The Midwest Horse Fair returns April 21-23, 2017, at the Alliant Energy Center, with the theme "Wonder Horse!."
For over a decade, the Morgan breed has been represented proudly at the Midwest Horse Fair by the Wisconsin Morgan Horse Club. seven-time AMHA Club of the Year.
Our club will present a breed demonstration twice during the weekend showcasing the history and versatility of the Morgan horse. This year's demonstration includes Morgan history, driving, western and english pleasure, and reining. Scroll down to meet this year's participants.
2017 Morgan Breed Demo Times:
Friday at 3:40 p.m. in the HW Brand Arena, Pavilion
Saturday at 4:40 p.m. in the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Coliseum
Please visit us ur club booth in Pavilion Two, stalls1516-1524 and 1616-24 throughout the weekend. You can meet our Morgan demonstration participants and talk Morgans at our booth which is staffed during all fair hours by club members. We have information and videos on Morgans and their history. You can enter our free drawings for Breyer Morgan Horse Models, and other prizes. We also have a hospitality area where you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa. We look forwarding to meeting you at the 2017 Midwest Horse Fair!
You can read about all our participants in this month's newsletter.
Participants: Scroll down the page for forms and schedule information.
Tamra McMahon and Vigilmar Twister
Twister is a Morgan triple threat this year. Tamra McMahon's 1997 bay gelding will appear under saddle with Nadya Hansen, in harness with Tamra McMahon and at liberty, where he has wowed the Coliseum crowd in past years. Foaled in Canada (Eileen Donan Flashcommand x Wales Farm Twinkie), Twister performed as a show horse and lesson horse for many years in Vermont with Desiree DeVries. Tamra, from Stoughton, WI, says, "Twister, my first Morgan, picked me when I was not quite sure about him. It's been years now and I still can't get used to his power." Well, we think she got used to it because Tamra and Twister have competed extensively at all levels of competition in classic pleasure, driving and hunt seat and they also enjoy trail riding and driving together. Twister will be 19 years young, but don't let that fool you. Twister beautifully demonstrates Morgan beauty, athleticism, versatility, and longevity. Tamra has suggested that "maybe when he's 40 we'll slow down. We'll still show you, no matter what age, a Morgan can do it and enjoy doing it." Twister is shown in the 2014 breed demo at the right. Click on the video for a preview. We know you will want to see him in person.
Karla and Sarah Gay and K's Radiant Image "Georgia"
Karla and Sarah Gay of Evansville, WI, will bring their 3 year old grey Morgan filly to Horse Fair to be exhibited in hand. Karla's mother-in-law raised Morgans in Idaho where Karla got the "Morgan bug." Six years ago she purchased the chestnut mare, Walnut River Radiant Di, "Carly," as her first Morgan. Carly was bred to SNR Mirror Image, a gray Colorado stallion descended form the Gay family line of Morgans, resulting in Georgia, a striking steel gray Morgan filly. Karla, Sarah, and Georgia are already veteran's of several parades; they will make a flashy addition to our troupe at Horse Fair.
Isabelle Abderholdenand Rustic V's Hot Off the Press "Preston"
Isabelle Abderholden, of Oshkosh, WI, brings her new show horse, Rustic V's Hot off the Press aka "Preston" to Horse Fair this year in hand. This 3 year old bright chestnut gelding, sired by The Ignitor and our of Rustic V's Two to Tango, will debut in the English Pleasure division with Isabelle later this summer. With only four months of light training in hand and under saddle, Preston has shown that he is an exceptional baby, with amazing breeding and the best mind set out there. Gorgeous, up-headed and trimmed in chrome, Preston is sure to wow the crowd with his outstanding Morgan type and a personality people will love.
Sue and Dale Hammonds and Red Rose Moonshine "Bud"
Dale and Sue Hammonds bring their veteran performance horse, Bud, to the Midwest Horse Fair again in 2016 where he will appear under Western saddle. This 2001 creme stallion (Triple S Bald Eagle x Twin Pine Sara) is an exquisite Western Pleasure mount also recently added harness performance to his resume, winning championships in the carriage division at Class A shows and gaining high, competitive placings at the Grand National in his first year under harness (2014). Bud stands at Dale and Sue's farm, S & D Morgans, in Wautoma, WI. Due to his creme coloration, he will always produce color when crossed with a chestnut or bay mare. His foals are inheriting his size, wonderful disposition and trainability, and balanced movement, along with golden coats. Be sure to see him in the club demos and come back to the barn to meet Bud while you are at Horse Fair.
Brooke Ace and W's Mesquite Ridge
Mequite (Painter's Pine Ridge x Honeynugget' Cherrybomb) and her rider, 16 year old Brooke Ace come from Oregon, WI. Mesquite is 11 years old, chestnut and descends from reining royalty. Brooke also follows in the steps of family reining champions. Mesquite is owned by Lou Ellen Williams and Thomas Filipek of Oregon, WI. Mesquite and Brooke started their career together in 2013 and have since brought home multiple Morgan Grand National and World Championship titles in Reining. This past fall they won World Champion Reining Non-Pro, World Champion Reining Freestyle Non-Pro and Reserve World Champion Reining Pro at Oklahoma City. Brooke is the youngest exhibitor to win the title of Reserve World Champion at the Pro Level. Brooke and Mesquite put in many hours training together, all on their own. She feels very honored to be able to show such a sweet and wonderful Morgan. We feel honored to have this pair of champions participating on our demo.