Silent auction items frame the diners with a view of Waredaca’s fields at the 10th Annual Maryland Horse Council BBQ
(photo by Holden Rafey)
On Saturday, September 17, the Maryland Horse Council (MHC) held its 10th Annual BBQ Picnic at Waredaca in Laytonsville. A family-run farm in operation since 1937 on more than 220 acres, Waredaca is a U.S. Equestrian Federation licensed eventing competition venue and features a new microbrewery.
Eventing is very exciting because it combines three disciplines: dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. Event riders and their horses have to be skilled in all three, which takes a lot of time and practice, as well as nerve, to be willing to gallop across fields to leap over trenches and log piles.
Guests listened to music by Arthur Lisi & Friends (photo by Holden Rafey)
The annual BBQ event included great food, music, and fun activities and was open to MHC members and guests. More than 150 people attended this year and enjoyed food by Mission BBQ while listening to music performed by Arthur Lisi & Friends.
(photo by Holden Rafey)
There were many young kids at the event who appeared to be having a great time running through the rolling fields, hopping over logs and watching riders on horseback pass by.
The silent auction featured many wonderful items that were generously donated (photos by Holden Rafey)
The Maryland Horse Council and the Horse Council Political Action Committee (PAC) held a successful silent auction to raise funds for both organizations thanks to the generosity of members and attendees. Guests were also treated to Waredaca Brewing Company tours and riding demonstrations by the Waredaca Pony Club.
The winning team cheers in triumph after the Pony Club Race (photo courtesy of Maryland Horse Council)
I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to participate in the MHC and Pony Club relay race. We had to weave through cones while trying not to spill a cup of water; it was a lot of fun! I’m glad the sweet horse I was on caused no trouble unlike the other team’s horse that didn’t seem quite as happy, but that team managed to win anyway. Even though I didn’t win, I had a great time.
I also was very lucky to be able to help at the BBQ with event set up, photography, and especially the relay race. Lots of people helped make this event possible and special thanks go out to the MHC volunteers Dale Clabaugh and Jaime Navarro for organizing the event. Thanks also go to tent sponsor Maryland Horse Breeders Association and MHC sponsors B&D Builders, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, The Equiery, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, and Agape Pet Services.
My name is Holden Rafey, and I am honored to be serving as the Maryland Horse Council’s Youth Correspondent. As the MHC Youth Correspondent, I will be posting monthly to this blog about horse-related topics in the state of Maryland to give a youth perspective and share information on topics of interest to MHC youth members. I live in Montgomery County and attend Walter Johnson High School, where I play softball and field hockey. My equestrian trainer is Melinda Cohen, and I ride at her barn, Dream Catcher Farm, in Frederick County. In addition to being the Youth Correspondent for the MHC, I am also serving a second term on the Washington International Horse Show Junior Committee and look forward to seeing lots of Maryland barns represented at Barn Night!