Shockey Gillet

With Fond Memories and Great Sadness we write to inform you of the passing of a great supporter of Eventing.  His volunteer hours, positive encouragement, and support of our events will be missed. 

Shockey GilletOn September 9, 2013, Sherlock Swann Gillet of Glyndon, passed away while out riding.  A celebration of Shockey's life will be held on Saturday from 4:30-6 PM at the family home, Hunting Ridge Farm 14300 Green Rd, Glyndon 21071. 

Shockey has been involved with MCTA since the late 70's.  He  helped organize the MCTA HT at Jackson Hole from 1982 through 1988 and was instrumental in promoting limited/restricted divisions for Jr and Amateurs. He hosted our Jenny Camp Event at his Hunting Ridge Farm from 1986 through 1988.  At MCTA's 40th anniversary celebration last year, Shockey was honored for his lifetime service and support to the sport.  Has has been a long-time competitor and before that, the parent-of-a-competitor.  He also served on USCTA Board of Directors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Shockey's name may be made to: 

Maryland Combined Training Association, C/O Sue Page, 1940 Hunter Mill Road, White Hall, MD 21161, or

Wounded Warrior Project, 112 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005.

Memory tributes may be sent to the family at


MCTA Board of Directors

Edwin E. Harbin 

On Monday, April 12, 2010 Edwin E. Harbin surrounded by his loving family at the St. Joseph Medical Center. Ed was born on August 31, 1931 in Washington, D.C. He was a graduate and active alumnus of Loyola Blakefield, AMDG, a certificate member and past President of the Chesapeake Chapter of the Refrigeration Service Engineer Society, a past treasure of the Maryland Combined Training Association, an avid Horseman, and long time member of the Mt. Carmel Hounds, member of the Buick owners of Maryland, and Buick Club of America, an active member of the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier in Hunt Valley. The Mechanical Contractor and resident of Sparks was 78. 

Ed was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (nee Kisielewski) Harbin for 54 years. Devoted father of Edwin L. Harbin, Aimee P. Harbin, Jennifer D. Siwinski, and Geoffrey F. Harbin and his wife Lavignia. Brother of Frank P. Harbin. Grandfather of Justin, Meaghan, Matthew, Rebecca, Rachel, Philip, Chad, Gabrielle, and Dylan, and the late Luke.

Charles Walker

Charles "Charlie" Walker, 59, of  Taneytown, MD passed away Sunday Feb. 21. He had been battling  cancer.

Charlie's business was Walker's Quality Fencing and  Custom Horse Jumps. He gave up the fencing business several years ago  to concentrate on the jump business. He made, sold, and rented  jumps.  His brightly painted and creative jumps  were used by MCTA  for  many years at Jackson's Hole and Shawan Downs.  

He was at one time a MHSA member, and rode  jumpers until the mid 80's. He also did some blacksmithing at one  point in time.

Charlie was also an avid golfer and a member of  Wakefield Valley Golf Club
in Westminster.

MCTA-Linda-273Cw    In Memory of Linda W. Reynolds, 1942-2009

A freak tragic incident took the life of beloved Linda W. Reynolds while vacationing in Arizona with her husband Walter and relatives on November 11, 2009. She was age 67.
Linda leaves behind a shocked community.  
She has been secretary, office manager, and Chief Financial Officer for her husband's landscape architecture office since 1976. Horses and her life have been intertwined since her adolescence — teaching and riding professionally in Massachusetts while whipping-in for Nashoba Hunt. Interrupted by service with the Peace Corps in the Philippines, horses returned to her life when she married Walter and moved to Maryland in 1970.
While living in Maryland, Linda showed her homebred mare “Under the Weather” to Grand Champion Amateur Owner and Working Hunter awards in 1975. Within several years, she and her husband bred the Maryland Thoroughbred Yearling Champion.
During the period of the 1970's, 80's and 90's, Linda combined 29 years work with the John Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Pediatric Genetics Laboratory with being organizer of the MCTA horse trials for 25 years, and USEA Area II Chairwoman from 1994 to 96. Giving back to the sport of riding continued as the present Treasurer for USEA Area II, volunteering at local events and Fair Hill International 2009.
During this time, Linda and her husband hunted their home country with the Mount Carmel Hounds and Green Spring Valley Hounds; and currently, with Elkridge Harford Hunt, enjoying opening meet together on November 7, 2009.
From the mid 1970's until 2002, Linda was the “do everything” partner in the husband and wife eventing team, winning Best Groom, Best Turned Out Horse and winning the Essex Three Day 1994, and completing the course at the Fair Hill International three star in 2002.
This year all was well, a new field hunter, renewed bridge playing, and happy hour with her husband in the garden at their Bell Weather Farm in Upperco. 
Linda requested that her ashes be released in hunting country.
Her request for a memorial party where friends could gather to celebrate her life and “joy-de-vie” with lots of wine and Willie Nelson music will take place on December 18, 2009 in the stable at Bell Weather Farm beginning at 3:00PM — epilogue at 5:00PM — until hounds are picked up!
Contributions to support her love of the land may be made to: Land Preservation Trust, Inc., Attention Mr. Ned Halle, Executive Plaza One, Suite 502, 17350 McCormick Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland, 21031.

Linda’s greatest competitive accomplishments were with show hunters. Here she rides her “foundation mare” Falling Weather (“Pickle”) at the 1968 Millwood Horse Show in her native Massachusetts. Pickle was champion or reserve at every one of her shows that year.


 Stacy Holmes photo

Linda bred many lovely horses from the Pickle line. One shown here, Under the Weather (“Relish”), managed the amazing feat of winning the Maryland Horse Shows Association’s high score Working and Amateur Owner high score awards in 1975 while her foal was also the top yearling in the MHSA hunter breeding division that same year.


Relish and Linda also competed in jumper classes, as pictured here at a Mt. Carmel Hounds show.


Ciarpella photo


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