Stable Sheet - March & April 2018
Stable Sheet - March & April 2018
An American Legacy - The Morgan Horse
Welcoming the Spring Equinox
From the Board
Board Meeting Minutes
February 21, 2018
Met via conference call.
Meeting called to order at 7:35pm

Present:  Gay Adams, Karen Breckenridge, Carol Dombrowsky, Nancy Eidam, Diane Pixlee, Leanne Roth, John Shaver
Not Present:  Kathy Christensen, Martha Woodland, David Silver, Erin Silver, Erica Trager
Quorum present

Secretary’s report: Gay Adams for Martha Woodland
Minutes for January 17: Karen moved that minutes for January 17 th be approved as submitted. Leanne seconded. Approved.

Treasurer’s report as of January 31st: Karen
General checking - $6,874
General savings - $25,486
Futurity Account - $2,947
Nancy Falk – Restricted funds - $14,965
OMC - $9,801
After reconciliations, total bank accounts: $60,166
Internal audit completed by Dallas & John. 1099’s sent, tax return filed.
2018 Budget: Gay
Budget discussed. Nancy said breakeven for the show due to all the new things we are trying. Gay will aim for $5,000 income from the Stallion Service Auction after the split with the Futurity. Clinic/Education committee to make up the difference so we can come to a breakeven budget objective.
Diane moved to approve budget, Karen seconded. Approved. See attached budget.  

Oregon Morgan Classic – Nancy
Lyle Wick not able to get a guest card to judge Saddlebreds. Judge changed to Dwayne Knowles who is officially USEF able to judge both Morgan & Saddlebred horses. Concern is stalls this year. Portable stalls cost twice as much, and once ordered we have to pay for them whether we use them or not. Will be charging more for tack stalls than regular stalls to help keep the extra stalls to a more reasonable number and to offset the portable stall cost. 

Close to completing the show schedule. Will have about 238 classes (currently 170 Morgan, 20 Futurity, 48 Saddlebred). Tightening up on break times to get it all in. Will have premium booklet out in mid to late March. 

Looking for people to help with calling for OMC sponsorships. Expect total received to be less than last year as now there are two shows instead of one. Sponsorship packages not revamped yet but will be soon. Forming Morgan sponsorship team to call for sponsorships. Nancy will contact Kathy Christensen & Erica Trager to ask for their help. Leanne & Carol agreed to help. Allison Deardorff responsible for the Saddlebred side.

Gay to handle hospitality committee for show including the welcome dinner. Looking for someone to handle awards. Hi-point categories to be for Morgan horses only. Nancy working on new OMC signage.
Nancy moved that OMC offer two bonus incentive awards through a drawing – one for trainers and one for owners. Name to go into a drawing that will take place Saturday night to win a cash award for being at OMC, $500 each. Seconded by Leanne. Approved. 

Hi-Point Committee – no report
Per Gay, looking at changing a few categories. More to follow at next Board meeting.

Education/Spring Clinic – Gay for Erin Silver
Couldn’t get speaker for Complimentary Medical care. Changed to clarification on the ELD Mandate. Will have two speakers from ODOT.  Food will be sandwiches and a selection of two salads with cookies for desert. 

Youth Committee – Diane Pixlee
Working on better awards & ribbons for Youth of the Year. Nothing in OMC trailer for youth so will need to order all new. Will have table for coloring, Pizza party (donated by Breckenridge), plaques that hold a certificate &/or picture, coolers for grand & reserve. May have a judging clinic for Jr’s and other coordinated learning opportunities.  Tried to involve Saddlebred kids in competitions. Saddlebreds have their own 501c3 focused on education & wanted to stay with that. Want to create a newsletter for our youth and have other activities throughout the year. David & Sierra to be involved in this.
Stallion Service Auction Committee – Gay
Only 19 horses this year. Had hoped to expand to 24. Got a late start. Not as many show type Morgans as desired. Nervous about meeting the $5,000 budget but can’t have a budget for the club with a negative balance. Will try. Gay needs phone help at Auction. Karen & Leanne will help. Carol & John may be able to help. Need more. Will put request into Stable Sheet. 

Futurity – Gay Adams
Way behind on getting renewals out. Will get them out as soon as possible. Aiming for over 50 horses after new foals come in. 

Promotion – Gay Adams for Kathy Christensen
Looking for help manning the booth for the NW Horse Expo on March 23-25, especially Saturday. Jennifer Unick looking for volunteers for the Washington State Expo March 2-4. We will have a Morgan booth at OMC, too. More info to follow on other activities being planned at next Board meeting. 
Have heard we won an AMHA grant for promotion, but don’t know the amount yet.  

Membership – Gay Adams for Kathy Christensen
Per Gay, Directory getting close. Should be out soon. We will be sending reminders out soon to those who have not renewed yet. Goal is for 100 paid memberships this year. We are not there yet. Reminder given to any board members who have not paid yet to please get themselves renewed.
Ride/Drive program – Leanne Roth
Working on badges. No enrollments yet. $15 fee to enroll the first time. Stays in effect unless membership is dropped. If come back into club, will need to re-enroll and pay another fee to be in the program. Gay agreed to promote the new program again in Stable Sheet. Leanne looking at putting something on Facebook and on Shelley’s newsletter. 

