Liberty United Horse Show, Cleveland, Tennessee

This weekend, Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th, is the Liberty United Horse Show at the Tri-State Exhibition Center in Cleveland, Tennessee.

There are hours and hours of interesting classes, featuring several different breeds of horses, including Arabians, Freisians, Hackney/Harness ponies, Morgan Horses, and Saddlebreds.

There will be a nominal entry fee, which I will update with in the am.

Several of our horses will be at the show, including our gorgeous Black Morgan mare, Sleipnir Onstar in Morgan Roadster-to-Bike; and Sleipnir Explorer, and Sleipnir Fieldstone, two of our mature geldings.

The Show Manager is Elizabeth L. D. McGee.

http://www.LibertyUnitedHorseShow.yolasite.com for Judges and other information.

It is a great way to spend an inexpensive weekend for children to senior citizens.  Go see the gorgeous horses and their dedicated owners and handlers.

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Driving Horses at Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm (SMHF), Delano, Tennessee

I have had people talking to me about driving horses recently. Not all Morgans know how to drive. But many start their working career by learning to drive. Here is a brief discussion of horses on the farm, many of which are for sale and know how to be driven.
Sleipnir Constellation (Connie) 1983 and Coeur d’Alene (Alene) 1988 both know well how to be driven. Connie was a well-known show horse in New England in the 1980’s. Alene is the dam of two of our stallions and Connie is the dam of another. They are both dams of members of our next generation broodmare band as well. They are retired broodmares and happily munch grass together in a nice paddock. They both love carrots. May’s Sweetie (1984) was the main driving horse for a prominent, knowledgeable carriage driver. She is blind in one eye from an old injury, and is also a retired broodmare here on our farm. We have a few of her very nice “Produce” for sale for us and for her owner. Playday Rebecca (Becca) 1990 and NEJ Golddust Emma (a “Sweetie” daughter) (1995) are broodmares only, and are hopefully in foal. NEJ Golddust Alice (also a “Sweetie” daughter) (1993) has never been hooked, but she has been ground-driven with untrained horses in pairs, probably the only one doing so on the farm…with the kids (Amber for sure). Alice and Emma are both available, and Sweetie could be persuaded to accompany either or both of her daughters as a companion horse to a new home.

Sleipnir Southern Cross (Blaze) 1998 and Sleipnir Spice on Top (Topsie) 1999 both know how to be driven. They have both been driven by several different drivers. Neither one are currently offered for sale as they are planned replacement pedigrees for the broodmare band. Cece (Triagn Smooth Sailing) our gorgeous Palomino mare is intended to be a pleasure, and/or carriage, driving mare, prior to our breeding her to Sleipnir Echo’s Finale. S. Sophisticated Lady (Sophie) 2001 hasn’t been hooked; and is intended to join S. Southern Cross, S. Spice on Top, S. Andromeda, and Triagn Smooth Sailing as the next-generation broodmare band.
Sleipnir Celestial Array (Array) 2002 and Sleipnir Fieldstone (Fieldstone) 2006. Array and Fieldstone, both bay geldings, were both started by an experienced morgan horse driver. Array is at the Nerlands being used as Chris’ Hunt Seat saddle horse and Fieldstone is going to Travis Olinger to get tuned up for The Liberty United Classic Horse Show. Both are professional quality, amateur-safe, and are for sale and available.

R’surene Reparte (1995) knows how to be driven, and has been shown in Pleasure Driving by Chris. Reparte is available for sale by the Nerlands. He can be seen here at our farm. NEJ Golddust Jaxx (1993) and NEJ Golddust Wilbur (1994) have had basic training for driving and saddle work. They are BIG, TALL, SOLID BLACK horses bred to be part of a four-in-hand for a well-known carriage driving enthusiast. Others of their siblings may also be available. Alice and Emma are here on our farm; these guys are nearby.

All four current stallions: S. Carbon Copy (2000) S. Sequoyah (2003) S. Echo’s Finale (2004) and S. Zenith (2004) have had ground-driving experience, but none have been hooked. Three of them are For Sale and would make excellent Class A Pleasure Driving stallions (or geldings). All are pleasant to work with, and all are also available At Stud. We only breed a couple horses a year, and we don’t need four stallions.
Sleipnir Onstar, (2003 )our Black mare, of course, drives. Trained for western saddle, and used with Hunt Tack, and probably Saddle Seat Tack, Onstar’s early career, believe it or not, was as a lesson horse for our YOUNG beginner grandchildren. She has been in training with Travis Olinger for driving and she has made her Morgan Horse Class A show ring debut this year in Roadster to Bike! Onstar has a couple more Class A Morgan Horse Shows this year with Travis. Onstar can move up or down the class lists and has been a well-kept secret in Morgandom. Many people who watched her debut at the Bluegrass Morgan in Kentucky against well-known former Park Horses, wondered who she was. People won’t be wondering much longer. Onstar follows Travis like a puppy back to the barn, stands quiet to be tacked up, is great for the farrier and veterinarian, and has the pedigree and conformation to benefit ANY Morgan breeding program. She is one of the few remaining B-L Rhinestone Kid producing daughters.
Sleipnir Onstar exemplifies our motto: Family Show Horses: Showy Family Horses.

