Who's Who in the Maryland Horse Council

The Maryland Horse Council is the umbrella organization for all horse organizations in Maryland. The board of directors consists of one representative from each member organization, as well as directors at large who represent the individual, farm and business memberships, and youth groups. The board of directors, which meets quarterly, elects the officers and the executive committee, which serves as the steering committee for the council, meeting monthly and conferring regularly to oversee housekeeping and planning issues for MHC. They are your representatives. Please feel free to voice your concerns or opinions to them, whether or not you are a member of MHC. MHC is here to serve the entire Maryland horse community. Current officers were installed on July 1, 2013 and will serve a term of two years. Executive Committee members are elected on a rotating basis and several seats will be up for re-election this summer.

President: Jane Seigler
A graduate of Brown University and Rutgers University Law School, Jane completed a judicial clerkship with the DC Court of Appeals before entering private practice. After 13 years as an antitrust and utility litigator with two major DC law firms, then as government affairs counsel with a multinational corporation, Jane “retired” from active practice to serve for 27 years as the full-time COO of Reddemeade Farm, Inc. Now living at her own Dressage at Sundown, she teaches, rides, trains and competes in dressage through the FEI level.
Jane served on the Potomac Valley Dressage Association board of directors for nine years and is a former member of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Advisory Committee. She has also served on the steering committee of the Maryland Horse Forums and organized MHC’s Business Seminars. Currently, Jane serves on MHC’s Business Network, Farm Stewardship and Legislative Committees, and on the boards of the Maryland Fund for Horses and the Horse Council PAC. She is also a member of Montgomery County’s Zoning Advisory Panel.
Phone 301-774-3756; seigler.jane@gmail.com

Vice President: Pete Radue, DVM
Dr. Peter Radue graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. After completing a one-year internship in large animal surgery at the University of Guelph in Ontario, he returned to Maryland and joined Dr. Roger Scullin to form Damascus Equine Associates. Dr. Radue is the current President of the Maryland Association of Equine Practitioners (MAEP). His horse interests have included raising and showing Morgan horses, eventing and foxhunting. His professional interests include lameness diagnosis and treatment with a special interest in ultrasound imaging. He lives in Howard County with his wife Nanette and three children.
Phone 301-829-2170, office.raduedvm@gmail.com

 

Secretary: Valerie Ormond
Following a career in naval intelligence, Valerie Ormond retired as a Captain, and has since pursued her interests in writing and with horses. Her first novel, Believing In Horses, received the Gold Medal in the Military Writers Society of America 2012 Book Awards. Believing In Horses, Too, was released in 2014.
Valerie is a certified riding instructor with the Certified Horsemanship Association, competes in the National Capital Adult Equestrian League, is a member of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and serves on the Board of Directors for Desire Ministries, a rescue and therapy nonprofit. She helped develop the Voice For The Horse’s International Children’s Writing Competition program, served on the Prince George’s County Equine Industry Task Force and chaired the MHC’s Save The Horse Farms Committee.
Phone 443-994-5651, Valerieormond@aol.com


Treasurer: Dale Clabaugh
Dale is a lifelong resident of Frederick County Maryland and a graduate of the University of Maryland. She has been an owner/agent with State Farm Insurance in Walkersville, MD since 1979. She began riding as a child, was a charter member of the Frederick Pony Club (1962) and is the cofounder of the Woodvale Farms boarding facility and the Menfelt Horse Trials.
Phone 301-898-9560, dale.clabaugh@gmail.com



Elected Member: Stephen Fulton
Stephen Fulton and his wife Karen, a professional instructor/trainer, have owned Full Moon Farm LLC in Finksburg since 1994. They and their two daughters operate a full-service boarding and teaching facility and run numerous horse shows, schooling days, and horse trials from their facility, as well as an active breeding program. Stephen also has operated a three-man farrier service for the past 25 years. Stephen rode and showed horses and ponies as a junior as well as hunting with Taylorsville Hounds. Since then, he has been involved with jumpers, timber racing, teaching, showing halter horses and show hunters, managing an Appaloosa breeding farm, showing in western pleasure and eventing through the Intermediate level. Stephen is a member of the Maryland Combined Training Association, American Farriers’ Association, U.S. Eventing Association, U.S. Equestrian Federation, U.S. Hunter Jumper Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. He is a former Level 3 ARIA instructor, has a BA in Equine Studies from Salem College, a Riding Master Certificate from Meridith Manor and is a certified graduate of the Oklahoma Farrier’s College.
Phone 410-795-8371; fullmoonfarm@hughes.net

