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Megan Gallagher Wins 2019 Young Adult Alliance Judging School Scholarship

The American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance (YAA), presented their sixth annual Judging School Scholarship to Megan Gallagher of Grass Valley, California. The Professional Development Project created by this passionate group awards a $1,500 scholarship to one individual aged 21-40, professional or amateur, who is interested in attaining their Morgan R judging card.

“It has been wonderful to see past recipients of the AMHA YAA Judging School Scholarship stand in center ring at notable shows around the country - this program has helped and will continue to help young adults obtain their judging card and give back to the Morgan breed,” said YAA Co-Chair Steven Handy. 

“Our applicants this year were all well qualified and the field was very competitive. The winner, Megan Gallagher, runs a successful training facility in California and has won World and National titles in performance, trail and western dressage. Her operation is widespread and she is an active supporter and promoter of the Morgan breed. Her experience across a wide variety of disciplines will serve her well as a judge,” said Merin Maggi Judging School Scholarship Chair. 

Past recipients of the judging school scholarship include Josh Noble, Melissa Morrell, Jordan Cusumano, Celia Salmon, and Bobbie Jo Jaakkola. The application period for the next YAA Judging School Scholarship will be released in early June 2020 and will be awarded later that year. To learn more about the project visit

The American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance (YAA) is an organization of 18-40 year old amateurs and professionals working together to strengthen the Morgan breed. Established in 2013, this group was founded to create a platform for young adult members to build relationships, develop professionally, become civically and philanthropically active, and to contribute to the economic success of the Morgan community. For more information, visit: or email


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