The Camerons

The Cameron Family began with Tartan Hill in 2007.  Kellyn Cameron shows saddle seat equitation with the support of her parents John and Gail and brother Taylor.  Kellyn began riding as a young girl and took lessons with various barns for quite a few years. In 2007, Kellyn won her own Saddlebred in a 4H essay contest.  Having never owned a horse before, the Camerons were looking for some guidance and Doug entered the picture to give Kellyn lessons and help work "Stoney". 

While Stoney provided a wonderful learning opportunity and introduced the Camerons to horse ownership, it became apparent that Kellyn was ready for a new challenge and she voiced her desire to show equitation nationally.  Having always been involved in Saddlebreds, the Camerons were initally hesitant to get a Morgan, but made the trip to the Morgan Grand National in 2008.  There, they fell in love with the breed and the people and started searching for a new horse.  While Kellyn tried some very nice horses, she didn't find "the one" and left empty handed.  As is so often the case, the perfect horse ended up being in our own backyard at a farm in IL.  Hylee's Red Fox "Eddie" was purchased in 2009 and he and Kellyn made their show debut just three weeks later.  They swept the Jr Exhibitor English Pleasure and Saddle Seat Equitation divisions even though Eddie had never done patterns before. 

After a winter of hard work and equitating Eddie, Kellyn is poised to take the Morgan world by storm in 15 year old Saddle Seat Equitation in 2010.

The Janzens

The Janzen Family has been with Tartan Hill since 2003.  Maggie Janzen shows saddle seat equitation with the support of her parents Roy and Liz and brother David.  The Janzens started in Morgans at Morningside Stable under the direction of Mary Jean Irvine.  Maggie and Liz took lessons, participated in local shows and were active in local 4H. 

When the decision was made to pursue new challenges, Maggie started taking lessons with Tartan Hill and as they say, the rest is history.  Tartan Hill helped the Janzens purchase their first horse in the fall of 2003.  Sugarlane Jamestown "James" is now an important part of the family and a wonderful breed ambassador.  Both Roy and Liz have shown him on the local level and he has participated in numerous clinics and demonstrations.  Maggie and James have been very successful in equitation on the regional and national level.  At the 2005 World Championships, Maggie placed 8th in the AMHA Gold Medal Finals.  At the 2006 World Championships, Maggie took 8th in the Classic Equitation 14-17 and 9th in the Classic World Championship.  In her final year in equitation, Maggie was 3rd in the Classic Equitation 14-17 and 5th in the Classic Equitation World Championship. 


The Annises and Amundsons

The Annis and Amundson families have been showing with Tartan Hill since 2005, but their love affair with Morgans started over 25 years ago and now transcends three generations. 


Kathy and Bruce Annis, along with their daughter Debbie began their horse journey at Indian Summer Farm, where they took lessons and eventually purchased their first Morgan, Patron’s Harmony.  Debbie and Pete competed at the local and regional level in hunt seat and often found themselves in the winner’s circle.  Always looking for a challenge, the Annis family purchased Ethan’s Prime Time for the saddle seat division and surrounded themselves further with everything horses.


As it has to happen, horse crazy little girls grow up and in 1990, Debbie married Thomas Amundson and three beautiful daughters, Samantha, Haley and Hunter, followed soon after.  Time was limited.  Horses had to take a back seat to the needs of a growing family and Pete and PT were sold.  But as any Morgan lover will tell you, being horseless can only last so long.  A few years later, looking again for a challenge, Hampshire Formal Attire was purchased as a two year old and Debbie began fulfilling a life long dream to train her own horse.  The Amundson girls were born with the horse gene and with the family again involved with horses, another generation of Morgan lovers began riding. 


More horses were purchased to accommodate more riders and new teams were developed.  It soon became apparent that the girls were talented and in Deb’s words, the Amundsons began the “search for just the right atmosphere for both horses and daughters.”  Their search landed them at Tartan Hill and they have never looked back.


In 2005, Sami and TJ, who was trained by Deb, were 3rd in World Championship Hunt Seat Pleasure14 & 15 yr olds and 3rd in Grand National Hunt Seat Equitation 14 yr olds.  In 2006, TJ was Reserve National Champion Amatuer Hunter 15.2 and Over with Deb.  With Sami, he took a 5th in Grand National Hunt Seat Pleasure 15 yr olds and 3rd in World Championship Hunt Seat Pleasure 14 & 15 yr olds.



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