NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - One of the largest Morgan Horse shows in the country is taking place in Northampton
People from across the country have come to here to Northampton to compete in the 74th New England Morgan Horse Show. It is not only one of the largest but also one of the oldest.
Over 800 Morgan horses, along with their entourages of several thousand competitors, have set up camp at the Three County Fairgrounds to compete.
Organizers told 22News area restaurants and hotels have upped their staff to accommodate the large number of people in town.
"Oh absolutely. Anything like this is good for the local economy, because it brings people in and everyone has a good time," said Kelly Hendrick of Queens River Farm.
The competition is a family affair for Hendrick. Her father bred the Morgan horse she is competing with, and her 7-year-old daughter won a blue ribbon Thursday on the same horse.
The Morgan breed of horse was founded by a man named Justin Morgan, who moved to Springfield Massachusetts in the late 1700's, according the National Museum of the Morgan Horse. The show will run through Saturday evening.