Stable Sheet - January 2020
Stable Sheet - January 2020
An American Legacy - The Morgan Horse
From The Board
Mission Statement for your Board of Directors:
"To promote & preserve the Morgan Breed, serve MHAO members,
& support the Unity of the Morgan community."
President's Message
The new year is here! Time to put away all the Christmas decorations, finish cleaning out my closets and my desk, and get on with some exciting plans for the year ahead!

I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and ready to move forward. Watch for info on some new activities for our youth, promotion of the upcoming Spring Clinic in March, the kick-off of our new Alex Mooney Memorial Scholarship program, and reminders for other programs.
Your 2020 Board will have its first meeting mid-January to set our plans and get our budget approved. It will be summer before we know it!

Happy New Year to all!!
Renew Your MHAO Membership Today
Without members,
MHAO won't exist

MHAO represents the banding together of people who love the Morgan horse, and who want to work together to promote the breed and/or to support Morgan owners & youth. Help us to continue to do this important work throughout the State of Oregon.
Please join or renew your membership today.

MHAO offers benefits & programs for everyone

·      * High Point Awards for those who compete whether at Open or Morgan events.
* A Ride/Drive Program that recognizes you for time spent driving or riding your Morgan horse. 
·      * An Open Incentive Program that reimburses you up to $100 per year against expenses for activities other than at a Morgan show (maximum of $25 per activity).  That is more than your membership fee!
·      *  Support to breeders thru the MHAO Stallion Service Auction and Breeders’ Cup Futurity. We offer the only auction and futurity in the Western Region.
·     *  The Oregon Morgan Classic Horse Show put on by MHAO is the largest Morgan show in the Northwest. It is the only Morgan show in Oregon.
·     * An active Youth Program.
·     * Education at a discount for members.
·     * Promotion activities to get the word out about the wonderful Morgan horse
* A new scholarship program
* Support for AMHA Youth of the Year participants .
The list goes on!

Click here to download a membership form
Send completed form to: Doana Anderson, Membership Chair
1587 SW Birdsdale Ct, Gresham OR 97080
or email to

For questions, contact Gay Adams, President
(503) 936-4276,
Coming In February !!
MHAO Cyber Show for
Morgan Youth Riders
Watch For More Information!
February Judge is Allison Deardorff
Special Stable Sheet Edition to follow with more information

Additional shows will take place in March & April
MHAO Membership Directory
Coming Out This Spring!
Looking for ads for the MHAO Membership Directory to help offset our printing costs and to encourage inner-trade.
Close date is March 1st.
Rates are more than reasonable in
all our advertising venues.!

January is a great time to create an MHAO advertising plan!
Annual Morgan Sales Sheet
Do you have a Morgan horse for sale?
Do you offer breeding services to your stallion?
Shelley Bullard has offered to again put together a sales list featuring Morgan horses. This list is circulated around the Western Region all thru the year, wherever our MHAO directors & helpful members go.

Get your ads to Shelley today

Please submit your ads to:
Shelley Bullard at her email address,
Words Of Wisdom On
The Promotion Of Morgan Horses

Food for thought heading into 2020

How you can help the Morgan horse industry

Be approachable and accessible . Get involved and always keep learning about the breed, different disciplines, bloodlines, horse health and more!

Be supportive of your fellow exhibitor's, trainers, breeders, owners, and invite friends, family and the public back to your stalls, your barn, Morgan horses will sell themselves if we let people meet them.

Advertise your programs , be it a lesson, training, or breeding program to the general public & your Morgan community so they can refer people to you. Our breed has an in your pocket personality we need to show people that! Target Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H, United States Pony Club, FFA , and schools. Local clubs can issue public service radio announcements, a small newspaper ad in the "what to do" to the weekend section of the newspaper or even flyers in local supermarkets, libraries and other public spots.

Support our sellers! We need to be buying horses from each other, selling to new Morgan Horse owners, supporting our sales. Welcome new Morgan owners into the Morgan community & invite them to becoming a member of our local clubs.

Be apart of the change , find a solution, volunteer to get it going, and keep the negativity off social media! We need to use social media to advertise our horses, shows, sales, open houses, clinics and more.

