Maryland Horse Industry Day set for Jan. 22
Terpretariat, left, attended the 2016 Horse Industry Day. He is not a legislator. Photo by The Racing Biz.
Maryland’s sixth annual Horse Industry Day will take place Wednesday in Annapolis. The event is designed to bring all segments of the equine industry together to raise awareness among elected leaders of the importance of the industry to the state.
And this year, racing industry interests have pretty high stakes. With the failure, last year, of legislation that would have super-charged the creation of a “super track” at Laurel — and likely led to the demise of Pimlico — the industry regrouped in the fall and crafted an agreement with the City of Baltimore that will keep the Preakness at a new Pimlico in Baltimore while transforming Laurel.
That agreement will require legislative changes, though, and while the bill has yet to be introduced, its passage will be a matter of paramount importance for the Thoroughbred industry.
FROM THE EVENT ORGANIZERS
All equine-interested individuals are invited to attend. No advocacy experience required! We’ll convene in the morning to prep for legislative meetings, then meet in small groups with legislators. When legislators are in session, we’ll hear presentations and engage in discussions and Q&A with industry members, legislative staffers and special guests. We’ll then enjoy boxed lunches with legislators.
7:30-8am: Registration, coffee & snacks
8-10am: Meetings with legislators (pre-scheduled, and drop-ins)
10-11:30am: Presentations and awards
11:30-1pm: Lunch with legislators & salutations
Once you RSVP you’ll be invited to a preview call on Thursday, January 16 @ 7pm to discuss talking points and prep for the event.
Please note: you can register even if you can’t be there for the entire schedule, but please indicate your availability as we will be booking legislator meetings around RSVPs.
Details can be found via Annapolis Parking. For cars, standard pickups and SUVs, it’s best to park in Gott’s Garage, which is a few minutes walk from the Miller Senate Office Building. If you have an oversized vehicle, park in the Navy Stadium lot and shuttle into town.
- Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association
- Fair Hill Foundation
- Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill
- Maryland Association for Wildlife Conservation
- Maryland Equine Transition Services (METS)
- Maryland Horse Breeders Association
- Maryland Horse Council
- Maryland Horse Industry Board
- Maryland Jockey Club
- Maryland Million Ltd.
- Maryland Standardbred Breeders
- Maryland State Fair
- Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association
- Ocean Downs
- Rosecroft Raceway
- The Equiery
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