Stable Sheet - January 2018
Stable Sheet - January 2018
An American Legacy - The Morgan Horse
Thank you to everyone who sent in Morgan horse snow pictures which
are sprinkled throughout sections 1 & 2.
Message From the President
It is the start of a New Year! Time for new resolutions and new hope. I hope you have had a wonderful holiday, and now we all move forward to a bright year ahead.
I thank you for your support and the opportunity to continue to serve MHAO and its members. Your input is very important to the efforts of your Board. Please be in touch with your Board of Directors and let us know your thoughts. You will find their names and contact information at the end of this newsletter.
Volunteer opportunities are always available, and we still have some open positons on our Board. Be a voice for our members. If you would like to be more involved, please call me at (503) 936-4276 or send me an email to .
Gay Adams, MHAO President

MISSION STATEMENT for the Board of Directors: 
"To promote & preserve the Morgan Breed, serve MHAO members,
& support the Unity of the Morgan community."
From Karol Forner - Per your request for Morgans in the snow, I've attached a photo of Riverhawk Elijah "Eli" running freely on fresh snow after a winter storm at
River Hawk Farm, Corbett, Oregon in 2011. 
It Is Time To Renew Your MHAO Membership
MHAO Membership Renewals
Are Due Now!
Don't let your membership expire!

Click here to download a membership form.

$30 Individual
$35 Family
For assistance or questions, contact Kathy Christensen - Membership Chair
(503) 391-9047 or
Be a part of our efforts to Promote, Preserve, & Perpetuate the Morgan Horse Breed in Oregon
and the Northwest!
Brook Hill Constellation (Michabou Weatherman x Oceanview Integrity's Piper), Lippitt stallion owned by Dale & Sue Beach, Beaches Triple T Ranch
Ellensburg WA
Attention MHAO Members!
Did You Know?
If you sell a Morgan Horse to a Non-Member of MHAO, they qualify for a
free MHAO membership in the year of purchase.

Have them fill out a membership form and send it to Kathy Christensen.

Where the form asks for payment they would enter
"Morgan purchased from (name of member)"

We need to receive a membership form to make this happen
and to truly bring them into the club.

Don't forget!
This is one way you can help your club grow!
Members are needed to provide support for MHAO programs
and to help us all promote & preserve the Morgan breed.
Without members, all our efforts are for naught.

Send to: Kathy Christensen, Membership Chair
1010 Rainbow Hills Lane SE
Salem OR 97306

For Questions or Assistance, contact Kathy Christensen
(503) 391-9047 or
Morgan Promotion Opportunity

Volunteers are needed for a Morgan information booth at:

Washington State Horse Expo ,
Clark County Fairgrounds, Ridgefield, WA
March 2 – 4, 2018


Northwest Horse Fair and Expo ,
Albany, OR
March 23 - 25, 2018.

These are fun opportunities to help promote the Morgan horse
and be involved with your club.

For the Washington event contact Jennifer Unick at

For the Oregon event contact Kathy Christensen at
(503) 391-9047 -
Announcing an Art Show Opportunity
at the Washington State Horse Expo
And an Advertising Opportunity
Thru Northwest Rider Magazine
I thought this information might
be of interest to some of our MHAO Members

Northwest Rider Magazine
is ecstatic to announce
they have been selected to feature the
Washington State Horse Expo in their February 2018 Issue!

What does that mean to you? 
"Massive Exposure!"

 "NW Rider will not only be sending out issues to the local feed stores,
horse supply stores and all outlets that have equestrian products,
but to their subscribers featuring the Expo and your ad in that issue! "

"In addition - they will be provide copies of the magazine
to every vendor & attendee at the event!"

Per Diane Labant,

IF you would like to place an ad in the February issue,
please let Diane know ASAP
"Diane says they will be selling out!"
Help is available to create your ad if needed.

"This year's Expo is going to be the

Deadline is January 25 - or until sold out - whichever comes first."

