Cabot French Lieutenant.
photo credit to Howard Stump
Championship Morgan Horse Show Offers Exciting Competition
Morgan Horse Association, Shelburne, Vermont
November 3, 2003
October, Morgan horses, owners, breeders, trainers, and admirers
descend upon Oklahoma City for the Grand National & World
Championship Morgan Horse Show. This year 1,188 horses made
the trek from across the U.S. and Canada to vie for titles
in a variety of disciplines, including Reining, Park, Dressage,
Carriage Driving, Western, Equitation, and Hunter/Jumper.
weeklong show, held October 5-12 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds,
included virtually non-stop action with competition held in three
rings throughout each of the eight days. More than 100 world titles
were at stake in 20 different divisions. Awards were presented in
classes designated for youth, junior exhibitor, amateur, ladies
and gentlemen riders and drivers, and junior horses, as well as
to entries in the open ranks.
GLB Bell Of The Ball. photo credit to Howard Stump
takes a team of hundreds of dedicated people to put on a top-notch
show such as this, from the volunteer show committee, chaired this
year by Darwin Olson, to the office personnel, sponsors, vendors,
judges, announcers, ringmasters, barn managers, and other staff
around the grounds ensuring that each exhibitor and spectator had
the best experience possible. A three-judge system is used for the
majority of classes, and 25 judges officiated at the 2003 show.
Hyland Acres Command. photo credit to Howard Stump
the stamina and longevity that is unique to the Morgan breed, this
year's entries included the 23-year-old Morgan mare, Ruetama Lady
Ryanne. Ryanne exhibited in the competitive trail division with
her junior exhibitor rider, Alyssa Franke, earning a second in the
junior exhibitor class and fourth in the World Trail Championship.
Cecilia Watson of Duchess, Alberta, Canada owns Ryanne.
Lindsey Gama. photo credit to Howard Stump
an exciting element to this, the 30th anniversary of the Grand National
show, was the return of ten of the breed's most legendary performers
to the spotlight. Following the Friday evening performance they
entered the ring under a shower of fireworks and to the thunderous
applause of those lucky enough to be in attendance. The legends,
whom each have won numerous Grand National and World Championship
titles in that very ring, were Pond View Portrait, Thunderbay, Fletcher
Music Lee, Arboria Landmark, Nobility, TVM I Promise, Fletcher Banjo
John, Greentree Mary Jane, Tug Hill Whamunition, and Christmas Hymn.
Will-O-Way Moment In Time photo credit to Howard Stump
horses claimed 114 top two ribbons, including 25 world championship
titles. Dragonsmeade Morgan Horse Farm of Winchester, KY, was the
owner for 28 top two finishes, including five world championships
and four reserve world championships. In the equitation division
the Klooster sisters of Granite Bay, CA swept the AMHA Hunter Seat
Over Fences Gold Medal Finals. Younger sister Katie took the championship,
with Carrie following her to the winner's circle for the reserve.
Katie also won the Grand National Hunter Seat Over Fences Equitation
Finals for riders 17 and under, and the family earned an impressive
thirteen top two finishes throughout the week. Overall, 40 states
and three Canadian providences took home top honors. For complete
results, visit www.morgangrandnational.com
to learn more about America's first distinct breed of horse.
WH Zimbabwe. photo credit to Howard Stump