The Maryland Western Horse Association, whose home base is the Howard County Fairgrounds, held its 2016 Awards Banquet on Feb. 11 at the New Windsor Fire Hall. In addition to tables full of awards and a buffet catered by Mission Barbecue, the evening sported a mechanical bull donated by goodtimeamusements, music and dancing by DJ Jason Hoffman and a silent auction. The evening offered time for members who had not seen one another since the show season the opportunity to get together in an atmosphere of family fun and activity suitable to all. The club offers a class for almost all riders regardless of interest or skill level, annual awards (champion, reserve champion, 3rd and 4th place) were given in 17 divisions, ranging from leadline participants to A-division adult riders in both English and western classes.
Year End Champions were: Larayne Lehr on A Regal Move; Maureen Gigeous on Shez Juan Sassy Asset; Debbie Caldwell on CR Triple Crown; Terri Silbersack on Zipped Up Sonny; Megan Brown on Macs Best Yet; Madison Dunbar on Good To Be Envyed; Natalie Lashno on Major League Star; Mary Rice on Xtremely Blonde; Sarah Rohr on Tell Me More; Beckie Peregoy on Zips Mint Chocolate; Olivia Zepp on Skyblurageous; Samantha Kern on Sylvia; Carly Spath on JPXpress; Lanie Rossi on In For the Kill; Lori McFarland on Fancy Tori Tari and Alivia Breslin on Black Magic.
The 2017 MWHA show season begins on April 23 with eight show dates ending on Oct. 1. Folks interested in joining the organization or just exploring the class list or list of show dates should click on the website MWHA.org, go to its Facebook page, contact Lynda Arnold at 410-875-2050 or just show up at the Spring Jubilee and Potluck on Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m., at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The club always welcomes fresh faces and new horses.
On Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., Western Howard County community members were invited to a pre-submission meeting at the former Woodmont Academy at 14196 Frederick Road, Cooksville. The purpose of the meeting was to hear a presentation on the intention of the St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church of Maryland Inc. to submit a Conditional Use Petition for a religious facility on that property. The petitioner, their attorney, engineer and architect were available to discuss plans for the project to provide information about this effort and to take questions from the public. Although the timeline for this edition did not allow this to be an announcement to the community of that meeting, the Woodbine/ Lisbon news will follow the discussion and report details in our next printing.