I've attached the 2016 membership application at the bottom of this post. Please send these in as soon as possible--Kathie will be sending them by regular mail, but if we can get them sooner, it'll save the club some stamps and envelopes.
We're putting together new booth decorations and updating our club photo album, and I need your help. Please send me any photos you have of your Morgans competing, on the trail, in parades, or wherever you have fun with them. Additionally, if you have any images from club activities and events (especially if you have any from breed demos at the Horse Park), please send those as well. Our album has a big gap from around 2003 through 2010 or so, and we could certainly use current photos from the past couple of years, too. These images will be part of the display when we attend events as ambassadors of the Morgan breed, so we want images that will draw people in and show the fun of having a Morgan in your life.
If you have high-resolution digital images that you'd like to share, you can send them to me using Google Drive or Dropbox (if you haven't used those services before, I can walk you through it.)
Equine Affaire Volunteers
I'm still looking for volunteers to help staff the booth during Equine Affaire, April 7-10. Right now we have a bare-minimum crew; if we can have two or three people for each day, that means volunteers will be able to switch off and do some shopping or catch a clinic (take a look at the clinic/demo schedule here: http://equineaffaire.com/ohio/features/program/schedule/). If you're available and interested, please let me know ASAP.
Thanks everyone, and happy spring!
Please reply by this Friday, March 11, with your preferred date so that we can reserve the space. And if you can't make either date, please send me a note with your thoughts on activities for the year--we're a small group and that means each individual member's ideas count for a lot! We want to plan activities that will be fun and/or educational for our membership, but I need your input to make it happen.
Saturday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. (Note: March 27 is Easter)
Saturday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.
Hi, everyone.I hope you've all had a good (or at least tolerable!) winter and are excited about spring and summer horse activities ahead. We'll be holding our first meeting of the year at the Scott County Extension Office this month, and I want to make sure as many people attend as possible so that we can get everyone's input on what kind of activities the club should work on this year. So, please let me know which of these dates you would prefer to meet:
The Ohio Morgan club that usually participates in Equine Affaire was not able to do it this year, and Equine Affaire reached out to us and asked if we'd be able to represent the Morgan breed. This is a big venue and it would be really great if we could step up and make sure our breed is represented. It takes place in Columbus, Ohio, April 7-10. If you are interested in volunteering to work a Morgan booth for any part of that weekend, please contact me ASAP and let me know when you would be available. It's just a month away, so we need to act quickly.
Women's Honor Roll
The following note was forwarded from AMHA Executive Director Julie Broadway:
We are in the process of compiling a list of names of potential women to recognize in the upcoming issue of The Morgan Horse magazine’s “Women’s Honor Roll.” These should be women that have made significant contributions to the Morgan breedIf you would like to suggest someone for our consideration please drop me an email by March 11th and include a short explanation as to why you think this person is deserving.
A Note to Morgan Exhibitors
The AMHA has also asked us to remind anyone who will be competing in Morgan classes at USEF shows about a rule change that takes effect this year:
The USEF Board of Directors recently approved the change that all owners (lessees), exhibitors, and trainers of horses participating at Federation licensed competitions in all Morgan sections must be current members (Standard or Premium) in good standing AMHA. If you are not an AMHA member, a non-member fee of $45 will be imposed on the exhibitor.
That's it for now. See you soon!- Leslie
Just a reminder that our year end/holiday party is next Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Scott County Extension office in Georgetown from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 9:30 (but you're welcome to just drop in for a short time!)
Plan to bring an ornament for the ornament swap (no more than $10-15) and a dish to share for the potluck. This is a fun, casual gathering, but we will also be doing officer elections. This will be our last official get-together for a few months, so please try to stop by if you can!
Please RSVP to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday with how many people you're bringing with you and what you'll be bringing for the potluck (you don't need to commit to specifics, but let me know if you're bringing a side dish, dessert, etc.)
See you on Saturday!
Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, thoughts or suggestions regarding the year-end party. Enjoy your Halloween and Breeders' Cup Classic day!
And if you're looking for something to do tomorrow, the last day of the National Horse Show at the Horse Park includes the final round of the Maclay Final in the morning, an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales at noon, and the FEI World Cup Jumping Lexington at 2 p.m., which will feature the best of the best from the show jumping world.
This is a 100% horse-powered parade. I'm planning to make the trip up there this year, and I'd love to meet up if any of you are doing the same. I can't describe it better than the photos can, so take a look: https://www.facebook.com/lebanoncarriageparade/
Dec. 5: Lebanon Christmas Carriage Parade in Lebanon, Ohio
Last year, several of us went to cheer on the Morgan stallion GKB Coal Magic. I'm not sure if there will be any Morgans this year, but it's still a great event to attend as a spectator. Classes take place in the Alltech Arena and outdoors in the hunter/jumper complex.
