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OREGON MORGAN CLASSIC STATEMENT REGARDING EHV-1 CONCERN
The Oregon Morgan Classic (OMC) show committee is aware of the two cases of EHV-1 that were from Deschutes County that had previously shown at the Oregon Horse Center (OHC) in late April and early May. Since these dates, no new cases have been reported at OHC, Deschutes County or in Oregon. The two barns in question are under strict state monitored quarantine. As long as no other cases happen within a thirty-day period, OMC will be in the clear. That 30 day period will be the first weekend in June. We are staying on top of this and carefully monitoring the situation and are in contact with OHC. The current plan is to move forward with the show as long as no new cases are presented.
Because of this concern, the show committee will be extending the closing date for entries from May 25 to June 1. We ask that trainers and exhibitors send in their entries as soon as they can. In the event that we cancel the show, all entry fees and sponsorship money will be returned.
We also encourage you to seek information from your vet if you have continued concerns so that you can make your own informed decision about attending OMC. The Oregon Horse Center put out information today regarding the situation (see below).
We understand your concerns. All of the OMC committee and the MHAO Board truly appreciate your support and know that without you, there wouldn’t be a show. The safety of our exhibitors and attendees is of upmost importance to us.
Look What's New! Color Horse Award at OMC & an Expanded Youth of the Year Program Starting in 2018
Nancy Falk riding Gwen
$500 To Be Awarded To The Highest Scoring Colorful Morgan Competing At The Oregon Morgan Classic
Expanded Budget for Youth of the Year
MHAO has received a donation of $15,000 from the Nancy Falk Trust to be used as follows: $500 per year for 15 years will be used to support the MHAO Youth of the Year program (to a total of $7,500), and $500 per year less award costs (to a total of $7,500) will continue for approximately 14 years to provide a new perpetual award with prize money to the highest scoring color Morgan at the Oregon Morgan Classic. Both will continue until the funds are fully disbursed.
Morgan horses eligible for the colorful Morgan perpetual award shall be registered with the AMHA as a palomino, grey, pinto, buckskin, cremello, or perlino. Variations such as in eye color and/or the presence of a splash gene will not count as a horse of color.
The color award will go to the Morgan horse entered that wins the colorful Morgan high point tabulation for the OMC show. There will be a perpetual award maintained on behalf of the club, a smaller award for the winner to keep plus prize money as previously stated.
Points will be calculated as follows: Five points for first, three for second, and then one point for placing in each class entered. No class will be double counted. If the class is a Championship class, points earned will be doubled. Classes can be of any type.
The donated funds received will be restricted to being used for these two purposes only.
The funds for Youth of the Year and for the OMC Colorful Morgan Horse Award are granted in memory of Nancy Falk.