U C Cinnamon
(UVM Viking x U C Spicy Lass)
U C Cinnamon, one of our two daughters of U C Spicy Lass, born in 1979, passed away this morning (3/1/2011) from complications of old age. Cinnie was 32 years old.
Until her death, U C Cinnamon, a red chestnut mare, who is a daughter of our first horse, U C Spicy Lass, was the oldest horse on our farm.
Cinnamon, her dam, Spicy; and her grand-dam, U C Taffy, who was purchased by Peggy Clark at approximately the same time that we purchased Spicy; and her grandsire, U C Marquis, were all bred by the University of Connecticut Morgan Horse Breeding program.
Her sire, UVM Viking; grandsire, UVM Flash; and grand-dam, UVM Kathy, were bred by the University of Vermont Morgan Horse breeding program.
When we went to the University of Connecticut to look at UC Spicy Lass, in 1980, she was in foal to UVM Viking for Cinnamon’s full brother. Sleipnir Valhalla, when born, became the first Sleipnir foal and the inspiration for the Sleipnir prefix. U C Cinnamon was in the yearling paddock and peered out at us from the safety of her shed. She looked lovely, but we were not in the market for a yearling, so we did not purchase her then. Three years later, after Spicy’s untimely death in 1983, we bought U C Cinnamon for John as a Father’s Day present.
We had made a visit to Elm Hill Farm, in Massachusetts. Dr. and Mrs. Means had bred some wonderful naturally athletic, gorgeous horses. A stallion that had impressed us, Elm Hill High Hat (Orcland Leader x Windcrest Star of Dawn) was on our short list to breed Spicy to. Our breeding philosophy was, and still is, to breed old Government bloodlines to Upwey Ben Don descendents, and cross with Waseeka’s Nocturne descendents, particularly via Waseeka’s Showtime, with further crosses to Orcland Leader bloodlines. Obtaining these bloodlines as up close as possible, with selected other outcrosses. With this breeding plan, we achieve pleasant tempered, athletic, horses with willingness, great ways of moving, and correct conformation.
After U C Spicy Lass’ death, we were anxious to obtain her daughter, U C Cinnamon, and to breed her to Elm Hill High Hat, prior to his demise or withdrawal from breeding. We only had one completed pregnancy with U C Cinnamon, which resulted in a chestnut colt, Sleipnir Top Hat, by Elm Hill High Hat. Born in 1986, Sleipnir Top Hat was the last whole son of Elm Hill High Hat.
Sleipnir Top Hat only sired two foals: a filly, Sleipnir Spice on Top (out of Coeur d’Alene) in 1999; and a colt, Sleipnir Legacy (out of Sleipnir Constellation) in 2000. S. Top Hat and S. Legacy are both deceased.
U C Cinnamon’s grand-daughter, Sleipnir Spice on Top, is part of our herd, and we hope to start breeding her this year, with a planned breeding to Sleipnir Echo’s Finale (Exquisite Sir Echo x Sleipnir Constellation) thus continuing to perpetuate this rare bloodline.
UC Cinnamon had a brief show career, predominantly in New England in the 1980’s, in training with Les Parker and then, John MacDonald. She could do anything from park saddle and harness to western pleasure. A typical morgan, she floated across the fields, tail flagged. She was the head of our herd and played well with all ages and sexes.
Sleipnir Constellation, (Connie) born 1983, the last direct descendent of U C Spicy Lass, and the first foal for B-L Rhinestone Kid, our deceased senior stallion, is now the matriarch of the herd.
John, Beth, Michael, and I were with Cinnamon when she passed on. She is buried here on our farm in Tennessee. Her spirit with those of her mother, brothers, son, grandson, and friends, watches over our herd.