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The Master's Touch Passes Away



It is with great sadness that Broadmoor must inform the Morgan Horse community that The Master’s Touch has died. This great stallion passed away at his Broadmoor home on Monday, September 26th at the age of 26.  “Matt,” as he was affectionately known to Mike Goebig and Dwayne Knowles, owners of Broadmoor, was the only horse in the history of the Morgan breed to have won the Open World Park Saddle Championship four times. In 1989, as a four-year-old, Matt beat his father, then the current world champion, Serenity Masterpiece. He went on to win the World Park Saddle Championship again in 1990, 1991, and 1994. 

Matt was retired to stand at stud at Broadmoor after an unprecedented, undefeated career under saddle. A very successful breeding stallion, Matt had many successful offspring, including World Ladies Park Harness Champion, CEN Can’t Touch This; Reserve World Three-Year-Old English Pleasure Champion, The Gifted Touch; World Two-Year-Old Park Harness Champion, The Magic Touch; Grand National Three-Year-Old Park Harness Mare and Gelding Champion, CN The Valiant Touch; and World Amateur Park Saddle Champion, CN The Masters Flyte. Matt continued to breed mares until the ripe old age of 25. His legacy continues through The Master’s Touch mares that have proven to be exceptional broodmares.

This horse of a lifetime was owned by Cindy Nord, who entrusted her beloved Matt to the care and training of Mike Goebig, who rode him to those unprecedented World Championships. For all who have ever seen this stallion perform, or watched him regally stand sentry in his stall, or owned a horse with his linage, or just appreciated greatness, the loss of this iconic stallion is deeply felt. 

Matt was buried in the outdoor arena at Broadmoor, where he can keep a close eye on Mike and Dwayne working horses (and also on his mares!). He will be sorely missed.

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