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Volume 20 Number 1 Breeder’s Guide 2010

The Official Magazine of the Historic Morab Horse

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Volume 20 Number 1 Breeders’ Guide 2010

The Official Magazine of the Historic Morab Horse


5 Registry Report …………………………..…….5 4 On the Front Cover.……………………….……4 5 5 View from the Chair……………….………….. 6 IMBA Horse of the Year………………………..6 13-18 Farm News…………………………………….. 13-18 18 NAIS update 2020 A Horse for Brin……………………………….. 21 Region Map…………….……………………….21 22 Region News…………………….……………..22 23-25 Region 4 All Breed Show……………………...23-25 26 Ask the Trainer…………………………………26 26 ―Awesome Wonder,‖ a poem ………………...26 27 Greener Pastures……………………………...27 28-30 Member Directory………………………………28-30 31 USDF All Breed Award………………………...31 32 Youth Programs………………………………...32 33 Meritorious Service Award…………………….33 34 Lifetime Achievement Award Program …...…34 34 Breeders‘ Trust Fund…………………………...34 35-36 Horse Health………..…………………………...35-36 On the Back Cover……..………………….. 36 37 Online Show Information 39 Online Shows Results…………...……………..39 40 Morab Perspective Advertising rates…………40 41 Membership Application …………………...…..41

CHAIRMAN Ingrid Buchmeier PO Box 1148 Lander, WY 82520 (307)332-4629 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 Jane Licht 2964 County Rd. AB McFarland WI 53558 (608)838-8178 REGISTRAR/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Karen Smith 24 Bauneg Beg Road Sanford, ME 04073 1-866-667-2246 DIRECTOR Denise Schneider 468 Tip Lane Brookneal, VA 24528 (434)376-9738 DIRECTOR Michelle Feder 1725 Cardinal Dr. Cumming, GA 30041 (770)889-8441


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From The MP Editor Jane Licht This issue of the Morab Perspective is being printed by the online company

Thanks are in order here. First to Wendy Konichek for posting recent Morab Perspectives to our IMBA website and for providing me tons of assistance with this 2010 Breeder‘s edition. Wendy, I could not have done this without you! With all of the things going on in Wendy‘s life at this time, it amazes me that she was able to produce a couple of the finest editions of the Morab Perspective that I have ever seen. Since my husband Wes and I have been IMBA members since 1992, we have read many issues! Wendy will continue to serve IMBA/IMR in her very competent manner as our webmaster. I am sure we all wish Wendy the best as she fulfills her dream of establishing a therapeutic riding center at Eagle, Wisconsin, the home base of Jericho Creek Farm. Thanks also to Karen Smith and Ingrid Buchmeier for their help and support in getting this Breeders‘ Guide completed. Thanks to those of you who contributed very interesting articles, lovely photographs, and advertisements. Please take a moment to review the 2010 Member Directory, check your listing and give us any updates or corrections. The next issue is the Foal and Events 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 July 31, 2010. For more Information and Advertising Rates go to page 39.

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From The IMBA E-News Editor Michelle Feder My name is Michelle Feder. I have been married for 22 years to my husband Bill and we have 3 children: Jake is 19, Kayleigh is 17 and Gabrielle is 13. We live in Cumming, Georgia. We have three horses: Shahtara, Red Rock Carissa and Memphis. I have volunteered to be the new IMBA e newsletter editor. It is the hope of the entire IMBA Board that with this bi-monthly newsletter we will complement and supplement the MP, as well as helping our members learn about each other. I hope that you enjoy reading the newsletter as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions for improving this newsletter, or know of someone (even yourself!) who would like to be featured in the "Meet A Member" section please feel free to contact me at or contact any IMBA Board member.

On the Front Cover: Morab Stallions and Get Top Left: KC’s I-Kinn Do It, 2006 chestnut Morab stallion (Koopers Kinnection X LM Mystery Lady), standing at Red Rock Horses, Ingrid and Roger Buchmeier, PO BOX 1148 Lander WY 82520, Phone 307-332-4629, Top Right: Jericho’s Mr. Sterling, 1993 grey Morab stallion (Jericho‘s Mr. Chauvinist X Ta-ket), owned and standing at Jericho Creek Farm, Linda & Wendy Konichek, S101 W34628 County Rd LO, Eagle WI 53119, Phone 262-594-3667 Middle Left: mare & foal: Jericho’s Royal Ashlin, 1991 palomino Morab mare (Sir RAF Royale X Ta-ket) owned by Wendy Konichek, and Jericho’s Royal Sundancer, 2009 palomino Morab filly, (JCW Rev's Cajun Sundancer x Jericho's Royal Ashlin) owned by Cindy Baxter. Jericho Creek Farm, S101 W34628 County Rd LO, Eagle WI 53119, Phone 262-594-3667 Middle Right: Windmere Royal Topaz, 1990 palomino Morab stallion, standing at Rocking L Acres, Wes and Jane Licht, 2964 County Rd AB, McFarland WI 53558, Phone 608-838-1878, Bottom Left: Freedom’s Patriot in Blue, 2004 cremelo Morab stallion (Twilight Campion X Amberfields Gold Lace), standing at Freedom Farm, Karen Petersen, 850 Monmouth Rd, Cream Ridge NJ 08514, Phone 609-758-1776m Bottom Right: LM Black Powder, 1995 black Morab stallion (DHAR Serr Rouf X Washita Nancy Run), standing at Half Moon Farm, 446 Messier Rd, Franklin VT 05457, Phone 802-285-2202, Morab Perspective 2010 Breeders‘ Guide Page 4

REGISTRY REPORT Karen Smith, Registrar

2010, is here!! I would like to welcome our 2009 new members and their Morabs. Welcome to IMBA and enjoy your Morabs: Paula Brown of Arkansas and Final Command, Kristi Wood of Texas and LM Mystery Lady, Brenda Mills of Michigan and NW Starlight, Karen Schnell of North Carolina and Avalon Troubadour, Harvey Munsch of Minnesota and Mi Dandi, Mike Hornecker of Wyoming and Red Rock Snickers, Marcia Malmberg of Wyoming and Royal Rulers Redwing, Debbie and Sophia Anthony of Minnesota and SW MMeshach, Rebecca Wentworth and Jericho‘s Royal Flush, Kaitlin Victoria Sharp of Oklahoma and Hasan Ko‘akh Yad, and associate member Tammy Devier of Minnesota. Thank you to all who have renewed their 2010 memberships. I know times are hard and your continued support is appreciated. Due to the new term limits for the board of directors, Wendy Konichek was unable to run for another term on the board. I want to say thank you for the many years she served on the board of directors, it is appreciated. Although Wendy will not be on the board this year, she is still active with IMBA as webmaster and committees. Welcome to Jane Licht, who was elected to the board of directors. As many of you know, she has served on the board in the past and we are glad to have her back. A new member benefit was added. In 2010, you may link from our Farm Tours page to your website for FREE! Please notify the IMBA office if you would like to become a part of the IMBA Farm Tours and I will forward your information to our webmaster. The annual meeting will be held on November 6, 2010 hosted by our chairperson, Ingrid Buchmeier in Lander, Wyoming. Anyone interested in attending the meeting in person or via phone conference, please contact the IMBA office or Ingrid directly. I look forward to another great year and hope that you will join us. Enjoy your spring!

Karen E Smith

VIEW FROM THE CHAIR Ingrid Buchmeier, Chairman

The International Morab Breeders Association had it's annual meeting in November. It was a productive meeting and I look forward to serving as Chairperson again this year. I would urge those of you interested in the breed to serve in some capacity for the association. The board will have three openings this fall. Are you willing to step forward for the good of the breed? I hope some of you will take the plunge to run for the board. The economy has affected the horse market. The Morab is the type of horse that will do well in spite of the economy. Fewer people are breeding in this poor economic economy, but the quality of the horses is increasing throughout the whole industry. The Morab can and does do well at everything it is pointed toward. They are great show horses, family horses, driving, working, just good all around horses. I predict that Morab type horses are going to be in demand as the fads in the other breeds fade. The photo show was very successful and I am looking forward to the next show. The online horse show 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 this show to have the opportunity to compete against other Morabs. The last show was truly international as we had entries from not only the US, but Canada, Australia and the UK. As the show becomes more successful we will be encouraged to add video classes and perhaps even a futurity. Please help us to make it a great Morab show. I am excited to see the progress made with getting our pedigree base online. It's not done yet, but is getting closer all the time. I feel it would be very advantageous to show the bloodlines in our breed to the world. It will also show what bloodlines are available for purchase or breeding options. 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. The meeting will once again be held via phone conference and will be based from Lander, WY again. Happy trails and keep in touch.

Red Rock Horses

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IMBA HORSE OF THE YEAR Tulip, a Morab Gelding

Congratulations are in order for a Morab Gelding named Tulip and his owner, Dr. Les Carr. Morab endurance horses have been written about many times in this magazine over the years but Tulip’s achievements are astounding even when compared with scores of other famous distance horses. The Board of Directors has chosen Tulip as the 2009 IMBA Horse of the Year. 21,100 MILES AND 21 YEARS OLD A Morab Gelding Named Tulip By Dr. Les Carr Much has been written about the advantages of a Morab such as the Morgan temperament and Arabian endurance. Well, one of our Morab boys named Tulip holds a world record! The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) is the official sponsoring agency of endurance rides and keeper of ride records. Endurance rides can vary in mileage from a one-day 50 mile ride that must be completed in 12 hours or less, to a one-day 100 mile ride that must be completed in 24 hours or less. Multi-day rides involve 50 miles per day for 3-5 consecutive days totaling 150-250 miles. To get credit for a ride, a horse must finish sound and pass several vet checks. Also, each day‘s ride must be completed by the same rider on the same horse. Prior to Tulip breaking the world record for lifetime cumulative recorded AERC miles (currently 21,100 miles), the record was held by an Arabian named Rushcreek Ladd with 18,215 lifetime miles. My apology to breeders; but I have never been influenced by ―blood lines‖. My choice of an endurance horse is based on the horse‘s natural potential to endure, physically and psychologically, over 50 miles. The proof is in the horse remaining sound while overcoming the challenges of difficult trail conditions such as foul weather, going up and down from 1,000 to 8,000 feet, walking over rocks, through deep sand, etc. Tulip‘s blood lines are as follows: Tulip, a registered Morab, is by Morgan stallion Calamity‘s Pizzaz, whose sire is from the Kingston line. His dam is Belif, a grand-daughter of Bu-Zahar, a son of Ferzon-Hall of Fame sire of National Champions. One might conjecture that Tulip‘s success was inspired by his having such a distinguished blood line; but Tulip, to date, has not called for a family reunion. The following are Tulip‘s accomplishments from 1993 to 2010, a span of approximately 17 years and to date 21,100 miles: (a.) completed five one-day 100 mile rides; (b.) came in top ten finishers 37 times; (c.) completed 343 rides from 50-100 miles, 54of which were 3 to 5 day multi-day rides; (d.) holds the record for having completed the greatest number of multi-day rides (54) completed by one horse in AERC history; (d.) twice, in 2004 and 2006, has been winner of the Gold Medal Award in the Pony Express XP Rides. This award is particularly difficult to achieve since the horse must complete all the miles, without any failures for a

