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.

Apprentices and MHF staff led demonstrations of Morgan horse versatility throughout the morning, including in-hand judging classes, training progression, sport and pleasure disciplines. The petting opportunity was very popular, but the mares and foals frolicking in the ring stole the show.

Pictured is CALS Animal Science Senior Ali Nieradka sharing a petting opportunity with an eager visitor. The Morgan gelding UVM Burke is happy to oblige. In 2021, Ali was a summer equine management intern at the MHF and returned as a student employee for summer 2022. Graduating in December 2022, we wish Ali the best of luck in her final semester at UVM.

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