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Volume 19 Number 2 Foals & Events 2009

The Official Magazine of the Historic Morab Horse

Lifetime Achievement Award Program Winners


SIR RAF ROYALE (RAF Sydin x Mt. Toby’s Princess) 15 HH Palomino Morab



(Dreamweaver Montego x CCS Comma) 15.3 HH Bay Morab

(Jericho’s Mr. Chauvinist x Ta-ket) 15 HH Grey Morab



(WNS Widenstone x Mary Mel’s Glo-girl) 15.3 HH Flaxen/Chestnut Gaited Morgan

(Wachuset Blackhawk x Jericho’s Royal Ashlin) 14.3 HH Buckskin Morab



(LJ Morning Reveille x Clonmel Cajun Caress) 15 HH Palomino Morgan

(Society Benedict x THI Keepsake) 14.3 HH Black/Chestnut Morgan

WWA KURAFI (WP Akeem x Flabys Saari) 15.3 HH Grey Straight Egyptian Arabian

$800 for an In-Utero foal sired by: Montego’s Thunder, Mary Mel’s Mystery, Jericho’s Mr. Sterling, Jericho’s Royal Stormhawk, THI Cherokee and WWA Kurafi and out of a Jericho Creek owned mare

JERICHO CREEK MARES THAT ARE AVAILABLE: Jericho’s Royal Princess 1994 bay 15HH Morab mare (Sir RAF Royale x Ari’s Black Diamond) Desert Elegance ASF 2000 bay 15.HH Morab mare (Shalimaar Shirah x DCA Aprilis Elegance) GHA Black Silk 1999 black 15.3HH Arabian mare (Saud El Warsaw x GHA Cherie) RH Major Tease 2004 chestnut 15.3HH Arabian mare (DS Major Afire x Shahtease) Other mares may be available please contact us for more information.

All Breed Training, Showing & Lessons For Sale: Morabs, Morgans and Arabians

JERICHO CREEK FARMS I & II Linda & Norm Konichek Wendy Konichek S.101 W.34628 Hwy LO Eagle, WI 53119 262-594-3667 Linda 262-470-3299 Wendy Email:

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Volume 19 Number 2 Foals & Events 2009

The Official Magazine of the Historic Morab Horse

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN Ingrid Buchmeier PO Box 1148 Lander, WY 82520 (307)332-4629

Registry Report …………………………..…….5 On the Front Cover.……………………….……4 View from the Chair……………….…………...5 Riding the Trails With Judi………….…...…….6 Online Show Results…………………………...8-12 Farm News……………………………………...13-22 Ask the Trainer………………………………….22 A Magnificent Morab …………….…………….24 Book Review.…………………….……………..25 IMBA Regions Map …………………………….26 Region Reports………………………………....27-30 Horse Health………..…………………………..31-33 Lifetime Achievement Award Program…...…..34 Youth Programs……..………………………….39 Youth Results…………...………………………40-41 Membership Application …………………...…..37 Morab Perspective Advertising rates ………...38

VICE CHAIRMAN Karen Petersen 850 Rt. 537 Cream Ridge, NJ 08514 609 -758-1776 SECRETARY Dan Smith 3765 Mt. Carmel Rd. Clever, MO 65631 TREASURER Denise Schneider 468 Tip Lane Brookneal, VA 24528 (434)376-9738


REGISTRAR/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Karen Smith 24 Bauneg Beg Road Sanford, ME 04073 1 -866-667-2246 DIRECTOR Wendy Konichek N8075 Behling Rd. Tomahawk, WI 54487 (715)453-9321

Freedom Farm..................................................17 Jericho Creek Farms……………………….……Inside Front Cover, 16 Online Photo Show……………………………...7 Photo Classifieds………………………………..35-36 Rainbows Gait Ranch.......................................6 Thank-you Ad …………………………………...33

The Morab Perspective Deadlines and Features are: Foals & Events July 31 Breeders Guide January 31 For More information about Article submission and Advertising go to page 60

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Denise Schneider 468 Tip Lane Brookneal, VA 24528 IMBA WEBSITE

From The Editor Wendy Konichek

This issue of the Morab Perspective is being printed by the online company I apologize for the lateness of this issue, I moved back to our family farm in Eagle, Wisconsin and still am trying to sell my property in Tomahawk. The move became very complicated since it involved moving twenty-five horses, including nine stallions. To travel between the farms is a four-hour trip one way and many times I made the trip up and back in the same day. Not to mention the fact that we had to get fencing and stalls made in Eagle. So it has been a very hectic summer. I still have not moved anything from my house hold yet, there just has not been any spare time; hopefully things will slow down soon. I was asked to have this be my last issue of the Morab Perspective, the new editor will be Jane Licht.. She was the editor many years ago so she knows quite a bit about this publication. I also will no longer be on the IMBA Board due to a new rule vote in 2008, so I wish good luck to those who are still serving for IMBA. The next issue is the Breeders Guide issue so be sure to let us know what is going on with you and your horses. There is no charge to send articles and Farm News along with pictures. The Deadline is January 31, 2010. For more Information and Advertising Rates go to page 38.

Wendy Konichek Please send your information to:

On the Front Cover Lifetime Achievement Award Program Winners Top Left: Bronze Award, Jericho’s Silver Hawk, Morab gelding (Jericho’s Royal Stormhawk, Morab x SH Say Sarina, Arabian) Owned by Lisa Stallman Photo Credit: Bridget Lockridge Top Middle: Silver Award, Jericho’s Royal Serenade, Morab mare (Sir RAF Royale, Morab x Calenscio, Arabian) Ridden and owned by Marlene Hoop Top Right: Bronze Award, RL Raindrops on Roses, Morab mare (Windmere Royal Topaz, Morab x JW Aurora, Arabian) Ridden and owned by Sara Licht Photo Credit: Bridget Lockridge Middle Left: Silver Award, Jericho’s Magnum Force, Morab gelding (Moro Hill Magnum, Morgan x Ari’s Black Diamond, Arabian) Owned by Wendy & Linda Konichek, Carolyn Harris. Photo Credit: Brittany Wendorf Middle Right: Silver Award, Windmere Mocha Royale, Morab gelding (Windmere Royal Topaz, Morab x Windmere Lady Omega, Morab ) Ridden and owned by Dj Sproat Bottom: Bronze Award, RL Rosali, Morab mare (Windmere Royal Topaz, Morab x Rosie’s Fleur de Lis, Morgan) Driven by Wes Licht. Owned by Wes & Jane Licht Photo Credit: Bridget Lockridge

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REGISTRY REPORT Karen Karen Smith, Smith, Registrar Registrar

2009, has been a slow year for IMBA, as I assume it is in most of the country. Memberships have held steady, with most members st taking advantage of the early bird discount and saving $5 by renewing before January 31 . Thank you for supporting IMBA. It seems breeders are breeding less foals in the past few years, resulting in less foal registrations. We did have many take advantage of the older Morab special registration price this spring. Congratulations to all on your new certificates. I would like to say “thank you” to Ingrid Buchmeier and DJ Sproat for their dedication in making the first IMBA Online Open Horse Show a great success. Many members and non-members participated. The show was filled with wonderful pictures of Morabs, along with many other horse breeds and non horse photos. The second show has already started and can be found at Please check it out and send in those photos. See the results from the first show elsewhere in this issue. For those who may have sadly lost a dear Morab, Morgan or Arabian. I would like to remind you that we offer a “Greener Pastures” article in the MP. If you would like to pay tribute and share the story of a horse that has passed on please contact the editor at The annual meeting will be held on November 07, 2009 at the home of Ingrid Buchmeier in Lander, Wyoming. Anyone who is interested in attending in person or via phone conference may contact the IMBA office. We look forward to another great year and hope that you will join us this year in person or via phone conference.

Enjoy your Morabs

Karen E Smith

VIEW FROM THE CHAIR Ingrid Buchmeier, Chairman

The International Morab Breeders Association is looking forward to its first meeting in the western US. The meeting will be held here in Lander, Wyoming. It will also be open via phone conference if anyone is interested in that option. Please let a board member know if you would like to attend via phone. The economy has affected the horse market. The Morab is the type of horse that will do well in spite of the economy. They are great family horses. Fewer people are breeding in this poor economic economy, but the quality of the horses is increasing. The first photo show was very successful and I am looking forward to how the current show will finish. The online is the only real fund raising opportunity IMBA has besides advertising and registrations. I would encourage each member to submit an entry to this show. Members have been asking for something like the show to have the opportunity to compete against other Morabs. As the show becomes more successful we will be encouraged to add video classes and perhaps even a futurity. We look forward to "seeing" you at the Annual meeting in November. Don't forget to vote. It is a great way to guide your organization.


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Cruiser’s New Speed I can only use this command when Cruiser will actually find Ellen. I don’t want to ruin the magic. What I have been doing is adding Cruiser has always been a speedy horse, and I love him that way. some gentle leg pressure—just enough to speed him up, but not enough for him to think I am asking for a trot. I think he is making Unfortunately, with a healed bowed tendon, I did’t think it would a connection because he is starting to gait from the leg pressure. be wise to blast down the trails like we used to in the spring on I have been tossing in “good boys” and that is helping. He still those early trail rides. Extended trotting can be hard on a bad tendon, so I needed him to slow down for his springtime condition- does the best when we can “find Ellen.” ing. He won’t do it with other horses—he doesn’t want to leave them, We started out just trotting short sections of trail. When he got too and he walks with Ellen for the same reason. He has settled down, and I am now able to trot him towards home, so we have fast, I brought him to a walk for a minute and then tried again. This worked well when we were riding away from home, but when been doing it less than in the spring, but he will still do it. I am still we tried it going towards home, he was fast on the first stride, and in awe over the whole thing. he just wouldn’t settle down. I decided we would go home at a The most surprising part is how he picked up on the word cues. I walk for a while. It worked, sort of. never would have predicted the success. It goes to show you that we are teaching them all the time whether we know it or not. Since Cruiser wanted to go faster and I wouldn’t let him, he deAlso, it is proof that we can teach an old horse a new trick. cided to gait. He has been occasionally gaiting ever since I got him nearly twenty years ago. He would only do it when he traveled downhill or was very excited. I am fairly certain he is doing a stepping pace. It’s faster than a walk, but not as fast as his trot, and I have always enjoyed it. He just cruises along on a loose Home of my free e-newsletters for the pleasure trail rider and my rein. two awesome books "Trail Training for the Horse and Rider" and "Trail Horse Adventures and Advice" Well, this spring, he was gaiting a lot—which I think is a good sign since he hadn’t offered it very much in the last few years. I think he was telling me that he felt good (and wanted to trot towards home.) The first time when he did it, I told him “Good boy.” He heard those words and accelerated! I was shocked. I never thought he knew that “good boy” really meant “good boy.” I figured it was just mindless chatter to him. I tried a few more times, and he ended up going faster than he ever did for me at his gait. We were flying down the trail. I was thrilled. I decided I wanted to do this more often —but how could I cue him to do it? The next ride, I experimented. I tried collection, and he just collected his walk or went into a collected trot. If I just urged him forward, he wanted to trot. I was just not getting through to him. This wasn’t a surprise. A nearly 22-year-old horse that has never been asked to gait can’t be expected to know just what I want him to do. Since my sister, Ellen, and I only have three horses between us, on the weekends she often walks with me on the trail when I ride my second horse. The following weekend, she joined us. Of course, she can’t keep up with us when we trot, so I end up way ahead of her. I then turn around and head towards home. Years ago, we taught Cruiser to play the “Find Ranger” game. If my sister’s horse, Ranger’s, shoes were too worn and she didn’t want to take him on a long, fast ride, she would leave the barn later than us and meet us on the way home. I would tell Cruiser to “Find Ranger” and after doing it enough, he knew the game. I would say the words, he would raise his head, look around and go faster. This game transformed in time into “Find Ellen.” When we were looking for her, his head would go up, he would look around and trot faster. I thought I would try it to encourage him to gait. It worked like a charm! I was so amazed. He instantly went from a walk into his gait. I said it a few more times, and he went faster! Morab Perspective 2009 Foals & Events Page 6

Judi and Cruiser.

International Morab Breeders' Association Online Show

2010 Photo Contest Participate in the fun of On-line showing! Enter a Horse Show without leaving your home. Open to ALL BREEDS and animal friends. High Point awards and rosette ribbons to 4th place. IMR registered Morab horses can earn points for the L.A.A.P program.

