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Thanks to 2 Very Generous TROT Fellows!
Two Montgomery County businessmen, who are TROT members, have put their heads and their funds together to move TROT's trail mapping project forward. They have donated a total of $17,800 to TROT, to be used primarily for trail mapping.
Under the direction of TROT Vice President Tim McGrath, TROT is planning a trail mapping endeavor using GPS technology to plot the trails. The GPS data will be superimposed on contour maps, with roads and other landmarks added. The ultimate goal is to published a new trails map book to replace the one published a decade ago.
In discussions on how best to move the GPS mapping project forward, our benefactors indicated interest in involving local college students as well, thereby providing a real experience project for cartography, geography, or civil engineering students. To this end, Tim has opened discussions with Tom Ravenhurst at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC), director of instructional cartography.
The prospects are looking good for the following: under contract (using these funds), students in the UMBC department would receive from TROT the data gathered using new GPS units (to be chosen and purchased also with these funds). The department students would process the data to provide paper copy of maps as well as files to be displayed on TROT's web page. These same students would probably also undertake to train 2 TROT riders as the official "techies on horseback" in the best use of the GPS unit(s), and these riders would make forays into the established trail systems known to them and escorted by other TROT members familiar with them.
There's a chance for many of our members to become involved. The first trails undertaken will be in Montgomery County, including such areas as the Travilah Loop, the Rocky Gorge Watershed, and the Seneca State Park. As the process of data collection, delivery to the UMBC cartography department of data, and the process and resulting maps is established, further funds for further mapping can be applied for through the federal program ISTEA (Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act).
Get excited! Call Tim and help him organize these efforts! Just imagine, accurate trail maps you can make copies from, or even download from our website! With roads named, and parking for trailers marked out, this will be the best trail tool yet!
And for those of us techies already riding around with a GPS in our pocket, if you are already collecting trail data of your own areas, give Tim a buzz and tell him. As he gets the process underway, he should be able to say what format file you could share that can be processed along with those described in this project.
And once again, a heartfelt, feeding time whinny-type Thank You to our 2 benefactors.
FREDERICK COUNTY COMMENTS
by Pat Merson
On April 9, 2001 a meeting was held in Lewistown on the newly purchased property known as the Utica District Park in Frederick county. Unfortunately I didn't get the information on this new piece of land in time for TROT to be involved with the early planning of the multiuse trails for the equine riders. But by the end of the meeting when they had questions and answers I made it clear that we wanted to be part of all the planning of the trails in the park.
The park is about 250 acres and has about 50 or so acres of woods and wetlands. It is planned that there will be 4 to 5 miles of trails.
For the nonhorse enthusiast in your family they will have plenty to do at the park. It is planned to have a farm museum, play grounds, pool, tennis and volley ball courts as well as softball and baseball fields, soccer, hockey, as well as lacrosse and much more.
On the down side the park isn't due for completion for 25 to 30 years. But on the upside the trails are to go in first. Hurrah!!!
On a more serious note Angela Klinger wrote a letter to Delegate Paul Stull about an article in the newspaper on a deer management bill. Delegate Stull, R-Frederick, said his bill was "the first solid step in identifying the problem Maryland is facing with our ever increasing deer population." Mr. Stull's bill would require the DNR ( Dept of Natural Resources) to develop, adopt and implement a plan to manage the deer population. Ms. Klinger was worried that this would lead to a "back door" effort to introduce Sunday hunting.
In Mr. Stull's reply he advised Angela the bill had been given an unfavorable report and had been defeated. He also assured her that the bill was not a "back door" effort to introduce Sunday hunting. He advised her this legislation was in no way tied in with any hunting concepts. The purpose of the bill was to study and examine what efforts could be undertaken by the State in alleviation the growing problem with the uncontrolled deer population in Maryland.
Job well done by Angela Klinger. Thank you so much. We need everyone's help in keeping an eye out for such things.
Pr. GEORGE'S COUNTY COMMENTS
by Mary Angevine (301-931-0014)
SOS SOS SOS SOS
In late April of this year, Artery/Ryland Fairland LLC submitted a p reliminary development plan to both Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. This plan calls for a "land swap" at Fairland Regional Park (taking park land) and reconfiguration of the Gunpowder Golf Course as an amenity to homes the company wants to build on their currently contiguous property.
No Trails are included in their plan, even though the trails are in the Master Plans of both Counties and are currently in use (as they have been for nearly 100 years if not longer).
It can be reasonably supposed that the trails would be closed during construction of homes and reconfiguration of the golf course. This could last several years. Would we then be told that, since no one had been riding, trails would not be provided???
