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Mid-A ‘08 Announces Judges and Other News

The Mid-Atlantic Morgan Horse show is pleased to announce the hiring of Gerry Rushton and Jennifer Sommers to judge the June 25-28, 2008 show, held at the spectacular Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. Kent Moeller will be returning as show manager and Linda Burke will again be show secretary. Karen Vinsant of Gladstone, VA will judge the Dressage division and Molly Corcoran will return as the Dressage Coordinator. The hunter/jumper, carriage driving and reining judge will be announced a later date.

Gerry Rushton of Rushton Stables in Gavilan Hills, CA, has operated a public training stable for 25 years. He has trained more than 40 Morgan World Champions, and personally, he has shown four Morgans to Open World titles, including the great stallions Fletcher Banjo John and CCR's Outrajus Corajus. He has been a licensed judge for 18 years, and has bred several world and national champion Morgans.

Jennifer Sommers of Alta Loma, CA, is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University with a degree in equine science. She returned to the university to teach a variety of courses in the equine studies program. For 11 years, she coached the university’s equine judging team to several championship honors at the Morgan Grand National, the US Arabian Nationals and the Quarter Horse World Championship shows. Jennifer trains Morgans from Royal Griffith Farm, and she and her husband breed Morgans with the Deer Creek prefix. Jennifer has shown and trained several world and national champions, including Startrend Stepin Out and Black Tie Affair.

At the November 2007 meeting of the show committee, Dr. Albert Lucine announced his retirement as Show Committee Chairman, a role he has held for more than 40 years. The membership would like to express their gratitude for his seemingly endless energy and drive on behalf of the show. The position was filled by Charles P. Staley. ‘CP’ brings much experience to this role as he has been to every MidA Show of his life, and has volunteered at the show since he was 14 years old. His late grandfather, Mike Brittain, was the show’s first manager.

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