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Buckeye Morgan Challenge Celebrates The Morgan

The 35th Annual Buckeye Morgan Challenge celebrated the Morgan horse in style at Roberts Arena in Wilmington, Ohio on Sept. 9-11, 2005. David Earehart performed the judging duties along with learner judge Ed Creighton. Dayan Birchler, show manager, was ably assisted by Dayne Maple as show secretary. Mr. Gene Holloway served as ringmaster with Judy Peters as USEF steward.

The show committee held a special event on Friday evening after the last class, which depicted the Morgan horse's history as well as all of the venues the Morgan, competes in today. This Celebration of the Morgan Horse featured several Ohio Morgan Horse Association club members exhibiting their Morgans during the presentation to the delight of the crowd. On Saturday evening, the always popular exhibitors’ party featured a Beach Party theme, complete with flower leis, beach hats and plenty of food. Elizabeth Burick put the finishing touches on this event and it was a big hit with all the exhibitors.

The Buckeye features qualifying and championship classes for all divisions as some exhibitors tune up for Oklahoma while other wind down their show season. A unique and very popular class is the Liberty class, where the horse and exhibitor are dressed in costume and the horse performs at Liberty (without even a halter) for two minutes to original music. This class is always a hit with the spectators and each entry received loud cheers and hearty applause.

The Buckeye Morgan Challenge is always a fun show aimed at the junior exhibitor and amateur participation. If you want to go to an old-fashioned fun horse show, put the Buckeye on your calendar for 2006.

Complete results can be found by clicking on Show Results.

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