February 15 was a night of great celebration for the Maryland Standardbred industry as the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association and the Cloverleaf SOA held their Annual Awards banquet dinner.
The Maryland breeding industry and Maryland Sires Stakes program has exploded with activity in 2014. Maryland now has 35 quality stallions registered for the Maryland Sires Stakes program and tremendous growth is expected in the Maryland Sires Stakes program.
This was a night however to honor and celebrate those breeders, owners and horsemen that bucked the trend to move their breeding and racing stock to surrounding states and keep their operations in Maryland. The numbers were small but the commitment was mighty from everyone that worked to keep the breeding industry alive.
The 2013 Two Year Old Pacer Colt/Gelding went to Spinout by Spunout who was bred by A. Daniel Myer & Gary Humphreys and owned by Gary Humphreys. Two Year Old Pacing Filly went to Coming Out On Top a Cam’s Rocket, bred and owned by Michael Hans. Two Year Old Trotting Colt/Gelding was awarded to Doc Banning a You Betcha who was bred by Thomas and Linda Winebrener and owned by Sharon Roberts. Two Year Old Trotting Filly – Ruby Rayne by Doggone Yankee bred by William Long and owned by Dale Massey.
The 2013 Three Year Old Pacing Colt/Gelding went to Firecracker Freddy a Cam’s Rocket, bred, and owned by Roger Hans. Another Cam’s Rocket was honored as Bonnie Ben Jammin received the Three Year Old Pacing Filly of 2013 who was bred and owned by Brian Emerson. Wrapping up the three year old honors Perfect Tententen by Straight Up Lindy bred by Meadow Creek Stables, LLC and owned by Elam Petersheim, received Three Year Old Trotting Colt/Gelding
Breeder John Tignor received the Aged Pacer award for Southern Allie and Sound the Belle received the Aged Trotter award for Nicholas Callahan.
Roger Hans’ and Thomas Cooke’s Cam’s Rocket, whose offspring captured 3 out of the 5 pacing awards given was named Pacing Stallion of the Year, while Straight Up Lindy received the Trotting Stallion honors who was owned by Jason Leid, when he stood in Maryland.
Special Achievement awards went to Racing Naked bred by William Camp, Jr.
President Myer ended the evening by awarding Gina Maybee with a President’s Award for all her dedicated work to help the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association rebuild.
The Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association is excited about the revitalization and opportunities that are happening in the Maryland breeding industry. The association has recently overhauled its’ website, begun an advertising campaign throughout the industry inviting people to breed in Maryland and expanded its’ membership.
If you would like more information on breeding in Maryland you may go to the association website at www.mdbreeders.org or contact the President Dan Myer at 410-603-1585.