2021 Proposed By-Laws Changes posted by on January 15, 2021

PROPOSED REVISIONS TO OUR BY-LAWS

This amended version will be presented for approval at the
Annual Meeting on 1/16/21

BYLAWS OF THE FLORIDA MORGAN HORSE ASSOCIATION

Article I Name
The name of the corporation is Florida Morgan Horse Association, Inc. (the “Association”).

Article II Object
The object of the Association is to encourage and promote interest in, and the breeding and use of, Morgan horses in the State of Florida as versatile horses, in cooperation with the American Morgan Horse Association, a New York Corporation.

Article III Membership

3.1. Any person interested in furthering the object of the Association may become a member of the Association by making application to the Association and payment of the annual membership dues.
3.2 The categories of membership shall include:
Individual: Individual person regardless of age.
Family: Immediate family, including children up to 18 years of age living at the same address.
Farm or Business Partnership: To include membership privileges for two adults associated with the same farm, boarding or training facility. (NOTE: This category will pay the same dues as a family membership.)
3.3 The dues structure shall be established upon recommendation of the Board of Directors, and approval by the majority of the voting members at [a meeting of the Association/the Annual Meeting]. Proposals to modify dues structure shall require at least thirty (30) days’ notice to the membership, either through publication in the Newsletter or by email.
3.4 Membership dues shall be due and payable January 1st of each year.
• Failure to pay membership dues by February 15 shall result in the automatic suspension of that membership.
• Membership may be reinstated upon payment of all dues in arrears.
3.5 Conduct which the Board of Directors deems incompatible with the best interests of the Association shall constitute grounds for termination of membership by recommendation of the Board of Directors and a two- thirds (2/3) vote of the membership present at a meeting.
• Decisions to terminate membership may be appealed to the Board of Directors. Reinstatement requires recommendation of the Board and an affirmative vote by two- thirds (2/3) of the voting membership present at a meeting.

Article IV Board of Directors and Officers

4.1 The Board of Directors shall consist of no more than fourteen (14) members, and shall be constituted as follows:
(1) There shall be nine (9) elected Directors who shall serve staggered terms of two (2) years each. One half of the Directors shall be elected by vote at the Annual Meeting each year.
(2) In addition, the immediate Past President shall automatically become a member of the Board of Directors for the ensuing two (2) years upon completion of his/her term of office.
(3) The remainder of the Board shall be composed of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. These officers shall also be the Executive Committee of the Board
4.2 Vacancies on the Board of Directors shall be filled by the remaining members of the Board of Directors. Any replacement Director shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term being filled.
4.3 The Board of Directors shall meet quarterly, either in person or via video conference call. All actions taken by a meeting held by video conference call shall have the same force and effect as actions taken in person. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President. A quorum of at least 50% of the Board is required for any meeting of the Board, and unless otherwise stated herein all actions of the Board of Directors subject to vote shall require a majority of those present. Each member of the Board of Directors shall be eligible to vote on all matters before the Board. Any meeting of the Directors shall require seven (7) days written notice, including by email. However, attendance at a meeting by a Director waives any objection to the sufficiency of the notice.
4.4 Directors may be removed by the Board following the third missed meeting during a Director’s term.
4.5 At each annual meeting of the membership (each, an “Annual Meeting”) held in even-numbered years, there shall be elected officers of the Association, to hold office for two (2) years.
4.6 The President and Vice President shall hold office for a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms.
4.7 Duties of the Officers include:
4.7.1 President: The President shall preside at all meetings, sign all documents, and call any special meetings of the Association and of the Board of Directors. The President shall be the general executive officer of the Association and shall see that the policies and programs of the Association are carried out. The President is an ex-officio member of all committees other than the Nominating Committee.
4.7.2 Vice President: The Vice President shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the President should the President be unable to do so, and shall perform other duties as requested by the President.
4.7.3 Secretary: The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings, ensure the publication of all notices to members and carry on all correspondence for the Association.
4.7.4 Treasurer. The Treasurer shall collect monies, arrange for payment of bills and keep accurate records of the Association’s financial affairs.
4.8 All Officers and Directors must be members age 18 or older. 

