The MHAA is proud to welcome Linda Shore and Jessica Blackwell as official Ambassadors of the Association and the Morgan breed.
These ladies are well known and respected equestrian professionals in each of their fields of expertise.
The MHAA Ambassador Program connects professional and influential equestrians with the broader equestrian community in order to inspire and promote Morgan Horse ownership.
Our MHAA Official Ambassadors, Linda Shore and Jessica Blackwell create an exciting avenue to maximise the scope of the Morgan message.
We look forward to working with these two ladies in spreading the Morgan Magic.
Linda was introduced to the nature of the Morgan horse in late 2004 when Greg and Kathy Lyons of Wilga Park Morgans engaged her to start their Morgan gelding, Mt Tawonga Oscar.
One year later Greg and Kath imported the buckskin stallion, RanchBoss Cortez. Greg had been so impressed with the start that Oscar had been given that he approached Linda to train and campaign his beloved stallion. One ride on Cortez and Linda was more than willing to take on the challenge.
Thus, began a love story … Linda’s love of Morgans, but in particular, her love of this amazing buckskin stallion. Linda and Cortez became a team to watch out for at many Equestrian events. She had taken on the promotion of the Morgan breed with zeal. Cortez was Linda’s ‘Fun Horse’. Whatever crazy scheme Greg and Linda came up with to show off the Morgan breed, Cortez was a willing and capable partner. They became celebrities with their bridle-less demonstrations at many and varied events.
The journey had begun. Linda purchased her very own part-bred mare, Boulevard Gabrielle. Linda was rarely at a show or event without a Morgan horse in hand or under saddle. She’d fallen in love with the temperament of the Morgan horse and enjoyed showing them off to the Australian public. She particularly loved working with the stallions RanchBoss Cortez, Wirraway Copyrite and Baptiste Levis Strauss.
Be it English Dressage, Western Dressage, Working Equitation or in the Show Ring, Linda on a Morgan horse is lovely to watch and more times than not, in the ribbons. Over the years Linda has collected many Champion and Supreme Champion ribbons with a Morgan horse for their owners.
Today, Boulevard Gabrielle and Linda dominate the Working Equitation competition scene at Masters level. She is promoting the Morgan breed as she competes as she is always fielding the same question, “What is the breed of your amazing mare?”
Linda was a Presenter of Western Dressage at Equitation Sydney 2013 and her choice of presentation horses were Morgans, Red Bluff Tantalus and Ranchboss Cortez. Linda also joined Wayne Hipsley in his presentations at Equitana, on a Morgan horse. As she was also representing the Morgan breed in the Breed Village, she had four very busy days.
Linda was again at Equitana Melbourne, in 2014 with a Morgan as her riding horse. When she travelled interstate to run clinics, she would somehow always manage to find a local Morgan horse as her mount.
Linda has been an official Ambassador for the Morgan Horse Association of Australia for two years now; a role she embraces with enthusiasm and pride.
Linda, her two Morgans, and any others she comes in contact with, will continue the promotion of the Morgan breed for years to come.
Jessica’s love of Morgan horses began at her first Australian National Morgan Horse show in 1999 where she fell instantly in love with the amazing nature and good looks of the breed. A few years later she was lucky enough to be gifted a part bred Morgan, Ariga Pk Loquacious (Justin Morning Glory), by her aunt and the obsession began!
As an educator who runs a lot of workshops the unflappable nature of the breed really appealed as a horse for not only herself but her business, Equestricare. Luckily their love for jumping also fits right in with Jess’s passion!
Three Morgan horses later, with hope to breed another next season, Jess is addicted and tells everyone to get one!