way partnership formed between the Harness
Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF), Harrington Raceway and the University of
Delaware Cooperative Extension. HHYF’s popular five-day overnight camps for
youth ages 12-14 are an intense, hands on
introduction to horsemanship. Participants
learn to care for horses including grooming, proper equipment and safety techniques, and how to drive a horse, assisted
by local licensed trainers and drivers.
HHYF travels with its own stable of Trottingbreds, a slightly smaller breed of horse
than the Standardbreds that normally race
at the track. The Harrington camp culminates with a driving exhibition behind the
starting gate, where one participant will be
chosen to represent the track on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands on Satur- HHYF Camper Lauren Permenter
jogging with driver/trainer Jason
day, August 8. (Continued on page 11)
“What an eye-catcher with all
the extras.... Jesse has personality, is very charming and
has excellent ground manners.
A light rider will set the ring on
fire. Jesse needs an experienced rider, but a beginner
handler would be fine. He is
approx. 13 years old, and
stands 12.2 hands. His adoption fee is $500.00. Call today
to make your appointment to
meet the beautiful boy! “
Horse Shoes 4 the Heart generously donated four decorated
horseshoes for
DEC’s Scholarship Awards
Dinner and
Fundraiser on
March 28. In
addition to
donating the
horse shoes, the owner and designer of Horseshoes4theheart
has set up a link on her website
so when you order a decorated
horseshoe from her, you can
choose to donate a portion of
the proceeds to DECF!
We encourage everyone to visit
to support this business and
help DECF raise funds for future scholarships.
Scan this code to go
to the DEC website
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After such a harsh winter,
I have embraced spring with
open arms. What I am really
proud of is that DEC is never
dormant. This past winter we
formed The Delaware Equine
Council Foundation, Inc. to
exclusively handle the scholarship program. We worked
hard at putting together another great Scholarship
Awards Dinner. We started
offering excess liability insurance for individuals and families and their horse activities.
That insurance is available for purchase at any time. As
horse activities ramp up, insurance may be something you
wish to look into. The trails committee has been very active
as well. DEC continues to bring new and exciting opportunities to our membership. As the newsletter editor, I’m very
happy to help spread the word of our good work.
Wendy Lippincott, Editor
April / May 2015
President’s Message
Thank you to all who attended
the Delaware Equine Council
Foundation’s Scholarship
Awards Dinner on March 28th!
The scholarship recipients were
very deserving and grateful for
their award.
Special thanks to all of our
sponsors for their generosity in suppporting our program. There have never been so many high quality
auction items for all to enjoy bidding on.
Photos from the dinner can be seen on page 6.
Would you be willing to consider hosting a foreign exchange student that is interested in horses? If so, DEC
would like to get involved with you to sponsor this program. (See page 3.)
DEC assisted with defeating Sunday deer hunting in
Maryland Counties on Delmarva! We will continue to
fight this battle whenever it arises.
Perfect weather to get out and enjoy your horses.
No bugs and still cool!
Stan Vonasek
Gambler’s Choice Equestrian Center
John P. Melnick
238 Grey Fox Lane
Dover, DE 19904
302.270.0184 cell
302.653.0777 office
302.389.8330 fax
[email protected]
CONTACT US _______________________
DEC now has its own email address so that you may
contact us [email protected]
This address will be monitored on a daily basis and a
reply will be sent as soon as possible. You can also access it from our website
( by clicking the" Contact
Us" link on the Welcome page. We look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to continue to contact any of our
Board Members located on this page, the Officers/Committees page of the website or on page 3 of the 2015
Delaware Equine Industry Directory.
