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Jan. 7, 2010
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2010 AMHA Convention Schedule Available
from the AMHA News Desk
The schedule for the 2010 AMHA Annual Convention, to take place in Lexington, Ky., from Feb. 18-20 is now available. There is something for everyone at this year's event, from a guide to Morgan judging, a historical look at the breed, safety inside the show ring and more. Be sure to check out the schedule and make your reservations today. More

Changes at the Shelburne Facility
from the AMHA News Desk
After extensive discussions regarding the Association's lease renewal over the past 18 months, the American Morgan Horse Institute (AMHI) and the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) are working together to conduct a space utilization study and assessment to determine possible long-term housing solutions for Association's business operations and the National Museum of the Morgan Horse. More

Steve Davis Named 2009 AMHA Professional Horseman Award Winner
from the AMHA News Desk
Steve Davis of the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm recently was selected by his peers as the 2009 AMHA Professional Horseman Award winner. This award, which began in 2008, is awarded yearly to a professional who supports and promotes the Morgan breed, and who volunteers to mentor personally through clinics, raising the standard of training and education. Most of all, through longevity and success, this person encompasses in every sense of the word, "horseman." More

Two Horses Added to AMHA Stallion Service Auction
from the AMHA News Desk
Two more stallions have been donated to the roster of AMHA's 2010 Stallion Service Auction. To see the current roster or bid on these two stallions, go to More

AMHA Election Ballots Are in the Mail
from the AMHA News Desk
The ballots for the 2010 AMHA election were mailed Jan. 4, so look for them to arrive in your mailbox in the near future. Other than ballots voted the day of the election in person, ballots must be postmarked no later than Feb. 5, (if not postmarked) received by the Tabulating Agent no later than Feb. 16. AMHA members may vote in person on Feb. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Faxed ballots will not be accepted More

Earn Your Riding Instructor Certificate
from the AMHA News Desk
If you are planning to attend the 2010 Annual AMHA Convention in Lexington, Ky., next month, you might consider arriving early to earn your American Riding Instructor certification. Sponsored by the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA), the test center will hold exams on Feb. 17. More

Where the Stallions Stand: The TMH Stallion Issue
from the AMHA News Desk
For nearly 70 years, the January issue of the breed journal, The Morgan Horse, has been the standard bearer for advertising your stallion to the Morgan public. A Show Sire Rating returns home to The Morgan Horse as well. The results are in and a number of familiar names continue to prove their enduring importance to the breed while young sires enter the rankings, assuring a bright breeding future. This sire rating is based on Grand National and Regional show results. More

Industry News

"Green" Horse Management Resource Established
from The Horse
If spreading horse manure and draining waste water onto plants is your idea of "going green" at the stable, you might be in for a big surprise. As large scale agriculture production facilities alter their management strategies to become more environmentally conscientious the spotlight transitions to small farmers and horse owners. More

Equine Sports Massage Therapy
from Mid-South Horse Review
Equine sports massage therapy was developed around 20 years ago, but, to some people, it is still a relatively new form of horse therapy. Its benefits are similar to those of other therapies, such as ultrasound therapy, light therapy, and magnetic therapy. Equine sports massage differs in that it uses no equipment; the therapist simply uses her hands to perform full body massage on the horse. Massage also has the advantages of being noninvasive and free from the harmful side effects that come from some medications. More

Outdoors: Keep Your Horse Healthy Despite the Cold
from The Daily Item
With winter officially settled in, cold weather care of your animals requires extra effort to keep them comfortable and healthy. Horses can withstand cold pretty well, as well as wet -- but not both together. If your horse is dry, in good weight, and has a windbreak, he will tolerate the cold. But a wind will take away the insulating air trapped in his long winter coat and wet will plaster that long coat down, leaving him no insulation. More

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