By Kathlyn Furr, VMHA Secretary
What’s not to like about a free early spring activity with your family with free food and setting, petting, and riding beautiful Morgan horses in a state of the art heated barn and indoor arena in Charlotte?
The Vermont Morgan Horse Association (VMHA) will host a Spring Clinic on Saturday, March 16 from 1:30-3 pm at Cedar Spring Morgan Horse Farm. The Clinic has been held annually, since 1990, as a way to jump-start the summer season and as a way to share the love of the Vermont State Animal with the general public. After all, who doesn’t like to show their pets off – even if they might weigh 1,000 pounds! The club members decided to offer an activity that was educational, fun, and free. “It is a win-win situation for parents that like to have some activity they can do with their kids,” says Anne Brown, club member.
In the past, club members have presented a wide diversity of demonstrations from yoga instruction for riders, sports medicine, veterinarian lectures, equine nutrition featuring local feed companies, equitation for all ages, and more. In addition to live horses, the club provides exhibit space for the American Morgan Horse Association photographic displays, traveling exhibits from The National Museum of the Morgan Horse, video displays, and free educational handouts. “There has not been a topic that hasn’t been covered over the years,” stated Bonnie Sogoloff, farm owner.
“The Morgan horses stabled in the barn dictate what will be demonstrated. Lately this has been amateur and youth riders,” says Sogoloff. The Morgans are shown in harness, under saddle (hunt seat, saddle seat, western, dressage, etc.), in-hand, stallion parades, and for judging equine conformation. Rumor has it that ‘Flashy Star V’ a miniature horse owned by Haven Otto of Charlotte will be the featured equine at this year’s event.
Cedar Spring Morgan Horse Farm is located off Mt. Philo Road and McGuire Pent Road in Charlotte. For more information call 425-7211 or visit www.cedarspringfarm.org.