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The Morgan Horse

The Morgan Horse is an American light breed, standing at 14 to 15 hands. The breed traces back to one foundation sire, Figure, better known as Justin Morgan after his second owner, who took him for a bad debt in 1795 at the age of two. He was foaled at Springfield, Massachusetts and taken to Randolph, Vermont where he passed the rest of his life, dying like Napoleon in 1821 at the age of 26.

Morgans are ideal general-purpose saddle horses, but also have enormous pulling power for their size and are capable of high speed as roadsters.

The headquarters of the breed is:

American Morgan Horse Association
     3 Bostwick Road, Shelburne, Vermont  05482
     Phone: 802-985-4944

Major Magazines that cater to Morgan Horse enthusiasts

The Morgan Horse
     3 Bostwick Road, Shelburne, VT  05482
The Morgan Connection
     30 Circuit Drive, Edgewood, RI  02905.
   
 

World Grand Champion Stallion

This is the 1997 World Grand Champion Stallion, Man About Town, shown by Rick Stevens and owned by Tyese Whalen.

   
 

1996 Ladies Park Saddle Champion

This is the 1996 ladies park saddle champion Minion Masquerade in her victory pass at the Morgan Grand National Horse Show in 1996 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The mare was ridden by Cheryl Woosley and is owned by Laura Mendelsohn.

   
 

World Grand Champion Park Harness Horse

This is the victory pass of the World Grand Champion Park Harness Horse, Belle Flair, driven by Tom Caisse and owned by Barbara and Arthur Jones at the Morgan Grand National at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Park harness horses are shown with a four wheeled vehicle and a driving snaffle bit with a half cheek and overcheck or sidecheck. Horses are shown at a park walk, a park trot and "show your horses". They are judged as a stylish harness horse, with emphasis on performance, manners, presence, quality and conformation, which is 40% in regular classes and 50% in championship classes.

   
 

World Grand Champion Open Western Pleasure Horse

This is the victory pass of the World Champion Open Western Pleasure Horse, Troubles Wild Command, ridden and owned by Barbara Merrill at the Morgan Grand National at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Western pleasure horses are shown under western tack and attire. They are shown at a walk, jog trot and lope, with light rein, but still maintaing light contact with the horse's mouth. They are judged on performance and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride with emphasis on manners, gait, type and conformation, which is 40% in regular classes and 50% in championship classes. Horses are stripped of saddles in championship classes to better judge conformation.

   
 

World Grand Champion Amateur Park Saddle Horse

This is the victory pass of the World Grand Champion Amateur Park Saddle Horse, HMK Destiny's Echo, ridden to victory by owner Lisa Howa at the Morgan Grand National at Oklahoma City.

Park saddle horses are shown in English tack with a flat saddle, double bridle and the rider attired in a saddle suit of solid, conservative colors with apppropriate hat.

Park saddle horses are shown at the park walk, park trot and canter and are judged on manners, suitability, quality and performance. As in the other Morgan Horse divisions, conformation counts 40% in regular classes and 50% in championship classes, where horses are stripped of saddles to better judge conformation.

   
 

World Grand Champion Second Level Dressage Horse

This is the victory pass of the World Grand Champion Second Level Dressage Horse, Wintergreen Fortune, ridden to victory by Susan Garmier and owned by Woodland Stallion Station. Wintergreen Fortune was also the World Champion Jumper, The World Champion Low Working Hunter and The Reserve World Champion Open Working Hunter.

Dressage is the French word for training. Dressage tests are therefor designed to test training results. Horses compete in a ring 60 metres x 20 metres in front of a judge or jury who give marks for general impressions such as lightness, impulsion, correctness and discreet use of aids.

   
 

World Grand Champion Single Carriage Driving Horse

This is the victory pass of the World Grand Champion Single Carriage Driving Horse, UVM Allegro, driven to victory by Melissa Lambrecht and owned by Bittersweet Farm at the Morgan Grand National at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Carriage driving horses are governed by the rules of both, The American Driving Society and the Morgan Horse association.

   
 

World Grand Champion Junior Exhibitor Park Harness Horse

This is the victory pass of the World Grand Champion Junior Exhibitor Park Harness Horse, Highland Acres Command, driven to victory by owner Stephanie Conner at the Morgan Grand National at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Shown exactly like the open park harness horse, the junior exhibitor horse is shown with the same equipment and at the same gaits, with the exception that manners is in the forefront of judging in junior exhibitor classes.




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