Since Colonial times, fox hunters have swept across these rolling, grassy fields in a colorful pageant of horses, hounds and “hill toppers,” who prefer to watch and ride at a slower pace. Located in an area traditionally known as “Hunt Country,” where fox hunts and steeplechase races are still a popular pastime, some of the farms you see during this relaxing drive across the beautiful Maryland countryside are also famous for producing Thoroughbreds that have[...]
Maryland's rich equestrian heritage evokes a variety of traditions Maryland gallops into full stride with a rich equestrian culture on display. The most visible tradition might be the Preakness Stakes, but horse enthusiasts can enjoy a wide variety of events and activities year-round. Steeplechase, dressage competitions, polo, and even jousting all have strong identities in the state, and, for recreational equestrians, nothing beats a refreshing jaunt down one of Maryland's many riding trails. The Maryland[...]
Of course, the Shore is also home to one of Maryland’s major tourist attractions—the Assateague Wild Horses at the Assateague Island National Seashore Park. There are also numerous trail riding stables where you can rent a horse and see nature up close and personal. Worthmore Equestrian Center 11570 Still Pond Rd, Worton Full service equestrian center offering lessons, boarding, summer camps, two therapeutic riding programs and various Horse Discovery Center activities. The farm is located[...]
Western Maryland It was through these areas that horse-drawn wagon trains headed west on the National Road and that horses carried George Washington and his soldiers during the French and Indian War. Horses, of course, were a big part of the Civil War and there is a proliferation of equestrian statues at the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg (Washington County). The mule, and its role in moving goods on the C & O Canal from Washington[...]
And this October is extra special with the 145th running of the Preakness Stakes, the final jewel of the triple-crown, moving to Horse Month and joining the Maryland 5-Star Event at sensational Fair Hill International—a completely reimagined and internationally recognized eventing center, and the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day. Though there won’t be spectators in the stands this year, you can still enjoy the pulse pounding thrill of these world-class equestrian events through live network[...]
Cecil County In 1924, William duPont founded Fair Hill, a tract of nearly 6,000 acres near Elkton, which is now a state-owned natural resources management area and equestrian competition venue. About 20 miles further south, in the 1960s, Allaire duPont banded together with well-heeled friends and established a 10,000-acre enclave of individual horse breeding farms in Chesapeake City. It is the largest contiguous area of preserved farmland in Maryland. The county is comprised of gently[...]
Drive the Horses & Hounds Scenic Byway Check out the exhibits explaining the history, wildlife, and natural environment at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center Explore forests, wetlands, meadows, farm-inspired art installations and enjoy breathtakingly beautiful scenic vistas along the trail system at Baltimore County Farm Park Taste the latest vintage at Basignani Winery or one of the other wineries along the Piedmont Wine Trail Bike, hike or run the Torrey C. Brown Railroad Trail (Northern[...]
A dining tradition for more than 50 years. On the Maryland Crab and Oyster Trail.