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AMHA Feb 2019 Monthly Newsletter

 | Published on 2/28/2019



February 2019



Good morning!


Is anyone else ready for spring? The month of February has been cold, cold, and snowy! And looking at the first week of March, it looks like we'll have the same temps.


The AMHA Convention in San Antonio was fantastic and I was so happy to meet a lot of our members and club representatives! A big thank you for the Convention's official photographer, Howie Schatzberg, whose photos are available to download for FREE! Click here to check them out! The club contest winners and promotional grant recipients were announced at the the Annual Meeting of Members, the first AMHA Star Awards ceremony was held Friday evening, and the Stallion Service Auction was a huge success, thanks to all the bidders and stallion owners. Congratulations to all! You can read all about the Convention winners below.


Now is the time for club renewals! Here is the Club Renewal Application. If you aren't the correct person to receive this email for your club, please forward this email along to the proper club contact.


AMHA also has a job available in the Registry Department! See below and please note the job is in our Vermont office; it is not a remote position.


Til next month! Fingers crossed for warmer temps!


My best,








AMHA Job Opening: Registry Department Representative


AMHA currently has a job opening in its Registry department in its home office located in Shelburne, Vermont. Must be a team play with attention to detail; heavy emphasis on data entry and customer service. Applicant must have excellent oral and written communication skills, computer knowledge, and organization. Horse knowledge helpful. Send resume and letter of intent to or send to AMHA, Attention: Erica Eulau, 4066 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482.



2018 AMHA Annual Report Online

If you were unable to attend the Meeting of AMHA Members on February 7 as part of the AMHA Convention, the 2018 Annual Report is available online and can be downloaded by clicking here.



AMHA Announces 2018 Club Contest Results


The Sacramento Valley Morgan Horse Club has been awarded as the 2018 AMHA Club of the Year! The announcement was made at the AMHA Annual Meeting of Members, which took place February 8 in San Antonio, as part of AMHA's annual convention.


Clubs from across the country competed in the Club of the Year contest and were judged on their yearbooks, which chronicle the club's activities throughout the year in eight separate categories. A prize of $600 will be awarded to the winning club for their achievement. Earning second-place honors and a prize of $400 is the Wisconsin Morgan Horse Club. Taking third place was the Ozark Morgan Horse Club.


Club newsletters continue to play an important role in keeping members informed of activities, meetings, news, and more. The newsletter contest is divided into two categories: local clubs and national organizations. The entries are judged in five areas, including graphic design and quality, educational content, club activity coverage, and general excellence.


In the local club newsletter contest, the Show Me Morgan Horse Club led the way and took top honors.


Among the National Organizations entries, the Cornerstone Morgan Horse Inc. earned first place honors.



AMHA Announces 2018 Club Honorees


AMHA is pleased to announce the following AMHA members received honors at its Annual Meeting of Members, which took place February 8 in San Antonio, Texas, as part of its annual convention.


A Master's Certificate is given to individuals older than 60 years of age who have been active with Morgan horses in a variety of ways through the years. Recognized clubs nominate members based on their involvement in breeding, showing, training, and just generally enjoying their Morgan horses.


Four AMHA members received a 2018 AMHA Master's Certificate:


James Harris of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and Marie Stewart of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, from the Wisconsin Morgan Horse Club


Patti Brooks of East Lyme, Connecticut, and Will Filosi of North Stonington, Connecticut, from the Connecticut Morgan Horse Association


The AMHA Club Promoter Award recognizes club members who are diligent supporters of the breed, working hard to bring the Morgan into public arenas. Recipients actively promote the breed at fairs, parades, open barns, equine expos, and other activities.


The Connecticut Morgan Horse Association nominated three awardees. Nicole Bobbi of Higganum shares the breed to various audiences, both equestrian and others. Kristina Vine of Wallingford dedicates her to time to building the future of the breed through youth activities and introducing the breed to new people. And Stacey Stearns of Storrs is an advocate for the versatility of Morgans and promotes the breed through trail rides open to all breeds.



AMHA Announces Board of Director Election Results


The American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., held its annual meeting of members as noticed on February 8 in San Antonio, Texas. Board members present were, Eastern Region: Steven Handy, Kate Kirsch, and C. A. "Tony" Lee. Central Region: Kristen Breyer and Harlan Grunden. Western Region: Carol Fletcher, Mari Sanderson, and Terri Sturm. Missing was Central Region Director Vicki Bennett.


The results of the election conducted in conjunction with that meeting are as follows:


Kate Kirsch of Clarence, New York, was re-elected as director for the Eastern Region. Harlan Grunden of Curtis, Nebraska, was re-elected as a director for the Central Region. And Mari Sanderson of Norco, California, was elected as a director for the Western Region.


