President 

Neil R. Agate 

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Ph: 301-670-1295 x. 706

neil@agate.us

Neil Agate is the principal of Four Gates, LLC, a business and technology services firm. He is a former board member and co-chair of the British American Business Association communications committee, a founding member of the Capitol Polo Club in Poolesville and an avid polo player. He serves as the announcer for the annual Green Cup of Polo tournament, a benefit for EPIC as well as other non-profit organizations. Originally from England, Neil has lived with his wife Kathy and two daughters in Darnestown for the last 20 years.

Vice President

Steuart Pittman, Jr.

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Ph: 410-798-0503

Fx: 410-507-3351

dodonfarm@verizon.net

Steuart and his siblings are the eighth generation of his family to own their 550-acre Dodon Farm in Davidsonville. For the past 15 years, he has made his living there as a breeder, trainer, and competitor in three-day eventing. Steuart was Maryland’s first eventing instructor to be certified by the U.S. Eventing Association and he conducts clinics throughout the country at both private facilities and expos. He has competed through the Advanced level on his Maryland-bred Thoroughbred stallion Salute The Truth, who now stands at Dodon Farm.Steuart grew up riding with St. Margaret’s Pony Club and the Marlborough Hunt Club. He graduated from the University of Chicago and then spent eight years as a political and community organizer in Chicago, Des Moines, and Washington, DC before returning to the farm and horses.

He became actively involved with the Maryland Horse Council during the campaign for the Maryland Horse Park and found that it was a good use of the skills he had acquired in his career as an organizer.  His most recent undertaking is the creation of the Retired Racehorse Training Project, an educational organization that seeks to increase demand for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses.

Secretary

Ahesahmahk Dahn

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Ahesahmahk@thecityranch.org

Ahesahmahk Dahn founded CityRanch, Inc. in Baltimore to teach children about horses. He and Jean Dahn have spent over thirty years working with children in the greater Baltimore area. Their experience, combined with city living conditions, led them to want to do more to help refocus and inspire youth and reduce crime. City Ranch and its Board of Directors felt children needed to be challenged, and they developed a comprehensive equestrian program in an urban setting to provide that challenge. The City Ranch teaches students how to groom, tack, and ride horses and offers a way to help young people appreciate Baltimore's long traditions of horsemanship. Ahesahmahk is a Charity and Foundation Member of the Maryland Horse Council and has been a stalwart in the Maryland State Fair’s Horseland exhibit for the past two years.

Treasurer

Clarissa Coughlin 

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clarissacoughlin@gmail.com

Clarissa Coughlin works as the Graduate Coordinator for the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the founder and Director of Friends of Md Standardbreds, FOMS, a non-profit organization that promotes harness racing, the versatility of the Standardbred and advocates for the Standardbred industry. She has owned and raced Standardbreds since 1989. Clarissa has been actively involved with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, the Maryland Horse Council and co-hosted the unveiling of the first Maryland Historic Horse Trail with the Maryland Horse Industry Board in 2014. She introduced the first racing under saddle (RUS) event in Maryland and is a board member of RUS America and the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association. She resides in Lothian, Maryland, with her husband Jim, a long time Standardbred trainer and owner, her mother, Ursula Ayd, and retired Standardbred, Game Day.

Elected Member

Chris Bricker

 

Chris BrickerPh: 410-788-3987 

christine.bricker@ngc.com

Chris Bricker lives in Catonsville and works as an operations manager for Northrop Grumman. She is a lifetime member of the Maryland Horse Council and has served as secretary on the Executive Committee for four years. Chris is a Thoroughbred breeder and owner and presently has three horses in training at Pimlico and several mares at a farm in Woodbine. She is also on the board of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association and is the program coordinator for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Program.

 

Elected Member

Katie Nechamkin

Kate Nechamkin

kbn79@hotmail.com

Katie Nechamkin is a 4th generation horsewoman who grew up in the thoroughbred industry.  She rode and volunteered at several different English barns in her youth near Baltimore, MD but her life took a more Western twist after working on a ranch in Wyoming after college.  After returning to Maryland from living 8 years in Florida, Katie helped to found the Maryland High School Rodeo Association (MDHSRA) in 2013 and still serves as it's Treasurer.  She is also on the Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer for the Maryland Council for Special Equestrians (MCSE). 

She is excited to be a new member of the Maryland Horse Council's Executive Committee and looks forward to representing several different aspects of the equine community as one of the Board of Directors representing Associations within the State.  In her non-volunteer time, Katie is the Chief Operating Officer for Skylos Sports Medicine, a veterinary specialty group focusing on orthopedic and rehabilitation services and is part owner of VetUrgency an after-hours urgent care for small animals.

 

Non-Voting Advisory Member

Crystal Kimball

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 cbkimball@equiery.com

Crystal is the owner and publisher of The Equiery. She rode on the University of Maryland equestrian team in college and has been involved with hunters, combined training, dressage, and foxchasing. She has been a member of MHC since 1991 and serves on the board of directors as a director-at-large representing the business membership. Crystal also serves as secretary for the Maryland Steeplechase Association and technical adviser to the Maryland Horse Industry Board.

Non-Voting Advisory Member

Bill Reightler

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bill@billreightlerbloodstock.com

Bill is a licensed bloodstock agent and has distinguished himself in the Thoroughbred industry, with more than 35 years in the business. After training horses at Mid-Atlantic tracks for 10 years, Bill worked at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky for five years in the training, broodmare and stud divisions. He then returned to Maryland to manage Ross Valley Farms, where he built up the farm and handled a top band of broodmares that included champions Heavenly Cause and Smart Angle. During his tenure at Ross Valley, he raised and prepped Houston (a $2.9 million sales yearling) and several stakes horses, including Two Punch. After five years at Ross Valley, Bill accepted a management position at Chanceland Farm and helped establish it as a leading operation in the region.

In 1999, Bill started the Bill Reightler Sales Agency. He has established himself as one of the leading sales and bloodstock agents based in the Mid-Atlantic region. His accomplishments include selling Declan’s Moon (2003 Two-Year-Old Champion), owning and racing stakes winner Pagan Moon, owning and selling Rockcide, half-sister to champion Funnycide, carrying in utero multiple stakes winner Rule. Bill is also an avid foxhunter and currently serves as the field master of Mt. Carmel Hounds. Bill and his family reside in Maryland.

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