Our next meeting will be in October, date and location to be determined. As noted in the September newsletter, it is time to think about a slate of officer nominations for the coming year. Mary Ellen is also anxious to receive your reports and get pictures of your summer activities and news by the 24th of the month for the October newsletter.
We hope everyone enjoyed summer despite the wet turn in the weather recently. Read up on the club's parade activities and the results of the club show in August's newsletter. You can also follow this link to see the results of the 2018 show. Thanks to all the volunteers and participants and especially Jeff Heise, our show chairman, for another successful show!
Catch up on early show results and all the foals in the May and June newsletters. There will no newsletters in July and August but that doesn't mean we don't want to hear your news and see your pictures. Send along photos and news to Mary Ellen Gray and Heidi Harvey. We will post events and updates to the web page and publish your stories in the fall.
And if you are looking for past newsletters, just check out the new Archives page.
Have a great summer!
The club sends it congratulations to member Susie Weiss and her park gelding, Cosmos Double Oh Seven, on a big win at the Michigan All Morgan Show in East Lansing on Memorial Weekend. Double Oh Seven, with Jessica Cavanaugh up, won the Park Saddle Stake, besting last year's World Champion Park Saddle Horse. He was also reserve in the Park Harness Stake.
Susie got the red ribbon in each of her western dressage classes with Cosmos Raphael and her youthful groom, Airi Rich, was invited to participate in the Michigan Youth of the Year and got awards for her achievements on the written tests.
What a great start to the show season!
To encourage new members, the club has voted, nearly unanimously it is right to point out, to invite Morgan owners and fans to join us for the rest of 2018 at no cost. This includes an email newsletter. (A printed, mailed version of the newsletter is available for $10).
If you want to know more about Morgans, and you wish to help promote and support the breed, as well as meet some knowledgeable, like-minded people, give us a try. We have been recognized by the American Morgan Horse Association as the Morgan club of the year eight times, most recently in 2017. . We represent the breed at the Midwest Horse Fair, put on a fun and friendly two-day show in June as a warm up to the show season, and participate in a half dozen parades from Memorial Day to Labor Day, as well as organize trail rides and education seminars.
Our next meeting will be on May 20th and you will find information and directions posted here when the location and program is finalized.
A big shout out to all the Horse Fair coordinators, participants and volunteers. It is a huge effort to pull off and you do it beautifully year in and year out. Meet our participants in April's newsletter and don't miss our demos on Friday at 4:40 p.m. in the Coliseum and Saturday at 12:50 a.m. in the Brand Arena. Bios and profiles are also features on our Horse Fair Page.
Once again the Wisconsin Morgan Horse Club has been recognized by the AMHA as the Club of the Year. This is eighth time the club has received this recognition. Great thanks to club historian Chrissy Pfau who carefully documents the clubs activities and submits to the AMHA but also thanks in general to our many wonderful club members who are so active in so many aspects of the Morgan world from therapy to lessons to open competition to A circuit showing. This is a testament to our ongoing commitment to promote the Morgan breed.
The March newsletter details the plans for Horse Fair. Volunteers are needed and Marie Stewart has created a "Wanted" poster with the times volunteers are needed and the tasks that need to be done. Please contact Marie Stewart, (608)832-6559, if you can help.
Important: Our April newsletter will include the information, such as classifieds, that used to be in our color flyer. Mary Ellen needs this information by the end of March. The newsletter will be printed in larger numbers for distribution at Horse Fair. Please read her information in the March newsletter and get your classifieds, photos and ads ready to go and to Mary Ellen ASAP.
Congratulations to member Brooke Ace, who won the AMHA Gold Medal in Reining Seat at the 2017 Grand National and World Championship Horse Show.
Congratulation to Sheri Haviza and Sami. who were Prelim. Champions at the Indiana Combined Driving Event in 2017.
Congratulations to Jackie Sweeney whose beautiful 2-year old stallion, HyLee's Letterman was NCMA Futurity in Hand Champion, and whose 2-year old gelding, HyLee's Spotlight was NCMA Futurity Two-Year Old Gelding Champion and Two Year Stallion Champion and Two Year Old Pleasure Driving Champion. Better watch out for these youngsters in the 2018 show ring!
We are very proud to announce that the Wisconsin Morgan Horse Club won the Barn Award for best display of theme at the 2016 Midwest Horse Fair. This is the second time in three years that the club has won this award, and the lion's share of thanks goes to Lauraine Smith, our Midwest Horse Fair coordinator for the past three years and her vision of Morgan promotion and hospitality, as well as our wonderful human and equine participants and volunteers. You can read about our participants on the Midwest Horse Fair page. We are already mulling over ideas for next year's Midwest Horse Fair theme: Wonder Horse!
The Wisconsin Morgan Horse Club Parade Unit turned out a nice group of nine horses and riders, along with a number of volunteers to carry banners and outfit us, to participate in the historic Fourth of July parade in Witwen, WI. The weather was warm but sunny and all the equines and their human partners handled the parade and the crowds, which are very close to the action at Witwen, in an extremely mannerly fashion. We heard many compliments on our "beautiful" horses from the spectators. The next parade for the club is Circus Celebration Parade on July 25th, which starts at 2 p.m. on the Square in Baraboo.
Our classifieds section has numerous new listings of Morgans at all ages and stages of training as well as stallion services and tack and equipment. Be sure to check out the classifieds page if you are shopping for a Morgan.
The Wisconsin Morgan Horse Club wrapped up a very active 2014 parade schedule with the always fun, sometimes bitterly cold, Holiday Lights Parade in downtown Baraboo, on Saturday, November 19th. The parade kicked off at 6 p.m. with riders and horses decked out in lighted breastplates and garland. This year's parade weather was mild. A special thanks to Darcy Overturf who organizes the club's many parade appearances throughout the year and new club member Patty Keeler who drove all the way from Marengo, IL, to participate.
A YouTube video of the parade posted by the Baraboo News Republic is available here. The club entry is in the first minute of the video.