Take the family on a scavenger hunt, learn all about horses and possibly win great prizes on The Maryland Horse Chase this month.
The Maryland Horse Chase is opened to all residents and runs April 6 through April 26. The chase features visits to many of the state’s new Horse Discovery Centers as well as to some of its most renowned Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing tracks and farms.
Scavenger hunt participants will earn points as they explore the state, visiting and completing simple horse-related challenges at more than 30 equine locations in 15 counties. There are four regional as well as one overall statewide hunt. Regions include Capital, Central, Southern and Eastern Shore.
“What is more fun than to explore and learn about horses, especially now that spring is here?” asked Maryland Horse Industry Board Chairman Jim Steele. “We thought the Maryland Horse Chase would be an excellent way to launch the Discovery Center network and also showcase some of our long established racing barns and tracks.”
Participants earning the most points will have a chance at winning more than 100 prizes collectively worth over $10,000. All prizes are horse-related and include overnight stays combined with equine activities at vacation spots around the state; tickets to major horse events like rodeos, races, Medieval Times, polo and steeplechases; equine clothing; complimentary riding lessons and trail rides; and a chance to meet many of the state’s most accomplished horsemen and women.
Starting on April 4, participants can register online at The Maryland Horse Chase website. They can review the challenges and read over the rules and regulations. Scavenger hunt details such as locations, a list of prizes and sponsors, can be found on the Maryland Horse Industry Board website. Challenges will include:
- Photo Challenges: Participants go to a designated area at a chase location and take a photo of a specified object or area.
- Action Challenges: Participants will complete an activity at a chase location, with the help of staff. Successful completion will earn them an input code.
- Text Challenges: Participants will explore a location or the internet to determine the correct answer to a question.
Tara Guevara, co-founder of the Big Purple Barn in Bowie and a Horse Discovery Center operator, is the scavenger hunt coordinator.
“The Discovery Centers are licensed horse stables where folks of all ages and experience levels can learn about horses in a welcoming and knowledgeable environment,” Guevara said. “We feel this is a great way to introduce this new statewide network of awesome horse education centers. They really showcase the diversity of our horse industry, coupled with exciting visits to racing farms and tracks.”
Kickoff festivities will be held April 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Full Moon Farm in Carroll County. There will be horse demonstrations; booths from various horse organizations and Horse Discovery Centers; an appearance by Madison Iager, Maryland’s High School Rodeo Queen; and an opportunity to complete Chase Challenges at the Full Moon Farm, 4326 Louisville Road, Finksburg.
The chase is sponsored by the Maryland Horse Industry Board, which is a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture.