For the first time, all of Maryland’s premiere equestrian sporting events will take place in the same month.
This October, now known as Maryland Horse Month, recognizes the impact of the state’s horse industry with events including the Maryland 5 Star, the Jim McKay Maryland Million, and the Preakness Stakes. Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, events will be held without spectators but available via virtual streaming experiences.
“Maryland has historically led the nation in creating and growing innovative equestrian-related programs, from forming the first sporting organization in the colonies, the Maryland Jockey Club in 1743, to hosting the Maryland 5 Star, one of only seven events of this kind in the world,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Maryland Horse Month will showcase the depth and breadth of the industry’s impact on our history, heritage, and culture.”