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Stable Sheet - October 2020
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From the Board
President's Message
Hello everyone!

The fires are getting under control, and more rain is on the way! Horray!

Meantime, Nationals is underway. I wish all our Northwest competitors good luck, and hope they have a wonderful and very fun show. We will be cheering for you! See the list later in this newsletter of the Northwest horses and people that we know about so you can follow their success.
Coming up, Tony Lee will be our speaker at our virtual General Membership meeting on Sunday, November 9th. Please save the date. The meeting starts at 1:30pm. We hope you will attend. Instructions on how to join the meeting will be sent later in the month.

With everything that has gone on, if you need any help please let us know. We can spread the word and "rally the troops". We are looking for ways we can help our Morgan community.

Meantime, stay safe and healthy. I hope to talk to you all soon.

Gay Adams, MHAO President
Board Meeting Minutes - September 18, 2020 - Draft
The meeting was called to order at 7:40 pm.  The president took roll call.
Present:  Gay Adams, Karen Breckenridge, Julie Nygaard, Nancy Eidam, Diane Pixlee, Mary Grimes, Grace Martin, Martha Woodland, Natalie Woodland, Karen Weiderman and Erin Silver
Not Present: Kathy Christensen, Doana Anderson, Becky Bean, Shirley Champion
Quorum was met
Purpose: To discuss proposal to donate money or items to help people affected by all the fires. 

This meeting followed an email discussion between Board members. Considering all of that discussion, Nancy suggested that the MHAO group set up an Emergency Fund Account. This account could be used to help our Morgan family when there is a need. There was a lively discussion about this Fund and a suggestion to set aside $1,000.00 (not a separate bank account, just within our accounting) and to establish an oversite committee made up of 3 board members to make decisions such as who, what and where the money shall be given. The President said that there are funds available from our reserves. We will likely have a breakeven year or a small loss this year as far as profit, but the reserves are available. It was also suggested that instead of helping all people and all breeds that we keep it within our Morgan family; not necessarily an MHAO member but for people who are part of our Morgan community.

Mary Grimes made a motion to create an Emergency Fund Account. Nancy Seconded. Motion passed. Julie Nygaard, Diane Pixlee and Karen Breckenridge volunteered for the oversite committee.

Martha Woodland asked if the board needed to be notified or to vote to approve the outlay of funds each time a need comes up. This could take 4 to 5 days to get an answer to help someone in an emergency. Martha made a motion to give the 3 oversite members the authority to decide on worthy causes within themselves within the newly budgeted amount. Mary Grimes seconded. Motion passed.

A discussion was had about who could use some help immediately. It was decided to look into the current Wildfire information and evacuations and find Morgan people that really need some help. It was also mentioned that there are other resources to research such as facebook or websites to find people in need that we can donate to. 
Suggestions to check were:
1.     Oregon Horse Council
2.      Facebook Page – Cowgirl 911
3.      MHAO facebook page
4.      Member facebook pages, etc.
5.      NW Morgan News

It was also mentioned that when these catastrophes happen, there are so many generous people in the beginning, but when the dust settles the need continues. So down the road we will keep our ears open to the needs of others. Currently we are hearing there is more grain and hay than is needed. Erin mentioned that there were 200 bags of grain not being used at Polk County Fairgrounds. Also a rumor that there was a person stealing feed/grain and trying to return to stores for a ‘refund’.
*Update- Our Emergency Fund Committee, (Julie, Diane, and Karen) came to an agreement to donate to the Go Fund Me account that was set up for Shady Shadows Morgan Farm. The Farm burned to the ground and they have plans to move forward and rebuild it. The family and horses were all evacuated safely.

If any of our board members or members have suggestions for the site committee to discuss or look into, please contact one of them.
Julie- 503-741-0215  Karen 503-580-4716  Diane 509-760-1939

The next topic for discussion was a Humanitarian Award. Patricia Carlson has offered to sponsor an award to be given out to persons that have selflessly given of themselves to others during this Wildfire crisis. Suggestions were brought up as to who would be great recipients.

Nancy thought it was a great idea and said a rotating plaque with names added each year would be nice. This would open it up to not just this crisis but each year awarding someone for kindness above and beyond. More discussion will be had at the next meeting. Patricia Carlson is going to submit a proposal to the Board of what she had in mind.

Elections are soon. We are still short one board member and in need of a President. Gay has served 5 years and is ready to step down. Please let her know if you or someone you know would be great for the job.

**Update: Martha Woodland has agreed to run again for a Director position.

Next regular Board meeting we will experiment with the Zoom call. It is scheduled for November 4, 2020 at 7:30pm. The meeting will be centered on getting ready for the Zoom General Membership meeting which will follow for all members to attend on Sunday, November 8th starting at 1:30pm. Tony Lee will be our speaker.  Gay will check with Doana to be sure the 4th is available to use her Zoom account.

Adjourned at 8:21pm
Respectfully submitted,
Julie Nygaard – MHAO Secretary  

MHAO General Membership Meeting

November 8, 2020
Starting at 1:30pm PST

Our Speaker is Tony Lee

Instructions on how to attend will follow before the meeting.
There is a correction to the ballot you received
There was an error on the ballot that was mailed to all current members of MHAO.
  • Julie Nygaard is the candidate for Secretary.
  • Gay Adams is running as a Director.

A correction notice was sent with your ballot. Please make those corrections to your ballot before you vote. Please mail in your numbered ballot using the envelope provided to Julie Nygaard, Secretary, 92773 TT Larson Rd, Astoria OR 97103.

If you did not receive a numbered ballot, please contact:
Doana Anderson, Membership Chair. (503) 250-2500,
More on David Silver's Story
Wonderful coverage about one of our own from the National Horseman 9/30/2020 issue, and passed on by Shelley Bullard.

