Stable Sheet - March 2019
Stable Sheet - March 2019
"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

Hello all!

I am so ready for Spring! Winter looked so mild all the way thru January. Then February hit, And the cold has lasted all month! March should be better.

Coming up is the MHAO Spring Clinic, General Membership Meeting, and Stallion Service Auction on March 9th. The cinic is on Ranch Pleasure which is an up-and-coming new discipline. Come find out what it is all about. We will be at Northwest Morgans. See more info later in this newsletter.
Be there for the General Membership meeting at 1:30pm followed by the Stallion Service Auction. We have a wonderful lime-up of stallions! Other items are also available for bid and are still coming in. Help us support our breeders and the MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity.

See You There!
March 9th
Clinic starts at 9am
Board Meeting Minutes
February 20, 2019
Present: Gay Adams, Julie Nygaard, Karen Breckinridge, Paula Hague, John Shaver, Nancy Eidam, Kathy Christensen, Grace Martin, Martha Woodland and Natalie Woodland
Not Present : Shirley Champion, Diane Pixlee and Erin Silver
Quorum Present
Meeting called to order at 7:35pm
Reminder that there are two openings on the board and to invite people to join.
Secretary Request:
Julie asked for a vote to approve the January Meeting Minutes. Karen moved to approve the minutes as submitted. Paula seconded. Minutes approved.
Treasurer’s Report:
 Financial Report as of 1-31-19 - Karen Breckinridge:
$5,623.14 General Checking account
$25,490.77 Savings account
$3,853.45 Futurity account
$13,765.00 Nancy Falk Trust Donation-Restricted Funds
$8,874.73 OMC account
$159.88 PayPal Online Payments
$273.00  Misc.
$2,837.97 Fixed Assets
Total Assets after reconciliations $60,877.94
Karen noted that our Accounts Receivables are now at $632.00; this is down from last months total of
$824.00. Great job Karen! The IRS now has our taxes for the 2018 tax year.
Show Committee - Paula Hague & Nancy Eidam
Paula will connect with Joan Shelton-Palelek to get the premium booklets ready. Gay would like to preview it before printing as she will be adding Futurity and Stallion Auction information. 
Paula is pricing coolers and ordering ribbons and plaques.
The Oregon Horse Center has some new rules. The most important one that could affect our show
being no food on the Mezzanine; this is where we usually have our party. Also, we would like the new owners of the restaurant to provide the main dish for our party meal. Further discussion will be had.
The most important aspect of putting on the OMC show is our sponsorships. Nancy would like to thank everyone that helped put on last years show. She stressed the importance of going into a business face to face to ask for a Corporate sponsorship rather than sending a letter, e-mail or cold calling. The personal touch seems to work so much better. There was further discussion about offering signage banners in the paddock area as incentive; ‘What can they get out of it?’ At rodeos the PBR c hutes are covered with banners of sponsors. Signage could be offered as an alternative when a Corporate sponsor says no, but is willing to pay a nominal fee of say $65.00 for a banner with a class sponsorship ($15 more for the banner). Again, we would put them around the warm up ring, not in the main ring.
Tony Lee will again be creating our TV loop that runs on the Mezzanine. Another place for sponsors to get some recognition. It will also include our stallions from the auction as well as ads for the professionals that sponsor and advertise in the premium booklet.
It was decided that there would be a form letter sent to the board members to help in approaching potential Corporate and patron sponsors. It should be simple and to the point… including what, where and when. It will also have information as to the different levels of sponsorship offered for both Patron and Corporate sponsors. Gay said a letter and sponsorship packages have already been created. She will forward to all Board members. Board members are to coordinate their calls thru Paula.
Hi Point Committee - Gay Adams for Erin Silver
We have made a change to the Open Award Categories narrowing it down to 7 awards. We have leeway to expand to give awards for a sub-category if there is sufficient competition. Information has been posted in the Stable Sheet & will be posted again in March & June. 
Spring Clinic Committee - Gay Adams for Erin Silver
It was reported that all of the riding slots for the clinic are full. So far 30 auditors have also signed up.
Board members going are Karen, (Jim and Sierra), Kathy, Julie, Gay, Nancy, Erin (and Mike, maybe David) and Diane. 
There will be a brief membership meeting no longer than 1 hour from 1:30 to 2:30 following lunch.  Gay asked that Committee Chairs keep their reports very brief – keep meeting under an hour if at all possible.  Kathy C. will be helping with lunch. This event has been advertised on Facebook in the Salem- Newberg & Hillsboro area.
Banquet Committee - Gay Adams for Erin Silver
This years Awards Banquet will again be at the Mission Mill in Salem on November 10, 2019.  This is a change from the originally stated date of November 3, 2019. 
Youth Committee - Grace Martin and Natalie Woodland
There will be a Youth Newsletter coming out with articles on Saddleseat, Huntseat and Dressage.
They are also working on some Equine coloring pages for younger children.
