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Maryland Horse Council Dinner and Auction

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February 16, 2013 at 7 p.m.
The Carriage Room at Laurel Park
Guest Host: Denise Koch, WJZ Channel 13

For anyone who enjoyed the heyday of race-writing in the old Washington Star, or who had the pleasure to work with the "Dean of Maryland Turf Writers" during his long tenure with the Maryland Jockey Club, and the Maryland Million, or who helped him support two of his causes (the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and the Maryland Racing Media Association - originally known as the Maryland Racing Writers Association), please join us to celebrate the life of Joe Kelly as the 2012 Horseman of the Year on Feb. 16. 2013. Vinnie Perrone, Mike Pons and Karin de Francis (tent) will share their memories. Channel 13's Denise Koch will host.

Click here for an article about Mr. Kelly by Vinnie Perrone.

The evening will raise funds for both the Maryland Horse Council and the Maryland Fund For Horses.

The Maryland Horse Council is the equestrian communities first line of defense against legislative initiatives that can harm the industry, initiatives such as those frequently launched by the trial lawyers organizations that seek to make it loosen the liability standards (and thus make it easier to sue and to collect "damages"); our first line of defense against animal rights activists seeking to shut down our sports, and our first line of defense against other damaging legislation. This fundraiser helps to build that war chest. In addition to defensive legislative action, MHC also launches legislative initiatives for the growth and prosperity of the horse industry. MHC initiatives created the launched the first equine census, established the Maryland Horse Industry Board and created the feed fund for the MHIB initiatives.

The Maryland Fund For Horses is the charity arm of MHC, created to help fulfill the mission of promoting the health, safety and welfare of horses in Maryland. Through this charity, MHC could more directly help the many equine rescues, sanctuaries and adoption centers in Maryland, particularly as these centers struggle with record setting influxes of unwanted horses, as they attempt to adopt and re-home previously unwanted or abandoned horses (or those legally seized due to neglect or abuse). To date projects have included establishing a voucher program to help qualified owners defray the cost to geld stallions not actively (and intentionally) breeding, as well as the launch of Maryland Responsible Horse Ownership Week, a weeklong education program for horse enthusiasts and potential future horse owners, to help make them aware of the true costs of horse ownership.
Future projects include those that will help qualifying owners defray the costs of euthanasia and/or disposal and develop new or expand upon existing hay banks.

To purchase tickets for Feb. 16, click here, or e-mail
If you can not attend this Feb. 16 Dinner and Auction, but you can donate to help support MHC and MFFH, please send your item or information to The Equiery, attn Horsemen's Dinner:
MAIL: P.O. Box 610, Lisbon, MD 21765

UPS OR FED/EX (make sure you check-off to maintain same carrier through delivery; sometimes UPS or Fed/Ex will transfer a package to the US Postal Service, but Lisbon has no postal delivery service, so then the item will be returned to you):
16008 Frederick Rd; Lisbon, MD 21765


RSVP by Monday, February 11, 2013
Tickets: $90 per person; $800 per table of 10
MHC Member Ticket Price: $75 per person; $700 per table of 10
(To receive discounted table rate, the table must be paid with one check or credit card.)

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