If you wish to subscribe to their newsletter, send a note to
Horse People Help: David Silver Inspiring Others In and Out of the Show Ring
by Nikki Link
This year, more so than ever before, the Morgan community has showed its commitment to supporting its members. When COVID-19 put the entire industry on hold for months, there were numerous stories of how barn families came together to keep bills paid and lesson horses cared for. People were proud to be a part of the community but were not at all surprised by the outpouring of support. Kindness, hard work, gratitude and patience are lessons taught to many equestrians, often from an early age. Instructor and volunteer firefighter David Silver is the perfect example of those lessons taken to heart.
David’s introduction to the Morgan breed came early on. His parents are both trainers and run Silver Mesa Morgans, located an hour south of Portland, Oregon. He first started competing in the Western Pleasure 11-and-Under division and has also shown in Reining, In-Hand and Ranch Pleasure. It was at the shows where David first met Rhea Turner, owner and trainer at Kardia Equestrian Academy. Although not an official staff member, David eventually started going down to Kardia to help train horses and teach lessons. “Rhea has a couple of reining horses at her barn, so I’ve gone down there and given [her students] lessons and helped them out kind of learning how to work with their horses,” David explains.
Typical of someone who grew up with trainers for parents, David most enjoys the process of watching teams come together. Seeing a team click, especially after the time and effort that goes into guiding a rider through the process of learning what works for their horse, is a moment that never loses its shine.

   One of the riders that David has worked closely with at Kardia is Rhea’s son, Jaxon Craddock. From giving Jaxon Western and hunt seat lessons, to warming up his horse and being on the rail for him at Oklahoma last year, David has been there every step of the way. What tops seeing teams come together is watching them achieve their goals. Coaching Jaxon through his classes last year checked that box for David. “He really had some really awesome rides, and you could see it on his face when he was smiling ear to ear. I’d have to say that’s one of the most fun times I’ve had. Seeing him come out and being happy with his rides. It didn’t matter what he placed,” David says.
   The experience meant the world to Rhea. “David lets me get to be the mom at the horse shows, not the horse trainer coaching him on the rail. I’m the nervous mom with a camera smiling proud and all of the typical mom stuff,” Rhea explains. “When I watch David with him, I think what many great things he has taught him about being kind and caring to horses, and what it means to have someone to look up to.”

   Unsurprisingly, David’s commitment to helping Jaxon along his equestrian journey translated easily to his other passion: firefighting. With his father having a background in law enforcement, David was always interested in a career in emergency services, but it was not until a ride-along with Mike Smith, a family friend and captain of the Edmond Fire Department, at the Morgan Grand National show several years ago, that he had his own moment where everything clicked. In 2018, he joined as a volunteer with Dundee Fire and Rescue and has not looked back. “I enjoy every minute of it,” says David.

   COVID-19 was not the only thing 2020 threw at the West Coast. This has also been a year for record-setting wildfires, and it has kept local crews more than busy. David’s was one of the first called out to the Holiday Farm Fire, a massive blaze in the Willamette National Forest that has been burning since September 7. With the possibility of being held on location for up to 21 days, David has been kept away from Kardia and his family’s farm, Silver Mesa. While he is unable to coach Jaxon regularly for Oklahoma 2020, there is no doubt in Rhea’s mind of the impact David has on Jaxon, even from afar. “David sent me a Snapchat in the middle of the night while fighting the Holiday Farm Fire. He said, ‘We are close behind your farm.’ I told Jaxon, ‘David is close. He is fighting for all of us, things will be OK.’ He stays quiet for a minute, then looks up at me seriously and says, ‘Mom, I think I want to be a firefighter.’ Jaxon is inspired by David to be strong, respectful and give to the community,” explains Rhea.

   Giving back to the community—whether it is mentoring the next generation of equestrians or fighting fires—underscores both of David’s passions. “They’re both jobs where you can see where you made a difference, see where you helped [and] see the progression,” he explains.

   The lessons mentioned at the beginning of this story unsurprisingly come up often in David’s. There is patience in teaching a rider and horse to work together effectively, gratitude for the good things in your life when you see someone who has lost everything, a whole of of hard work, and above all, kindness to those around you. For Rhea, David is so much more than simply Jaxon’s riding coach. Yet, that is what he will be doing at Oklahoma 2020, coming back from the “fire line” with just days to spare, showing, helping out Silver Mesa and Kardia in the paddock, and of course, coaching Jaxon from the rail. “David is simply inspiring and flat out a real-life hero,” Rhea says. “When young boys and girls want to be better because of his example, that really does it for me as a parent.”
Update On Mary Anne Morrison - Aranaway
Sunday, October 4, 2020

"I have moved many animals home. Still 12 horses and a donkey and a flock of chickens. I'm reflective this morning...i have some great helpers. But when its all said and done its me. I don't expect people to keep my hours or do my job. Just those that think this big place has a huge They are good and my friends are good. But in the end its Me.

On this Sunday morning I give thanks to God who allows me to live like this. To help animals and people. To maintain this big farm. To use it for good.
Last night I was weary as I loaded a horse out. They were strangers and asked me who owns this beautiful place! I had dirty clothes on, old rubber boots. No cow girl buckle...
Just a farm worker. I smiled...almost answered...
Some woman who has too much money and too much time. She used to be a well known horse trainer, breeder, Judge. But she just doesn't do it.

No I told them, it is me. Now let's get going, I am trying to cook dinner. It's 830pm!

Have a great Sunday!"

Mary Anne Morrison
More Stories
Peggy Malone, Takilma Morgans
From Peggy: "Hi Gay. Thank you for asking about us. We had the fire all around us only 1/4 mile away. There were fires everywhere and it was pretty dicey there for 12 days. We are now mired in smoke. I am happy to report no one here in our community lost their home or lives. Our business is suffering from the fires and Covid-19, but we are hanging in there. I feel lucky to be surviving it all."

