When it comes to horses, history is still being made today!
Check out these equine-focused events, activities and destinations, plus resources for finding more fun things to do in Southern Maryland.
The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) maintains a pdf map of riding trails in Maryland. Click here to download the map.
The Maryland Jousting Tournament Association (MJTA) hosts jousting tournaments throughout the state. Two sites in Southern Maryland have regularly scheduled jousting tournaments open to the public. A tournament is held at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds on the third weekend in September, and at Christ Church in Port Republic on the last Saturday in August each year. The Maryland state schedule and contact information can be found on the MJTA website.
Sanctioned Fox Hunt in Southern Maryland
De La Brooke Foxhounds W has hosted MOFA-sanctioned fox chasing events in Southern Maryland for more than 80 years. Members participate in year-round activities including hound shows, trail rides, hound walking, a Hunt Ball, hunter paces and more. Guests are welcome by invitation. Find out more at the DLB website.
Horse Discovery Centers
Designated by the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB), Discovery Centers are carefully selected, licensed stables that welcome people of all ages and experience levels into their barns to learn about horses in a friendly and knowledgeable environment. Click here to see the Discovery Centers in Southern Maryland or go to the MIHB Discovery Center page to see the full listing of centers throughout Maryland.
Trails Riding Stables and Guided Trail Rides
The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) has created Saddle Up, Maryland, a brochure listing riding stables and guided trail rides throughout the state (listed by region). Click here to see the PDF.
It is still possible to see live horse racing in Southern Maryland. Thoroughbred racing is featured at Laurel Park, and harness racing, where horses race at a trot pace pulling a cart and driver, is featured at Rosecroft Raceway.
The Show Place Arena at the Prince George’s County Equestrian Center hosts various horse shows throughout the year. Generally, equestrian events are free for spectators unless otherwise noted, but tickets may be required. See details at the website. Additionally, some of the working farms/barns/stables in the area offer events, activities and shows at their various sites. See the list of active horse destinations here.
… And So Much More!
Visit these websites to find more exciting destinations, events and activities in Southern Maryland!
- Calvert County Department of Tourism
- Charles County Department of Tourism
- Prince George’s County Department of Tourism
- St. Mary’s County Department of Tourism
- Destination Southern Maryland