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  • 1 May 2021 9:31 PM | Chris Tesla (Administrator)

    The Connecticut Morgan Horse Association on behalf of its members, the board and the greater equestrian community mourns the loss of Lance Wetmore. Lance served as our president for many years and was a horseman like no other. You will be greatly missed Lance! Please feel free to share your memories and photos with us.


  • 24 Feb 2021 10:46 AM | Chris Tesla (Administrator)

    The CMHA is currently offering scholarships for suitable applicants.  If you would like to apply please fill out and return the following forms:

    2020 CMHA Scholarship

    2020 Sue Brander Scholarship

    Any questions can be directed to the Scholarship Coordinator at  scholarships@ctmorgans.org

  • 22 Dec 2020 10:20 PM | Chris Tesla (Administrator)

    Given the events of 2020 and their impact on the horse community, CMHA has decided to carry over Horse Nominations for those who were unable to earn points in their categories during the 2020 season.

    If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact the Points Coordinator using the form on the Contact Us page.

    Thank you!

  • 22 Dec 2020 10:17 PM | Chris Tesla (Administrator)

    With deep disappointment, the Connecticut Morgan Horse Association (CMHA) has decided not to offer carriage and dressage in its traditional format for the 2021 edition of the show.  Although this was a difficult decision, we are excited to welcome carriage drivers to participate in our first Parade of the Carriages to showcase the Morgan Horse's versatility.  We look forward to providing our carriage and dressage exhibitors with a new and innovative experience for the 2022 edition of the Connecticut Morgan Open Horse Show that will better highlight the Morgan breed, its versatility, and history.

    Additionally, CMHA is exploring ways to engage with working horse exhibitors throughout the year.  If you would like to get involved in planning our carriage or dressage events, please feel free to contact us.

  • 1 Nov 2020 2:12 PM | Chris Tesla (Administrator)

    This year the CMHA Annual Turkey Trot has gone virtual!!  To participate just follow these three easy steps:

    Step1:  Enjoy an awesome trail ride of your choice

    Step2:  Safely take a photo from your ride

    Step3:  Submit a photo from your ride by tagging us on Instagram and using #ctmorganturkeytrot

    A random submission will be selected for a special prize!!  Submissions are due by November 20th.

    Check out the video HERE


  • 3 Sep 2020 2:02 PM | Chris Tesla (Administrator)
    Jerome Parker, who has been a fixture at the Connecticut Morgan Open Horse Show for years, was recently profiled in the US Equestrian magazine article "We Are US Equestrians" honoring diversity within the equestrian world.  You can read about Jerome HERE and you can access the entire article HERE.
  • 30 May 2020 1:29 AM | Chris Tesla (Administrator)

    For six decades, the Connecticut Morgan Horse Show has been thrilling the Morgan Horse community. In addition to planning our 60th Edition Horse Show, we have been hard at work planning a year-long 60th-anniversary celebration full of new and exciting events!

    People's Choice Awards: For the first time, we are taking the people's choice awards virtual! Nominate your favorite horse in one of many categories. Nominations close on June 12th. To learn more about the People's Choice Awards and to nominate a horse, please visit https://bit.ly/CTPeoplesChoice.

    Be sure to check out our free virtual practice youth contests on Facebook (Connecticut Morgan Horse Association Youth) for opportunities to brush up on your skills or try them out for the first time. Open to kids of all ages!

    Virtual Stick Horse Class: We are hosting a virtual stick horse class for the young and young at heart. You do not need to be a member to participate. Rules, guidelines for your "class" and entry submission are available at: https://bit.ly/VirtualStickHorse. All entries are due by June 15th and we will have prizes!

    Virtual Dog Show: We all know horse people love their dogs - and we want to see your dog at it’s best! You do not need to be a member to participate. We’ll be offering some fun prizes and bragging rights to the winner in each division. We have adult and youth divisions - for live dogs and stuffed animals (youth only). There is also a trick or agility class. Information and entry form: https://bit.ly/VirtualDogShow. All entries are due by June 22nd.