"We were stuck without any outside help for evacuation of the horses because of immediate level 3 lock out in our community. But I had 2 wonderful young folks from my veterinarian's clinic just show up with a stock trailer and evacuate 7 hores within 20 minutes. Then they came back for 7 more. They took them out of harms way and kept them safe for 14 days, and returned them home when it was safe. The stress that they relieved from me from that day is indescribable. Angels on earth!"

"The smoke is very fatiguing on my health issues - right now we are in the red for the 3rd day in a row. I feel bad for the animals who are out in it all the time."

"Other than that, we are all good. The fields are super green from 12 days of constant irrigation and ash from the fires. There are many folks out there that have been devastated. It's been a rough year for all. God bless the new year ahead."
Peggy Malone

That had to be so stressful for Peggy with all those days that the fire was so close. From the sound of things, the smoke is still affecting Peggy. And I know Peggy's businesses are heavily reliant on tourism and the beautiful area around them. I am so glad that her place and all the people and horses are okay. Peggy is a strong supporter of the MHAO Stallion Service Auction with her stallion, Ragtime Oro Blanco, and the Out 'N About Treesort.
Gay Adams
Jami Kaptein
Jami Kaptein also had to evacuate during these fires. She recently posted this on facebook:

"It kills me to post this but.... now I am faced with re-homing some of my best horses. Between first Covid and now the fires in these past weeks, I'm forced to make some huge changes very quickly. All need a new place...some are offered for sale, some for lease, & some simply re-homed. I will be making more detailed posts about each one shortly. Please feel free to share & contact me with any questions. 2020 has been a helluva year."
Jami Kaptein

You can contact Jami on facebook if you can help. Or you can call her at
(541) 659-7830 or by email at
Did You Know?
The Oregon Horse Center in Eugene comped every fire victim that boarded their horses there a 100% free stay AND sent them with a supply of hay when they left! Shout out to Major Defoe and his amazing crew!
Words of Advice From Carole Mercer
Every one of you who has a horse...need to load your horse ( or horses) into a trailer once a week. You do not have to go anywhere. BE SURE THAT THE trailer is attached to the truck securely. BE Sure to load all the horses into the trailer...I load them according to the pecking order...mean one in first...GET them so they can load easily and shut the trailer door and let them stand for 10 minutes.

Here is a free jewel of information. IF they paw, pick up gravel and toss it on the top of the trailer. They will stop when they hear the sound. Tell them" GOOD " and mean it. It they paw ...TOSS NOT THROW the gravel again...the sound makes them stop and listen...every time they stop...tell them "Good" mean good. Pretty soon they will stand quietly. You need to stay quiet and clam...If you ever need to leave in an all have had your FIRE DRILL " and you and your horses know what to do.

You need to put dog crates in the truck and load the dogs and just leave them...If you do not practice a "fire drill " with your
animals because you are too afraid of loading or hooking up equipment...then
you will be responsible for the death or injuries of your animal. PRACTICE fire drills. I taught school for many years. I was responsible for the children. We had school wide fire drills.

Practice just tying your horses to the outside of the trailer...BE SURE TO HOOK THE TRAILER TO THE TOW VEHICLE or the horse can pull the trailer over.

Call a local horse trainer and ask them to come out and help you with the fire drills . Pay them!

The horses belong to you and you hold their lives in your hand. You are responsible for them...teach them to load and stand and you and your horses need to both have exquisit manners...especially you.

Carole had to evacuate several times during the recent fires. She lives in the Southern Oregon area.
From The Oregon Horse Council
New Website to Help Reunite Owners with Animals Displaced by Wildfires - Passed on by the Oregon Horse Council From the Oregon Department of Agriculture
September 17th, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) launched a website to help reunite owners with their animals displaced by wildfires. 

ODA is asking those who are caring for animals without an owner to send us information so we can add that animal to the database serving as a hub for lost animal listings.
Simply email us at
The email must include the following information:
  • Shelter Name & Location
  • Shelter Phone Number
  • Shelter Email Address
  • Location where animal was found (as much detail as known)
  • Species
  • Color
  • Sex
  • Picture(s) of animals
  • Livestock – Left side, Right side, Face/head, any identifying marks (brands, scars, ear tags)
  • Pets – Left side, Right side, face/head, back
If the shelter, private citizen or group cannot collect and email the info, please call ODA’s Brand Inspection program at 503-986-4685 for help.

This database is not meant to replace existing county shelter websites or private groups social media outreach, it is intended to be an additional tool.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) now available
Thank you to the Oregon Horse Council (OHC) For Passing this information on to us.
If your employment was directly affected by the recent wildfires and straight-line winds, you may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

DUA is a federal program that provides financial benefits to people whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as the direct result of a major disaster. In response to the recent wildfires, the Oregon Employment Department has received approval to administer DUA on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
DUA is currently available for these approved areas, although additional counties may be added to the list: Clackamas, Douglas Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion.

If you live or work in one of these counties, you might qualify for DUA if you:
  • lost your job as a direct result of this major disaster,
  • were self-employed and prevented from doing your job because of this major disaster,
  • were unable to reach your job because of this major disaster,
  • were scheduled to and prevented from beginning work or self-employment in the disaster area,
  • were unable to work due to injury as a direct result of the disaster, or
  • became head of household due a death caused by the disaster.

NOTE: You are not eligible for DUA benefits if you already receive regular unemployment insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
DUA is available beginning the week of September 13, 2020, and benefits will be available until March 20, 2021, as long as your unemployment continues to be a direct result of the wildfires.

You should file your DUA application as soon as possible: Initial applications must be received on or before October 23, 2020. There are several ways to file your DUA application:
  • MAIL: Send your completed application to ATTN: Disaster Unemployment Assistance Unit, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, OR 97311
  • ONLINE: Submit your application materials through the Employment Department�s Unemployment website:
  • IN-PERSON: You can complete an application packet in-person at the following FEMA/Red Cross locations:
  • State Fairgrounds
  • Clackamas County Fairgrounds
  • Jackson County Fairgrounds
  • Deschutes County Fairgrounds
  • Douglas County Fairgrounds

DUA applications, instructions, answers to frequently asked questions, and more can be found on the Oregon Employment Department website:  

If you have additional questions and would like to speak with someone over the phone, please call 503-570-5000.
For FEMA Assistance
Apply for FEMA Assistance
Registration is open for those affected by wildfires in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties. Register by visiting, calling 800-621-3362 or using the FEMA app

Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams
FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are also providing survivors of the Oregon wildfires a means to access and apply for disaster assistance.

