On Nov. 15 the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) presented its "Touch of Class" Award to Anne Arundel resident and horse trainer John Crandell III and his Endurance Triple Crown winning Arabian gelding, Heraldic, who together won two silver medals from the Endurance competition at the Pan American Games, held in Chile on Oct. 21. Crandell and Heraldic will lead the U.S. Team in the World Endurance Championship in England in 2012–an event held simultaneously with the 2012 Olympics.

During the award presentation, Ashley Valis, deputy director of the Governor’s Intergovernmental Affairs, presented the Crandell’s with a proclamation from Governor Martin O’Malley, declaring November 15 "Heraldic and Crandell Family Day."

"Maryland has an impressive history of raising the finest equine athletes who continually distinguish our great state around the world," said O’Malley. "I’d like to commend the Crandell family for their legendary accomplishments and commitment to the highest standards of equine training and care. We look forward to the continued success of Heraldic and the Crandells as they represent Maryland and the United States at the World Championship next year."

Heraldic was in routine quarantine in Miami after flying back from Chile, but was released in time to make it to his official homecoming and silver medal celebration event today. Heraldic mingled with well-wishers, ate a few Maryland-grown apples, and posed for pictures in front of the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) headquarters in Annapolis.

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