particular year, that is, complete 1060 multi-day XP miles in a particular year. At this point, you may be wondering how Tulip and I did it. You may even find our combined partner style to be rather unorthodox. (Factor 1-Speed): Our highly ―Turtle-like‖ pacing is, by design, a very boring and uneventful average of 5.5 miles per hour no matter the ride or mileage, or number of days; (Factor 2-Food): At home he receives twice a day, alfalfa grass-hay combination and a scoop of Purina Equine Senior Horse Feed mix (no other supplements of any kind) and the same feeding schedule and food during a ride; (Factor 3-Eating & Drinking/Trail) Tulip is permitted to continually eat and drink along the trail whatever and whenever he chooses to eat & drink; (Factor 4-Standing Up): For any and all rides, while trotting, I stand up, leaning forward, all the time --with my legs unbent and held straight into both stirrups. Despite all the many miles, Tulip has never had a back problem of any kind, nor have I; (Factor 5-Monitoring Feces & Urine): Along the trail, I am repeatedly evaluating the quality of Tulip‘s feces and color of his urine-looking for warning signs of any intestinal and/or metabolic stresses; (Factor 6- Risk Assessment): If Tulip shows the slightest sign of any intestinal or metabolic irregularity, I pull him from the ride even If Tulip has passed through the required vet check. There is always another ride; but not another Tulip! (Factor 7-Shoing With Pads): Whether on the endurance trail or at home, Tulip is always with pads on all four feet-no matter the weather with Tulip having no hoof or foot problems to date; (Factor 8- What I have never done): (a.) Have never used a saddle that cost more than $500 (but the saddle must fit the horse and myself); (b.) Have never have been preoccupied with washing down and grooming the horse; my concern is with the horse drinking water and eating freely; (c.) Have never used any supplement other than Purina Equine Senior Horse Feed mix); (d.) Have never wrapped Tulip‘s legs before, during, or after a ride; (e.) Most of the time have driven to a ride stopping every 4-5 hours, taking Tulip out of the horse trailer, and permitting Tulip to eat preferably wet green grass (at for example, highway rest stops); (f.) While traveling never feed Tulip in the horse trailer; but provide plenty of water to drink. Tulip and I are still going strong up and down the trail. I am currently 74 years old, (75 in March), and my lifetime endurance mileage is approximately 46,000+ endurance miles. But, I must confess that I am probably aging faster than Tulip. So, when will Tulip and I retire from the trail? (I am still working full-time in the areas of mental health assessment and treatment.) All rides require you to follow a prescribed trail often marked by colorful ribbons. But, one of these ride days along the endurance trail, I will gaze up at the sky and see little pink ribbons hanging from the clouds pointing me to a more final trail. If you spot us along the trail, be sure and say hello. You and your horse will probably be passing Tulip and me.

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FARM NEWS Timber Rose Ranch Brookneal, Virginia By Denise Schneider It‘s 2010 already? Boy, 2009 just flew by. We‘ve been so busy with various projects, it‘s so easy to lose track of the time. Here‘s some of what we have been doing… In March of 2009, 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 of 2009 turned out to be a bit of an emotional roller coaster. On the 21st, 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. We 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 on our property beside an oak tree. We take flowers to the spot every now and then, to honor her mem- One week-old half-Morab filly, Jasmine, ory. with my daughter 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 – have to give the baby credit, though, for keeping up with her). Once we got Star calmed down, we moved her and baby into the stall where they went through the bonding process. Star was a devoted mom from that point on.

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 and so registered 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 a buckskin, though which shade of buckskin she will eventually be is anybody‘s guess at this point. She was born a creamy color, but when her foal coat was done shedding out, she looked almost like a bay! She never stopped changing, however, as she immediately grew a fluffy Winter coat. Most of her coat is currently three colors, creamy at the ends, a medium brown in the middle, and black underneath. Overall, this makes her look frosted. What shading she has varies, depending on which way her hair is lying. This is the first time I have seen something like this, and I am looking forward to seeing what we have when she sheds out again in the Spring. By the end of the Summer, we finished getting all the stumps out of the new back pasture (that was sure a project and a Jasmine in July 2009. half!), and started working on getting the grass going. Once we get that established, we will get the fencing around it finished, and we‘ll be good to go. It will be really nice once it‘s done and we can turn the horses out on it. In September of 2009, we had a two-year-old Quarter Horse here for some ground training. He was a bit of a spoiled wild child when he came, as his owner hadn‘t spent much time with him and he‘d never learned his boundaries or manners. A perfect example of this was when he reared up and tried to strike me over getting fly sprayed. Now, this horse was not a bad horse by nature. He wasn‘t acting this way out meanness. He just didn‘t know any better, and because he‘d gotten away with that nonsense previously, he simply kept doing it because to his mind it was okay. Well, he soon discovered that this was NOT okay, after all, and once he realized that this behavior was not acceptable, he soon proved to be a very willing horse. At the end of the month, when his owner came to see him, I showed her everything we‘d been doing during the course of the month. Her so-called crazy horse was now standing like a gentleman for grooming and fly spray, was now being bridled (simple jointed snaffle bit) and wearing a bareback pad with a girth, was lunging in the round pen and going through his paces (including ‗whoa‘) on voice command, was playing with a running hose and could be hosed down, and would come up and allow me to touch him with running clippers. She had never been able to do any of this with him before, and she wanted to know if I had switched horses on her! I am glad that she was so thrilled with what I was able to accomplish with the horse, and I sure hope that she keeps up with it. He‘s got a good foundation now, and lots of potential. October of 2009 was weaning time for Jasmine. She and Star

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the people-loving nature of my horses.

took this much better than I expected. Other than a lot of calling to each other, they really weren‘t bad. And here I was expecting to have to fix the fences at least once! Star went to another paddock with Trooper (the Morgan), and Jasmine found herself with a new playmate, a three-year-old pony that we adopted from the United States Equine Rescue League. Those two are thicker than thieves now, and love to play. At the moment they are about the same size, and the pony rules the roost. I will be interested to see if the pecking order changes when Jasmine gets bigger.

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 a run-in where they would have pasture and shelter without us Two-week old Morab colt, Windmere having to handle them. Flash Force with his Morab dam. 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.

With everything else going on, we never did get to any shows in 2009. We did, however, do a lot of trail riding whenever we could. We 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 they find the stream very refreshing on a hot day and they keep wanting to roll in it. Not good when they still have the saddles on! 2010 promises to be a busy year also. Now that Jasmine is weaned, I plan to start her mother under saddle. I had done a lot of foundation work with her before, so once the weather breaks and the ground isn‘t either a mud pit or hard as concrete, I can start working with Star again. In the meantime, she does enjoy one on one time and will stand for hours to be groomed. Jasmine is also a fan of grooming. I have made a point of handling her as much as possible and doing a lot of in-hand work with her. She was haltered right from the beginning, and led around with a lead rope. I brushed her frequently and picked up her feet, a fact that has made my farrier very happy because she now gets her feet trimmed right along with the rest and behaves well. She has now graduated to being groomed on the crossties, and even had her introduction to lunging in the round pen. She did extremely well, and I am so proud of her! I am hoping to get to some shows or events this year, but I guess we will have to wait and see what the future brings.

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

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 filly was three months old. I had a setup where I could lead the mare to a paddock and let the filly run along since there was a perimeWindmere Flash Force, ter fence all around and I knew at four months-old with Joel. 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

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FARM NEWS 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 surprised 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!

Freedom Farm USA Cream Ridge, New Jersey By Karen Petersen

We had a busy year 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 Freedom’s Stars n Stripes, Morab fun. We had Blue breed stallion with Cari. a pony mare we have here on the farm, for an April 2010 foal, which will likely be a palomino.

horse used in the movie. We were excited to have such a famous trainer so close by, so we decided to take advantage of him being so near, and we wanted to get Scotty,(aka, Freedom‘s Stars and Stripes) 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. 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. 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 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 working with him, 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,

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 attending a local clinic back in August 09. 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 past 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, to name a few. He brought one of the Hidalgo horses with him, a horse known as RJ who was the main

“Scotty” with Rex Peterson.

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FARM NEWS 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 both great teachers. 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 Freedom Stars n Stripes with Karen Peterson. 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 from others. 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. For more information on Rex Peterson and his training methods, you can see his website at I highly recommend these nice knowledgeable folks. We were also blessed with having lots of kids enter our 4H program this past fall. We have 27 Freedom Riders signed up here at the farm, and they are all enjoying riding and participating in our programs. I was hoping to encourage some of them to participate in our Morab Youth programs this year. We even have a few handicapped riders now coming to the farm for lessons with our wonderful teacher, Regina. I am hoping to make a connection with the fort near us for enrolling some service families in the Heros to Horses program as well. Things are working well. At this time, we‘d like to offer both our stallions for sale or lease. Freedom‘s Patriot in Blue is our cremello stallion, who guarantees color out of non-gray mares. Freedom‘s Stars and Stripes, shown here in photos, is our palomino stallion, with four high white stockings and a white blaze, mane down to his shoulder. Horses would be sold private treaty. All reasonable offers would be considered. Can also be purchased as geldings. 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 for stud, 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

Winds of Glory with JCW Caress the Wind.

I traveled to Wisconsin and attended the IMBA Region 4 Show in August. I enjoyed it very much! It was fun to see all the Morab people and horses there after being away from it for the past three years. JCW Caress the Wind, Morab Filly.

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FARM NEWS Rocking L Acres McFarland, Wisconsin By Jane Licht This has been a very busy winter for us. Wes was asked to escort Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Village of Oregon (Wisconsin) Horse Parade the first weekend in December. Rosali and Gracie pulled the wagonette and we followed up the rear of the parade. Last year, they had our carriage with Santa at the head of the parade. Perhaps this year they decided to save the best for the last? Not sure, but we all had fun carrying such a popular couple!

Our major activity was providing numerous sleigh rides for many family groups. Wes has been giving sleigh rides for about 30 years now and always, the deciding factor is the weather. We must have at least 4 to 5 inches of good snow and temperatures not below 10 degrees wind chill. Up until recently, this winter has been about average for good sleigh riding. Wes gave rides through the last half of December and parts of January. The days between Christmas and New Years were especially popular and we got to meet so many nice families. People who appreciate a good, old fashioned sleigh ride with a pair of pretty horses are generally the best kind of humanity. Authentic warm sleigh robes, the jingle of bells as the horses trot on the trail, and all the other sites and sounds, add to the experience. Another nice aspect of sleigh riding for us is that it gives the horses an important job to do during the winter. Wes tried different combinations using our steady, reliable Lady with younger horses such as Ranger and Ellie. Full sisters Annie and Ellie also got their turns to pull the sleigh in addition to Rosali and Gracie.

Wes driving Rosali and Gracie in the Village of Oregon Horse Parade.

