QUEEN ANNE — The month of October in Maryland has been declared “The Month of the Horse” by Governor Larry Hogan. This year’s annual “Celebration of the Horse” will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center in Queen Anne. The program will run until 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The event will open with the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Pat Holmes with the opening ceremony provided by the Maryland Rough Riders Drill Team parading within the show ring with the American and Maryland flags. Demonstrations will begin with such equine disciplines as: Paso Finos breed riding, the Native American story of the Appaloosa horse, Roman riding, dressage, side saddle riding demonstration, Rocky Mountain horses, standardbreds, mustangs, bridleless dressage and bridleless jumping demonstrations, vaulting and trick riding, and Horsemanship.

Outside the show ring, there will be a demonstration by the Delmarva Driving Club at 2:30 p.m., Maryland’s official state sport of jousting at 2:45 p.m. at the jousting track, as well as Delmarva Mounted Search and Rescue at 3 p.m.

At noon, Maryland Horse Industry Board Chairman Ross Peticord will present the Board’s Touch of Class Award to Cindy and Tim Harris of Harris Paints, followed immediately by a Parade of Breeds inside the show ring.

Numerous equine-related and non-equine related vendors will be on the grounds, including food vendors.

Parking is $3 per car. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times to be on the grounds.

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