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Horsemen's auction hits the jackpot


Most of the 150 people who attended last weekend's Maryland Horsemen's Party and Blue Ribbon Auction were wrapped up in the horsey aspects of the evening.

Christopher Busch, 7-year-old son of Maryland 4-H Foundation executive director Thomas Busch, was smitten by a truck.

"He wants that truck so bad he has already bid against himself," Thomas Busch said with a laugh as he went off to explain the intricacies of the silent auction to Christopher.

The truck in question was a blue and white remote-control truck that Christopher eventually forked over $60 of his dad's money for.

Busch's 11-year-old daughter, Jennifer, has been riding and showing horses for about a year, and she found something related to her passion in the auction. Jennifer was the top bidder for a "Hand Stuffed and Dressed Girl Horse" made by Howard County 4-H volunteer Joanna Peregoy.

The silent auction featured 200 items, all of which sold. The live auction consisted of 26 items, including 1,000 pounds of feed, Orioles box seats for eight behind the dugout ($300), a Western saddle ($400) and the hottest item of the night: a vacation in

Nags Head, which went to Janet Beck of Ellicott City for $550.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit state 4-H horse programs. Saturday's event was the seventh annual party and plans for the eighth are already in the works.

The following awards were presented at the Maryland Horsemen's Party:

Horse judging team: Coaches: Bob Shirley (Carroll) and Diane Kennedy (Queen Anne's). Julie Perkins (Harford), Margie Rausch Frederick), Heather Warner (Harford), Stephanie Wilt (Washington).

Horse bowl team: Coach: Virginia Fair, (Carroll. Karen Coates (Montgomery), Becky Peregoy (Howard), Laura Unvergaztt (Howard), Wendy Walmsley (Queen Anne), Elizabeth Wilson (Montgomery).

Hippology team: Coach: Shirley Geis, (Howard). Sarah Van Aken (Baltimore County), Mary Kate Brown (Cecil), Margaret Cahill (Howard), Courtney Meyers (Garrett).

Team demonstration: Tori Currie (Charles), Bridgette Kovacs (Charles).

4 Individual demonstration: Lisa Canova (Harford).

Public speaking: Coleen Medford (Charles).

Maryland Horse Project: Danika Hyssong (Charles).

Hall of Fame Award: King T. Leatherbury.

Friends of 4-H Awards: Gale Shaffer, Cricket Goodall, Cappy Jackson.

Listen to a farrier

The Carroll County Equestrian Council's final winter educational seminar of the season will be Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Center in Westminster.

Gary Faulkner, a farrier certified by the American Farrier Association, will discuss care of the horse's feet. The event is free.

Calendar of events

Wednesday -- - Carroll County Equestrian Council Winter Educational Seminar. Speaker: Farrier Gary Faulkner. 7:30 p.m. Extension Office Meeting Room, Agriculture Center, Westminster. (410) 857-2103.

Saturday -- 50th running of the Howard County-Iron Bridge Hunt Race Meet. Post time is 1 p.m. Meriwether Farm, Roxbury Road, Glenelg. (410) 489-4642 or (410) 442-1813.

March 28 -- Mid-Maryland Horse and Pony Association show. Judge: Skip Seifert. Howard County Fairgrounds. (410) 781-6303.

March 30 -- Closing date for entries for the Carrollton Hounds Horse Trials. Five divisions: Training, Novice Horse, Novice Rider, Baby Novice Horse and Baby Novice Rider. (410) 848- 3192.

April 4 -- Mount Airy Saddle Pals English and Western Horse Show. Mount Airy Carnival Grounds. (301) 473-5709 or (301) 831-5230.

April 4 -- Carroll County Western Circuit Horse Show. Agriculture Center, Westminster. (410) 239-7885.

April 17 -- T.R.O.T. (Trail Riders of Today) general meeting. Gillis Falls Equestrian Area. Grimville Road, Mount Airy. (410) 795-4246.

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