Our next ―gig‖ was to escort folks that were part of the Holiday Tour benefitting the American Cancer Society. Four very large and lovely homes near the City of Stoughton Country Club opened their doors to show off their holiday finery. They were indeed bedecked inside and out with lovely Christmas decorations. The organizers wanted two horse-drawn carriages to transport the visitors from home to home, so we enlisted daughter Sara to use Lady with our black antique surrey while Wes drove the wagonette hitched to Rosali and Gracie. Everyone seemed impressed with our well-mannered horses and apparently, the carriage rides added to the ambiance of this magical event.

Wes lets the sleigh riders watch him hitch and then he takes the pair for a warm-up spin in the pasture. He will then bring the horses to our backyard where the riders are to bring out the sleigh cushions and robes. Wes gets everyone seated, making sure that the weight is distributed evenly and helps them with their robes to make sure their bodies stay warm and cozy. If possible, I take photos of the family or group of friends all loaded up Ranger and Lady hitched to the sleigh.

in the sleigh, from the back and from the front showing the horses. If I have time, I will also hike out to a few favorite spots along the trail where I know I can get some good shots.

Sara with Lady and Wes with his Palomino pair ready for transporting Christmas Home Tour visitors.

Wes also provided weekend carriage rides for the Village of Oregon to help attract shoppers to the business district. Another neighborhood in McFarland used Wes and his horses for rides to add to their Christmas celebration.

At the end of the ride, everyone is invited to come back inside our walk-out basement for hot chocolate and cookies around the wood-burning stove. As the folks are fixing their hot beverages, I chat with them a bit and show them a book I put together with Wes‘s help called, ―My Roots with Horses.‖ It has photographs of Wes‘s father (born in 1899) working with his beloved horses on his farm in Iowa. Everyone seems to enjoy this book very much. I also get an email address from them so that I can send the photographs I took, something that everyone appreciates.

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FARM NEWS After Wes puts away the harness, puts coolers on the horses and gives them some hay in their stalls, he comes inside. Most families like to stay and talk with him for a while. If there are children in the group, Wes will pull out photo albums of foals being born and growing up on our farm for them to see. Last week was very cold and the trails are full of ice after a January thaw and rain so sleigh riding is not possible any more. It has been a good time to take care of our annual gathering of information for the IMBA Life Time Achievement Award Program (LAAP). We have been participating in the program for about as long as it has existed and have quite a collection of trophies to prove it. As we prepared our LAAP pages, we remembered all the horse activities and fun we had with our Morabs during 2009.

A&J‘s Morabs Vicksburg, Michigan By Judi Struble Hello From A & J 's Morabs. I had a wonderful start to the riding season this spring. I finally have a decent truck and trailer that can travel and travel we did. I was gone pretty much every weekend and two or three times during the week. I got all mine rode at least a dozen times on trails and the younger stock got ponied right along. My palomino Mystic, Judi and Lacy. filly Mystic from Amberfields Morgans will be two this spring she was ponied with a small saddle on her back. I started Mystic using my old Morab mare Lacy; some of you have seen pictures of her in parade pictures. Lacy's calm manners and insistent persuasion got Lady Lacy’s the message across rather quickly. We last parade. had several great rides with Mystic right at her side, up and down all kinds of things and never a balk. I got several rides on my geldings this year and they are doing great. They both got to go to the Cheff Center charity ride of 30 miles and finished middle of the pack. I have lost Lacy this winter and it has been a loss I will feel forever. I have owned this Morab for 24 of her 28 years. I never was able to trace former owners so she was undocumented. Back then, crossing these two breeds were just done for a good horse not for papers. Lacy started all my horses the same; she was the rock that held the herd together. I have 8 horses right now, 7 of which are Morabs. ALL

were ponied by Lacy right from the start and they are all great horses. I rode Lacy three days before her death with Mystic by her side. We had an eventful ride as I rode right into five deer laying down in the weeds and thickets along the trail. Lacy saw them first and all I could think of is PLEASE don't jump up and run or I'm toast. I started to back her away quietly when she backed over the pony rope and it was under her, between her legs and attached to Mystic who as yet had not seen the deer. My only hope was to drop the rope and pray the deer didn't jump up and scare them. I cued Lacy side ways and she stepped over the rope and I bent down and picked it up and proceeded to retreat slow and quiet. The whole thing was slow motion; Lacy was just that kind of horse. We rode back home and she was full of the devil doing her fancy parade step the whole way. It came as a complete surprise to find her down in the pasture on my return home from work two days later. I called the vet and we worked on her for three hours, no sign of colic, treated her with drugs and had decided to put her down. The vet and I walked to her truck as we were looking back Mystic had picked up the rope and was trying to pull on Lacy and get her up as if saying I'll lead just get up. My vet and I both teared up. Lynn Applegate is my vet and she was just wonderful she waited for me to go to the other farm and get another mare to stay with Mystic before we put Lacy down. I returned with my Arabian mare Star who has given me two great Morabs and has always been a great mom. I pulled back into the driveway with the rig and Lacy got up! We both were amazed as we were just waiting and keeping her comfortable. I decided if she got up I would stay with her all night and hope for the best. Lynn left and I stayed with her. I walked her, brushed her, walked her some more. For the first time, I could see she was so tired and old looking. Lacy bent her neck around me and gave me a final hug and layer down and I just knew it was time. Lynn came back out and she went peacefully. I'm glad I got to spend a few more hours saying good-bye to her. My girlfriend in my absence took hair from her mane and made me a beautiful bracelet so I can always pet her. I have Star with Mystic now and they are getting along fine. Star is younger and chases Mystic and they play which is one thing Lacy wasn't into. I only wish that was the end of my bad luck. A week to the day after losing Lacy my ranch hand fell from the hay loft and is currently paralyzed in his hands and feet. He had just been laid off from his job which left him without insurance. I'm caring for him after his long stay in the hospital and taking him to his rehab appointments. He will be having surgery in hopes to relieve the pressure on the nerves and allow feeling to come back. I am hoping I will be able to handle all the work myself as I can't afford to hire more help with the added expense. I hope you all have faired better in 2009. Be careful; life can change in a second. I know mine has been turned upside down with no idea what's coming next.

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FARM NEWS I did have plans to go to Australia to meet the man who purchased my parade saddle. I feel I deserve a break and this will be a trip of a life time if I can pull it off. I have been e-mailing him since the sale and we have several things in common. He owns a ranch and stands a Cremelo AQHA called Wicked One. I'd love to see the wild horses.


The weather here has turned cold and colder. Currently it's wind chill of below zero....How's that sound to some of you snowbirds? You know who you are; you come north for the summer and go south for the winter. Like snowbirds. Lucky people you are! I ended up giving away two Arabian mares I took in after I retrained and got them safe to be handled. I sure wish people would train horses before they dump them. I think Michigan has been hit very hard with job losses. Horses are free on Craig‘s list almost every day in this area. I quit going to the local auction on Fridays, I couldn't stand seeing clipped, rideable nice looking horses with papers going to slaughter. The people were not even bidding on the younger ones. I sure hope the people who dumped them don't breed anymore to end up the same way. My advice to all is if you can't afford to keep a foal from your breeding for the life of said horse or don‘t have a plan for training, then don‘t breed at this time. I have 7 Morab mares that will remain open until the market improves if it ever does. It's not going to happen anytime soon. I would sell mine, but I insist on forever homes and updates to ensure care and health. I didn't breed mine to end up at an auction. Bye for now and hope all of you ride and live safely. Have you hugged your horse today?

Red Rock Arabians Lander, Wyoming By Ingrid Buchmeier

Red Rock Horses is expecting our first Half Morab foal this year. It should be on the ground by the time this issue is mailed to members. It will be a Half Morab, Half Quarab foal and someone is already interested in purchasing the foal! I may breed a Morab mare to my Morab stallion KC's I-Kinn Do It this spring. That will be a step in the right direction for my farm plan. It will be the first second generation foal Red Rock Horses will produce. Hopefully, it will be the first of many. I have always sold my Morab foals as youngsters and so this year will be the first time I will have some 2 year olds to market. They won't be ridden under saddle yet, but the next step will be taken so they will get under saddle experience from groundwork. I am excited about that and will look forward to seeing who Red Rock Wynchester goes to. He's a fun colt. Winchester

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 Morab stallion KC’s I-Kinn Do It

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FARM NEWS Summersong Morabs Cummings, Georgia By Michelle Feder On January 1st, 2009 our family transferred from Wisconsin to Georgia. Our moving truck was in an accident on the way down; the truck tried to pass under a bridge that had a sign saying it would clear. Unfortunately, the state of Indiana had repaved the roads a few times too many and nobody thought to deduct from the distance the inches of asphalt that had been put down. The train that went over at the moment the trailer was under the bridge was just too much, tearing off the top of the truck as it was going under. Since our family drove down ahead of the truck with nothing more than an overnight bag for each of us, it was an interesting few days in an empty house until the truck arrived. At the end of January I broke my shoulder joint and tore my rotator cuff. I did this while I was cleaning, so let it be known, cleaning can be hazardous to one's health. I spent February, March and April in a sling. Try unpacking boxes in a new house with one arm sometime. The end of June, my daughter Gabrielle and I traveled to Wyoming to visit with Roger and Ingrid Buchmeier. That was the highlight of our year. We had so much fun, we are planning another trip this summer. In August, Bill traveled to England for a week on business. He had a great time. August is always a hard month for me; school is starting and as each child enters a new grade, I realize they are also another year closer to moving out. Jacob is in his sophomore year of college. He is still in Wisconsin, attending UW-Whitewater. Kayleigh is a junior in high school and Gabrielle is in the 8th grade. Our move was also a huge lifestyle change. In Wisconsin, we had 6 acres, lived adjacent to the Kettle Moraine State Forest, had our own barn and our horses in our back yard. Here in Georgia we live in a subdivision on half an acre and are getting used to boarding our horse. The equine love of my life, Tara, is in Wisconsin with my mother. Tara's age and health make it necessary to keep her in Wisconsin. My mom had lots of fun trail riding her over the summer. We re-homed our rescue Arab, Gabe and Memphis. Razz, to a wonderful family. We still keep in touch, and they are enjoying him as much as we did. Our very old Appendix Quarter Horse, Promise, we have out on a free lease to another wonderful family. They do therapy work for special needs children and also allow inner-city children to stay at their farm. Promise is thriving with all of the attention. We have two new additions to our family. The first is Nubby, a 6

month old, 23-toed Maine Coon mix cat Gabrielle adopted from the animal shelter. He is a very funny cat with a dog-like personality. The second is Memphis, a big leopard Appaloosa that Gabe will be showing this summer. Memphis is a wonderful horse for Gabe; the family he came from was so sad to see him go, but we are so grateful for the opportunity to own him. He is a true blessing. So here we are in 2010. We've been in Georgia for a year now, and loving it. Our next equine companion should arrive sometime this summer. She's a beautiful solid bay Morab with a wonderful disposition and serious personality. Stay tuned for details!

