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MID-ATLANTIC 2001 YEAR END AWARDS



by Suzy Lucine
Mt. Gretna, PA - Members of the Mid-Atlantic Morgan Horse Club gathered on Saturday afternoon, November 17, at The Timbers for their yearend festivities. On the afternoon’s agenda was a Board of Directors meeting, guest speaker Phil DuBois, a sumptuous buffet dinner, and the awarding of the 2001 Year-end winners. Two of the judges were also announced for the 2002 Mid-A Regional Show. Scott Thacker and Jim Lowry will judge the show ring classes for the show to be held August 7-11, at the Quentin Riding Club in Quentin, PA.

Mid-A President Mike Goebig announced that the club will be cosponsoring a Spring fun show at the New Jersey Horse Park with the New Jersey Morgan Horse Club. Mid-A Youth Director Abbie Felton reviewed the past year’s youth activities and what the group has planned for the coming year.

After an introduction by Joy Platz, Phil DuBois of Otterbrook Farm in Peterborough, NH stepped up to the podium. He brought with him a wide variety of videotapes to help illustrate his discussion of Morgan conformation. He stressed the need to maintain the soundness of our horses, no matter what discipline, both physically and mentally. He went on to discuss the substance and strength we need in our Morgans’ back ends.

DuBois then reflected on his thoughts following the September 11th terrorist attacks and focuses on some moral aspects of the equine industry. He strongly feels the need to call the equine industry a sport, because the horses are for our pleasure. He reviewed tragedies that have struck the equine world over the years, many stemming from egos and money.

He then turned his thoughts to a positive paragons. His paragon for a competitor is the late George Hoffman. He shared his feelings toward one of his fellow competitors in the carriage driving world, and read experts from an obituary written by Kathy Newcomb. His paragon for a competition was the annual Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition, and his paragon for a breeder was Margaret Gardiner of Kennebec Morgan Farm. He shared a few excerpts from the books she has written, and strongly encouraged anyone who had not had the pleasure of reading them, to put them on their list of things to do. He also urged all to visit her farm and if in attendance at the 2002 AMHA Convention, to sit in on Margaret’s presentation.

He concluded by saying how a community can work together and learn from people like George Hoffman and Margaret Gardiner, and the organizers/management of the Walnut Hill Driving Competition.

As members were making their way to the dessert buffet, Bernie Homer got their attention as Mike Goebig walked to the center of the room with a birthday cake in hand. Bernie went on to explain that is was Al Lucine’s 75th birthday, and he highlighted some of the Morgan activities Al has been involved with, including the Mid-A club and show, the American Morgan Horse Association and Institute, and the Morgan Grand National.

The afternoon ended with Mid-A Vice President Nina Quinn as the MC for the awards ceremony, and the awards were presented by points secretary Mary Ann Schafer.

PARK SADDLE
CH: MLF Bryce, John & Sally Eichlin

PLEASURE DRIVING
CH: Charlestown Symphonic, Susan Martin
Res.: Marle Hill Concert Master, Charlene Ellefson

ENGLISH PLEASURE
CH: Futurity's Gallant Son, Ashley Stine
Res.: Southerly Fiesta, John & Sally Eichlin

HUNTER PLEASURE
CH: Carreg Wen Sir Randolph, Darryl Whims
Res.: Tri Wynds Cassiopeia, Gail James

WESTERN PLEASURE
CH: Sacred Paths Nola, Jean & R.T. Custer.

AMATEUR
CH: Carreg Wen Sir Randolph, Darryl Whims
Res.: Tempest Abbey Road, Kay Cortelyou

CLASSIC PLEASURE
CH: UVM Alliance, Jessica Cavanaugh
Res.: Tempest Abbey Road, Kay Cortelyou

JUNIOR HORSE PLEASURE
CH: Futurity's Gallant Son, Ashley Stine
Res.: Sacred Path's Nola, Jean & R.T. Custer

GELDINGS IN HAND
CH: Carreg Wen Knight, John & Nancy Hendricks
Res.: Carreg Wen Sir Randolph, Darryl Whims

MARES IN HAND
CH: GC Trust Me, Barbara Lindauer
Res.: Mount-N-Shine Sapphire, Sandra & Eugene Essner

IN HAND (2 & Under)
CH: MLL Touch of Flair, Samantha Thomas
Res.: Tri Wynds Orion, Gail James

SPORT HORSE IN-HAND/SUITABILITY
CH: MLL Touch of Flair, Samantha Thomas
Res.: Tri Wynds Cassiopeia, Gail James

JUNIOR EXHIBITOR PLEASURE
CH: Carreg Wen Knight, John & Nancy Hendricks
Res.: Trinity So Rare, Jessica Mann

CARRIAGE
CH: RAM Funny Girl, Lisa Matta
Res.: Jubal Ashmore, Kathy Newcomb

WORKING HUNTER
CH: Tri Wynds Cassiopeia, Gail James
Res.: Statesman's Encore, Alison Frank

DRESSAGE
CH: Flair's Tribute, Margy Oden
Res.: Tri Wynds Cassiopeia, Gail James

PROMOTION
CH: Sybil Ashmore, Marty Keely
Res.: Tri Wynds Cassiopeia, Gail James

EQUITATION
CH: April Darling
Res.: Alison Frank

PATHWAYS
CH: Stormswept Cricket, Mary Ann Schafer
Res.: RAM Funny Girl, Lisa Matta

SPORT HORSE OF THE YEAR
CH: Tri Wynds Cassiopeia, Gail James
Res.: Flair's Tribute, Margy Oden

SHOW HORSE OF THE YEAR
CH: Carreg Wen Sir Randolph, Darryl Whims
Res.: Carreg Wen Knight, John & Nancy Hendricks

JR. EXHIBITOR OF THE YEAR
CH: April Darling
Res.: Alison Frank

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