Entry Fees: $5.00 per class IMBA Members $7.00 per class Non-members

Submit your entries from February 1st to June 30, 2010 Results will be posted August 1st Morab Perspective 2009 Foals & Events Page 7

1st IMBA ONLINE SHOW RESULTS This year IMBA hosted the first Online Photo Show open to all breeds of horses. The Morab class results are listed below. For complete class results please visit:

Overall Reserve Open High Point Overall Morab Reserve High Point

The Judges were: Mallory Mumford, Ontario Canada Mallory is currently a Veterinary Technology student at St Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. She has also attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and graduated from the Equine Studies program with a major in Horsemanship. Mallory has judged a variety of events at local horse and pony club shows and fairs. She also competes locally, focusing on Western speed events and also Western Pleasure, English Pleasure and some jumping events. She currently owns two Quarter Horses and another one on the way in the spring. Leslye Hutto, Wyoming, USA Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Leslye began riding at the age of two. She later successfully showed at the national level on the AHSA, Southeastern and Southwestern Show Circuits. This lead to being on the management and training team of a show barn and breeding operation in Louisiana. On occasion, Leslye judged English and western pleasure, equitation, Arabian and half-Arabian classes at local shows. She now lives on a ranch outside of Lander, WY and has two fantastic fillies. Red Rock Artemesia (aka, Gum Drop) a beautiful, three year old, Morab and Redrock Shateza, an elegant, grey, two year old Arabian. Overall Open High Point Overall Morab High Point Overall Morab Only Reserve

Jericho's Mr Chauvinist Morab Gelding owned by Wendy Konichek Photo by Karen Leitz

Windmere Mocha Royale Morab Gelding owned by DJ Sproat

Morab Class Results 1. Morab fillies two-and-under

1st-RL Robins Song Wes and Jane Licht

3rd-Jericho's Magic Lady Wendy Konichek Photo by Pam O'Connell

2nd-Red Rock Hunni Bunni Roger and Ingrid Buchmeier

4th-Perfidiya Prue Critchley

Overall Morab Only High Point

RL Rosali Morab Mare owned by Wes & Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

Honorable Mention-Red Rock Treasure Roger and Ingrid Buchmeier

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1st IMBA ONLINE SHOW RESULTS 2. Morab Colts, 2 & Under

1st-Jerichos Royal Stormhawk Wendy Konichek 2nd-Jericho's Mr Chauvinist Photo Pam O’Connell Wendy Konichek Photo Pam O’Connell

Honorable Mention-Jericho's Lady Margarita Linda Konichek Photo by Dave Zizzo

4. Morab Geldings 4 & Over

3rd-KC's I-Kinn Do It Roger and Ingrid Buchmeier

4th-Tonka's Dakari Marianne Marsden

Honorable Mention-Perestroikaa Prue Critchley

1st-RL Royal Ranger Wes and Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

2nd-Jericho's Mr Chauvinist Wendy Konichek Photo by Karen Leitz

3rd-Windmere Mocha Royale Dj Sproat

3. Morab Mares, 3 & over

4th-Fort William Prue Critchley

Morab Stallions 3 & Over

1st-RL Rosali Wes and Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

3rd-Jericho's Royal Ashlin Wendy Konichek

2nd-Midnite's Haley Comet Taylor and Jennifer Bayne

4th-Perfidiya Prue Critchley

1st-Montego's Thunder Wendy Konichek, Ken and Susan Kromrie Photo by Casi Weisnecht

2nd-Windmere Royal Topaz Wes and Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

3rd-Sir RAF Royale 4th-Jericho's Magnum Force Wendy and Linda Konichek Linda & Wendy Konichek, Carolyn Photo by Karen Leitz Harris Photo by Bridget Lockridge

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1st IMBA ONLINE SHOW RESULTS 6. Grand and Reserve Morab Champion

Grand ChampionRL Rosali Wes and Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

Honorable MentionWindmere Royal Topaz Wes and Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

Reserve ChampionRL Royal Ranger Wes and Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

Honorable MentionJericho's Mr Chauvinist Wendy Konichek Photo by Karen Leitz

3rd- Jericho's Royal Stormhawk Wendy Konichek Photo by Pam O'Connell With Get: Jericho’s Asa Nachal, Jericho’s Silver Hawk and Jericho’s Shadowhawk

4th- Montego's Thunder Wendy Konichek, Ken and Susan Kromrie Photo by Casi Weisnecht With Get: TM Jazzy Lady and TM Thunder’s Hidden Magic Honorable Mention- Perdition VF Prue Critchley With Get: In the Limelight, Perestroikaa and Perfidya

7. Morab Get of Sire 8. Morab Produce of Dam

1st- Sir RAF Royale Wendy and Linda Konichek Photo by Karen Leitz With Get: Windmere Royal Topaz, Sirocco Gypsy, and Jericho’s Royal Ashlin

1st-Jericho's Royal Ashlin Wendy Konichek Photo by Pam O'Connell With Get: Jericho's Thee Senorita at side and Jericho’s Royal Stormhawk 3rd JMF Carousel Showgal Prue Critchley With Get: Perestroikaa, In The Limelight, Perfidya

2nd - Windmere Royal Topaz Wes and Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge With Get: RL Rosali, RL Amazing Grace and RL Elly Su

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4th-Ta-Ket (center) Jericho's Magic Lady and Jericho's Royal Motif Wendy Konichek Photo by Pam O’Connell

1st IMBA ONLINE SHOW RESULTS Honorable Mention- Dreamers Stormie Nite, KA Starlite Song, Starlite's GiGi Girl Judi Struble

9. Morab Farm/Family Class

Honorable Mention RL Royal Ranger Wes and Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

Honorable Mention Jericho's Mr. Chauvinist Wendy Konichek Photo by Karen Leitz

22. Morab English Pleasure 1st-Windmere Royal Topaz With RL Amazing Grace, RL Rosali and RL Elly Su Wes and Jane Licht 2nd- LM Sparkling Duet and Tonka's Dakari Marianne Marsden

1st -Sir RAF Royale Wendy and Linda Konichek Photo by Bridget Lockridge

2nd-RL Raindrops on Roses Sara Licht

3rd-Jericho's Magic Lady Wendy Konichek Photo by Bridget Lockridge

4th--Jericho's Mr. Chauvinist Wendy Konichek Photo by Pam O'Connell

3rd-GM Regal Magic and Windmere Mocha Royale Dj Sproat 4th- Jericho's Lady Kathleen, Jericho's Royal Ashlin ,Jericho's Mr Liberty Linda and Wendy Konichek Photo by Clare Plehn

Honorable Mention- Fort William, Perestroikaa, Perfidiya, Prue Critchley

Honorable Mention-LM Sparkling Duet Marianne Marsden

21. Grand and Reserve Halter Champion 23. Morab Western Pleasure

Grand Champion of Show RL Rosali Wes and Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

Reserve Champion of Show Windmere Royal Topaz Wes and Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

1st-Jericho's Mr Chauvinist Wendy Konichek Photo by Pam O'Connell

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2nd-Midnite's Haley Comet Taylor and Jennifer Bayne

1st IMBA ONLINE SHOW RESULTS 3rd-Half Moons Azaziah Owned and Submitted by Stephanie Matrat

3rd-Windmere Mocha Royale Dj Sproat

4th-Ta-Ket Wendy Konichek

46. Costume Class

24. Morab Pleasure Driving

1st-RL Amazing Grace Wes and Jane Licht

2nd-GM Regal Magic DJ Sproat

25. Morab Trail

1st-Windmere Mocha Royale Dj Sproat

3rd-Rimlo's Snow Twister Judi Struble

2nd-LM Sparkling Duet Marianne Marsden

4th-Dreamer's Stormie Nite Judi Struble

1st-Jericho's Magic Lady Morab Wendy Konichek Photo by Pam O'Connell

3rd-Windmere Mocha Royale Morab Dj Sproat

2nd-RL Raindrops on Roses Morab Sara Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

4th-Jericho's Magnum Force Morab Linda and Wendy Konichek, Carolyn Harris Photo by Pam O'Connell

Honorable Mention-Jericho's Mr. Chauvinist Morab Wendy Konichek Photo by Pam O'Connell

26. Morab Sport Horse

For Complete Results please visit: 1st-Montego's Thunder Wendy Konichek, Ken and Susan Kromrie

2nd-Jericho's Mr Chauvinist Wendy Konichek Photo by Casi Weisnecht

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FARM NEWS Timber Rose Ranch Brookneal, Virginia By Denise Schneider It’s July already? Seems like it was just last week that I was scraping snow off of the cars and wishing for warmer weather. We’ve been so busy with various projects, spring just blew by us and here we are mid-way through the summer season. Here’s some of what we have been doing… In March of this year, our Arabian gelding, Bask Alada Dancer, went to a new home in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was purchased by a wonderful lady who is doing Dressage with him, and from what I hear is coming along beautifully. I don’t know if she has taken him to any shows yet, but I do know that she’s taken him on trail rides and is very happy with him. I really hated to let him go, as he has so much potential and a fantastic disposition, but I just didn’t have the time to devote to him. Now he has his own person to love on him and spoil him rotten. April turned out to be a bit of an emotional roller coaster. Lacey, the old Arabian mare that we rescued and nursed back to health had to be put down. We went out to feed one morning and found her down in the paddock. Tried everything we could think of to get her up, but she wouldn’t budge. We called the vet out, but before he arrived she started having seizures. When the vet got there, the decision was made to let her go. I stayed with her to the end, telling her that we loved her and would miss her, and when it was over we buried her One week-old half-Morab filly, on our property beside Jasmine, with my daughter an oak tree.

Courtney .

Three days after the loss of Lacey, we had another whirlwind morning. Star had delivered her foal during the night! That was a huge surprise, because we weren’t expecting the baby until the end of May. I had had Star in the barn the previous evening and had given her a complete grooming, and there was no indication whatsoever that labor was imminent. After grooming, I had put her out in the round pen for the night. She was separated from the other horses at that point, and we had a stall ready, but she wasn’t due yet so I hadn’t started bringing her in overnight. Silly me. I should have realized that Star would do things her own way. Thank goodness she didn’t have any trouble! Of course, this being her first foal, Star was completely off the deep end over the whole thing and kept trying to run away from the baby (which didn’t work very well, because there’s only so much space in a round pen and the foal kept up with her). Once we got her calmed down, we moved her and baby into the stall where they went through the bonding process. Star has been a

good mom ever since. I’m happy to say that, in spite of being early (which was my biggest worry), we have a healthy new filly. She has been named TR Blue Starr Jasmine, and she is the first foal of Stardoum (black 3/4 Egyptian Arabian mare) and Freedom’s Patriot In Blue (Cremello Morab stallion owned by Karen Petersen of Freedom Farm USA). We believe that she is buckskin, though which shade of buckskin is anybody’s guess at this point. She was born a creamy color, but as her foal coat sheds out, she’s looking almost like a bay! I guess we’ll have to wait and see. We have gotten all the stumps out of the back pasture now, and are working on getting the grass going and the fencing up. It will be really nice when it’s finished and we can turn the horses out on it. With everything else going on, we have not shown yet this year. We have, however, been trail riding whenever we can. We’ve found some new trails and a new stream with horse friendly access that the horses can go and play in the water a bit if they want to. Have to watch them, though, because Jasmine in July 2009. they find the stream very refreshing on a hot day and they want to roll in it. Not good when they still have the saddles on! One of these days we’ll pack a lunch and go down there and pull the saddles off and let them play.

