Rancho Santa Fe youth qualifies for national equestrian event


The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) recently announced that Emily Lents of Rancho Santa Fe has been awarded with the AMHA Saddle Seat Silver Medal Award for her outstanding performance at the Far West Regional Horse Show. This highly competitive event was held June 20-23 in Redmond, Wash.

Lents, 17, qualified to compete for the Gold Medal at the 2012 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show to be held in Oklahoma City, Oct. 6-13. This is the second silver medal Lents has earned this show season; she won the Western Seat Medal at the Diamond Jubilee Show in May.

Excellence in equitation is valued by AMHA and is recognized through its AMHA Medal classes, held at local and regional Morgan and all-breed shows. All junior riders who are AMHA members are invited to compete on a Morgan. AMHA Silver Medals are awarded in each of the six seats: Saddle, Western, Hunter on the Flat, Hunter Over Fences, Reining, and Dressage. Those who place first or second in an AMHA Silver Medal class are qualified to participate in the 2012 Gold Medal Finals at the Grand National. The highest AMHA equitation honor, the Gold Medal, is awarded in each of the six seats.

Founded in 1909, the American Morgan Horse Association is a nonprofit organization serving more than 50,000 Morgan horse owners, breeders, exhibitors, and enthusiasts throughout the United States. AMHA serves as a parent organization to more than 90 recognized Morgan horse clubs and national service organizations.

For more information on America’s original horse breed, contact the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., 4066 Shelburne Road, Suite 5, Shelburne, Vermont 05482; (802) 985-4944;