Natalie C ontact ed Allison Deardorff about the Cyberspace Classic shows.  Allison said she was too busy to run more of them this year but she would be happy to help us get some started. She also volunteered to be a judge. There is a facebook page for Cyber shows and anyone can join in and participate in them. Grace or Natalie is going to participate in one this month and will have more information to report next meeting. These existing cyper shows are just for Academy & Youth 17 and under.  If anyone can participate, maybe we could find a way to fit into what is already going on. Investigation will continue.
Grace suggested a Scavenger Hunt at OMC and Breyer Horse Show activities for children; painting and showing their model horses. She will work with Diane & Paula.
Stallion Auction Committee - Gay Adams
Nominations closed with 22 Stallions listed. There are 8 bids already before online bidding was in place.  Online bidding is set up and Shane said there have been 125 hits so far going between both sites even before an eblast announcing it.  The ads were out earlier this year which might account for the great response. Thanks again goes out to Leslie Arnould for her networking at Nationals that helped in getting some phenomenal stallions for the auction this year. Gay would like some phone help with the bidding after the membership board meeting.
Futurity Committee - Gay Adams
18 horses have been re-nominated out of 41 possible up for renewal. Two new foals have been added.  Eight others should be renewed per their owners. Two have dropped. There has not been a response on Thirteen horses.  Reminders will go out after the auction is over.
Promotion Committee - Martha Woodland
Martha is thinking about going live on an Eugene radio station to talk about the MHAO show in June to encourage people to come to the promotional event at the show and to come out and watch the show.
There has been contact with Liz McNealy about how to invite OHSET participants also.  A discussion was had about having representatives from our MHAO organization participate in the 4 th of July Parade in Harrisburg.  There was some concern about liability. Board discussed. Our insurance company has been notified about the event for coverage. Martha made motion to participate in the parade. Julie seconded. The Board voted to continue with that idea. 
 Nancy mentioned that there are some banners and saddle blankets that Joan Bowers had made years ago. They should be in the trailer that will be at the Eugene show. Martha will find them and decide if they are useable and look for signage as well.
It was noted that a $300 grant was received from AMHA for promotion.
Membership Committee- Kathy Christensen
Reminder for board members to get their dues in… Julie (haha). Reminder renewal postcards will be going out soon. When a person renews there is a thank you and a packet sent out.  Dues are $30.00 for individuals and $35.00 for a family. Currently we do not have a category for Academy but will work on that for 2020.
Trail/Ride/Drive Program - Gay Adams for Shirley Champion
This program has recently been clarified. A ny time spent in the saddle or driving can be logged with the exception of time competing under the judge at a Morgan horse show.   When you are riding or driving on the trail, at home, during lessons, at clinics or just practicing alone… it all adds up!  Time warming up at Morgan shows or practicing at the show counts. All time at an Open Show (even being judged) counts. Ground work, time grooming, etc does not count. Everyone that rides or drives should get enrolled.
Open Incentive - John Shaver
John will post a reminder to members in the March Stable Sheet and then again every couple months to try to get more people to use this program. 
Website/Stable Sheet- Gay Adams
No news to report on Stable Sheet. Gay will be getting more updated forms etc to Dallas soon for the website. 
Karen Breckenridge reported on the AMHA convention. She loved the tour to the Twisted Rose Ranch. The two clinics offered, Western and Driving, were wonderful. The private tour of SeaWorld was great
but super cold. All in all it was a fun convention with great people that love their Morgan horses.
A discussion was had about the USEF safe sport testing that is now required.
-test will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete online. Everyone needs to do it.
-trainers feel they will be guilty before being tried. A person can submit a grievance before having  evidence.  A disgruntled client can file a claim out of anger. The Investigators of complaints are ex-policemen or FBI. There has been some talk about having a separate governing body. 
A letter has been sent to USEF about collective concerns & suggestions. The letter will be included in the March Stable Sheet.
There was talk about GPS not getting us all the way to Shelley’s Northwest Morgans farm for the clinic. There should be Signs to follow and directions will be posted in the March newsletter. The
General Membership Meeting is scheduled to start at 1:30 on March 9 th 2019 in Hillsboro, Oregon preceded by the Spring Clinic & lunch & followed by the Stallion Service Auction.
Next regular Board meeting is April 17 th at 7:30pm via conference call. 
Meeting was adjourned at 8:56.
Respectfully submitted,
Julie Nygaard, MHAO Secretary
Spring Solstice - March 20, 2019
MHAO Spring Clinic
March 9, 2019
One Riding Space May Be Available!
We are taking information for a waiting list.
Call Erin ASAP to ride or Audit!!