Windmere Farm Appleton, Wisconsin By Carol King Disposition – Is it training or breeding? I’ve been a breeder of Morab horses since 1979, when my first foal, Windmere Magic was born. Magic was the first foal I’d ever been in close contact with, and in spite of warnings from “old -timers” I just couldn’t keep my hands off the little guy from the time he was born. Lucky for me, his dam welcomed my attentions to her newborn, and without realizing what I was doing, I imprinted him. Of course it wasn’t the type of imprinting we read about in the instruction books, but it worked just the same. Since that time I’ve always been very involved with the birth of every foal and considered that “bonding time” a factor in the people -loving nature of my horses. Last spring my eleven-year-old mare produced her first foal and of course I expected things to proceed as they always had and we would spend lots of quality time with the colt. That worked for about one day, and Fancy suddenly decided we were to have no contact with her baby, and she became quite aggressive. We couldn’t even get them out of the stall for nearly a week and then we had the vet come and tranquilize her so we could get a halter with a catch strap on the foal and get them to

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a run-in where they would have pasture and shelter without us having to handle them. I was very worried the colt would be wild an unmanageable by the time he could be weaned. Twice in the past I knew of foals born and handled very little, with negative consequences. One situation was when I had a large boarding stable, and a couple bought a mare at an auction without knowing she was pregnant. Since they couldn’t use her for riding right away, they boarded her at my farm until the foal was born and old enough to be weaned. They came out to see the filly when she was born, but that was all I saw of them until the Two-week old Morab colt, filly was three months Windmere Flash Force with his old. I had a set-up Morab dam. where I could lead the mare to a paddock and let the filly run along since there was a perimeter fence all around and I knew she couldn’t run off. The filly was finally sold and the new owners brought a large stock trailer to take her home. The mare was loaded easily enough but the filly wanted nothing to do with going in the trailer. Finally, after getting them both back in the stall it took four men to wrestle the youngster into the trailer. Since the buyer was the provider of our shavings, I would see him every couple months. He told me they were never able to get the young horse trained, and she was auctioned – probably for meat. The other situation involved my brother and sister-in-law. They bought a mare, had her bred and thought they would have so much fun raising a foal. A beautiful colt was born outside, since they had only a run-in with no stall. The mare was gentle enough, but the colt was skittish and they were never able to handle him much. He ended up being sold back to the seller of the mare and after lots of work finally became a useable horse. Naturally, I was worried about our colt and how he would finally turn out. I added the mare’s dam, Glory, to the group and hoped Flash would also come to trust us, because she did. That helped, but it was still a big project just to catch him long enough to loosen his halter as his head grew. Finally he was 3-1/2 months and was eating on his own enough to be weaned, so I moved Fancy to another paddock (by then she was relaxing in her attitude toward us). Flash was moved to the box stall next to Glory for feedings and was turned out with her during the day. Then we started working with him and were amazed that within a week we could lead him, touch him all over and even pick up his feet. He seemed to enjoy the attention and very soon I saw no difference in his attitude and that of foals I had spent lots of time with. I must say, I was pleasantly sur-

prised considering my past experiences. I can only come to the conclusion that while early training is very important and should be done as much as possible, disposition is really bred in. I’m quite sure many Morab breeders reading this can agree that when it comes to personality and disposition, it’s just in there!

Windmere Flash Force, at four months-old with Joel.

Morab Breeders Trust Fund 2009 Nominated Stallions

 JCW Rev’s Cajun Sundancer Morgan Palomino, 15 HH  Jericho’s Mr. Sterling Morab Grey, 15HH  Jericho’s Royal Stormhawk Morab Buckskin, 14.3 HH  Mary Mel’s Mystery Morgan Flaxen/Chestnut 15.2 HH  Montego’s Thunder Morab Bay, 15.3 HH  Sir RAF Royale Morab Palomino, 15 HH  WWA Kurafi Arabian Grey, 15.3HH  THI Cherokee Morgan Black/Chestnut 14.3 HH For the most current list of stallions visit:

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FARM NEWS Half Moon Farm Franklin, Vermont By Ronna Messier Things are going fairly well here in northern Vermont. Although we had hoped to be able to put up a small indoor this summer it has not come to pass yet. We are still working on plans for that. Back on Nov. 1, 2008, we brought our mare, LM Red Flair, to Ontario for breeding. Flair is a second generation Morab. We found that John and Carroll Norris also have a second generation stallion. So, Flair stayed with them for the winter and was bred. We are expecting a 3rd generation 50/50 foal in March 2010. We are quite excited about this arrival. So far pregnancy has not changed Flairs wonderful personality. This will be her first foal. We are also expecting a full Arabian foal at the end of August, this year. It is out of our grey stallion, Amir Fadl, and our black mare HMF Starzizs Aarona. We had one born out of the same two last year and got a beautiful colt with a terrific disposion. His name is Half Moons Majectic Amir (Jessy). Also, last year LM Black Powder and Half Moons Raisa gave us another gorgeous black colt , Half Moons Midnight Glory. Again a fantastic personality.

Union High School when an opening came up for another Ag. teacher. The position was for a mechanics teacher. (Girls can do that too). Now she is beginning her fifthh year having developed the curriculum for the Animal Science Class, with three of the five years teaching that. Jill was and is still involved with the 4-H. She went to nationals for Quiz Bowl, Judging and Hippology. She was a Top Ten National Finalist in all three. She won the Vermont State Horse Show Senior Championships two years in a row with Cherry, her Quarter Horse. She has trained with Canadian Rein- Jim and Jill on the trails. ing Trainers and with an NRHA President, also attending many clinics while in college. In 2000 she was a Top Ten Finalist in the AQHYA World Show. In 2003 thru 2004 Jill was the barn manager at UVM. She has been in the FFA for seven years and the Advisor at MVU from 2008 -2009. Her Equine Judging Team has won the State Competition for the past two years.

LM Black Powder, Morab stallion, and Jim

Jim has started riding LM Black Powder this summer. He doesn't go alone yet, but they are having a great time learning. Powder seems to really enjoy getting out, going for a nice ride up in the woods. He is such a wonderful horse. His second time out he went right by our big pond, all the mares and six pairs of Canadian geese with seventeen babies. Powder only stopped for a few seconds to check it all out and kept going. It has been a very rewarding spring and summer watching Powder come this far. So far this year our show season has gone very well. Freedom’s Independence Spark and Half Moon’s Behira have been our show horses this year. Both, doing great! Last weekend we took them to the Lamoille Fair Show. Behira was Champion in the end and Indy was Reserve Champion, missing a tie for Champion by 1 point. Indy is really something to see in the show ring. He loves it!. Jim and I would like to officially introduce you to our trainer. Her name is Jill Kelley. She is twenty-six years old, a graduate of the University of Vermont in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education. Jill began teaching at Missisquoi Valley

A word from Jill: I am very excited to have had the Morab horse enter my life. Before the chance came to train at Half Moon Farm, I would have ignored the breed completely. I was so immersed in the Quarter Horse world. These horses have changed my mind completely. The Half Moon Morabs are so versatile! On any given day I will be riding extended trots and half passes, then spins and rollbacks. The Morabs amaze me with their willingness and understanding personality. I am proud to say that my new Western Pleasure horse is a Morab! Jim and I are very excited to now be able to officially call Jill our trainer. She has done an awesome job with everyone that she has worked with here, including training LM Black Powder and LM Red Flare, who went to Canadian Nationals and was the Reserve Champion Mare. We are hoping to be able to take Half Moons Behira to Jill riding Morab gelding, Kentucky next year. So, all is well here on the farm. Pray all is well with everyone else.

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FARM NEWS Freedom Farm USA Cream Ridge, New Jersey By Karen Petersen We’ve had a busy year so far here at Freedom Farm in 2009. Our cremello Morab stallion, Freedom’s Patriot in Blue (Blue) had his first foal, a beautiful buckskin filly born in Virginia in April. Her owner, Denise Schneider, who also owns her dam, is thrilled with the new little girl. I believe it is their first foal, and new babies are always fun. We had Blue breed a pony mare we have here on the farm, for an April 2010 foal, which will likely be a palomino. We may breed Blue to a few more mares yet this season, even so it’s late in the year, because we now have some inquiries from those who would like guaranteed colorful foals by him. I am planning to speak to our local breeding specialist vet about training him to do AI, so we can ship, but putting a few foals on the ground first is always a good start. Another bit of exciting news, our other stallion, Freedoms Stars and Stripes, by Amberfields Desperado out of our Morab mare, Kismets Bright Dawn has had a fun time Freedom’s Stars n Stripes, in training reMorab stallion with Cari. cently. We happen to live in the same town as the NJ Horse Park, (for those who don’t know) and we have, from time to time, guest trainers come in for clinics. Usually they are Olympic riders, since the Olympic team’s headquarters are here in NJ, but sometimes we get a totally different type of guest. This summer, we had Rex Peterson come, who trains horses for movies, such as Black Beauty, the Black Stallion, Flicka, Dreamer, the Horse Whisperer, Runaway Bride, Far and Away, and Hidalgo. He brought one of the Hidalgo horses with him, a horse known as RJ who was the main horse used in the movie. We were excited to have such a trainer so close by, so we decided to take advantage of him being so near, and we wanted to get Scotty, our beautiful palomino stallion, to his clinic. But, the problem was, Scotty was not trained to go willingly on the trailer. How to GET him to the clinic was our dilemma. Thankfully, the family who was hosting Rex lived only two miles down the road from me, and when I mentioned my “problem” to Rex in an email, the response was “no problem”. He said he would get Scotty on the trailer in fifteen minutes. Amazingly, he DID! By the time Rex got to town Friday evening it was already getting dark. He rolled in with his friend, after dropping off his two horses at their barn, and we had been working with Scotty

in his paddock, getting him ready for Rex. Rex marched into his paddock, put a “war bridle” on him (made with a lariat) and took him out of the paddock, and down our very long driveway towards the trailer back by our barn. Scotty is not used to walking around the farm, nor past the mares, nor really being handled all that much, but he was a perfect gentleman in the hands of Rex Peterson. And within about fifteen minutes, he had him walked up into our new three horse slant Sundowner trailer, like he did it once a month. We were all in awe and very much looking forward to the clinic on Sunday. Rex said he’d call Saturday night, after that day’s clinics were over, and let me know what time, he would be there Sunday morning to load him on. Sunday morning it was raining of course! Because we literally spent five hours over two days, brushing, cleaning, grooming and bathing Scotty. At 6:30 my dear friend and new trainer, Regina was up with Scotty at the barn, in the wash stall, getting his four high white stockings gleaming white, and cleaning up some last minute details with his long mane and tail. We had braided his tail after getting it clean to keep it from getting messed up with the rain. Rex showed up at 7:15 and sure enough, Scotty loaded right up again. BUT, we had the wrong ball on the trailer (it was a new trailer to us, and the ball size is different from our old one) and the trailer was rocking like a teeter totter. Thankfully, we noticed it right away, and they unloaded Scotty, and my dear husband went and got another ball for the trailer. We loaded up and off we went. Scotty was wonderful the entire time, almost like he was a model for them; like he was an “actor” playing for the script. Rex has an associate named Cari Swanson, who was just wonderful, while in many clinics, the clinician does all the work, at this one, Rex showed ME how to do it, and then left and went to work with another student and horse. Cari helped me a lot, and within a short time, Scotty was doing all he was asked to do. With the repetition needed to train horses, most times they want you to repeat a movement 30-50 times so it gets ingrained in their minds. With Scotty, it just didn’t take that long. He was so into playing the games that he got bored if we did them too many times, and he anticipated the moves so we had to keep changing! He was so funny; we actually had to stay on our toes, because he kept figuring things out. It was so nice to have hands on training in how to train. So much better than just watching, and listening, and even repeating DVD’s over and over. They were great teachers.

“Scotty” with Rex Peterson.

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FARM NEWS We did the game with the plastic bag at the end of the whip, to desensitize him, and he did that fine, in no time flat. Both Rex and Cari really loved Scotty; kept asking what breed he was, what do Morabs “DO”(meaning disciplines) and what did we want to do with him, oh, and, “Is he for sale, and what do you want for him?” All the people at the Horse Park were complimenting me on him too, telling me how gorgeous he was. Well, we thought so, but it’s so nice to hear. We were so happy that our baby made such a big splash in his first outing, and that these professional horse people were pretty pleased with him as well. Cari emailed me the following day to again ask what we wanted to do with him, and what price we would put on him. I will get back to her on that. For more information on Rex Peterson and his training methods, you can see his website at I highly recommend these nice knowledgeable folks. Next year will be the first year we’re having foals in five years. We look forward to our crop of new Morab and Half-Morab babies. Any inquiries on using either of our Morab stallions please get in touch with me. See our ad in this issue for further information.

Jericho Creek West Lincoln, California By Carolyn Harris We are very fortunate to have two Morab foals from our palomino Morgan stallion, JCW Rev’s Cajun Sundancer, born this year. In June our Arabian mare, Winds of Glory, had a beautiful chestnut filly. Her name is JCW Caress the Wind. Then in July, the Morab mare, Jericho’s Royal Ashlin, had a palomino filly, named Jericho’s Royal Sundancer. Ashley was leased by Cindy Baxter to produce a foal. This was the first time Ashley was bred to Sundancer and we are very pleased with the results. JCW Caress the Wind has two other palomino full siblings here at our farm in California: JCW Changing Winds and JCW Sundance of Glory.

Jericho’s Royal Sundancer, Morab Filly I will be traveling back to Wisconsin to attend the IMBA Region 4 Show in August. I can hardly wait since it has been three years since I have been back to visit. I hope to see some of you there.