To register and for follow-up inquiries, call
1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585

Online registration also available
Information From The State of Oregon

Before you rebuild or begin demolition

State rules govern various aspects of managing and removing asbestos, and these rules are in place to protect public health. Refer to guidance on DEQ's asbestos webpage or contact DEQ prior to starting any demolition activities.

Generally, ash and debris can be presumed to contain asbestos and must be abated properly. Otherwise, Oregon requires that an accredited asbestos inspector perform an asbestos survey of the materials to determine next steps. Depending on the results, DEQ can help you determine the appropriate next steps. A survey isn't required for single family homes constructed after Jan. 1, 2004.

Any fire damaged asbestos containing material is considered friable and must be removed by a DEQ licensed asbestos abatement contractor.
DEQ can help

Contact DEQ for help if you:
  • Have concerns about asbestos on your property, or if you find evidence of asbestos fibers and want to know more about how to ensure safe disposal.
  • Need advice on how to properly dispose of household hazardous wastes such as bleaches, cleaners, paints or oils.
  • Need assistance with the inspection or replacement of septic systems.
Find more information about managing:

DEQ asbestos and solid waste contacts

Asbestos: 503-229-6351 or 800-452-4011
Solid Waste: 503-970-4890
Serving Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, & Washington Counties

Asbestos: 503-378-5086 or 800-349-7677
Solid Waste: 541-686-7868
Serving Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, & Yamhill Counties

Coos Bay
Asbestos: 541-269-2721, Ext. 222
Solid Waste: 541-776-6148
Serving Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, & Josephine Counties

Asbestos: 541-633-2019 or 866-863-6668
Solid Waste: 541-298-7255, Ext. 225
Serving Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Sherman, & Wasco

Asbestos: 541-278-4626 or 800-304-3513
Solid Waste: 541-298-7255, Ext. 225
Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler Counties

Asbestos (Lane Regional Air Protection Agency): 541-736-1056
Solid Waste: Craig Filip 541-686-7868
Lane, Lincoln, Linn, or Marion Counties

Solid waste: David Esch, 541-776-6148​
Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine Counties

Call now! The amount of time where abatement is free is limited.
MHAO Activities & Events
Foal Photo Contest
We need more pictures!

extended to
October 31, 2020

$$ Win Money $$

“The Fine Print”
  • Image must be of an AMHA registered foal or of a foal qualified to be AMHA registered. Foal's dam may be included. Foal does not need to be born this year. Nor does the foal need to be entered into our Futurity.
  • Limit of 4 photos per submitter
  • Image needs to be at least 300 dpi resolution
  • Your entry submission automatically grants the Morgan Horse Association of Oregon permission to use the photo on its website or for other promotional use.
  • Entry needs to include the foal's registered name (or raf), the name of the sire & dam, the name of the current owner, & of the photographer. If the photographer is a professional, we need permission to use the photo. An email from the photographer is sufficient. 
  • Winning photo will be used to promote the 2021 MHAO Breeder's Cup Futurity 

Everyone is welcome to participate.
You do not need to be a member of MHAO.

Pictures can be from any year and foals do not need to be nominated to the MHAO Futurity.

Prize money available:
$100 to First Place
$75 to Second Place
$50 to Third Place

For questions contact
Gay Adams, (503) 936-4276

Click here for more information or to see last year's photos
Click here to download an application form

Photo credit: Kathy DeFazio -- Scandias Carribean Queen and her foal, Scandias Ms Congeniality
Nominations are open
for the 2021
MHAO Stallion Service Auction
Closes December 31, 2020

We would love to have the opportunity to promote your stallion. Here are the benefits we offer for the stallion owner:

  • Press releases on Northwest Morgan News, MHAO newsletter (Stable Sheet), MHAO website, MHAO Facebook Page & the MHAO Stallion Service Auction Facebook Page, in The Morgan Horse Magazine, on The Blast, etc. There is heavy emphasis on advertising the stallions included in our auction.
  • The Stallion Auction will be promoted at the Oregon Morgan Classic (OMC) Horse Show & donated stallions will be highlighted. OMC is the largest Morgan Horse Show in the State and even the Northwest.
  • ATTENTION! The name of all stallions with a bid will be put into a hat for a drawing. The winner will receive a free 2-page spread in the 2021 MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity Booklet. This is a new benefit that was added in 2019.
  • Each stallion donated receives a full page dedicated to them in the MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity Booklet. This is a high quality magazine distributed up and down the West Coast & at Grand Nationals.
  • Bonus payments are made to breeders and stallion owners when a foal that is the result of a breeding sold through the MHAO Stallion Service Auction becomes a Futurity Sweepstakes Champion or Reserve Champion at the Oregon Morgan Classic Horse Show.  
Funds from the MHAO Stallion Service Auction support the MHAO Breeders’ Cup Futurity which is the only known traditional Futurity in the Western Region. Morgan Horse Association of Oregon Breeder’s Cup Futurity classes will be held at the Oregon Morgan Classic Horse Show held in June each year at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene Oregon.

Minimum starting bid is $700, or an amount set by the stallion owner (higher or lower, but no lower than $500). Bidding is open from January 15th to early April.

Click here to download a nomination form. 

More information is available on our website. For questions, contact
Gay Adams, (503) 936-4276
Time to Renew Your Membership in MHAO

Renewals are included with your ballot for the MHAO election along with the latest MHAO Membership Directory. Please send your renewals to Doana Anderson,
1587 SW Birdsdale Ct, Gresham OR 97080 or email them to
Questions: (503) 250-2500

If you did not receive your renewal, ballot and directory please contact Doana Anderson

For more information on member benefits, see Section 3 of this newsletter.
Calling all owners of 2020 Morgan foals!