Lots of room for auditors!

Lunch provided.

Please RSVP so we can plan our food for you.

Contact: Erin Silver
(971) 600-8933,
About Our Facilitator
Peggy Bond-Heath
Peggy has over 30 years of equine industry experience. She started her adventure in her early teens riding english and competed in eventing up through high school graduation. While attending college at Utah State University, pursuing an Agribusiness degree, she worked for a cutting trainer and was introduced to a completely different yet exciting discipline. From cutting she experienced reining and reined cow horse and has been hooked ever since. Peggy most recently spent the last 5 years riding with her trainer and mentor Chuck Nesmith, National Reining Horse Trainer and NRHA Judge of Ault Colorado. She shows competitively in NRHA, AQHA, IBHA, ABRA, CRCC and ASHA. Peggy holds her judges card with the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA) and Oregon Family Equestrian Association (OFEA), and has donated the last 15 years to the local 4H program helping out most recently with the Ranch Horse Program and Hippology. She is an experienced Clinician offering private and onsite clinics.

Gary and Peggy relocated to Oregon City, from Colorado in 2012 and are proud to call Oregon home. They share the farm with each other as well as many 4 legged family members. Peggy's daughter Alysha is currently living and working in Denver, CO and is quite a hand with the horses herself. You'll see Gary around the property helping out with maintenance, hauling hay and jumping in where he's needed. He's a big help in keeping our pastures healthy and our Trainer sane :)
After the Clinic from 1pm - 1:30pm
Lunch is Served.

MHAO General Membership Meeting
March 9th, 2019
from 1:30pm - 2:30pm.
Be there to talk to your Board.

Driving Directions To The Event
Phone Help Needed for the
Stallion Service Auction
Do you have a cell phone?
Please volunteer to
help man the phones for the auction.

Contact Gay Adams for more information.

(503) 936-4276
MHAO Stallion Auction
March 9th, 2019
2:30pm - 3:30pm
We Are So Excited!!
Stallion Services And Other Items Are Offered!

Come Join The Fun!!

Watch our website for updates!
Online Bidding In Place!

Salem Command
Added To The Auction!