We Must let our elected officials and the Maryland-National Park and Planning (MNPPC) officials know of our continuing desire to keep these trails.
At this time, right this very minute, please tear off the lower half of this page, fill it out, and send it to me, Mary Angevine, Prince George's County Coordinator for TROT. My address is already provided on the reverse of the tear off section. All you need is a stamp. I will be using these statements now and in the future in both counties to buttress presentations in support of Fairland trails to all necessary officials.
On another matter, Prince George's County is in the process of updating the County-wide Trails Plan. I have attempted to verify that all those promised trails shown on the various County Planning District Master Plans are on the updated County-wide Plan. However, since I'm less than perfect, I am calling on our Princes George's County TROT members (that's YOU) and their friends and neighbors to call Fred Shaffer, the County's Planning Department Trails Coordinator. Please set an appointment with him to review the area in which you ride. His phone number is 301-952-5662. This needs to be done this summer.
FAIRLAND REGIONAL PARK
vis-a-vis FAIRLAND GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY CLUSTER
I/We want you to know that as a horseback rider and taxpaying citizen, whose taxes have gone toward the purchase of Fairland Regional Park, I/We believe the natural surface trails through the wooded portion of the parkland should be retained.
I/We understand that these trails are on the Counties of Prince George's and Montgomery's Master Plans. Princes George's County currently provides an equestrian staging area along the entry drive to the Gunpowder Golf Course Clubhouse.
I/We would prefer to see the woods left intact. If this is done, people who now enjoy horseback riding and/or walking on these trails with their families and dogs may continue to have a scenic, less urbanized setting for their outings. Such activities provide a non-consumptive participation in nature. The current spacious environment in these woods allows plenty of room for the above-mentioned activities, as well as mountain-bike riding.
Additionally, the natural surface trails provide winter-time activity for cross-country skiers.
It is my/our sincere hope that the trails will not be re-routed to an outside perimeter of Fairland Regional Park, which would deny many the pleasure currently enjoyed during recreation in this natural, wooded setting with streams.
To TROT members & those who love & care about horses:
On February 21, 2001, 20 horses were impounded from a site in Laytonsville and taken to Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon. These animals had all been ground-tied out in the open for months. They were restrained by various sorts of chains, wires, ropes, and even some with bits in their mouths, unable to reach any sort of shelter or regular source of water. Some suffered sores, sunburn, and most had terrible hoof conditions and signs of malnutrition.
This has been an overwhelming undertaking for Days End, not just the hours of work, but imagine the cost to return all these animals to good health. This is putting a terrific strain on resources that rely on donations.
As TROT members themselves, the folks at Days End have always been very supportive of our organization. Places like Days End are a Godsend to our area, and this is the time for us to show support for the work they do and to ensure that their work can continue. We are asking all, not only for financial contributions, but for help in spreading the word among other horse owners, from neighboring farms, boarding stables, vets, farriers, feed and tack stores.
Also, consider becoming a member of TROT. The benefits to horses owners and their horses are tremendous. For information call 301-588-8768 or log on to http://TROT-MD.tripod.com. Contributions may be made to Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc., P0 Box 309, Lisbon, MD 21765 and donors will receive a tax deductible receipt For more information, call Days End Farm 301-831-7095 or 301-854-5937. Copies of this information as a handout/flyer may be obtained by calling Pat at 301-253-6932
Maryland Horse Industry Board Update
Now that the recent controversy over the House Bill 229, alias "The Feed Bill," has died down, Iíll attempt to keep all of TROTNews readers up to date on the actions of the MHIB. First, Iíd especially like to thank your editor, Suzanne, for the terrific article in last monthís issue. Suzanne wrote a very fact based, unbiased recap of what the MHIB is all about. The last thing anyone wants to do is scare the horse owners who are the very target of the rewards of the MHIB.
The MHIB is in the process of collecting and awarding twenty-five $1,000 grants to horse related projects throughout Maryland. This process will be completed in May and all of the money will be allocated by the end of June. The purpose of the grants is to support projects that will promote and advertise the horse industry as well as educate the public. Special emphasis will be placed on requests for grants that focus on youth related activities, although it need not be a youth group applying for the grant. To learn more about the grant process you can go to marylandhorseindustry.org and click on MHIB Grants, or look for the article in the April issue of the Equiery.
Promoting horses in Maryland is one of the primary functions of the Board. As a means of performing that duty, the Board is in the process of renewing the "October Is Horse Month" theme. If you have any information about activities planned for the month of October, please forward it to me so your activities can be included in any promotional material the Board is preparing.