Farm News Whitewood, South Dakota By Kerry Geear

Hawk and I had another great year in AERC endurance riding. We finished the year in 2nd place in the middleweight division for the National Pioneer Standings. Pioneer points are gathered at multi-day events, where a horse-rider team has to finish all days of the ride to obtain points. Hawk and I finished the 5 day 250 mile Ft. Schellbourne XP in the Schell Mountains of eastern Nevada with the second fastest overall time. We finished the 5 day 250 miles at Bryce Canyon with the fastest overall time and the 3 day 155 mile ride at Moab Canyons in the second fastest overall time. We also finished in 3rd place in the Mountain ReHawk on the flat. gion in our division (Christoph Schork who does this for his living finished in 1st, 2nd and 4th with 3 of his Kerry and Silverwood Hawk horses). Of course, I can only travel a few times per year because I still need to make a living as a nurse practitioner! Hawk did all 810 of his endurance miles this year in easyboots, and we finished in 7th place in the world in the Easyboot Contest. Hawk will be featured in several advertisements for Easy Care over this next year. This next year I'm going to do more rides on my other horse, Joe, do lots of trail riding and plan to do Tevis again on Hawk July 24. Annie, Hawk's little sister, is going well under saddle.

Hawk going up a rugged hill.

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ARABIAN MARE FOR SALE Forever Sunset, 11 Years Old , 14.2 HH (Forever Knight x PK Black Satin) Broke to walk/trot/canter. Uses a bit but was trained with a gentle hackamore , which is what she prefers. Been ridden on trail and on the road safely Started showing this season. Did very well. She looks beautiful out there showing. She is coming along very nicely . MORAB GELDING FOR SALE Baths , trailers, ties. All shots , worming Freedoms Independence Spark and hoof care are up to date. 7 years old , Black Bay, 14.2 plus (Washita Spitfire x Two "C" Steel Magnolia) 3/4 Morgan , 1/4 Arabian Broke to walk/trot/canter. On the bit on his own , great dressage horse prospect. Leg yields, ridden on trail and on the road safely. Loves to show. Been showing since 2007 with many ribbons. Bathes, trailers, ties. Very good boy. All shots, worming and hoof care are up to date. Contact us for price.

Contact us about our Morabs and Arabians For Sale of all ages.

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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.

chickens and 2 horses all living in the barn, one being Indy. He has been awsome! The first day there he got off the trailer and 35 students who knew nothing about horses, learning to put a halter on him. He just stood there. He has been used by a visiting farrier to show the kids what his work entails. Several of the kids learned how to file a hoof using Indy. It also seems that the pigs like Indy and he them. One day the pigs got loose, and while the other horse (not one of ours), was very upset, Indy stood there while one of the pigs hid under him :) Oh, by the way, Indy is for sale . Jim and Jill on the trails.

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 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 fifth year having developed the curriculum for the Animal Science Class, with three of the five years teaching that.

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!. Since school started in September 2009, until Christmas break, Indy was living at Franklin High School. We have a beautiful barn at school that was built with money from grants that Jim wrote. So, there were 3 beef cattle, 4 pigs, some

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 Reining Trainers and with an NRHA President, also attending many clinics while in college. 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 Jill riding Morab gelding, Freedom’s Independence Spark me with their willingness and understanding personality. I am proud to say that my new Western Pleasure horse is a Morab!

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FARM NEWS Jericho Creek Farms I &II Eagle, Wisconsin Linda Konichek 2009 was a year of many changes for us. Wendy moved back to the family farm in Eagle, thus increasing the number of horses here to over thirty, so we made some hard choices on who to sell before winter. We were lucky to find wonderful homes for our horses, and some of the new owners have promised to bring them to the IMBA Region 4 show in August. The horses that left were: LB Dancee‘s Misty, TM Jazzy Lady, Clonmel Cajun Caress, Sirocco Gypsy, JCW Glory Halleluiah, Jericho‘s Shadowhawk, Jericho‘s Bold Lad, Jericho‘s Magnum Force, Sirocco Nightwind, Jericho‘s Royal Flush and Jericho‘s Thee Senor. Once the word got out that Wendy was back in the area for training and lessons, she got very busy. Unfortunately, until Wendy‘s house sells, we do not have an indoor arena, so the winter weather has put the lessons on hold. We did start some therapeutic riding lessons for Brindley, a boy with Autism (see his story elsewhere in this issue). Through this Jericho's Magnum Force with his new connection we met Liz, owners Tracy and Kathy Blanton. his therapist, who will be one of our instructors for Horse-Power Healing Center, to provide services to people with physical or emotional needs. We have such wonderful Morab horses to use for therapy services and really want to give back some of the joy we have received over the years from our horses. Horse-Power Healing Center is in the developmental stages, but we are getting a great response from the local area. We are looking forward to this new chapter of Jericho Creek Farms. In July, Linda finished her first poetry book, CELEBRATING THE HEART-LAND. It contains full color photos for each poem, and over seventy poems, it is 172 pages long and spiral bound. There is a full section of horse poetry. Over one hundred copies were sold the first month it was out. It has been receiving great responses from people, even those who say they don‘t normally like poetry. Please visit our website to see a sample copy. This winter, since Wendy wasn‘t busy giving lessons she has had more time to get caught up on her computer work. Please be sure to visit our website and see all the new changes plus the addition of YouTube videos; all of our stallions‘ Liberty presentations at the Midwest Horse Fair are on video, along with the IMBA part of the Morab demonstration from 2008, ―Dancing With the Stars, Morab Style.‖ Wendy will be adding more videos as she has time. Another really neat thing that Wendy did is create a full color, 2010 Jericho Creek Farms calendar, featur-

ing Morabs, Morgans and Arabians. A sample copy of the complete calendar may be viewed on the website. As usual, we are keeping busy and trying to take time to enjoy our wonderful Morab, Morgan and Arabian horses. We will be at the Midwest Horse Fair in April and hope to see some of you there. Plans for this year‘s demo are already underway.

Jericho's Shadowhawk with his new owner Kris Olderman. Jericho's Thee Senor, Morab gelding.

MAJOR CHANGES FOR NAIS Agriculture Secretary Vilsack recently announced that USDA will develop a new, flexible framework for animal disease traceability in the United States, and undertake several other actions to further strengthen its disease prevention and response capabilities. ―After concluding our listening tour on the National Animal Identification System in 15 cities across the country, receiving thousands of comments from the public and input from States, Tribal Nations, industry groups, and representatives for small and organic farmers, it is apparent that a new strategy for animal disease traceability is needed,‖ said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "I‘ve decided to revise the prior policy and offer a new approach to animal disease traceability with changes that respond directly to the feedback we heard." The framework, announced today at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Mid-Year meeting, provides the basic tenets of an improved animal disease traceability capability in the United States. USDA‘s efforts will: • Only apply to animals moved in interstate commerce; • Be administered by the States and Tribal Nations to provide more flexibility; • Encourage the use of lower-cost technology; and • Be implemented transparently through federal regulations and the full rulemaking process. More information on USDA‘s new direction on animal traceability and the steps to improve disease prevention and control is available at

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“God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” .. Genesis 1:24, NIV

Brindley Kokan and his equine friend.

I can‘t tell you how many times I had said that my son, Brindley. should try horse-back-riding therapy. This fall, I learned that my poet friend, Linda Konichek‘s daughter, Wendy, had just merged her farm with her mother‘s farm in Eagle, and she was interested in giving therapeutic riding lessons to people with special needs.

Given that Brindley‘s current home therapist had extensive experience with riding therapy and children with special needs, Liz Partridge was thrilled to be a part of this, too. And together, Liz and Wendy teamed up to give it a try with Brindley. Wendy sums up her philosophy of therapeutic riding for special needs riders, ―Such riders may face unusual challenges in their daily lives, but that should not stop them from becoming empowered at whatever they choose in life.‖ Brindley, who is now ten, has severe autism and limited speech. It was my hope that riding a horse would motivate Brindley to speak more, learn new responsibilities, and practice some social skills. I had no doubt in my mind that this would be an awesome experience for him, given the fact that the few times he had been on a horse, his smile was always lit with a special joy. In preparing for our first trip to Jericho Creek Farm, Liz wrote a social story for Brindley that we read to him a few times, so that he Brindley grooming Chaheetah. knew what to expect from the experience. This helped reduce Brindley‘s anxiety, which often accompanies his excitement. Our first encounter with Jericho Creek Farm was positive for all of us. Brindley always loved farms, and upon arriving at Jericho , our hike to the barn included Brindley‘s noticing the horses that ventured out to the end of their fences to see what was going on. Jericho has about thirty horses that are spread out over the property. Wendy welcomed us into the barn and introduced us to Chaheetah, a white and speckled Morab horse, with a gentle disposition.

Liz showed Brindley how to brush Chaheetah, and he got to know her a little before taking his first ride. After some brushing, Brindley put on his helmet and walked to the arena with Liz, Wendy and Chaheetah. My husband helped Brindley on the horse, and the two of us watched while Liz and Wendy led Chaheetah around the arena and taught Brindley the commands ,―Walk on!‖ and ―Whoa!‖ so he could learn how to make the horse go and stop. His face was filled with happiness and pride.

Brindley has completed four lessons now, and I can‘t tell you, between the two of us, who looks forward to the Thursday lessons more. Brindley has learned to brush his horse, and to thank both Chaheetah and Wendy when the lessons are done. He has learned to put the helmet and saddle away, and he always gives Chaheetah a treat at the end of the lesson. Brin now takes that responsibility one step further, by cutting the apples and packing them for Chaheetah before we leave the house. Brin riding with his support team, Liz & Wendy.

Brindley‘s retention of the new vocabulary he has learned has been one-hundred- percent. Spontaneous language has occurred at the farm, not only concerning Chaheetah, but also about the kittens who live in the barn. One day Brindley indicated we should take one of the kittens home when he spontaneously said, ― Orange cat, Mama home.‖ Brindley has initiated conversations at school and on the bus about the ―white horse,‖ and how it is the day to ―ride Chaheetah.‖ He has taken an interest in sharing his new world with others and I can‘t be more thrilled. While there are many more benefits than what I have mentioned, due to horse-back riding and hippo therapy, I am very inspired by our experience, and the few things that have been gained so far are only a glimpse on what is yet to come. This experience has been an added blessing in our journey through the world of autism, the world Brindley now rides through on the ―white horse‖ that will be teaching him many things. If you ever thought about giving horses a try for any child, I encourage you to do so. The animals God has created for us have the ability to touch hearts and enhance lives. What a wonderful world, indeed! To learn more about riding therapy at Jericho Creek Farms, go to

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IMBA REGIONS Region 1, Jim & Ronna Messier, 446 Messier Road Franklin, VT 054557, 802-285-2202, Region 2, Karen Petersen, 850 Rt. 537 Cream Ridge NJ 08514, 609-758-1776,

Region 10, AZ, CO, NM, UT... Vacant... Region 11, Carolyn Harris, 2350 Lakewoodhills Lane, Lincoln CA 95648, 916-645-9223, Region 12, WA, ID, OR Vacant

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

The foreign country regions are: CN1: MN, ON, QU, NB, NF, NS (East Canada) CN2: YK, NWT, BC, AB, SK and US-AK (West Canada)

Region 5, Denise Scheider, 468 Tip Lane, Brookneal VA 24528, 434-376-9738 Region 6, Michelle Feder, 1725 Cardinal Dr., Cummings, GA 30041 (770)889-8441 Region 7, Kym Cooper, 362 CR 481, Stephenville TX 76401, 254-965-4634,

CA: Central America SP: Spain AU1: Austrailia E AU2: Austrailia W EU: Europe

Region 8, MO, KS, OK, AR, Vacant Region 9, Ingrid Buchmeier, PO Box 1148, Lander WY 82520, 307-332-4629,

What are the duties of a Region Leader? See Karen Petersen’s article on the next page.