Open Incentive – Carol Dombrowsky
Only have forms from two people. Not many using the program. Discussion followed on whether we should keep the program going. For now, will continue it. Helps in pulling in members who do not show on the Morgan circuit or may not show at all. In that regard, plays an important role for us.

Website/Stable Sheet – Gay
Discussed size of Stable Sheet. No change to be made at this time. Gay stressed we need an editor. Hard to do Stallion Auction & Futurity & Stable Sheet. Would be fine if by itself. Updated info and forms sent to Dallas to update the website. Should be done soon. 

No new business.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15pm
Next meeting is the General Meeting March 17 th at Hayden’s Grill in Tualatin with Spring Clinic & Stallion Service Auction. Next Board meeting is April 18 th by conference call. 
MHAO Spring Clinic
March 17, 2018
How Does the Electronic Logging
Device Mandate Affect the Horse Industry?
A General Summary
by Gay Adams, Stable Sheet Acting Editor

The basic rule is that if you are hauling your own horses as a hobby for your own purposes and not to make a profit, all the rules around having a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or Electronic Logging Device (ELD) do not apply to you. You can stop reading now. Hauling a friends horse in exchange for gas or a negotiated fee to cover hauling expenses does not change this. Nor does prize money earned at shows if not won as a way to make a living. You will not be required to have a CDL or an ELD in the State of Oregon.

However, if you haul your horses as part of a business you provide (trainers & breeders might fit into this) - the CDL & ELD rules may apply. There are special rules for those who have Farming License Plates and for those who are being sponsored and receiving a 1099 form to file with their tax returns. Also for those who haul livestock including horses for a living. Those who compete for large enough money to make a living and/or need to report it on their tax return will also need to see how these new rules apply to them.

Abe Dunivin & Don McCloskey from ODOT did a great job of helping us understand how the rules apply to us. They gave a great seminar. If you would like a copy of their Power Point presentation, let me know.
Gay Adams, Acting Editor of the Stable Sheet. or (503) 936-4276

Abe & Don provided the following two handouts and suggested they be published in our newsletter to provide the latest information for Agricultural Exemptions for horse and livestock haulers, and to simplify things for those where the CDL rules might apply:
Newest Update
FMCSA Clarifies Ag Exemptions for Horse and Livestock Haulers

Horse and livestock haulers got some good news last week when the FMCSA published updates to their agricultural exemptions.

These updates clarified the hours of service and CDL requirements for those who transport live animals – whether as a hobby or for profit. These revisions came just a few weeks before the ELD exemption for agricultural haulers is set to expire.

The big news, is that you won’t be required to follow federal hours of service regulations or hold a CDL if you’re transporting horses or animals to shows, events or for another personal reason. In other words, if the transportation is not part of a business, the FMCSA considers you exempt. The same goes for the private transport of boats, cars and similar items:
“In these cases, when the transportation in question is not business related (neither for compensation, nor where the driver is engaged in an underlying business related to the move), none of the regulatory requirements apply, even if prize or scholarship money is offered.”
While this has technically always been the case, questions have arisen lately that had many in the industry unsure what their legal requirements were – and whether they suddenly should start logging their hours. This confusion extended to enforcement officials, some of whom began issuing warnings and fines to private haulers for hours of service and CDL violations, often to the surprise of drivers who had been able to operate independently of federal regulations in the past.

It’s important to remember, however, that just because the federal DOT doesn’t require you to hold a CDL, doesn’t mean your state will allow you to operate without one. It’s always a good i dea to check with your state’s licensing agency to ensure you’re operating compliantly.
(Oregon is following the federal DOT rules)

Updates for Commercial Drivers
Many of the updates made last week were for the non-commercial transport of horses and livestock. However, there was a waiver given to commercial drivers, as well. In response to industry concerns over animal welfare, the 30-minute break requirement will be waived when live animals or bees are on the vehicle.

If you’d like to read more about the FMCSA’s agricultural exemptions, you’ll find them here:
Do You Need A
Commercial Driver's License?
General Membership Meeting Minutes
Draft - March 17, 2018
Met at Hayden’s Lakeside Grill, Tualatin OR.
Meeting called to order at 2:50pm by President, Gay Adams
Present:  Gay Adams, Karen Breckenridge, Carol Dombrowsky, Nancy Eidam, Kathy Christensen, Erica Trager, Erin Silver
Not Present: Martha Woodland, David Silver, John Shaver, Diane Pixlee, Leanne Roth
Quorum present
Guests: MHAO Members

Treasurer’s report as of February 28, 2018 - Karen Breckenridge, Treasurer
General checking - $7,016
General savings - $25,486
Futurity Account - $2,947
Nancy Falk – Restricted funds - $14,965
OMC - $9,659
After reconciliations, total bank accounts: $60,166
Tax returns have been filed.

Hi-Point Committee – Gay for Erica Trager who had stepped away
Per Gay, looking at changing a few categories. If members have any input, please contact Erica.

Education -- Erin Silver
Couldn’t get speaker for Complimentary Medical care until July or after. Looking at other possible education items for this year including a Ranch Pleasure seminar. Interest shown in both ideas by members present. Erin said looking for locations.