Freedom Stars n Stripes with Karen Peterson. Winds of Glory with JCW Caress the Wind.

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JCW Caress the Wind, Morab Filly.

FARM NEWS Rocking L Acres McFarland, Wisconsin By Jane Licht Wes and I volunteered at the Midwest Distance Driving Association’s Iron Oak clinic and drive, which is always held the last weekend in April. We also participated in the twelve-mile drive with our buckskin pair, Annie and Ellie. I enjoy riding along as Wes’s groom, which he is required to have with a pair, but it does limit my opportunities to take photos of all the drivers. We also attended the Glacier Trails Distance Ride/Drive in May, and again used Annie and Ellie. Their scores were good for Iron Oak and even better for Glacier Trails. Wes gave rides at the McFarland Historical Museum Open House on Memorial Day with our palomino pair, Gracie and Rosali, two very pretty Morab mares. Many families paid their dollar per person for the Museum and happily climbed into our wagonette for a short ride around McFarland. The children always ask to pet the horses, and we let them do so with good parent supervision. Wes serves on the Historical Society Board of Directors and sets up the lobby display every year. Wes and I served on the committee to plan the first ever Midwest Young Drivers’ Camp sponsored by the American Driving Society (ADS), with members of our Dairyland Driving Club volunteering to run the camp. Three of us from the committee (including Wes and me) wrote a driving manual for the campers. We rounded up mentors to work with the kids. Most mentors brought their own good driving horses, except that we loaned our reliable Morab mare Windmere Lady Omega to one of the mentors to use with campers. Each mentor worked with two campers so everyone got lots of attention and lots of good driving time. Wes developed the schedule for the three-day camp and he was also one of the main instructors. The kids had a great experience and really enjoyed the fun show on Sunday, where parents were invited to be an audience and cheer them on. They even did a greatly shortened combined driving event that Wes organized and ran, with the help of lots of volunteers. I was the official photographer and had great fun doing that job.

Also in June we loaned Lady to our friend Kristi who entered her in the Novice Whip division of the Columbus Carriage Classic. Kristi had been taking driving lessons from Wes, and he agreed to go along to act as mentor for Kristi at her first driving show.. Daughter, Sara, and I helped Kristi put together her appropriate driving attire, and I showed her how to clean and polish the harness. She was quite nervous in her first class, the scurry cones course, and she missed a gate. But she did well in turnout, receiving third place in a big class. And I was there to see her win first place in the pleasure driving class. We were all so proud of Kristi and Lady! I have spent a good deal of time volunteering for the Dairyland Driving Club, comprised of about 125 families mainly from Wisconsin. I serve on the board of directors, as the Coachman editor and as webmaster. Our two biggest expenses are paying for insurance for the pleasure drives that we host and the newsletter. We have gone to a mostly digital newsletter in order to cut costs. We also offer a Safety Clinic for new drivers that generally pays for itself. However, this year we did the Young Drivers’ Camp instead. Early in July, Wes washed our Palomino pair, Gracie and Rosali while I cleaned the wagonette to prepare for giving rides at a wedding reception in McFarland. We knew most of the folks in attendance, and everyone loved the horses and the rides. Later in July, Wes provided carriage service with our antique surrey pulled by our Palomino pair. I had grandmother duty and Sara was very ill (possibly Lyme’s disease or something similar?) so he asked our high school “horse daughter”, Holly, to assist him. I gave Holly the white ribbons for the carriage, and off they went to take the bride to a lovely outdoor wedding.

Wes Licht is driving RL Rosali and RL Amazing Grace and giving rides at a wedding reception held in McFarland, Wisconsin

Windmere Lady Omega is being driven by one of the campers at the ADS Midwest Young Drivers' Camp. Seated next to the young driver is her mentor, Marge Gettelman.

Sara’s doctor decided to treat her for Lyme’s, even though the tests would not arrive from California for some time. Immediately, Sara showed improvement, and now she is back training horses. Wes usually participates in the Hickory Knoll Combined Driving Event but this year he decided to volunteer instead. He did the

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FARM NEWS safety checks of the harnesses and vehicles for all the drivers while I measured the wheel widths and gave the measurements (in centimeters) to the cones course judge. Wes noticed that several drivers had their breechings too loose. He took time to talk with every driver about their vehicle and horse and they were very glad to get more good information. This has been a banner year for riding lessons with parents and eager youngsters coming out of the woodwork. Wes has also been giving driving lessons to adults, and he enjoys that as well. After much discussion and strong recommendations from the three women in his family (wife and two daughters) Wes has finally agreed to actually list a number of his precious Morab horses for sale. They all ride, drive, load, trailer, are wellmannered and people-oriented. Most have done distance drives, pleasure shows, combined driving events, weddings or other special events, and pulled the sleigh in winter. Of course, this is a lousy time to sell horses, but not many have all these qualifications and we know from experience that at some point, the right buyers will come along. Check out our website:

Jericho Creek Farms Eagle, Wisconsin By Linda Konichek This has been a very busy spring and summer, here at Jericho Creek Farm I. We spent every weekend in May and June getting things ready for Wendy’s move back to Eagle, in July. She decided to move down here and establish her training/lesson business, whether or not her place in Tomahawk was sold. Our upper hay-storage loafing shed has now become our most up-to-date barn, with ten, extra-large Priefert stalls, including a new, double foaling stall, complete with wireless internet camera. I was excited that we were expecting three foals this year, one Morgan and two Morabs, as the foals are my favorite job. Sadly, like most breeders, we have cut way back on breedings in the past several years, due to the pending move and the economy. The first baby was born, conveniently, just one week before the Midwest Horse Fair, from the Cremello Morgan mare, Shallow Creek Tia Marissa, in foal to Amberfield’s Dun Dreamin,’ a stunning Dunskin. So we were expecting something special in color th with this foal, and we weren’t disappointed. On April 7 , Tia presented us with a rare, double-dilute Perlino/Dun Morgan colt. There is only one other known double-dilute Perlino in the Morgan breed. Jamie promptly named our boy, “Garth,” after Garth Brooks, and we decided to have a contest at the horse fair to help find a name. The winning name was suggested by Sheryl and Neal Struthers of Struttin’ Morgans in Iowa, Jericho ’s White Knight. Carolyn Harris, of Jericho Creek West, in California, bred her Arabian mare, Winds of Glory, for the second year in a row, to JCW Rev’s Cajun Sundancer. In 2008, this pair produced JCW

Sundance of Glory, a beautiful light palomino filly that the grandkids named Cha-Cha. This year, she got a beautiful red, chestnut filly, JCW Caress the Wind, aka “Peanut”, as she has become known. Peanut quickly became the favorite of a lot of Jericho’s White Knight, the women who Morgan Colt help in the barn; she is incredibly friendly, and really, really cute, smart, too; she likes to try to sneak through the gate at night, without her mom! The next few weeks were very busy, as Wendy and Jamie made trip after trip up to Tomahawk, then back here. They brought Jericho ’s Royal Ashlin down here to foal, as she was due around July 12 th. Jamie, and his dad, Lester, worked hard to get all the stalls finished, especially the foaling stall. They did all the work of leveling and installing the wood panels, as all that comes with the stalls is the metal framework. I was keeping a regular watch on Ashley, and her udder was starting to bag up, so I planned to move her into the new foaling stall on ThursJCW Caress the Wind, day, the ninth of July, as she was Morab filly looking more uncomfortable, and was bagging up quite a bit more. I even made a special trip to the barn on Wednesday night, just before midnight, to check on Ashley, and saw an almost invisible pin-point of wax, so knew my plan was right. I decided to start chores early on Thursday morning and was totally surprised to find a newborn Palomino filly, the exact color of the bedding, lying right in front of the door. Needless to say, things were pretty exciting around here for the next few hours, as we rushed to move the mom and baby, and got her imprinted and nursing, had the vet come and check, and all the other things to make sure both mare and baby were all right. Finally, I was able to phone the excited, new owner, Cindy Baxter, from Baraboo. Cindy had been waiting for a foal by Danny for three years. When her mare failed to conceive, she decided to use one of our Royale daughters. She leased Jericho ’s Royal Ashlin, and was really happy she did, as she got the “foal of her dreams,” an absolutely gorgeous, friendly Palomino filly. Cindy named her Jericho ’s Royal Sundancer, incorporating the name of her sire and Grandsire, and gave her

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the barn name of Cassie. Cindy and her mom were down that weekend to see their little girl, and camped out just to be near her. Then, a week later, Wendy moved fifteen more horses, and lots of equipment, so things are always busy and there’s never enough time for everything! It is so good to see foals in the upper Jericho’s Royal Ashlin, with her pasture again, and now Morab filly, they have a brand new area, with wooden fencJericho’s Royal Sundancer. ing, designed especially for them. Even after the birth of over eighty foals, I never lose my awe over the miracle of a newborn foal. It is always a renewal of my faith. In fact, I wrote a new poem about it, called “Awesome Wonder”.

ASK THE TRAINER Wendy Konichek

Question: What size clipper blades do you use for clipping a horse for a show? Answer: I use Oster A-5 blades and different size blades for different areas of the horse. Muzzle, bridle path, around the eyes: Size 30 blades Inside the ears, legs: Size 10 or 15 blades Body clipping : Size 10 blades If you are going to a Class A Arabian show and you want the shaded look around the eyes and muzzle, use size 40 blades. A good thing to have on had at the show for any stray whiskers you might have missed is a disposable razor.

Sir RAF Royale, Morab stallion clipped and ready for the show ring.

“AWESOME WONDER” It is a bobbly, wobbly newborn filly, just fifteen minutes old. Legs, twice as long as her body, already she struggles to get up.

About Wendy Konichek:

I touch soft tissue “feathers” that cover the sharp edge of each mini hoof. Only needed, at birth, to protect the sack, they will dry up and disappear soon.

Wendy has over twenty years experience training all breeds of horses. Her show ring presence includes many Championships in Class A , Dressage and Open show high points. Through Jericho Creek Farm II she has been raising quality Morabs, Morgans and Arabians. She holds Equine Breeding certificates from Ohio University and Equine Reproduction Organization. You may send any horse related questions to: S.101 W.34628 Hwy LO Eagle, WI 53119 Email:

My hands massage her face, noting each mark of her sire and dam’s best traits. She noisily sucks my fingers, then, catlike, arches her neck to catch each hand stroke. Tiny tulip ears flick at her dam’s low love-nickers; I marvel at infinitesimal bits of silken perfection. Faith renewed, strengthened, this miracle, this birth fills my soul with thanks and peace… “My God, How Great Thou Art” Linda Lee

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I went to Midwest Horse Fair in Madison this spring, where I was introduced into the diverse world of the Morab horse breed and have not looked back. I am forty-years-old and have discovered the missing part of my soul, finally. This spring, after having had a, “not so good experience” with a horse I was leasing, I had the good Desert Elegance ASF fortune to be introduced to Desert Elegance ASF, a nine-year-old Morab mare that we like to call “Shallie”. I am basically a beginning rider and I had lost faith in horses and myself and decided that I would try to take a few lessons from Wendy Konichek, who I have decided is my savior, my mentor and now I can happily say, my friend. She gave me lessons on a Morab mare by the name of Jericho’s Magic Lady a.k.a. “Cha-heeta” who, apparently could tell that this was my last-ditch effort to try to gain some confidence back with horses and myself. After, riding her in two lessons, I deciding that all horses did not want to kill me (perhaps an exaggeration) Wendy introduced me to a little (15.3) mare that she had out in the pasture and I fell in love. Shallie had not been ridden in quite some time, so I started learning how to use the lunge line, how to talk to her and how to build my confidence around her by just “being with her”. Wendy had to ride her the first few times, and I was amazed at the beauty that was displayed before me. I can sum up my first time getting on Shallie in one word” Terrifying”! She was the biggest horse that my 5’3” body had ever been on, and I all I could think about was how far from the ground I was and how bad it would hurt when I hit it. You are all chuckling, but you know the pain I am speaking of. Wendy insisted that I would be fine and so started my first lesson with my Shallie. Fast forwarding to the end of June; I was told about a small horse show at Three Gaits, near Stoughton, Wisconsin. I had heard about “showing” your horse in and hand thought that this would be something that my beautiful bay and I might be interested in doing, a nice small scale way to find out if Shallie and I could do this thing they called “showing” your horse. With Wendy’s and my friend Monica’s help, I decided to try it. I had never been to a horse show or ever seen one on TV. The day of the show started early, we were on the road by 6:00 am, allowing plenty of time to get there, we took a wrong turn and ended up arriving fifteen minutes before the first class. (Remember, I have never been to a show or watched a show) Needless to say, the next hour was a whirl wind of excitement, terror and happiness. I showed in three classes, I received three ribbons…my goodness! Class 1, seven participants, Registered Arabian/Half Arabian at Halter: 3 rd place. Class 2, fourteen participants, English Type at Halter: 5 th place. Class 3, rd eleven participants, Rookie Halter: 3 place. Imagine my surprise at this accomplishment. I went to the show to see how I handled myself and to see how Shallie would handle herself and never expected to be holding on to three ribbons!!! The most incredible part of the show was the third class, we