Donate your magazines to schools, open shows, all breed events, vet clinics, Dr offices, libraries, and friends without horses!

Tell people about about your horse! From Saddleseat, to Western, Dressage, Cutting, Trail, Endurance, and Jumping - Morgans can do it all, so let people know!

Film your daily life with horses! Whether it's a casual pictures of you with your horse or a short clip of our horses with kids, we need to educate the public that our horses are the total package: pretty, smart, trainable, and family friendly.

Trainers short videos on how and why you teach/do something (ie: in hand set ups, English division showing, Western pleasure etc) don't just tell people our horses are not the same as big lick horses - show them why.

Host an open barn for families and adults! Utilize already available Morgan promotional materials as handouts. Add to it, personalize it with your barn, your business. Have giveaways, invite local business to have booths etc.

Advertise in non-breed publications sucn as Practical Horseman, Driving Digest, Equus, Horse and Rider, Young Rider etc. As well as Better Homes & Garden, Cowgirl, Farm and Ranch, KC Parents, iFamily KC.

Talk to people that already do things with their horses outside of breed shows . Ask questions, invite them to our shows, invite them to join our local clubs.

In our local clubs highlight horses, members, trainers, and breeders with pictures, videos, Q&A and their perspective on the breed.

Promote Morgan Horse books into schools , purchase Justin Morgan Had A Horse and more and donate them to schools. Let kids fall in love with our horses through reading, then invite them to your barn to fall in love with the real thing.

Don't just advertise your English horse in the magazines! We need outsiders who pick up our breed magazines to realize we have a wide variety of disciplines. Multiple people can split pages get together with some fellow Amateurs and show off your dressage horses, hunters, working western etc.

Please don't discard our horses. An English horse that doesn't fit in the division can easily become a top contender for Dressage. Ask people in those disciplines to help whether it's to come ride, how to get pictures aimed at those disciplines or finding those horses homes via word of mouth.

Kids are our future, we need to promote this! Kids want to be able to show in a variety of classes, at the local level - let them! Horses can be specialized at the Regional/National level but at the smaller shows let them do a variety of disciplines!

Support the sport horse and ranch horse divisions! These are rapidly growing in every breed. Show them that Morgans can do it just as well! Many people feel that they can participate in those divisions more competitively, in open shows that are local and less expensive. This will help to develop a client base locally. We just need to start bringing people in on the local level to start increasing our numbers at the top.

Take your horses to local shows , 4H shows, Open shows, Clinics, Demos, Exhibitions, etc. Give out your contact information, invite people to visit your horses.

Give out vouchers and coupons that are good at specific shows for stall fees, entry fees etc. Allow kids and volunteers to earn them - the more you volunteer the more volunteer bucks you get.

Breeders and trainers, mentor young professionals . Answer their questions about breeding and training. If we don't have young breeders and trainers we cannot grow when our older breeders and trainers retire.

I hope all of us get together and promote our horses in a positive upbeat and fun light way and enjoy the upcoming year!

