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Morgan Grand National and World Championship Horse Show underway in Oklahoma

This year, Morgan fans will be able to watch the entire show for free online.

By Leslie Potter | 8-Oct-11

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Morgan western pleasure show horseMore than 1,000 Morgan horses are gathered in Oklahoma City this week for the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show, which runs through October 15.

The show will take place in three separate arenas showcasing the versatility of Morgan horses. National and World Champions will be crowned in saddle seat, hunt seat, western and driving divisions as well as hunter over fences and jumpers, dressage, carriage driving and reining. One recent addition to the wide variety of classes is the western dressage final. Western dressage is a relatively new discipline designed to combine classical dressage training with western horsemanship.

Another highlight of the Grand National is the Youth of the Year finals. Throughout the season, American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) members under age 21 can compete at state and regional Youth of the Year contests where they are scored on a written test, a ridden pattern, a judging contest and an oral presentation. Local winners are then eligible to compete in the national competition. The national Youth of the Year winner receives a prize package that includes: educational opportunities, such as internships or trips to national conventions; rewards including scholarships or custom riding apparel; and the opportunity to serve as a breed ambassador at national conventions.

The first official Morgan Grand National was held in Detroit in 1973. The show was moved to Oklahoma City in 1975. Oklahoma City was selected as a more central location for Morgan exhibitors from coast to coast.

Spectators can watch the show at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds daily at 9 am, 1 pm and 7 pm. Admission is free on weekdays. This year is the first that the live webcast of the Grand National is available for free. All three rings will be available for online viewing. To watch the show, visit or

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PKL    Somewhere, WY

10/10/2011 5:51:18 AM

Hope every one has a great time, and I bet every horse thee is beautiful.

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

10/8/2011 8:23:32 PM

Thanks for sharing this. I can't wait to see it.

jessica    endicott, NY

10/8/2011 5:56:54 PM

My friend is there competing. Good luck Julia

Aimee    Hudson, OH

10/8/2011 1:57:26 AM

Good luck to all of the competitors! Stay safe and have a good time.

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