Stable Sheet - December 2017
News From Old McDonald's Farm
The Columbia River Gorge fire burned within four miles from Old McDonald's Farm, Inc. near Corbett, Oregon in September. They are a non-profit children's charity incorporated in 1994 and have now served over 30,000 children plus caregivers and teachers. So the animals and the farm were saved. They had 37 farm animals to remove from the farm with the two Morgan horses to a cow, pig, dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, goats, geese, bunnies, etc. That animal removal took all night when the fire was moving fast. Thank goodness for OMF volunteers who came together to get it done.
I told my sister Stephanie Rickert, move the animals quickly as fire moves very fast. In one night it covered 10 miles in two hours. I was doing what I could to help her as our wild fire got within a half mile of our farm here in 2015. Our house fire here took out one home, two outbuildings and one detached garage but we have insurance and would have rebuilt, but for once my sister listened to me. I had more fire experience so big sister's advice was listened to. It was hard to not be able to help them long distance but they closed most of the freeways from Spokane to Corbett so I could not help much except ask for help from the Portland folks when they had to remove all the animals. That coordination is never fun so please have a fire plan in place for your farm or animals in case fires hit your area.
They had to farm out all their OMF program animals all over the Portland area and keep them away for two weeks. That took a large hit on their charity finances for the year when having to buy all new feed. They were also worried it would take out a barn full of hay they need to feed for a year when the barn was just filled. New this year they added some AirBnB rentals at the farm so had to cancel a lot of those rentals which is helping their bottom line and keeping the charity viable. Who would want cute farm animals as their neighbors for the night instead of a hotel filled with noisy guests?
Stephanie Rickert used all the publicity she could to let folks know that they had a Pumpkin Pick fundraiser coming up in October. They only had two weeks to plan that huge fundraising event when they were not allowed home for two weeks. They were pretty worried there would be no OMF, Inc, program left to fundraise when it took 25+ years to build that program.  
That Pumpkin Pick was a large success but they are still doing more fundraisers to make up for lost income from the fire. They had to make sure they take care of their animals and be ready for their summer children's programs next year. Can you imagine how much all those animals eat to be ready to be a living classroom for children in the Pacific Northwest?
More updates and fire photos on their Old McDonald's Farm, Inc. page in Corbett, Oregon on Facebook and their main web site:

Visitors always welcome.
 Old McDonald’s Farm, Inc. (OMF) is the only nonprofit in Oregon that combines farm animals, agriculture, gardens and natural resources to provide an educational enrichment program for all children including at-risk children and youth in a safe and secure farm setting. OMF is located on a 68-acre farm about 25 minutes east of downtown Portland. Please ask about our Summer Programs (camps), the Junior Vet. Equine Program (camp), the Junior Vet. Ruminant Program (camp), the Horses of the World Program (camp), the Day Visit Program (field trips), Farmer-For-A-Day Program (overnight family camp), Farm-On-The-Go Program (after-school program and workshops), Special Programs for young people with special needs and more.
From the Woodland Family
In Memory of ~
Meri "Mary" Beth Berberet passed away on November 12, 2017, from natural causes. Meri was born on July 17, 1955, in Townsend, MT, the seventh of nine children born to William and Grace Berberet. She had four sisters and four brothers all raised on the family ranch outside Toston, MT. Her younger siblings lovingly say that she was a "mother hen" growing up. She attended grade school at the three-room rural school in Toston and Broadwater County High School in Townsend. She then attended two years at Carroll College in Helena, and completed her Business degree at Eastern Oregon University. In 1982, Meri met her husband, Bill Bond, in Gardiner, MT and in 1985, Meri and Bill moved to the Spokane area.
Meri was full of life and love for others. She loved her husband, her step-daughters, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews, and other family members. Ever giving, she was there to care for her parents in their later years and to also care for her Aunt Joan during her terminal illness. Over the years Meri was very active in the Spokane area community, working for the Economic Development Council and volunteering with the Exchange Club and Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, among others. She was also an active member of the St. Joseph Parish congregation.