Author credit to Cassie Krahenbuhl
Edited to fit the Morgan breed by
Clearmeadow Morgans and Riding Academy
A Recent Breyer Morgan Horse Edition
From 2017
PVF Peace of Mind
PVF Peace of Mind, the charismatic Morgan mare, reached unbelievable heights in 2015, achieving the highest honor as the International Horse of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) with owner Suzy Stafford . In an astonishing feat of competitive excellence in the carriage, “Hunny” won in each of her three FEI combined driving events in 2016 including the CAI2* Hermitage Classic in Goshen, Kentucky, the prestigious CAI2* Kentucky Classic CDE in Lexington, Kentucky, and a second consecutive win at the CAI2* Live Oak International Horse Show in Ocala, Florida.
Most importantly, Hunny’s dominating performance in all three phases of competition at Hermitage earned her and Stafford the 2015 USEF Single Horse Driving National Championship by an incredible 14-point margin over their closest rival. Hunny was undefeated in the dressage arena in 2016 with Stafford. Demonstrating her versatility under saddle, Hunny was undefeated at First Level ridden dressage and crowned First Level Show Champion at the popular Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show in the summer of 2015.
Stafford's interest in horses began at a young age, rising through the ranks of the United States Pony Club in her early years. After a leg injury ended her riding career, she channeled her competitive drive into carriage driving. Stafford never looked back. Operating Stafford Carriage Driving out of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Stafford was the youngest and first American driver to win an Individual Gold Medal with Horse Stars Hall of Fame inductee Cefnoakpark Bouncer at the 2005 World Pony Driving Championships in England. She continued to drive to success with Horse Stars Hall of Fame inductee Courage to Lead .
Hunny was purchased for Stafford with the goal of breaking into the horse division of carriage driving and kicked off her show career in 2011. Stafford cleverly speaking for Hunny in the video announcing their USEF nomination said, “I am preparing to take on the world. Sounds like huge shoes to fill, right? Well, I’m ready for this trip of a lifetime. Don’t underestimate the power of a Morgan horse.” If anyone had underestimated Morgans before, clearly no one will now. The pair has proven to be unbeatable.
“This girl is very special - one of a kind! She has a lot of personality and character which is what makes her such a competitor. She always knows when it’s show time and turns it on with focus and concentration,” Stafford said. “She is a show horse, through and through!”
Sandy Sessink Clinic
Saddleseat, Western, & Huntseat
January 18 @ 9am - January 20 @ 12:30pm

Kardia Equestrian Academy
36887 Wallace Creek Rd
Springfield OR 97478

For more information or to register contact Rhea Turner
(541) 520-9334,
MHAO Program Reminders !
Get Ready For The Year Ahead
If you compete in anything, get registered for the 2020 MHAO High Point Program . Placings at shows in the local Morgan circuit will be recorded for you. Anything outside those shows needs to be reported to Erin Silver. See our website for more information about the program and the forms that are needed. If you have questions or need assistance contact Erin Silver, (971) 600-8933 , .

If you compete at open shows, take your horse to clinics or trail rides or other activities, take a look at the Open Incentive Reimbursement program. If you pay a fee, you can get a maximum of $25 as a reimbursement toward the cost of each event to a maximum total of $100 per year for multiple events. That is more than your membership fee! See our website for more information and a form to send in within 30 days of each event. For questions or assistance contact Shirley Champion, (541) 534-2060 ,

If you ride or drive your horse & haven't enrolled yet in our Ride/Drive Program , get enrolled now. It is a one time fee of $15. As long as you keep your membership current, you will not need to enroll again. Then just report your time riding and driving your horse to earn rewards. For more information, check out our website or contact Shirley Champion, (541) 534-2060 , .

An MHAO Alex Mooney Scholarship for $500 will be awarded in 2020. If you will be attending college or going thru a Trade School, get informed on what will be required to apply for this award. It is available to MHAO members only. Your contact for more information is Mary Grimes, (541) 967-7173 , .

Watch for information coming out soon on MHAO Cyber shows for our Youth. Leslie Arnould is putting them together for us. We are also working on education opportunities to help our Youth get ready for Youth of the Year competitions. We are looking to launch a Youth newsletter & Facebook page as well. Our Youth Committee Chair is Diane Pixlee, (509) 760-1939, . Our Youth Co-Chairs are Grace Martin, (509) 990-1130 and Natalie Woodland, (541) 515-1707 .

For additional information and access to any needed forms:
Oregon Morgan Classic Update!
If you need lodging while you are at the Oregon Morgan Classic, make your reservations NOW!

The show dates are June 17-20, 2020
Oregon Horse Center
90751 Prairie Rd
Eugene OR 97402
Don't delay!
The Olympic Trials are going on at the University of Oregon at the same time as our show and lodging is already filling up.

OMC is working with the:
Village Green Resort
725 Row River Road
Cottage Grove, OR 97424
Front Desk Manager:  541-767-4009 .
***3 Star Hotel***
22 minutes South of Eugene just off I-5

To make your reservation by phone call  541-942-2491 and reference the Oregon Morgan Classic

Room Types:
    Historic Room $129/night
    Deluxe Room $149/night
Other options or special requests available by calling the Front Desk Hotel Manager - 541-767-4009

Click here for more information

For RV space at the Oregon Horse Center, call them directly at
(541) 689-9700 or use their on-line registration option -

Questions or if you have any challenge in making your reservation: Contact Karen Breckenridge, 2020 OMC Show Chair
(503) 580-4716 , Email:
OMC Announcement !!