2015 Delaware Equine Council Officers:
President, Stan Vonasek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302-684-3966
Vice President, Ken Horeis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302-270-2648
Secretary, Kathy Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302-670-7358
Treasurer, Kim Schwartz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302-399-3466
FELTON, DE 19943
(302) 284-4480
FAX: (302) 284-4487
[email protected]
Distributor and Dealer
Sales • Service • Parts
2015 Delaware Equine Council Directors:
Dr. Christina Dayton-Wall, DVM
302-258-8160 [email protected]
Wendy Lippincott . . 302-632-9733. . . [email protected]
Pam Nebel . . . . . . . 240-994-2220 . . . . . . . . . . [email protected]
George Parris . . . . . 302-846-2189 . . . . . . [email protected]
Julie Warrington . . . 302-423-7393 warrington_girls
Dan Watson . . . . . . 302-698-9507 . [email protected]
April / May 2015
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Host Families Needed for Horse Loving Foreign Exchange Students
There are foreign exchange students scheduled to come
to our area who have expressed a high interest in horseback riding. Exchange students arrive in either July or August and stay until June. is currently looking for
host families for these students and many more. Below is
a brief outline of expectations.
Host Families
• Accept a student into their home as a ‘son or daughter’ for one or two semesters
• Provide a bed and a room (student can share a room
with a host sibling of same gender within a 4 year
age difference)
• Share 3 meals a day (if student purchases school
lunch, it is their responsibility)
• Receive local and regional support 24/7 for any
needs (there is a 24 hour hotline for emergencies)
• Claim $50 per month deduction on their federal income taxes
• 15-18 yrs. old (grades 10-12)
• Are well screened
• Speak English
• Have own spending money
• Have full health care insurance
Here is an excerpt from a student’s profile:
- Lena from Germany’s #1 sport of interest is horseback riding. She is also interested in debate team,
swimming, and basketball. She thinks the environment is very important and loves kids.
Hosting an exchange student brings lifetime memories to
both the student and the host families. Please consider
hosting a student and share your love of horses with them.
For more information, please contact Donna Evans at
302-233 2017 or email [email protected] Don’t
forget to mention you saw this information in DEC’s
Opening Day at Harrington Raceway
Opening day of the 69th season of live horse racing at
Harrington Raceway is April 20, 2015! There will be a hat
giveaway commencing at 5 p.m. (while supplies last) on
the first floor of the grandstand. There will also be $1 hot
dogs and $1 live racing programs. Post time is 5:30 p.m.
Two Old Mares Blanket Service
Gives Back to the Equine Community
In the midst of the harsh winter, a ray of sunshine and
hope broke through the endless complaints of the cold. A
Facebook post told of acts of kindness that many of us did
not know was happening behind the scenes. Two Old
Mares Blanket Service was repairing and cleaning donated
blankets for horses in need. They partnered with Adandy
Farms to help a herd of “circus” Arabians that were purchased at auction by a rescue in New Jersey. Local veterinarians called them when horses were in need and owner
funds were not available so they stepped up and helped.
Two Old Mares was warming horses and hearts. Spring
barn cleaning is upon us. If you have any blankets you
wish to donate for future emergencies, please call Chris at
302-856-3189 or Janice at 410-726-1777.
Moving ahead to serve you better
Mike Reynolds
Territory Manager/Demo Specialist
Cell 443.677.2493
Fax 410.374.3119
[email protected]
haps Fa
8015 Dorsey Run Road
Jessup, MD 20794
“Where Kindness Takes a Front Seat”
Main Office Phone 866.641.8686
Main Office Fax 828.883.2426
Full Care Horse Boarding
Riding Lessons
Day Camp, Group Visits
Pony Parties
Certified Thoroughbred
Program Farm
Kim and Wendy Lippincott
440 Indian Runner Road
Felton, DE 19943
Phone: 302-422-9733
Email: [email protected]
30153 Stockley Road • Milton, DE 19968
(302) 946-4991 • Fax (302) 947-4995 • [email protected]
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April / May 2015
~ Welcome New Members ~
Morning Ag Clips Now Has an App!
Now available in the Iphone App Store or Google Play
is MorningAgClips! Morning Ag Clips posts news from
the Delaware Equine Council when requested as well as
other important equine and agricultural news that impacts
our industry. Please check them out at or through their new mobile app.
DELAWARE, INC. is currently looking for:
Feeders: A feeder would feed the horses, a steer and
two pigs as scheduled.
Trainer: Training the horses.
Exercisers: Ride the horses that fit the riderʼs abilities to
help keep the horses fit and in shape as well as make
them easier to place in new homes.
