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Live Strong at The YMCA


The New England Morgan Horse Show is proud to announce its partnership with The Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton. Its program, Live Strong at the YMCA, will be the beneficiary of our special horse show class this year:

The Pro-Am Equitation Challenge which will be held

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pro-Am Equitation Challenge Pledge Form



We are excited to announce the start of our new national YMCA signature program, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA. Over 30 million people in this world are currently affected by cancer.  While that number is overwhelmingly large, cancer also hits very close to home. Whether a friend, parent, child or loved one, almost every one of us has been touched by cancer in some way.


The Hampshire Regional YMCA has made a commitment to bettering the lives of cancer survivors and their families. Our YMCA was chosen to participate in the most recent cohort through Y USA.   We held our first pilot program this fall with 10 participants graduating in December 2016.  This 12-week research based program is designed to help cancer survivors regain strength, overcome fatigue, and increase flexibility. Even more importantly, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA provides the opportunity to connect with other survivors and create a larger support network. After going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, many cancer patients wonder, what’s next? LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a wonderful next step on the path back to health.  We will hold as many sessions as possible each year, as additional funding is secured.


This program fulfills the important need of the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life. The fact that the program is outside a medical facility and integrated into the community, serves to emphasize that LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is about health, not about disease. The positive and enthusiastic feedback that we receive from individuals who have gone through the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA convinces us that this is a significant community program that fills an important, and previously unaddressed, need of cancer patients and survivors.



The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program is free to participants. However, the operation of each program session costs $600 per participant.  In order to serve those in need in our community, we need to secure funding for this program.   By providing funds for Livestrong at the YMCA, you become our partner in care.  Participants are able to continue their recovery and get back to their lives after their treatments stronger, both physically, and mentally, with a new support system to help them maintain their new normal. The Hampshire Regional YMCA is able to offer LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA free of charge only with support from our community and we need your help. If you have any questions about this wonderful program, please contact us.



Julie Costello

Hampshire YMCA CEO

Youth of the Year Qualification Rule Change

Youth of the Year Contest Qualification Rule Change

March 29th, 2017

The Youth Council voted unanimously to change the way youth contestants qualify for the Grand National Youth of the Year Contest at their local level contest. Instead of only the winner of the local contest qualifying for the Grand National, now any contestant who scores over 800 points at their local contest will be qualified for the Grand National Youth of the Year Contest! This means there could be more than one youth representing their local show at the Grand National thus making the Youth of the Year Contests more inclusive! AMHA is very pleased by this change and looks forward to seeing the number of Youth of the Year contestants increasing.  

Youth Contest Coordinators please note: You must now report all contestants who score over 800 points to Katie Hodges at AMHA when turning in your Contest Report Form (instead just reporting the winner and reserve).

If you have any questions about Youth Contests or qualifying for the Grand National Youth of the Year Contest, please contact Katie Hodges at (802) 985-4944 ext. 401 or

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The Stephen Nava Distinguished Service Award & The Stephen Nava Memorial Grant 


Fred and Stephen


Due to the wonderful support from so many people, the New England Morgan Horse Association in conjunction with the New England Morgan Horse Show Committee is working to ensure we remember Stephen with all the love and enthusiasm he brought to the Morgan community.  

The New England Morgan Horse Show is proud to announce the creation of two awards:

1.     Each year NEMS will be awarding the Stephen Nava Distinguished Service Award. This will be given to a young adult who has given of their time and talent to the New England Morgan Horse Show or the Morgan industry.


2.     The second is a Grant that will be awarded to a young adult who is looking to further themselves in a non-traditional secondary education.  Trade school, internship, specialty programs, workshops.  They might enjoy and love the Morgan Horse but do not have to be an active participant, but some family member does.  Ann Anderson is heading up this committee. They are working on the particulars that best fit Stephen’s personality and the family’s wishes.  

If you would like to send along a donation to support these awards, please forward to:

c/o Linda Burke 435 Middle Road 
Horseheads, NY 14845 


Earn points towards year end awards, participate in clinics sponsored by NEMHA throughout the year, as well as supporting your club! 

Printable Membership Cards! Log in to the website, go to your profile, and there is a link allowing you to download your membership card. 
If you are having difficulty printing, follow these tips:

Tips on printing your membership card:

Printing from a Mac works perfectly. It doesn't try any fancy resizing; it outputs the file at the size specified.

  • In the popup Print Dialog, be sure to select the Scale option (instead of "Scale to Fit", the default) and set it to 25%.

Printing from Windows is more complex.

Members using Windows can take these steps:  

  1. Click the membership card link.  
  2. Select 'open' - the image appears in Windows photo viewer.   
  3. Select 'print -> print' from the menu.  
  4. On the right side of the print popup, select 'wallet.'  
  5. Un-check the 'fit picture to frame' checkbox.  
  6. Press the 'print' button.