Questions? Contact Diane Labant
(503) 756-135 or
Northwest Rider Magazine
12715 SW Katherine Street
Tigard OR 97223

For more information on the event
including the art show:
Contact Tawnia Linde
360-397-2089 or
MHAO Announced a New Program
at the Annual Award Banquet
MHAO Ride & Drive Program
See Section 3 of this Newsletter for more detail on this exciting new program. It is designed for those who do things other than showing their Morgans!
For more information, contact Leanne Roth
What Might Those New
Truck Hauling Rules Mean To You?
As a breeder, owner, trainer or competitor in the horse industry, it is important to understand the implications of the ELD Mandate that will be hitting the transportation industry in December of 2017. The facts are that unless we all speak up you may be required to install an electronic logging device (ELD) in your truck.
There are some exemptions in place for farm or agricultural hauling where an ELD would not be required. However, many of the rigs used for hauling horses and the activities horse owners participate in, especially those that frequently travel to horse shows, fall outside the allowed exemptions.

A Quick Summary
Thank you Sandra Nichols!
If You Want To Make Your Voice Heard -
The FMSCA has opened up a comment period (ends Jan 18) regarding Hours of Service and Personal Conveyance

To make a comment, click on the link below:
Save the Date
March 17, 2018
MHAO Spring Clinic
General Membership Meeting
Stallion Service Auction

Volunteers needed to provide
phone contact with
Stallion Service Auction bidders.

Watch for more information on the clinic in the February Stable Sheet.
If you have a cell phone and can help with the stallion service auction,
please contact Gay Adams
(503) 936-4276 or
Tatyana Carr on Tango - QVM National Treasure (Serenity Masterpiece
x HVK Noble Jest), photo by Rhea Turner. 
"Every time Tango took a bite of snow he would make this face."
Advertising Opportunities With MHAO
Put Us To Work For You!
MHAO Website
Stable Sheet Newsletter
Premium Booklet for the Oregon Morgan Classic & More
Membership Directory
MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity Booklet
Contact Gay Adams for more information.
Rates are very reasonable, & some options are free.

(503) 936-4276 or
Click here to see an MHAO rate sheet
Farceur’s Fool’s Gold (Blacksaddle Starbuck x Farceur’s Perfection, by Farceur Morgan), stallion owned by Nancy Hazelwood Savage.
Mailin Morgans, Malin OR. Photo by Sara Bagg.
Reflect and Learn – Making 2018 Your Best Riding Year Ever
When was the last time you slowed down enough to think about what you accomplished in the previous year, how you did, what might need to be changed for next year or thought about defining moments in the year?

With the 2017 show season behind you and the 2018 show season germinating, this is a perfect time to reflect on your 2017 experience and how you might use that experience to make 2018 a more satisfying and enjoyable one.

Reflecting on your riding year showcases self-awareness and lays the foundation for perpetual confidence. While some think that the learning is captured in the experience, it is truly captured in reflecting on the experience and taking action on how you will use that experience to make improvements moving forward.
In our work with athletes at all levels, including our equestrian clients, reflection is built into their performance plans. And, a major self-awareness exercise we do involves setting aside time at the end of the year to take away the defining lessons—and leverage that invaluable experience for improvement in the coming year.

I encourage you to not let this opportunity go by. Reflecting on your experiences in 2017 can set the stage for you in 2018—helping you to know what to work on, what fuels your enjoyment as an equestrian, and what traps you may have fallen into that you won’t repeat in 2018.
So, let’s start!

