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Courtesy AMHA News....

October 31, 2007


Shelburne , VT Twenty one of the nation's best and brightest equestrians competed for one of the most prestigious awards bestowed upon youth by the American Morgan Horse Association, the Youth of the Year Award. Local equestrian Katie Frazee, from Muncie , Indiana was one of these fine young competitors in this year's contest held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Youth of the Year contest is a rigorous and challenging four phase event whose design is aimed at awarding a well rounded individual with the skills and ability to act as a Morgan breed ambassador on a global scale. The winner of the competition is awarded a month long trip to any county of their choice to act as this ambassador as part of a long-standing effort by the American Morgan Horse Association to maintain and grow a worldwide presence of the Morgan Breed.

The contest which takes place over a three day period commences with a written exam followed by three additional phases; oral presentation, horse judging, and horsemastership. Contestants are faced with the ultimate challenge of their equine and personal skill sets as they negotiate tests ranking their abilities in areas not only related to horse knowledge and riding but their ability to be effective communicators and representatives of their best selves. Each section of the contest is worth 250 points, the contestant with the most total points is named the Youth of the Year. In addition to competing as a Youth of the Year contestant participants are also required to take part in the National Judging Contest run in tandem with the Youth of the Year competition. This unique phase is open to any youth from collegiate to grade school age, this year totaling over 150 competitors.

As well as being a Youth of the Year contest participant Katie was a member of the Ethan Allen Youth Judging Team, consisting of team members Katie Frazee, Erica Frazee, Whitney Childs, and Maggie Marci. The team competed in the National Youth Judging Contest taking home second place as the In-Hand Team and Reasons Team Reserve Champions and first place at the Champion Performance Team in the Morgan Youth Division. Additionally the team won second place overall as the Reserve Grand Champion Judging Team in the same division. The team was coached by Katie's father Eric Frazee. Also of note was team member Erica Frazee's individual Performance placing third in the In-Hand Individual Championship.

Youth of the Year contests are a cornerstone of the American Morgan Horse Association providing a venue for goal setting and learning the benefits of hard work and dedication. Most importantly, the contests create a positive atmosphere in which young people and adults who share a love of the Morgan horse can interact. Friendships developed through youth contests are some of the most rewarding and fulfilling benefits.

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.

 For more information on America's original horse breed, contact the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., 122 Bostwick Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482; (802) 985-4944;