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NEMHA Winter Getaway

The Annual New England Morgan Horse Association (NEMHA) Getaway will be held Friday, January 24 - Sunday, January 26 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport, RI.

Registration begins at the hotel around 3:30 on Friday, and Convention Chairman Maura Sweeney-Reeve recommends touring the Newport Mansions or enjoying downtown Newport shopping. If you want to stay at the hotel, the facility offers a pool and spa as well as entertainment in the lounge Saturday’s clinic begin with an 8:30 registration at nearby Stonegate Farm. The clinic schedule (approximate) is as follows:

8:30am Registration
9:00-10:30 - Mini Judges School - Harry Sebring, Cindy Mugnier
10:45-11:05 - Saddle Seat Equitation - Lisa Richardson
11:05-11:25 - Western/Stock Seat Equitation - Barbara Irvine
11:25-11:45 - Hunt Seat Equitation - Cindy Mugnier
11:45-12:05 - Hunter Pleasure - Cindy Mugnier
12:05-12:25 - Classic Pleasure - Cindy Mugnier
12:30-1:00 - Lunch
1:00-1:20 - Western Pleasure - Dottie Brittingham
1:20-1:40 - Developing the Park Horse - Harry Sebring, Rick Stevens
1:40-2:00 - Proper Harness Fitting - Harry Sebring, Rick Stevens
2:00-2:30 - Working Amateur English Pleasure Rider-Earleen Kenyon
2:30-3:00 - Bits and Bitting - Jim Ummel
3:00 - Presentation of Stonegate Farm’s World Champion Stallions

Also, Marsha Shepard of Marsha De Arriaga will display her fine line of show ring attire and other fashion attire and accessories at the Hyatt. She will also host a fashion show during Saturday’s lunch break at Stonegate Farm.

The NEMHA Circuit Champions Awards Banquet is Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency. The cocktail hour begins at 6:00 pm, followed by the awards banquet.

A popular segment of the annual NEMHA Getaway has been the Sunday morning breakfast with AMHA Executive Director Fred Braden. This will begin at 9:00 am, and will be followed by the NEMHA annual membership meeting.

There are also youth activities planned for both days. Saturday, youths will be attending the clinics at Stonegate Farm. On Sunday, a Horse Bowl Contest, sponsored by Connecticut Morgan, will be held at 10:30 at the Hyatt. Lunch and a pool party will follow. Contact Johnna Chenail at 860-437-7444 for registration information.

Convention reservations should be made with Maura Sweeney-Reeve by January 15th. Her phone number is 508-946-1324, and her e-mail address is

Call the Hyatt Regency for room reservations at 1-800-633-7313, and mention NEMHA to get a special room rate. The hotel’s website is For additional information on this convention, go to the NEMHA website at

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