The History of the
New Brunswick Morgan Horse Club
By: Bonnie Cail revised by Dawn Brown
The Morgan Horse is one of this country's most popular breeds and growing rapidly in numbers. In 1789 in New England, Justin Morgan (Figure) was born he was something exceedingly rare - a sole foundation of a breed. As the fame of this horse and his sons spread throughout New England, Maritimers started to notice at auctions and sales that the "get from Justin Morgan" brought premium prices. In the early 1800's, the Morgan was brought to Nova Scotia primarily for breeding purposes, this was prior to the official registration of horses, and therefore no record was kept of the numbers raised in the Province. Their offspring and the offspring of others imported into the Maritimes have spread from one end of the Maritimes to the other. Hugh McMonagle of Sussex Corner New Brunswick, a prominent businessman and politician in the mid-1800s introduced the Morgan Horse to New Brunswick.
In 1966, the breed had grown so much in number that the first Morgan Field Day was held in Kentville, Nova Scotia. This event brought about the birth of The Maritime Morgan Horse Club in March 1968 with 21 members. George Wade President, Roy Mosher and Lloyd Miller were first and second Vice Presidents. Myrna Chute was Secretary-Treasurer and Jim Meaghan was director.
From March 1971 to May 1973, the members discussed having New Brunswick form their own club but it was not feasible. It wasn't until April, 1980, after a lengthy discussion during a club meeting, that a secret ballot was held on disbanding the Maritime Morgan Horse Club and forming two separate clubs. The vote was 20 for, 10 against - motion passed. The money in the treasury was split between the two clubs after current debts were paid.
On April 27, 1980, the first meeting of the N.B. Morgan Horse Club was held in Sussex, New Brunswick. The officers elected were: Chris Duplissea President; King Hoyt Vice.-President, Diane Harding Secretary / Treasurer. There were approximately 22 family and individual membershipsat that time.
In 1981, the constitution for the club was decided, and the first calendar produced by the club was printed.
On May 31, 1981, Margaret Gardiner from Kennebec Morgan Farm gave an informative clinic in New Brunswick on driving, riding, long lining, and obstacle driving. At the 1981 fall meeting of the N.B. Morgan Horse Club, she was made an honorary lifetime member of the club.
Fall 1983 saw the formation of the N.B. Morgan Youth Club under the direction of Carolyn Jones.
At the Spring Meeting 1987, Lois and Ed Hoar were made lifetime honorary members. During the Spring of 1988 a sign was made for the club showing an outline of New Brunswick with a Morgan horse in the middle and the letters N.B.M.H.C around it. This emblem had become the club logo.
Our present (at the time of original document) membership is 45 individual and family members. There are two meetings yearly in the Spring and Fall, usually alternately between Fredericton and Sussex, New Brunswick. Each year the club organizes a spring clinic, a sleigh rally, a trail ride, a Morgan Demonstration Day and Open Barn Days. We also send members a newsletter four times a year. The present executives are: Francis Mitchell, President; Marie Freeman, Vice-President; Jacqueline Mitchell, Secretary; Allan Saunders, Treasurer.
The Club is an affiliate of the Canadian Morgan Horse Association in the Atlantic Zone.
Two very successful CMHA Conventions have been held in New Brunswick. The conventions consisted of the annual general meeting of the CMHA along with speakers, clinics, Awards Dinner/Dance and legendary hospitality rooms.
In 1982 the club decided to produce a 12 month calendar for promotion and fund raising purposes. Members had the opportunity to purchase a month submitted pictures and text for the page. From 1982 to 1988 the cover features artwork by Chris Duplisea. The Hasty Notes we sell presently also feature Chris's artwork.
In 1987 the first complete list of all the club members were added to the back page 33 members that year. In 1997 there were 84 members listed 51 more in 9 years.
In 1989 the club decides to feature photos of member's horses on the cover. In 1990 the cover was printed in colour.
In 1991 the McDonough Family began to purchase advertising for Buchtouche Pharmacy Ltd. and Kent Pharmacy Ltd. They gave the calendars to customers and friends promoting the Morgan horse and the family business.
In 2005 the due to climbing cost of producing the calendar the club decided not to continue with the project.
2005 was the last year published 68 members were listed on that calendar.
