Patterned after American Morgan Horse Association’s Open Competition Program, the Half Morgan Competition Program (HMCP) is divided into five distinct divisions: Open Show, Dressage, Carriage/CDE, Eventing, and Endurance/Competitive Trail. Horses are accepted in the program with an initial enrollment fee, with nominal renewal fees annually thereafter.
As part of enrollment, the sire or dam of the half Morgan must be registered with AMHA and the name must be known and will be verified. Full-blooded Morgans are ineligible for this program. All horses, owners, and those who compete with the horse must be AMHA members. Points are accumulated following each competition and submitted for year-end awards in each division.
“The Half Morgan Recognition Program was established in the fall of 2011 because AMHA perceived a need to honor horses with Morgan breed crossings,” said AMHA Executive Director, Julie Broadway. “We wanted to recognize the beauty and fine traits that the Morgan horse passes on to its offspring, regardless of the cross. Half Morgans frequently have characteristics similar to their Morgan parent–big hearts, strong work ethics, intelligence, and versatility.”
Founded in 1909, the American Morgan Horse Association is a non-profit organization serving more than 50,000 Morgan horse owners, breeders, exhibitors, and enthusiasts throughout the United States. AMHA serves as a parent organization to more than 90 recognized Morgan horse clubs and national service organizations.
For more information on America’s original horse breed, contact the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., 4066 Shelburne Road, Suite 5, Shelburne, Vermont 05482; (802) 985-4944; http://www.morganhorse.com