BMHA Year-End/Holiday Party; RSVP Needed!

posted Nov 14, 2015, 11:48 AM by Leslie Potter   [ updated Nov 14, 2015, 11:53 AM ]

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 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!

(Photo: Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade, by MdAgDept on Flickr. CC 2.0)

BMHA Year-End Party

posted Oct 31, 2015, 9:02 AM by Leslie Potter

Hi, everyone, and happy Halloween!

Horsey activities are winding down for 2015, and we're going to close out our year with our annual holiday party. This year, we've scheduled the party for Saturday, November 21 and are tentatively planning to use our normal meeting time, 6:30 p.m. at the Scott County Extension Office. Hopefully the pre-Thanksgiving date will make it a fun, laid-back evening before the real holiday season craziness begins!

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.

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:

Nov. 5-7: U.S. Dressage Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park
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.

Dec. 5: Lebanon Christmas Carriage Parade in Lebanon, Ohio
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:

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.

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!

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!

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