Youth Committee – Gay Adams for Diane Pixlee
Gay explained donation from Nancy Falk Trust in support of Youth of the Year and for the Color horse award at OMC. For youth, working on better awards & ribbons. Looking at some coordinated youth education sessions to take place at the various barns at the same time. Looking at youth newsletter that David & Sierra will work on. Goal is to have youth activities going on thru the year, not just at OMC. Morgan judging clinic for youth was brought up by members.
Stallion Service Auction Committee – Gay Adams
Only 19 horses this year. Had hoped to expand to 24. Got a late start. Not that many bidders so far. MHAO ad in the Morgan Horse Magazine was timed to come up just before the auction. Most of our bidders come from this ad. To date, ad is not out. Not sure how auction will be affected or if income will meet goal. Gay asked for phone help for auction from attendees of the meeting. Auction will follow the General Membership Meeting.

Futurity – Gay Adams
Way behind on getting renewals out. Will get them out as soon as possible. No one is considered late on renewals. Hoping we will add enough foals this year to remain with over 50 horses nominated by MHAO members.

Promotion – Kathy Christensen
Still need help manning the booth for the NW Horse Expo next weekend March 23-25. Especially need help on Saturday. We received a $350 AMHA Promotional Grant to help us pay for our promotion activities this year. Still need member support. This is one of our most important activities.
Not planning to have an MHAO booth at OMC but instead stuff exhibitor packets for Morgan owners with info. Looking at open house event and at a Day of the Morgan event. Looking for ways to target 4H, OHSET, FFA, etc to get Morgans in front of families.  Working on new banners that roll up into a built in stand to use at promotional events. Will look for sponsors or people who will pay a little to have their picture on the banner to help pay or even cover the cost. Looking for more ways to get Morgan horses out in front of potential new members. *Shelley willing to share her distribution list for us to send Stable Sheet to.

Membership – Kathy Christensen
We have received 88 renewals & new member applications. Kathy is in process of sending out reminders to those not renewed yet. She is looking for ways to reach out to 4H, FFA, OHSET participants looking for potential new members. We need to bring in new families. Membership in MHAO will be invited at all promotional events. *Members suggested expanding the newsletter distribution to reach Morgan owners who may not be members of the club. Kathy is looking at printing newsletters to hand out at promotional events. Gay mentioned that some issues are running over 100 printed pages. It can be done, but our newsletter is not designed to be a printed publication. Kathy said the membership directory is getting close to publication. For the future she is looking at a way to put our directory on our website, possibly in a member only location, rather than printing it - although we would still print some for those without computers. Member discussion followed about having directories to hand out. This is okay with some members while in the past others wanted their info to be private to avoid solicitation calls & to preserve their privacy. We are still in the thinking stage. The club needs to grow. 

Ride/Drive program – Carol Dombrowsky for Leanne Roth
Carol explained the program to those present. Some members showed interest. Carol circulated a proposed new logo design for this new program. It is basically the MHAO logo with the addition of the Ride/Drive Program added on the bottom of the circle. People liked it & Carol received approval to move forward with it from the Board Members present. The new logo is approved. We have our first enrollment from Nora Mains who is one of our newest MHAO members. The new logo will be an iron on patch. As members complete the different levels of the program they will get bars to add to it (also iron on patches). 
Open Incentive – Carol Dombrowsky
Carol explained the program. Members are not using it that much but the fact we have it helps in pulling in members who do not show on the Morgan circuit or may not show at all. 

Website/Stable Sheet – Gay Adams
Stable Sheet: Gay said she will do her best to keep the Stable Sheet newsletter going but we need a new editor. It is only going out via email. Gay says it is a struggle for her to add it to her other assigned duties with the Stallion Service Auction and the Futurity. The Stable Sheet was mentioned as a potential tool for drawing in new members. 

Website: Although not on this year's Board of Directors, Dallas Bolen is still acting as our webmaster and has done a lot of work recently to update the website. She asks that all members look at the sight and let her know if anything needs changing or if they can help with additional history information. She is looking for input.
Dallas' email is .

Oregon Morgan Classic – Nancy Eidam
Lyle Wick had been selected as our judge for OMC, but was not able to get a guest card to judge Saddlebreds. As a result, we have changed our judge to Dwayne Knowles.
Nancy discussed stalls for the show and the cost of portable stalls. Nancy reviewed the number of Morgan and Saddlebred classes. The show schedule has been completed and will be distributed shortly. She brought a copy of it for anyone who wanted to look at it. Nancy reviewed what classes will not be in main arena. She also discussed new signage that will be coming for the show. 

We do not expect the same level of sponsorship this year as we had in 2017. That is because we now have two Morgan shows in Oregon instead of just one. We will need to work hard and focus on commercial as well as patron sponsorships in order to make the show at least break even. Allison Deardorf is our representative for sponsorships from the Saddlebred side. We are hoping we can get sponsorship help from them. Nancy named her possible sponsorship teams. Sponsorship packages are almost complete. 

Discussion followed on whether we should pursue a 501c3 status of Non-Profit (or charitable status) for our show or another arm of MHAO. It will be investigated further. We don't know yet if it will be of valuable or not since we do not know all the changes written into the new tax laws.
Nancy announced a new incentive being offered to owners and trainers to come to OMC. As encouragement for them to come we will put the names of all owners and of all trainers into two separate bowls. On Saturday night we will draw a name from the owner's bowl and a name from the trainer's bowl. The two winners will each receive $500. The winners must be present to win. 