Iíve recently received emails and had conversations asking why Maryland equestrians should support both the Maryland Horse Industry Board and the Maryland Horse Council. These two organizations have two very different rolls. As stated, the purpose of the MHIB is to promote the horse industry (every person and business affected by horse ownership) and to license and inspect boarding and riding stables in Maryland. The MHIB, while it represents horse owners, is not a membership organization and is not subject to the voting voice of a membership. It is a State Board operating under the Maryland Department of Agriculture and is supported by state funds. The Maryland Horse Council on the other hand, is a membership organization and is subject to the majority vote of itís membership. The MHC has a strong voice due to itís membership base and, as a public organization, is in a position to lobby for legislative actions, while the MHIB is not. One of the sitting positions on the Board is a MHC representative. This provides the voice of the MHC membership to the Board along with the other appointed industry representatives.
The Board positions are:
Visit the MHIB website, marylandhorseindustry.org. There will be an email contact on that site. Or, you can email me directly at email@example.com or call me at 410-661-0176 if you have questions or concerns.
Ride often, be safe! Linda Eminizer
Hey Folks! I also have some park maps specifically Paint Branch, Union Mills, and Little Bennett that I can send by Email if you want them. I am going to try and do some more. It is sometimes hard to decide what variation of a map I want to use as some parks have several different ones. I also need to figure out my scanner a little better. My Email address is Boprow@aol.com. Mary Prowell
Have you ever envied your young teenager's activities in the 4-H Horse Club? Been amazed by the broad spectrum of topics the U.S. Pony Club teaches kids? Did you come to riding later in life, past the maximum age for these riding clubs? Wished you knew the intricacies of show jumping as you watched the Olympics, or the different tests and why certain movements were developed in dressage?
The Old People's Riding Club is here for you! And bear in mind, the word "old" in this title is relative. If you're over 21, you qualify.
The Old People's Riding Club (OPRC) welcomes riders from all disciplines: English, Western, dressage, jumpers, pleasure-trail, endurance, combined training, the full spectrum. Founded in 1998 by Hope Jacob of Southern Maryland , this club lists the following goals and priorities: To create a Club for the over 21 year old equestrian based on the high standards of the U.S. Pony Club (USPC), without excluding riders of disciplines outside the English hunter-jumper world. Today, there are more than 45 members in the Southern Maryland Club alone. In total, there are in excess of 250 members across the United States. Go see their website at http:// www.oldpeoplesridingclub.org
In Maryland, Chapters have opened in the Damascus area (contact Kathie Hamlin, firstname.lastname@example.org), Poolesville, Debby Lynn, Debbylynn9@cs.com), and Monkton (Lisa Giacomo, email@example.com). And in Southern Maryland, birth place of this unique riding club, contact Hope Jacob at firstname.lastname@example.org
In deference to our "aged-ness," jumping requirements of the USPC were altered and made optional for the OPRC standards, mounting can be accomplished with a mounting block, and no flying dismounts are necessary.
This is a unique opportunity to meet riders from many riding disciplines, share experiences, arrange and attend clinics on a wonderful range of horse topics, and expand your knowledge of all things horsey.
Contact the chapter listed above for information located nearest you, and go see their website at at www.oldpeoplesridingclub.org
BOARDING West Howard County (Glenwood) on 50 acre farm, new barn with 4 12'x12' stalls. Safe board fencing, quality fields with run-in sheds. Riding ring and access to trails. Full board: $250, field board: $75. Call Laura Pettit 301-854-5020
FOR SALE 7 yr old reg. Appaloosa gelding, solid bay 4 socks, 14.3, people oriented. Straight legs, good feet, comfortable ride. Ridden in bosal or Oliga Indian bridle. Light mouth, leg commands. Trail ridden extensively, great endurance, English, or speed prospect. $2500. Also, 15 yr old Tobiano paint gelding, trail ridden, great working horse, ranch roped. $1800. Both horses need experienced riders only. Call 410-840-0249 or e-mail email@example.com
WANTED Newsletter Editor to take over the TROTNews. Needs computer, wordprocessing package, a mailing address, fingers to type with, and some understanding of grammar. But most importantly, in interest in the goings on of TROT and a desire to communicate these to other people. Please call me, Suzanne, at (301) 829-3881.
FOR SALE Quarter horse type gelding, 15hh, 17 yr old, black. He loads, trail rides, is sound. Has all shots. $1000. Selling due to owner's illness. Diane Farace 410-795-3499.
SERVICES Lime & fertilizer spreading, Land clearing and Tree & stump removal, Trucking, hay & straw, firewood, sawdust, Pasture renovation. Call 301-423-5806, lv message. And wanted: cars, trucks, equipment for parts or rebuilding.
