Grace Powers ’15, a member of the Stoneleigh-Burnham School Equestrian Program, will compete at the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show held in Oklahoma City, OK from Oct. 11-18.
Grace competed at three intense shows over the summer, the Greater Boston Charity Horse Show, Vermont Morgan, and Massachusetts Morgan, to qualify to compete at the Oklahoma City show. Riders must place in the top two in their class to qualify. This will be the second time Grace has attended the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show. She qualified and competed last year.
This year, Grace will be showing with her horse, Dexter, a Morgan horse she bought in Oklahoma last year. She will show in three classes, Hunter Pleasure, Equitation and Hunt Seat Medal on the Flat.
“Because I have turned my horse into an equitation horse with the help of my trainer, I am able to execute much better patterns on him,” Grace said. “I can anticipate what he will do, and what he’s thinking because we have learned and grown so much together in the process of him becoming an equitation horse. We have an increased sense of communication.”
Grace added, “I’m really excited to take him. I think it’s going to be a great test for him. He can be incredibly competitive if he behaves, and I know how to work him through it if I can. Oklahoma is going to be an incredible learning experience for the both of us, and I can’t wait to get there and put all of our hard work to the test!”
Owners and exhibitors of more than 1,000 horses will compete from 45 states and four countries in the show. More than 5,000 Morgan enthusiasts attend the show at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.
For more information on the 2014 horse show: www.morgangrandnational.com