Morgan Horse Farm to fete statue centenary

WEYBRIDGE — The life-size bronze Statue of Justin Morgan, the first Morgan horse, that stands at the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm turns 100 years old this fall. An event on Oct. 2 to celebrate the occasion will be hosted onsite.

Guided by an original program from the statue-unveiling field day in 1921, event organizers have worked to replicate the day and encourage those attending to bring a picnic blanket and chairs for the affair.

Events start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.. The first program at 10 a.m. will be learning about Morgan horse conformation from a professional Morgan horse judge, and watching riding and driving presentations in the outdoor arena.

At lunchtime, enjoy music and shape-note singing, lawn games, and plan to grab some delicious food from the CBD: Catering By Dale food truck.

In the afternoon, the UVM Morgan mares and foals will be in the outdoor arena while guests gather around to celebrate the statue, the farm, and the wonderful Morgan horse.

The event takes place outdoors on the spacious grounds of the historic Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge. Face-coverings are required inside all buildings regardless of vaccination status, and are recommended for crowded areas.

There is no admission fee to come celebrate Vermont’s State Animal, however a suggested donation of $10 per person directly supports the mission of the UVM Morgan Horse Farm. Bring walking shoes to enjoy the 1.1 miles of new walking trails.

Morgan horse history displays, Morgan horse clubs, and Vermont 4-H will have promotional materials in the Main Barn. There will be activities for all ages at this family-friendly event.

Please contact the farm via email for more information at [email protected] or 802-388-2011. Rain date is Sunday, October 3.

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