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UMass Hadley Farm Revitalizes the Bay State Morgans

 | Published on 6/15/2016
UMass Hadley Farm Revitalizes the Bay State Morgans

Hadley, MA – June 13, 2016 – UMass Hadley farm announces its newest arrival, “Bay State Legacy”, a Morgan filly named in memory of alumni and long-time supporter Susan B. Roberts, who passed away unexpectedly last year.

The Bay State Morgan line was established in 1951 when the U.S. 
government disbanded its cavalry horses. The University of Massachusetts acquired 11 mares and 2 stallions, including stallion “US Panez”, from the U.S. Calvary remount station in Middlebury, VT.

Bay State Legacy and her mother Bay State Distinction can trace their bloodlines all the way back to those original cavalry horses including US Panez and broodmare Optic, carrying on the government tradition. 
Using donations from the Susan B. Roberts memorial fund, the university bred Distinction to USEF Horse of the Year “GKB Coal Magic” owned by Dr. 
Lucy Tidd of Maryland. “This is a phenomenal cross” says Dr. Cassandra Uricchio, Director of the UMass Equine program, “and will help revitalize the university’s Morgan breeding program.”

Susan’s 10 year-old granddaughter, Audrey, decided on the name “Bay State Legacy” in honor of her grandmother. “It’s a perfect fit,” said Susan’s son, Patrick, “I know my mom would have been very proud.”

The UMass Equine program is part of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students can earn their A.S. degree in Equine Management and the school is proposing a new B.S. degree in Sustainable Equine Industries. For more information about the UMass Equine program or Bay State Morgan horses, please contact Dr. Cassandra Uricchio at or 413-345-0183.

Cassandra Uricchio
Director of Equine Management
UMass Hadley Farm
111 North Maple St
Hadley, MA 01035
Ph: 413-345-0183

Photo 1 caption: Susan Robert’s family pictured with Bay State Legacy at the UMass Hadley Farm; (left to right) son Patrick Cobbs, daughter-in-law Jodi Bornstein, granddaughter Audrey, husband Barry Roberts.