Frozen Semen Only
See his stallion page
for more information
Only Stallions who have an existing bid
by midnight on March 8th will be included in the bid off on March 9th.

If you want to bid on March 9th you must either be present at the event, have already placed a bid or be preregistered to bid on or by March 8th.

Online bidding & phone in bidding will be shut down
at midnight on March 8th.
See more information on flyer below
Donations Requested!
We are seeking "other item" donations to be
auctioned off with the stallions on
March 9th. Do you have something to donate in support of the MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity?

Contact: Gay Adams, MHAO Stallion Service Auction Chair
(503) 936-4276,
MHCWS Horse Shows
An Update from MHCWS:

We are so excited to announce our judges for the 2019 show season. Make sure and save the dates and we’ll see you at the shows!!!

Key Classic Benefit Horse Show 2019 Show Officials:
Rick Davis, Judge; Donna Longacre, Dressage; Carrie Olson, USEF Steward; Avalon Photography, Photographer.

C-Fair Morgan Regional and Open Horse Show 2019 Show Officials (to date):
Kent Swalla, Judge; Avalon Photography, Photographer.

Stay tuned for more updates soon.
BC Morgan Horse Show
May 30 to June 2, 2019
NW Washington Fair
& Event Center
Lynden, Washington
USEF # 334253
A note from our friend Bev Ferrington -
Many of us will be seeing her soon in Lynden!

Peter Morrison has hired me to be the show secretary for the BC Morgan/Open show this coming May. Yes, I'll be back in the proverbial saddle. I'm getting a little bit excited, and it's still three months off.

"Hope everyone is surviving the weather. I still have snowy lawns and pastures, but at least the temps have moderated. My poor beasts haven't been out for the longest time... from before the snow started. They've become resigned to being cooped up but they expect food at all hours now. My shoulder is doing very well. I have almost full range of motion, but continue to work on strengthening. I'm still in self-preservation mode, hoping to get back to normal soon."

(Excerpt from NWMorganNews)
Matthew Roberts from Arizona is slated to judge the main arena at the Oregon Morgan Classic!
News From Kardia Equestrian Academy
As many have already heard, on Wednesday February 27th at 12pm as my family was cutting our way through 3 down trees & 20 inches of snow to bring heat to a woman snowed into her home, I received a phone call that our barn collapsed. Kardia Equestrian Academy, also known and cherished as Brittany Bea Boettiger Arena, fell to the ground under heavy snow. All people and animals are safe and no one was hurt. We thank God that we all were outside of the arena when the roof came down. Thank you for all the prayers as they have made this absolute tragedy bearable. We want to relocate horses and are in hopes of finding a place to take us with power. Thanks to all that have worked thru the ice and snow helping us pack water and to deal with this devastation. We will rebuild, #teamkardiastrong
Request For Help
Kardia Equestrian Academy is located just SE of Eugene. If anyone has room for their horses with an inside arena they can use or knows of a barn like that where they could move their horses, please let Rhea know. Currently they have no electricity or access to running water. To date a GO FUND ME account has not been set up. If anyone can help get one started it would be much appreciated.

For more information contact Rhea Turner-Craddock,
(541) 520-9334 or .
Wanted! Flag Presenters

Are you interested in being part of the mounted color guard at some of our shows? 

    Contact Shelley at .
Show Season Is Beginning!
Don't forget the following!
Get Registered for the
MHAO High Point Program

The MHAO High Point Program offers awards in Morgan,
Jr. Exhibitor and Open Categories.
Everyone who competes
needs to get Registered
Click here to download a registration form
Once registered, placings at the following Morgan shows will be pulled for you:
Key Classic Benefit Horse Show
BC Morgan & Open Horse Show
Oregon Morgan Classic
C-Fair Charity Horse Show (Regional)
PNW Morgan Horse Show

For all other shows whether Morgan or Open
you need to record your placings and send them in using these two forms:
Click here to download the Jr. Exhibitor Declaration Form
Click here to download the Non-Jr. Exhibitor Declaration Form

