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Winter In New England . . . Morgan Style!

The New England Morgan Horse Association (NEMHA) has hosted a weekend get-together annually for the past several years. It gives club members the chance to catch up on the happenings since show season, enjoy clinics and seminars, celebrate the previous season's circuit champions, and have club and show meetings and elect directors for the new year. This year's NEMHA Weekend held on January 21-23 also served as the grand opening of New England's newest state of the art facility Taylor River Farm.

The Gove family of Taylor River Farm extended an open invitation to the Morgan community for an Open House on Friday evening. The Goves along with trainer Richard Boulé greeted approximately 100 guest to show off the heated facility and its equine occupants. Taylor River Farm is proud to offer a wide variety of services in training, sales and lessons to horse enthusiasts of all ability levels. The farm's innovative business plan features two entities, the training and lesson programs which are run independently of each other, yet under the same blanket of excellence.

Taylor River Farm is located on 25 beautiful acres in the heart of New Hampshire's seacoast in Hampton Falls, just minutes from I-95, Route 1 and Route 101. The barn expertly created by Morton Buildings and Tony Fallon Architecture is two-stories featuring 30 stalls with an attached 81' by 202' heated indoor arena, and a heated and air-conditioned viewing room along with many other amenities.

While Taylor River Farm was the center of all of the equine plans for the NEMHA Weekend. The Sheraton Portsmouth served as the gathering point for the meetings and banquet. The weekend began with temperatures hovering around zero with wind chills well below zero. With a forecast of a yet-undetermined amount of snow for the later part of the weekend, Saturday's clinic at Taylor River Farm featured an ever-changing schedule. In spite of the weather forecast, about 100 people enjoyed watching some outstanding Morgans and learning from some noted professionals.

Richard Boulé and Sarah Gove and their team did a great job filling in for some of the clinicians unable to make it in due to the weather. They gave demonstrations on many of the show ring disciplines with such grand show ring performers as Cartier, FRF Seattle Reign, Graywood's Arthur, Dorneywood's Stars N Stripes, The Lion King and Equinox Giovanni. Noted dressage judge and trainer Dee Loveless discussed and exhibited the attributes of a Morgan dressage horse with Meadowmere Courelation. Renowned western trainer Judy Nason brought a trio of horses; Pondview Picante, Swanbrook Sam I Am and Movado; in different stages of training to demonstrate and discuss bits and bitting of the western horse.

Roger Lanze of the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Mass. gave an informative demonstration on trailer safety and emergency rescue. Local photojournalist L.A. Pomeroy shared some of her insights and tips of the trade. The day also featured a fashion show on the latest in show ring attire for saddle seat, hunt seat, western and driving by Marsha Shepard of Marsha D'Arriaga along with hunt and dressage attire by Cactus City during lunch in the indoor arena. There were also numerous other vendors on hand at Taylor River. As the snow began to fly outside, attendees thanked the Goves for their hospitality and headed back to Portsmouth for the evening's festivities.

As the snow turned into a full fledged blizzard, nearly three-quarters of the 200 scheduled to attend the awards banquet braved the elements to attend. New Englanders are hale and hearty as they proved showing up in their finest to mingle, accept awards and support the Morgan breed.

NEMHA President Helen Herold welcomed everyone and gave out numerous plaques to those who have ensured a great year for NEMHA, NEMHS and a great weekend in New Hampshire. The final award prior to the circuit champions award was that of NEMHA Person of the Year. A very surprised Debra Lane accepted the award and the just praise from Herold and gave a lovely acceptance speech. It was then time for AMHA Director At Large and New England's own Harry Sebring to take over the podium to introduce the 2004 NEMHA Circuit Champions listed below with his own inimitable style.

For some, the NEMHA Weekend ended on Sunday with a breakfast which included a discussion along with questions and answers with Harry Sebring about AMHA and the all important upcoming election. The official business concluded with the NEMHA Annual Meeting and election of officers while the blizzard began to slow and the New England Patriots prepared to defend their AFC Championship. The Morgan horses, the Morgan people, the Patriots. . .it was a championship weekend in New England.