Here are few questions that will get the ball rolling for you and help you use your experience in 2017 to make 2018 a great year in the ring. Don’t forget to write the questions and your answers down, and tuck them away, so this exercise can be a part of your year-ending routine in 2018 and beyond.
  1. If I could change one thing in my riding that happened in 2017, what would it be?
  2. What are the three most important things I learned in my riding this year?
  3. What is the one obstacle or challenge I overcame this year in my riding?
  4. What is the #1 thing I need to work on to become a better rider in 2018?
  5. What is the #1 thing my partner needs to work on for us to be more consistent in the ring in 2018?
  6. What is the #1 thing I need to do in 2018 to get more enjoyment from my riding?
  7. Am I satisfied with my coach, my partner, my barn? If not, what am I going to do about it going into 2018?
  8. What am I most grateful for in my riding in 2017?

That should get you started on your way to looking back on a year of riding, and using your reflections to energize yourself and help craft some change for the year ahead.

It is our experience that a well thought out, decisive 10% change in key areas is usually enough to significantly improve both performance and enjoyment for the year ahead.

What is the most important thing for you to have your most fulfilling year ever in 2018?

Happy Holidays to all!

About the Author
John Haime is President of New Edge Performance. A former professional athlete and current bestselling author of You are a Contender! Build Emotional Muscle to Perform Better and Achieve More…in business, sports and life, John understands how athletes think and feel…he’s been there—under the most intense pressures of amateur and professional sports. John coaches athletes in all sports and is trusted by some of the world’s leading athletes—professional and elite amateur. 

See  to learn more.

Reprinted off
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Canadian Morgan Horse Association sets date for its 2018 Annual General Membership Meeting.
The date is set for March 23 – 25, 2018 for the Annual
General Meeting of the CMHA. It will be held in Toronto, ON at the Marriott Airport Hotel, just minutes from the airport. A judges clinic is planned with Sandy Sessink which is open to everyone! Come and meet your board and other fellow Morgan owners.
“Share The Passion” in Toronto!

Nutrition Seminar
Are you responsible for the diet of horses in your care? 

Are you often giving advice or information to horse owners
about their animals diet? 

If so, this workshop is for you!

This annual workshop is co-hosted by CHS Nutrition and Oregon Horse Country and is the only opportunity to see these speakers together! 

*Due to the speaker's schedule, only 1 session can be hosted and it must be in the east Portland region.*
Okan mare herd in snow from Mary Curtis.
Oroville WA
Unseasonal California Fires
Article reprinted from Oregon Horse Country

Southern California is raging with unusually late wild fires, causing numerous equestrian centers, racing facilities, and personal horse owners to flee for safety as flames ravage their property in minutes. We are sure you have seen some of the horrendous footage on the news and Facebook. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those experiencing this difficult situation. 

Our office has had requests from concerned and caring Oregonians on the best ways to donate to the horses effected. Oregon Horse Country does not have a list of specific agencies at this point. We have reached out to a number of Southern California associations and right now they are still in immense chaos and still trying to simply get animals evacuated.

Many campaigns and requests will be shared on social media in the near future. We encourage you to research any organization that you consider donating to. A few that we have seen with disaster relief funds through their 501(c)(3) non-profits include:
There are a number of feed and tack stores throughout Oregon who are gathering supplies, feed, hay, and other needed items to transport to the hardest hit areas. Reach out to your local stores to see what they are in the most need of. 

Update: Fires are fully or mostly contained. Now California braces for heavy rain coming in and possible landslides.
Shermandell Kentucky Girl from Debi Crawford, Powell Butte OR
MHAO Stallion Service Auction
Nominations Are Open thru January 31
Watch the MHAO website for updates!

"Like" our Stallion Auction/Futurity Facebook page,
and stay in touch!

Our club Facebook page is:

From Forever Morgans
KRK Stardust and DIA H Sandy. This picture was taken by their foster mom, Lisa Hone. Sent by Debbie Jondahl on behalf of Forever Morgans.

