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Posted: December 6, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Local horse wins big at world show

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Grand gelding: Tricia Waclena sits atop prize-winning Alexis Acres' The Scotsman, with owner Rachel Scott, left, and two presenters at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City.

 Rachel Scott of Social Circle is the proud breeder and owner of Alexis Acres’ The Scotsman, who was recently named training level World Champion at the 37th annual Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City.

 Scott’s Morgan gelding was born in south Walton County four years ago and has been training at Rosewood Farm in Canton for the past two years. He is shown by the trainer and owner of Rosewood Farm, Tricia Waclena. After qualifying wins at shows in Tennessee and Virginia, at this year’s Grand National his combined scores in Training Level Dressage against a field of 10 horses, resulted in top honors as the World Champion.

 The Morgan horse competition is held in mid-October each year and more than 5,000 attend the show where more than 1,000 horses competed from 45 states and four nations.

 The Morgan has the distinction of being the first recognized American breed, originating in 1789 in Springfield, Mass.

 Founded in 1909, the American Morgan Horse Association is a non-profit organization serving more than 50,000 Morgan horse owners, breeders, exhibitors and enthusiasts throughout the United States. AMHA serves as the parent organization to more than 90 recognized Morgan horse clubs and national service organizations. It also provides an important link to foreign Morgan horse registries and clubs.

 Working in conjuctions with AMHA is the American Morgan Horse Institute, a charitable organization dedicated to educational and historical Morgan activities. AMHI also sponsors the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show, the breed’s premier show.

 For more information on America’s original horse breed, contact the American Morgan Horse Association, 122 Bostwick Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 or by calling (802) 985-4944.

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