Last year I found myself in a position I have never been particularly fond of – stranded on the sidelines. A minor tendon injury sidelined my 3-year-old, ESS Nobel Prize, for part of the summer and all of the 2007 fall show circuit. Suddenly I found my tenuous foothold into the Morgan circuit gone, and with it went all my Morgan news for California Riding Magazine.
But 2007 is over, and I’m looking forward to being ringside again this year, a now 4 year old Prize in one hand, and my new camera in the other. It’s been a long time since I’ve written the Morgan News and a lot has been happening – so let’s jump right in!
In the National Spotlight
Congratulations to all the incredible California horses and riders that earned national Farnam®/PlatformTM USEF Horse of the Year Awards in 2007. Many of our dynamic duos received top 10 honors.
Californians dominated the Morgan Hunter divisions with Debra Uecker-Keough and her home bred R-Royale Prophecy leading the nation in both the Open Morgan Hunter Pleasure division and the Morgan Hunter Pleasure Amateur division. Sandra Nelson and CHC Blue’s Shining Star were third in the amateur division with 126 points, Sandra Flanagan and JJSK’s Keeps Shamrock were seventh with 57 points and Eutha Giesick and MLF Careless Love were 10th with 31 Points. Junior rider Lauren Gorfinkle reined over the Hunter Pleasure Junior Exhibitor division aboard Talk of the Town LPS with 275 points. Jeff Shaw and Little Bit Red were fourth in the junior hunter division with 113 points.
Fourth generation Morgan owner, Ann Taylor, just missed the top 10 in Morgan Dressage Second Level and Above with her powerhouse stallion, Wintergreen Don Diego; he was 11th. However Wintergreen Treasure rocked the Versatility division, taking the blue with 211 points. Wintergreen Don Diego was 10th in the division with 66 points.
Perry Arthur and Intrepid Behold were second in Morgan Pleasure Driving Open with 74 points. The pair also earned a third place award in the Pleasure Driving Amateur division. Other California Morgans that received a bit of national spotlight included Connie Melendy’s Corrick. The pair earned an eighth in the highly competitive Morgan Western Pleasure Open division. And last but not least, Left Coast Ranch’s HVR Hidden Gold was awarded a ninth in Morgan Road Hack.
Congratulations to all who earned national, and regional, Horse of the Year awards! For complete results visit www.morganhorse.com.
Kick Off the 2008 Show Season
This month marks the start of the 2008 show season for us Morgan enthusiasts. The season kicks off with the 36th Annual Diamond Jubilee Horse Show, held March 28-30 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. For more information contact, Ann Woulfe-Mille, 858-945-1344 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The tentative schedule for the rest of the season is as follows:
- Morgan Classic Royale
Location and date still in the works
Chairperson: Mona Skager, 415-346-1606
- June Classic
May 30 - June 1 ~ Pomona
Chairperson: Vicki Smith, 909-983-6165
- Charity Fair Horse Show
June 17 - 20, 2008 ~ Del Mar, CA
Chairperson: Anne Speck, 760-749-9912
- Santa Cruz Morgan Horse Show
July 18-20 ~ Watsonville
Chairperson: Didi Howard, 408-847-3503
- Morgan Medallion Classic
August 13-16 ~ Santa Barbara
Chairperson: Craig Sommers
- Mother Lode All Morgan Horse Show
Sept. 5-7, Santa Rosa, still tentative
Contact: Kelly Denison, 530-666-1363
Annie: the Mysterious Morgan Horse
I came into the office recently to find the next installment in Ellen Feld’s popular children’s series, Annie: the Mysterious Morgan Horse, sitting on my desk. Ellen’s books center around the horses and riders that call Gallant Morgans home, and this book introduces, Annie, a beautiful chestnut mare of unknown origin. I, like many others, had heard of Feld’s Morgan series, but as it’s a children’s book, I had never actively sought it out.
Though Feld is not a Californian writer – a fact I chose not to hold against her – I took Annie home with me for some rainy season reading. As a horse crazy kid and/or teenager I would have devoured this book. Filled with tid bits about the Morgan horse, insight into the show and breeding world, passionate, horse crazy characters and fabulous illustrations by Jeanne Mellin – this book is a great find. Not surprising, considering it was awarded a bronze medal in the 2007 Moonbeam Children’s Book awards.
Check out Annie and Feld’s other books at www.willowbendpublishing.com.
Look for news from the American Morgan Horse Association’s Annual Convention, including the results of the 2008 Board of Directors election, as well as some club news in the next installment of Morgan News.