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Celebrating the Morgan Horse in Atlanta

(Shelburne, Vermont)—The Morgan breed was celebrated and heralded in

Atlanta, Georgia, at the 2007 American Morgan Horse Association

(AMHA) Convention February 14-17. For the first time in its 26-year

history, many Morgan enthusiasts and speakers couldn’t make the

event due to poor weather and canceled flights.

“Our theme this year was ‘The Morgan: A Passion That Lasts a

Lifetime,’” said Convention co-chairman Barbara Goda. “I think

this also follows closely with the people who surround the Morgan

horse. Our Morgan friends came through and substituted for stranded

speakers and some speakers had amazing trips to Atlanta, so they

would be able to make their presentations.”

Along with speakers and activities, including a day-long farm visit

to Willowick Farm and Hidden Acres Farm the Annual Meeting of Members

was held, with Mike Goebig of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, being reelected

as AMHA president and Region 2 Board Member. Newly elected to

represent Region 1 was Sara Foy of Kingston, New Hampshire, and Cindy

Mugnier of Granby, Massachusetts; Kathleen Newcomb was re-elected to

represent Region 2; and Linnea Sidi of Loveland, Colorado, was re-

elected to serve Region 9. William Pettis of Rio Linda, California,

was elected AMHA Director at Large. It also was announced that Julie

M. Broadway of Raleigh, North Carolina, was hired at the new AMHA

Executive Director. She begins her new position in April.

The AMHA/World Morgan Futurity Stallion Service Auction was record-

breaking with just more than $150,000 raised. The top-selling

stallions service was to the many-time world champion And The Beat

Goes On for $10,000. The proceeds from the auction are earmarked 40

percent to the World Morgan Futurity, 40 percent to promotion and

marketing of the breed and the Association, and 20 percent in support

of AMHA regional shows.

The keynote speaker at the annual awards banquet was United States

Equestrian Federation (USEF) President David O’Connor. As a horseman

and Olympic medalist, David’s speech was positive and forward

thinking and his warmth and passion for the equine sport was

evident. “The Morgan Association is on healthy ground with new

Executive Director, Julie Broadway,” he said. “USEF looks forward

to more joint programs in the future.”

Karen Homer Brown, USEF managing director, national affiliates, was a

presenter. “It was wonderful to be part of the AMHA Convention. The

attendees were informed of the many programs available both within

AMHA and USEF. The future looks bright with Julie Broadway leading

the organization into the future.”

Bruce Hyde, Commissioner of Vermont Tourism and Marketing for the

state, attended the Convention at the request of the Board to discuss

keeping the Morgan presence in the state of Vermont. “It was an

honor to attend and be recognized at the Board meeting,” he said.

“Governor James Douglas and the Vermont Legislature have

specifically directed me to do everything possible to keep Vermont

the home of this valuable institution as the Morgan horse is the

state animal, and to assist AMHA with the promotion and education of

the Morgan breed.”

Founded in 1909, the American Morgan Horse Association is a non-

profit organization serving more than 50,000 Morgan horse owners,

breeders, exhibitors, and enthusiasts throughout the United States.

AMHA serves as a parent organization to more than 90 recognized

Morgan horse clubs and national service organizations.

For more information on America’s original horse breed, contact the

American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., 122 Bostwick Road,

Shelburne, Vermont 05482; (802) 985-4944; http://www.morganhorse.com

 

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