Local Equestrian participates in national competition
Granite Falls resident Sara Cleland, 15, recently competed as a member of Team Morgan 2010.
Sara Cleland, 15, of Granite Falls, recently competed as a member of Team Morgan 2010 in a hunter seat competition held at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, November 18-20. Competing against an equestrian team from the college, the eight riders from Team Morgan 2010 earned the gold medal for the competition.
Cleland was selected in September to be a member of the team. Team Morgan is an international, multi discipline competition program for Morgan riders ages 14-21.
It allows Morgan youth of all riding styles a chance to show their skills through riding different horses and different breeds in an atmosphere conducive to learning.
“Team Morgan was the best experience of my life,” Cleland said. “Before going, I knew little about the other girls and what they would be like. But they were all just like me! It was like we were our own family unit and felt like I had known them my whole life.”
“Being the coach of the first hunter Team Morgan was an honor and privilege,” said Mary Carlton of Marshall, Michigan, coach of Team Morgan 2010. “Stephens College were gracious hosts and provided our team with spirited competition. I was proud to work with the wonderful girls who made up Team Morgan and coming away victorious was the perfect ending to a great competition.”
In 2007, the American Morgan Horse Association and the American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust approved Team Morgan. Past Team Morgan competitions have included saddle seat competitions in South Africa and the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show, as well as a competition in North Carolina in August 2009.
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.