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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis

210 Holiday Court

Annapolis, MD 21401

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Full-day conference featuring educational seminars on a variety of horse-related topics and local vendors.

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SMADC is thrilled to host the Southern Maryland Horse Summit in partnership with the Maryland Horse Industry Board, University of Maryland Equine Studies, and AAEDC's Arundel Ag Program on Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Annapolis.

This one-day event will highlight three seminar tracks covering topics for all disciplines and stages of riders, barn owners, businesses and equine enthusiasts.

The Southern Maryland Horse Summit will feature a Keynote Presentation from Lynn Symansky, renowned event rider and clinician and Opening Remarks by Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel County Executive and accomplished horseman.

Early Bird Tickets have been extended until Friday, February 21st! Don't miss out on the special offer to save $10.

Ticket Prices

Early Bird Admission until February 14th: $35 per person

After February 14th, General Admission will increase to $45 per person

Student/Youth Admission (With ID): $30 per person

Ticket includes light breakfast and catered lunch.

Don't Wait: The first 200 registered attendees will receive an 8 QT feed bucket and special Summit decal.

Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker - International Event Rider Lynn Symansky

"My Snow Day Philosophy: How Horses Have Taught me to Expect the Worst but Hope for the Best"

2:00 to 3:15 PM

A lifetime of working with horses turned into a professional eventing career that has taken Lynn Symansky all over the world. Her experiences at the top of the sport have taught her to develop a "snow day philosophy." Join Lynn as she shares insights into her snow day philosophy, her own experiences in riding, rising through the professional ranks, training, teaching, and navigating an equestrian business and lifestyle. From instilling confidence to admitting defeat, preparing for disappointment to soaking in success, and just putting your head down and doing your job – Lynn has advice that will resonate with equestrians of all ages, experience, and disciplines.

TRACK ONE: Foundation

9:00 - 9:50: "Horse Shopping? Better Ask Some Questions!"

Elaine Long Bailey, Senior Agent with University of Maryland Extension

If you are in the market for a horse, take your time and do your homework. It will pay off in many ways. But where to start? Setting goals for any project is a great place to start. But with horse shopping, there's much more. In this session, participants will learn how to systematically shop for "the right horse" to fit one's needs.

10:00 - 10:50: "Successful Saddle Shopping Guaranteed - Why and How Saddles Fit You and Your Horse"

Kerry Foster, Maryland Saddlery

11:10 - 12:00: “Horse Showing 101: From Preparation to Presentation”

Gina Hall, Local Hunters/Hunt Seat Equitation Judge. Trainer, and Coach

A general review for anyone who wants to know more about horse showing, is just beginning to show, or is entertaining the idea of participating in a show. This topic will cover what competitors can expect at local English and Western shows. Discussion will cover how to prepare your horse and yourself, proper turn-out of horse and rider, what to do the morning and day of the show, understanding how a show is organized and operated, what the judge is looking for in your performance, and how you are evaluated.

1:00 - 1:50: "How You Think And What You Say is How You Ride"

Montie Eagle, Montie Eagle Dressage

What you say about yourself and your horse can be a key to determining your success in and out of the show ring. Learn what to say and why this can help you achieve your goals regardless of your chosen riding discipline.

TRACK TWO: Elevation

9:00 - 9:50: The Mystery of Bits Revealed - How to Choose the Right Bit for Your Horse

Hope Birsh, Owner of Maryland Saddlery

10:00 - 10:50: “Taking the Reins of your Business Practices - A Quick Guide to Regulations, Contracts, Liabilities, and Goal Planning"

Kathleen Tabor Esq., Law Office of Kathleen JP Tabor, LLC

11:10 - 12:00: “Beyond Lessons: Modern Horse Barn Programming”

Alejandra Abella of the YMCA Camp Letts Equestrian Center

The modern horse barn has a lot of competition when it comes to attracting clients, so programming has to get creative, diversify and market outside the industry, to the community at large. Come hear about how Alex Abella, currently directing the YMCA Camp Letts Equestrian Center in Edgewater, has successfully applied these strategies over the years.

1:00 - 1:50: “Crediting your Stewardship: Equine Conservation and the WIP”

Eileen Beard and Adam Lyon, Maryland Department of Agriculture

We will give an overview of popular Best Management Practices implemented on horse farms to address soil erosion and water quality. We will also discuss the role of the Soil Conservation Districts in helping landowners address resource concerns on their farms as well as cost share programs to assist financially with installing Best Management Practices. We will briefly talk about the Watershed Implementation Plan and the role horse farms play in meeting our nutrient reduction goals.

TRACK THREE: Health & Wellness

9:00 - 9:50: "Understanding the “What's & Why's” of Feed"

Karen Engel, Regional Sales Manager for Triple Crown Nutrition

Do you sometimes get confused about what you should feed your horse and why? I promise, you are not alone! There is a lot of confusion with marketing jargon; deciphering what it really means can be overwhelming. Together, we will look at specific nutrition problems and unwrap the "what” and then the “why”.

10:00 - 10:50: "Stomaching Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome"

Dr. Melissa Bryant, DVM, Wolf Creek Equine Hospital

11:10 - 12:00: "Trimming the Fat: Weight Loss Strategies for the Overweight Horse"

Dr. Amy Burk, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Equine Studies Program at the University of Maryland

1:00 - 1:50: "Managing an Equine Disease Outbreak"

Deana Tice of En-Tice-Ment Stables Obligation Farm

How should you prepare for a disease outbreak on your farm? Deana Tice will take you through step by step how they handled the Equine Herpes-virus (EHV) outbreak at their stables. What plans to have in place, how best to minimize the disease, communication with your horse owners and the horse community. This is one talk all stable owners should hear.

Tentative Agenda

8:15 – Registration

8:45 – Welcome from SMADC and Opening Remarks from Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel County Executive and Accomplished Horseman

9:00 to 9:50 – Session #1

10:00 to 10:50 – Session #2

10:50 to 11:10 - Break and Vendor Visit

11:10 to 12:00 – Session #3

12:00 to 1:00 – Lunch

1:00 to 1:50 – Session #4

2:00 to 3:15 – Keynote Presentation by Lynn Symansky, Renowned Event Rider and Clinician

3:30 – Adjourn and Safe Travels Home

If you have any further questions, please contact SMADC Staff at info@smadc.com or call 240-528-8850.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners including the Maryland Horse Council, the Equiery, Maryland Horse Industry Board, Maryland Saddlery, Colonial Farm Credit, Rural Maryland Council, Equine Studies at the University of Maryland, Maryland Horse Breeders Association, The Laura Jones Team, Triple Crown Nutrition, EquiLearn Institute, En-Tice-Ment Stables Obligation Farm, and AAEDC's Arundel Ag Program for helping to make this event possible.

This conference is made possible in part by a Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund Grant (RMPIF) awarded to SMADC, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.

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