Maintenance: Assisting with installing or fixing fences,
cut grass and help make minor repairs around the
Skilled equestrians who are willing to volunteer their time
and knowledge to exercise, refresh and/or train our
horses to help them find their new partners! Changing
Fates is an all-volunteer organization. There are no paid
positions including the board members. Please call 302339-5065 to help.
Laura Lesky Blevins
Burke Equipment Company
Hendricks & Son, Inc.
Second Chance Ranch, of DE, Inc.
Carol Popelas
Faith Parker
Discounts Available to DEC Members
The insert in this newsletter has discounts you can receive as a DEC member. DEC is a member of the Association Resource Group (ARG) and The American Horse
Council. Our members are eligible for all of the discounts
on the flier.
For additional discounts, please visit or call 1-877-905-0004 for up to
34% off MSRP on products from manufacturers: Challenger, eXmark,, Massey Ferguson,
Many of the retailers are unaware of these savings, but
are held to them when requested. Once they learn about
the program, they are generally very happy to provide the
discount. Requesting that they call the manufacturer or
the number above while you are there is worth the effort.
One DEC member saved several thousand dollars on a
tractor through this program. Another saved a significant
amount on a mower. The requirement is that you must
own at least one equine.
Whaley’s Equine Services
John Whaley, Jr.
Owner - Farrier - Trainer
(302) 259 -4227
Healthy Horses
& Happy Horses
(302) 659-1366
1133 Deer Antler Road
Clayton, DE19938
18771 Atlanta Rd.
Bridgeville, DE 19933
Lessons • Boarding • Sales
Farm & Feed Supply
Carrying a full line
of premium
horse feeds!
Plus DE, NY & PA Hay Cubes • Alfalfa
Wheat Straw • Shavings & Pelleted Bedding
For Weekly Delivery: Frank Chick, Jr. - 302-270-4432
US 13 • Harrington / Open: Tues-Sat 1-6 • Sun 11-5
April / May 2015
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~ Equine Calendar of Events ~
Saturday, April 11: Karenʼs Shows at Annett Farms, Greenwood,
Saturday, April 11: Colt Starting Clinic 10am-12pm & Confidence
Building Clinic, 1pm-3pm at Windy Way Horses, Hurlock MD.
Contact: Annie Trice 443-205-3429
Sunday, April 12: Fair Hill Picnic Drive held by the Delmarva
Driving Club. 10 am. Contact: Pao Lin Hatch 240-274-6180
Tuesday, April 14: EAAHSC (Eastern Amateur Arabian Horse
Show Circuit) Meeting, 2nd Tuesdays of each month. Contact: Laura 302-424-1828
Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19: Davis Equestrian Clinics
hosted by 1st State Shooters, 543 Hickman Rd. Greenwood,
DE Contact: Brian 864-254-8883 or [email protected]
Saturday, April 18: Arabian Horse Association of Delmarva –
Horse Show at Hidden Meadow Farm – Hartly, DE. Contact:
Resi Wolfe 302-228-9537
Monday, April 20: Delaware Equine Council Monthly Membership Meeting. Meets 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00pm
except June and December. Harrington Fire Dept. Conference Room. Contact Stan: 302-684-3966
Monday, April 20: Opening Day for Live Racing at Harrington
Raceway and Casino. Post Time 5:30PM - Free Hat
Saturday, April 25: Versatility Show (Obstacles) at Windy Way
Horses, Hurlock, MD Contact: Annie Trice 443-205-3429
Sunday, April 26: ASPCA Save a Horse Day at Changing Fates
Equine Rescue of Delaware, 31283 Old Cabin Road, Laurel,
DE 19956 Contact: 302-339-5065
Sunday, April 26: Delaware Darby Trail Ride and Wacky Hat
Competition at Blackbird State Forest hosted by AMBA Contact: Debbie Edwards 302-653-7005
Monday, April 27: American Mustang/Burro Association-Delmarva Chapter. Meet @ 7 pm the 4th Monday of each month.
