Christmas Party

Our Christmas party will be held December 7, 2013, 6:00 pm at Stone Ledge Farm, 6912 Manchester Road, South Beloit, IL. 61080. Loads of fun to be had by all those that attend. Please bring a dish to pass and membership forms will be available at the meeting too. See you there!

Briar Patch Golden Morgans Receive Titles

Treasure Merigold, AMHA Dam of Merit

Treasure Merigold, AMHA Dam of Merit

Kris and Al Breyer of Briar Patch Morgans in Wauconda, Illinois, long standing members of the Mid-States Morgan Club, are proudly displaying their new certificates for the titles won by their golden Morgans in the new AMHA Show Horse Championship Title Program.

Heading up their family of title earners is Treasure Merrigold, a 1990 Palomino mare sired by Primavera Bravado and out of Tia Isabella, a daughter of the well known palomino sire Californio. Merri was bred by Roy and Patsy Foote of Treasure Morgans in Superior, Montana, who are a Morgan legacy unto themselves. Kris and Al acquired Merri as a five year old and immediately began enjoying her many talents. She was a very accomplished reining horse, winning the Freestyle Reining and Jr Horse Reining at the Gold Cup Show as just a four year old, then happily switching to Western Pleasure where she and Al enjoyed many good classes together.

BPM Estralita de Oro WC

BPM Estralita de Oro WC

Now recognized as a Dam of Merit by AMHA, Merri produced her first BPM prefixed foal in 1996, then produced the beautiful palomino BPM Estralita de Oro CH in 2001. Sired by Triple S Nugget, “Lita” has enjoyed a long and fruitful show career now spanning a decade that includes many wins and tricolors in Western Pleasure, Ranch Horse Pleasure & Reining and even specialty in hand.

Merri’s next two foals were cremes, BPM Ghost Dance┬ásired by DDRM Midnight Sun, and BPM Lunar Eclipse sired by Triple S Nugget, a full brother to Lita.

BPM Gold Dust & Taylor Gruenberg

BPM Gold Dust & Taylor Gruenberg

But her shining star is the popular World Champion BPM Gold Dust WGC, sired by UDM Gold Mine. A beautiful palomino trimmed liberally with chrome, Dusty was foaled in 2006 and has been carrying the colorful banner to the top of many classes. Shown at competitive shows from the west coast to the midwest, he was started by well known western trainer Garn Walker. In 2011, he came home to the heartland and began a popular pairing as the mount of young Taylor Gruenberg, daughter of Becky & Jamie Gruenberg of Stone Ledge Farm. Taylor and Dusty were crowd favorites from the get-go and have been winning classes ever since.

Congratulations to Jessica Bodnar, AMHA Promoter Award 2012 Recipient!

Jessice Bodnar

Jessica Bodnar, 2012 AMHA Promoter Award Recipient

We are very pleased to announce that AMHA recently recognized Jessica Cavanaugh Bodnar as one of two 2012 recipients of the AMHA Promoter Award. The Promoter Award recognizes club members who are diligent supporters of the breed, working hard to bring the Morgan into public arenas. Recipients actively promote the breed at fairs, parades, open barns, equine expos, and other activities.

The Mid-States Morgan Horse Club nominated Jessica Cavanaugh Bodnar of Marengo, Illinois. Jessica devotes much of her time into promoting the Morgan horse. She is instrumental in the monthly Winter Showdown Competitions at Merriehill Farm, which is open to the public. She has taken Morgans to compete at local fairs and introduces many new people to the breed through Merriehill’s growing lesson program, camps, and monthly ladies nights held at the farm. She has assisted several students in their science projects using Morgan horses as part of their projects. Thank you, Jess, for all of your hard work on behalf of our wonderful Morgan horses!

Mid-States Holiday Party

Mid-States Morgan Horse Club members had a blast renewing friendships and celebrating a great year with our Morgans at the annual Holiday Party at Stone Ledge Farm!
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