Staff Transitions at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm

Jamie Maguire, Margot Smithson, Silvia Doyle, and Katie Ballard are standing together on a porch wearing green shirts.
Left to right: Jamie Maguire, Margot Smithson, Silvia Doyle, and Katie Ballard

The UVM Morgan Horse Farm (MHF) has some exciting news to share!

In the fall of 2021 the MHF experienced a staffing transition. After careful program assessment and feedback from key stakeholders, the full-time positions at the MHF were restructured to best meet the needs of the program moving forward. Continue reading “Staff Transitions at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm”

Vermont Day at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm

A Morgan horse at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm is being held by the reins while children pet its nose.
CALS Animal Science Senior Ali Nieradka is pictured with Morgan gelding UVM Burke.

The 2022 Vermont Day open house was a huge success, welcoming over 300 people to Weybridge, VT to meet the Morgan horses. This is the feature event of the summer for the UVM Morgan Horse Farm (MHF), a proud tradition of exhibiting UVM’s historic herd of Morgan horses, the Vermont State Animal. Continue reading “Vermont Day at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm”

June 2022 CALS in the News

Megaphone shouting news about agriculture.

CALS and Extension faculty, staff and students are making headlines for their commentaries, research findings, as subject matter experts, and for outreach collaborations. Below is a collection of recent stories.

WCAX reported on a new public service announcement reminding drivers to be careful of horses on the roads, and cites research from the UVM Center for Rural Studies on the economic contributions of the equine industry in Vermont. Continue reading “June 2022 CALS in the News”

Centennial Celebration Honors Statue of Justin Morgan

Morgan Horse Farm statue of Figure with barn in the background.

One hundred years ago, a statue was placed on the Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge to honor the first of this breed, a horse named Justin Morgan. The farm was originally commissioned by Colonel Joseph Battell in 1878 as the Weybridge Stock Farm, to preserve the Morgan breed and save it from extinction. In 1907 the farm became a cavalry “remount” station managed by the United States Department of Agriculture, and called the Government Morgan Farm. A life-size bronze statue of Justin Morgan was unveiled during a field day on the farm in the fall of 1921. Continue reading “Centennial Celebration Honors Statue of Justin Morgan”