Nancy Becker will not be able to judge our show due to a scheduling conflict that has surfaced for her. Our main ring judge for the 2020 Morgan Classic will now be Ron Bartholomew . He is from New York and carries judging cards for Morgans and Saddlebreds.

Dressage, Western Dressage, Driven Dressage - Angela Littlefield
Trail, Ranch, & Reining - Peggy Bond-Heath

USEF Steward: Lindsey Hager

Things are coming together for a very exciting and fun 2020 Oregon Morgan Classic
Make Your Plans To Be There Today !!
Reprinted Article
Seven Questions to Ask Yourself When Setting Goals for 2020
Article by Evie Toombes

New Year’s resolutions and plans, the perfect way to reflect on the past year and look forward to the future.

But how can we turn wishes and goals into plans that we actually pursue?
My motto #FindAWayNotAnExcuse comes into full force when I’m making plans and trying to turn my dreams and ambitions into reality—after all, a dream doesn’t seem as crazy when you have a plan to get you there!

Here are a few questions I ask myself to figure out what I want to achieve and how to go about it in the New Year. I hope they’ll help you too!

What did I enjoy this past year?
Start by looking back on what went well and what you enjoyed this year. Perhaps you finally qualified for a big championship show after months of training, or found your brave pants and went for a hack on the beach. I’m a big believer in doing what makes you happy. So, whatever springs to mind when you ask yourself this first question should be quite high on your priority list for next year too, if you ask me!
Don’t forget what your horse enjoyed, too. If they benefited from a few weeks off or had fun doing “No Stirrups November,” fit that into the calendar for 2020.

What worked well this year?
Did you stick to skipping the fields out every other day? Or find a coach that completely understands you and your horse? Try looking back on things that went really well this year to take forward with you to next year. Far too often we make New Year’s resolutions that don’t work out, because we ditch what’s already working in search of something better. Instead, plan to build on what already works well as you move forward—there’s no harm in change, just don’t abandon something that already works well!

Any dates for the calendar?
If you’re busy doing 100 other things like me, or have family/work commitments to balance with horses, it can be really hard to attend events and stick to planned occasions. I try my best to get the most important dates on my calendar for places I want to ride at right at the start of the year. That way I know what’s coming up when other plans start piling up in the calendar and I can prioritise without double booking myself, over jumping my horse, or being left with no plans at all. 

What do I want to achieve in the New Year?
Here’s where you can really begin to make your dreams a reality. Starting with your goal, set a time scale to achieve it and then begin to work backward from there. [It’s the same way Michael Blake set the bareback puissance world record !] What steps do you need to take to achieve your goal? Perhaps you and your horse need to get fit enough to complete a day long trail ride, or have work to do on your transitions to score a new personal best on a dressage test. Whatever it is, once you’ve set that goal in the calendar, plan the steps towards it and you’ll already be on your way to achieving it!

What’s important?
Aside from progress goals, it’s important to make sure the daily maintenance and general tasks are taken care of, too—things like vet checks, farrier appointments, physio and vaccinations. These are useful to have written down on the calendar, especially when booking events/competitions and possible time off.
If you have help from other people in caring for your horse—a groom, a friend that shares duties, or someone that’s on call for emergencies—make a note if they have plans for holidays or time off work as well, so you don’t end up stuck with no replacement.

What can I improve on?
As riders and horse lovers, we’re always learning new things and improving ourselves for the better. Setting a personal goal for improvement is a great way to focus your training and how you spend your time—and it can be around anything! This past year, I set out to improve my core strength and balance, alongside lower leg position. I spent a lot of time riding bareback, doing pilates and yoga at home, and also tailoring my training and casual riding when out hacking towards these goals. Along with the satisfaction of seeing your hard work pay off, it’s also a great way to add structure to your horse’s exercise program.
The same goes for your horses. Do they need a little more topline condition? Or attention to suppleness in their left shoulder? Pick up on things that can be improved and plan for progress.
And last but not least.

