LEXINGTON, KY Famed publisher William Randolph Hearst, who also established an important horse breeding operation, is credited with having first coined the name “Morab” for the distinct breed of horses which were Arab and Morgan horse crosses. More than six generations later, the Morabs, some of which trace their ancestry to Hearst’s superior breeding program, will visit the Kentucky Horse Park for the seventh annual Morab Nationals.
The Purebred Morab Horse Association (PMHA) Morab National Championship and Futurity is unique in that three separate breed judges are utilized. Since the Morab is Morgan to Arabian breeding, all of the Morab classes are judged by all three breed judges.
The Morab is a compact, medium-sized, well-muscled and stylish horse. Possessed of a calm, affectionate, intelligent and dependable demeanor, the Morab has large, dark, expressive eyes and a fine, silky coat. It has a broad chest, with plenty of room for big heart and lungs within a rather compact skeletal structure… a combination which allows for stamina as well as speed.
The show, which will take place from October 22-24, offers specific breed classes as well as open classes for all three breeds. Featured competitions include western, hunter, saddleseat, driving, equitation, hunter hack, country pleasure, park, sidesaddle, show hack, special needs and driving classes.
For more information about the PMHA Morab Nationals Championship and Futurity, contact Donna Lassanske 270-358-8727.
Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park through October 31 is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum. On October 22-24, admission will also include the Morab Nationals show.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.