Meet the Project Team

Doug Lazarus

Douglas Lazarus, Producer

Douglas Lazarus, a widely respected artist, is a native of New York City. He worked there as an art director in the audio-visual field and produced multimedia histories including: a multimedia history of Central Park, a multimedia history of The Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and another on E. A. Poe at Fordham University.

In Vermont, he has co-published and illustrated the oldest continuously published weekly newspaper in America and produced the official bicentennial publication for Vermont’s two hundredth anniversary in 1991. In 2000, British Waterways commissioned him to do a series of landscape paintings of Scotland’s newly restored canals. He has also illustrated a book of paintings of the Hudson River titled Hudson River Journey and painted a calendar of scenes depicting the Erie Canal.

He has just completed a research project locating 50 stories about the Morgan horse for an upcoming publication, one for each state in the union.

Steve Murphy, Director

Steve Murphy

Steve Murphy is president and owner of Lake Champlain Productions, Inc., an award-winning video, film and digital media, production company located in South Burlington, Vermont. Founded in 1985, Lake Champlain Productions creates documentary-style public relations and marketing programs for institutions, businesses and non-profits. He is an experienced producer, writer and director of photography with hundreds of projects to his credit.

The company also serves as a New England field production resource for the broadcast industry including work for The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, ESPN, E Entertainment, the Food Network and many others.

Lake Champlain Productions maintains its own HD post-production facilities and broadcast field acquisition gear.

Brenda Tippin smallBrenda L. Tippin, Morgan Historian

Since 1985, Brenda has written more than 50 articles for The Morgan Horse magazine, as well as some for other magazines such as Simply Morgan, Western Horseman, Horse and Rider, Ranch & Reata Journal, Vaquero Heritage and many Morgan club newsletters. For a number of years she was co-editor for The Morgan International Cowhorse Association. She was mentored by the late great Myrtle Neeley and LaVonne Houlton. Brenda is currently working on compiling her articles and some unpublished material into one or more books.



Gail PerleeGail Perlee, Morgan Horse Historian

Gail is a lifetime member of both AMHA and the Arizona Morgan
Horse Association, and was inducted into the AMHA Hall of Fame. Her club activities over the years have included: writing articles, editing newsletters and booklets, and was active in the planning Morgan history reenactments and two AMHA Conventions. She managed and/or was on the executive committees for the Arizona Morgan Horse Futurity, various
Morgan promotional events, NATRC competitive trail rides and the Copper
Star Morgan Horse Show. Today, Gail continues to research and write
Morgan history with an emphasis on the Morgan in the American West. Her
articles have been published in the Morgan Horse Magazine, the 2WF Club
magazines and books, the Rainbow Morgan Association Newsletter and
several other breed and general horse publications.

 Ina and RosieIna M. Ish, Morgan Historian

As a teenager, out of a hack stable in Forest Hills, NY, I met and rode a half Morgan gelding. His mind, temperament, personality, and way of going convinced me I had to have at least one Morgan Horse. It took 25 years before I could attain that goal. During which time I attended The University of Chicago, The University of Oregon, and Portland State University. I married, and raised a family, worked as a Learning Disability Teacher in Vermont, a Learning Disability Consultant in NYC, the Director of an Activity Center for Learning Impaired and Disturbed Adults in Portland, Oregon. Finally I was able to acquire my Morgan- but it was three not just one. I bred Foundation Morgans under the Longstreet prefix for twenty years. During those years I wrote Historical articles for The Morgan Horse Magazine, Morgan Admirers magazine, The International Morgan Sport Horse Association, and The Morgan Trotting Horse Association. I was involved in Rainbow Morgan Horse Club, The Morgan Sport Association, the Virginia-Carolinas Morgan Horse Club, and the Morgan Reining Horse Club. I also got into doing bloodline research, and pedigree analysis for customers. I have also written a book on Morgans which went through two self publishings. I am currently a member and Director of Cornerstone Morgan Club, a NSU affiliate of AMHA.
I live in central NC, and while I no longer breed Morgans there is still a Foundation Morgan mare of my breeding in my barn. She and I will grow older together.

 Rebel Equine Affair 2012 (24)Christian J. Heidorf, Morgan Military Historian

Chris Heidorf has authored two books on the Civil War, which include Gettysburg, The 125th Anniversary and Shoulder Arms!, a history of the 22nd New York Volunteer Infantry. He has delivered presentations to many military organizations, historical societies, veteran organizations, school groups and was active in the Adirondack Civil War Round Table. He currently owns Corner House Publishers, a small publisher focusing on historical reprints of US social, economic, western and military histories. His military career spanned 29 years. LTC Heidorf served as an instructor with the US Army Command and General Staff College, Eastern Region for 5 years. He retired from the military in 2010 and currently works as a senior military trainer with CACI International, training Army National Guard units.
In 2006, he established a Morgan Breeding farm, Dead Creek Ranch, located in Ft. Edward, Washington County, NY raising foundation, western working and military style Morgan horses along with gaited mules. LTC Heidorf (Ret) has prepared articles on Morgan military history and conducts historical military demonstrations, programs and military salutes on his Morgan horse Rebel

 MegbyPat KimballElizabeth Curler, Morgan Horse Historian

Elizabeth “Betsy” Curler was the Curator for the National Museum of the Morgan Horse (1993-2000), which was highlighted by the exhibit “The Morgan Horse in the Civil War.” A native Vermonter, she now focuses on researching the role of the Morgan horse in Vermont history and the early development of the Morgan breed. Building on research using primary sources since 1979, Betsy has had articles published in The Morgan Horse magazine, newsletters of the Lippitt Club, Lippitt Morgan Breeders Association and Wisconsin Morgan Horse Assn., and the Lippitt Club Directory. In addition, she acted as Historical Editor for Simply Morgan magazine (2000-2008). Associated with Morgan Heritage Press since 2000, Betsy has also been active with the preparation of several titles for publication or re-publication: Horses of Woodstock, Morgan Horse Postings, The Singing Master’s Horse, and Morgan Horses at the Vermont State Fair 1907-1913.