Click here to download information on the
MHAO High Point Program

Questions? Contact Erin Silver, Hi-Point Chair
10070 Hoffman Rd, Monmouth Or 97361

Here is the latest outline of the program!
Open Incentive Program
Click here to download this Open Incentive flyer
Click here to download an application form for reimbursement

Questions - Contact John Shaver
(541) 450-0531,
Our Newest Program!
Good for anyone who rides or drives
whether for show or just for fun!
Clarification on the new
Trail / Ride / Drive Program
It is all about time in the saddle or in driving your Morgan Horse
Get Enrolled Now!
As long as you remain an MHAO member,
you only need to enroll once.

Click here to download an enrollment form
Click here to download program rules
Click here to download a form to log and report your time/miles

Questions? - Contact Shirley Champion, Program Chair
(541) 534-2060,
68706 Hwy 82, Summerville Or 97876
Letter Sent To USEF
Regarding Safe Sport & Other Items
Below you will find the letter that the Joint Leadership Council submitted to US Equestrian on February 13, 2019.
Questions regarding this update should be submitted to AMHA Executive Director, Carrie J. Mortensen at .

Click here to download this letter
MHCWS Clinics
March 9 & 10, 2019
Questions? Contact Holly Gellner
(425) 623-4427,
An Update From Far West
Far West met November 12, 2018 and had a very healthy discussion about the show industry and its offering's in the NW area. The decision was made to refocus part of the team from the traditional show side of the organization into efforts supporting Academy Level Shows for all breeds. This will provide an opportunity for lesson programs and trainers to have a stand alone show for their lesson clientele both youth and adults. Academy Programs are growing across the nation and what a wonderful opportunity to support not only our Morgans but other breeds as well at the entry level of horse shows. Date for the show is June 1st .

Far West will continue its Cowboy Dressage Schooling Shows and Gathering along with this new venture. 
     FW Cowboy Dressage Schooling Show - April 27, 2019 - Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Redmond, OR
     FW Cowboy Dressage Gathering - July 26-28, 2019 - Rim Rock Riders Event Center, Powell Butte, OR (Brasada)
     FW Cowboy Dressage Schooling Show - September 14, 2019 - Flying Flower Ranch, Bend, OR
Update on the Far West
Cowboy Dressage Schooling Show
April 27, 2019
Entries are starting to come in for the April 27th FarWest Cowboy Dressage Schooling Gathering. Our Judge is Sara Uhalde. We are limiting the number of rides to 60, so don't get left out. This event will be held at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo center in Redmond, OR.

This year we have exciting new things for our FarWest Cowboy Dressage events. First, we have added a new division of Novice Rider. Secondly we are offering a year end Awards to all of our local East of the Cascades participants. Check out all the new rules on our website:

Also, get you entry form for the schooling show.
We look forward to see you all this year!

Update from Diana Pyle on February 14th: The FW Spring Cowboy Dressage Schooling Gathering is filling up fast. We have just a handful of rides left. Get us your entries in fast.
Go to to print out your entry.

We are so looking forward to our Spring Schooling Gathering and seeing all our old and new friends!
Requests From Shelley Bullard
Something New!
Attend an Open Show in your area to
promote Morgans!
   Please send me dates, places and any additional information you have on Open Shows in your area in 2019 and I will include them in the NWMorganNews. Attending Open Shows is an amazing way to promote your Morgan. (Or Open clinics, poker rides, or other events open to all breeds.)
At this time we have no Morgan shows scheduled for July 2019, so I especially want to encourage this as a replacement for The Day of the Morgan. You will be “preaching” to folks that probably don’t already have Morgans, but are interested in horses and in showing and/or doing things with their horses. At every open show I have attended my Morgans have been the center of attention; and, there were almost always folks thinking of replacing an older horse, getting their kids or husband started riding, or just adding another horse to their herd. Why not a Morgan?

