A passion for Morgan horses that began while a member of his local 4-H will provide a once-in-alifetime experience, a Delhi native said.

Jeff Wilson, 48, of Black Willow Morgans in Delhi, said he will be demonstrating two of his Morgan stallions at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 10, in Lexington, Ky.

The games are the world championships for eight equestrian sports, according to the event’s website.

Equine organizations such as the American Morgan Horse Association will be featured at an equestrian village during the event, where Wilson and others will be performing with their animals. The Morgan breed is known for its compact body and easy-going disposition, an official with the Horse Association said.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Wilson, who has been a horse trainer and breeder working at his Delhi farm since 1987.

AMHA Executive Director Julie Broadway said the organization’s trade publication did a feature on Wilson about a year ago, so when it was looking for people to demonstrate different riding styles, he was a natural choice, along with about a dozen other members from around the country, Broadway said. “We’re happy to have Jeff be a part of the team,” she said.

Wilson said he never dreamed this opportunity could occur when he had his Morgan as a 16-yearold member of the Delhi Ghost Riders 4-H club.

While other members had quarter horses, a fullsized horse known for its heavily-muscled physique and even disposition, according to a breed website, Wilson’s father got him the Morgan, he said.

Wilson said he didn’t appreciate it at the time, but “I soon realized there weren’t any horses nicer,” he said. “It got me hooked,” as a trainer and a breeder.

The ones that he breeds are very sensitive to the rider and very gentle to handle, he said. He is excited to be presenting the bloodlines that began in the 1960s in Delhi on a world stage in Kentucky.

The 1980 graduate of Delaware Academy and Central School will have two types of demonstrations per day during the events. When he was asked to participate there was no hesitation, he said.

“This is big opportunity.”

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