Maryland Thoroughbred Horse Farm Tour
Five-county horse farm tour celebrates the Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s 90th anniversary.
On Aftercare: Foxie G Foundation Making a Difference in Maryland
The Foxie G Foundation, located in Libertytown, MD was named for Foxie G, a Maryland-bred Thoroughbred gelding by Horatius. Laurie Calhoun and her husband Jerry bought the farm where the Thoroughbred rescue resides more than 30 years ago and ran it as a commercial Thoroughbred operation.
In 2012, they decided to create the nonprofit Foxie G Foundation and Laurie devotes her entire time to it with the help of her sisters who live nearby and her board of directors.
Equine Arena and Learning Center Offers Programs for Veterans and Others
Baltimore County officials celebrated the grand opening of an equestrian and learning center at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park in Cockeysville, announcing that it is named in honor of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who passed away suddenly on May 10. Baltimore County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr. led the ceremony, which featured the unveiling of a banner depicting the name, Kevin Kamenetz Arena.
The Kevin Kamenetz Arena is a multi-use facility that primarily serves as an equine arena and learning center hosting ground-based equine experiences for veterans and others, including programs operated by the New York based non-profit, Saratoga WarHorse. The overall equine operation occupies 12.7 acres including two barns, pasture and paddock space and a 9,600 square-foot arena with classrooms. The arena features a sandy surface, and it is available for equine programs as well as other events.
Baltimore County to Open the Kevin Kamenetz Arena
Just one day after the 143rd Preakness Stakes, Baltimore County announced the grand opening of The Kevin Kamenetz Arena, an equestrian learning center at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm in Cockeysville. It was named in honor of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who passed away suddenly on May 10.
“He loved horses and he loved veterans,” Kamenetz’s wife Jill said at the grand opening. “This is just doing what he loved best.”
Beyond the Wire Accepts Its First Retirees
Designed to strengthen Thoroughbred aftercare in Maryland by providing more stable funding and increasing accountability for the whereabouts and welfare of equine participants, the program is financially supported by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club, as well as owners and jockeys who contribute on a per-start or per-mount basis.
Beyond The Wire has partnerships with two such farms in Maryland: Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue in Chesapeake City and the Foxie G. Foundation in Union Bridge. Hammond said Smart Dixie Jones went to Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, while Foxie G took in Charlie Bravo and D’Humerus.
Podcast: Patrick Hanes of 99.9 WFRE Gets His First Ride on a Horse at Foxie G
This interview covers the founding of Foxie G, the dangers that all horses face, and joy of thoroughbreds! Well also talk about Petunia the pig!
The Mission Continues: The Foxie G Foundation
Three years in, The Foxie G Foundation comes of age with TCA Award of Merit. Get an exclusive look at The Foxie G Foundation with its creator, Laurie Calhoun.
Read the article in the September issue of The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred or Watch the Video
Nicholas Richards Awarded the rank of Eagle Scout with Project Completed for The Foxie G Foundation
The Foxie G Foundation would like to offer its heartfelt congratulations to Nicholas Richards of Boy Scout Troop 716 in Sykesville, MD on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout! Nicholas was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), for a community service project he completed for The Foxie G Foundation. As per the rulebook of the Scouts the candidate “must select his Eagle service project and have the project concept approved by his unit leader, his unit committee, and the benefactor of the project, and reviewed and approved by the council or district advancement committee.” Kristi (Nick’s Mom), Nick and Katie (Nick’s sister) had visited Laurie at Foxie G several months earlier and Kristi said that when they got home Nick said he wanted to do something to help Laurie and the animals at Foxie G. That’s when he came up with the idea of building new cat feeders to replace the current feeders that were in a bad state of deterioration as his project. At first his unit leader said that the project did not meet the criteria of community service but Nick held his ground and argued his case so successfully to both the committee and unit leader that they agreed that it did indeed qualify as a much needed community service project and he was given the green light to proceed. His next task was to raise the funds to buy the materials needed for the project which he did by organizing and holding a successful car wash in the parking lot of the Eldersburg Pizza Hut. He then went on to improve on the current feeders (he noted that the flat roofs offered no place for rain runoff) by creating a new design which included slanted roofs with shingles. The biggest improvement and modification to the feeding stations was that they were now elevated a foot off the ground to prevent snow and water getting inside as s the old ones were on directly on the ground and has to be dug out during snow season. He then constructed the feeders in the family’s garage after which they were delivered to Laurie Calhoun at Foxie G, where they have been put to great use for the kitties that now have a dry and rainproof spot to be fed!
Our hats are off to you Nick! Congratulations on this great milestone in your life! We are so happy and honored that you chose Foxie G to help out. We also understand you hope to pursue animals studies in your next milestone, college. With your compassion and passion for animals we know you will be a huge success. Thank you!
Foxie G in the October isssue of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
A Photo, a Miracle, Saves 2 from New Holland
Nature’s Fancy and Cool Checkers arrive at Foxie G after going through the auction at New Holland
Foxie G Pulls Former $8,000 Jumper from Kill Pen
Foxie G had no plans to add another kid to our extended family when we got a call about a Thoroughbred that had been bought from New Holland by a kill buyer. By the time we were notified he had already been weighed, tagged and we had minutes to decide if we bail him out or not. It was impossible for us to turn him away knowing what his fate would be. New arrival Big Red is now out of quarantine and doing very well. We will being posting updates so check back to see how this sweet boy is coming along. Updates are also posted often to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheFoxieGFoundation
The Starn Barn Saga: “Get Rich” Scheme Costs Dozen of Horses’ Lives.
The Foxie G Foundation took 22 of the horses that survived this tragic ordeal.
The Foxie G Foundation Announced as One of the Beneficiaries of the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show at Pimlico Race Course
Thank you to the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show at Pimlico for selecting Foxie G as a beneficiary. This wonderful event helps raise awareness of the benefits to choosing a Thoroughbred and how talented they can be in second careers.
First Ponies in the Park Event a Sweet Success
The Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Domino Sugar’s Ponies in the Park was a huge success. The Foxie G Foundation and Heros Reward took a trip to Baltimore to be a part of the event to help kick of Preakness week. Go California Chrome!
For Heros Reward, the End is a Kind of Homecoming
Heros Reward arrives at Summer Wind Farm to start enjoying his retirement from racing. We are honored to be a part of this boys next chapter.