were the last horse to enter the arena, and Shallie was “done” being nice. Before the show my wonderful trainer, Wendy, had told me if Shallie started misbehaving at any time during the show, just to walk her in small circles to keep her mind busy and to stay safe, so this is what I did. Quietly talking to her telling her that I was incredibly proud of her and I did not care that we were not going to get a ribbon, I would then try to stop and get her to set up, which she would do for the long, long period of perhaps thirty seconds, and we would start to walk circles again. We did this while the judge was walking from horse to horse, I was just trying to make it through until she walked up to us and laughed and walked away….but … as the judge walked up, I asked Shallie to set up, and she did and was incredibly beautiful!!! As the judge asked to see our numbers, Shallie decided she wanted to walk in circles again, so knowing for sure that my crazy bay and I were going to win nothing, we walked circles to the back of the arena, just to get out of the way and they started calling numbers, names and horses, I continued to walk circles, sure that my name would never be called. Then I heard it, “Number 86, Jodi Olenski with Desert Elegance ASF, 3rd place……” I was sure they had mis-spoke, and I stood there for a moment, then I heard Wendy’s loud “whahooooo” from the side lines and my boyfriend’s shouts of pride. Looking back at my first horse show, there are so many emotions and memories, I wish that I could run a video tape of the memories to permanently keep a record of that wonderful day. It took forty-five minutes to show in three classes, and I will have those memories for a lifetime. I was going to take my Shallie to the IMBA Region IV show this August, but she ended up being lame after having a bad trim by a “so-called, fairrer”. So needless to say, I was very disappointed, however, having the wonderful trainer and friend that I do, Wendy loaned me one of her horses to “play” with for the weekend….that is another story altogether. For any one that doubts the love and devotion that a horse can offer, please don’t. After a trip to see my beloved Shallie this past weekend, I have never had such a hard time leaving any where. My heart is in Eagle, while the rest of me is at home, working so that I can pay for the finer things that she deserves. I do not know where this journey will take me, but I know there will be emotional ups and downs, heartache and back pain, and many fond memories. I cannot wait to turn the page in this new chapter of my life, and I definitely do not want to go too far ahead. Every second of every day that I get to spend with these incredible animals is a day that I can say….I have spent the day with the horse meant for God.

“Shallie” and Jodi

Thank you to Jericho Creek Farms for all of your wonderful support during my more emotional days of my horse journey, which we are know are many. You are as special and unique as the horses you care for. I would also like to thank Larry for your support of my newfound love and for standing by me during this first leg of my journey. Hang in there!!!

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Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse By Mark Rashid Those of you who are veteran horse owners can probably recall your relationship with a very special equine: a horse that was very willing to work with you as a team, one you knew well for many years, and shared so many interesting experiences with that you found it hard to replace him or her. Horse trainer, clinician, author and Aikido master, Mark Rashid, wrote this book about Buck, a remarkable horse who became his friend and teacher. At first, Mark was reluctant to take on a seven-year-old gelding, with minimal handling but he decided to take a chance on him. Mark taught Buck to ride, and to help with his training clinics and the ranch chores. “As the years passed and my attitude about my role slowly changed, I came to understand that I was in the presence of a truly great teacher, one who seemed to possess the wisdom of the ages.” Buck usually performed well, but there were a few times that Buck resisted Mark’s commands. In every situation, Mark later realized, there were good reasons behind his peculiar actions. For example one time as they were bringing in the herd, Buck suddenly jumped to one side, landing on a gelding and got the herd of ranch horses running in a panic. Mark let his emotions get the best of him and he took it out on Buck for what he perceived to be a mutinous act. Then out of the corner of his eye, Mark noticed a mountain lion in the clearing they had just come through, on the Colorado ranch where he was foreman. Buck stood alert, but still, as they both watched the lion disappear into the trees. Mark’s anger soon turned to humility and remorse. Mark noticed that Buck never had bite marks and never got kicked like many of the other horses. He had a knack for avoiding conflict and still getting his own way. Mark learned to realize that Buck had much to teach him if he would only listen. Mark’s easy-going style and interesting stories, punctuated with humor, makes for a fun read. But the major impression is one of profound truths about horsemanship and about life in general. He mentions the cartoon of two horses standing together, both wearing saddles. One horse was looking at the other with a disgusted look and said, “If my cowboy doesn’t start listening to me, I’m bound to get a bad reputation.”

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Mark used stories from his years of work with his special equine partner to illustrate his points about horses, training and people. The first half of the book is called Lessons and the chapters include: Recognizing the Problem, (which is often owner ignorance more than horse resistance), Non-confrontation, Planning Ahead, Patience, Persistence, Consistency, and Fix It and Move On (horses don’t carry grudges and neither should we). We all want to know, “How can we be a better horse trainer?” Mark answers this basic question by saying, “First, you must become a better person.” He continues with the second half of the book called “Day Work”, comprised of “Working Together, The Path, Positive Conflicts, Blending, Balance, and Communication, Practice, and The Beginner”. The Beginner referred to his initial attempts at performing Aikido, a type of Japanese martial arts that relies on softness, balance, timing, and blending with an attacker. While beginner Mark struggled to learn the movements, his instructor softly patted his shoulder, smiled and gave him words of hope. “With all the power at his disposal, he chose a gentle, encouraging touch. The sign of someone who knows true power is always displayed in the softness he offers another.” Even though it was obvious that Mark was a rank beginner, the Shihan (a very high level instructor) treated him with the same dignity and respect as the black belts in his class. He also gave Mark permission to make mistakes and thus, opened the door for Mark to learn the art. Mark gave many examples where “teacher”, Buck, was willing to fix the problem and move on; he never got upset even when Mark did stupid things. He was patient, persistent and consistent. Buck was a friend you could trust and he often had the effect of calming down younger horses. “The thing that completely amazed me about Buck, and still does, to this day, was his ability to accept things with grace, whether it was new information I was presenting, the playfulness of the babies around him, or a forceful, and many times uncalled-for, encounter with me. Now I can look back on all the things I’ve learned from Buck and see that, like the Aikido Shihan, he was a master teacher well versed in his lessons. He forgave me my indiscretions and proceeded to help me become better at what I do.” After many years of working together, Mark retired Buck to his backyard where he sometimes took Mark’s ten year old son Aaron for rides in the area. It was then that Mark took up his pen in 2003 to try to write Buck’s story. He wanted to tell how important true communication is between people and horses and just between people. “I was hoping I’d find a way to get that point across without sounding sappy or ridiculous.” He did and the result is pure, enlightened enjoyment.

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IMBA REGIONS Region 1, Jim & Ronna Messier, 446 Messier Road Franklin, VT 054557, 802-285-2202,

Region 11, Carolyn Harris, 2350 Lakewoodhills Lane, Lincoln CA 95648, 916-645-9223,

Region 2, Karen Petersen, 850 Rt. 537 Cream Ridge NJ 08514, 609-758-1776,

Region 12, WA, ID, OR Vacant The foreign country regions are:

Region 3, Judi Struble, 11250 East V Ave., Vicksburg MI 49097, 269-778-3237, Region 4, Linda Konichek, S101 W34628 St. Rd LO, Eagle WI 54487, 262-594-3667

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IMBA REGION NEWS Region 1 ME, NH, MA, RI, CT By Ronna Messier Last summer, you may recall, we had four or five teenage girls here pretty much every day. Then at the end of August we all put together a one day schooling show for anyone who wanted to come with their horses and participate or just watch. Because of that show ,a young lady from Maine, Alex, and one from Canada, Allie, met each other. Alex is Karen Smith's daughter. They enjoyed each so much that wanted to get back together again. So, throughout the year Jim and I decided they could both come back here this summer and spend a week with us. July 19th thru the 24th, was a week of new experiences for both girls here at Half Moon Farm. The girls have now decided that two weeks next year would be better. Allie has more riding and showing experience than Alex does, but Alex is right out there ready every minute to learn and try new things. Allie was the second person to get on LM Black Powder, our Morab Stallion, and the second to ride him on the road, with a lead line attached. That all happened last summer. Allie has purchased Half Moons Black Flame from us and has done most all of the training herself. They are so much like ”ONE " that Allie can do what she wants with him, and he's perfectly willing to give it a try. This spring, while Flame was on a lunge line, Allie rode him around the ring while standing on his back! I think there may be a spot for the two of them in a circus. While Allie was here this time, she and Jill, the friend that helps us with the training, went over several training tips for Allie to use with Flame, as she would like to start riding Western with him. Neither Allie nor Flame has done that before. Alex and Allie are both very quiet, so at first I thought that we were going to have a very long week ahead of us. That didn't last very long. The laughter and conversation took over. Allie already spends quite a bit of time with us, and always helps with training and chores, so she knows her way around the farm already. That was very helpful to Alex, and to us, especially, when it came to pushing the one wheeled wheel barrow around. The girls decided to surprise us and pick rocks out of one of the paddocks. The wheelbarrow got a bit heavy and almost got dumped too soon a few times. But the girls got it all under control, with much laughing going on during the whole thing. The paddock looks great. But the laughter of two teenage girls is a much bigger blessing to us. The girls spent most of their time brushing, braiding manes, having fun. The night that Karen and Alex arrived, Jim and I had just returned from picking up three horses that needed a new home. They also needed a lot of grooming done. The girls took that job on immediately and the horses were beautiful. Alex did a lot of new things while she was here with a great amount of confidence. Jill, Allie and Karen took Alex on her first trail ride before Karen returned to Maine. Alex also wanted to ride bareback , so our gaited Morgan mare , Dixie was the perfect choice for the ride. Freedom's Independence Spark ( Indy ) was an excellent teacher, as Jill taught Alex about leg pressure. Last year our neighbor, Chris, led Alex around on one of her horses in a leadline class the day of our show. This year Alex

went to Chris' house for a lesson in western riding on a different horse belonging to Chris. Alex and Allie have come a long way in this past year. The week was filled with many great experiences for the girls to share. Maybe next summer there will be more than two teens here again.

Alex riding Freedom’s Independence Spark, Morab mare.

Region 2 NJ, NY, PA, DE, MD By Karen Petersen Our palomino Morab mare Lacey has had two foals so far; our cremello Morab stallion, Blue, and her first was a buckskin or dun colt, now gelding, named Firestorm,(aka Billy) sired by Stormwashed, the grullo Morgan stallion. His owner, Kathy recently sent me a photo of Billy, along with a wonderful story of them out on their first hunter pace, in upstate New York. They had planned carefully for their first time out on a hunter pace, but unfortunately, when they got to the location, they realized they had forgotten his bridle! Rather than waste the opportunity, (plus they had gone with friends) they decided to go on ahead anyway, and just used the halter with leadline “reins”. A scary proposition for sure. But, even though it was their first time out, and without a bridle, Billy did great! They actually came in FIRST PLACE in their division! Way to go, Billy and Kathy! There’s a photo of them here looking very happy. Morabs are great, aren’t they?

Kathy riding Firestorm, Morab Gelding

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IMBA REGION NEWS Region 4 MN, WI, IL, IA, Upper MI By Linda Konichek 2009 Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, Wisconsin Our Saturday demo in the Nutrena Arena was a bit disappointing, after some truly frustrating delays and the fact that half of our Morab driving horses were not in our Saturday demo in the space allotted; they were forced by an ambulance, with lights flashing etc. to move, and leave the area next to barn 1, the only area close and large enough for them to wait for the demo to start. It was really aggravating when they later learned the ambulance was simply parking. So the driving horses and our real -life heroes had to come in separate from the rest of the IMBA Morabs; I must say, the gate people did a fine job of fitting them in, and the announcer read with enthusiasm and did a great job of reading only the parts of the speech that went with the driving Morabs, after I got it straightened out for her. The horse council did such a good job on communication and things prior to the horse fair that they deserve commendation, and we were happy to hear about the improved footing in the Coliseum for horses. But I want to take this opportunity to say that none of us felt that the decision by WSHC to move many of the breed demos to the Nutrena Arena, instead of the coliseum, was a fair or safe one for all those who work so hard on their breed demos. There just wasn’t enough room or enough safe places for all the horses and riders to wait, and the footing and lighting in there ARE not the best. Plus, the area directly in front of the Nutrena arena, where we had to enter, was not kept free of the crowds, which caused a very, very dangerous situation for horses, riders and spectators. All of us horse -people welcome the general public at the horse fair, and love to show off our horses, but we also know that people, especially those with children and strollers, do not pay enough attention to the horses and basic safety; they often cross directly in front of horses without warning, or push strollers right up behind them, or simply let children wander wherever they want, which is often directly to the horses. One false step by a horse could crush a child’s foot.