Article V Committees 

5.1 Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee shall be a Standing Committee consisting of three (3) members of the Association in good standing The Nominating Committee shall nominate both Directors and Officers, as described below. Each individual nominated must be a member in good standing of the Association. The Nominating Committee shall automatically disband following the election of Officers and/or Directors at an Annual Meeting.
5.2 Executive Committee: The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors shall be a standing committee consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Meetings of the Executive Committee may be called by the President, the Board of Directors, or any member of the Executive Committee
5.3 Special Committees shall be created from time to time by the Board of Directors. Special Committees shall terminate after one year from their date of appointment unless shortened or extended by the Board. 

Article VI Elections

6.1 The Notice of the Annual Meeting shall include the report of the Nominating Committee, including, as relevant, nominations of Officers and Directors. The Notice shall be sent to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Meeting, either through publication in the Newsletter or by email.
6.1.2 Prior to voting at the Annual Meeting, nominations from the floor will be accepted. Any persons nominated, whether by the Nominating Committee or from the floor of the Annual Meeting, must be a member in good standing of the Association.
6.2 Elections shall be by secret ballot. The ballot shall be counted by an ad hoc committee, appointed by the President. Election of any Officer requires a majority of the votes cast. In case of a tie, a second ballot shall be cast, eliminating the candidate(s) who did not tie. If a second tie results, the selection shall be made by a lot draw. Open Director positions shall be filled by the candidates receiving the greatest number of votes, in descending order, until all open positions are filled. In the event of a tie the procedure described above in this Section 6.2, shall be utilized.
6.3 A voting member is an individual, family, or farm/business member age 18 or over, in good standing. Each member shall have no more than one (1) vote.

Article VII Meetings of the Association

7.1 The Association shall meet at least two (2) times a year. The Annual Meeting shall be called during the month of January at such place (within the State of Florida) and time as the Board of Directors shall determine, or as soon thereafter as reasonably convenient.
7.2 At all meetings of the membership, a quorum shall be deemed present when at least fifteen percent (15%) of the voting members are present. 

Article VIII Amendment of By-Laws

8.1. These By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of the members present at a meeting of the membership. Before being presented for a vote, the membership must be provided with at least thirty (30) days’ notice of any proposed amendment, either through publication in the FMHA Newsletter or by email.

Article IX Dissolution

9.1. In the event of dissolution of the Florida Morgan Horse Association, Inc., for any reason, all existing assets of any kind shall go to the American Morgan Horse Educational/Charitable Trust, a New York corporation.

2021 High Point Banquet posted by on November 25, 2020

Please join us for the 2021 FMHA High Point Banquet in Ocala!

SAVE THE DATE: January 16, 2021

LOCATION: Southeast Livestock Pavilion Banquet Hall
(same location as Summer’s End Horse Show, look for balloons)
TIME: Cocktails at 5:00 pm

Click here to download a Southeast Livestock Facility map

There will be a general meeting and awards to all the High Point Winners from the 2020 season.

Prior to the banquet, we’ll have a guided group tour of the brand new World Equestrian Center at 2:00 pm, FMHA Members Only and their guests attending the banquet. Enter WEC at 1390 NW 80th Ave., Ocala, FL 34482 and park in front of Arena 2. Click here for a map.

We will be the only people in the building and it has plenty of seating room to spread out, and private bathrooms within the building. Masks will be required (except of course while you’re eating). Dinner will be catered and served safely and we will have vegetarian items and children’s food available. Soda, water, beer, wine and coffee is included in the price of your banquet ticket.

Questions can be directed to Banquet Coordinator Deb Ferrell.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children under 12 years old. Buy your tickets online using the form below, or send a check with a note (how many adult/children tickets) to: Jeanette Singleton, FMHA Treasurer, 4208 Corona St., Tampa, FL 33629.

There will be a general FMHA meeting, election of officers and an awards ceremony, as well as a short speaker program. Our popular annual Silent and Live Auction will also be happening during and after dinner.

Renew by Dec 31st for a chance to win a FREE stall at Citrus Cup 2021! posted by on November 17, 2020

We’re putting all the names in a hat to draw for a FREE STALL at the 2021 Citrus Cup Show if you renew your FMHA membership by midnight on December 31st, 2020. So hop on over to our Membership Page and let’s get your name in the hopper!

