Sleipnir Explorer (B-L Rhinestone Kid x May’s Sweetie) and Amber McGee and others

May 5, 2011

Amber and Explorer are at their first Horse show of the 2011 season, The Dixie Cup, at the International Horse Park, in Conyers, Georgia.  Amber is in her last season as a Junior Exhibitor, and Explorer is her partner in showing in Morgan Hunter Pleasure and Equitation classes. They have several shows that they are planning on attending this year, some for the first time for us as exhibitors.

S. Explorer is a Dark Bay 2005 gelding with no white markings, who is approximately 14.3 hands + tall, with fairly low trimmed hooves.  He has been trained Western and Hunt Seat.  Amber has done most of the work herself, with some guidance, most recently from Sue Nerland, R’surene Morgans/Lancer Stables.

Explorer is For Sale, and is a proven high placer in Geldings In-hand and Reserve Champion  In-hand.  Because show season has started, and he is Amber’s primary mount, he may be purchased at any time, but he will not be available for pick-up until after The Grand Nationals in early October.

I’ve been promising Barb Goda every year that we’d have horses for Dixie Cup; and it seems like every year something comes up that we cannot.  So, this year we at least have one horse at the Show.

The Nerlands have Sleipnir Celestial Array on loan to be Chris’ show horse for this season.  Because they have three mares due to foal in a cluster, and Chris has been recovering from treatments, Array is not being shown as yet.  He also is a proven show horse and has been a winner in Geldings In-hand and as Show Champion In hand. Our geldings are quality enough to be a stallion, but we have too many stallions as it is…so, some get gelded to use in Junior Exhibitor and Amateur settings. S. Celestial Array (Hylee’s The Rage x Sleipnir Constellation, by B-L Rhinestone Kid) is a 2002 Deep Bay, with no white markings. He is trained Western, and for Pleasure Driving. Sue and Chris will be fine tuning him, and possibly using him in Hunt Seat for Chris, as well as Pleasure Driving for Chris.

In the meantime, we are tending and feeding Chris’ retired show gelding, R’surene Reparte, for them, and he is being used by Sue and Beth as leaders, for the Appalachian Riders Morgan Horse Youth Group, which is part of Blue Ridge Morgan Horse Association.  The Youth Group is based here on Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm.

Sleipnir Fieldstone is due to make some show debuts this year.  It is his year for Liberty Classic, in September this year, although his brother and uncle will probably be there too. S. Fieldstone is a very dark Bay (2006) gelding with a small white star.  He is from B-L Rhinestone Kid’s last foal crop x NEJ Golddust Emma (Golddust Miner MC x May’s Sweetie).  Fieldstone drives, and has been ridden Western and Hunt Seat.

Last, but certainly not least in the Show Horses due out this year, is Sleipnir Onstar, (2003) (B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Louise) our Black driving mare. John has always wanted a Roadster to Bike horse and it looks like S. Onstar is it.  Unfortunately, due to rule changes, Morgan horses that were not shown in Roadster to Bike classes prior to 2003, are not eligible to be shown in some combination shows.  Amber has ridden her Hunt Seat, and a previous professional trainer had trained her for Western tack…But she is a FAST BLACK DRIVING HORSE.   So, it will be interesting to see where she will fit in this year.  She is being capably driven by Travis Olinger, and every now and then by John and I.  STAY TUNED!!!

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Surviving the Storm/Tornado Damage

This is a quick post. More to follow.
As far as we know, all our friends and family have survived the storms/tornados. No one has power. All of our immediate family and critters are ok.
Most of our builldings had little damage. Some fencing was damaged, but the horses are all ok.
Friends in Bradley County lost all their farm buildings, but family and home are alright. Other friends had little damage.
Friends in McMinn County are flooded in; but they, home, and critters are all ok.
Britta is working in Arizona, and smoke is in the air from fires…but she is well.
We will update you with amusing stories, later…for instance Foxy and CL’s very heavy dog box stories…but for now…love and hugs to all our family and many friends…and prayers for all our friends, neighbors and customers…and the greater community of the world.
Hugs to all.
The Denman, McGee and Bayard Families

2011 Spring Open House and Plant Sale

2011 Spring Open House and Plant Sale

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

10:00am to 4:00pm

We are a small family farm.  We grow 98% of our plants ourselves.  Everything is organically grown and while we have some common varieties, we mostly concentrate on Unusual and Unique culinary herbs and HEIRLOOM and ethnic varieties of vegetable plants, especially Tomatoes and Peppers

We also have Blueberry bushes and some other fruiting plants and perennials.

