Skip to content

Tara Farm Hosts 40th Anniversary Celebration



by Diana Davidson
RALEIGH, N.C. - The year 2001 will be remembered as perhaps the greatest year in the storied history of Tara Farm. Fran Pugh had planned for a year of celebrations in honor of Tara Farm's 40th anniversary, and there certainly has been plenty to celebrate.

Tara Farm's show season featured many show ring highlights from Southern States to Mid-A to Oklahoma. The Morgan Grand National was certainly memorable for Fran Pugh as she collected her first personal world championship on the lines of Cedar Creek Rambunctious as the Classic Pleasure Driving World Champion directed by Tara Farm trainers Ken and Diana Swanson. Pugh's brilliant Man In Motion also achieved the pinnacle of success as the World Champion Stallion presented by Lynn Peeples. This was a particularly historic win as Man In Motion became the second Tara Farm owned horse to earn the honors as he did so exactly 20 years after Apollo's Reflection first won the title.

The grand finale of Tara Farm's yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary was held at the perfectly appointed farm on Saturday, November 3. Fran Pugh welcomed a large group of friends from the Morgan world in the center of the show barn for cocktails with all of the horses eagerly peering out of their stalls at their visitors.

Many time champion Tara's War Eagle was hooked to a carriage with Ken Swanson at the whip as Eagle served to chauffeur many of the guests to the farm's lakeside party pavilion where the southern style buffet awaited. Following a sumptuous dinner, Fran Pugh thanked everyone for their friendship and for sharing in her love of Morgan horses. The AMHA Board of Directors and staff who were in Raleigh for meetings attended the party, and AMHA President George Arnold also thanked Pugh for all of her years of devotion to and promotion of the Morgan horse.

More Stories

  • Sunday Night Excitement

    With the Junior Exhibitor Park class being split, 14 events were held on the Sunday evening session, which started at 6:30 p.m. with the ASR Sweepstakes Four-Year-Old Fine Harness class. That class gave the general spectators their thrill for the night as Debbie Foley lost a wheel on her buggy and the horse got loose momentarily. Everything ended okay but she could not get everything back together in the allotted time.  Read More
  • Monday Matinee Highlights

    The first 9:00 a.m. session of the week kicked off Monday's competition with a couple younger age group equitation classes and a slew of pleasure classes for both the American Saddlebreds and Hackneys. Read More
  • REPORT Leaderboard

    Saddle Horse Report is pleased to present the New REPORT Leaderboard winners which tabulates the leading trainers and sires, both within the American Saddlebred and Hackney Pony classes, at the 2017 World's Championship Horse Show through the end of classes on Sunday, August 20. Read More
  • Sunday Matinee Highlights From WCHS

                The second session of the 2017 World’s Championship Horse Show got underway at noon on Sunday with 15 classes, namely four splits of the Adult Show Pleasure class, older age group equitation classes, open park qualifiers, amateur road pony and horse classes, gaited ponies and an amateur gentlemen’s long-tail class. Read More
  • Honor Society

    Kathy Humphries and Honor Society were reserve in Sunday afternoon’s Amateur Junior Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony class. Longtime friend and trainer Myra Williams worked it out for them to become a team and move to Majestic Oaks to pursue Kathy’s dream of showing her pony at Louisville under the Campbell’s direction. Read More
  • Instant Connection

    A last minute substitution turned out great for Jordyn Isgrigg and Reedann's Fantastic Design. Read More
  • Opening Night At The World's Championship Horse Show

            The 114th World’s Championship Horse Show got underway Saturday night, August 19 with 89 teams competing in the opening session. As tradition dictates it was County Fair night with seven championships held. Rich and Maureen Campbell’s Majestic Oaks won all three pony classes with Maureen driving Regal’s Norma Jean LF, Regal’s Prime Rate LF and Heartland Infinity to the roses. Read More
  • Latest Issue Aug 21 17

    Read More
  • AMHA Regional Shows to Continue

    The AMHA Board of Directors voted at its August 12 third quarter meeting to continue the Regional Show Program with changes to its criteria beginning with the 2018 show season... Read More
  • 2017 Land Of Lincoln Purebred Livestock Breeder’s Award – Paul Briney

    Paul Briney of Chatham, Illinois, has ben a strong advocate for purebred equine in the State of Illinois for over 50 years. He was instrumental in the development of the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois (HCI) established in 1982... Read More