Nov. 5-7: U.S. Dressage Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park
That will be our last club get-together for the year, but there are a couple of other horse events coming up that may be of interest:
We'll plan to do a potluck and ornament swap. We'll also do officer elections at the party, so if you're interested in holding a BMHA office, let me know ASAP.
Thanks to all who came out to Old Friends last weekend! If you missed it, there are more photos here on our website (click here) and on our Facebook page. Our next scheduled club event is our annual summer cookout at MelRich Farm in Louisville on August 22. Exact time TBD, but mark the date on your calendar. It's always a good time and you don't want to miss it!
We're planning to send a mid-year newsletter that will go out via regular mail (since some of our members don't do email.) Please send news and/or photos from your farm about what you and your Morgans have been up to in the first half of 2015 by next Friday, July 10. Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated! Email your updates to email@example.com.
Here are a few other upcoming Kentucky and regional equine events of interest:
July 11: Owen County Fair Horse Show (the current class list isn't up online, but in the past they have had Morgan classes.)
July 16: Franklin County Fair Pleasure Horse Show (includes Morgan classes)
July 17-19 Breyerfest at the Kentucky Horse Park
July 18: Kenton County Fair Horse Show (includes Morgan classes.)
August 1: Horse Aid Live at Masterson Station Park (combined test and dressage show - western dressage included)
August 5: Boone County Fair Horse Show (includes Morgan classes)
August 6-8: Buckeye Morgan ChallengeHave a great 4th of July, and I hope to see you all soon!
Congratulations to Susan Orosz and her bay Morgan mare, Ultra's Once Upon a Time (aka "Belle)! They are the 2015 recipients of the Kay Dale Memorial Trophy which was awarded at the Gayla Driving CDE on Sunday, May 17. Despite unusually high temperatures and pouring rain, this team gave it their all, looking great and exhibiting true Morgan spirit! Susan and Belle competed in the Training Single Pony Combined Test and travelled from Ohio to compete. This was their first time in the CDE world!
The Kay Dale Memorial Trophy is awarded to the team with the "Best Morgan Turnout" in honor of our beloved, Kay Dale. Kay was very proud of her special (and talented) gelding, Firewheel Hat Trick. They were the epitome of perfection at every competition. The BMHA lovingly honors her annually with this award. Thanks to the Gayla Driving Center in Georgetown for their support of our award and for displaying the perpetual trophy for us in their office year round.
Also, click on Calendar in the top navigation bar to see upcoming club events and local horse happenings for this year. If you have an event that you'd like to be included on the calendar, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bluegrass Morgan Horse Association learned recently that our good friend and long-time, loyal member Stan (Stanley Carl) Doerting, 92, passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at his Lexington home with his children by his side. Born in Louisville, KY, Stan lead a long and full life. He retired in 1987 after a long and successful career in insurance. Stan was also a WWII Veteran. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Signal Corps and received specialized training at Colorado School of Mines before being assigned to the Pentagon. He was part of the Radio-Photo Unit stationed in Hawaii. Stan loved his family and dedicated his life to them. He also loved horses and horseback riding (He and his mare, Centaur Susan Hawk, are probably trotting through a beautiful pasture right now!), outdoor activities, and travelling with his late wife, Mickey. Stan was a member of the BMHA, the Scott Co. Saddle Club, the Bluegrass Sportsman's League; and was a Kentucky Colonel. Playing the saxophone and singing were two of his favorite pasttimes. Stan, thank you for your decades of friendship and support. We will truly miss you. (For more on Stan's life, please visit www.legacy.com)
I'm aiming to put together our year-end newsletter to send out by the end of the month. Please send me any news, stories and/or photos about you and your Morgans from 2014 by this Friday, Dec. 12. Even if you don't think you have any big news, any photos of your horses or updates on what's happening with your horses and farms are appreciated!
Also, if anyone has any photos from the 2014 Kentucky Round-up or the open house at Maple Run Farm from last winter that they don't mind sharing, please send them my way. I have a few, but I lost most of them with my old laptop (lesson learned: always back up everything.)
And finally, I am tentatively scheduling our first meeting of 2015 for Saturday, January 17 in Georgetown. We'll plan to map out some events and activities for the club to do in the coming year at that meeting, so start thinking of ideas.
Hope you have a great holiday season and a happy new year! See you in 2015!
We're planning our year end/Christmas party and I'd love to get some feedback from you. At last week's meeting, we tentatively scheduled the party for Saturday Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. The earlier date should (hopefully!) lead to fewer conflicts with other holiday commitments. For a location, we talked about Claudia Sanders restaurant in Shelbyville, which would be a bit more convenient for those of you in the Louisville area without being too far for the Lexington members.
None of this is etched in stone yet, so if you have any feedback, please let me know! I'm open to suggestions of other locations and we can still alter the schedule if we need to. If you have any ideas, please let me know by Nov. 1. After that, we'll want to make sure we get a reservation ASAP.Thanks, everyone!