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32-Year-Old Therapy Horse Honored For Service

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) - The Maryland Horse Industry Board has presented its most recent Touch of Class Award to a 32-year-old therapy horse named Merlin. Merlin, a sleek bay Morgan horse, has helped hundreds of special needs children during his long career. He retired as a show horse at age 18 and became a therapy horse at Rose of Sharon Equestrian School in Glen Arm.

His owner Joan Twining describes Merlin as both charismatic and gentle, and he's still used for lessons at her stable, even though he is now a horse with special needs himself. Since Merlin no longer leaves the farm, a delegation from the MHIB Board visited him to present Merlin and Twining with the award.

Earlier this year, the American Morgan Horse Association named Merlin its National Therapy Horse of the Year.

The MHIB presents the Touch of Class Award every month to Maryland horses and people who achieve national and international prominence.  The award celebrates the memory of "Touch of Class," the gallant Maryland-bred mare who famously won two Olympic Gold Medals in Showing Jumping at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.


Written by Kathy Blumenstock


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