Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2024

The Chronicle of the Horse Podcast 7: One State’s Solution To Reopening The Horse World


The horse world has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, and things are just starting to get back to normal, depending on the state and local governments. We thought we’d look at how one horse-centric state is handling re-entry after months of regulations.

Ross Peddicord is the head of the Maryland Horse Industry Board, part of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. He’s also part of a task force set up to advise on when and how sports, including horse sports, should start up in his state. Maryland has been hit fairly hard by COVID-19. The state is 10th in the nation by number of cases, and as of May 28, they’ve had 48,000 cases and over 2,300 deaths. The Maryland Horse Industry Board, which licenses more than 700 stables across the state, has been proactive about communicating what’s allowed when it comes to horses.


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