At its annually held election fills five open seats on the board, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association membership announced Thursday it has elected incumbents Louis Merryman, Sabrina Moore and James B. Steele Jr.in addition to Richard Blue Jr., who last served on the board in 2017, and Michael F. Horning. The year’s elected members will serve for the next three years. Blue Jr. is serving his fourth term on the board, having previously served from 2001 to 2002, and 2011 to 2017. Horning–a current board member and treasurer of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association–was a presidential appointee to the MHBA board in 2018. Owner of Anchor & Hope Farm, Merryman has been on the board since 2016. Moore–manager and co-owner of GreenMount Farm–has served as a committee member for the Maryland Horse Industry Board as well as the MHBA’s Social Media & Marketing Committee. She was first elected to the MHBA board in 2016. Steele begins his sixth three-year term on the board, was MHBA president from 2006 through 2009 as well as vice-president from 2004-2005 and secretary-treasurer in 1999.
Of the five directors whose terms expired in 2019, Rebecca B. Davis and David DiPietro were ineligible to stand for reelection because of having served six consecutive years as a member of the MHBA Board. Those whose terms have not expired are Brooke Bowman DVM, Michael Harrison DVM, Christy Holden, TK Kuegler, D. David Moose, Larry Murray, Kent Allen Murray, William S. Reightler, David Wade and Theresa Wiseman.
The complete election results, along with Committee presentations, will be on the agenda at the MHBA annual general membership meeting, to be held Wed., June 26, starting at 12 p.m., at the Maryland State Fairgrounds’ Vista Room in Timonium, Maryland.