Meri is survived by her husband, Bill, of Newman Lake; step-daughters Melanie Bond of Lead, South Dakota and Kirstin (Scott) Huff; grandchildren: Noah, Kaitlyn, Hannah, and Elijah of Airway Heights, WA; brothers: Jerry Berberet of San Diego, CA, Dick (Pat) Berberet of Stillwater, OK, Bert Berberet of Toston, MT; sisters: Jane (Bill) Peacock of Astoria, OR, Jeanni (Jerry) Balint, Jackson Hole, WY, Barb DeMartin of Toston, MT, and Trish Berberet of Spokane, WA; sister-in-law Kathy Berberet of Lewistown, MT; and multiple nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Grace Berberet and brother Steve Berberet.

Donations may be made to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, 1004 E. 8th Avenue, Spokane, WA, 99202; St. Joseph Catholic Church, 4521 N. Arden Road, Otis Orchards, WA, 99027; or a charity of your choice .

"Mary was a guiding member of Inland Empire Morgan Horse Club and helped to keep the club going for many years.
She will be greatly missed."
Marla Parrish, Secretary IEMHC
New Season starts In November!
News from our Members & Friends
Takilma Gold's Santiago De Oro and Senor Buckley De Oro, Morgan geldings.
Picture from Peggy Malone, Takilma Gold Morgans.
Aceman got to play on the mountain trail course. Picture from Leslie Arnould.
Nick & Domingo on the Bridge with Leanne Roth & Lenore Smith on the mountain trail course at the
Oregon Horse Center.
Nick & Leanne Roth on a raised bridge with no sides.
Nick & Leanne.
Most of the Carr family.
Marvelous Portia showing off.
Amazing to watch but really hard to photograph in the mist and fog. Canadians rising. I hope you can see enough detail. The birds on the ground are all looking the same direction and it appears they rise in rows from the back row forward.
Picture from Theresa Peterson.
Congratulations on the purchase of GHM Liberty's Firecracker.
Renee Phillips of Castlegar BC is now the proud owner. He is going to
Canada soon and Renee plans to return him for his 3rd year debut
with Eduardo Sanchez. Green Hill Morgans are looking forward to
seeing this young stallion and his progress.
Alex Mooney has
a cat in the bag
Karen Soash Beyl and Scott out celebrating Karen's birthday.
Daryl Hopson out riding BeBold Gold Rush.
All grown up.
BeBold Gold Rush (Fuman)
From Amie Taber, Shauni’s Whispering Wind, 1999 model Morgan mare -
the best purchase we ever made.
All lit up for a Holiday parade.
Another reason I love my hubby. Here he is installing a screen to keep the rain & leaves out of our arena this winter. Thank you Linda Robertson-Collins for this idea. This mesh is perfect that we got from FarmTec.
Emma Downtown from Leslie Arnould.
From Gretchen Wilson: Flooding at Shiloh Morgans. (R) Truck rescue.

Below: Gretchen Wilson & her Mom, Beverly Olson at Ivars Mukilteo for lunch.

We hope the water has receded now, that all is well and that there wasn't any damage.
Carol Mercer on a sunny day
trying out a new waterproof riding skirt for sidesaddle.
All ready for the rainy season.
A beautiful rainbow off the back deck from Sue Beach. 
Enjoy every ray of sun you find.
Mike & Erin Silver
21 years of marriage.
Learned my lesson the hard way last year so stocked up on pavement de-icer while stores still have it in stock today.
It's going fast.

I accidentally dropped the name of the person who posted this. My apology. Gay
Brenda Coats found a
whole sand dollar!
Brenda Coats & Michelle Osburn
riding at Ft Stevens
Doana Peterson went riding at Flying M Ranch.
Then off for some wine tasting starting at Stoller Vineyards.
Bottom Right:  Doana's loot from a great wine tasting day.
Horse therapy!
Ann Robitaille driving Boston Mandate (Chester) at Si Ellen Stables in Vancouver, WA.
A wonderful sunny autumn day and beautiful wind chime
from Sue Beach.
Melody DeLappe enjoying time with Keys to the Kingdom
From Sara Breyman: Alex took care of the tree.
LittleWood Whisper to Me,
2017 bay colt
Picture from Amie Tabor

