QUEEN ANNE — The annual “Celebration of the Horse”, an event first begun in 2017, by the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center, went off this year with perfect weather, and a very good turnout. The event was held Saturday, Oct. 2, at TEC, in Queen Anne.

Earlier this year, Governor Larry Hogan announced that October in Maryland would be proclaimed the “Month of the Horse”. The Celebration of the Horse event was just the beginning of a month of horse exhibitions around the state.

Starting at 10 a.m. with the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner by Pat Holmes, the Maryland Rough Riders Drill Team performed inside the TEC show ring. From there, a long list of exhibitors demonstrated many different equestrian disciplines.

Local equestrian and artist Jonathan Shaw introduced his Paso Fino gelding “Domino” while carrying his duck hunting trained falcon on his arm. Shaw was followed by John Moore of Pittsville, MD, attired in Native American Nez Perce attire atop his Appaloosa “Leopard” (completely spotted) gelding. Moore talked about the history of the Appaloosa horse. He was then followed by Kirsten Willey who demonstrated what is known as “Roman Riding”, standing atop two horse as she rode them around the show ring, performing a true balancing act with one foot on each horse.

There were a total of 12 more different disciplines demonstrated throughout the day, including: dressage, Rocky Mountain horses, Standardbreds, Mustangs, bridleless dressage and bridleless jumping, vaulting, horsemanship, driving by the Delmarva Driving Club, jousting — the official state sport of Maryland, “Natural Humanship”, and the Delmarva Mounted Search & Rescue.

At noon, a special presentation was made to Cindy Harris owner of Harris Paints Breeding and Foaling Farm, located in Federalsburg, by Maryland Horse Industry Board Chairman Ross Peddicord. He presented Harris with the Touch of Class Award, for achieving a standard of excellence in her field of equine discipline. establishing her business along with her husband, Tim Harris, in 1989, and becoming one of the finest such facilities in the nation.

That presentation was followed by a “Parade of Breeds”, introducing the many different types of horses that exist and the different uses for each.

Numerous equine related vendors were also present, displaying their services, everything from horse feed and hay, to veterinary services, and works of art for sale.

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