MHAO offers the only remaining traditional Futurity we know of in the Western Region. We are here to support our breeders and members.

Nominations are due by December 31st

Join in on the fun!

Although classes did not take place this year due to the cancellation of the Oregon Morgan Classic, you can still take advantage of low nomination fees to be involved in this 5-year program.

Due to the forced cancellation of our 2020 show, the MHAO Futurity will add Classes For 3 yr old halter (including a Sweepstakes class), for 5 yr old Performance classes, and will award a 5 yr old Futurity High Point Award to the normal Futurity schedule for the 2021 Oregon Morgan Classic.

Futurity classes normally consist of halter classes thru the foal's 2-yr-old year and performance classes for 2-4 yr olds. Each class offers a chance to win prize money.

There are also sweepstakes classes for yearlings & 2-yr-olds with more prize money to the Sweepstakes Champion and Reserve Champion including bonus payments for auction get going back to the stallion donor and the breeder.

At the end of the program, the 4-yr-old with the most points will win a Futurity High Point award.

Initial Nomination in the year the foal is born - $45
Renewal fees - $25 each year
Class fees - $25 per class

Renewals will be due
March 31, 2021

For assistance contact Gay Adams,

For more information, click here to download the Futurity Rules. The Rules and all forms needed are available on our website.

Click here to download a nomination form to send to Gay
MHAO Needs Your Help

We are seeking photos that show the beauty and versatility of the Morgan Horse in the Northwest

One of the most important duties of MHAO and its members is the promotion of the Morgan horse. I say duty, because if we don't get the word out about this wonderful horse, we run the risk that the breed will disappear.

MHAO is in the process of creating stand-up banners to use at promotional booths and other events. We want to streamline our presentation to gain more interest and to improve our impact. These banners will also make it easier to set up a booth wherever it is needed.

We are asking for high quality, high resolution pictures (300 dpi or better, 1MB or larger) that can be used together to show the beauty and versatility of the Morgan breed.

Again, pictures need to be high quality, high resolution photos so that they can be blown up to a larger size and still be clear.

Please send us your favorite pictures today!

The committee will choose photos out of the pictures received with a goal of not only showing the beauty of the breed, but also its prized characteristics and wide range of versatility. Pictures can include you with your horse. Pictures with kids are great, too.

Please help us create this important tool for our future!

Send your photos to
Kathy Christensen
Or call her at (503) 391-9047 for more information.
Did you show in 2020?

Don't forget to turn in your points to Erin Silver, our High Point Chair, so they will be counted for 2021 Awards. We have Open, Morgan, and Jr. Exhibitor categories.

Virtually everything competitive counts, including Nationals.

Erin Silver, High Point Chair
(971) 600-8933
Film Festival On-line
Change of Date - Available to view from
November 6-8, 2020
Offered by the Oregon Horse Council
Join the Oregon Horse Council from the comfort of your home for a 2+ hour Winnie Film Fest! First in our series, the EQUUS WINNIE Wild Horse collection will include a selection of some of the best Mustang and wild horse shorts and documentaries! These are people who love and appreciate the West's wild horse population. Films feature those who own, train, compete, provide sanctuary, and protection to these magnificent animals.
NOTE: This film fest was postponed from September.
Tickets are only $15 for non-OHC members, $10 for members (includes MHAO members - be sure to mention MHAO). One ticket per viewing group (you can't go to the movies for this price!). You will be sent a link to watch the film at your convenience during our 3 day event. So settle in with your closest friends and family, get your snacks, and make it a fun night in!
We would love to see your viewing party! Post pictures on this Facebook event page.
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Horse Brain - Human Brain
by Janet L. Jones, PhD

#1 Best Seller
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An eye-opening game-changer of a book that sheds new light on how horses learn, think, perceive, and perform, and explains how to work with the horse’s brain instead of against it.

Janet Jones applies brain research to the training of horses and riders. She earned her Ph.D. from UCLA and taught the neuroscience of perception,
language, memory, and thought for 23 years. Janet trained horses at a large stable for many years, and later ran a successful horse training business of her own. She has schooled hundreds of green or difficult horses and competed in hunter, jumper, halter, reining, and western pleasure disciplines.
U.S. House Overwhelmingly Passes Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act
Paul Tonko (D-NY) represents New York’s 20th Congressional District.

By Richard R Gross

The bill passed the House on a voice vote with no apparent opposition in a rare display of bipartisan cooperation.
Co-sponsored by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Andy Barr (R-KY), the legislation would create the Horseracing and Anti-Doping Medication Control Authority to oversee the sport’s medication and drug testing policies at the Federal level. It would be the first such national regulatory authority in the U.S. Presently, such regulations and policies are monitored and enforced by each of the nation’s 38 separate racing authorities that are home to racetracks.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced his intention in August to introduce similar legislation in the Senate, adding an oversight of racetrack surfaces provision. McConnell has said bipartisan support for some version of the bill makes its quick Senate passage likely before the Nov. 3 elections, when the House and some Senate members face re-election, or shortly after in a lame-duck session.

“We are finally poised to cross the finish line on this historic reform,” said Tonko following the vote.

Tonko’s district includes Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York. Barr’s district includes Keeneland Racecourse as well as several Thoroughbred farms throughout Central Kentucky. Both Congress members were lauded during Tuesday’s House session before the voice vote for their years-long effort to craft and pass some form of this legislation.

The legislation now goes for consideration to the Senate as S. 4547. The bill was introduced by McConnell and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
Support for the legislation was aided by an unusual coalition that included The Jockey Club, several prominent trainers, racetrack owners and Thoroughbred associations and animal welfare groups.

