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AMHA Supports 2009 International Competition

Shelburne, VT —The American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust (AMHECT) is pleased to announce support for the South African Boerperd Amateur Union (SABAU) Competition slated for 2009. SABAU has invited a team of six saddle seat riders from the Morgan world to visit South Africa and ride in a competition between their breed representatives and American Morgan Horse Association. This is a phenomenal event for the riders who are selected to go, as not only will they be representatives of the Morgan breed, but they will also gain an educational experience that cannot be compared to anything found in a classroom.


The SABAU was established from Cape Boerperd Breeders Society, a group that initiated a sport organization using the Boerperd as a sport horse. A Boerperd is a breed of horse that originated in South Africa from a line of farmers’ horses that can be used for work, pleasure, and show. Originating from the Cape Horse, this breed was famous for its hardiness, endurance, and its ability to work hard on minimum feed, ideal for the South African climate and terrain. It is these outstanding characteristics that made the supporters of the Cape Horse want to further enhance this breed. Much like the Morgan, they were a work horse used on farms across the country. As the use of horses for work became obsolete, the horse transferred to the status of a pleasure horse. Today the registry is open to any horse that meets a criteria established by the SABAU. They are a type registry as opposed to a bloodline registry like Morgan horses. From 1990 to date, the SABAU is a group recognized by the South African Department of Sport as an official sport organization.



Founded in 1909, the American Morgan Horse Association is a non-profit organization serving more than 50,000 Morgan horse owners, breeders, exhibitors, and enthusiasts throughout the United States. AMHA serves as a parent organization to more than 90 recognized Morgan horse clubs and national service organizations.

For more information on America’s original horse breed, contact the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc.©, 122 Bostwick Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482; (802) 985-4944;

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