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The Maryland Horsemen's Party

History of the Maryland Horsemen's Party 

Now in its 34th year, the Maryland Horsemen's party serves as the primary fundraiser for the Sallie Robertson Memorial 4-H Horse Endowment Fund. Sallie Parlette Robertson was a native of Howard County, a 4-H Alumna and owner of the famous Ship's Quarters Farms in northern Carroll County.

When Mrs. Robertson died in 1984, 4-H leaders from Carroll County and Howard County, who had known her as a personal friend, started an endowment fund with the Maryland 4-H Foundation in her memory.

The goal of the Sallie Robertson Memorial 4-H Endowment Fund is to support 4-H equine educational programs, and the annual trip for 4-Hers representing Maryland at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round Up in the areas of horse judging, hippology, horse bowl, demonstrations and public speaking. The fund may also provide scholarships for 4-H volunteers and members to attend leadership conferences, equine-related workshops and National 4-H Congress.

Silent Auction donation form click here.

2020 Horsemen's Party Information:

  • Tickets - Tickets are $15.00 for Award Recipients and $30.00 for all other event Guests. Reserve your tickets online before February 4th by visiting     
  • Date: February 23, 2020
  • Time: 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Location: Laurel Park - 198 Laurel Race Track Road, Laurel, MD 20725
  • List of previous winners click here. 
  • 2019 Maryland 4-H Horse Program Volunteer of the Year, Industry Partner of the Year and Youth Development Practitioner of the Year Awards - Nomination Form due December 1, 2019. Get Form Here

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