GB: England

We are looking for region leaders in Alaska, and Hawaii, Canada and other foreign countries. Every current region leader will appreciate meeting you and gaining your help with region activities. For more information about becoming a Region Leader contact: Karen Petersen 609-758-1776, IMBA Office 1-866-MORABGO,

Vermont New Hampshire Massachusetts Rhode Island Connecticut New Jersey Delaware Maryland


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IMBA REGION NEWS By Karen Petersen IMBA Regions Chair

Well, hard to believe it, but we have another decade behind us. And with this new decade dawning, I would again like to ask those who are interested in participating in Regions to please step up and just ask. Don‘t be shy, we really need you! Region Leaders are the contacts in their respective geographical areas for the Morab horse enthusiast. We would like to see more activities in each region, but understand the complexities of the economic times we live in now. So, while having shows, and events are nice, we really just would like representation from someone in each region who can help those looking for more information about Morab horses and/ or IMBA. If you need help in forming an event in your region, please feel free to contact me, or any member of the board. There are a few changes to Region Leaders this year, most notably, the change of Carol Horne in Region 6, Deep South, to Michelle Feder, who has graciously accepted the post instead. Any of you who are in that region, which includes FL, GA, AL, MS, please contact Michelle. There are likely more Morabs in every state in the country than what we know. So please don‘t be a stranger, please keep in touch and let us know who you are. If you know of other Morab owners yourself, please encourage them to contact us for more information on becoming a member, or getting their Morab registered with us. It‘s each of you, one member at a time, who make this organization work. And again, if you‘d like to fill a position as a Region Leader, or help the Leader from your region, please be sure to contact us, or your respective Region Leader. Note: There is lots of news from the various Regions in the fall 2009 MP. Check out our website—

NEWS FROM EAST CANADA By Prue Critchley In her capacity as vice president of the Distance Riders of Manitoba, Prue Critchley requested that IMBA sponsor the High Point Breed Award for the Morab breed. The IMBA board agreed to do so. These horses must have successfully completed at least 4 distance rides in order to be eligible for this year-end award. Congratulations are in order to Prue and her Morab gelding Fort William+/. Thanks so much for sponsoring the high point breed award for Distance Riders of Manitoba. I won this award with my Morab, Wills (Fort William+/). The awards were very nice: a stainless steel travel mug with a photo of the horse and rider on one side and information on the award and name and website of the sponsor. Each winner also received a photo keychain with the same photo & info. Everyone was very happy with them! I had a great year with my Morabs. Fort William+/ completed 415 miles in Competitive Trail and Endurance during the year. My young mare, Perfidiya completed 145 miles in the Competitive Trail Novice Division and Limited Distance Endurance. She had one 1st and a 2nd in Competitive Trail and a Best Conditioned in Limited Distance. She now has a new owner in Saskatchewan who hopes to be able to continue Perfidiva‘s distance career in the future.

Thanks to Wills I now have over 10,000 career miles having competed on both his mother and half brother before starting to compete with him in 1996. I now have another Morab for competition - he is In The Limelight from the same dam as Wills and out of my Arabian stallion, Perdition VF. He had been sold as a youngster but the girl who had him did nothing with him. He had been quite neglected the past couple of years, feet not trimmed and no shots, and he was also somewhat overweight. When I was contacted they told me they no longer wanted him and if I didn't have him back he was going to a horse rescue! I went and worked with him for a few days and then took him to my trainer who will keep him for the winter. Hopefully he will start in competitions in the spring. He is beautiful and I am delighted to have him back! Looking forward to the rides next year. We have a lot planned here in Manitoba and should have a trip out east to the Canadian National Championships in the late spring. I also hope to go to the AHA National Championships again. It would be nice to take Wills and In The Limelight aka "Flash". Again thanks for the sponsorship.

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IMBA Region IV All Breed Horse Show August 22-23, 2009

Morabs in the Costume Class

The IMBA Region 4 members came out in full force to support the show and hosted the twenty-second IMBA Morab Futurity. We were only down a few horses from last year; there were 23 Morabs, 9 Morgans, 24 Arabians, 20 Half-Arabians, 10 Quarter Horses and 14 other breeds.

Jericho’s Magnum Force with Jodi Olenski.

Sara Licht leading on RL Raindrops on Roses.

Mitchell Pratt in his first class riding on Jericho’s Magic Lady and led by Jamie Berndt

Sara Licth with RL Raindrops on Roses

Sue and Vicki Dalton with GH Bianca Bey.

Lisa Stallman with Jericho’s Silverhawk

Linda Konichek riding RL Royal Ranger led by Wes Licht.

Sebastian Quass with LM Ark-One Shawna

Sebastian Quass leading his mom, Jessie on LM Ark-One Shawna.

Jamie Berndt with Jericho’s Magic Lady .

Lynn and Jim Berndt with Jericho’s Mr. Chauvinist.

RL Robin Song, Morab filly

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Callie Tuchel riding RL Royal Ranger led by Wendy Konichek

Larry Johnson leading Angela Tuchel riding Jericho’s Mr. Chauvinist.

2009 IMBA Region 4 Open All Breed Show Morab Class Results For complete results visit 8-22-09 Judge: Ron Miller Morabs 2 & Under (6) 1st RL Robin Song - Wes & Jane Licht 2nd JCW Caress the Wind - Carolyn Harris 3rd Jericho‘s Royal Sundancer - Cindy Baxter 4th Jericho‘s Shadowhawk - Wendy Konichek 5th JCW Sundance of Glory - Carolyn Harris 6th Jericho‘s Thee Senor - Wendy Konichek 9. Morab Mares Halter (6) 1st GH Bianca Bey- Vicki Dalton 2nd RL Raindrops on Roses - Sara Licht 3rd RL Rosali - Wes & Jane Licht 4th Jericho‘s Thee Senorita - Wendy Konichek 5th JB Sirocco Breeze- Lisa Stallman 6th LM Ark-One Shawna- Wendy Konichek 11. Morab Geldings (6) 1st Sirocco Nightwind - Wendy Konichek 2nd RL Royal Ranger - Wes & Jane Licht 3rd SW Abendego- Gail Rentmeester 4th Jericho‘s Silverhawk - Lisa Stallman 5th Jericho‘s Shadowhawk- Wendy Konichek 6th Jericho‘s Magnum Force - Wendy & Linda Konichek, Carolyn Harris 13. Morab Stallions 1st Montego‘s Thunder - Wendy Linda Konichek, Ken & Susan Kromrie 14. Open Morab (6) 1st Montego‘s Thunder - Wendy Linda Konichek, Ken & Susan Kromrie 2nd RL Raindrops on Roses - Sara Licht 3rd GH Bianca Bey - Vicki Dalton 4th Jericho‘s Silverhawk- Lisa Stallman 5th Jericho‘s Magnum Force- Wendy & Linda Konichek, Carolyn Harris 6th Jericho‘s Thee Senorita - Wendy Konichek 25. Supreme Morab Halter Champion Montego‘s Thunder - Wendy Konichek, Ken & Susan Kromrie Res. Champion RL Royal Ranger - Wes & Jane Licht Top 5 Sirocco Nightwind - Wendy Konichek Top 5 GH Bianca Bey - Vicki Dalton Top 5 RL Raindrops on Roses - Sara Licht 26. Supreme Halter of Show Champion DV Hella Good (Half-Arabian) Res. Champion Excada (Arabian) Top 5 DJ Bel Lagio (Arabian) Top 5 Speedy Acceleration (Quarter horse) Top 5 Diamond AH (Arabian)

42. Walk/ Trot Morab (4) 1st Jericho‘s Magic Lady Rider Jamie Berndt, Owner Wendy Konichek 2nd GH Bianca Bey Rider/Owner Vicki Dalton 3rd RL Raindrops on Roses Rider/Owner Sara Licht 4th SW Abednego Rider/Owner Gail Rentmeister 49. Morab Pleasure (3) 1st Jericho‘s Mr. Chauvinist Rider/ Owner Wendy Konichek 2nd Jericho‘s Magic Lady Rider Jamie Berndt Owner Wendy Konichek 3rd RL Raindrops on Roses Rider/Owner Sara Licht 56. IMBA Region IV Morab Futurity Weanling (2) Champion JCW Caress the Wind - Carolyn Harris Res. Champion Jericho‘s Royal Sundancer - Cindy Baxter 57. IMBA Region IV Morab Futurity Yearling (4) Champion RL Robin Song - Wes & Jane Licht Res. Champion JCW Sundance of Glory - Carolyn Harris 3rd Jericho‘s Thee Senor - Wendy Konichek 4th Windmere Flash Force - Carol King 58. IMBA Region IV Morab Futurity 2/3 yr olds (1) Champion Jericho‘s Shadowhawk - Wendy Konichek 59. Get of Morab Sire (2) 1st Representing Windmere Royal Topaz - Wes & Jane Licht RL Royal Ranger, RL Robin Song, RL Rosali 2nd Representing Jericho‘s Royal Stormhawk - Wendy Konichek Jericho‘s Silverhawk, Jericho‘s Shadowhawk 60. Produce of Morab Dam 1st Representing Jericho‘s Royal Ashlin- Wendy Konichek Jericho‘s Thee Senorita, Jericho‘s Thee Senor 63. Morab Farm (6) 1st Rocking L Acres - Wes & Jane Licht RL Rosali, RL Royal Ranger, RL Robin Song 2nd Lisa Stallman JB Sirocco Breeze, Jericho‘s Silverhawk 3rd Jericho Creek Farm II - Wendy Konichek Jericho‘s Thee Senorita, Montego‘s Thunder 4th Jericho Creek West - Carolyn & Ridge Harris JCW Sundance of Glory, JCW Caress the Wind 5th Jericho Creek Farm I - Linda & Norm Konichek Jericho‘s Magic Lady, LM Ark-One Shawna 6th Windmere Morab Farm - Carol & Joel King Windmere Hallelujah, Windmere Flash Force

Saturday Show High Points Morab High Point Champion RL Raindrops on Roses - Sara Licht Runner up (tie) Montego‘s Thunder - Wendy Konichek Ken & Susan Kromrie 30. Open Pleasure Driving Morab, Morgan, Part-Morgan, Arabian, Runner Up RL Royal Ranger - Wes & Jane Licht Part Arabian (3) 1st Julius - Sandra Nowicki Morab Youth 13 & under High Point 2nd Cosmos Celeste - Charlene Ehlert Champion Sebastian Quass with LM Ark-One Shawna 3rd RL Rosali- Wes & Jane Licht Res. CH (tie) Angela Tuchel with Jericho‘s Mr. Chauvinist Res. CH Ashleigh Sorenson with Jericho‘s Silverhawk Morab Perspective 2010 Breeders‘ Guide Page 24

