Sport Horse

We created the Sport Horse Committee to support our sport-horse breeders, our competition organizers, and our competition venues. Part of our work is educating the Maryland horse community, and the general public, about the substantial success of Maryland-bred equine athletes of all breeds at all levels of sport. Another part of our work is supporting our sport horses from foaling to retirement and everything in between.

Our Sport Horse Committee is are grateful to our supporting sport horse photographer, Erin Gilmore Photography.

Sport horses
Foal running in a field

What is a Maryland Sport Horse?

“A Maryland Sport Horse is a horse of any breed, including a mixed breed, that was foaled in Maryland and that has participated in at least three events with three or more participants in each, that were judged by a disinterested judge according to a publicly available set of rules.”

Maryland-Bred Sport Horse Database

Equestrian sports are big business in Maryland. Equestrian sports generation at least $1 billion in economic activity. The non-racing competition sector supports over 3,340 jobs in Maryland and has a $310 million annual economic impact on the state’s economy. The racing industry adds over $670 million.1 Our unusually large number of riding schools and our ability to attract competitors from the highest levels of the sport – Olympic-level and up – means the competitive riding sector grows every year.

Unlike many states, Maryland’s competition sector includes almost every competitive discipline that exists, including: barrel racing, competitive trail riding, cutting, dressage, draft horse pulling, driving, endurance, eventing, fox chasing, harness racing, hunter/jumpers, jousting, mule jumping, polo, polocrosse, ranch riding, reining, rodeo, show jumping, side saddle, steeplechasing, Thoroughbred racing, vaulting, western dressage, western equitation, and working western, as well as several others. We have five international competition venues in the state,2 and we are an easy drive to two others.3

1 All values in 2022 dollars.

2 Pimlico Race Course (host of the Preakness States), the Fair Hill Special Event Area (host of the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill), the Prince George’s County Showplace Arena (host of the Capitol Challenge Horse Show and the Washington International Horse Show), Laurel Park (host of the Maryland Million), and Loch Moy Farm (host of the Maryland International 2/3/4* Horse Trials).

3 Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, Virginia, and Plantation Fields in Coatesville, Pennsylvania (host of the Plantation Fields International Horse Trials).


Maryland Sport Horse columns from The Equiery

November 2023: October Results

October 2023: Summer Results

September 2023 Maryland-Bred Ponies

July 2023 Sport Horse

May 2023 Maryland-Bred Spring Spring Report

February 2023 Sport Horse Awards

January 2023 Maryland-Breds

December 2022 RRP Makeover

January 2022 Sport Horse Committee

December 2021 Maryland-Breds

October 2021 Maryland-Breds

September 2021 Maryland-Breds

July 2021 Maryland-Breds

June 2021 Maryland-Breds

May 2021 Maryland-Breds

April 2021 Maryland-Breds

March 2021 Maryland-Breds

February 2021 Maryland-Breds

January 2021 Maryland-Breds

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