IMBA booth in the barn.

I think keeping the breed demos in the coliseum, especially the ones with driving horses, and larger numbers of horses with young riders, is the safest and wisest plan. The area in front of the Nutrena Arena always has huge crowds, since it

is directly across from the exhibit halls. How many years will we continue to be lucky and escape the serious injury of one or more spectators? I, personally, saw two children almost get injured by horses, while the horses were waiting to enter the arena. It has always worked well for clinicians and smaller numbers of horses, which is a natural use of this facility, and even then, the entrance area needs to be cordoned off, so horses can enter and leave safely. On Sunday we were all excited to finally get to present our demo it its entirety, in the coliseum, only to meet another glitch, as the speech from Saturday had not been given to Wayne in the coliseum. Fortunately, I always have a copy of our script to use as horses enter the gates, so I rushed it to Wayne , and it was decided that the Morabs would come in after a few other groups, a little later than scheduled. Once again, our fine announcer, Wayne Williams, and his crew at the gates came through and helped get things back on track. (Of course, our later start meant we were caught in the rain for he second year in a row, but guess that’s just something that no one can control, and the weather was perfect on Friday and most of Saturday, so that brought out the crowds.) I just received the Sunday professional video from the horse fair, and I had tears in my eyes, as I watched all of our members, and their Morabs, performing and bringing to life the concepts I had envisioned way back in January. Probably the best part of directing the breed demo each year is when I get to see what I hoped would work, come to life, and excel my expectations. That is only because I have such quality people and horses to work with.

Sara riding RL Raindrops on Roses, Sara Licht and Morab mare. her beautiful grey Morab mare, Raindrops on Roses, were just perfect as Wonder Woman and her wonder horse; Sara is an artist and very creative, so I knew she would have an exciting costume, but this was just incredible and so detailed. Plus, Rainy was groomed and decorated to perfection and looked fabulous. As with most Morabs, they continue to muscle out and improve into the sixth and seventh years; so Rainy just gets more beautiful and more versatile every year. The way Sara handled the missing script was definitely professional, as she came trotting in and realized the speech was not ours, so rode over to inform Wayne . Wayne just couldn’t believe that brunette he was looking at was the blonde Sara Licht he has seen in the past. ( To look like Wonder Woman, Sara

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IMBA REGION NEWS had attached a dark wig to her helmet) The rest of us were pretty surprised, as well! Due to the missing speech, Sara ended up having two great entrances, with her red cape flying and a big smile on her face, and I don’t think the crowd minded at all. Wendy, came next, with the popular liberty stallion, Montego’s Thunder, who did a great job playing Superman, while Wendy was dressed as Lois Lane . We chose Superman for Thunder, because he has such natural impulsion that he often has all four feet off the ground at the trot; he was definitely ready to take off in flight a few times, so he made a perfect Superman. Our real focus in the demo was to pay tribute to all those heroes who surround us in our everyday life, as well as the men and women in the armed forces, who do so much to help keep American safe. The switch from superheroes to heroes in our everyday life went well, and Wayne really helped make the speech and concept come alive. First we paid tribute to all those who serve so well in the Red Cross, here and abroad. It was a thrill to see Vikki Dalton’s morab mare, Bianca Bey, so grown up and beautiful! These two last appeared in the Combined Morab demo when Bianca was a yearling. Vikki is slowly getting Bianca under saddle, and I so enjoyed seeing the love and trust between them. I’m so happy that Vikki was able to keep her and will continue as part of our Morab group.

GH Bianca Bey, with Vicki.

Gail Rentmeester, of Green Bay, was new to our demo this year. I had not seen her Morab, SW Abednego,” Abe,” since he was a young foal, and he surely did grow up to be an awesome Morab. I was truly happy to see the connection between the Gail and Abe, and to have a Morab bred by longtime IMBA breeder members, Bill and Mary Aski, back in our Morab demo. Also, it was nice to see Gail and Abe in so many other demos, showing the versatility of the Morab and their natural suitability for Dressage. I’m sure the two friends, Vikki and Gail, will turn some heads at shows this summer, as they compete with Bianca and Abe, two very beautiful, talented Morabs… I’m hoping to see all of them at the Jefferson IMBA Region IV All Breed Open Show the fourth week in August, the 22nd and 23 rd! Roger and Dana Houk never disappoint me, and this year, their

tribute to the Make a Wish Foundation was perfect, plus, Jazz is such a well-behaved, excellent Morab. What a great heroine/ hero they found in Kim Nabor. It is awesome to think of what she and her family and the Waukesha County Deputy Sheriff’s association have accomplished for the Make a Wish Foundation! Kim teaches us that one person can definitely make a difference! And this has always been one of my favorite charities. Alicia Sprecher and her Prix St. George Level gelding, Mattinee Idol, “Rudy,” awed the crowds in the Morab demo and the Arabian demo. Alicia and Rudy paid tribute to all of our armed forces, and she looked great in Wes Licht’s uniform on Sunday. In the barn, she had lots of help from her dad and grandpa in getting it on just right, and it fit perfectly. (Jane said she did have to let out the jacket Wes wore from his Vietnam service, but not for Alicia; they both looked super!) I always seem to tear up when I watch Alicia and Rudy; the love and skill they both share is beautiful to witness. Jane got some wonderful photos of all the special moments in the ring and in the barn. The horse fair photographer, Heather, from Shorthorse Studios, also got some nice photos of our group in the demo on Sunday. And the horse fair video is truly great to watch. Our grand finale was presented by Wes Licht and his gorgeous team of palomino Morab mares, Grace and Rosalie. Wes and Jane always have such well -turned out teams of horses. Wes, my friend, I salute you for your service in Vietnam and our demo! Wes served in the Army from 1968 to 1970, including one year in Vietnam . Serving in his community, he volunteers for 3 -Gaits therapeutic Riding, Dairyland Driving club, Midwest Distance Driving Association, and for the historical society and his church in McFarland. And then there is Jane Licht, who truly is always a co-director with me on this demo, and who deserves highest accolades. The two other local military heroes, Darrel and Dave, whom Jane found were perfect, and their true valor exceeded my expectations. As she does every year, Jane, and her IMBA helpers also did a wonderful job with the stalls and decorations in Barn 10, as well as music and all the other things she does to help make the whole experience a success. I truly would not want to take on this director’s job without her. It was an honor to pose for a photo with these three military heroes and pay tribute to their service. Plus, like real heroes, all three of them remain active in their home communities. Darrel Krenz, of McFarland, was in the 24th Division, U.S. Army. In 1950, his group was overrun by the North Koreans; out of thirty-nine captured, only three survived the next thirtyeight months in captivity. Darrel gives talks about his POW experiences and was interviewed for a PBS documentary. A member of American Legion Post 534, he led the effort to establish a monument in his community that would pay tribute to all those who had served honorably in the military. Seated with Darrel, in Wes’s rig, was Dave Olson of McFarland, who has served in many countries in Southeast Asia , in the National Guard. Dave was deployed in 2006, and again in

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IMBA REGION NEWS 2008, returning home in January of 2009. Dave is a former youth soccer couch and youth soccer referee. He is active in the McFarland Lions’ Club and on the Board of Trustees of his church. So I want to publicly thank all of these talented, generous people. Each and every one of them were my “everyday heroes” for the Morab Breed! Every person and Morab met and excelled my hopes on this 2009 demo for “Superheroes.” I always feel blessed to have so many truly reliable, enthusiastic, cooperative people and their gorgeous Morabs, to work with. I am already truly looking forward to next year’s theme, “Let the Games Begin,” in honor of the 2010 Olympics.

Jane and Linda in the IMBA booth.

Nameers Summer Jazz with Dana and Roger.

SW Abendego, ridden by Gail.

RL Rosali and RL Amazing Grace driven by Wes.

Alicia riding Matinee Idol.

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Article Submitted by Ingrid Buchmeir Why Horses Stumble by: Heather Smith Thomas Some horses stumble or stub their front toes frequently, with the toe hitting the ground while the knee is still bent and the leg collapses instead of taking weight. The horse's head and neck drop down, but he usually catches himself by rapidly extending the other leg. Most of these horses are not lame, yet might occasionally fall to their knees or go down with a rider. The habitual stumbler might manage fine when running free, but tends to trip and stumble when being ridden or led. The stumbling horse is frustrating to ride, and he can be dangerous. Stumbling can be caused by a number of things, including long toes, long feet, hoof imbalance, laziness or boredom, and in some instances devious behavior--a few horses learn they can get out of work if they stumble because a concerned rider thinks there is something wrong and ends the ride. Stumbling can also be due to inadequate conditioning (such as a young horse unaccustomed to carrying a rider, or a horse whose muscles are out of shape), poor conformation, uncoordinated, joint problems, chronic foot pain, damage to the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), brain disorders such as narcolepsy (sudden attacks of sleep), or weakness due to fatigue or illness. The Inattentive Horse A few horses stumble just because they are lazy or not paying attention to the rider. These horses are often plodding along, not caring where they are going, not picking up their feet, thus stubbing their front feet over any irregularity or rock on the ground. This type of stumbler usually trips on his front toes, and does it most at a walk, less at a trot (hardly ever at a fast trot), and never at a canter or gallop, when he is truly alert. Often the lazy stumbler carries his head low, nose out, traveling lazily and heavily on his front legs. The best remedy to keep such a horse from stumbling is to work on ways to eliminate his boredom (vary his routine, make the rides more interesting, don't repeat the same patterns all the time--keep him guessing), and work on getting him more collected. He needs to keep his head up and his weight carried back farther (more on his hindquarters) so he will be better balanced and more alert. The Inexperienced/ Unconditioned Horse A young or green horse might stumble more frequently than a well-trained, well-conditioned horse accustomed to carrying a rider. It takes time and training to condition a horse's muscles and develop coordination at various gaits while being ridden. If a rider's weight causes the horse's stride to change or the horse to be less balanced, his toes might occasionally strike the ground too soon and trip him. For the young horse, who tends to stumble, lightweight shoes could help. Green horses under saddle are better off shod with light plates than heavy shoes or toe grabs, until they learn to collect and handle themselves with a rider. Aluminum shoes with rolled or rocker toes can reduce stumbling (see next section). A horse might stumble a little when you first start riding him after a long lay-off just because of poor muscle tone. Like a human athlete, he has lost his "edge" and might be a bit clumsy until he regains fitness. Long Toes If long toes (a sign of poor or infrequent trimming) are the problem, consult with your farrier about the stumbling. The horse's movements must be fine-tuned to avoid gait problems, with the feet breaking over at exactly the right instant and each

foot landing properly on the ground. If feet are not balanced and the horse has long toes and low heels, breakover time might be slightly delayed and the gait altered, which can cause stumbling, although several research studies have indicated that horses can compensate for most breakover problems during the swing phase and make contact normally. If that horse has to work in deep footing or loose gravel, he might stumble more frequently. Some horses need their feet and toes kept very short, especially if they are "daisy cutters," traveling with a low arc of foot flight. If the feet get very long, these horses tend to trip. They need to be trimmed and shod more frequently. Rolling the toe (beveling and rounding the toes' ground surface) also can help reduce stumbling. A rolled toe shoe enables a foot to break over more easily, allowing it to be picked up a bit more quickly. Another type of shoe that's often used for stumblers is one with a rocker toe (similar to a rolled toe, but ramped instead of rounded). The ground surface at the toe angles upward in front, enabling the horse to pick up the foot with minimal effort. A good farrier can watch how the horse travels (since every horse is different) and shoe the feet at the proper angle and length to help the horse's gait and minimize stumbling. Conformation and Coordination Stumbling is occasionally due to conformational problems that hinder agility and or make it harder for the horse to collect himself or to pick up his feet properly, when traveling over uneven ground and rocks. Conformational flaws that make a horse less agile or more clumsy may lead to stumbling or falling --making the horse less safe to ride at fast gaits over questionable footing, or more prone to stumble even when traveling at slow gaits. Some horses, due to the way they are constructed, are far less agile than others. Front-end conformation that hinders a horse's ability to pick up his feet adequately or that creates excessive deviation in foot flight (such as the horse having too much width through the shoulders and chest--which always cuts down on agility and is often accompanied by base narrow conformation or pigeon toes) might predispose some individuals to stumbling. A wide-breasted horse, with too much space between his front legs, often travels heavy on the front legs and lacks agility. Many of these horses paddle outward with the front feet as they travel and are not very coordinated. As the old horseman's saying goes: "Bad hind legs may hurt the horse, but bad front legs can kill the rider." Poor coordination can be another cause of stumbling. Some horses are awkward, stiff, and poor athletes regardless of conformation due to uncoordinated and poor reflexes (just like some humans!). Usually it is the horse with poor conformation which tends to be awkward and uncoordinated, but not always. Sometimes even a good-looking, well-built horse will be a disappointment in his perceived athletic ability. You can't change a horse's conformation or innate lack of ability, but you can help him by keeping him more collected when ridden. It is more imperative to have a clumsy horse well-trained and collected than an agile horse with natural ability. The naturally agile horse is more apt to catch himself and not trip or fall if he takes a misstep, even if he is not collected. But the clumsy horse is almost certain to trip or fall down if he hits a spot of rough ground unless you have him alert and collected.

