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A Trio Of Morgan Honorees At USEF Convention


Garn Walker and Mike Goebig were on hand to pick up their well-deserved USEF Awards.
(photo by Melissa Walker)



The recent USEF Convention in Cincinnati, OH saw a trio of top awards bestowed upon Morgan professionals. The awards ceremony celebrated accomplishments from throughout the equine world.


Mike Goebig, of Kutztown, PA, topped the list in saddle seat performance sections and received the C.J. "June" Cronan, Jr. Trophy. A widely known Morgan competitor, Goebig claimed a number of titles throughout the 2005 season including this competition season, including Champion Morgan Park Saddle Junior Horse at the New England Morgan, East Coast Champion Morgan Park Saddle at the New England Morgan, Champion Park Saddle Mare & Gelding at Morgan Grand National and World Championship, and World Champion Park Saddle at the Morgan Grand National and World Championship.


The Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy, awarded to an equestrian showing in a non-reining western discipline, went to Garn Walker, of Auburn, CA. Another tough competitor to beat in the Morgan world, this year Walker claimed titles of Champion Western Pleasure Junior Horse at the Far West Region 8 Morgan Championship, Champion Western Pleasure Junior Horse at the Morgan Medallion Classic, Champion Western Pleasure Gelding 15.1 & Over at Morgan Grand National and World Championship, Champion Western Pleasure Mare at Morgan Grand National and World Championship and Reserve Champion Western Pleasure at the Far West Region 8 Morgan Championship.


Morgan breeder Joyce Metters of HollyBrook Farm was honored as the 2005 leading Morgan breeder. This is a new ranking system for equestrian sport. In order to be ranked, breeders must be members in good standing of U.S. Equestrian and their USEF number must be entered in the horse’s file. Horses must be USEF Life or Annual Recorded and earning points in USEF Horse of the Year or Silver Stirrup divisions. Metters ended the year with 1,007 points.

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