Saddle up, Maryland—October is Maryland Horse Month!

Having been ranked by The American Horse Council as #1 in the nation for number of horses per square mile (and with all premier equestrian sporting events being held this month due to COVID-19), there’s no better time than October for Maryland Horse Month.

Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed October as Maryland Horse Month, saying that the state’s equestrian industry plays a key role in Maryland’s unique culture.

“Maryland has historically led the nation in creating and growing innovative equestrian-related programs, from forming the first sporting organization in the colonies, the Maryland Jockey Club in 1743, to hosting the Maryland 5 Star, one of only seven events of this kind in the world,” said Governor Hogan. “Maryland Horse Month will showcase the depth and breadth of the industry’s impact on our history, heritage, and culture.”

In support of this month-long celebration and appreciation for horses and the equestrian industry, the Maryland Horse Industry Board will highlight statewide attractions, events, activities, trails, exhibits, and experiences with an equestrian connection. The Maryland Horse Foundation’s website, MarylandHorse.com, will also host live-streaming broadcasts, educational content, career exploration series, and behind-the-scenes videos with plans to expand the selection of activities and experiences in the future.

The Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill is proud to announce that they will be hosting our 2020 Virtual Event on October 15-18,...

Posted by Maryland Horse Industry Board on Monday, September 14, 2020

Another reason October was deemed Maryland Horse Month is because all equestrian sporting events that were previously postponed due to COVID-19 have been rescheduled for this month.

“Preakness Stakes will be run for the first time in its 145-year history in October instead of May, joining other key equestrian events to be held during the month including the Jim McKay Maryland Million race at Laurel and the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill,” said Ross Peddicord, executive director of Horse Industry Board.

The Preakness Stakes will take place this Saturday, October 3, with the Maryland 5 Star scheduled for October 15–18 and the Maryland Million race happening October 24. These events will be held without spectators, and individual event organizers will present virtual experiences.

There are other ways, in addition to watching these virtual events, that you can celebrate Maryland Horse Month. Take a trip on the Horses & Hounds Scenic Byway, explore regional historic trails, learn about a historic breeding farm established in the 1740s, or engage in the new Maryland Equestrian Travel Collections.

Horses and Hounds

Continuing a long-standing Maryland tradition, hounds join their human and horse partners on the Horses and Hounds Scenic Byway. Photo by Beau Considine.

Think you’ll saddle up and participate in Maryland Horse Month activities? Let us know in the comments below!