Trails of Adventure (stories and news from MEMBERS and their Gaited Morgans)

Trails of Adventure  scroll down for stories

Here are photos from Kanapolis Kanyons CTR. Photographer was Andy Klamm.

This is our mare, KTM Midnight Star (Kenna) at Kanapolis St Park at our first competitive trail ride together. Dwight had ridden her a couple of summers ago.

She is barely 14 hands, 2″ so it was quite an experience riding her through the deep creek. She did not have to swim, but I got water in my boots.

This park is one of the top campgrounds and trails in the Midwest.

Image may contain: one or more people, people riding on horses, outdoor and nature
Image may contain: one or more people, people riding on horses, horse, outdoor and nature

Here are photos from Kanapolis Kanyons CTR. Photographer was Andy Klamm.

Proud to announce the Gaited Morgan Horse Silver Valley Tate earned his Open National Championship, Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) Again!

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Silver Valley Tate is a gaited Morgan owned by Mary and Dwight Hanson. Dwight is an advisor for the Gaited Morgan Horse Organization.  Tate is bred from well known Gaited Morgan lines.  His sire is Caduceus Moses and dam is MaryMels Rosebud.  In 2016, Tate earned his Open National Championship with the NATRC or the North American Trail Ride Conference.  In 2015 Tate earned his Competitive Pleasure National Championship and now once again, he has earned his Open National Championship for 2017.  Tate competed in two 50 mile American Endurance Race Competitions in Florida and placed 7th among a large competition.  Tate’s rider, Sara Rinne, is the Executive Director at the NATRC, a Horsemanship Judge for the NATRC, and Hay Girl at Rinne Hay Service in Tennessee after a career as a US Marine Corp staff Sgt and Nebraska State Probation officer.   Sarah has plans to compete Tate again for the 2018 season for NATRC and hope to be in shape to attempt the 100 Mile Tevis Cup in California.  Sarah says she will always be partial to Morgans because of her retired gelding Phoenix and many wonderful miles on him, but Tate has stolen her heart.  “Love this big boy…he’s sweet and he’s tough”!  “NATRC is a great sport for the breed, they often excel.”

Gaited morgans utah
Eleven Gaited Morgans and their riders gathered for an impromptu ride up the mountain in American Fork, Utah. Well known for the little pod of gaited Morgan breeders that exist there, American Fork is a shining diamond in the state of Utah as the mountain ranges there are a stones throw away from any neighborhood you might live in there. The pine and deciduous forests, the mountain air and bubbling streams makes living in American Fork about like living on the mountain. Little preparation was needed for this mountain ride…throw on the saddles, load em up, haul to the parking area and hit the trails. A perfect weather day and great company of some fine horsemen made this day on a Utah Mountain a great gathering of Gaited Morgans. Thanks go out to Gary Gray, Jared Young, and Brent Skidmore for getting us up and back.



Here’s a fella (and his family) that know how to have fun!  Club Members Greg and Regen Rose, along with their son Garrett are having a BLAST at War Re-enactments.  This requires a lot from all participants, a big effort in the heat, and the horses have to be tolerant of gun shots, cannon blasts, and a host of other threats to overcome.   Greg is a great ambassador for the gaited Morgan as many people see him on his exciting chestnut standing over 16 hands, running across the battlefield firing and being fired upon, and it’s a pretty impressive sight!

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Here is Greg on his trusty mount, Missouris MOJO Major, taking a weekend break up in the mountains.

Dwight and Tate continue to be a winning team in 2016.  Here’s Dwight Hanson and his son of Caducuceus Moses at Forgot to post Dwight and Tate’s awards from Indian Cave CTR. Tate second and best conditioned and Dwight Fourth.






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mount rushmore  group at fort robinson

Gaited Morgan Riders Gathered to Ride August 2015     Meeting at Fort Robinson State Park and then on up to Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore, 9 members of the Gaited Morgan Horse Organization had the opportunity to spend a few days riding together on their gaited Morgans.  Beautiful Scenery in Historical Places provided a host of adventure and interest.  Along with beautiful riding on wilderness trails, points of interest were museums at Fort Robinson where learning more about the history of this post was more than expected. Custer State Park provided a thrilling venue for a rainy day in the form of the Crazy Horse Monument and Museum, an honorable endeavor, and a reverent privilege to se


Several GMHO members gathered in the east for a recreational ride in Virginia.

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Members meet for annual ride in Monument Valley

CCF01042012_00002   Slideshow Link to Annual Meeting in Monument Valley 2011

Sabine Dickel and Bucksnort’s Sweet Violet (Gaya)                      

started endurance riding this year! Limited distance 25 miles.    

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                               Dwight Hanson and his gaited Morgan Tate by Caduceus Moses At Brushy Creek Lake Horse Show in Nebrask

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 Our Annual Ride October 2014 Shawnee National Forest Southeast Illinois

 See full story in upcoming magazine.

Member and guests from Minnesota members from Louisiana, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, and California watering horseslogo from pub

Members and Guests from Minnesota, Louisiana, Illinois, Nebraska, California, and Missouri



Dan and Letha Simmons, LeDan Morgans…Letha getting her signal on Missouris Black Crystal out in Arizona…here’s a photo you’ll not soon forget…Letha took this shot of me on Rhythm under a big saguaro cactus. There are a lot of these big cacti in the area; the state flower blooms on the top of them in the Spring. This one is no doubt well over a hundred years old based on its size.

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Have this kind of fun on a gaited Morgan

Members Jared Young and Brent Skidmore riding Gaited Morgans

video edit by Kelson Clyde Shepherd


  Congratulations Martha and PeeWee!

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Martha Duchnowski and her gaited Morgan Blythewood Barre Vermont  aka “PeeWee” is this years AMHA open competition trail winner as well as being recognized in the General category (where the gaited classes go). congratulation Martha…ride on!


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Photos by Lexi Farris

Walupt Lake with Vicki Wells read full story here


Mary Mels Glo Girl, a gaited Morgan competing at the National Level Read Full Story Here

Glo girl 2Pictured here at the Rocky Mountain Morgan Horse Show

My Five Day clinic with Larry Whitesell Read Story Here


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MONUMENT VALLEY – Gem  Read Full Story Here

Article for Trail Rider Magazine by Daniel Simmons




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riding the dirty devil with Ken Thomas and Family


Brent tailing buffalo

MSFHA Gaited Morgan Buffalo Roundup


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Jennifer Conditto and her Morgan Activities

Sabine Dickel

Gaited Morgan Horse Organization Regional Ride Oklahoma Cedar Lake 2012

Gaited Morgan on Cows

Gaited Morgan Horse Organization Regional Ride In Illinois Shawnee National Forest Hayes Canyon 2012

Riding at the Brownfield Wilderness in Missouri 2012

Gaited Morgan Horse Organization Annual Ride in Monument Valley 2011