LittleWood Inside Strait
Morgan gelding and Moira Taber
Melissa Monty
with a beautiful friend
Leif Roth with his cousin Wyatt at Leif's birthday party.
(R) from Leanne Roth:
Thank you Alex Mooney for the beautifully made horsehair bracelet made from both Nick & Chances tail!!! I LOVE it!! This bracelet means so much to me as it was made with love & care from one of the strongest and most awe inspiring person that I have the pleasure of knowing!! Thank you Alex!!
Baptiste Jay Cheyadow, a mostly foundation bred cremello Morgan, and Margo Mossburg of Dragoon Morgans won Grand Champion Stallion All Breeds at the Lincoln County Fair in 2017 at Davenport, Wash. There aren't many Morgans showing in all breed shows around the Spokane, Washington area. So we continue to promote the breed here at B shows and fairs so we reach a wider audience.
From Rhea Turner: Jaxon with his new riding suit. He is so excited!
A darling foal shot from
Carol Dombrowsky.
A wonderful photo from
Sandra Nichols, Ensbrook Farm
Lovely sunset here tonight as we watch the Civil War! I hope the Beavs can regroup and recoup for 2018! It has been YEARS since those of us who are “seasoned “ have had a season like this! My heart goes out to those kids and coaches that have tried so hard this year! Go Beavs! 2018 is a NEW YEAR’.

Marli Perry, November 25
The Hardy's enjoying
some tail gaiting.
Not even a storm can take away from a rainbow.
Welcome to Rainbow Hills
from Kathy Christensen.
New round pen at Roundabout Stables. From Danette Cook.
Taking a fear and turning
it into a super power. 
Moira Taber. Shoshone FFA
Tessa Beard's new cover photo
Ultra's Tea Party & foal from Gloria James
Tree is up!
From Kathy Christensen
Sunset 11/18/2017
from Erica Trager.  
This view will never get old!
DeAnn Gabrick's beautiful new painting by Jeanne Newton Schoborg - Scandias Avatar & Scandias Anthem
Oliver, Elliot, & August help Bwah in the garage, climb the monkey bars, and guess who's the first on our block to have our tree lights up!?
Merry Christmas
From the Curtis Family.
Thanksgiving Fuschias. Picture from Sharon Harper.
Shirley Champion has a new hat!
Sue Beach sends greetings.
Merry Christmas from Teri Rumens
A wonderful picture from
Sue Beach.
Scandias Sonata
from Kathy DeFazio
Kurt & Teri Rumens, all dressed up.
What a handsome couple.
Fire Run all ready for the holidays, With Kayla Powlesland, Marla G. Miller, Dolores Montarello-Haberek, Katie Kahle, Jessica Hoy and Suzanne Haberek.
Sutton Terra Cotta departed for kindergarten at Sunchaser in Hermiston today. Learn your lessons well, little Cinco, we love you. From Liz Goldmann.
Welcome Avery Grey Phaneuf. Our sweet girl arrived 11/12/17 at 1127am. Already so in love! From Debby (Mudler) & Rich Phaneuf. Congratulations!
Nygaard family after Knappa HS football game - So proud of KHS football, love our family
Merry Christmas from the
Woodland Family.
Sherrie Helm
Ellie Mason with Marvelous Intrigue
From Sherri Helm about Ellie Mason: Our friendship began in the mid 60’s when Ellie & Bill were dating. I had a half Morgan mare that I bred to the neighbor’s Quizkid son. Bill was the manager at Scottsdale Feed & Saddlery and often delivered my hay. Ellie became my Morgan mentor and friend & I house sat & took care of horses & kids while Bill & Ellie went on their honeymoon and vacations. So many memories. Lynne, Jack & Jerry are blessed to call Ellie “Mom”.
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Out of the Past

Some history on Morgans in the Northwest from
Mary Anne Morrison.
Waers Don Juan, sire of
Waers Cavalier
Waer"s Cavalier - He was the sweetest stallion. A True morgan that could trot high and be soft and gentle enough for a little kid to ride for a lesson. So smooth to ride and a perfect gentleman
This is Great Hill Atlantic, receiving the MHAO "Dancin Memorial Perpetual Trophy". Left to right Phil Morrison, Mary Anne Morrison, Ruth Berlin, Janet Ray, Francis Gilmer. It was quite an honor to get this award June 1977. Great People and Horses. Linda Ray in front.

Thank you Mary Anne!
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