In times of trouble it helps to have a good friend. These two mares are testimony to that. Both ended up (with a number of other horses from the same place) at the Enumclaw auction. Their fate was uncertain, but at least they had each other. They were pulled from the auction pens by Forever Morgans and went into foster care. Even though they were safe, they had to adjust to new places, sounds, and people., but at least they had each other. Then more changes came their way. They had no way of knowing they were being adopted into their forever home, not at first, anyway, but at least, as had been true before, they had each other. These two beautiful mares, who had only each other through the uncertain times, still have each other, as they were adopted by the same family. Now they have more than just each other, they have an entire family to love them, forever.
Alert From "Stop Horse Crime Oregon"

We are writing to you today as a courtesy to warn you of a woman who has been working the horse scene here locally since last fall and has stolen horses, tack, horsewares and defrauded several boarding barns out of board payments. Currently she is on the run with 4 warrants; including FELONY warrants out of Coos Bay, Oregon. 

If you have taken anyone into boarding that fits this description and the enclosed photo, please call your local police or the Coos Bay Police Department. Case # 17CR30814.

Her name on the warrants is Kristine Cheyanna Mason. She is about 5'10" and 175lbs and likely has blonde or red hair. Several of her aliases include and are not limited to:
Kristine Mason
Kristina Hughey
Kristine Hughes
Kristine McCall
Kristine Mae
Kristine Kohl
Kristina Kohl
Kristy Hughey
Kristie Hughey
Kristie Ryker
Kristine Ryker
Kristine Hughey Ryker

Coos Bay, Oregon Police # 541-269-8911
Local Oregon State Police # 541-888-2677

Here is a link to one of her more recent mugshots if you are looking for verification of what she looks like - 

She is traveling with her daughter and has one Saddlebred, and two Morgan type horses.

This person has a history of several convictions including assault and battery - do not attempt to talk to her about this, call the police immediately.

We were taken for board and then constantly harassed and slandered by her, and we just want to warn all of you that this person is out there in our community, taking advantage of hardworking people.

I sense some kibitzing going on. Watch out Gloria!

(L) Roseridge Tempest. (C) Roseridge Cotillion.
(R) Willowick High Cotton (aka “Crumpet”).

Picture from Gloria James, Roseridge Morgans, Maple Valley WA.
Health Alert
Western Washington's equestrian community hunkers down over threat of disease
by Kara Kostanich, KOMO - Wednesday, December 27th 2017

WOODINVILLE, Wash. -- The discovery of a potentially deadly virus at the Gold Creek Equestrian Center in Woodinville has caused fear and concern throughout the horse community across Western Washington and beyond. Local arenas, horse shows and other events are being closed or canceled.

"We are going to hold off on having any horse shows out here for about two to three weeks," said Hal Gausman, manager of the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. Gausman said they also plan to clean and sanitize the more than 300 horse stalls on fairground property just to play it safe.

The Washington State Veterinarian’s Office issued a quarantine for the Gold Creek equestrian center mid-December, after horses who board on the property tested positive for the EHV-1 strain of equine herpes. The state said seven horse at the center have died from the virus.

Stables all over Western Washington are on voluntary quarantine in an effort to keep their horses from coming into contact with the highly contagious strain. Hannah Mueller, a veterinarian at Cedarbrook Veterinary Care in Snohomish, said it's the right approach. "It’s the right thing to cancel events and to not takes horses in and out of farms and for everyone to just stay put for the next few weeks until the situation is under control, and it's safe,” she said.

Inside the barn at the equestrian center, a massive effort has been underway for days to disinfect the barn to stop the spread of the virus. "Seeing horses sick and suffering has been very difficult," said Mike Adams, a co-owner of Gold Creek. “This has been a very hard time.” Adams said only two horses remain sick with equine herpes at the center, adding their conditions are improving.

The virus, which cannot be transmitted to humans, is highly contagious among horses and leaves the animals in neurological distress. The state said, at this point, the outbreak is contained to the Gold Creek Equestrian Center. “We are not in any hurry to end the quarantine because we want to protect not only all of our horses here at Gold Creek, but all the horses in the community,” said Adams. The outbreak of the disease EHV-1 can happen anywhere at any time.

