Morgan Breed Celebrated in Oklahoma City

CFF Strictly Byzness & Susan Carlino 2012

CFF Strictly Byzness & Susan Carlino 2012

The best of the best in the Morgan breed is being celebrated in Oklahoma City this week at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show®. Since 1973, this show has represented the pinnacle of achievement in the Morgan horse world. More than 1,000 of the world’s finest Morgan horses from across the United States, Canada, and Europe are in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to compete in over 250 classes for $400,000-plus in prize money.

Matt Kwapich of Bernalillo, New Mexico, joins the staff as show manager, and this year, Sherry Cole of Sheridan Indiana, serves in the capacity of show chairman.

“Every year, Morgan enthusiasts from across the country look forward to these two weeks in Oklahoma City as a time to celebrate their love for this wonderful breed and this year is no exception,” Cole said.

Kwapich, along with a dedicated and hard-working show committee and staff, joins an impressive list of sponsors, officials, and volunteers who continue to make the largest Morgan horse show one to remember year after year.

David and Cindy Vogels had a lot to celebrate Sunday evening when their homebred AMHF I’ve Got A Secret won both the World Champion Senior Gelding and World Champion Gelding honors with trainer Robert Kellert for the second year in a row. The yearling Merriehill Dark Knight was the World Champion Junior Gelding with Mark Bodnar showing for Trotwood Stables. The reigning World Champion Mare, Causing Chaos, returned to the ring to defend her title and emerged successful, winning both the open world championship and the title of World Champion Senior Mare with John Hufferd showing for Tim and Carol Selinsky. Diana Flaire was shown by Whitney Bodnar for Karen Hansen to take the Junior Champion Mare title. For the stallions, ECP Anchor Man left the ring as the World Senior and World Champion Stallion, with David Rand leading for Dan and Leslie Kelley. Lynn Peeples showed Ledyard’s Lucky Lucas to the World Junior Champion Stallion title for William Haynes.

The Youth of the Year Contest begins on Thursday and has six competitors this year. The winner of this prestigious contest will be announced Saturday evening and she will receive a unique custom-designed prize package valuing $2,500. The winner’s award is generously sponsored by the Cynthia Elaine Epperson Trust.

Competition continues through Saturday, October 19. Show times are 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m. each day.
Admission is free throughout the week.

For those who are unable to attend in person, the show is being broadcast live online at This year, the expanded webcast includes interviews, highlights, and commentary each evening at 6 p.m. local time. Results are posted daily at


Founded in 1909, the American Morgan Horse Association is a non-profit organization serving more than 50,000 Morgan horse owners, breeders, exhibitors, and enthusiasts throughout the United States. AMHA serves as a parent organization to more than 90 recognized Morgan horse clubs and national service organizations. It also provides an important link to foreign Morgan horse registries and clubs.

The Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® is owned by the American Morgan Horse Association and licensed to the American Morgan Horse Educational Trust, a not-for-profit organization committed to education and scholarship.

For more information and updates on the Morgan Grand National, go to

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