Two added features of the McConnell bill include oversight of racetrack safety and, notably, the gradual introduction of a ban on the race-day use of Lasix by state authorities, each of which would opt-in to such an approach
The addition of the racetrack safety oversight provision is in response to a troubling spate of Thoroughbred racehorse injuries and deaths over the past two years. The fatalities gained worldwide attention, in particular those at California’s Santa Anita Park, where breakdowns took the lives of over 30 horses, an average of one per week, during the 2018–19 winter meet.
Lasix, along with Salix, trade names for the diuretic furosemide, is a controversial drug currently used by most U.S. trainers as an anti-bleeding medication. Some contend it masks a genetic propensity to bleeding from micro-cuts in a horse’s lungs caused by the pressure of other organs during racing.

Furosemide is considered a performance enhancing drug (PED) in Europe, where it is banned. That ban extends to other countries including the seven United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Saudi Arabia and other nations completely ban some drugs and tightly regulate others.

The opt-in compromise on the phased approach was apparently necessary to ensure support from all racing jurisdictions and passage of the legislation.
“We have all seen the devastating results that can occur when these equine athletes are pushed beyond their limits, often aided by medications that can mask underlying health issues,” Tonko said. “This same story has played out countless times across the country because the current medication reforms have been implemented unevenly, leaving a patchwork system in place that has created wide disparity in the effectiveness of medication testing, enforcement and racetrack safety standards. That patchwork system simply doesn’t work.

“This national approach brings great hope to the integrity of this great industry,” Tonko continued. “If horseracing is to thrive as an industry and once again capture the public’s imagination, we must do better.”
Tonko added the financial contributions of the sport have been at risk. Horseracing contributes $5 billion annually to the New York state economy and has an estimated economic impact of over $26 billion nationwide.

Barr noted that horseracing may be Kentucky’s signature sport, but it has a nationwide impact of nearly a million jobs. Those jobs are threatened in the absence of reform that includes uniformity in the rules regarding medication.

“The Thoroughbred horseracing industry labors under a patchwork of conflicting and inconsistent state-based rules governing prohibited substances, lab accreditation, testing, and penalties for violations,” Barr said. “This lack of uniformity has impeded interstate commerce. It has compromised the international competitiveness of the industry. It has undermined public confidence in the safety and integrity of the sport.”

As a conservative legislator in a largely conservative state, Barr stressed he did not see the legislation as “more regulation” but rather “more efficient regulation.”

“It is about creating a single nationwide set of rules that will result in smarter, more effective, and streamlined regulation for the industry,” Barr explained. “The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act will remedy the lack of uniformity.”

McConnell lauded House passage of the bill, the first legislation of its kind to pass the lower house of Congress.
“Our bipartisan legislation to recognize a national standard for Thoroughbred racing is receiving support from all corners. Now, it’s earned the approval of the House,” McConnell said. “Today’s vote was another important step toward protecting our beloved sport for the horses, jockeys, trainers, breeders, and fans.”

Overwhelming industry support
Passage by the House earned swift approval by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), which commended Reps. Tonko and Barr in a statement.

Breeders’ Cup also issued a statement of support:
“This is an important step for much needed legislation that will help make racing safer for our athletes, both equine and human, and enhance the integrity of the sport that so many enjoy,” read the statement in part. “The Breeders’ Cup stands ready to do the necessary work to secure its passage in the Senate to make this important goal for our sport a reality.”
Andy Barr (R-KY) represents Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District

New York Racing Association (NYRA) president and CEO Dave O’Rourke issued a statement of support urging the Senate to quickly consider and pass the legislation. “Today’s bi-partisan vote leaves no doubt as to the importance of this legislation in securing the future of horseracing in the United States. NYRA urges the U.S. Senate to quickly consider and pass the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act.”

Renowned equine veterinary institutions Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute joined in supporting the legislation, as did the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), the Thoroughbred Associations of New York and Kentucky and the (national) Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

“Having our sport contested on a level playing field with the aid of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is especially meaningful to me,” said Barry Irwin of owner Team Valor International. “It’s something I’ve been promoting for more than 16 years.”
Irwin was among the first owners to recognize oversight of medication as essential to the wellbeing of racehorses and of the sport. Following the victory of Animal Kingdom in the 2013 Dubai World Cup, then-minority owner Irwin said in the post-race press conference he was most proud of the fact his horse won while racing Lasix-free, referring to the ban on the race-day drug in Dubai.

Owner/trainer Doug O’Neill made reference to his long support of the legislation and Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association president Dan Metzger spoke for members of that group in applauding the introduction of regulatory uniformity throughout the industry.

Hall of Fame trainers Janet Elliot and Shug McGaughey were joined by two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher in praise of the bill.
All-time Churchill Downs win leader trainer Dale Romans issued an emotional statement that read in part: “My colleagues and I love this game and love our horses. We want them both to flourish with safety and integrity.”

Churchill Downs Incorporated also supports the legislation.

Speaking for the majority of trainers, McGaughey said: “I have had the good fortune to win the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, nine Breeders’ Cup races, four Travers stakes, and an Eclipse Award as the outstanding trainer in North America, so I know a little about U.S. horseracing. The Horseracing Safety and Integrity Act, which includes racetrack safety to further enhance the anti-doping program in the Act, will bring meaningful standards to help protect Thoroughbred racehorses and to safeguard the integrity and future of our sport.”

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which would be responsible for enforcing the proposed reforms, acknowledged the importance of establishing uniformity throughout the sport.

“USADA is honored and humbled to carry out the anti-doping responsibilities detailed in the Act,” wrote CEO Travis T. Tygart. “As with Olympic sport, one set of rules, enforced independently and uniformly, is the bedrock of any meaningful anti-doping program.”

Animal welfare groups embrace the legislation
As collaborative as is the legislation, animal welfare groups are similarly supportive.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in its statement wrote: “We cannot continue to look the other way when a racehorse is severely injured or killed during training or a race. This measure will advance necessary reforms that will make or break horseracing in the United States.”

Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund wrote: “With 8.5 horses dying on average at the races every week, congressional intervention is imperative to protect these magnificent animals. We urge the Senate to swiftly pass this bill to end equine racehorse doping and increase track safety. As horses continue to race, we owe them every opportunity to cross the finish line healthy and intact for another day.”
“After nearly six years of pressing the House to pass anti-doping legislation we’re thrilled to see our efforts and advocacy have brought the elimination of doping in U.S. horseracing closer to the finish line,” wrote Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action. “We applaud Reps. Tonko and Barr for their tremendous leadership. H.R. 1754 puts the welfare of the horse at the center of the enterprise, and we call on the Senate to saddle up and swiftly pass this measure that will ensure the future of the sport.”

“The senseless loss of life occurring on racetracks must stop now,” wrote Cathy Liss, president of the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). “The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide much-needed oversight and directly improve the welfare of racehorses in the United States.”
The grassroots Wheat Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA), long an opponent of all drugs in racing, joined the representatives of both political parties, stakeholders in the industry and other animal welfare groups in supporting the legislation and the reforms it will bring to the sport. “WHOA celebrates today’s victory for the health and wellbeing of the horse and the future of horse racing,” wrote managing member Staci Hancock.

“Nearly 30 federal indictments related to doping of racehorses have been made recently,” she continued. “The sport finds itself in a national crisis with an uncertain future. When legal therapeutic drugs are misused to mask pain, horses running with pre-existing injuries can be severely impaired, lose their lives and risk the lives of their jockeys. When illegal doping occurs, the race results are illegitimate and the American betting public is defrauded. For the sport to survive, the racing industry needs the reforms HISA provides.

“We await the day when the great sport of horseracing can rebuild its reputation with integrity and fair competition, protect the life and limb of our beloved horses and their jockeys, and reclaim racing’s place as one of America’s top spectator sports. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act can take us there,” concluded Hancock.
UVM Farm Video
The Morgan horse is the Vermont State Animal and has played an important, historical role in the building of America.
The Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, Vermont is the oldest, continuous Morgan horse breeding program in the world, having called this historic farm home since 1878.

Now a part of the University of Vermont, students and the general public both can experience this special farm that combines horses, history, and education into a one-of-a-kind tourism destination.
This video was made possible entirely through the generous support of our donors and a Morgan Breed Promotion Grant awarded by the American Morgan Horse Association. The Morgan Horse Farm depends on donations, and gifts of any amount makes a difference. Consider making a gift today:

For more information about the UVM Morgan horses, educational programs, or visiting the farm, visit our website at

A special thank you to Mt. Mansfield Media who did a fantastic job capturing this story.
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The Morgan Grand National
October 10-16, 2020

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It's here!
And, you don't have to miss a minute of the action. The Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® will be brought to you
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Here is a list of people from MHAO & the Northwest (the ones that we know of) at the Grand National!

From Fire Run: Kurt & Teri Rumens, Suzanne Haberek, Kris Anderson, Juan Gonzales, Marshall & Kasey Mougine, Anika Argo, Cheyenne Norde, Presley Norde, Dr. Marina Abrams, & Morgan Underwood - Horses: Treble's Patent Pending, Double W Sweet Treat, Fire Run Higher Ground, RWF Peaceful Warrior, The Specialist, Indian Creek Penache, & Dragonsmeade Well Played.

Diane Pixlee Training: Diane Pixlee showing for Susan King
Horses: C-King Solar Flaire & C-King MJ's Danzin Star

Silver Mesa: Mike & Erin Silver, David Silver, Jeff & Kathy Carlson, Emily & Sydney Carlson, Kyndle & Kiersten Moore in their first year of showing (parents are Justin & Kim Moore). Nicki Smith from Oklahoma will join the Silver Mesa group, as will Amie Taber and her family from Idaho.
Horses: BLF Mission Impossible GCH, Canabar Celebration, SA Kashmiri, Futurity Noble Quest, Raindrops On Roses, NF Claire Annette, LittleWood Whisper To Me, LittleWood Reina Del Diego, & WSG Mystic Expression GCH.

Moonrune Morgans: Jim & Karen Breckenridge, & Sierra Breckenridge. Horses: Aranaway Dante, BlueAndWhite Rebel, Rosehaven KC Korver, ATMF Exclamation, ATMF Moonlight Sonata, & Altair Rising Star.
Sunchaser Morgans: Dallas Bolen is showing horses for Liz Goldmann
Horses: Sutton Remembrance & Sutton Terra Cotta.

Martha Woodland along with Natalie, Aaron, & Sarah Woodland.
Horses: One Awesome Discovery & SDMF Master Illusion (with help & coaching from Connor Farley), Baccarat's Street Smart (with Kelly Kraegel), & Spring Mill November Rain owned and presented by the Woodland family.

Kardia Equestrian: Rhea Turner, Jaxon Craddock, Kale Loreman, Abby Jordan.
Horses: AW Minutes To Midnight GCH, Kingsgrove Dynasty, Atwood's Diamond Millenium, & Dominic You.

Blackburn Training & Farrier Svc, Eduardo Zavala Sanchez, Monica & Siena Williamson,
Horses: EQ The Boogie Monster
(More information coming)

Illahee: Forest Nealon, Robert & Deborah Stevenson, Cassie Stevenson
(More information coming)

Nora Wall Skipper
(More information coming)
Are you at Nationals? Is your horse?
If I missed you, let me know so I can spread the word & we can all watch and cheer for you!

Gay Adams, (503) 936-4276

MAMHECT/WMF Stallion Service Auction is Live Now!
Closes Saturday,
October 17, 2020
at 3pm Central Time


Wow! The AMHECT/WMF Stallion Service Auction has an amazing roster of stallions. Plan your 2021 breeding season now and help make a difference for the Morgan breed.

Help AMHECT and WMF have more money for promotion, give more money back to the stallion owners, give more money to the winning foals, and award more money to the handlers of those winners. You may even win the $10,000 Auction Rewards Bonus!