The Washington State Veterinarian’s Office has praised the facility for the steps it has taken to keep the virus from spreading, and said they have done a phenomenal job with sanitation and caring for the ill horses.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the families who board at the facility cover veterinary costs.


From Jennifer Unick, President of the Morgan Horse Club
of Washington State

By now many of you have probably heard about the EVH-1 outbreak at Gold Creek Equestrian center in Woodinville WA.

At this time State and local veterinarians that are working with this issue feel that it is contained to the facility only. Though the source has not been determined, it is believed that the quarantine of the facility will stop the spread of the virus. At this time there are 6 horses that have been euthanized due to this virus, and even though it is thought that the containment is adequate, it is recommended that if you do NOT have to transport your horse anywhere, then don’t do it!! Stay home!! There is NO CURE OR VACCINE for the neurologic form of EVH-1

Below is a link to click on to give you good information on the virus

Please take this SERIOUSLY!!! This is not a matter to be taken lightly and many horses lives can be saved with a little common sense! NO SHOW or ribbon is worth your horses pain, suffering or life!!!

Jennifer Unick, MHCWS President
Scandias Springtyme Lady & DJP Casanova with John Adams.
Photo by Gay Adams, Sunstone Morgans, Oregon City OR.
Confused by all those color codes
you see on those DNA tests?
An explanation From Elaine Boon off Facebook
"A" is dominant Agouti and "a" is recessive Agouti. Agouti is what limits where black is located if it is there. With 2 dominant Agouti "AA" the horse is unable to produce a black foal. Whether the resulting foal is bay or chestnut will depend whether Extension is inherited as dominant" EE" or recessive "ee" or "Ee".

An "AA ee" horse is chestnut but can not produce black because of A status.

An aaee horse is chestnut and will produce black 100% of the time when bred to a hmz black aaEE because of the a status.

An Aaee horse is chestnut and can produce red or black depending what is inherited from the other parent.

If an E is inherited with an A the horse is always bay whether it is Aa/EE, AA/EE, AA/Ee. aa/EE is homozygous black ( can never produce red) and aa/Ee IS heterozygous black (can produce red).
Oregon Morgan Classic Horseshow
Christmas ride.
Horses are Okan Jessie's Pride and Okan Joyous Heart. 
Mary Curtis is the rider and Don Curtis took the photo.
Okan Morgans, Oroville WA.
Renewal Nominations for the
MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity extended to
February 28, 2018
The PNW Morgan Horse Show is seeking
an Assistant Manager
PNW needs a dedicated soul with the determination, interest and desire to keep PNW going into the future. I’ve been managing the show for nearly 20 years now and want to work with someone over the next year or two who appreciates the show, its history and tradition, willing to carry on. A basic understanding of horse shows, USEF rules, event management and financial responsibility is necessary. I want to work with and prepare my successor for full responsibility going forward and expect to do so for a suitable period of time. The assistant manager job is a paid position as is the management position going forward.
 PNW is the oldest continuous Morgan competition West of the Mississippi, an event appreciated by its many supporters and worthy of someone dedicated to its future. Please let me know if you are that person!
Catherine Cloud
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New Ride & Drive Program
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Facebook Sites to Advertise Morgan Horses
Oregon Horse Country
Get Your Listing Into the OHC Directory
Time to Join Oregon Horse Country
Nutrition Seminar
High Desert Horse Expo & Breed Demo
US World Saddle Seat Team
New Video: Carriage Pleasure Driving
New Video: Pre and Post-Ride Exercise and Stretching Routine
Time to Renew Your USEF Membership
USEF Annual Meeting
USEF Article: Road Trip: Preparing Your Horse For Travel
FEI World Equestrian Games
AMHA Convention
Board of Director Candidates
AMHA Stallion Service Auction
Star Show Rating Changes
Logging Into the AMHA Website
2018 Horse Show Dates
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Gay Adams, Acting Editor | Morgan Horse Association of Oregon
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