2009 IMBA Region 4 Open All Breed Show Morab Class Results Morab Youth 14 - 18 High Point Champion Jamie Berndt with Jericho‘s Magic Lady Res. Champion Callie Tuchel with RL Royal Ranger Arabian High Point Champion MMM and All that Jazz- Danielle Savino Runner Up DV Bel Lagio - Randy Shaw Morgan High Point Champion Mary Mel‘s Mystery - Mary Ballard Runner up Cosmos Angeleeta - Susie Weiss Overall Show High Point Champion Grace Kelly HN - Colleen Longsith Runner up RL Raindrops on Roses - Sara Licht 8-23-09 Judge: Gareth Selwood

Top Five SW Abednego - Gail Rentmeister 24. Supreme Halter of Show Champion Jamacun Me Crazy (Half-Arabian) Top Five Excada (Arabian) Top Five RL Rosali (Morab) Top Five DV Kryptonite (Arabian) Top Five Diamond AH (Arabian) 28. Pleasure Driving Morab, Morgan, Arabian, etc (3) 1st Cosmos Celeste - Driver/Owner Charlene Ehlert 2nd RL Rosali - Driver Julie Donegan Owner Wes & Jane Licht 3rd Julis - Driver/Owner Sandra Nowicki 39. Walk / Trot Morab (2) 1st Jericho‘s Magnum Force Rider / Owner Wendy Konichek 2nd Jericho‘s Magic Lady Rider Jamie Berndt, Owner Wendy Konichek

4. Morabs 2 & under (6) 1st JCW Sundance of Glory - Carolyn Harris 2nd Jericho‘s Royal Sundancer - Cindy Baxter 3rd Jericho‘s Thee Senor - Wendy Konichek 4th JCW Caress the Wind - Carolyn Harris 5th RL Robin Song - Wes & Jane Licht 6th Jericho‘s Shadowhawk - Wendy Konichek

41. Huntseat Pleasure Morab 1st Jericho‘s Mr. Chauvinist Rider/Owner Wendy Konichek

7. Junior Halter Championship Champion DV Krptonite - Randy Shaw Res. CH JCW Sundance of Glory - Carolyn Harris

Sunday Show High Points Morab High Point Champion RL Rosali - Wes & Jane Licht Runner Up Jericho‘s Mr. Chauvinist - Wendy Konichek

9. Morab Mares (7) 1st RL Rosali - Wes & Jane Licht 2nd GH Bianca Bey - Vicki Dalton 3rd Jericho‘s Thee Senorita - Wendy Konichek 4th JB Sirocco Breeze - Lisa Stallman 5th Windmere Halleluia - Carol King 6th RL Elly-Su - Wes & Jane Licht 11. Morab Geldings (6) 1st Sirocco Nightwind - Wendy Konichek 2nd SW Abednego - Gail Rentmeister 3rd Jericho‘s Silverhawk - Lisa Stallman 4th Jericho‘s Shadowhawk - Wendy Konichek 5th Jericho‘s Magnum Force - Wendy & Linda Konichek, Carolyn Harris 6th Jericho‘s Mr. Chauvinist - Wendy Konichek

52. Western Pleasure Morab (2) 1st Jericho‘s Mr. Chauvinist rider/Owner Wendy Konichek 2nd Jericho‘s Magic Lady Rider Jamie Berndt Owner Wendy Konichek

Morab Youth 13 & under Champion Sebastian Quass with LM Ark-One Shawna Res. CH Ashleigh Sorenson with JB Sirocco Breeze Morab Youth 14 -18 Champion Jamie Berndt with Jericho‘s Magic Lady Res. CH Julie Donagan with RL Rosali Arabian High Point Champion Amigo‘s Commander - Karissa Held Runner up - Timeless Moment - Sue Gass Morgan High Point Champion Cosmos Angeleeta - Susie Weiss Runner Up Mary Mel‘s Msytery - Mary Ballard

13. Morab Stallions Overall Show High Point 1st. Montego‘s Thunder - Wendy Konichek, Ken & Susan Kromrie Champion RL Rosali - Wes & Jane Licht Runner Up Amigos Commander - Karissa Held 17. Open Morab (8) 1st RL Rosali - Wes & Jane Licht 2nd JCW Sundance of Glory - Carolyn Harris 3rd Montego‘s Thunder - Wendy Konichek, Ken & Susan Kromrie 4th GH Bianca Bey - Vicki Dalton 5th Jericho‘s Silverhawk - Lisa Stallman 6th SW Abednego - Gail Rentmeister Supreme Morab Halter Champion RL Rosali - Wes & Jane Licht Res. CH JCW Sundance of Glory - Carolyn Harris Top Five GH Bianca Bey - Vicki Dalton Top Five Montego‘s Thunder - Wendy Konichek, Ken & Susan Kromrie

Thanks to our Sponsors: Happy Cayuse Tack Shop, Schutt Industries, Rocking L Acres, Jericho Creek Farms, Jericho Creek West, Todd & Mary Henderson, Traditional Pride Stables, Windfeather Training Center, Green Ridge Ranch and an anonymous friend. Thanks to the Silent Auction donors: Luvs Morgan Rescue, Windfeather Training Center, Sheri Williams, Gareth Selwood, Horse Emporium and Linda Konichek

2010 SHOW DATES: August 21-22

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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.

Jericho’s Royal Ashlin, with her Morab filly, Jericho’s Royal Sundancer were raised by Linda Lee Konichek who has written a book of poetry on horses and other passions. See

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

AWSOME 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. 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 lovenickers; 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”

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:

We Want to Hear From You!! Please send us news about you and your Morabs. Farm News can have up to three photos with the news.

Send to:

Linda Lee

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GREENER PASTURES LADY LACE 1981—2009 By Judi Struble

Many miles we have ridden. In all parades Lacy has given She has been so much more, Despite sometimes making me sore She has always paraded with pride even when we just trail ride. She's brought giggles and glee for all to see, Has inspired some to just feel free. Lacy has crossed over the rainbow bridge. She has left her herd but will always be heard Calls from the heavens To my Morabs left of seven. Lacy will not be FORGOTTEN. Run With The Wind My Lady Lace Forever in my dreams.

Lady Lace’s last parade.

Sir Baron Luke. 2001—2010

Judi, Lacy and her Doberman, Sir Baron Luke, often went camping together. If animals can mourn and we think they do, Luke truly missed Lacy. Recently, he died in Judi‘s arms.

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1975—2009 By Jane Licht Tootsie (left) and Mariah in competition.

We lost dear Tootsie on October 10, 2009. In the morning, Tootsie refused to eat her grain, which was very unusual for her. Dr. Elaine Burkhart came out and did all the recommended treatments for colic but we couldn't pull her through. She was very stoic through it all but her high pulse and breathing and lack of gut sounds indicated she was in a great deal of pain. Wes and I both cried but we know we made the right decision for Tootsie. We remember how we were all so excited to buy her from the Nania family 1982. The following March, Sara (age 12), sat down with her in the paddock on a warm, sunny day and Tootsie put her head in Sara’s lap. She gave us two wonderful foals and a ton of great memories. She was Sara's special 4-H project and later paired with her daughter Mariah for sleigh rides, carriage rides, shows and eventing. Katie put Liam on her back when he was just a small baby. This past summer, Wes put baby grandson Finn on her back. too. She was the perfect lesson horse who taught hundreds of young children how to ride. During her last lesson, an 8-year-old girl cantered her in both directions for the first time by herself. Tootsie was 34 years old and she owned us for Sara and Tootsie, 1983. the last 27 years of her life.

It is a time to grieve but also a time to rejoice in the companionship of a dear Tootsie was patient and gentle with children. horse who had a very full and interesting life. Here's to Tootsie, who has now found greener pastures in which to run free, tail up and flowing like a flag, leading the herd once again.

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USDF Award Winners Sophia & Shaq Seventeen year-old Sophia Anthony from Rochester, Minnesota, owns a Morab gelding named SW Mmeshach and together they have been doing impressive things in the dressage ring. So good, in fact, that Sophia was recently notified that they won a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) All-Breeds Award for IMR/IMBA Morabs.

horse. She started in western but switched to English when in middle school. At the Priestfield West stable just outside Rochester, Sophia was introduced to the art and skill of dressage by trainer Jennifer Hewitt and discovered that she loved it.

Another boarder at Priestfield West owned Shaq and let Sophia take some lessons. The two really clicked and The award is designed to recognize the accomplishments of Sophia realized this horse had tremendous talent and pospecific breeds in dressage and presented to horses declared tential. Shaq‘s owner saw the chemistry between the two, for a participating registry/organization with USDF. IMBA is and graciously allowed Sophia‘s parents to purchase him. the only Morab organization to have established a relationSophia joined the USDF as a youth member and strove ship with the USDF through our Partners ‗N Performance constantly to improve program. with Shaq as much as she could. The competiWhile ―open‖ is the stantions run from May to dard division and ―Training September and for through Grand Prix‖ are the Sophia and Shaq, instandard levels for allvolved trips to Mason breeds recognition, optional City, Iowa, for USDF division awards can be Regionals. As Sophia presented in various cateworked her way through gories including junior/ Training level, the dresyoung rider. Sophia and sage patterns became ―Shaq‖ won both the open increasingly difficult. A division and the junior/ score of ―60‖ is considyoung rider category at ered good and Sophia training level. Quite an always strove for a ―70.‖ amazing feat when you To win the All-Breeds consider that Sophia and Award, Sophia and Shaq Shaq have only been workhad to achieve a score of ing together as a team for at least 60 for eight difthe past two years. ferent classes that are judged by at least 4 difSophia has loved horses as Sophia and Shaq won Reserve Champion for the Young Riders Division ferent judges. And so at the CSDEA Championship Festival in September, 2009. (Great Amerilong as she has had memthey did. can Insurance Company was the sponsor.) Let us know when you get ory. At age 5 she rode her your USDF trophy, Sophia! first horse when her family Congratulations to vacationed at their ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska. ParSophia Anthony and SW Mmeshach on this important ents Debbie and Mitch Anthony have always been supportive achievement. The entire Morab community can be proud of Sophia‘s passion, allowing her to take lessons and stable a of Sophia and her magnificent horse.

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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. REQUIREMENTS: 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 Show, Leadline and Recreational/Saddle Log Divisions -Yearly Fee $5.00 per Horse/Rider combination. DEADLINES: Photography, Artwork and Essay – Entries should be mailed or emailed by October 15th.. Show, Leadline and Recreational/Saddle Log – Forms must be submitted by January 31st. 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 2nd Grade 3rd through 5th Grade 6th 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…” See the website for the 2009 IMBA Youth winners.

