Connecticut Morgan is one of our very favorite shows to attend - this show boasts great weather, great hospitality, and a full line-up of Morgan classes, and this year did not disappoint!
We began the week with the debuts of Lynn Fuda's beatufiul yearlings in the in hand division. Our favorite curvy filly, Newmont's Angelina, strutted her way to a 3rd place pinning in a competitive yearling fillies class. The entries may have been light in the junior stallion division, but Newmont's Mocha Man turned heads on the rail with his exotic good looks. 'Nero' was named champion junior colt and grand champion junior stallion.
We've been eagerly looking forward to the debut of Kate Kosma and her new partner, Take Cover, and what a grand debut they made! 'Fitz' and Kate worked the rail to their advantage and made some beautiful passes, culminating in winning the Hunter Pleasure Limit Rider qualifier and championship. But they weren't done yet! This bold pair also pinned third in the amateur hunter qualifier and fourth in the amateur ladies qualifier.
Cherrydale Ariella 'Ella' rose to the top of a big hunter in hand class before going on to win reserve grand champion specialty in hand. She went on to give some lovely perfomances in the amateur hunter division with owner/rider Ashleigh Wood, pinning third in the amateur ladies qualifier and fourth in the amateur qualifier.
Derawnda's Strong Wind made us proud in his second trip off the farm, navigating his way through the heavy traffic of the novice/limit hunter division. 'Gust' pinned second in a competitive 4 year old class, third in the Junior Horse Championship, and earned good ribbons in the deep novice/limit horse classes. Not too shabby for a horse who's been broke to saddle for less than 4 months!
Finally, handsome Hylee's Bushmill went two for two at CT Morgan, winning both the qualifier and championship for the Classic Pleasure Saddle Junior/Novice Horse division. 'Winston' bravely came off the rail to make the best possible passes, showed off his teacup canter, and posed for his winning photos with owner/rider Ashleigh Wood.
Next stop? Summer Kick-Off in Northampton, MA. We'll see you on the rail!