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Enhancements for 2015 Grand National Announced
The Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® is pleased to announce several enhancements for the 2015 show.
Each year, the Grand National strives to be better than the last. After each show, the show committee reviews all parts of the show. A valuable part of this process is reading feedback from our attendees.
It is never possible to please everyone, but we do make an effort to do our best. The show committee recently met, discussed, and approved the following updates that will be outlined in the upcoming prize list:
In November, a group of exhibitors presented a proposal to the committee for the strengthening of qualification requirements at the Grand National. The thought behind this proposal was to help increase entries at smaller shows across the country. One proposal was to require entries to attend more shows however statistics show a large majority of entries already attend two or more shows each year. Furthermore, not all exhibitors have easy access to multiple shows. As a result, the qualification requirements will be simplified in 2015 to require one of the following for those classes requiring qualification:
1. Placing 1st through 6th in that class or comparable futurity class between 10/19/14 and 10/9/15 at an AMHA Regional Show, USEF All Morgan show, USEF Morgan division, and shows with a Morgan division sanctioned by registries that have been granted international reciprocity by AMHA.
2. Placing 1st or 2nd in that class at an AMHA 3-Star show.
3. All Two-Year-Old and Three-Year-Old World Morgan Futurity classes with the exception of Park Harness will now be required to qualify just as all other Two-Year-Old and Three-Year-Old classes.
Complimentary Show Program
Beginning in 2015, all show sponsors will receive a free show program. Additional programs will be available for $15.
Show Program Online
An online version of the show program is in the works. Final format and distribution method is not final at this time. More information will be available closer to the show.
In-Hand Awards Return
Grand National plaques and coolers will once again be awarded to all In-Hand winners from each age division.
Judges Cards To Be Displayed
Every effort will be made to display the judges’ cards on the Jumbotron following each class. This will NOT be a replacement for visiting Hospitality, as the display time and font size will be limited. For those wishing to write down the complete results, binders with the complete results and cards will continue to be available in Hospitality following each session. The cards will also be available at www.MorganGrandNational.com.
Live Stream Now Pay Per View
The Grand National will join the growing list of shows across the country moving to a pay-per-view model. FREE access to the show will still be available after the event at www.MorganGrandNational.com. The show will be available LIVE online for $15 per day or $100 for the complete show.
UPHA Finals to be Recognized
Winners in the UPHA Finals program will now be recognized in the ring during their respective classes. The top winner in the program will be asked to make a victory pass.
Ribbons Of Service Program to Be Recognized
A special presentation will be scheduled for all participants in the UPHA Ribbons Of Service Program. This program allows junior exhibitors to combine their passion for horses with a charitable cause. More information on this program can be found at www.UPHAOnline.com.
Presentation Area Added to Sport Arena II
The décor in Sport Arena II will be enhanced to include an area for photographs and presentations.
AOTS Classes Added
Over 200 requests were received to add Amateur Owned Trained and Shown classes to the Grand National. After careful consideration, it was decided to add one class each on a trial basis in Classic Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure and Western Pleasure. These classes will qualify for the Amateur World Championship in their respective divisions.
Exhibitors also have requested the elimination or consolidation of smaller classes. A few qualifying classes have been combined. However, rather than eliminate any World Championships without notice, it was decided to put a few of these classes on probation for the next two years. Should these World Championships decline in number or show a steady pattern of low participation, they will be eliminated in 2017. These classes include: World Champion Classic Pleasure Driving Masters, World Champion Pleasure Driving Amateur Masters, World Champion Park Harness Amateur Masters, and the World Champion Park Saddle Amateur Masters.
Photo Ops Scheduled
A special photograph will be taken on Thursday, October 15th following the last class of the morning session in the main coliseum of all those attending the Grand National for the FIRST TIME. In addition, a photograph will be taken on Friday evening, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the main coliseum for everyone who has attended EVERY Grand National.
More Education, Fun, and Entertainment Planned
Plans are underway to make this year’s show filled with fun and entertainment throughout the week. Some of the events include:
MORE JUDGES ANNOUNCED
WESTERN SEAT EQUITATION
HUNTER SEAT EQUITATION
SADDLE SEAT EQUITATION
EIGHT JUDGES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2015 GRAND NATIONAL & WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MORGAN HORSE SHOW®
The Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® is pleased to announce verbal agreements with the following judges for 2015:
Susi Day of Versailles, KY
Missy Hanover of San Juan Capistrano, CA
Melissa Moore of Versailles, KY
Kent Swalla of Columbia, MO
Terry Jones Brennan of Hollister, CA
Josh Merritt of Vernon, VT
Richard Petty of Jacksonville, OR
Richard Wright of Fox Lake, IL
For more information on this exceptional animal, check out the breed’s website at www.morganhorse.com.