Try something new!
Chances are there’s something you think “I’d love to try that,” but never get round to actually doing it. So for 2020, why not try something new and different for a change? Whether it be riding bareback, going to your first competition, teaching a friend to ride, or maybe doing something that scares or challenges you. Pick an idea and get it done next year! 

Set yourself up for a fantastic 2020.
No dream is too big when you make a clear plan to get you there!

Evie Toombes was born with Lipomyelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida caused by a fatty mass at the base of her spinal cord affecting the nerves to her legs, bladder, and bowel. For the past 18 years, she’s been confusing doctors and pursuing her para-riding dreams, inspiring millions in the process. Follow Evie on Facebook and at her website, .
Nominations Are Open
For The MHAO Stallion Service Auction
Nominations Open thru January.
Close Date For The Auction Is
March 28, 2020.
Benefits for Stallion Service Auction Donors
Looking for donations of "Other Items" as well !!
Do you have something you would like to donate
or know someone who might?

Online (starting Feb.1st), email, mail, fax & phone in bidding will be open
until March 28th.
Bidding on March 28th is by phone only.

Looking for volunteers to handle phone in bids on March 28th.
In person phone crew meeting.
Location and time to be determined.
Lunch provided.
Let Gay know if you can help.
Cell phone is required.

Gay Adams - (503) 936-4276
Fax: 1-(866) 761-0277

Put your Business Card Ad HERE for only $10 per year

Inner club trade and referrals
are supported by MHAO. Ad proceeds are used to help cover our newsletter costs.
Something New !!
Started In 2020
The Morgan Sport Resource (MSR) is dedicated to the improvement and promotion of the Morgan Horse for sport. It collects, summarizes and reports performance data for Morgans and it is a freely available resource for anyone interested in Morgans in sport.

From the Sport Horse Breeder Website
A look at the breeding behind the amazing
Morgan horse - Avatar's Jazzman
Click here to read this article

The author uses an unlikely Morgan champion sport horse gelding as a door into the Morgan Horse's premier sport bloodlines. Avatar's Jazzman, a 14.1 hand Morgan, has demonstrated that pure talent out trumps size.

This article is well worth reading and gives us a very different view of the breeding behind the Morgan Horse from a Sport Horse breeder's point of view. I found it very enlightening. Gay
Thank You Chris Kollander
AMHA wishes to extend our sincerest gratitude and thanks to employee Chris Koliander who is departing after 26 years of continual service.

Due to the upcoming transition of the AMHA headquarters from Vermont to Kentucky, AMHA is wishing Chris the best of luck with her new employment endeavors and expresses our many thanks for the countless contributions she has made throughout her career with the Association.
Many of you have worked with Chris throughout the years and know she is a favorite that will be sorely missed. As Chris embarks on a new path, feel free to send messages to her AMHA e-mail address of . AMHA will be sure to forward them on to her even after her last day in the Vermont office on Friday, December 20.

Thank you Chris for all your good service over so many years!
You will be remembered and missed by many.
MHAO Spring Clinic &
General Membership Meeting
Save The Date !!
March 14, 2020
Western Dressage Clinic
with Julie Adams
Corrected Address!
Clinic starts at 9am
@ Kardia Equestrian Academy
36887 Wallace Creek Rd
Springfield OR 97478
10 Rider Positions Available - 3 hrs each
5 riders - 9am to Noon
5 riders 1pm - 4pm

$135 for Non-MHAO Members
$100 for MHAO Members
$30 for Auditors - Non-MHAO Members
$25 for Auditors - MHAO Members

Register now! Rides are filling up fast!

Lunch Provided by MHAO

MHAO General Membership Meeting Over Lunch Break

To register or if you have questions, contact Erin Silver
(971) 600 -8933,
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Included in the next Sections:
Section 2:
In Memory Of
Out of the Past
News From Members & Friends
Section 3:
Advertising Thru MHAO
Classified Ads
How to become an MHAO Member
Oregon Horse Country
Section 4:
Horse Show Dates
CDE Dates
Other Dates
Board Members
Board Meeting Dates
Gay Adams, Acting Editor | Morgan Horse Association of Oregon
(503) 936-4276 |