Get all the information and check out the amazing stallions here.

All bidding is online

Please note: You will need to place the next available bid before setting your maximum bid, otherwise it will automatically raise your bid to your maximum. Once you have a bid and set a maximum, the system will raise your bid (if someone bids against you on the stallion service).

Download the auction catalog
MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity Booklets are available at Nationals
If you are there, grab a copy!
Located at the AMHA booth.

If you can't find them, check with Kim Oplotnik. You can text her at
(405) 613-1140

Click here to download an electronic version
Ready! Set! Go!

Showcase 2020 is about to climax for our breed at the Morgan Grand National and World Championship Horse Show. Well over 800 Morgans are encamped in Oklahoma with grooms and trainers awaiting the final arrival of all their human connections. And the show ring excitement starts on Saturday.

While some changes have been necessary to hold a show this year, AMHA wants members to know the presence of your breed organization remains constant:

  • The Learning Center for students in attendance will be open 9 to 5, October 10 to 17. It is never too late to sign up.
  • AMHA’s booth in the coliseum foyer will be a self-serve table this year. Stop by for brochures and handouts.
  • The Learning Center for students in attendance will be open 9 to 5, October 10 to 17. It is never too late to sign up.
  • AMHA’s booth in the coliseum foyer will be a self-serve table this year. Stop by for brochures and handouts.
  • The Junior Invitational and Youth Of The Year Contest are virtual this year—awards will be aired on the jumbotron over center ring through the week.
  • The Stallion Service Auction is live now and will continue throughout the week of Grand National competition. Bid, breed, and win - click here.
  • The 312 page issue of The Morgan Horse arrives at the show grounds on Friday morning for distribution throughout the week. Thank you to the Morgan community for your advertising support.
  • AMHA is proud to sponsor the Gold Medal Finals for equitation riders in all seats. Our young riders are our future.
  • Shopping in the coliseum? Linda Hall of the AMHA Marketplace will be there with AMHA gear and gifts.

Adherence to safety protocols established by horse show organizers has made show season 2020 possible. Be safe, have fun, enjoy the week of competition. And smile behind those masks for the cameras of The Morgan Horse team.
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Viva Las Vegas Horse Show Is A Go
October 29-31, 2020 at South Point, Las Vegas NV
Morgan Classes Included
The California Equine Foundation would like to announce the Viva Las Vegas Horse Show, October 29-31, 2020 at South Point, Las Vegas, Nevada. These dates had been held by the California Futurity Horse Show which decided to cancel for this year.

According to Kent Moeller, manager for Viva Las Vegas, “The California Futurity board made the decision to cancel their 2020 show due to the Covid concerns around hospitality and amenities that the futurity show has provided for exhibitors in the past. 

“Much like Bonnie Blue took on the dates of the Shenandoah Classic Horse Show this year in Virginia, the California Equine Foundation recognized the need for a horse show as so many in the region had been canceled.” 

The South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Events Center has strict Covid protocols in place. Manager Moeller is confident that this horse show will be as safe or safer than the rest of the shows he has managed this summer. The show will be held in the main arena with ample space for social distancing. 

Officials for the show include manager Kent Moeller, secretary Lori Nelson, ringmaster Sean Cassidy and photographer Rick Osteen.

Randy Harper will make the trip from Shelbyville, Kentucky to judge all divisions. The California Equine Foundation is a 501-c3 organization.

2021 Events
PNW Morgan Horse Show
August 26-29, 2021

Hi folks! Although this show season didn’t turn out the way anyone had hoped, we are excited to announce our show dates for 2021! Please join us August 26-29, 2021 at the Washington Horsemen Tacoma Unit.

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

Kaitlin Lebon
Swiss Skydiver, With a Last-Minute Jockey, Wins the Preakness Stakes

Sometimes the wrong jockey gets on the right horse. Ask Robby Albarado.

Last week, if you had said the name of the 47-year-old journeyman from Cajun country — known as southwest Louisiana outside of horse racing — you would have been asked: “Whatever happened to him?”

The answer could be found on Saturday in the winner’s circle of the Preakness Stakes after Swiss Skydiver became just the sixth filly, and the first since Rachel Alexandra in 2009, to beat the boys in the 145-year history of the race.
An Announcement From The BC Show Committee

We hope that this message finds you well and healthy during this challenging time. We are reaching out to you today, to let you know that we have been doing a lot of thinking over the last few months. This year's circumstances regrettably, prevented us from hosting our show, but it also had us contemplating the future.
One of the biggest challenges for us has been the very high cost of venues in the GVRD ( Greater Vancouver Region), making it difficult to host a show here. As such, we chose to host the event the last few years, just over the border in Lynden, at the wonderful NW Washington Fairgrounds facility, which we love. The other challenge we have had, is that there are very few Morgans in BC that are shown, with the bulk of those showing in Canada in either Alberta or Ontario. Albeit we are extremely grateful for our Albertan friends making the more than 14 hour trek to our show, we also don't expect everyone to do that. As such, hosting the BC show in Canada as an all Morgan show has become entirely unrealistic.

The other dilemma we faced this year, is that we are on the other side of the border with it closed. This made it impossible to host the show and raised some issues for the future. Finally, the volunteer support has been a challenge, with the bulk of the responsibility falling on three people planning, and a small group of volunteers helping us operate the show (to whom we have been extremely grateful). Going forward, and as we get older, we realise that this would not be sustainable.

So, with sincere regret, we are announcing that we will not be going forward with the BC Morgan Show. We know that this will not be welcome news, but we feel that this is the best decision for us going forward. We are extremely grateful for your support over the years, and it has been our absolute pleasure providing this show to you. We wish you all the very best, and hope that like us, you will treasure the memories of the BC Morgan Horse Show for years to come.

Thank you and all the very best.

The BC Morgan Horse Show Team
This show will be missed.
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