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One last time for our girl…
Please join us in center ring at the 2019 Morgan Grand National in Oklahoma City for one last “family portrait” in memory of our friend Alex Mooney. We hope you will wear your “Alex’s Army” shirt or sweatshirt, but you’re certainly welcome even if you can’t find your purplewear.
Watch this page and the Morgan Grand National Facebook Page for exact time for our assembly, but we are tentatively planning on Saturday, October 19th, immediately after the morning session in the Coliseum.
Not only will we be taking our group photo, but we will also be introducing the first Scholarship recipients!
The Alex Mooney Memorial Scholarship was created in 2019 to provide a minimum of $5,000 annually for undergraduate academic scholarships and/or professional development, and is managed by the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® in memory of Alexandra Mooney, a much loved member of our Morgan Horse community who lost her lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis on April 1, 2019.
The applicants’ undergraduate academic scholarships must have or have had involvement with the Morgan horse. Extra consideration will be given to those who support Cystic Fibrosis research, families and patients and/or those who demonstrate community service on behalf of Cystic Fibrosis. The awards will be given to students entering or currently enrolled in accredited colleges, universities, community colleges, trade or technical schools.
Criteria and application can be downloaded here. Application deadline is June 30, and current year award recipients will be announced at the Morgan Grand National in October.
Those who wish to donate to this fund may send checks to:
GNWCMHS (FBO Alex Mooney Memorial Scholarship in the memo line)
c/o Kelly McFaul
206 S. Lark Lane
Wichita, KS 67209
Alexandra Mooney was a beloved member of the show horse community, having grown up with horse trainer parents and horse loving grandparents.
Alex was just 26 years old on April 1, 2019 when she succumbed to a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Although Alex had suffered from this disease for most of her life and was the recipient of two double lung transplants, she never allowed it to slow her down or prevent her from living life to the fullest.
A lifelong lover of the Morgan horse, Alex was the epitome of a horsewoman, and she was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a horse trainer despite the challenges of her disease. She will be remembered as a ray of light and an inspiration to all who knew her, and she will be deeply missed.
The Morgan Horse community was behind her through “Alex’s Army”, who rallied to support her many hospital visits, two lung transplants, show ring accomplishments and daily life adventures. The #AlexsArmy and #DoubleLungsOfAwesomeness hashtags were developed by the effervescent Andy Illes, who herself battles health issues and was one of Alex’s strongest and most public supporter.
Alex lived life to the fullest, checked dreams off her bucket list to the very end, and lived more life in her 26 years than many of us have lived in twice that time. We should all be so full of love, life and positivity.