MHBA Board selects 2022-23 Officers

July 19, 2022

REISTERSTOWN, Md.—At the Maryland Horse Breeders Association the Board of Directors’ (MHBA) meeting held Monday, July 18, the new board elected Kent Murray as president, Christine W. Holden as vice president and Michael Horning as secretary/treasurer.

Murray, a program manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation, grew up on his family’s Murmur Farm in Darlington, and continues to serve the farm as a consultant and account manager. He and his wife, Donna, own Twin Oaks Farm, a boarding facility, in Aberdeen. 

Holden, general manager of Country Life and Merryland Farms, where she has worked since 2004, is serving her third term on the board after first being elected in 2018.

A retired insurance executive and current board member of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Horning was a presidential appointee to the MHBA board in 2018 and elected for a three-year term in 2019.

Richard F. Blue Jr, the prior MHBA president, was ineligible for reelection, due to having served six consecutive years on the MHBA board. 

Since 1929, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) has been the leading horse industry advocate within the state of Maryland.

The MHBA functions as an informational resource for horse breeders and owners, the media, community and governmental organizations, and the general public.

As a service organization, the MHBA provides industry information, educational opportunities and legislative representation to its nearly 500 breeder-owner members, which include Thoroughbred breeders, owners of racehorses, steeplechase and hunt enthusiasts, and others with horse involvement.



The main purposes of the MHBA have always been to encourage, promote, protect and improve the horse breeding industry in Maryland. While emphasis traditionally has been placed on the production of Thoroughbred race horses, the MHBA encourages all sports relating to the use of horses.

Click here for 2022 Maryland Foal Report.

MHBA Press Release

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