2020 FMHA High Point End Of Year Standings posted by on November 3, 2020

Top three placings are listed below for our FMHA High Point standings of 2020. The rider or owner of the horse must be an FMHA member, and the horse must have shown in at least two (2) different shows in a division AND be a current FMHA member in order to qualify for High Point Awards. Therefore, anyone who did not meet those requirements will not be listed below.

For any questions or concerns, please email Rebecca Watters to schedule a phone conference to review. The last day to do this will be November 20, 2020, NO EXCEPTIONS.

(updated Dec 1, 2020)

Jr Exhibitor Walk-Trot Pleasure
– 1. THK Wild Adonis – 30
– 2. Stone Pine Dana GCH – 22

Jr Exhibitor Walk-Trot Equitation
– 1. Piper Copeland – 30
– 2. Maya Hoskins – 6

Jr Exhibitor Western Pleasure
– 1. QVM National Treasure GCH – 19
– 2. Pop The Cork – 15
– 3. Mischief Squared CH – 13

Jr Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure
– 1. Sunny Acres Constellation – 27
– 2. Triton Executive Suite – 19
– 3. Michief Squared CH – 15

Saddle Seat Equitation
– 1. Rachel Winograd – 35

Jr Exhibitor Overall
– 1. Rachel Winograd – 50
– 2. McKenzie Tate-Diaz – 19

Western Pleasure Open
– 1. RWJ Flash Gordon – 9

Western Pleasure Amateur
– 1. Bears Necessity – 41
– 2. RWJ Flash Gordon – 27
– 3. Be My Hunk O Spunk – 21

Hunter Pleasure Open
– 1. Seaway Absolutely – 28

Hunter Pleasure Amateur
– 1. Sharp Dressed Princess – 19

English Pleasure Amateur
– 1. Cimis Avant Garde GCH – 39

English Pleasure Open
– 1. CFE Tel Aviv – 46

Pleasure Driving Open
– 1. Treble’s Facebook – 21

Classic Pleasure Saddle Open
– 1. QVM Rocket Man – 24

Dressage
– 1. Lisa Hensley & Aerie Meadow Yuriel – 35
– 2. Ansley Singleton & Nonesuch At A Glance – 27
– 3. Lisa Hensley & Valley View Dakota Gold – 15

Open Competition
– 1. Lisa Hensley & Aerie Meadow Yuriel – 120
– 2. Kathy Gray & Whispering Suite Image – 53
– 3. Ansley Singleton & Valley View Dakota Gold – 23

Exceptional Challenge
– 1. Kathy Gray – 21
– 2. Ernie Davis – 10

Amateur Rider/Driver
– 1. Casey Stein – 39
– 2. Sally Ann Lyle – 27

Juinior Exhibitor
– 1. Rachel Winograd – 50
– 2. Kate Healy – 27
– 3. McKenzie Tate-Diaz – 19

Summer’s End Updates posted by on August 31, 2020

Please note: The prize list says check-in for arrival is Thursday, but you may arrive anytime after NOON on WEDNESDAY at no additional charge.

A few classes have been moved around or added. Please refer to these updated schedules and prize lists for the most current version.

Prize List & Schedules Below were updated on AUG 31, 2020:

2020 Summer’s End Schedule – Print Version

2020 Summer’s End Schedule – Web Version

2020 Summer’s End Prize List Web Version

2020 Summer’s End Prize List Print Version

2020 Summer’s End ENTRY FORM

2019 High Point Award Champions posted by on April 23, 2020

Congratulations to all of our 2019 FMHA High Point Award Champions!

Jr Exhibitor Walk-Trot Pleasure
– Champion: MEM Star Power
– Res Champion: Magentas Mad Moonshine GCH

Jr Exhibitor Walk-Trot Equitation
– Champion: Isabel Davis
– Res Champion: Amberleigh Payne

Jr Exhibitor Western Pleasure
– Champion: KD Electra
– Res Champion: Graycliff Rimfire GCH

Jr Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure
– Champion: The Mastercraft SS
– Res Champion: Sunny Acres Constellation

Saddle Seat Equitation
– Champion: Rachel Winograd

Hunter Seat Equitation
– Champion: Skyler James
– Res Champion: Rachel Winograd

Jr Exhibitor Overall
– Champion: Isabel Davis
– Res Champion: Amberleigh Payne

Western Pleasure Open
– Champion: RJMF Supernatural GCH
– Res Champion: RWJ Flash Gordon