    After you attend the shows, send me a paragraph about how it went. I really want to share and encourage other folks to get out to Open shows and activities. (You don’t have to wait until July, do what works for you.)

     If you are an MHAO member you can even be reimbursed for you costs up to $25 per show (or other all breed activity) for a maximum of $100 total per year.

   I have started a special place for these shows right after "UPCOMING EVENTS."

Send information to Shelley Bullard,
Is the NW Morgan News in Your Spam Folder???
Dear Morgan friends,

   The NW Morgan News is now back functioning as the Morgan community's weekly electronic communication.  You should have already received January editions. But, sadly, I have learned the newsletter is ending up in the SPAM folder of many of our Morgan friends. Oh no!!!

   Shelley asks that you please check your spam folder and tell your server "This is not spam!"  We don't want to lose anyone just because you have a very discriminating spam filter. (I am now using Mailchimp and some filters think that is always spam - - - until they are told differently!)

  Thanks so much.  I am also now looking for "Morgans for Sale" for a special February issue.  I have a few ads but know there are more out there. If you have a Morgan for sale, send me your ad.

Educational Publication Information
From The Horse Network
Click here to read an excerpt from Horses in Translation by Sharon Wilsie as reprinted on with permission from Trafalgar Square Books ( ) .
Join or Renew Your
Membership In MHAO!

Have you renewed your membership in MHAO yet?
Click here to download a membership form
Mail or email it to Kathy Christensen

Questions? Contact Kathy Christensen, Membership Chair
(503) 391-9047,
1010 Rainbow Hills Ln SE
Salem OR 97306
Morgan Stallion Sweeps Winners Announced
The New England Morgan Horse Association and New England Regional Morgan Horse Show, in conjunction with the United Breeders Committee, are pleased to announce the first winners of the Morgan Stallion Sweeps. 

In its inaugural year, the program was a resounding success. All funds raised in this program will be used to promote Morgan Horse breeding. The Morgan Stallion Sweeps committee is extremely grateful to everyone who helped make this program a success, especially the stallion owners, ticket purchasers and industry partners who help promote the program. 

Tickets were available for purchase from July 26, 2018 until February 12, 2019 and the drawing was held at 6:30PM ET on Saturday, February 16th in West Springfield, MA.

The winners for each breeding are: 
Astronomicallee: Matthias Wengerd of Middlebury, IN
Bazinga: Margaret Pesce of New Castle, NH
Cedar Creek Harlequin: Gloria James of Maple Valley, WA
DBA Street Talk: Adrian Helmuth of Sugar Creek, OH
Dragonsmeade Axios: Emery Mast of Millersburg, OH
Dragonsmeade Spectre: Dan D. Yoder of Glasgow, KY
Dressed Up GCH: Eli & Rebecca Lapp of Gordonsville, PA
Futurity French Command: Catherine Maloney of Coventry, RI
Get Busy: David Helmuth of Seymour, IA
Graycliff Tony GCH: William Haines, Ledyard Company LLC of King Ferry, NY
HVK Bell Flaire: Joe Zehr of Goshen, IN
Liquid Assets: Joe Erb of Sugar Creek, OH
Minion Millennium: Katie Hodges of Woburn, MA
No Contest GCH: John Suprenant of Pelham, NH
Stand And Deliver GCH: Dennis Yoder of Millersburg, IN
Stonecroft Masquerade: PRFW Morgans of Kent, OH
Town Assets: Joe Zehr of Goshen, IN
Click here to continue reading:
Included in the next Sections:
In Memory Of
Out of the Past
News From Members & Friends
Advertising Thru MHAO
Classified Ads
How to become an MHAO Member
Oregon Horse Council News
Horse Show Dates
Cowboy Dressage Dates
CDE Dates
Other Dates
Board Members
Board Meeting Dates
Gay Adams, Acting Editor | Morgan Horse Association of Oregon
(503) 936-4276 |