FOR SALE Reg. QH gelding. Sound, easy keeper. 15.3 hh, 14 yr old. $2,500. Also, Pony, 2 yrs old, chestnut gelding, 12hh. Sweet, smart, and sound. Great ground manners. $850. Call Pat 301-253-6932.
BOARDING Tranquility Farm, Boyds, MD, offers the following on 5,000 acres: horses to lease, lessons for individuals leasing our horses, deluxe stall board, deluxe field board, champagne brunch trail rides. Call (301) 540-5433.
Unspoiled Trail System Accessible From New B&B
Just north of I-70 between Baltimore and Frederick, a new bed and breakfast has opened that offers overnight horse boarding plus direct access to miles of trails through woodlands surrounding Liberty Reservoir.
"The trail system is Carroll Countyís best-kept secret," says Randi Place whose Americana B & B is situated to offer outdoor enthusiasts a welcome respite from the intense overdevelopment of land in the region. "The main reason more people donít utilize them is the lack of access. There is only one small parking area for the public and it is not suitable for horse trailers," explains Randi. "Camping is not allowed."
"Americana B & B is a great place to leave behind the stress of your world," says Janet Neumann of Gaithersburg, MD, who has hiked these trails often. Conveniently located less than an hourís drive from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Frederick, MD, the farm offers a quick escape back to nature. Landowners in the vicinity describe the meandering trail system hard by the waters of the Reservoir as a "jewel in our backyards."
"You can ride for eight hours and only cross one or two roads. So while you will rarely see anyone else on the trails, you are on your own but not alone," explains Judy Haran, Eldersburg, MD who also horseback rides the trails.
After years of informally hosting friends eager to ride these wide shady trails on horseback or bikes, the decision was made four months ago to formally open the home to others. In an incredibly short time (six weeks), Randi negotiated the Carroll County zoning and permitting process. "I discovered that the Board of Tourism is quite enthusiastic about a new B & B because there is a shortage of overnight accommodations in South Carroll."
Guests share this "home stay" bed and breakfast with its four-legged residents: "Wrecks," a yellow lab, and designer cats, Rocky and Sweetpea. The farm is also home to several critters that reside outdoors: barn cats, horses, goats, and a donkey adopted from the Grand Canyon. Regular forest visitors include a hoot owl that lives in a corner of one pasture and a family of fox.
Check-in time is 3:00. Put your horse up in one of two barns. Park your trailer on the circular drive, your bikes in the garage. After freshening up with locally made Udderly Precious Goat Soap, munch on a few of Randiís melt-in-your mouth Cowboy Cookies.
Study pre-published Reservoir trail maps from an upcoming book, "Baltimore Trails, A Comprehensive Guide," by Bryan Mackay due out in 2002 from Johns Hopkins University Press. Then plan your day and let Randi know what time you want to do breakfast in the morning and if you need her guidance on the trails.
For reservations, call Americana Bed & Breakfast, 410-549-5763 locally or 800-437-5770. If Randi doesn't answer right away, she's probably feeding the animals, mowing the pastures, tending the garden or leading a ride. So leave a message and sheíll get back to you. Plan to leave your watch at home, kick back, relax and soak in the peaceful beauty of life in the country.
Goat Milk Soaps on sale, with proceeds going to Johns Hopkins Cancer Center.
West Nile Virus
Fifty-nine horses were infected with the virus in 2000 and of these 23 died or were euthanized. Twenty human cases were reported that included one death in 2000. In 1999, 62 human cases were reported and 7 deaths occurred. Crows with the virus have been found as far south as North Carolina. Last year the disease, in horses, migrated down the coast as far as New Jersey. Marylanders will be on the look out for the disease this year. There is a vaccine that is currently being developed for this mosquito-borne disease but currently the only defense is supportive treatment.
Neurological signs are the hallmark clinical signs and your veterinarian can perform lab test to help diagnose the disease.
Foot and Mouth Disease
Horses cannot become infected with foot and mouth disease. It only affects cloven-footed animals such as cattle, swine, sheep, goats, deer, llamas and alpacas. The US has been free of the disease since 1929. The virus causes blisters of the tongue, lips, in the mouth, teats, between the hooves and is associated with a fever. Most of the animals will recover, but the disease leaves them so debilitated the there is a severe loss in milk and meat production. The disease is highly contagious and can spread by contact with infected animals, clothing or footwear, contaminated water or even semen from infected bulls. So far the disease has not entered the US and for more information about the disease go to the net at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.
More to come!
Ros Bowersett D.V.M., firstname.lastname@example.org Happy Riding!
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