Western Pleasure Amateur
– Champion: RJMF Supernatural GCH
– Res Champion: Magentas Mad Moonshine GCH

Hunter Pleasure Open
– Champion: Seaway Absolutely
– Res Champion: Whispering Incognito GCH

Park Saddle
– Champion: Archangel

English Pleasure Amateur
– Champion: Cimis Avant Garde GCH
– Res Champion: JDS Gamepiece

Carriage
– Champion: All Hail To The Chief GCH

Dressage
– Champion: Slick Opportunity
– Res Champion (TIE): Kandles Legenda & Aikanes Pair Of Aces

Open Competition
– Champion: Slick Opportunity
– Res Champion (TIE): Nonsuch At A Glance & Ancan Final Seconds

Exceptional Challenge
– Champion (TIE): Ernie Davis & Kathy Gray

Amateur Masters
– Champion: Diane Tanguay
– Res Champion: Dell Mitchell

Amateur Ladies
– Champion: Michelle Payne
– Res Champion: Rebecca Watters

Amateur Rider/Driver
– Champion: Annie M. Morgan-Flynt
– Res Champion: Michelle Payne

Remembering Dr. Jerry Modell posted by on April 20, 2020

Longtime FMHA member and Morgan Horse breeder and supporter Dr. Jerry Modell passed away on April 14, 2020. Jerry enjoyed breeding and showing Morgans for many decades in Florida, as well as New England and at the Morgan Grand National in Oklahoma City each October.

Shirley and Jerry Modell

Jerry was a nationally recognized physician, having served as Chair of the Anesthesiology Department at the University of Florida for 23 years. He and wife Dr. Shirley Graves Modell bred Morgans under their Gradell Farm banner since the early 1980’s, and were co-owners of the famous sire Tug Hill Commando.

One of their first purchases was UVM Hester, who they bred to Treble’s Willy Wild, which was the genesis of a lifelong partnership and friendship with Carol Hudson and Cheri Barber. Jerry loved to show and he was always ready to get in the cart behind one of his homebreds.

Jerry drives Gradell’s Center Of Action

The Modells have always been generous supporters of the FMHA, as well as Marion Therapeutic Riding Association, and we send our condolences to the entire Modell family.

Citrus Cup CANCELLED posted by on March 16, 2020

The show facility is closing until April 13th.

2020 FMHA Banquet Memories posted by on February 22, 2020
David Rand Clinic February 15-16, 2020 posted by on January 17, 2020

World Champion Trainer DAVID RAND is coming to Florida!

David Rand has trained and presented some of the Morgan breed’s most impressive recent World Champions, including Queens Sebastian, Ledgefields Jagged Edge, Gradells Home Run, Gradell Noble Surprise, Booyah, Queens Jim Dandy CH, Dantree Beauty Queen, Queens Yankee Spirit and of course SLB Andiamo GCH, just to name a few.

Attend a rare clinic conducted by one of the most successful trainers in history.

Topics include Park, Pleasure, Driving, Hunter Pleasure and Western Pleasure training and showing tips. This clinic can help any breed enthusiast as David is not only a top Morgan trainer, but is also experienced with Saddlebreds and Arabians. Participants may schedule private lessons or share a lesson with a friend under David’s tutelage.

David is a USEF judge and a recipient of the coveted UPHA Trainer of the Year Award. He has numerous World Championships in different divisions to his credit, and will be sharing his ideas to help our participants enhance their showmanship skills.

CLINIC HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Two morning sessions of training and showing tips covering many disciplines.
  • Two afternoons to audit or participate in private lessons with David on your own horse or one of ours.
  • A fun evening with David and other top trainers enjoying local BBQ
  • “Splendor in the Sawdust” evening: a southern farm dinner with David as he answers questions and shares some of his career experiences.
  • Customized packages for auditors, riders, trainers with riders and families.

For pricing options and scheduling details, contact:
WEST COAST MORGANS
17126 Boy Scout Rd.
Odessa, FL 33556
(25 minutes from Tampa International Airport)
John Hodson – 813-920-9870
or Anne Judd – 813-731-6538