In addition, both pending bylaw amendments 4.6 (b) and 4.6 (d) were approved by the membership vote as reported by Survey and Ballot Systems (the official tabulator for AMHA elections).


At the annual reorganization meeting held following the Annual Meeting, Mari Sanderson was re-elected by the Board to serve as AMHA President. Harlan Grunden was appointed Vice President and Kate Kirsch was appointed Vice President of Finance.



2019 Breed Promotion Grant Recipients Announced


AMHA is pleased to announce the 2019 Breed Promotion Grant recipients. This program was established in 2015 to help organizations with their Morgan horse promotional efforts. The selection committee carefully reviewed each application and applauds everyone's hard work on their submissions. The following awardees will be promoting the Morgan breed to thousands of people across the country!


- Arizona Morgan Horse Association for the Mane Event in Scottsdale

- Big Sky Morgan Horse Club for its Morgan Working Equitation Clinic

- Cornerstone Morgan Horse Inc. for five separate promotional events across the country

- Greater Vancouver Morgan Horse Association for the Mane Event in Canada

- Maine Morgan Horse Club for the Meet the Morgan event at the Pineland Equestrian Center

- Morgan Horse Association of Oregon for various promotional events in the state

- Morgan Horse Club of Washington State for the Washington State Fair Expo and State Fair

- Morgan Horse Heritage Foundation for the Equine Affaire 2019

- Morgan Stock Horse Association for advertising in Western Horseman

- New England Morgan Horse Association for Equine Affaire 2019

- National Morgan Reining Horse Association for ranch horse versatility classes at the North Central Working Western Horse Celebration

- Ozark Morgan Horse Club for the Spring Roundup and FarmFest 2019

- Sacramento Valley Morgan Horse Club for the 2019 Western States Horse Expo

- The Lippitt Club for Equine Affaire 2019

- UVM Morgan Horse Farm for a farm promotional video

- Wisconsin Morgan Horse Club for the Midwest Horse Fair 2019


If you have any questions about promotional grants, please contact Chris Koliander at AMHA, (802) 985-4944,



Congratulations to the AMHA 2018 Star Award Overall Winners!


The five Overall Division Award winners for AMHA's Star Awards were announced Saturday, February 9, in San Antonio, Texas, at the AMHA awards banquet, held in conjunction with its annual convention.


In its first year, the Star Awards is a free program for AMHA members and was created to increase participation at Morgan competitions, to provide an exciting venue for the awards presentation at the AMHA Convention, and to foster good will and sportsmanship. The 18 divisional awards were presented Friday evening as part of the special "Night Under the Stars" event and only those in attendance were able to vote for their favorites for the overall division awards.


Below are the Overall Division Award winners:


Park Division: Dragonsmeade Onyx, owned by Kim and Kayla Briskey


Pleasure Division: Whitemud Sky Captain, owned by Dianne Lents


Hunter/Western Division: Locutus, owned by Sarah Anderson


In-Hand Division: Saralin In Touch, owned by the Erica Dorwart Trust


Sport Division: CBMF Shimmer GCH, owned by Deanna Levesque


To see a complete set of results and points, click on 2018 Star Award Winners.


For more information on the AMHA Star Awards Program, contact AMHA Executive Director, Carrie Mortensen, (802) 985-4944, ext. 201,



Big Money Earned at AMHECT/WMF Stallion Service Auction


More than $68,000 was earned at the 2019 AMHECT/WMF Stallion Service Auction. This yearly event was held in conjunction with AMHA's annual convention, which took place February 7-9 in San Antonio, Texas. The net income following expenses from this auction go to breed promotion and will be distributed to the World Morgan Futurity, AMHA regional shows, the AMHA Show Grant Program, and AMHA's Marketing and Promotion.


For the third year in a row Dragonsmeade Axios topped the stallion bidding, with Daniel Shrock paying $5,600. Jay Kleiber purchased the service of Dragonsmeade Spectre for $4,500, and Arcola Farm won the service of Dressed Up GCH for $4,000.


Congratulations to these winning bidders and a special thank you to the stallion owners and all who participated! We couldn't do it without you!


A complete list of the stallions, winning bidders, and amounts can be found by going to



Industry News


Joint Leadership Council Initiates Dialogue with US Equestrian


Below you will find the letter that the Joint Leadership Council submitted to US Equestrian on February 13, 2019. Questions regarding this update should be submitted to AMHA Executive Director, Carrie J. Mortensen at


Letter to US Equestrian




American Morgan Horse Association

4066 Shelburne Rd.

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Shelburne, VT 05482

(802) 985-4944