    You do not need to be a member of our club to participate in any of these virtual events and we encourage you to become involved and enjoy your horse.

    Connecticut Morgan Horse Association members who have access to their horses should sign up for Morgan Time. The fee is $5 and you track the time spent with your horse from May through October. Morgan Time participants with the most hours receive a year-end award and there are cumulative awards when you reach milestones.

    We will be announcing other programs throughout the year. Connecticut Morgan Horse Association has served our members for over 60 years and are pleased to bring these new events to our members and other equestrians. Visit ctmorgans.org or our Facebook and Instagram pages for more information.


  • 8 May 2020 8:46 PM | Chris Tesla (Administrator)

    It is with deep disappointment that the Connecticut Morgan Horse Association (CMHA) has announced the cancellation of the 60th Anniversary Connecticut Morgan Open Horse Show scheduled for June 3-6, 2020. We believe that given the current circumstances this decision is in the best interest of our exhibitors, trainers, vendors, and spectators.

    In the upcoming weeks, CMHA will be exploring alternative events to help celebrate our 60th anniversary. Please visit us on Facebook to stay updated on upcoming events.

    The well-being and health of the entire community is of the utmost importance during this period. CMHA encourages all of those involved to follow local, state, and national guidelines. The Connecticut Morgan Horse Association eagerly awaits the celebration of its 60th anniversary of the show in 2021. Please plan to join us June 2-5, 2021!


  • 8 Apr 2020 3:09 PM | Chris Tesla (Administrator)

    Good morning members of the Connecticut Equine Community,

    The Connecticut Department of Agriculture, working in concert with the Connecticut Farm Bureau and the Connecticut Horse Council, has released the attached guidance with clarification regarding equine activities. Please distribute to your members and contacts within the industry.

    The information can also be accessed here: https://portal.ct.gov/DOAG/Press-Room/Press-Releases/2020/COVID-19-Guidance-for-Horseback-Riding-Schools-Stables-and-Boarding-Stables

    If you are not currently subscribed to receive the CT Weekly Ag Report, I encourage you to do so. You can sign up quickly here. We are utilizing this list to share information with all agricultural businesses as it is released.

    Our COVID-19 page has additional resources on what you can do to implement safe practices in your operation. We recognize that this has been a significant market disruption and the COVID-19 page include a Business Services section for information on business support programs and adjustments that have been announced. If you have suggestions as to how else the Department can assist, please email them to AGR.COVID19@ct.gov.  All of our COVID questions and concerns are being funneled through this email address. 

    Thank you for all of you do and all of your efforts to support equine activities in our state.

    Rebecca E. Murphy

    Marketing & Inspection Rep II

    Connecticut Department of Agriculture

    450 Columbus Blvd., Suite 703, Hartford, CT  06103

    Main: 860-713-2503|Direct: 860-713-2538

    Cell: 860-573-0323|Fax: 860-730-8321


  • 7 Mar 2020 12:33 PM | Chris Tesla (Administrator)

    Our person of the year is no stranger to the Morgan world. This person has been an active owner, enthusiast, supporter, and horse show mom for many years. This person has served the Morgan horse industry in various capacities, always giving their time and energy to help strengthen the breed, our shows, and youth programs.

    This person joined the CMHA board of directors a couple of years ago, and quickly assumed leadership roles to help grow our club and support our on going activities. This person has been instrumental in helping launch our new website, and transition to a new platform, while saving all of our historical information from the old platform. For any of you that have visited our website in the previous few years, you know how rough it was, and how much we needed a new one! This person has given hundreds of hours of their own time to work with our webmaster and get a new website built and launched.

    For the past two years, this person has organized our points tabulations and year-end awards. This person’s creativity and negotiation skills have helped us acquire nice year-end awards, while keeping the many different parts of our points system straight. Please join me in thanking Colleen Tondalo, our 2019 person of the year, for her outstanding contributions to Connecticut Morgan Horse Association.

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