Contact AMHA Youth Programs Coordinator Katie Hodgesat 802-985-4944 extension 401 or

AMHA/UPHA Open Gate Learning Center at the 2016 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show

AMHA is pleased to announce it has partnered with UPHA to offer the Open Gate Learning center at the Morgan Grand National again in 2016.

The Open Gate Learning Center is an on-site study and learning center for young equestrians who are competing at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show.

The purpose of the Learning Center is to provide academic support to young riders, grades 5-12,  who are away from their local schools.  Participants can stay abreast of their academic requirements by providing a structured learning environment. The center is supervised by a professional teacherwho can provide academic support for students and the center will work with teachers from the student’s  school to help guide activities while away from school and to monitor test, if needed. Assignments can be posted, faxed or emailed form the center to meet deadlines.

Students interested in participating are asked to complete an application and submit $100 fee. (The AMHA Epperson Youth Trust is underwriting the cost of hosting the center and subsidizing $100 of the application fee per student). The center can accommodate a maximum of 20 students.

Click here to download a 2016 application.

AMHA & Morgan Grand National to recognize Ribbons of Service participants

Any youth that are participating in the UPHA Ribbons of Service program are invited to join AMHA Executive Director on Friday night October 16th  for a recognition processional in the Coliseum prior to the evening performance. Please contact to RSVP that you will be participating, and meet at 6:45 at the in-gate to get in line.

UPHA Ribbons of Service is a shared-commitment program that encourages riders to show in competitions, and encourages donors to pledge funds for charity for each class in which the rider shows. The rider is not only responsible for raising the donations, but for performing community service as part of his or her own contribution to the effort. At the end of the show season, prizes given to the riders who raises the most funds for the designated charity. Each of these winners will be eligible  for the overall award -- including a scholarship to be given to the rider of any of the four breeds or performance rider/drivers who has raised the most funds and the (a minimum of $1,000 is required) and completed a minimum of 10 hours of community service. In 2014, UPHA Ribbons Of Service riders raised $86,664.40
The 2014 Morgan winner was Audra Grace Lee of Golden Creek Farm who won a $2500 scholarship!