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NO. R-112. JOINT RESOLUTION designating August 15, 2001 as University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm Day.

(J.R.H. 82)

Offered by: Representatives Towne of Berlin and Smith of New Haven.

Whereas, the Morgan horse is the equestrian pride of Vermont, tracing its ancestry to the stallion Figure, which Justin Morgan introduced into Vermont at his Randolph farm in 1792, and

Whereas, the Morgan horse was prized for its strength, speed and endurance, and saw extensive service as both a cavalry and artillery horse during the Civil War, including the mounts of both Confederate General Stonewall Jackson and Union General Phillip Sheridan, and

Whereas, in 1894, Colonel Joseph Battell published the first Morgan breed registry, and, in 1907, pursuant to a Congressional act of 1905 to expand the federal Morgan breeding program to ensure an adequate supply for the military, the colonel donated his Breadloaf Farm in Weybridge to the United States government, and

Whereas, in 1951, the United States deeded the farm to the state of Vermont, which, in turn, assigned custodial responsibility to the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, initially under the expert direction of Dr. Donald Balch, and since 1985, his apprentice and successor Stephen Davis, the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm has proudly bred over 80 Grand National and World Champion horses, and

Whereas, on March 23, 1961, pursuant to Act No. 42 of that year, the Morgan horse became Vermontís official state animal, and

Whereas, on the occasion of the University of Vermontís half-century of directing the Morgan Horse Farm, a major fundraising campaign has commenced to raise $2 million in donations from Vermonters and other lovers of the Morgan horse, in order to perpetuate the farmís outstanding efforts to preserve the breed, and

Whereas, on August 15, 2001, the University of Vermontís Morgan Horse Farm will commemorate its 50th anniversary with a special Vermont Day Open House at the farm, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates August 15, 2001 as University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm Day, and wishes the farm best wishes on its 50th anniversary and every success in the fundraising campaign, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Stephen Davis, the director of the University of Vermontís Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge and to A. John Bramley, Dean of the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.