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Joint Problems Some horses stumble because of a joint problem. For example, the knee joint might suddenly "give" and buckle forward, and unless the horse can catch himself with his other leg, he could go down in front. This might happen at any gait, making the horse dangerous to ride. Some horses--due to poor conformation, joint injuries, or arthritis--stumble more as they get older. The knee might give way for no apparent reason as the horse is traveling along or going down a hill. Some horses have inadequate motion in leg joints. Stiffening and fusion of a knee, hock, fetlock, pastern, or coffin joint might be due to arthritis or some other condition. Full or partial fusion of a joint will hinder the action of the leg and could cause the toe to make contact with the ground too early in the stride. The joint isn't painful, and the horse is not lame. For this type of problem, shoeing that makes breakover easier (light shoes with rolled or rocker toes) might keep the horse from stumbling as much. In some cases, a raised heel will help (such as wedge pads, bar wedges, or swelled -heel shoes), changing the hoof angle to facilitate easier breakover at the toe and compensating for lack of action in a joint (especially the fetlock joint). Chronic Pain Some horses stumble because of chronic foot pain. It might be hard to detect lameness (since he is not favoring one foot more than the other), but he might travel stiff and short-strided on his front legs. If both front feet hurt equally, the horse will not show an obvious limp, but might tend to stub his toes as he carries himself with guarded movement. A horse with navicular disease in both front feet, for instance, will have a shuffling, stumbling gait. Both front feet hurt in the heel area, so he tries to land on his toes, keeping as much weight off the heels as possible. He travels awkwardly and tends to stab his toes into the ground. About 85 -90% of horses diagnosed with navicular syndrome improve to comfortable levels (if not complete soundness) with correct shoeing, according to Tia Nelson, DVM, a farrier/veterinarian near Helena, Mont. Some of the other causes of soreness in both front feet are laminitis, ringbone, thin soles that bruise easily, and inflammation of the coffin bone. A horse which begins stumbling should be checked by a veterinarian. Stumbling is often the first sign of an obscure lameness affecting the heel area of one or both front feet. In an attempt to avoid the discomfort of landing heel first, the horse shortens his stride and tries to land on the toe. Soon the lameness becomes more noticeable, but some horses will stumble for a year or more before lameness becomes obvious. A good farrier or veterinarian can recognize this kind of stumbling as the first sign of navicular disease. Use of a hoof tester might not reveal pain in the heel area at this early stage, but nerve blocks (one foot at a time) can be revealing. When one foot is deadened, the horse will generally show a distinct lameness in the opposite foot. With both feet deadened, the horse has a natural gait with no stumbling. Shoulder lameness can be another cause of stumbling; the pain in the shoulder makes it hard for the horse to fully extend his forearm. Consequently, he takes a short stride to try and protect himself from pain, and the resultant choppy stride makes him more apt to stub his toes. Brain Damage/Nervous Disorders Stumbling can also be caused by damage to the brain or spinal cord from a neck or back injury, or from illness such as sleeping sickness (encephalomyelitis) , equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), West Nile virus, or certain poisons. However, these problems usually cause more trouble than just stumbling. The

horse will travel quite awkwardly and is noticeably uncoordinated. Another cause of stumbling in horses is equine narcolepsy, a brain disorder that is characterized by sudden attacks of deep sleep. The affected horse might stumble and go down at unpredictable moments when he is ridden, grazing, or standing in a stall. In a typical episode, the horse's knees suddenly buckle and he begins to go down. He might then catch himself just as his nose starts to hit the ground. His sudden bouts of deep sleep overcome his consciousness and normal body posture control for an instant. Take-Home Message There are many reasons a horse might stumble occasionally, or frequently. This can be due to simple foot problems, or can be the bellwether of neurologic disease. Work with your veterinarian and farrier to determine the cause, since the onset of stumbling might indicate a shoeing/trimming problem, or could be a warning of serious health problems. A FARRIER/VETERINARIA N'S VIEW ON STUMBLING Tia Nelson, DVM, a farrier/veterinarian from Helena, Mont., says the first thing she does with a stumbling horse is make sure the animal is not ill. She begins by ruling out EPM, West Nile virus, other encephalitides, or some sort of spinal trauma that would make him uncoordinated. "I have seen horses with concussions, for instance, that could not even stand up when blindfolded, but could do pretty well as long as they could get a visual image of where they are," she says. Stumbling can be a serious issue if a horse falls and the rider gets hurt, so it is important to rule out certain problems. "Assuming the horse's neurologic examination is fine and he is not infected with something that could cause dysfunction, then I do a thorough lameness exam," says Nelson. "It is not at all uncommon for a horse to function reasonably well with a lameness, just because he is tough or has a lot of heart. As soon as you address the lameness, the stumbling stops. It's like having a rock in your shoe; you are not able to move as well as you would without it. Stumbling can be the first sign of something not right before the horse actually becomes lame, so it's good to check him out. "Usually the stumblers I see have heel soreness that is often associated with toes too long and heels starting to run under," says Nelson. After shoeing horses professionally for eight years, she spent six years prior to vet school observing a group of barefoot horses in hard use. "I'd started patterning my trimming and shoeing after what the wild horse foot looks like, trying to understand the four-point trim and a more square (and shorter) toe," says Nelson. "The results I had were very positive when I mimicked this, so I studied 25 horses belonging to various clients who were interested in what I was doing. "The 25 horses did very well barefoot in hard use on some pretty rough ground. The horses ridden on hard to dry rocky soils tended to do better than horses kept in soft, irrigated pasture." Horses with much shorter toes than we are accustomed to seeing, and heels pulled back farther (better base of support under the horse) do very well, she says. There are two ways you can shorten the hoof, says Nelson. You can cut it with nippers from the bottom (shortening the entire hoof wall), or functionally shorten it by backing up the base of support (shortening the toe), changing the angle of the foot. The feet that are thus shortened (with a shorter toe) rarely stumble. "All the horses I shoe are shod to a specific pattern, yet each gets a custom shoeing job to suit the foot--which means I use a proportional guideline when trimming," says Nelson. "The number is phi (a Greek number) which is 1.618, a proportionality that works. About two-fifths to one-third of the hoof is ahead of

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Duckett's dot on the bottom of the foot, and three-fifths to twothirds of the hoof is behind that dot," she says. This landmark on the bottom of the foot is a spot on the prepared frog (smoothed up and trimmed) near the point of the frog. On the average-size hoof for a 1,000- to 1,200-pound horse, this spot is about 1/4 -3/8 inch behind the point of the prepared frog. "From that point forward to the breakover point (the breakover point is the most forward point of weight bearing when the horse is standing with his foot flat on the ground) is about two-fifths to one -third of the bearing length of the foot from front to back," says Nelson. "Behind Duckett's dot (to the back of the foot) is three-fifths to two-thirds of the bearing length (more than half)," she says. If a horse is allowed to wear his hoof naturally, the breakover point is not very far back from where the foot ends, because he has a short toe and a steeper hoof angle--and he rarely stumbles. A long toe makes the hoof angle more sloped; a short toe makes it steeper. If we put a shoe on that foot, the toe will not be worn off, the foot will be longer from front to back (creating a more sloped angle) and the breakover point will be farther forward. The length from Duckett's dot to the breakover point will be too long (approaching half or more of the bearing surface) and the foot will be unbalanced. The actual length (from Duckett's dot to the breakover point) varies with each horse, because a steeper-angled horse with a more upright hoof and pastern (and steeper hoof angle) will have different measurements than a horse with less steep angles, but it is always proportional for that particular horse. The wild horse feet Nelson has been able to observe had the same proportions as the domestic barefoot horses in hard use, so Nelson feels comfortable in following these guidelines. She uses this when trimming and shoeing, and works on lame horses all over the country and finds that proportionality helps them become sound. "A lot of people use terms like 'level,' 'flat,' and 'balanced' as if they were interchangeable, and they are not. We should not confuse symmetry with balance," she says. "Symmetry and balance are two sides of the same coin but they aren't the same thing." You can roll the toe of a shoe to keep the horse from tripping, but Nelson says what you do to the foot in trimming is more important than the shoe you put on. Much of the "corrective" shoeing done in the past was just a band-aid job. "I almost never use egg bar shoes or wedge pads; 99% of the horses I shoe get shod with regular shoes out of a box," she continues. "I do stick the shoe in the forge just to square and roll the toe. Some people prefer rocker shoes; biomechanically it has the same effect. But it's easier for me to square and roll the toe than rocker it, and some horses get bruises on their toe if the shoe is rockered." "Trimming is most important," Nelson notes. "The shoe should just be the icing on the cake. The shoe should look good, but no amount of shoeing will make a better foot if it's not trimmed properly. I also use shoes to enhance whatever job the horse is doing. A reining horse needs to be able to slide on his hind feet and needs skidders on the back. A barrel horse needs more traction. I'm in favor of horses being kept barefoot, if possible, but shoeing for protection or for a specialized task is perfectly reasonable. If a horse is shod properly, with the right proportionality for his feet, most of the time he will not stumble," says Nelson. "He can travel naturally and will not be hindered by his shoes."

IMPORTANT DATES January 1 - June 30, 2010  Discounted

Registration rates $40.00 for two-year-old and older Morabs $25.00 for Morabs registered with another Registry *Additional DNA fees may be required.

January 31, 2010  2009 LAAP points are due  2009 Youth Horse Program points are due  Discounted IMBA Membership renewals  Morab Perspective Ads & Articles due for

the Breeders Guide issue of the Year deadline

 Breeder

February 1 - June 30, 2010  IMBA

Online Show Photo Contest Entries accepted.

August 28 -29, 2010  IMBA

Region 4 Open Show and Morab Futurity at Jefferson, Wisconsin

October 15, 2010  IMBA

Youth Creative Arts Entries Due

November 6, 2010  IMBA

Annual Meeting in Sanford, Maine

Thank you to Jim and Ronna Messier at Half Moon Farm For giving Alex and Allie a chance to share their love of horses. Thank you to Jill for all the lessons and experiences she shared with them. We are blessed to have friends like you. From Karen, Frank and Alex Smith

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PROGRAM Jenny Leistiko has resigned from being in charge of the LAAP program; the new person is Denise Schneider. Another change is that all of the LAAP forms and fees will be sent to the IMBA office.

January 31st is the deadline for submitting your 2009 points. If you have any questions you can contact Denise at:

Congratulations to the 2008 LAAP Winners. Please see their photos on the covers of this issue of the Morab Perspective. Bronze Award - 1000 points Jericho’s Silver Hawk, Morab Gelding owned by Lisa Stallman RL Raindrops on Roses, Morab Mare owned by Sara Licht RL Rosali, Morab Mare owned by Wes & Jane Licht

Silver Award- 2000 points Jericho’s Magnum Force, Morab Gelding owned by Wendy & Linda Konichek, Carolyn Harris Jericho’s Royal Serenade, Morab Mare owned by Marlene Hopp Windmere Mocha Royale, Morab Gelding owned by Dj Sproat

Golddust Award - 12000 points Jericho’s Mr. Chauvinist, Morab Gelding owned by Wendy Konichek

Are you a participant in the Lifetime Achievement Award Program and would like to earn some money?

