Kentucky Morgan Horse Breeder’s Incentive Program
Progress Report – July 2011
The future of the Kentucky Morgan horse depends on opening new markets, promoting our breed to first time horse buyers, and establishing our versatile Morgan horse as a breed of choice for youth and amateur competitors across a broad array of breed and open disciplines. To this end, the Kentucky Morgan Horse Association (KMHA) continues to focus creative and financial resources on the following priorities:
- Specific targeting of support to youth and amateurs in Kentucky horse show venues
- Networking with the Kentucky Morgan horse community.
- Revenues from nomination fees and KMHA memberships have enabled KMHA to support local Morgan Horse shows in various ways including class sponsorship and hospitality service. Each such opportunity advances the Kentucky Morgan Breeders Incentive Program locally and regionally.
- The volunteer Board of Directors of the Kentucky Morgan Horse Association has demonstrated a high level of commitment to advancing the Morgan horse in and beyond Kentucky. They have sought to improve the working relationship between KMHA and the Bluegrass Morgan Horse Association by working collaboratively with this grassroots Morgan club.
- In early July 2011, the second annual Bluegrass Morgan Classic horseshow was held at the Kentucky Horse Park. This venue showcased our breed to KHP visitors including exhibitors and spectators at a concurrent hunter/jumper show, and the general visiting public.
- Entries were up to a total of 269 in spite of a national downward trend in horse show entries. 28 states were represented.
- Quality of entries was exceptional. Several reigning world champions graced the show ring.
- Over 600 stalls were used.
- Attendance was estimated at over 800 exhibitors, trainers, training and grooming staff, vendors, guests, etc.
- KHP catering services were used for several show and privately catered events.
- Over 30 camping spots were reserved and over 2,000 hotel nights booked.
- Many park and local restaurants were patronized over the course of the four-day event.
- The winner of the $5,000 winner-take-all Betty Hill Memorial award was a Kentucky-bred Morgan horse.
- Feedback on the show, venue, and Commonwealth was very positive. Several breeding/show barns expressed interest in relocating to Kentucky.
- Feedback from owners and trainers of winners of Kentucky Horse Breeder's Incentive Fund(KHBIF) awards is positive. Out of state owners of these horses have purchased and nominated other Kentucky-bred Morgan horses.
- The quality of KHBIF winning horses is stellar. With few exceptions, winners (in all-Morgan competitions) since the inception of the program have achieved Morgan Grand National and/or World champion status. 100% of these horses have proven themselves to be champions at the regional level.
- The structure of the Morgan Horse Breeder’s Incentive Program has accomplished the goal of recognizing the versatility of our breed. In the short history of the program, awards have been earned in in-hand, English pleasure, western pleasure, park harness, dressage, and pleasure driving. Most awards have been granted to horses showing in amateur divisions. 2010 winners are characteristic of this impact:
- First place was awarded to a three-year old Morgan western pleasure horse. This filly earned championship points in-hand, in junior western pleasure, junior exhibitor western pleasure, fitting and showmanship, walk-trot, and lead line.
- Second place was awarded to the reigning amateur park saddle World Champion. This stallion is currently one of the premier Morgan breeding stallions nationally. He has also laid claim to World Champion titles in-hand and in open and amateur park harness.
- Third place was earned by an amateur driver in amateur pleasure driving.
- Fourth place went to the amateur hunter pleasure division.
- The slow US economic recovery has adversely affected our breed nationally and locally. Breeding and registrations remain down. A few smaller Kentucky Morgan horse breeding programs have ceased breeding operations. Larger breeding programs continue production at reduced levels.
- Sales are essentially static, with prices remaining dangerously low.
- The current glut of unwanted horses puts substantial downward pressure on prices.
- Financial limitations have slowed progress on the American Morgan Horse Pavilion at the Kentucky Horse Park.
- KMHA remains fiscally sound in spite of the economic downturn, but membership and nominations do not show growth.
- KMHA program development is limited by lack of volunteer resources.
- Unite the premier breeding and show programs in our state with smaller family breeding farms, Morgan trail riders with Morgan breed and open show competitors, etc. toward the common goal of taking the Morgan horse to its rightful place in our Kentucky horse industry.
- Increase membership and participation in the Kentucky Morgan Horse Association as a means of supporting and promoting our breed locally, regionally, and nationally.
- Capitalize on the talents and creativity of our Kentucky Morgan community to improve the service of KMHA to our membership and our breed.
- Continue to support the annual Bluegrass Morgan Horse Show to the extent possible within fiscal and volunteer constraints.
- Increase market for Kentucky-bred Morgan horses by focusing on strategies to attract new youth and amateur owners.
- Continue to develop the KMHA website to a dynamic, state-of-the-art promotional medium for our Kentucky Morgan horses.
Breeder's Incentive program liaison
Judith A. Barager-Kemper
Welcome to the Kentucky Morgan Horse Association.
