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Club News: GMHO's Silver Valley Tate Wins National Championship

September 28, 2017

The Gaited Morgan Horse Organization (GMHO) is proud to announce Silver Valley Tate (Caduceus Moses x Mary Mels Rosebud) recently won the Open National Championship Competitive Trail Ride for the second time!

This gaited Morgan is owned by Mary and Dwight Hanson and bred by Missouri Morgans. Dwight is an advisor for the Gaited Morgan Horse Organization. In 2016, Tate earned his Open National Championship with the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC). In 2015 he won the 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 seventh among a large competition.

Tate’s rider, Sarah 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 U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant 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. “I love this big boy, he’s sweet and he’s tough. NATRC is a great sport for the breed, they often excel!”

Pictured is Mary Hanson, Tate, and Sarah Rinne!