2004 Circuit Champions Final Point Standings

Classic Pleasure Driving - -1 Answer The Call -2 Equinox Giovanni

Classic Pleasure Saddle- -1 Rumor Has It -2 Penncrest Mira S

Amateur English Pleasure- -1 Rare Obsession

Amateur Western Pleasure- -1 Arcadia's Odyssey -2 Equinox Romeo

Amateur Hunter Pleasure- -1 Howe I Command -2 Graywood's Maeric

Amateur Park Saddle- -1 Mikaela's The Overcomer -2 Townshend Rise And Rule

Amateur Pleasure Driving- -1 Hillock Rienzi -2 Politically Correct

Beginners Pleasure -- Hunt / Western- -1 Marin Royal Command -2 Orwood Madison Bay

Beginners Pleasure -- Saddle Seat- -1 Successive Endeavors -2 Merriehill Wish Me Well

Carriage Pleasure Driving- -1 UC Rianna -2 Green Vale Dokota Dancer

Carriage Obstacles- -1 UC Rianna -2 Green Vale Dokota Dancer

Carriage Dressage -1 UC Rianna -2 Green Vale Dokota Dancer

Dressage -- Young Rider -1 Taproot Old Glory -2 Hartland Intrepid

Dressage -- Training Level -- Sr. Rider -1 Bittersweet Beaujangles -2 FHF Caleb

Dressage -- First Level & Above -1 Taproot Flagship -2 Stormhaven Hopscotch

Western Equitation -1 Danielle Vigneault -2 Michael Malinowski

Hunt Seat Equitation -1 Stevie Meder -2 Nicole Morrison

Saddle Seat Equitation -- Under 14 -1 Katie Coney -2 Stephanie Marcelonis

Senior Saddle Seat Equitation -1 Elizabeth Stockwell -2 Samantha Sargent

Classic Equitation -1 Tricia Morrison

Walk-Trot Equitation -- Hunter / Western -1 Miller Young Fina -2 Samantha Franks

Walk-Trot Equitation -- Saddle Seat -1 Gaetana D'alesio-Spina

Weanling In Hand -1 DRF Immortal Masterpiece

Yearling In Hand -1 DRF French Reflection

Mares In Hand -1 Pearl Of Wisdom

Stallions In Hand -1 UVM Jubilant

Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure -1 Riverdance -2 SpringMill Independence

Junior Exhibitor Western Pleasure -1 DFM Poetic Justice -2 NKS So Fine

Junior Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure -1 Raintree Val Jean -2 Meadowair Yomen

Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving -1 Paparazzi -2 Absolute Appeal

Junior Exhibitor Park Harness -1 Com-O-Shun Avante

Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure (Saddle / Driving) -1 Hermitage Avatar -2 UVM Uptown

Junior Horse -- English Pleasure -1 Gotti -2 Sarde's Sinful

Junior Horse -- Hunter Pleasure -1 Raintree Resurrection

Junior Horse -- Western Pleasure -1 FIF Celtic's Star -2 Lady's Mystic Angel

Junior Horse -- 3 Year Old Pleasure Driving -1 CBMF Strike Zone

Junior Horse -- 4 Year Old Pleasure Driving -1 CBMF Ruling Class

Ladies English Pleasure -1 Festival Flamenco -2 Rare Obsession

Ladies Western Pleasure -1 Acadia's Odyssey -2 Equinox Romeo

Ladies Hunter Pleasure -1 Meadowair Yomen -2 Meadowair Deal Me Aces

Ladies Classic Pleasure -- Saddle / Driving -1 Rumor Has It -2 Hillwood Irish Belle

Ladies Pleasure Driving -1 Politically Correct

Open Park Saddle -1 Something Wicked

Open Western Pleasure -1 Bogalusa 2 Treldes Tanqueray

Open Hunter Pleasure -1 Meadowair Yomen -2 Stella Blue

Open English Pleasure -1 Heyday Molly Stark -2 Queens Protocol

Roadster -1 HVK Stradavarius

Hunter / Jumper -1 Three D Renegade -2 Kings Thunder Alley -3 Mtn Laurel Misty Moonlight

Open Road Hack -1 Whispering On The Rocks -1 Irish Justinian

Youth Pleasure Driving -1 Politically Correct

Youth English Pleasure -1 OH Independence Hall -2 Roselyn Superman

Youth Hunter Pleasure -1 Meadowair Corporate Image -2 Mtn Run Noble Contender

Trail Ride -1 LWF Paljoe Promise -2 LBF Hickory Smoke

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