BMHA News and Upcoming Summer Events

posted Jul 2, 2015, 10:39 PM by Leslie Potter

Old Friends

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

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.)!saturday-night-open-horse-show/c1u51

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 Challenge

Have a great 4th of July, and I hope to see you all soon!

2015 Kay Dale Memorial Trophy Recipient

posted Jun 4, 2015, 6:09 PM by Leslie Potter

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.

BMHA 2015 Newsletter

posted Mar 5, 2015, 7:06 PM by Leslie Potter

Click here to download our first newsletter of 2015. Big thanks to Kathie Morrow for putting it together, and for everyone who contributed news and photos.

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

Stan Doerting - Farewell Friend

posted Jan 26, 2015, 7:54 PM by Leslie Potter

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

Send me your news!

posted Dec 7, 2014, 6:33 PM by Leslie Potter

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!

BMHA Annual Party

posted Oct 21, 2014, 4:48 PM by Leslie Potter

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!

Photos from the Festival of the Horse Parade

posted Oct 13, 2014, 5:53 PM by Leslie Potter   [ updated Oct 13, 2014, 5:57 PM ]

Thanks to everyone who braved the cold and came out to the Festival of the Horse Parade! And congratulations again to Bonnie Neuville on her much-deserved honor of being the parade's Grand Marshal for 2014.


Festival of the Horse

posted Oct 3, 2014, 7:26 AM by Kathie Morrow

This weekend is the Festival of the Horse in Georgetown. Our own Bonnie Neuville is the Grand Marshal of this year's parade on Saturday evening (Oct. 4)! The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. on Main St. I'll plan to be at the corner of Main St. and Broadway (by the Subway) for anyone who wants to meet up. It would be great if we could get a big crowd for Bonnie!

If you're looking for something fun to do with your Morgan this weekend, the festival also has horse games on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and the Festival Horse Show on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Both will be held at Brookings Park.

See you soon!

Update on Upcoming Events

posted Sep 12, 2014, 12:21 PM by Leslie Potter

A couple of updates since the last email.

-If you couldn't make it to the Extreme Trail Horse Challenge clinic today, do try and make it to the competition tomorrow (Saturday.) Melrich Farm's The Scarlet Letter (better known as Pearl) will be competing, and it would be great to have a Morgan cheering section!

-If anyone is in the market for a lovely dressage/sport prospect, Jan McKinney has her mare Reva for sale. You can see her listing here:

-We will not have an official meeting this month. Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 18 at the PMHA Fall Horse Show at the Ky Horse Park (I'm still open to feedback on the venue!) I'll send an update as that gets closer.

-As many of you know, BMHA member Ginny Grulke is riding her Morgan, Stormy, across Kentucky to benefit the Kentucky Back Country Horsemen, which is very cool! I've included more information from Ginny below:

Hello Friends

I would like to invite you to join me on an adventure - by following our blog and donating to the cause - as I join Edith Conyers and Anne Husted in riding/driving "Across Kentucky", from Greenup on the Ohio River, to Sadieville on I-75.

This is a 12-day, 140-mile adventure to benefit the Kentucky Back Country Horsemen, who are dedicated to maintaining and preserving trails in Kentucky, as well as providing education for trail users and support of land managers.  Any small donation would be appreciated!  If you donated just 5 cents a mile, the donation is $7.00 or 10 cents a mile for $14.00.  We hope to get a lot of small donations to help us raise $500.00.

I will be riding my Morgan gelding, Stormy, and Edith will be driving her team of Haflinger ponies pulling a Travelling Caravan.  Anne is our crew and will drive the truck/trailer/RV to overnight sites and set up camp (and join us for the ride when she can).

Sign up to follow the blog and read more about the ride at:

Donate at:

Thank you for your support in our effort, I do appreciate it!

Upcoming Morgan Horse events

posted Sep 7, 2014, 9:33 PM by Leslie Potter   [ updated Sep 7, 2014, 9:35 PM ]

This coming weekend, the Extreme Trail Horse Challenge to benefit the Kentucky State Police Trooper Island Camp will take place at the Henry County Fairgrounds. There will be a bombproofing and obstacle clinic on Friday, Sept. 12 and competition on Sept. 13. Melinda and Richard's own Melrich Gusty Winds (Gus) will be a demo horse in the clinic on Friday! $10 to audit Friday's clinic, and the show is free to spectators on Saturday.

More info (including video of Gus practicing some obstacles) at the Extreme Trail Horse Challenge Facebook page.

Extreme Trail Horse Challenge Flyer

The following weekend, Sept 20-21, there is a gaited and western dressage clinic at Cross Creek Equestrian Center in Hamilton, Ohio (north of Cincinnati.) The western portion is open to trotting breeds, so this is a great opportunity for those of you who are interested in trying out western dressage with your Morgans! More info and registration form are available for download at the bottom of this post.

Coming up in October, the PMHA Fall Harvest Horse Show (formerly PMHA Morab Nationals) at the Kentucky Horse Park has lots of great classes for Morgans and other breeds, and is always a lot of fun. This show takes place Oct. 18-19.

The class list is available for download at

Morgan competing at PMHA Fall Horse Show

The PMHA show falls on the same weekend in which we would normally hold our October meeting, so we have some options. We can proceed as usual and plan to meet at the Scott County Extension Office. We can plan to meet at the Horse Park instead so that we can support our friends who are competing (keeping in mind that it is in the covered arena, which is not heated.) Or we can reschedule the meeting. If you have any thoughts on this, please let me know.

Hope to see you all next weekend at the Trail Horse Challenge!

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