Location varies. Contact: Debbie Edwards 302-653-7005 or
Saturday, May 2: 141st Running of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill
Downs, Kentucky
Saturday, May 2- Sunday May 3: Western Dressage Horsemanship Clinic with Patrick King at Windy Way Horses, Hurlock,
MD Contact: Annie Trice 443-205-3429
Thursday, May 7: Arabian Horse Association of Delmarva Meeting. First Thursday of each month. Contact: Resi Wolfe 302856-6048
Saturday, May 9: Karenʼs Shows at Annett Farms, Greenwood,
Tuesday, May 12: EAAHSC (Eastern Amateur Arabian Horse
Show Circuit) Meeting, 2nd Tuesdays of each month. Contact: Laura 302-424-1828
Saturday, May 16: Petals n Pistols 6 pm, hosted by 1st State
Shooters at Levers Arena in Greenwood, DE Contact: Pat
Levers 302-349-4082
Saturday, May 16: Live racing begins at Delaware Park. Post
time 1:15 pm.
Saturday, May 16: 140th Running of the Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Racetrack, Maryland
Monday, May 18: Delaware Equine Council Monthly Membership
Meeting, Meets 3rd Monday of each month at 7 pm except
June and December. Harrington Fire Dept Conference
Room. Contact Stan: 302-684-3966
Friday May 22 – Sunday, May 24: Davis Equestrian Clinics
hosted by 1st State Shooters, 543 Hickman Rd. Greenwood,
DE Contact: Brian 864-254-8883 or [email protected]
Saturday, May 23: Delmarva Driving Club Fun Show. Contact
Pao Lin Hatch 240-274-6180
Monday, May 25: American Mustang/Burro Association-Delmarva
Chapter. Meet @ 7PM the 4th Monday of each month. Location varies. Contact: Debbie Edwards 302-653-7005 or 302535-3032.
Next DEC Meetings Monday, April 20. 2015 • Monday, May 18, 2015
7 p.m. - Harrington Fire Company Conference Room
20 Clark Street • Harrington, DE 19952
Join us and bring a friend!
Second Chance Ranch of DE, Inc.
Horse Rescue
Federal Non Profit 501 (c) (3)
Members of the Delmarva Chapter
of AMBA (a long time DEC member) ride in the Milton St. Patrick’s
Day Parade.
Second Chance Ranch of DE, Inc.
2436 Sandtown Rd.
Felton, DE 19943
[email protected]
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April / May 2015
Delaware Equine Council Foundation, Inc.
April / May 2015
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~ ~ ~ Delaware Equine Council Foundation, Inc. - 2015 Scholarship Awards Dinner ~ ~ ~
Platinum Sponsor: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Gold Sponsors: Bryan & Brittingham • Crown Equine, LLC • M & T Bank
Silver Sponsors: Burke Equipment • Chick’s Saddlery • Delaware Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association
Bronze Sponsors: Best Equipment • Delaware Department of Agriculture • Diamond State Pole Buildings • Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit
Patrons: Dan Watson Welding • Delmarva Driving Club • Del-One Federal Credit Union • Dover Family Chiropractic
Auction and Door Prize Items Donated by:
• Aaron’s Backyard Games
• All Aboard Exchange Western Wear
• All Creatures Veterinary Service
• Anne Litz Photography
• Bitless Bridle, Inc.
• Boulder Designs
• Carolyn Fox
• Carolyn O’Neal
• Certified Horsemanship Association
• C-Line Stables
• Dan Watson Welding
• Delaware Standardbred Owners Association
• Economic Development Office http://dedo/
• Delmarva Equine Clinic
• Del-Ridge Farms
• Fifer Orchards
• Foxden Equine
• Graydie Welding
• Happy Horses 4-H Club
• Horse Shoes 4 the Heart
• HorseTech, Inc.
