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Sites sought for historic horse trail in So. Maryland
By JONATHAN CRIBBS
HUGHESVILLE, Md. (Feb. 23, 2016) — The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission is looking for sites and information that can be part of the region’s first historic horse trail.
Those interested in volunteering sites, stories, anecdotes, photos and memorabilia for the trail have until Thursday, Feb. 26 to submit. The commission is looking for sites and information from volunteers in Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties to populate a self-guided “driving” trail — a trail not for use with horses — that highlights the “historic role of horses in Southern Maryland’s culture and heritage, such as horse-drawn carriages, the working horse in farming and transportation, recreational riding, fox hunting, thoroughbred racing, jousting and any other horse-related activity.”
“There are a lot of people out there who love horses, want to find out more about them, don’t ride but want to seek out more about the history of horses in the state,” said Susan McQuilkin, the commission’s marketing executive. “Much of it is being lost.”
Southern Maryland’s Historic Horse Trail will be showcased in a guidebook and on a website. Both will feature those submitted tidbits, stories, photos, etc.
For full submission criteria and application details, visit www.SMADC.com and click on So. Md. Historic Horse Trail.
The trail is a joint product of the commission and the Maryland Horse Industry Board, which plans to include the Southern Maryland trail into a statewide system of horse trails that are part of the Maryland Historic Horse Trails project, which has been helped with grants. For more information on the project, go to www.mdhistorichorsetrails.com.
Examples of the Worcester County horse trail include Assateague Island National Seashore, the Glen Riddle Farm, The Atlantic Hotel and Rackliffe Plantation.