No new business.
Meeting adjourned at 3:30pm
Next Board meeting is April 18 th by conference call. 
Next General Meeting is November 11th with the annual Award Banquet.
MHAO Stallion Service Auction
Thank you to all who
donated or participated in the 2018 MHAO Stallion Service Auction
Our Auction ad in The Morgan Horse Magazine didn't come out until
after the auction.

As a result, for a limited time we are offering a few select stallions
on a first come, first served basis.

If interested or you would like more information, call Gay Adams
(503) 936-4276
Auction Results
American Horse Council Foundation -
Summary of its National Economic Impact Study

AHCF Announces Results of 2017
Economic Impact Study
The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) is pleased to announce the results of its anticipated 2017 Economic Impact Study of the U.S. Horse Industry. The AHCF would like to thank The Innovation Group for their work on this important study.

The equine industry in the U.S. generates approximately $122 billion in total economic impact, an increase from $102 billion in the 2005 Economic Impact Study. The industry also provides a total employment impact of 1.74 million, and generates $79 billion in total salaries, wages, and benefits. The current number of horses in the United States stands at 7.2 million. Texas, California, and Florida continue to be the top three states with the highest population of horses.

“Those involved in the equine industry already know how important it is to the U.S. economy. Having these updated numbers is critical not only to the AHC’s efforts up on Capitol Hill, but also for the industry to demonstrate to the general public how much of a role the equine has in American households,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “While the number of horses in the US has decreased, this was not entirely unexpected due to the decline in breed registration trends over the last few years.”

Another bright spot for the industry: 38 million, or 30.5%, of U.S. households contain a horse enthusiast, and 38% of participants are under the age of 18. Additionally, approximately 80 million acres of land is reserved for horse-related activities.

“For this update of the study we wanted to get a better picture of the number of youth in the pipeline, which is a number that we have not previously included in our economic impact studies. Additionally, being able to put a number of the amount of land use for equine-related activities is essential to ensuring that we are able to continue to protect and preserve that land for its intended use,” said Ms. Broadway.

The National Economic Impact Study is available for purchase through the AHC website here:
Additionally, the 15 state breakouts will be available for purchase by the beginning of April. If you have any questions, please contact the AHC at
MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity
Click here to download the Futurity Rules

Questions? Contact Gay Adams, MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity Chair
(503) 936-4276 -

Futurity halter classes at OMC
are on Wednesday night.

Performance classes take place
throughout the show.

Futurity Sweepstakes Halter classes
For Yearlings & 2-year-olds
will take place on Saturday Night!
(Must win 1st or 2nd in their qualifying Futurity halter class
to be in the appropriate Sweepstakes class)
MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity Booklet
Time to get your ad in!
Deadline is June 1st
This booklet is designed to promote and document the MHAO Futurity & Stallion Service Auction. It is distributed at the Oregon Morgan Classic and at other shows up and down the West Coast -
as well as at Nationals & MHAO events.
Rates for MHAO Members
(These rates already reflect a 10% Discount)

Inside Front or Back Cover - $90
Full Page - $67.50
1/2 Page - $45.00
1/3 Page - $36.00
1/4 Page - $31.50
Business Card - $22.50
Stallion Directory Section - $27.00

Get your ad in today!
Excerpt By Rebecca Didier From The
How Important is Your Saddle, Really?
Growing up with horses, we gave saddle fit only the most cursory of consideration.

More often than not issues were “solved” with the addition of a foam riser or a special pad, and the one saddle you had was believed to be fully capable of segueing from back to back to back, regardless of differing breeds, builds, and fitness levels. Things are truly different now, as much of the equestrian population has come to understand at least the basics of what constitutes acceptable saddle fit, as well as the physical consequences when a saddle causes pain or inhibits the horse’s movement.

In his bestselling book Suffering in Silence, certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist  Jochen Schleese explains just how important the saddle is to your horse’s performance and his health and longevity. Here he describes its role in what he calls the “Circle of Influence”:


Many of the traditional and newly rediscovered realizations about the cause and effect of saddles, equine anatomy, and riding were not documented in literature until recently. Saddle fitting is still not part of the curriculum in many of the mainstream educational programs within the equestrian industry—whether for body workers or veterinarians; nor is it yet included in the training to become a professional rider or trainer. It is an unfortunate, though realistic, fact that saddle issues are the cause of many behavioral and training problems, as well as being responsible for a lot of lameness, which is more often than not addressed pharmaceutically rather than physically.

To better accommodate the physiological and anatomical requirements of horse and rider, the saddle industry needs to undergo a shift in willingness to produce a product that takes these into consideration. There are still way too many saddles on the market that are simply not adjustable and do not take the horse’s requirements into consideration.

A saddle needs to distribute the weight of the rider correctly over the horse’s back so that the rider’s center of gravity becomes one with the horse’s center of gravity. The horse will change in conformation over the course of his life due to many influences, least of which are his age and training.

To illustrate some of these influences, consider a circle surrounding the horse divided into equal pieces (minimum of eight). One of these pieces represents the rider; other components include the trainer, the veterinarian, body workers (physiotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists), nutrition and supplements for the horse, the farrier, the horse’s age and condition, and last but not least, tack—including bits, bridles, saddles, and pads.
I call this the “Circle of Influence” around the horse, in which the saddle and the work of the saddle fitter are never considered in isolation. All the items of influence are interdependent.