• Hudson Farm Supply
• I.G. Burton Body Shop
• Ivesco
• JenMor Florist
• Jungle Jim’s Water Park
• Kalmbach Feeds
• Knight’s Fine Jewelry
• Kris Penrod
• Liz Parris
• LubrisynHA
• Mary Bashtarz
• Maryland Jockey Club
• Mast’s Harness Shop
• Medieval Times – Baltimore Castle
• Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
• Platinum Performance
• R & T Saddles
• Shooter’s Choice
• Singletree Stables
• Sonny Garguilo
• Southern States – Clayton, DE
• Southern States Cooperative
• Southern States – Milford, DE
• Spiritland Farm
• Startts Family
• Stolen Horse International
• The Centre Ice Rink
• The Horse’s Glass
• Tractor Supply Company – Dover, DE
• Tractor Supply Company – Milford, DE
• Tractor Supply Company – Seaford, DE
• Troxel Helmets
• Two Old Mares Blanket Services
• Vogl Brothers [email protected]
• Whaley’s Equine Services
• Wilmington & Western Railroad
• Windy Way Horses, LLC
Thanks to
Home Mortgage
2014, 2015, 2016 Platinum Sponsor
DECF Scholarship Program
1 4 2 74 C O K E S B U R Y R O A D
NMLS #770768
Lori Combs
Assistant Vice President
Branch Manager
1 Clark Street
Harrington, DE 19952
302.735.8434 FAX 302.735.8432
[email protected]
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April / May 2015
Delaware 4-H’ers Compete at State Horse Bowl Competition
The Delaware 4-H program recently held their annual
State 4-H Horse Bowl with a record number of teams competing. 118 Delaware 4-H members representing 31 teams
participated in the equine knowledge-based quiz bowl competition held at Lake Forest North Elementary in Felton,
Delaware. The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee
(a group composed of 4-H volunteers from all three
Delaware counties who are dedicated to providing quality
4-H horse programs to members) sponsors the annual
4-H members competed on teams of up to four individuals and teams are divided into competition brackets based
on age for the double elimination event. 4-H volunteer
adult leaders coached young people in the months leading
up to the competition to prepare them using specified resource materials. 48 Delaware 4-H volunteers assisted
with the Horse Bowl event. University of Delaware Animal
Science Extension Agent Susan Garey said, “I am excited
about the large number of young people that chose to learn
about the horse and participate in our annual horse bowl
event this year. We sincerely appreciate all the volunteers
who donated their time to help our youth learn in a positive,
supportive environment.”
Volunteer officials for the competition included Kacie Minner, Wendy Lippincott from the Delaware Equine Council
and Dr. Christina Dayton, D.V.M. of All Creatures Veterinary Service.
The top three teams in each age division were:
Beginner (8-10 year olds):
1st Place - Holler-N-Hooves- Kent County
Team Members: Sydni Brown, Kassidy Hearn, Lauren
Williams; Coaches: Jody Williams (Continued on page 9)
1st Place Beginner Horse Bowl
Team: Holler-N-Hooves, L to R Kassidy Hearn, Sydni Brown,
Lauren Williams
1st Place Junior
Horse Bowl
Team: Hearts
L to R - Hayley
Sierra Kane,
Lily Koster
1st Place Senior
Horse Bowl
Team: New
Horizons 4-H
Club, L to R Lauren Ide,
Peyton Ridgely,
Ashley Hurd
John W. Hendricks (Jack)