I am honored to be the incoming President of this Association. I send my thank you to outgoing President Judy Kemper for the incredible job she has done to advance and improve this organization. Her leadership along with the stewardship of the hard working board members has allowed this organization to thrive in tough times.
Over $60,000 has been awarded to Kentucky bred Morgans thru the Kentucky Breeders Incentive Program since its inception in 2005.
This year's Board (which is the same hardworking bunch as last term!!) has set some new goals to expand awareness of Morgans and educate everyone about the advantages of breeding and raising Morgans in Kentucky. We are committed to working with our sister organization, The Kentucky Bluegrass Morgan Association to promote the Morgan Breed.
We welcome input and we need help on every front to do the best job we can for this horse "That chooses you". Those of us who have been lucky enough to be associated with this breed know why we love and cherish these horses. Won't you help us share the joy of a Morgan?
You can start by joining us if you aren't a member. The next step is to get your horses all nominated so that you can share in the monetary rewards of the Incentive Program. Now give of your time and talents to help at events such as the Bluegrass Morgan Classic Horse Show that is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park July 6-9th, 2011. Take your beautiful Morgans to parades and trail rides so everyone can see and learn about them.
We will post any opportunities that come to our attention that will allow you to share your beautiful Morgan with the rest of the world-please check in with us through the website.
Please be sure and attend and support the Bluegrass Morgan Classic. Go to their website at www.bluegrassmorganclassic.com for more details. Although this is not a KMHA event we try to support all things Morgan and you will find the KMHA Board members helping everywhere!
Please contact any Board Member with questions or concerns and please let us know if you are available to help!
For a complete listing of all nominated Morgans, please go to Nominated Horses
Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows
The Morgan Horse is recognized in the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Show High Point Award Competition.
The only thing you have to do to be in this organization is to become a member of the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows (KAFHS), show at the KAFHS affiliated shows, and keep up with your points. All members turn in their points on November 1 and then a High Point winner is awarded at the annual banquet in January.
To be a member, fill out the INDIVIDUAL & FAMILY MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION at KAFS Web site . When you become a member you will be sent a Horse Show Directory (The Green Book) that lists all the shows, rules, and members.
The Points shall count as follows: First-10 points, Second-7 points, Third-5 points, Fourth-3 points.
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Approves
Non-racing Breed Incentives
Eleven groups to receive funding
FRANKFORT, KY - (Feb. 10, 2009)
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
(KHRC) today voted to provide ten applicant groups of non-racing breeds
with funding from the Kentucky Horse Breeder's Incentive Fund (KHBIF) for
the period covering 2009-2011. A total of sixteen applications were
submitted to the Commission. Applicants were selected based on the criteria
set forth by the KHBIF statutes, regulations and mission of the fund.
"The non race advisory committee met to review and discuss the applications
and I applaud their due-diligence," said Jamie Eads, director of the
Division of Breeder's Incentives. "The KHBIF was thrilled with the added
interest from so many breeds and is excited to continue working together to
ensure the strength and growth of the horse industry in Kentucky."
KHBIF will use the same formula established in the first period (2006-2008)
for splitting the monies proportionally among the breeds. This formula is
the number of horses certified by each national registry residing in Kentucky divided by the
total number of horses submitted by each affiliate's national registry. The
resulting percentage will be multiplied by the monies collected to give the
breed their total dollar figure award from the fund. This percentage will cover the three-year period of 2009, 2010,
The Commission approved the following applicants (applicants new to this
registration period appear in italics):
- Kentucky Appaloosa Owners Association
- Kentucky Arabian & Half-Arabian Breeders Association
- Kentucky Miniature Horse Association
- Kentucky Morgan Horse Association
- Kentucky Paint Horse Club
- Kentucky Paso Fino Horse Association
- Kentucky Quarter Horse Association
- Kentucky Rocky Mountain Horse Association
- Kentucky Saddlebred Owners & Breeders Association
- South Central Hackney Association
The following applicants were denied for KHBIF funding for the 2009-2011
period. These applicants did not meet the criteria established by the KHBIF
and Non-Race Advisory Committee.
- Kentucky Belgian Warmbloods of Kentucky
- Mountain Horse Breeders Incentive Fund (AGHA, KMSHA, MPH, UMH)
- Purebred Morabs of Kentucky
- Kentucky Pony Association
- Kentucky Shayga Arabian Horse Association
- Walk Horse Alliance of Kentucky
The Commission elected to defer the Kentucky Walking Horse Association
application to be reviewed by the Rules Committee and re-submitted to the
Commission at a later meeting.
For more information, please visit our website www.khrc.ky.gov or call
Office of Communications and Public Outreach
Public Protection/Energy and Environment/Labor Cabinets
For more information regarding the Incentive Program, please review 811 KAR 2:120