Dr. Mark heads to OKC for Morgan Nationals
Dr. Mark is going to Oklahoma City this week to work on horses at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show. Luckily now that he lives in Pilot Point, the trip isn’t too far. Good luck to all the contestants at the 38th Annual Morgan Nationals!
About The Show:
For more than 35 years The Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show has represented the pinnacle of achievement in the Morgan Horse world. It is held mid-October each year in Oklahoma City to permit equal access for exhibitors from all parts of the country. More than 5,000 Morgan enthusiasts attend the show at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. This year, the show will offer over $300,000 in prize money and awards to the owners and exhibitors of the over 1,000 horses competing from 45 states and 4 nations.
The History of the show:
The first Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show was held in 1973 in Detriot, Michigan. In 1975 the show moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where it is still currently held.
The History of the breed:
The Morgan is said to be the United States’ first breed; known for its versatility, distinctive looks, conformation and temperament. All Morgans trace back to a stallion named Figure who was born in Massachusetts in 1789. Later the horse was re-named after his owner, Justin Morgan, because people would simply refer to him as “The Justin Morgan Horse.” Figure died at the old age of 32 and is now buried in Vermont.