All four of our young junior horses can be ground-driven and are For Sale. They are like all our horses, beautiful, talented, great pedigrees, superior conformation, and willing personalities. S. Hiwassee and S. Echo’s Celebrity (“Bree”) (2009) have started their ground training to drive and can progress to the hooking stage. S. Double Feature (“DF”) and S. Resonance (“Res”) 2010 probably ought to wait until late winter to hook. They might make a great tall chestnut driving pair with their similar markings. However, each could have a fine show or family career on their own.
I am currently writing new updates for the individual pages for each of the “For Sale” horses. Pictures of all of the For Sale Horses can be seen by clicking on their individual photos from the home page OR
By going to www.ImagesnMemories.com then Galleries, then SMHF – Public Galleries, then Stallions, Mares or Geldings For Sale and each individual horse has a few pages of pictures.

We are happy to talk pedigrees, talents, etc. Feel free to email, or call to discuss any of the horses. If we do not have something to suit you, we’ll know other Morgan Horse people that might. Amber (McGee) our oldest grand-daughter is showing the Class A shows down south, in training with Sue Nerland (& Chris)  and the youngest, grand-daughter, Kaya Bayard, is their groom. So, you may even find us on the rail. Last year was the first time since 1988, with Beth, Caitrin, and Britta, (and John!)
Also, Elizabeth (McGee), our oldest daughter, is the Show Manager for the Liberty United Classic Horse Show in Cleveland, TN, 37325, September 24 & 25 (Saturday and Sunday). It is going to be a major show for Morgans, and other breeds. This is the first year that it is rated THREE STARS AMHA. Plan on seeing us all there! http://LibertyUnitedHorseShow.yolasite.com and come for a visit to the farm, we are just a few minutes north of the show ground.

Camp Sunshine Campers and Staff Visit Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm

Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm, Delano, Tennessee the three generation family farm of the Denman, McGee and Bayard Families, was recently the site for a visit by campers and staff from Camp Sunshine, a special needs camp from Dalton, Georgia.

At the farm, the campers were introduced to Morgan Horses that range from yearlings to senior citizen retirees. And also to various poultry species, including newly hatched chicks, and friendly farm cats.

The campers had watched the movie “Justin Morgan Had a Horse” the day prior to their visit and were able to relay lots of information that they knew about the Morgans. Some of the campers’ families had horses, and for some it was a new experience to get up close to the personality-filled Morgans.

After the visit, the campers went back with lots of information about things to do in the area, and more information about horses in general and especially the Morgan Horse.

New photos placed in Public Galleries

Hello,

We have been taking some more photos.  Especially of the growing Yearlings and Two year olds.

There are new photos up of Sleipnir Hiwassee, Sleipnir Double Feature and Sleipnir Resonance. Others to follow.

If you go to our Home page or our Horses for sale page, and click on their names, it will take you to their individual pages and galleries.

OR

If you go to www.ImagesnMemories.com (our daughter, Elizabeth McGee’s website for her photography) and click on Galleries; then SMHF – Public Galleries; and then click by sex; and then name of horses, you will get to each horse’s public gallery.

Any problems please write to Elizabeth’s email: ImagesnMemories@aol.com and she’ll send you a direct link to each gallery.

Thanks for visiting these lovely, talented and friendly horses.

Our Motto:  Family Show Horses : Showy Family Horses

Reggie’s Black Rose

Reggie’s Black Rose

(Reggie’s Gem x Reggie’s Delight)

(1999 – 2011)

 Today, July 21, 2011, Reggie’s Black Rose died.  Rose, a black Morgan mare, was a delightful ambassadress of the farm. She had participated in 2 TN Agriculture Extension Service Fun on the Farm Days, for First Graders, Home schoolers, and their families, where she was a big drawing attraction.  She also participated in several Open Barn Events here on the farm.

Rose loved the foals and young horses.  While she had not had a foal for us, she was a great caretaker for the weaned foals and the young horses.  She had been a trail horse for her previous owners; and she had been ridden for lessons and around the farm by our grandchildren, and visitors.  She loved carrots and was good for the veterinarian, farrier, and the kids when they groomed her.

She is buried here on the farm, where her spirit, along with those of prior Members of the Herd, watches over the farm.

Amber McGee and Sleipnir Explorer at The Bluegrass Morgan Horse Show in Kentucky

Amber Mcgee and Sleipnir Explorer, our 2005 big Dark Bay gelding (B-L Rhinestone Kid x May’s Sweetie) are also showing at the Bluegrass Morgan Horse Show. 

Last year was their debut at an all-Morgan Show, at the premiere Bluegrass Show.

This year they have presented at The Dixie Cup for our first time ever; and at Southern States for our first time ever.  Amber and Explorer compete in in-hand and Junior Exhibitor Hunt Seat classes.  They are always in the ribbons and just keep getting better and better.

Amber has been training with Sue and Chris Nerland; as well as training some of our horses to saddle and presenting for-sale horses. 

We wish them well and are so proud of our “YOUTH” human and equine.

Sleipnir Onstar making her Morgan Horse Show debut at The Bluegrass Morgan Show in Kentucky

Sleipnir Onstar, our 2003, BLACK driving and saddle mare is on her way to her first all-morgan horse show, The Bluegrass Morgan, in KY.

S. Onstar, who has been ridden in Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, and Western tack, and could be a Park Harness, Pleasure Driving or Roadster to Bike harness mare, is making her debut in the Roadster-to-Bike class. She was shown once, last year, at a local show.

She is one of B-L Rhinestone Kid’s only producing-aged daughters available. Her dam, NEJ Golddust Louise, has been sold to be a parade horse and broodmare in Georgia. Since Rhinestone is deceased and Louise has been sold, S. Onstar is a unique cross, never to be repeated.

She is trained, and will be shown by Travis Olinger, who has been a horseman since early youth.

Wish us well and look for new photos of her in her gallery connections SOON.