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MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD DJ Sproat Congratulations to Denyse (D.J.) Sproat on achieving the 2009 Meritorious Service Award by the IMBA Board of Directors. For almost as long as she can remember, DJ loved horses. She drew horses, collected model horses, read about horses, ran like a horse and perfected a very credible whinny. When playing house, DJ didn‘t want to be the mother or father or baby sister, she was the family horse. DJ was born in York (north of Toronto), Ontario, Canada, to parents who were not horse-people, but they were outdoorsy and loved animals. So, her interest in horses was not discouraged but because of living in town, her only access to horses was through the local trail riding stables. The very last day of horse camp one summer, DJ‘s mount named ―Dutchess‖ ran off with her, swerved near a fence and the young girl flew off, suffering a very bad break on her index finger. In the hospital, she talked constantly of her remorse in not getting back on Dutchess and riding again. Her father, perhaps feeling he had to do something because his daughter was hurt and upset, promised her a horse.

that from then on, her horses would have a home for life! Subsequently, she owned several horses but never had that really special horse. Over the decades, and with the help of the Internet, she found a variety of Buckskin Morgans and even a few Morabs across Canada and the US. She travelled all over Ontario and into the States to visit a few horses but nothing quite worked out. Then one day she checked the Classified ads on There was a 3 year-old buckskin Morab listed. Windmere Mocha, he was called. He sounded nice. DJ began an email conversation with the owner, Carol Hardy (now King). Carol sent photos and a video and DJ liked what she saw. DJ arranged for a shipper and paid for Mocha sight unseen. Later she worried, ―What if he is really ugly..‖ But when the trailer pulled up and she saw a pretty buckskin head looking out, her fears vanished. Mocha has been DJ‘s dream horse, very people friendly with an entertaining personality, athleticism and good movement, including an awesome jog. He is 15.2 hh, a beautiful dappled gold, and has the substantial body conformation that typifies the Morab. Mocha likes going on rides and to shows – especially if there are people to pat him. He displays genuine talent for Trail classes. He is kind and willing, good on real trails and going cross-country too.

Soon, they went to see Azkhyme, 12 years old, a chunky bay Half-Arab with a pretty face, big eyes and a friendly nature. His owner had trained him and shown him in English, Western, sidesaddle and harness. Supposedly, ―Khyme‖ (pronounced ―Kim‖) had a Morgan dam. Of course, since the IAHA did not record the breed of the non-Arab parentages, there was no official record Several years ago, DJ attended the of this. The year was 1975. About a DJ with Alex and Mocha, her Morab Buckskin gelding. Villa Louis Carriage Classic with fellow year later, the Western Horseman IMBA friends, Wes and Jane Licht, and magazine had a little article showing a grey horse. The caption thoroughly enjoyed the driving scene. She purchased another indicated he was a stallion and the first horse registered with a Morab Buckskin, a mare named Magic, who has learned to ride new MORAB horse registry. Except for the colour, this horse was and drive. She also has a chestnut Morgan, Alex, who is her main the spitting image of Khyme. Same body shape, same head, driving horse. same eye. DJ then realized her horse was a Morab! And forever after this is how she referred to him. In her small way, DJ was DJ was asked to run for the IMBA Board of Directors. She served doing her best to promote the Morab in Ontario as far back as the on the Board for two years (2007-2009) until a serious health con1970‘s. dition forced her to resign. DJ has always been a cheerful, positive and very intelligent force on the board who promoted goalKhyme was the perfect first horse. He was tolerant and kind, en- setting and creating a vision for the future. She promoted and during adolescent impatience and temper. DJ was a loner at with the assistance of Ingrid Buchmeier, established the first IMBA school but owning a horse made her feel special and gave her Online Open Horse Show. Now in its second year, the Online something important to do every day. Her horse needed to be Show is going strong, (though it can always use more entries). groomed and exercised and his stall cleaned. She never noticed that she wasn‘t part of the high school social scene. Thanks to The Morab community will Khyme, DJ gained the confidence needed to be an independent be pleased to learn that person. DJ and Khyme rode every day, exploring woodlots and DJ‘s health is steadily ravines. They went to pony club events, hunt club days and vari- improving and she has ous shows. After the first three shows, they were never out of the high hopes of playing with ribbons. her Morabs this Spring. Thanks again, to a dediAfter four years, DJ was getting ready to go to university. She cated horse owner who sold Khyme to a family that showed at the same club. Later, she facilitates and promotes discovered too late that Khyme was not well looked after and was that special connection to sold again. She never knew exactly what happened but vowed our equine friends. Morab Perspective 2010 Breeders‘ Guide Page 30

LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PROGRAM By Denise Schneider The International Morab Breeders Association is very happy to announce that the Half Morab Registry now has its very own Lifetime Achievement Award Program! This is very exciting news, as it means that the Half Morabs can participate in the same categories as their full blooded counterparts and get the credit that they deserve for their achievements. I, myself, am the owner of a Half Morab. I do own a full Morab as well, but until my filly was born, I did not take into account how many Half Morabs must be out there. After all, there are many people who own Morab stallions or mares, and they are not always bred to horses that would allow for full Morab registry. In my own case, the sire was full Morab, but the dam was only ¾ Arabian. Therefore, though the resulting filly is actually 7/8 Morab, she could only be registered Half Morab. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I‘m betting that it does.

I am thrilled to say that the Board was very open to the idea of creating a program to include the Half Morabs. Though my filly is the first horse to be enrolled in the new program, I am certain that she will not be the last. I know that I am not the only person who owns a Half Morab, and I encourage all of those other owners out there to come and join in the program. It‘s time for us to share the limelight! As always, I would like to remind everyone that the LAAP program is not just for people who compete with their horses, be it in equitation, speed, endurance, jumping, etc. It is also for those who ride for recreation, or just plain for the fun of it. Our program not only acknowledges the active competitor, but also the time that we spend with our horses in other activities such as trail riding, riding lessons, and even round pen work. We at IMBA love hearing from our members about their horses and what they TR Blue Starr Jasmine: do with them, no matter what that the first Half Morab in activity that might be. So don‘t be the LAAP. shy. Let us hear from you!

Naturally, since my full Morab gelding is enrolled in the LAAP program, I wanted to enroll the filly as well. After all, I handle this filly every day and do a lot of inhand work with her. She has even graduated to doing some round pen work. Why should she not be recognized for her accomplishments?

Note: LAAP forms for the various disciplines, saddle log, special events, etc., are available on our website. Keep track of your activities with your Morabs this year and submit them to the IMBA Office by January 31, 2011.

Are you participating 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 For more information visit:

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Seven Feeding Myths Shattered by Karen Briggs

A surprising number of us are baffled by the basic principles of equine nutrition. Despite the ability of many horse people to diagnose a strained suspensory at 30 paces, fix a faulty flying change with just a smidge more outside leg, or understand the intricacies involved in getting that recalcitrant tractor to start, a surprising number of us are baffled by the basic principles of equine nutrition. We're content to believe the myths and misconceptions that flourished in our grandfather's day, to feed whatever our neighbors are feeding ... or to just plain get overwhelmed by the whole subject! The result is that a great many horses are fed more according to tradition than to sound scientific fact, and their overall health may suffer because of it. But feeding horses really isn't rocket science. It's pretty simple to understand, if you try. It's time to debunk some of those pervasive nutrition myths, and replace them with solid facts on which you can base your feeding program. MYTH #1: Horses need grain in their diets. FACT: Horses evolved as grazing animals, and forage (pasture and/or hay) is still the basis of their dietary needs. The equine digestive system is designed to break down tough, stemmy plants and extract all the nutrition and energy they need from those materials. A great many horses get along very well on a forage-only diet; if your horse has finished growing and is only in light work, is an easy keeper, or is basically a happy pasture potato, he has no need for grain. So what's the advantage of grain? It supplies concentrated energy, in the form of carbohydrates, which some horses need if they're being asked to do more work than what they would normally do in the wild. Show horses, racehorses and nursing broodmares can all use the extra nutritional support of grain to help fuel their higher energy expenditure. But because the equine digestive system is poorly designed to digest large quantities of carbohydrates, there's a limit to how much grain you can feed without risking dangerous conditions like colic and laminitis. As a rule of thumb, remember that every horse should consume between 1.5 and 3 percent of his body weight in feed every day, and at least half of that should be forage, by weight. MYTH #2: A horse in hard work needs higher levels of protein in his diet. FACT: In a pinch, protein can be used by the horse's body as an energy source, but it's a very poor way to fuel performance because molecule for molecule, protein doesn't produce much energy, and the horse's body has to go to great effort (chemically speaking) to extract it. Carbohydrates and fats are

infinitely better energy sources—far more energy-packed than protein, and easier to break down and absorb. Protein does play a role in the diet, however: It provides amino acids, the "building blocks" for the construction and repair of muscles, bones, ligaments and all the other structures of the body. Young, growing horses, and those being used for breeding have higher protein demands because they are building new tissues. However, mature horses not being used for breeding only need about 8 to 11 percent crude protein in their overall diets to provide enough amino acids for the occasional tissue repair. The need for protein doesn't really increase as a horse's energy demands do, either, so there's no need to switch to a higher protein feed if your horse is in high-intensity work. MYTH #3: Corn/oats/barley/sweet feed will make my horse "hot," or high-spirited FACT: Various feeds have gotten a reputation for altering a horse's temperament and turning him into an instant wingnut, much like sugar gets blamed for causing hyperactivity in children. To set the record straight, it's true that horses naturally want to burn off their excess energy, so if the diet is supplying more than their current level of exercise demands, they'll start bouncing off the walls. It's also true that a very fit horse tends to feel really good, so his level of exuberance may increase. But no one type of feed is likely to be responsible; instead, it's the amount of feed that's at fault. Certain grains may have gained a reputation for being "hot" feeds because they've been substituted indiscriminately for a similar volume of a lower-energy feed. Corn and barley, which have no fibrous hull, are more concentrated energy sources than oats, which do have a hull. So if you substitute a coffee-can of corn for a coffeecan of oats, then you'll have a problem! This is why it's so important to feed your horses by weight, not by volume. If you want to make a feed substitution, weigh your coffee-can full of oats ... and then measure out the same weight in corn, or barley, or sweet feed, or whatever. Chances are, your coffee-can won't be full! But you'll be providing your horse with a similar amount of energy, so you won't end up with an equine who thinks he's one of the Flying Walendas. Molasses, by the way, has gotten a bad rap. The amount of molasses in an average sweetfeed only comes to about 1 to 2 percent of its total content—hardly enough to give your horse a "sugar buzz." If your horse acts high when he's fed sweetfeed, it's likely because he's not used to the increased amount of concentrated carbohydrates. MYTH #4: When you feed a complete feed, you don't have to feed hay. FACT: Well, sometimes. Definitions of "complete feeds" vary