Harrington Raceway
Nancy Jo Hendricks
311 Walt Messick Rd.
Harrington, DE 19952
April / May 2015
4-H Horse Bowl
(Continued from page 8)
2nd Place - East Coast Fearsome Fillies, Sussex
Team Members: Kyli Baridon, Alex Herber, Anna
Lopez, Tori Smith; Coach: Heather Smith, Jodie
3rd Place - East Coast Mini Stars- Sussex County
Team Members: Logan Layfield, Emily Phillips,
Ruby Phillips; Coaches: Heather Smith, Jodie
Junior (11-13 year olds):
1st Place - Hearts 4-Horses,
Team Members: Hayley Halloran, Sierra Kane, Lily
Koster; Coach: Lee Halloran
2nd Place - Spotted Quarters, New Castle County
Team Members: Carly Mekulski, Grace Silicato,
Bianca Todd; Coach: Tina Mekulski
3rd Place - Holler-N-Hooves, Kent County
Team Members: Kassidy Kohland, Maddy Lester,
Sophia Peterson; Coach: Dawn Kohland
Senior (14-19 year olds):
1st Place - New Horizons, Kent County
Team Members: Ashley Hurd, Lauren Ide, Peyton
Ridgely; Coach: Jennifer Ridgely, Dawn Spader
2nd Place - Heavenly Hooves, New Castle County
Team Members: Sarah Brown, Jessica Knowles, Brianna Mason, Melissa Vorn; Coach: Ann Blackmore
3rd Place - Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County
Team Members: Brittany Cahall, Sara Deason, Christie
Little, Courtney Sarlouis; Coach: Sharon Little
4-H is a community of young people across Delaware
learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Join the
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Revolution of Responsibility! For more information on
becoming a 4-H member or volunteer in Delaware please
contact your county extension office.
New Castle County: (302)831-8965
Kent County: (302)730-400
Sussex County: (302)856-7303
~~~~~~~ ~
Live Racing at Delaware Park
The 78th season of live racing at the Stanton oval will
feature 81 days with the meet starting on Saturday, May
16 and concluding on Saturday, October 17.
In May, live racing will be held three days per week on a
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday schedule. Live racing
will be added on Tuesdays from June 1 through September 1.
Beginning on September 8, Tuesdays will be dropped
from the schedule and live racing will revert back to a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday schedule through closing
day October 17. First post time is set for 1:15 p.m. daily.
Cathy Vincent
Cell: (302) 236-6665
Office: (302) 349-5116
[email protected]
13450 Adandy Farm Lane
Greenwood, DE 19950
P.O. Box 2016
Greenwood, DE 19950
3216 E. Cross Road
Delmar, DE 19940
David & Kay
Spinato Owners
for all your animal needs
Hay,Tack, Blankets. Wormers
Vaccines, Supplements
Pet Supplies, Buckets, Bedding
Tues - Fri 12 pm - 6 pm
Sat 9 am - 3 pm
Sales Tax
Sun - Mon Closed
Visa - MC - Disc
Mobile Veterinatian
serving the needs of
All your creatures!
Full service and
Emergency Coverage!
Wellness Exams & Vaccines • Dentistry & Chirpractic Care
Christina Dayton-Wall, DVM
[email protected]
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Apri / May 2015
USDA – National Animal Health Monitoring
Please join us on April 26, 2015 to help
Meet our horses and spend some time at the farm.
Games for Kids • Raffles • Light Refreshments
Hope to see everyone there!
Changing Fates Equine Rescue
31283 Old Cabin Road, Laurel, DE 19956
Specializing in child
horse development
This May, the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring
System (NAHMS) will launch Equine 2015, NAHMS’ third
national study of the U.S. equine industry. As with NAHMS’
1998 and 2005 equine studies, Equine 2015 was designed
to provide participants, industry, and animal-health officials
with information on the nation’s equine population that will
serve as a basis for education, service and research related to equine health and management, while providing
the industry with new and valuable information regarding
trends in the industry for 1998, 2005 and 2015.
For the study, NAHMS asked equine owners, industry
stakeholders and government officials to provide input and
define the information needs of the equine industry. From
this process, seven study objectives were identified:
• Describe trends in equine care and health management for study years 1998, 2005 and 2015.
• Estimate the occurrence of owner-reported lameness
and describe practices associated with the management of lameness.
• Describe health and management practices associated with important equine infectious diseases.
• Describe animal health related costs of equine ownership.
• Evaluate control practices for gastrointestinal parasites.
• Evaluate equines for presence of ticks and describe
tick-control practices used on equine operations.
• Collect equine sera along with equine demographic information in order to create a serum bank for future
To collect the data for the study, representatives from the
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will
visit randomly selected equine operations in 28 states, beginning in May 2015. NASS representatives will conduct
personal interviews with all participating operations.
Delaware is one of the 28 states.
