Monthly Archives: February 2008

The Future of the Horse Industry and the Economy

As I watched the news last night, I heard a comment that the gas prices are almost certain to reach an average of $4.00/gal this spring. Here, in NE Ohio, it has been around $3.00/gal and my husband and I have reluctantly adjusted by trading in our big SUV for a smaller car and parking…

My Laugh for Today

Back by popular demand, my equine joke. An old man, a boy & a donkey were going to town. The boy rode on the donkey & the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding. The…

Should Morgan Trainers Judge Morgan Shows?

In the post “Morgans In Hand” a reader commented that “Trainers should not judge!!”.  They also said that “I quit showing in the halter classes when they changed from confirmation halter to a performance class and quit being judged by breeders, vets, etc., and started to be judged by trainers.” I responded that I didn’t think that…

Adult Showmanship?

Does anyone know why the morgans don’t offer showmanship for adults? At QH shows the adult showmanship classes are packed and it gives people something else to work on with their horses. Am I the only one who misses doing showmanship with my horses?

Glynis Snowden on Emergency Preparedness

As I watched the news reports of the Southern California wildfires last fall, remember asking myself “What would I do if I was in the middle of that?” Although there are many reports and articles written about emergency preparedness, they are all too easy to ignore. “That will never happen to me” … “I will…

Western New York Morgan Horse Show

The following information comes to us from the New York State Morgan Horse Society: The Western New York Morgan Horse Show will be held May 23-25, 2008 at the Chemung County Fairgrounds in Horseheads, NY. The judges for the main ring are Daryl Hopson and Missy Hanover, with Larry Thurber judging the Carriage division and…

“Derby Gala” to Celebrate 20 years in Shelburne, VT (May 2-4, 2008)

The following information is from Julie Broadway, AMHA Executive Director via the AMHA press release: The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) and American Morgan Horse Institute (AMHI) hope you’ll spend the 133rd Kentucky Derby in Shelburne, Vermont, to help them celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “Home of the Morgan.” This is a fun filled…

Should Professional Trainers be Allowed to Head in the Classic Division?

In the comments to the post “Are Headers in the Walk/Trot and Classics Driving Classes Needed?” a discussion has arisen  as to whether the Classic Driving classes should allow professional trainers to head horses.  Presently, professionals are allowed to head as a “safety” measure, whereas in previous years only non-professional headers could enter the ring.  My personal opinion…

Pacific Northwest Springtime Morgan Horse Show

The following information comes to us from Caroline Cloud: The Springtime PNW Morgan Horse Show scheduled for May 23-25, in Spanaway, WA is an expansion on the 54 year old tradition of the PNW Morgan show held annually in August, the oldest Morgan competition West of the Mississippi!  Three years ago we initiated a Spring…

My Laugh for the Day

This was a forwarded email that I found hilarious. Maybe it’s my science background. MARYLAND SCIENCE EXAM…………………………. If you need a laugh, then read through these Children’s Science Exam Answers: Q: Name the four seasons. A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar. Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink. A:…