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Saddle Up! Maryland is for Horse Lovers

Saddle Up! Maryland is for Horse Lovers

Maryland is a haven for horse enthusiasts. Dating back to colonial times, horses have played a significant role in the state’s history and culture. Here, you’ll find renowned horse breeding farms, prestigious racing events, world-class equestrian facilities, and tons of trails for riders of every level. So saddle up or don your finest hat—Maryland is for horse lovers!

The Great Race at the Graw” mural by Ezra Berger
The Great Race at the Graw” mural by Ezra Berger. Photo Credit: Visit Harford

Go for a ride

There are countless places to enjoy riding in Maryland, from lush pastures to wooded trails to sandy beaches. Whether you prefer leisurely trail rides or more challenging terrain, you’ll find dozens of scenic trails and parklands. Plus, the climate is mild enough that horse lovers can ride all year long! 

Photo of horse by campsite taken from car window
Photo Credit: Laura Rennie

You likely know that you can view horses on the beach at Assateague Island, but did you know you can ride there? The only catch is you have to bring your own horse! 

Attend an event

One of Maryland’s standout features is its world-class horse racing industry. Tracks like Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park attract top-notch horses, jockeys, and trainers from around the world and offer racegoers an electrifying experience. Few things compare to the thundering sound of galloping horses racing along a dirt track!

Photo Credit: Pimlico Race Course

Maryland is home to the famed Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in the Triple Crown series, which occurs two weeks after the Kentucky Derby. Tickets are on sale for this year’s event (May 18).

The prestigious Maryland Million at the Maryland Jockey Club showcases the state’s equestrian prowess and heritage. The Maryland Jockey Club was founded in 1743, making it the oldest sporting organization in the United States! 

Catch seven days of racing during the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. The events are free to watch!

You can also enjoy Maryland’s horse culture from your car along the Horses and Hounds Scenic Byway. This 70-mile stretch of road between Hunt Valley and Towson takes drivers past picturesque horse farms on rolling fields.

Feature Photo Credit: Pimlico Race Course

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