If, for example, training methods or nutrition are changed or supplemented, the horse’s conformation will alter. It follows logically that the saddle will no longer fit, and the reason is not because the saddle fitter did a bad job. Saddle fitting is nothing more than attempting to prevent long-term damage to the horse by avoiding pressure on his reflex points, and to distribute the rider’s weight optimally on the horse’s back. Keeping the horse sound and the rider healthy should be the ultimate goal for each one of the “pieces” of the Circle of Influence that need to work together cooperatively to achieve this.

Every change affected by any one of the pieces—whether deemed positive or negative—will have a consequence on the others, which may have the simple end result that the saddle will no longer be balanced. (Let’s recall Newton’s Third Law here: Every action brings with it an equal and opposite reaction!) For the most part it is not the saddle that changes, it is the horse’s three-dimensional back shape that alters the saddle-support area. But without exaggeration, it is the saddle (as interface between horse and rider) that has the potential to inflict the most anatomical and physiological damage—especially to the horse when it no longer fits.


This excerpt from Suffering in Silence by Jochen Schleese is reprinted with permission from Trafalgar Square Books
NEW - NRHA Maneuver Standards DVD
Now Taking Pre-Orders at!

This is a must-see for any rider or trainer competing in reining!

The NRHA Maneuver Standards Vol. III DVD will help you assess and understand what the judges are looking for when marking their cards. All maneuvers are featured on this DVD with examples of +11/2 to -11/2 maneuvers shown.

Happy Easter
Riders for Mounted Color Guard wanted!
Riders for Mounted Color Guard wanted! I haven’t heard from anyone! This is more fun than riding in a class - really. Send me a note!

I will be coordinating the Color Guard for several of our 2018 NW Morgan shows and am looking for fresh faces! (I think folks are getting tired of me and my black mare.)

If you are going to any show and would like to do this, let me know. Don't be offended if I ask some questions about your horse's flag experience, many horses do NOT consider this their cup of tea! If you want to try it at
home I can give you tips; and, if you are already experienced and want to try it (riding or driving) at a show I will get you on the schedule. (And, yes, I have flag boots to lend in natural or black.)

Shelley Bullard

Please don't let the same folks have all the fun every time.
In High School and Want to Ride in Mongolia or Argentina This Summer? Read This!
Rear view of foreign tourists riding double humped bactrian camels at the Khongor Sand Dunes in the Gobi Desert
Imagine exploring Argentina’s gorgeous mountainsides or the superb grassland vistas around the ancient, pristine Lake Khövsgöl from the back of a Mongolian pony.  

The Experiment in International Living offers 32 incredible programs abroad for high school students to explore different host countries through hands-on experiences in local communities. Two of these include a strong focus on rich equestrian experiences—one in Argentina and another in Mongolia.

Over 85 years, The Experiment has taken more than 70,000 students on thoughtfully planned trips to some of the most enchanting places on earth. The programs are designed to offer students an immersive, genuine cultural experience in a safe environment. Groups consist of no more than 15 participants, and are led by two carefully selected and trained adult group leaders.

Running from July 4-31, the Argentina program boasts a wealth of outdoor activities, plus Spanish classes and local community involvement. Starting in Argentina’s iconic capital Buenos Aires, you’ll explore the city’s charming architecture and enjoy a boat trip to the nearby islands in the Tigre Delta to nose around the artisan markets for locally made products.

A valuable component of The Experiment’s programs is a homestay with a carefully selected family, offering insight into local cultures and traditions. In Argentina, the homestay is in Colonial Jujuy for two weeks, during which you’ll also work on a community-focused service project, such as volunteering or painting a school.

The riding in Argentina explores the country’s mesmerizing Salinas Grandes (salt flats), with their jaw-dropping open vistas. While trail riding through the mountains, you’ll learn how to rope cattle, try a traditional asado barbecue prepared by Argentine cowboys known as gauchos, go whitewater rafting, and camp under the stars. Just bring your own helmet!
Laura, a participant in the 2017 Argentina program, said: “Our community service projects such as gardening, painting, and remodeling a run-down police station and the humble school gave me the chance to learn life lessons I will sincerely hold dear to my heart. Over the 25 days, I experienced a lifetime of adventures.”

If it’s Asia that sets your world alight, the Mongolia trip runs from July 5-August 2, starting in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s historic capital. As with the Argentina program, it begins with local language lessons and sightseeing.
Riding is one of the many adventures you’ll have on this trip. (Helmets are provided.) You’ll gallop along the magnificent grasslands around the huge Lake Khövsgöl. At the Naadam Festival, the biggest in the country, you will experience traditional horsemanship, wrestling, and archery competitions up close and personal. Living in a ger (a round, felt-lined tent), you’ll learn about the nomadic life, help your host family tend livestock, and cook traditional meals—you’ll also take a camel ride into the Gobi Desert and camp under the magical night sky.
The once-in-a-lifetime trip includes visits to see Buddhist pilgrimage sites, meditation caves, and Mongolian art. The community project portion will take you to Khövsgöl province to teach English to local students or paint a school.

“My absolute favorite part of the trip was the horse trek from community service to the camp where we were staying,” said Sophie, who traveled to Mongolia in 2014. “Other awesome parts were painting a school alongside Mongolian students and taking an overnight train into the Gobi Desert.”
So, if you’re looking for adventure, trust in The Experiment’s years of experience and enjoy one of their specially curated programs. It’s guaranteed to be a summer to remember.

