A day dedicated to honoring the Morgan horse

Published: Oct. 28, 2017 at 8:32 PM EDT
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Vermont and the nation were celebrating Morgan Horse Day Saturday, and Governor Phil Scott made it official by proclaiming October 28, 2017 The Day of the Morgan Horse.

The University of Vermont’s Morgan Horse farm in Weybridge hosted tours in honor of the occasion.

Breeder Justin Morgan came to Randolph, Vermont in the late 1700s. His horse named Figure was the founding sire of the Morgan breed. UVM's farm says it’s dedicated to the preserving and improving the Morgan horse through breeding and selection.

"It's a breed that's known all over the world. So the breed sort of originated here, it happened here, everybody knows about it and it's really I would say a tribute to something that Vermont has contributed to the globe,” said Tom Vogelmann, University of Vermont’s Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The Morgan Horse farm has been open for more than 60 years.