Horse  and rider at Sagamore Farm
Anne Litz - Maryland Horse Breeders Association

October is Maryland Horse Month

From the rolling green hills in the north, along trails that border the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, to the wild dunes of Assateague, Maryland is horse country.

Horse  and rider at Sagamore Farm
Anne Litz - Maryland Horse Breeders Association

Home to internationally renowned racing like the Preakness Stakes and Maryland Million, legendary point-to-points and steeplechases, and equestrian eventing at state of the art facilities as well as welcoming farms offering trail rides for all levels, there’s no better place for horse lovers, and no better time than October, Maryland Horse Month.

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 broadcasts and streaming online, and go deeper with web content including online resources, educational content, and behind the scenes videos at

But that’s just the tip of the bridle this October as riding stables across the Old Line State including our officially recognized Maryland Horse Discovery Centers are open to provide your family with the kind of fun you can only get up on the saddle and under the Maryland sky. Whether you’re an old hand expert or looking for your first equestrian experience, Maryland’s Horse Discovery Centers are waiting with just the adventure for you. And don’t forget a stop at a Maryland saddlery for that perfect bit

Horseback riding at Sunset
Valley Meadow Farm
Valley Meadow Farms/Washington County
Goshen Opening Hunt, Blessing the Hounds
Natasha Greenman
Blessing of the Hounds/Natasha Greenman
white horse by fence and snow covered field
Anne Litz
Carroll County Horse Farm/Anne Litz
Horse by fence and fall trees at Marathon Farm -Anne Litz
Anne Litz
Baltimore County Horse Farm/Anne Litz

Even if you’re not quite ready to saddle up, we’ve got the trail for you whether it’s a driving tour through Maryland’s serene and stunning horse country or a trip to Assateague where the thundering hoofbeats of the world famous wild horses mix with the pounding Atlantic surf. Along the ride, find that perfect off the beaten path restaurant and raise a glass at one of Maryland’s farm breweries and wineries. There’s so much waiting for you to discover during Maryland Horse Month, and this is the perfect place to get started.