The AMHA Master's Certificate recognizes AMHA Morgan owners, age 60 and older, who have taken an active role in the Morgan breed and who have been nominated by a recognized AMHA club. This year, the Wisconsin Morgan Horse Club was pleased to nominate Annie Randall for the Master's Certificate, which the AMHA approved and presented at its annual meeting in February. Annie's Morgan biography as set forth in her certificate is reproduced below. We send our congratulations and thanks to Annie for all she does for the Morgan breed and our club!
"Thirty-five years ago, on the hunt for an American Saddlebred filly to raise and train, Annie Randall found herself at an open show sponsored by the Wisconsin Morgan Horse Club (WMHC). But perched at the rail, she was smitten instead by the Morgans she saw: their curvy necks, kind eyes, wavy manes and tails, proud carriage, and connections to American history. “I just ached to have one of those ravishing creatures to call my own!”
Within 60 days, she brought home the first of the many Morgans
in her life and became a breeder, trainer, competitor, show
announcer, carriage event organizer, and promoter of the
Morgan horse at both the local and national level. From that
first Morgan filly (Peppernic Holly Hawk) she learned of the intelligence, athleticism and steadfastness of the Morgan...and discovered the joys of carriage driving.
In 1979, Annie founded Devilwood Morgan Farm in Baraboo, WI, where her stallion Devilwood Bayard (Marvelous Ideal x Bridlesweet Doreen) sired over 100 Morgan foals with outside mares between 1989 and 2009. Closely involved with the WMHC, she has been president, secretary-treasurer, newsletter editor, and more. She co-founded the American Heritage Carriage Driving Event and spearheaded many of the carriage activities in the Midwest in the 1980-1990s, bringing in nationally known experts on driving for clinics and competitions. Annie has served on multiple AMHA and ADS committees, organized combined driving competitions at the Grand National, and conducted seminars for AMHA and other organizations.
Busy with her bookstore (the “Village Booksmith” in Baraboo, WI) and musical performances (including a 6- women a cappella group), Annie still owns four Morgans, three of whom participate in the WMHC’s highly sought-after parade unit. She organizes the Morgans for the Baraboo Circus Days celebration and is working on a “pasture performance” for the Art D-Tour in 2015.
Happiest when trail riding atop Devilwood Alexander Ash or just hanging out with the little herd, Annie says she has never tired of “the beauty, honesty, and humor” that Morgans have brought her. “It was the best fit imaginable...I am so grateful to the breed and for the dear life-long friendships it has brought me.”