Advisory Member: Royce Herman
Before joining the MHC Executive Committee, Royce served on the MHC Board of Directors for seven years as the representative for Tuckahoe Equestrian Center. A native of Delaware, Royce graduated from Keystone College in 1966 and the University of Delaware School of Economics in 1971 and has spent the last 40 years in food service marketing and the last 28 years with Sysco Corporation until his retirement in October 2011. He rode horses extensively as a youngster and competed in rodeos as a teenager. He returned to horses with his wife after the kids were “up and out.” Royce is currently involved in trail riding and has competed in Mounted Cowboy Shooting and mounted Wild West shows. For 13 years, Royce directed and acted in western shows for the Outlaw Days at Tuckahoe.Royce is a national competitor in muzzle-loading bulls-eye pistol shooting and is a master gunsmith, owning and operating Centreville Gunsmith. Royce also teaches Hunter Safety for the state of Maryland and is a member of the Maryland Hunter Safety Instructor Hall of Fame.
Phone 410-991-2203; raherman1@verizon.net

Elected Member: Crystal Kimball
Crystal Kimball is the owner and publisher of The Equiery. She rode on the University of Maryland equestrian team in college and has been involved with hunters, combined training, dressage, and foxchasing. She has been a member of MHC since 1991, and serves on the board of directors as a director-at-large representing the business membership. Crystal also serves as secretary for the Maryland Steeplechase Association and technical advisor to the Maryland Horse Industry Board.
Phone 410-489-7826; crystal@equiery.com

 

Elected Member: Steuart Pittman, Jr.
Steuart Pittman, Jr. and his siblings are the eighth generation of his family to own Dodon Farm in Davidsonville. For the past 15 years, he has made his living there as a breeder, trainer and competitor in eventing. Steuart was Maryland’s first eventing instructor to be certified by the U.S. Eventing Association and conducts clinics throughout the country. He has competed through the Advanced level on his Maryland-bred Thoroughbred stallion Salute The Truth, who now stands at Dodon Farm.
Steuart grew up riding with St. Margaret’s Pony Club and the Marlborough Hunt Club. He graduated from the University of Chicago and then spent eight years as a political and community organizer in Chicago, Des Moines, Iowa and Washington, DC before returning to the farm and horses. He became actively involved with MHC during the campaign for the Maryland Horse Park and found that it was a good use of the skills he had acquired in his career as an organizer. His most recent undertaking is the creation of the Retired Racehorse Training Project, an educational organization that seeks to increase demand for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses.
Phone 410-798-0503; dodonfarm@verizon.net

Elected Member: Judy Smith
Judy has been involved in the horse industry, especially in Maryland, most of her life. She has enjoyed foxchasing in MD and NC, competing in driving with her four-horse Percheron hitch, dressage, eventing and riding sidesaddle. She is a Frederick County Equine Alliance member, founding member and secretary for the North Carolina Horse Council, and formerly on the PVDA Board of Directors. Currently, Judy and her husband Tommy have a boarding and driving training operation on their Good Friday Farm in Ijamsville and have set up and run the Ultimate Equestrian schoolings and competitions. Judy also owns and manages her retail store, Friday’s Horse Giftware. Previously, Judy worked as an equine vet tech for 11 years, and also operated a successful operation of breeding, foaling and starting young Thoroughbreds for the track for clients.
Phone 301-662-2532, bigbayhorse523@msn.com

Elected Member: Kathleen Tabor
Kathleen is a sole practitioner of the Law Office of Kathleen J.P. Tabor, LLC, a general civil practice with a special focus on agricultural and equine businesses, activities, and ownership. In addition to her legal training, Kathleen is a trained mediator and collaborative practitioner.
She serves on the Maryland Horse Council’s Executive Committee, the advisory board of Maryland Fund for Horses, Inc., and as the Trade & Support Industries representative on the Maryland Horse Industry Board, appointed by the Governor in 2009. She is a member of the Maryland Farm Bureau, the American Horse Council, American College of Equine Attorneys and the American Agricultural Law Association.
ktaborlaw@aol.com

 

Association Manager: Margaret Rizzo McKelvy
Margaret Rizzo McKelvy is the president and owner of Mythic Landing Enterprises, LLC, a full-service marketing and business management company. Her career path combines her talents in event planning and fundraising with her love of horses. Margaret’s diverse work background has allowed her to utilize her public relations, event planning and development skills, which she brings to the MHC as the Association Manager.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, she holds degrees in Public Relations and American Studies. Her resume includes an internship with The Equiery and a position with Practical Horseman before striking out on her own to start Mythic Landing Enterprises. When she is not working, Margaret can be found honing her riding skills and preparing for her next competition.
Phone: 301-502-8929; admin@marylandhorsecouncil.org

 

 

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