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Local equestrian wins international award

Dedication to a breed led to an international award for equestrian Tina Porter Rovers.

Tina Porter Rovers poses with Brook (Dragonsmeade Andromeda), one of the Morgan horses she currently owns. Porter Rovers was recently presented with an award for her work with Morgans.

She was recently presented with the American Morgan Horse Associations’s (AMHA) International Award.

It was an honour to receive this award for doing something for a breed of horse I love,” she said. “I love Morgans because they’re really personable, great family horses, great with kids and great show horses. You can do whatever you like with them and they like to work.”

Porter Rovers and her parents, Marg and Don Porter, run Porter’s Equine Centre in Stewiacke where they offer boarding and lessons.

“Dad started with Arabians and I showed them as a kid,” she said. “When I started training someone sent me a Morgan and I enjoyed working with the breed so much that I bought one. I’ve had them ever since.”

Her first Morgan has now been with her for almost 20 years and still helps people learn to ride in the lesson program. She currently owns three Morgans of her own but there are others boarding and being trained among the 26 horses at the facility.

Porter Rovers has competed in both English and western classes, as well as driving. She has a hunter she hopes to take to the Morgan World Championships in Oklahoma this year. She judged hunt seat equitation at the championships in 2014.

A press release from the AMHA states: “Rovers is a knowledgeable and well-respected horse show judge holding cards with USEF and Equine Canada. She is presently the Eastern Vice President with the Canadian Morgan Horse Association. Her family travels many hours and miles to promote the Morgan. The success of her students and the genuine love of the breed has done much to advance the popularity of the breed in Nova Scotia and beyond.”

The award was presented at the AMHA gala and convention in Minneapolis on February 28.

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