Enroll your Morab horse in the Morab Breeders’ Trust Fund and receive payouts for the points your horse earns in the L.A.A.P. program for the life of your horse. Morab Rates (One time only fee for the life of the horse): Birth to 6 months $25.00 (If MBTF Enrolled sire) $40.00 (If not sired by MBTF stallion) 6 months to 1 year $50.00 (If MBTF Enrolled sire) $65.00 (If not sired by MBTF stallion) 2 years and older $75.00 Morab, Morgan and Arabian Stallion Owners Enroll your stallion yearly and receive 10% of the payouts for the points that Morabs sired by your stallion earn. Plus a free Stallion listing in the Morab Perspective and on the website. Stallion Enrollment Rates are based on the number of mares bred and start at $10.00

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Morabs, Morgans and Arabians For Sale

ACR Champagne ‘N’ Caviar (Nashboro Sir Galahad x ACR Specter Cameo)

Palomino Morgan Stallion

Mares, Stallions and Geldings of all ages and colors. Quality Arabian and Morgan bloodlines. Pictured: Springtown Sundance Morgan Stallion at Stud (Richfield Octavius x Rose Hill Pistachio) Contact: Greenleaf Ranch, Susan and Ken Kromrie 18207 Hwy B Lebanon, MO 65536 Phone: 417-532-9048 Email:

Stud Fee: $650 plus AI collection fee Contact: Diana Kline and John Sendrowski P.O. Box 15363 Kansas City, MO 64106 Phone: 816-842-9292 Email:

THI Cherokee JCW Rev’s Cajun Sundancer

(Society Benedict x THI Keepsake)

14.3 HH Black/Chestnut Morgan Stallion 15 HH Palomino Morgan Stallion Stud Fee: $650 US Funds Stud Fee: $650 He is a Vigilmarch grandson. He is He is a Multi-Champion show horse. winner in hand in Morgan and Sport 2005 USDF Morgan All Breed winner. Horse classes. All of his foals have his He is a proven color producer. His foals are also Champions in great temperament and movement. the show ring. Contact: Carriage Lane Farm, Paula and David Neice Contact: Jericho Creek West, Carolyn and Ridge Harris 3919 Perth Rd. 102 RR#1 Shakespeare, ONT NOB 2PO 2350 Lakewood Hills Ln. Lincoln, CA 95648 Phone: 519-662-4847 Email: Phone: 916-645 -9223 Email: Standing at: (LJ Morning Reveille x Clonmel Cajun Caress)

Jericho Creek Farm II Training

TRAIN YOUR HORSE TO DRIVE Clinician and trainer Wes Licht specializes in teaching horses to drive and people to drive them. * Clinics on driving * Private lessons * Horse training * Weekend lesson packages * Carriage & sleigh service * Driving horses for sale

Over 25 years experience with many national and regional wins in Western, Huntseat, Dressage and Halter. Lessons available. Contact: Wendy Konichek, Owner and Trainer S.101 W.34628 Hwy LO Eagle, WI 53119 Phone: 262-594 -3667 Email:

Freedom’s Independence Spark (Washita Spitfire x Two “C” Magnolia)

7-31-02 Bay Morab Gelding 14.3 HH He has begun his show season this year bringing home ribbons from each show. He is broke to ride, leg yield and collects. He has been ridden on trails and the road with big trucks with no problems. $3500.00 Contact: Half Moon Farm, Jim and Ronna Messier 446 Messier Rd. Franklin, VT 05457 Phone: 802-285-2202 Email:

Contact: Rocking L Acres , Wes and Jane Licht 2964 County Rd. AB Mc Farland, WI 53558 Phone: 608-838-8178 Email:

Forever Sunset (Forever Knight x PK Black Satin) 10 yr old Chestnut Arabian Mare Broke to ride. Trained with a hackamore but accepts a bit. Ridden on the road and trails. Started showing this year. She bathes, ties, trailers, hoof care, shots and worming are up to date. $3000.00 Contact: Half Moon Farm, Jim and Ronna Messier 446 Messier Rd. Franklin, VT 05457 Phone: 802-285 -2202 Email:

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Windmere Halleluia (Windmer Royal Topaz x Windmere Glory Be)

2002 Chestnut Morab Mare 15 HH She is a beautiful mare with loads of talent. Excellent breeding potential and well started under saddle. Would make a great pony club project. $3250.00 Contact: Windmere Morabs, Carol King N4360 French Rd. Appleton, WI 54913 Phone: 920-738-7577 Email: Morabs, Morgans and Arabians For Sale Mares, Stallions and Geldings of all ages and colors. Breeding Morabs, Morgans and Arabians of Distinction for over 25 years. Contact: Jericho Creek Farms Linda Konichek S.101 W.34628 Hwy LO Eagle, WI 53119 Phone: 262-594-3667 Email:

Freedom’s Patriot in Blue (Twilight Champion x Amberfields Goldlace) Cremello Morab Stallion Stud Fee: $400 plus A.I. collection fee

Contact: Freedom Farm, Karen Petersen 850 Rt. 537 Cream Ridge, NJ 08514 Phone: 609-758-1776 Email: LVA Miska Shatan (Focus Sable x O’ Nadira) 15 HH Bay Arabian Stallion Stud Fee: $650 Arabians, $400 Others He has won many halter and Sport horse in hand classes. He throws his classic head on all of his foals. Contact: Lake Vioux Arabians, Brenda DeBroux W.11328 Spring Rd. Antigo, WI 54409 Phone: 715-623-5171 Email:

Schaenzer's Silver Eagle (Zeulner’s Sunka Wakan x Granaway Bonn Amie) Silver Dapple Morgan Stallion

Windmere Royal Topaz (Sir RAF Royale x Windmere Ambrosia)

15.1 HH Palomino Morab Stallion Stud Fee: $650 LFG

Stud Fee: $750 Frozen Semen also available

He throws gait and a dressage style trot! Silver is a handsome rare silver dapple Morgan and has two lovely Morgan foals on the ground, a flaxen gaited coming two year old filly and a big red chestnut colt who carries the silver dapple gene meaning he can throw silver from black based mares! Both are for sale call or write for photos, etc. Contact: Rainbows Gait Ranch, Sue Schaenzer P.O. Box 12246 Eugene, Oregon 97402 Phone: 541-510 -2040

He is a Champion performance horse as well as a proven breeding stallion. He has produced many healthy, happy foals for satisfied owners. Contact: Rocking L Acres, Wes and Jane Licht 2964 County Rd. AB Mc Farland, WI 53558 Phone: 608-838 -8178 Email:

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That price includes one year on the IMBA website and one year of print advertising in the Morab Perspective. For more information see page 60.

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International Morab Breeders’ Association Membership Application Join from September 16 - January 31 and receive $5.00 off your membership. Membership Year ______________ New Membership________ Renewal Membership #_____________

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The Deadlines and Features are: Shows & Events July 31 Breeders Guide January 31

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IMBA YOUTH PROGRAMS The Youth Programs are open to any youth 18 years old or younger, age as of January first. The International Morab Breeders’ Association would like to recognize areas of participation of youth and their Morabs. We also recognize their efforts with Morgans and Arabians as these are our parent breeds and can lead to future ownership of a Morab. (Note: Horses used in the Youth program do not need to be owned by the Youth.) We want to support our youth as they are the future of the Morab breed. NOTE: Youth must be a current member of IMBA either through Individual Youth Membership ($15.00) or a Family Youth Membership ($15.00 includes all of the family members under age 18. The parents are not included.) or a Voting Family Membership ($45.00) FEES: Creative Arts Division – No Fee. The areas are: Photography, Artwork and Essay Yearly Fee $5.00 per Horse/Rider combination. This fee covers the Show, Leadline and Recreational/Saddle Log divisions. DEADLINES: Photography, Artwork and Essay – Entries should be mailed or emailed by October 15th.. st Show, Leadline and Recreational/Saddle Log – Forms must be submitted by January 31 . FORMS and INFORMATION: Forms are available online at Complete information: HORSE PROGRAM CATEGORY AND AGE DIVISIONS: Morab Show Ages 3 – 10, Ages 11-15, Ages 16-18 Morab Saddle Log Ages 3 –10, Ages 11-15, Ages 16-18 Morab Leadline Ages 3-10

Arabian Show Ages 3 –10, Ages 11-15, Ages 16-18 Arabian Saddle Log Ages 3 –10, Ages 11-15, Ages 16-18 Arabian Leadline Ages 3-10 Morgan Show Ages 3 –10, Ages 11-15, Ages 16-18 Morgan Saddle Log Ages 3 –10, Ages 11-15, Ages 16-18 Morgan Leadline Ages 3-10

CREATIVE ARTS DIVISIONS PHOTOGRAPHY The Youth age divisions are: Preschool through 2nd Grade 3rd through 5th Grade 6th through 8th Grade 9th through 12th Grade Photos may be horse related or not, no computer enhanced images, photo sizes 3x5 or 4x6 or 8x10. Photos may be matted, not framed. Non-matted photos are also accepted. Youth may enter up to three photos.

ARTWORK The Youth age divisions are: Preschool through 2 nd Grade rd th 3 through 5 Grade th 6 through 8th Grade 9th through 12th Grade Artwork must be horse related. Any format is acceptable: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, etc. Youth may enter up to three Artwork pieces.

ESSAY The Youth age divisions are: Preschool through 2nd Grade Essay judged on Originality and Content. 3rd through 5th Grade 6th through 8th Grade 9th through 12th Grade Essay judged on Content, Grammar and Punctuation.

The 2010 Essay theme is: “A fun thing I do with a horse…”

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Creative Arts Division

Morab Show Ages 11 - 15

Photography 6th through 8th Grades

1st- Callie Tuchel with Jericho’s Mr. Chauvinist 2nd - Sebastian Quass with LM Ark-One Shawna 3rd - Sebastian Quass with Jericho’s Thee Senorita

1st- Jessica Berndt, Cat photo

Ages 16 - 18 1st- Ashley Berndt with Jericho’s Magic Lady 2nd- Hannah Jay with Radicals Soldier Blue

Morab Saddle Log Ages 16-18

9th through 12th Grades 1st- Jamie Berndt, Truck photo 2nd - Ashley Berndt, Cat playing photo 3rd - Jamie Berndt, Horse itching photo 4th - Jamie Berndt, Dog photo 5th - Ashley Berndt, Horse in doorway photo 6th - Ashley Berndt, Fire photo

1st - Hannah Jay with Radicals Soldier Blue

Arabian Show Ages 16 - 18 1st- Brittany Wendorf with Nickomas Olympiad

Arabian Saddle Log Ages 11 - 15 1st - Sebastian Quass with MRA Mistina Doll

Ages 16 - 18 1st- Brittany Wendorf with Nicomas Olympiad

Morgan Show Ages 16 -18

Thanks to:

1st - Jamie Berndt with Justapesty Winterhawk

Jericho Creek Farm II For providing the awards

Morgan Saddle Log Ages 11 - 15 1st - Jessica Berndt with Justapesty Winterhawk

Ages 16 - 18 1st - Jamie Berndt with Justapesty Winterhawk 2nd - Ashley Berndt with CVM Darling Hannah 3rd - Jamie Berndt with Abacab Kahluan Creme

IMBA for providing the ribbon medallions.

Remember the deadline for 2009 Youth Horse Program points is: January 31, 2010 The Theme for the 2010 Youth Essay contest is: “ A fun thing I do with a horse…” Deadline October 15, 2010 Morab Perspective 2009 Foals & Events Page 40

2008 IMBA Youth Photo Contest Winners

1st place 6th through 8th Grades 1st place 9th through 12th Grades

3rd place 9th through 12th Grades 6th place 9th through 12th Grades

2nd place 9th through 12th Grades

5th place 9th through 12th Grades

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IMBA’s First Golddust Award Winner

Jericho’s Mr. Chauvinist Owned by:Wendy Konichek Born: 4-1-89 Sire: Moro Hill Magnum, Morgan Dam: Moonlight Absinthe’, Arabian

This Morab earned 12000 L.A.A.P. points. Morab Perspective 2009 Foals & Events Page 42

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2009 Fall Morab Perspective  

2009 Fall Morab Perspective Newsmagazine, Shows and Events issue. International Morab Breeders' Association

2009 Fall Morab Perspective  

2009 Fall Morab Perspective Newsmagazine, Shows and Events issue. International Morab Breeders' Association

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