In 1978 the first New Brunswick Morgan Horse Show a one day event was held in Oromocto. Still a one day show in 1980 it was moved to Pettitcodiac. In 1985, with the co- organization of the competition shared with the Arabian Club the show was extend to two days and became an Arabian Morgan Show. In 1990 the New Brunswick Morgan Horse Club took over organization of the show which remained an Arabian Morgan competition until 1990. The show returned to an only Morgan show remaining in Pettitcodiac for many more years until in 2005 when it moved to the Princess Louise Show Park in Sussex New Brunswick. In 2012 the show added an Arabian Horse Association Region 18 qualifying division and the show was renamed New Brunswick Morgan & Arabian Show.
In 2016 it was decided to only have one show which would be the Sunrise Summer Classic in July with Arabian and Morgan Divisions EC Sanctioned Bronze plus none sanctioned Small Equine Driving and an All Breed Division.
New Brunswick Morgan Horse Show Judges
1978 - Don Weston
1979 - Marilyn Cox
1980 - Don Weston
1981 - Professor .John Goater
1984 - Kim Taylor
1985 - Dorina Fuller
1987 - Lyman Orcutt
1988 - William Burns
1989 - Jill Barton
1990 - James Harvey
1991 - Greg Reeves
1992 - Peter Cameron
1993 - Karen Cabic
1994 - Ted Brock
1995 - Geoff Reeves
1996 - Norman Kalinski
1997 - Greg Ferguson
1998 - Calvin Hanson
1999 - Linda Whitney
2000- Geoff Reeves
2001 - Jane Morrell
2002 - Michael Carpenter
2003 - Ted Brock
2004 - Loretta Brown
2005 - Steve Davis
2006 - Greg Reeves
2007 - Conky Price
2008 - Sandra Johnson
2009 - Conky Price
2010 - Terri Travers
2011 - Geoff Reeves
2012 - Scott Benjamin
2013 - Gayle Lampe
2014 - Jennifer Attonen
2015 - Geoff Reeves
In 1996 the Sunrise Morgan Horse Show was established to provide Morgan owners with a second CMHA pointed Morgan Show in the province. It was a 1 day outdoor show held at the Sunrise Saddle Club Show Grounds, Wassis Road outside Fredericton. In 2001 the show moved to the Princess Louise Show Park in Sussex where it became a two day show. We joined forces with the Atlantic Arabian Horse Association in 2003 to hold a joint show with classes for both breeds. In 2005 the New Brunswick Morgan Horse Club took full responsibility, changed the name to the Sunrise Summer Classic Horse Show. Provided an Equine Canada sanctioned show with Morgan and Arabian divisions. In 2009 the Arabian portion became an Arabian Horse Association Region 18 qualifying show, from 2012 - 2014. In 2015 the AHA status was dropped.
Sunrise Summer Classic Horse Show Judges
1996 - Gail Venoit
1997 - Shirley Campbell
1998 - Greg Reeves
1999 - Cancelled
2000 - Not Held
2001 - Linda Whitney
2002 - Marc Desoutels
2003 - Theresa Ter-Hoek
2004 - Scott Benjamin
2005 - Dottie Brittingham
2006 - Linda Whitney
2007 - Cheryl Marcelones
2008 - Christine Cassenti
2009 - Janet Henderson
2010 - Shirley Arndt
2011 - Jill Barton
2012 - Terry Johnson
2013 - Larry Thurber
2014 - Greg Reeves
2015 - David Brent
2016 - Jennifer Sullivan
Morgan Demonstration Day
From the records I have found in 1983 the first Morgan Demonstration Day was held in Shediac Cape at Birchgrove Stables owned by the Harvey Hamilton and son Ron. Club members were invited to bring their Morgan Horses to demonstrate the versatile ability of the breed to the public. The records I have indicate the event was held there till 1985. The demonstration day which started as a promotional event also became a social gathering for the club members with supper social time at the end of the day. The last one held was in 2005 with the last before that being in 2000. The Club found time, money and energy is spent more efficiently promoting the Morgan Horse at Equine Review and the Agricultural Producers of New Brunswick Open Farm Day.
1983 - 1985 - Birchgrove Stables - Hamilton Family - Shediac Cape
1990 - 1991 - Stanley
1992 - St. Marie
1994 - Windy Cove Morgans - McDonough Family - Bouctouche
1995 - 1996 - Meadow Maple Morgans - Cunningham Family -Sussex
1997 - 1998 - Meadow View Morgans - Saunders Family - Petitcodiac
1999 - Valley Horse and Pony Club - Bridges Family - Beardsley
2000 - Jean Northrup's - Hampton
2005 - Birchgrove Stables - Hamilton Family - Shediac Cape
Newsletters were originally sent out 4 times a year at present there are 2 E-Blast Newsletters sent each year.
Dawn D Brown