Find out more information on trips available through The Experiment in International Living at
The Experiment in International Living  has been the leader in international education and experiential learning for high school students for more than 85 years. On their two- to six- week summer abroad programs to 26 countries, students explore the world through hands-on experiences and homestays in local communities through the lens of a specific theme. Each year, hundreds of students come away from The Experiment with invaluable cultural, leadership, language, and college-prep skills that help them thrive in diverse environments. 

Today, The Experiment is the flagship program of World Learning Inc. ( Over the decades, World Learning Inc. has built on The Experiment’s success to become a thriving global organization made up of The Experiment in International Living, School for International Training (SIT), and World Learning, a nonprofit with global development and exchange programs that impact people in more than 150 countries.

From the editor: I am passing on information, but this is not an endorsement of this program. If interested, please do your homework.
Our Thanks To AMHA For Their Support!
MHAO Has Received Two Grants
from AMHA
We received a promotion Grant for $350.

The Oregon Morgan Classic also received a grant,
the amount is yet to be disclosed.

We are so grateful for their support!
Save the Date!
Announcement From MHCWS
May 19th, 2018
Cowboy Dressage Schooling Show
Flying Flower Ranch
Bend OR
Mark May 19th on your calendar. Cowboy Dressage Schooling show is coming up fast at Flying Flower Ranch off of Dodds Rd in Bend. Entries are limited. So are the RV spots with hook ups and stalls. Bring your favorite water bottle for refreshing flavored water supplied all day.

NO DOGS ALLOWED. So, please leave them home. Go to for entries.

Entries are coming in fast and we are half way to our total entries for the day and half way to stalls and RV hookups. Plenty of room for dry camping and haul in's.

Davalee Minden is our judge and this should prove to be a very fun event on a wonderful facility.

Spectators welcome!
 See you all there!!
AMHECT Announces Grant Offerings
Deadline is April 2, 2018
The American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust (AMHECT) is pleased to offer two memorial grants for young adults under the age of 40.

The Harry Sebring Memorial Grant is offered to all AMHA members under the age of 40 who would like to further his or her equine education, skills, or proficiency and/or provide equine-related experiences and education that will further the grant recipient's business endeavors.

The Elberta Honstein Memorial Grant is a grant offered to all AMHA members under the age of 21 years old to further his or her equine education, skills, or proficiency, and/or further his or her academic education.

Harry Sebring was a renowned Morgan horse trainer and the grant was created by his family in his memory, since he always wanted to see young adults excel personally and professionally in the show ring.

Elberta Honstein and Roy-El Morgan Farm have a rich and long history with the Morgan breed. Roy-El Morgan Farm was founded in the early 1960s by Roy and Elberta Honstein. They passed on their love of Morgans to their daughter, Debbie, and then Debbie's daughters, Elberta Seybold and Erlene Seybold-Smythe. The farm still operates under the third generation to continue the tradition.

Applications must be accompanied by a full proposal, budget details, and proofs of any material. Checks may not be made payable to the individual, but to the clinician, institution, or business providing the services.

The 2018 Grant Application period opens on Monday, February 12, 2018 and will close at the end of the day (5 p.m. Eastern Time) on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Inquiries about grant applications or the grant process are handled by email only. Email with any questions or comments.

Click below to download the applications:

Oregon Morgan Classic
June 20-23, 2018
Eugene - Oregon Horse Center

  Mark your calendar for an even bigger and better OMC show this year featuring 170 Morgan classes and 45 Saddlebred classes. 

In addition, there is a full junior exhibitor agenda of equitation, pleasure, AMHA medals, UPHA, walk-trot as well as Youth Of The Year and youth fun activities.

There will be Academy, Opportunity, and Miscellaneous including Disney theme costume class and the popular Jackpot Jack Benny. 

Plan to be a part of this jam packed week
of great classes and great awards!
Please step up and sponsor a class or two.
OMC needs everyone's support to continue the ongoing success of this favorite show.  Its more than a show, its an equine family get-to-gether enjoying the love of the HORSE! Please financially help keep this show an annual tradition. Class sponsorship is $50 and there are other sponsor packages available.
Please call for more info: Nancy 541-561-6644 or Gay 503-936-4276 
Send sponsorships to Karen - 4715 Eola Drive NW Salem, OR 97304  503-580-4716
Premium books will be mailed soon. If you didn't get one in the mail last year, please send your name and address to Kelly McFall:
There is a new MORGAN INCENTIVE BONUS offered this year. In appreciation for those supporting the show OMC will conduct two drawings: OMC will give $500 to a professional and $500 to an owner. The only requirement is that you are entered in the show and be present Saturday nite when the drawings occur.

The week's schedule: Move in day is Tuesday. The show begins Wednesday at 8:00am with Dressage in the Emerald Arena. The performance classes begin 1:00pm in the Silverado Arena. Futurity In Hand, Sport Horse In Hand, and Morgan In Hand begin at 7:00pm in the Silverado Arena. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday sessions are at 8:30am, 1:00pm, and 7:00pm in the Silverado Arena. Working Western begins Friday at 8:30am in the Emerald Arena.
The full show xchedule will be out soon!

The official hotel is the Holiday Inn with the OMC show rate of $89. It is recommended that you get your reservation in early as there will be more people at the show this year.
Hotel phone - (541) 284-0707
The show committee is hard at work on various aspects of the show. A new logo design is underway along with new show decorations. There will be new ribbons, trophies, and special awards: high points for junior exhibitors and Morgan versatility.

