Spotlight on New York Morgan Youth
Caution! These young women are on their way to becoming the new backbone of the Morgan breed! From left, Rebecca Knowles, Cora Payne, and Anna Gallegos. Not pictured with an attractive cone was Victoria Weaver, but you can see her on her horse, Kitty.
Tori Weaver with Aquarian Ecstacy (Kitten) who is now 21 years old and has been showing at the NY show since she was a weanling.
Rebecca, Cora, Anna, and Victoria participated in the Youth of the Year
Contest at the Regional New York Show in Syracuse this September. The
four of them began the competition with the judging event, led by Steve
Davis of UVM. They went on to ride an equitation pattern judged by Coby
Holowacz of Vintage Valley. The next day they did their presentation s
on the topic of helping horses in need of rescue, and they did the
written test: which was generally enjoyed by adults and not the actual
testers. Go figure!
As it worked out, each of the four young women had slightly different strengths which they brought to the competition. Rebecca scored the highest overall on her equitation and her judging; Cora Payne scored the highest overall for the Walk/Trotters; Victoria Weaver scored the highest overall for her presentation; and Anna Gallegos scored the highest overall on her written test. Championship ribbons went out to Rebecca, our Senior; Anna, our Junior; Cora, one of our Walk/Trotters; and Victoria, Reserve Champion Walk/Trot.
Hopefully, all four girls will hone their skills throughout the year and return next year -- Rebecca will soon be old enough to compete for the scholarship! Better yet, as the years go by, these girls will have the opportunity to forge lasting friendships -- great for the girls, great for their horses, great for the breed!
Anna Gallegos shares a chuckle with Aquarius After Dark (above)
If you've news, notes or photos that you'd like to share regarding our young club members - please send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org. We're happy to share what's going on!8/20/2012 - Hello fellow morgan enthusiasts!
Just got this from Sally Conkling
I wanted to share this photo of my granddaughters, Kelly (on the left) and 22 month old Ailene Donovan on Kelly's horse, Cherrydale Sudden Impact (Suds). Suds has spent the local show season at Trinity Farm in Broadalbin where Kelly takes lessons from Suzanne Haberek and her staff. Looks like Ailene is going to be a Morgan rider, too.
This past meeting we practiced many things. We started the meeting off with a vote. We have also been collecting the UPC tags off the feed bags to raise money for a charitable horse organization. After raising about $100, we decided to donate half to a Morgan rescue and the other half to a therapeutic riding program.
Afterwards, we went over what all of us had to do to finish our youth achievement levels. Congratulations Emma on passing Woodbury!
We have also been collecting the UPC tags off the feed bags to raise money for a charitable horse organization. After raising about $100, we decided to donate half to a Morgan rescue and the other half to a therapeutic riding program.
Next we each got a horse and got to work. We quickly groomed and put on bridles. Before riding, we worked on how to fit and show a horse. We practiced turning, posing and standing so the judge could always see your horse.
Afterwards, we went into the barn again and put saddles on. We rode up to the outdoor ring where we worked on lots of dressage. All of us worked on making our transitions more clean, as well as memorizing the dressage letters.
Until next time!