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AMHA Welcomes Guy E. Brown as Interim Director

SHELBURNE, VT - The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) is pleased to announce that Guy E. Brown of Georgetown, Kentucky, has taken over as Interim Director of the AMHA. Guy will lead the Association while a search committee made up of directors, a staff liaison and past presidents investigates a permanent replacement for the Executive Director position vacated by Fred Braden.

"After learning that Fred was leaving, I was both honored and humbled to be asked to stand in on an interim basis," said Guy "Like many affiliated with the Association, I had a high level of respect for Fred and his accomplishments on our behalf at AMHA."

Guy is a fourth-generation horseman who lives in
Georgetown with his wife, Karen. As a youth, he was a charter member of the first 4-H Light Horse and Pony Club in Pennsylvania. After graduation from the College of Agriculture at the Pennsylvania State University, he, his father and two brothers formed Browns' Hoss-Pitality Stables, a public horse training, showing, and breeding stable located at the family farm in Linesville, PA.

While Browns' Hoss-Pitality Stables was an all-breed operation, its greatest success was in the Morgan Horse industry. The stable was successful in amassing 29 National, Grand National, or Reserve Grand National Championships, including several World Championships for the family and their clients during the first 11 years of the business. Additionally, innovative sales, marketing and promotional activities were the hallmark of Browns' Hoss-Pitality Stables with many of their strategies (i.e. broodmare leasing and breeding stallion syndication agreements) being adopted as standard operation procedures for several national breed associations. They also developed and conducted the very first Breeding Stallion Service Auction to raise money for their breed association.

Guy is a current or past active member of the Carriage Association of America, American Driving Society, United States Dressage Federation, United States Equestrian Federation, the Gold Cup Morgan Horse Show, Inc. and past officer/director of the Indiana Morgan Horse Club and Indiana All-Morgan Horse Show, Inc. He has been a life member of the American Morgan Horse Association since 1974.

He is a life-member and past director/officer of the Indiana Horse Council (IHC) and served as chairman of the Budget and Steering Committee, Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo Committee, Educational Conference Committee and their representative to the Hoosier Horse Park Advisory Committee; contributions which facilitated IHC winning the first ever Group - Van Ness Award from the American Horse Council. In 1988 Guy accepted an invitation from the President and Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council to serve on the American Horse Council's State Horse Council Advisory Committee.

"My main agenda as Interim Director is to serve the interests of the AMHA Board of Directors and help facilitate their needs through what I am quickly learning is a very capable staff," noted Guy. "AMHA has come to be a large member organization of broad scope with interests steeped in tradition."

Guy remains focused and dedicated to his task of keeping AMHA moving forward until a permanent replacement is announced. "I'm here to serve the Board which serves the membership. I'm not fooled into thinking that this job is about me. It is not about the Board, nor the AMHA membership. It is ALL about the horse and I intend to keep that in mind with everything I do."

The AMHA staff, Board of Directors, and members are pleased to have Guy as the Interim Director. We all wish him the best of luck with the American Morgan Horse Association.

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