Besides sponsorships, the show committee welcomes "Volunteer" throughout the show. If you have some spare time or would like to help on a particular job, please let us know. We need people to help take care of the judges box/center ring; handle awards and presentations; help with the in and out gates; take decorations up/down; and help with hospitality committee jobs.
Nancy 541-561-6644 or Gay 503-936-4276

 The Hospitality Committee is planning some extra events to add to the show If you have any suggestions, they would welcome them. 
Let Gay know - (503) 936-4276,

OMC promises to be a spectacular week
of fun and horse show.  
Look What's New!
New Color Morgan Horse Award at OMC & an
Expanded Youth of the Year Program
Starting in 2018
MHAO has received a donation of $15,000 from the Nancy Falk Trust to be used as follows: $500 per year for 15 years will be used to support the MHAO Youth of the Year program (to a total of $7,500), and $500 per year less award costs (to a total of $7,500) which will continue for approximately 14 years to provide a new perpetual award with $500 in prize money to the highest scoring color Morgan at the Oregon Morgan Classic. Both will continue until the funds are fully disbursed.

Thank you so much!
Nancy Falk on her Morgan Palomino mare, Gwen
More About the OMC Morgan Color Horse Award
OMC Announcement!
Special Announcement for all who exhibit Morgans at the Oregon Morgan Classic
You Could Win $500!
All trainers who are entered will have their name put in a bowl for a drawing.
All owners will horses at the show will have their name put in
a separate bowl for a drawing.
On Saturday night a winning name will be drawn from each bowl.
Each will win $500!
Must be present to win!

This is our way of showing our appreciation to you
for coming to our show!
The ‘Long-and-Low’ Path to
Real Collection
For a horse to be able to be collected, learning to give to the rein and flex at the poll is vital.

“A horse that goes ‘flat’ in his back and his balance, pulls, or gets heavy in the reins, or one that raises his poll to evade rein contact, has to learn to stay connected—that is, ‘on the bit,’” says renowned clinician and trainer Lynn Palm in her book The Rider’s Guide to Real Collection . “The horse is connected ‘over his back’ so energy created by the rider’s legs travels from his hind end to his front and ‘into’ the rider’s hands. This is the first step toward teaching the horse to break at the poll. A horse in a long-and-low balanced frame with a ‘rounded’ spine, giving to the bit, and with his head beyond the vertical, is in the first stage of collection.”

Here’s how to do the long-and-low training exercise Palm recommends when preparing for collection:

Start at the trot on a curved line with contact on both reins. Raise your inside hand straight up 6 to 12 inches. Keep contact with the mouth as the horse raises his head or pulls against the rein. Actively use your inside leg for your horse to give to the pressure from the rein. When the horse feels the upward rein tension, it is difficult for him to keep his head up, especially on a curved line. The goal is for him to give to the bit by lowering his head and neck. If he yields slightly outward on the line you’re riding, that’s okay. Maintain your outside leg and rein aids to support his bend, and don’t let him lose his balance and fall out or the curve could become bigger and wider.
If your horse is not giving to the bit, raise the inside rein with slight pressure on it. Photo by Cappy Jackson
Move your inside leg back and actively use this leg aid to get your horse to give to the inside rein. As the horse starts to give to the bit, lower your hand while keeping a light contact. Photo by Cappy Jackson
As soon as you start to feel your horse give to the rein, you must release and lower your hand to follow his head downward back to a normal rein position—but do not lose the contact. Also, don’t let him yield outward on the curved line anymore. With both leg aids, encourage him to drive forward from behind, which will give him the long-and-low balance. Continue with even contact to the bit with both reins, thus allowing your horse to be comfortable in your hands, and support his balance and rhythm. You won’t actually go faster, you’ll just cover more ground and achieve an elongated stretch.

While this exercise is mostly done at the trot, you can do it at the walk and, when more advanced, at the canter. No matter which gait you choose, the horse should keep the same steady rhythm. When your horse is in a long-and-low balance, he raises his back up and rounds it by stretching his topline muscles. This allows him to swing his hind legs deeper underneath himself. A fit horse in natural carriage can do this exercise easily and willingly. Younger horses, or horses in the earlier stages of collection, need to be built up slowly. Start with a 70-foot (20-meter) circle, asking your horse to go long and low for one-quarter of the circle.

A horse can go long and low and still maintain a correct balance. This is the balance for hunter under saddle, or any discipline where the horse needs to move with his head and neck in a more level position. The head can be beyond or on the vertical, and the poll and neck in a level position or slightly above the withers. Older, more finished horses enjoy the long-and-low position as a warm-up exercise: It supples their muscles and gets them ready for collected work.
Continue to follow your horse’s head with your hand as he stretches down. Photo by Cappy Jackson
Your horse will end up in a long-and-low, balanced frame, having correctly given to the bit. Photo by Cappy Jackson
Rider’s timing at the release : Some riders have difficulty at first finding the perfect timing and releasing their hand as the horse’s head goes down. It is important for the horse to understand that when he gives to the bit from your leg aid, he is immediately rewarded by you lowering your hand. Try to follow his head smoothly as you lower your inside rein. Make sure there is no “on-and-off” contact or jerking, or you will lose the horse’s acceptance.
Reins are too loose at release: If you let the reins go loose as your horse gives to the bit, he can bring his head back up, or shorten and quicken his stride. When this happens, reestablish contact, take him onto a curved line, connect him from your leg through to your hands at a trot, and ask him again to give to the bit and lower his head and neck. However, be sure his poll never goes below his withers, or his weight and balance can move more onto the forehand.

