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Morgan news than 50 family and friends enjoyed the celebration. The Mayor of Gardner presented Margaret with a letter of commendation, as did the Office of the President.
Gray, ME, and David Sproul will judge. For further information, contact Shannon Fielder, show manager, at hotshot92378@aol. com or at 207-441-4213.
WAY TO GO, MOE! TWICE AS NICE
Robert W. Brooks passed away in December of 2012.
PHOTO: (TOP) COURTESY OF PATTI BROOKS
With the death of Robert W. Brooks, the Morgan world lost one of its most dedicated and colorful horsemen. Bob passed quietly in his sleep on December 29, 2012, at 81 years of age. Best known for the amazing Morgans that defined Storybook Stables, Bob’s legacy will be forever tied to his lifelong dedication and commitment to all things Morgan. He operated Storybook Training Stables from 1959 to 1993 where he specialized in the training, showing, and marketing of show horses. He was an American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) licensed judge from 1975 to 2001, and an AHSA Judge Emeritus. He served five terms as president of the New England Morgan Horse Association (NEMHA). Bob and his wife of almost 30 years, Patti, were inducted into the 2003 American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Hall of Fame and the 2010 New England Morgan Horse Show (NEMHS) Hall of Fame. Bob was director of the AMHA for 20 years and was instrumental in establishing the AMHA Judging Standards
Committee. He was frequently sought after to speak at training sessions, clinics and conventions for horsemen throughout the U.S. and Canada. He received an AMHA Certificate of Appreciation for his years of work, was AMHA Man of the Year in 1993, and was recognized for serving as an AMHA Director from 1987-2001. Bob expressed a desire, in lieu of flowers, that donations be sent to the AMHA in his name as befitting his lifelong devotion to the breed.
Laura Kiefhaber, of Colden, NY, was recently awarded the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Champion title for the second year in a row! Her Morgan, SDS Kinsman’s Crusader, is the 2012 USEF Horse of the Year in the Morgan English Pleasure division. They captured reserve national champion honors in the Morgan Amateur Saddle division also. The trophies were awarded at the USEF Annual Convention and Gala Pegasus Banquet, in Louisville, KY, in mid-January. Laura and her beautiful chestnut Morgan are under the direction of Todd and Sandy Trushel of Corinthian Stables in Fairview, PA.
FUN SHOW The Maine Morgan Horse Club is sponsoring its Third Annual Fun Show on April 7. The show will be held at Cabot Morgans in
Whippet Run Farm’s PVF Power Factor and Rick Loveless had another successful year. Rick and Moe finished 2012 as USEF Reserve National Champions in Preliminary Driven Dressage, and sixth nationally for Morgans in Carriage Driving. This is in addition to Moe winning ridden dressage classes at the Carbery Fields open dressage and Mystic Valley Hunt Club open dressage shows in October 2012 in Third Level Test 3 and Fourth Level Test 1, with scores of 65% and 66.7%, respectively, with Dee Loveless riding.
HONORING JESSICA Shortly after the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown, CT, pictures and stories about the victims started circulating. One of the victims, six-yearold Jessica Rekos, was a horse lover and touched many in the
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CELEBRATING A CENTURY Margaret Paris, of Gardner, MA, turned 100 on January 8, 2013. For years, you could find Margaret on the rail at most of the New England area shows and at the Morgan Grand National in Oklahoma City, OK. She was cheering for her daughter, Shirley Haas, former owner of Tallman Training Stables; granddaughter, Robin Vergato of Jarmany Hill Morgans; and many friends. Her son, Romeo, and others organized a surprise party in the community room near Margaret’s apartment. More
Todd Trushel, Horse of the Year SDS Kinsman’s Crusader, Laura Kiefhaber, and Sandy Trushel from Corinthian Stables. March 2013
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