For operations that choose to continue in the study and
are eligible to do so, representatives from USDA’s Veterinary Services will schedule visits from late summer
through mid-December 2015 to administer a second questionnaire, perform a facility biosecurity assessment, collect
equine blood and fecal samples, perform a tick exam of
equine on the operation and collect tick specimens. Operations continuing in the study also have the option of collecting fecal samples to be tested for internal parasites in
order to detect anthelmintic resistance.
For additional information on this topic, contact Joelle
Hayden at (301) 851-4040 or e-mail:
[email protected]; or contact Dr. Josie
Traub-Dargatz at (970)494-7000 or email: [email protected]
To Report Equine Abuse or Neglect, Call:
Sussex County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .302-856-6361
Kent County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .302-698-3006
New Castle County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .302-998-2282
April / May 2015
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Registration forms are available on the
State 4-H Animal Science webpage at
(Continued from page __1)
“We are pleased to again be present2012/02/2015-HHY
ing our horsemanship camp this summer
at Harrington Raceway. We are very forand will be accepted through May 15th.
tunate to have supportive local sponsors
For questions, please contact Susan
and volunteers who recognize our misGarey at [email protected] or
sion’s importance. We look forward to
(302)730-4000 or Ellen Taylor at the Harsharing with even more people the enness Horse Youth Foundation at
thusiasm of the participants as they dis(317)908-0029 or at [email protected]
cover the fun of driving and caring for a
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation
racehorse,” explained HHYF Executive
is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dediDirector Ellen Taylor. “We are so fortucated to providing young people and
nate to have organizations like HHYF
their families educational opportunities
and Harrington Raceway that are willing
with harness horses, in order to foster
to partner with us each year and offer
the next generation of participants and
this outstanding hands on learning expe- Harness Horse Youth Foundation fans. The Foundation has been making a
campers in their colors prior to
rience for young people in the region,”
difference in young people’s lives since
racing the final evening of camp
said Susan Garey, Extension Agent for
1976, and its programs include interacAnimal Science at the University of Delaware.
tive learning experiences with these versatile animals,
Campers should wear long pants, solid toed work shoes
scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of eduor heavy sneakers, and t-shirts. No tank tops or shorts will
cational materials. For more information on opportunities
be permitted while working in the barn. No previous horse
through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to
experience is required.
Harness Racing Camp
Delaware Thoroughbred Officials Chosen to Lead Racing Investigators
Two Delaware racing officials have been named chairman and secretary of the Organization of Racing Investigators, which represents racetracks, regulatory agencies and
law enforcement involved in upholding the integrity of
horse racing. Serving as chairman for the 2015-2016 term
will be John F. Wayne, executive director of the Delaware
Thoroughbred Racing Commission, while DTRC Inspector
Francis J. Swift will serve as ORI secretary. Delaware Park
will host the next ORI annual conference in March 2016.
“These training conferences bring together investigators
from across North America to network and share information toward the goal of protecting our industry from wrongdoing,” Wayne said. “The information we learn and
contacts we make at these conferences create bridges between jurisdictions that are important in trying to keep honesty in racing. A black eye in one jurisdiction can spread to
Other ORI board members elected or appointed ORI’s
recent annual event at the Meadowlands were Deanna
Nicol, Vice Chairman (Tampa Bay Downs); Mark Ludwick,
Treasurer (Iowa Department of Public Safety); Doug Murray, Sergeant At Arms (TRPB), Lance Morell, Eastern Region Representative (Parx); Antoinette Sperle, Central
Region Representative (Indiana); Leasa Johnson, Western
Region Representative (New Mexico); Kevin Murphy, Eastern Canada Representative (Ontario); and Rick Murchison,
Western Canada Representative (British Columbia).
Lifetime achievement awards were presented to James
P. Gowen, recently retired vice president at the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, and David Rogers, director
of security for Delaware North at Phoenix Greyhound and
other properties. “They are both outstanding individual who
dedicated their careers to maintaining integrity in their respective sports,” said outgoing ORI Chairman Chris Clark.
Speakers at the 2015 conference included keynoter Ray
Paulick of The Paulick Report; Ed Martin, president of the
Association of Racing Commissioners International; and
Dr. Dionne Benson, executive director of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
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