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    The Morgan Horse:America's First Breed

    n 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States and the U.S. Constitution was signed into law. That same year in Springfield, Massachusetts, a small bay colt named Figure was born. This colt was instrumental in building the new country and founded America's original equine breed, the Morgan.The Morgan was the first recognized horse breed in the United States. It is the official state animal of both Vermont and Massachusetts. Other breeds have claimed existence in colonial times, but today only the Morgan can trace his bloodlines to a common ancestor. The Morgan has influenced other breeds, including Tennessee Walking Horses, Quarter Horses, Standardbred, and American Saddlebreds.The Morgan horse is easily recognized by his proud carriage, upright graceful neck, and distinctive head with expressive eyes. Deep bodied and compact, the Morgan has strongly muscled quarters. His intelligence, willingness, zest for life, and good sense is blended with soundness of limb, athleticism, and stamina. In addition, Morgan thriftiness and longevity have made this breed a good bargain for more than 200 years.

    The Amerifine Mascot

    The name of our customer club and newsletters refers to our horse, Peregrine. He’s a Morgan horse and his name, coming from the Latin for ‘pilgrim’, was the name given to the baby boy born aboard the Mayflower just before the ship landed.The Morgan encapsulates the true spirit of Amerifine. Recognised as one of the first American horse breeds, Morgans trace back to a first stallion called ‘Figure’, known for his versatility, strength and superb temperament. He epitomised the ideal horse for a pioneering nation. And those who buy a Morgan often say they’ve welcomed a new member into the family. We hope you’ll welcome Peregrine into yours – and join our distinguished club of Amerifine fans.

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