This excerpt from The Rider’s Guide to Real Collection by Lynn Palm with Stacy Pigott is reprinted with permission from Trafalgar Square Books .

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PNW Announcement
The PNW Morgan Show is happy to announce that we’re reserving a full day for Dressage and Western Dressage on Thursday, August 23.

This will enable us to offer Ranch Riding, Reining and Sport Horse Under Saddle on the morning of Friday August 24 and the balance of the show will begin as usual at 1:00 PM on Friday with halter classes.

We’re happy to welcome Renee Johnson from Clovis, California as our USEF Dressage and Western Dressage Judge. She will preside in the newly expanded full court (outdoors) at Tacoma Unit One.

Our USEF Morgan judge is Jenny Pierucki from Burr Oak, Michigan.

PNW celebrates it’s 64th annual event this year; the first and now the last all MORGAN show in our area . We welcome everyone’s attendance, support and encouragement! Please make plans to attend and to help sponsor this venerable event known as “The Fun One” by all of it’s ever-loving fans. Due to the added extra day; I’m running behind on getting the full premium material online but it WILL be there soon and I’ll send notice when it’s up. In the mean time, save the date:
August 23-26! See you there!
Catherine email -
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

BC Show
May 25-27, 2018
Sponsorship Defines the Future
The BC Morgan Horse Show traces its routes back to as early as 1963 when the first show took place at Gerald Fahrni's Skyfield Farm in Abbotsford, British Columbia. For years, the BC Morgan Show has been the cornerstone for breed promotion, vibrant competition, and family fun in the Greater Vancouver area, and in the Pacific Northwest, but had to cease operations after 2005. We have brought the show back, and have worked hard to return it to its former glory, but we cannot do it alone. We come to you requesting your support in sponsoring the 2018 BC Morgan Show. Please see our sponsorship and advertising opportunities at . Every little bit counts and works toward solidifying the future of this fun, family friendly show. We thank you, and look forward to having you be a part of something truly special May 25-28, 2018 in Lynden, Washington!  
Seen here is Lise Flora and Jero Trojan, winning the English Pleasure Championship in 1979
at the old Thunderbird Show Complex in Langley, British Columbia
BC Update
Announcing a new dressage judge - Deborah Spence
New this year is the buy a class program
We are willing to add classes to the TBA slots with sponsorship and entry.
New costume class on Friday night

Progressive aisle party Saturday night

Blindfolded wheel barrel race and pie eating contest
after classes

Youth of the Year Contest

More vendors this year - hoping for around 10  
Anyone who wants to set up can, and all we ask is a gift basket donation for our raffle ( prize draws throughout the show). 
We are looking for volunteers to help us out with equipment set up, namely for carriage and dressage

Peter Morrison - (604) 628-7401
Northwest Horse Fair & Expo
Albany, OR
March 23-25, 2018
MHAO Was There!
Our thanks to all who stepped forward to help.
MHAO members also helped man the MHCWS booth at the Washington State Horse Expo in Clark County.

These are your fellow club members doing all they can to help promote & support you and the Morgan breed.
Please thank them for their service.
We all need to step forward to help where we can
or our breed will disappear. We need to do all we can to
keep our breed visible.

Thank you to all who participated in these two events from MHCWS & MHAO.
So grateful for the partnership between these two organizations.
Thank you Kathy Christensen, Jennifer Unick, Jami Kaptein, Lenore Smith, Diana Pyle, Pam Bennett, Erin Silver, Shelley Bullard, Anne Robitaille, Erica Trager, Danette Cook & friend, and anyone else who stepped forward. 
My apology if I missed your name.

To all members, without your help these types of things
can not happen. Be part of it. Use your membership.
Please contribute whatever you can whenever you can, and let us support you in your efforts.
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MHAO Ride/Drive Trail Riding Program
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MHAO Marketing Opportunities
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Oregon Horse Country
How To Get Your New Oregon Horse Directory
Oregon Horse Country 101
OHC On Facebook
High Desert Horse Expo

Updates to USEF Guidelines & Rules For Drugs & Medications
Safe Sport Initiative
Equine Herpes Virus: What You Need To Know
USEF Learning Center: New Video on Western Dressage by Cliff Swanson
FEI World Equestrian Games
Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse &
Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 Signed Into Law
Sneak peek at a new article coming out in the US Equestrian Magazine on
"Preparing For Disaster"

AMHA Convention
AMHA Show Grants
Updates to the Champion Title Program
Youth Council Applications are open
Update on AMHA Facebook
Update on USDF All-Breed Awards
AMHA Annual Report
Revised USEF Morgan Rules for 2018
Article: Morgan Selected As The 2017 Hope In The Saddle
Therapy Horse Of The Year
Date & Location for the 2019 AMHA Convention
Update on the 2018 Grand National Show
Retirement Announcement
2018 Judges Schools

Calendars & MHAO Board Info
2018 Northwest Horse Show Dates
2018 CDE Dates
Other Dates
Board Members
Board Meeting Dates
Gay Adams, Acting Editor | Morgan Horse Association of Oregon
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