04.15.10

Prince George’s County Maryland: Horse Industry Task Force

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An associate of mine runs a great email list that features news and happenings in the equestrian community. The other day, the email contained an article from Maryland’s Prince George’s County section of The Gazette. Written by Zoe Tilman, the article is about a horse industry task force up for vote in Prince George’s County. With several states adding slots venues (such as Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware), the pressure is on the equine industry to take advantage of its potential revenue power, especially in regard to racinos—the combination of a casino with thoroughbred racing.

Tilman’s article points out that Prince George’s County isn’t necessarily well known for its equine industry, but that the County is interested in spreading the word in order to garner interest and recognition throughout the state. If approved (a vote is expected sometime this month), the horse task force will bring together “state and local equine industry groups and economic development agencies.”

While I believe racinos are fun and have their time and place, I do wish there were more public equestrian facilities and parks. However, it seems that many states are becoming desperate to get out of the red, so to speak, and look at slots/gambling as a way out.

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One response to “Prince George’s County Maryland: Horse Industry Task Force”

  1. Nancy Lisi says:

    Let us not forget that in the heart of Prince George’s County, almost within sight if the Washington Monument, was a community of horses and horsemen. A Rosecroft Raceway trainer made goodwill visits to the nearby schools, taking a gentle harness horse for the kids to pet and teaching them basic horsemanship and safety
    – Amatuer drivers learned to actually drive horses in a real race there, taught by the trainers and drivers who raced at this historic racetrack. 4H clubs came to visit, (washing my little horse so vigorously that she nearly disappeared in the suds, with only her eyes shining as she so loved the attention!)

    We were evicted on the 28th of June.

    With nowhere to stable or train, it has put a tremendous hardship on the trainers who still do reside in the area, having to keep their horses in faraway places.
    This hurts the community on both a financial and esthetic plane as well. Harness horses have been a part of our history before mechanized travel.

    Members of our group were present at the recent Task Force public meeting and were listened to attentively by the committee members as they spoke of the sport’s contribution to the area. Our group hope is to preserve the harness racing sport in this area for it’s local participants, not merely racing for “ship-in’s” which promote the sport very little. The Task Force addressed this and are looking into our concerns, this gives us great hope that we can succeed-

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