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from manufacturer to manufacturer—sometimes the term is used to indicate a grain ration which is fortified with vitamins and minerals to make it "complete," but is still designed to be fed with forage (hay or pasture). Sometimes it's used to indicate the feed contains both concentrates (grain) and forage (chopped or pelleted hay, or another fiber source such as beet pulp), and is designed to make up 100 percent of your horse's diet. Generally, it's best if your horse does eat long-stemmed forage (hay or pasture) along with his grain ration, for two reasons: First, it will help keep his digestive system purring along as it should, and second, it will help satisfy his natural grazing urge. But if your horse suffers from severe allergies that prevent him from eating hay, seek out a "complete feed" with a high concentration of beet pulp (more on this ingredient below). Be aware, though, that if hay doesn't make up part of the diet, your horse may get busy as a beaver, chewing his stall fixtures, the fencelines and anything else left within reach. MYTH #5: Sugar beet pulp is high in sugar. And if it's not properly soaked in water, it will expand inside your horse's gut and cause a horrible gastric rupture. FACT: Let's explode the myths instead of the horse. Beet pulp is the fibrous substance that's left over after the sugar has been extracted from sugar beets. It contains almost no sugar (unless the manufacturer has added a little dry molasses to improve the taste). Beet pulp is naturally quite high in moisture and thus prone to mold, so it's dehydrated and made into pellets or "shreds" before it's packaged. Beet pulp is an excellent source of digestible fiber. It's relatively low in protein (about 8 percent) and high in calcium, which makes it an appropriate feed for almost all adult horses. If you are feeding supplements, topdressing corn oil, or giving your horse medications, beet pulp can be an excellent place to hide the yucky ingredients. It's a great addition to the diet if your hay is of poor quality, or if your horse has dental problems and can't chew long-stemmed forage, or for horses recovering from an injury or illness. Plus, it's usually quite inexpensive. The best way to feed beet pulp is to soak it in water a few hours before meal-time; use twice as much water as beet pulp, and leave it to swell and absorb the moisture. (Because it has a tendency to ferment in warm weather, you'll only want to make up one day's worth at a time.) The resulting brown, fluffy stuff can be mixed in with your horse's grain or served on its own. But don't worry if you've added a little too much liquid, or too little. You can't actually explode a horse with unsoaked beet pulp. In a study referred to in Lon Lewis' "Feeding and Care of the Horse, 2nd ed.", ponies were fed dehydrated beet pulp, up to a level of 45 percent of their total diet, with no ill effects whatsoever. Not only did they not explode, but they also suffered no signs of colic, nor did the water content in their manure change. However, most people prefer to soak beet pulp—it's more palatable that way and less likely to cause choke. MYTH #6: A weekly bran mash is good for my horse's digestive health. FACT: Wheat bran is actually junk food for horses. Yes, they love the taste, but it's not really good for them. First, as a fiber source it's not that digestible, and second, bran contains about 13 times as much phosphorus as calcium, an imbalance which can eventually affect a horse's bone structure. Third, its famous laxative effect doesn't really exist. Horses are quite sensitive to sudden changes in their diets, so when you feed your horse a

bran mash instead of his regular meal, it causes a mild digestive upset, and the result the next day is loose manure. An occasional bran mash on a cold winter's night does no real harm, but your horse's digestive system would prefer beet pulp (soaked in warm water has a similar effect). If you feed bran on a daily basis, try to make it no more than 10 percent of his total diet. Avoid bran if you're feeding a young horse—the calcium/ phosphorus imbalance can interfere with his growth. On the whole, there are better feeds than bran. MYTH #7: Alfalfa hay is the best-quality choice for my horse. FACT: Though horses definitely seem to prefer alfalfa in a sideby-side taste test with grass hay, alfalfa is far too high in protein for most adult horses. Depending on when it's harvested, it can range up to about 24 percent protein—too rich for any horse other than a young, growing one or a nursing broodmare. Though excess protein doesn't do any major harm, the kidneys have to work overtime to excrete it—and the result is excess of urine with a strong ammonia smell, which means more mucking to do! Alfalfa is usually more costly, too, and in some parts of North America it may be infested with poisonous blister beetles. Grass hay is a better choice for most adult horses, with timothy being the most common variety; there's also brome, bermuda and orchardgrass, among others. Though not quite as high in some vitamins, and not quite as sweet and tasty, it's got a more appropriate protein level than alfalfa, doesn't harbor blister beetles and is often less dusty. Mixed hays, which contain both legumes (alfalfa and/or clover or birdsfoot trefoil) and grasses, can be a good compromise too. You can get your local feed agent to do a hay analysis for about $20 to $40, which will tell you more about the nutrient content of your hay.

Wendy Konichek Jericho Creek Farm S101 W34628 County Rd LO Eagle WI 53115 262-594-3667

Dan & Maggie Smith Circle S 3765 Mt Carmel Rd Clever MO 65631 417-743-0096

Ingrid Buchmeier Red Rock Horses PO BOX 1148 Lander WY 82520 307-332-4629 www.redrock

Linda Konichek Jericho Creek Farm S101 W34628 County Rd LO Eagle WI 53115 262-594-3667 www.jerichocreek

Jericho Creek Farm Honoring Bridget Lockridge photographer

Lani Olson Dedicated to first Morabs: Nikki & Annie


Lani is an Avon Representative LMOLSON90@ 605-923-4437

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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 2010 Breeders‘ Guide Page 34

IMBA ONLINE SHOWS For complete results, visit

Last year IMBA hosted the Spring 2009 and the Fall 2009 Online Photo Shows open to all breeds of horses. We wish to thank our judges, Mallory Mumford, Ontario, Canada, Leslye Hutton, Lander, Wyoming, and Mary King, Lander, Wyoming. We also wish to thank the sponsors who so generously contributed to show expenses as a way to honor the special equines in their lives. And of course, we wish to thank the many participants in the shows. Their photographs were often magnificent, interesting, and sometimes downright humorous.

Red Rock Hunni Bunni Roger and Ingrid Buchmeier

EW Saretta Karen Hendly

Montego’s Thunder Wendy Konichek, Ken and Susan Kromrie Photo by Casi Weisnecht

Windmere Royal Topaz Wes & Jane Licht Photo by Bridget Lockridge

We have learned from the experience of our first two shows. This year we offer just one show and keep the doors open to the competitors for a longer period of time. The 2010 IMBA Online Show opened February 1st and will close on June 30, 2010. A total of 65 different classes are offered, including a few unusual ones that you won‘t find in a traditional horse show! A few of the photos submitted last year were done by professional photographers but the majority were not. To give our readers an idea of the types of classes and quality of photographs, we are reproducing of few of them here. We encourage you to view for yourself online and consider participating this year. With so many different classes, you are sure to find some that suit you and your equines, and a few other animal pets as well!

2009 IMBA Online Shows Spring Overall Open High Point

LM Sparkling Duet Marianne Marsden

Raindrops on Roses Sara Licht

RL Rosali & RL Gracie Wes & Jane Licht Jericho's Mr Chauvinist Morab Gelding owned by Wendy Konichek Photo by Karen Leitz

Fall Overall Open High Point

Jericho’s Magic Lady Linda Konichek Photo by Pam O‘Connell

CF Hersey Bar Beaver Taylor & Jennifer Bayne

Alexander Royalton Morgan gelding owned by DJ Sproat Photo by Shoot Photography

Rimlo’s Snow Twister Judi Struble Morab Perspective 2010 Breeders‘ Guide Page 35

Truck or Trailer Design Dan & Maggie Smith

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Other IMBA Member Services: ___Farm Link on the IMBA website FREE for members; $15 year Non-members Includes your information, short description and photo as a direct link to your personal website . ___ Farm Tour Webpage on the IMBA website $75 year (New) $50 year (Renewal) For people who don‘t have their own website. Your own personal webpage hosted by IMBA. Includes information about your farm with multiple photos. Set-up and design included in price. No charge for updates. ___ Morab Stallion at Stud listing on the IMBA website with photo. No Charge for members. ___ Morgan or Arabian Stallion at Stud listing on the IMBA website $10 with photo ___ Morgan or Arabian Stallion at Stud listing on the IMBA website without photo No Charge for members. ___ Photo Classified / Marketplace Listing $25 year one color photo and short description. Includes both, print ad in the Morab Perspective and Marketplace ad on the IMBA website for one year. ___ Color Full page ad in Morab Perspective $40 Also, includes a copy of the ad on the IMBA website. ___ Color Half-page ad in Morab Perspective $20 Also, includes a copy of the ad on the IMBA website. ___ Announcement/ Greeting ad 1/8 page in Morab Perspective $5 Also, includes a Thank-you listing on the IMBA website. Morab Perspective 2010 Breeders‘ Guide Page 38

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Windmere Royal Topaz (Sir RAF Royale x Windmere Ambrosia)

15.1 HH Palomino Morab Stallion Stud Fee: $650 LFG 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: 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 and Wendy Konichek S.101 W.34628 Hwy LO Eagle, WI 53119 Phone: 262-594-3667 Email: Mary Mel’s Mystery (WNS Widenstone x Mary Mel‘s Glo-girl) 15.2 HH Flaxen/Chestnut Morgan Stallion For Sale: $6500.00 At Stud until sold Stud Fee: $650 Mystery is a gaited Morgan. He has over forty foals on the ground with more than half that are also gaited. He is broke to ride but hasn‘t been ridden lately. Owned by Mary Ballard. Standing at: Jericho Creek Farm II Wendy 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: WWA Kurafi (WP Akeem x Flabys Saari) 15.3 HH Grey Straight Egyptian Arabian Stud Fee: $650 Kurafi is a Champion in the show ring in Halter Western, Huntseat, Dressage and Liberty. 2009 Reg. 10 Top Five Sport Horse in Hand. His foals have his sweet disposition. See his Stallion Revue and Liberty videos on our website. Contact: Jericho Creek Farm II Wendy Konichek S.101 W.34628 Hwy LO Eagle, WI 53119 Phone: 262-594-3667 Email:

Your ad could be here with a photo for only $25 Non-members $30

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Freedom’s Independence Spark

Morabs, Morgans and Arabians For Sale

(Washita Spitfire x Two ―C‖ Magnolia)

7-31-02 Bay Morab Gelding 14.3 HH 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:

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:

JCW Rev’s Cajun Sundancer

THI Cherokee

(LJ Morning Reveille x Clonmel Cajun Caress)

(Society Benedict x THI Keepsake)

15 HH Palomino Morgan Stallion Stud Fee: $650 He is a Multi-Champion show horse. 2005 USDF Morgan All Breed winner. He is a proven color producer. See his Liberty video on our website. Contact: Jericho Creek West, Carolyn and Ridge Harris 2350 Lakewood Hills Ln. Lincoln, CA 95648 Phone: 916-645-9223 Email:

14.3 HH Black/Chestnut Morgan Stallion Stud Fee: $650 US Funds He is a Vigilmarch grandson. He is winner in hand in Morgan and Sport Horse classes. All of his foals have his great temperament and movement. See his Liberty video on the website. Contact: Carriage Lane Farm, Paula and David Neice3919 Perth Rd. 102 RR#1 Shakespeare, ONT NOB 2PO Phone: 519-662-4847 Email: Standing at:

Montego’s Thunder

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

(Dreamweaver Montego x CCS Comma)

15.3 HH Bay Morab Stallion Stud Fee: $650 Thunder has excelled in the show ring and was the 2005 Res. National Champion Sport Horse in Hand. His foals all his wonderful movement and attitude. See his Liberty video on our website. Contact: Jericho Creek Farms Linda and Wendy Konichek S.101 W.34628 Hwy LO Eagle, WI 53119 Phone: 262-594-3667 Email:

Your ad could be here for only $25 with a photo Non-members $30 That price includes one year on the IMBA website and one year of print advertising in the Morab Perspective.

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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Wendy Konichek

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Lani Olson

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