We have limited space and only grow a small amount of each of many varieties.  We will have over 30 types of Heirloom, Ethnic and other Tomatoes; and over 75 types of sweet, mild to HOT peppers. We do take requests and deposits.

Antique Shop on the farm, with glass, china, vintage hats and jewelry +

Gift Certificates Available for any amount.

Also the largest herd of Registered Morgan Horses in the south. 

Foals to senior citizens; stallions, mares, and geldings.  Historic bloodlines in people-friendly, gorgeous, intelligent horses.  Mostly Blacks and Bays, some Chestnuts, and a Palomino.

The Blue Ridge Morgan Horse Youth Group, Appalachian Riders, will be presenting some of the horses during the Open House. 

House plants ON SALE NOW.

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am until 4:00 pm, year round

The Greenhouse At Morgan Lane

2214 Columbus Road, Delano, TN, 37325

Off Rte. 163-Bowater Road, Delano, TN, 37325 

use either McMinn County Routes 969 or 970

 

WATCH FOR SIGNS

 

GPS N 35° 16.039’ W 084° 36.236’

423 263 0824 Farm             423 284 0899 Cellular

www.TheGreenhouseAtMorganLane.com

www.TheShopsAtMorganLane.com

www.SleipnirMorganHorseFarm.com

Appalachian Riders, a new Youth Group for ages 6 through 21

Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm will be the site for most meetings of a new Youth group, for people interested in horses, especially the Morgan Horse.

Ages 6 through 18 boys and girls are invited to participate, members are welcome through age 21. Younger attendees will be considered on an individual basis.

You do not need to own a horse, or even a Morgan Horse, to belong to the Club.  Parents are welcome, and encouraged, to attend the meetings.

Susan Nerland, of Lancer Stables, home of R’surene Morgan Horses, Talbott,TN, an accomplished riding instructor and trainer of Morgan Horses and Elizabeth McGee, a member of the Denman Family of Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm will be the co-leaders.  Both ladies have had Morgan Horses for over thirty years.

The BRMHA youth club, Appalachian Riders, will be meeting at Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm in Delano,TN at 2pm, on Saturday, March 5, 2011.
The new club and plans for future meetings will be discussed.

Coming events will be discussed as well as the first activity, a one day seminar at UT on “The Horse: Head to Toe” on March 12.

If you are under the age of 21, or know someone who is, & would like to belong to this exciting group, please email Sue Nerland at lancerstables@charter.net to be placed on the newsletter list. You can reach Elizabeth McGee at ImagesnMemories@aol.com

Phone messages may be sent to the farm and Shops at Morgan Lane at 423 263 0824.

Also, if you have any news about you and your Morgan horse, you wish to share, please include that information in an email.

Further information can be seen at: www.BlueRidgeMorganHorseAssociation.yolasite.com

 

U C Cinnamon

U C Cinnamon
(UVM Viking x U C Spicy Lass)
1979-2011
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.

February at the Farm

Hello,

We are starting to shake off the winter doldrums and spending some time working horses.  We’ve sold four horses over the Winter, and lost one that suddenly became ill overnight and passed away despite hours of attendant care from our vet and family. It never gets easier no matter what their age.  The sold horses are all doing well at excellent homes.

Amber and Kimberly have braved the mud and are starting to ride again.

John has about six days off this week and in to next.  Hopefully, the weather will be nice and he and Michael, Noel and I, and maybe some of the grandkids, Elizabeth and Caitrin can work on some driving horses. 

We have two two year old mares: Sleipnir Hiwassee (Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma) (Black) and Sleipnir Echo’s Celebrity (Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca)(Dark Chestnut).  Both are ready to start some driving training.  The ladies are both for sale. Very different styles, but definitely both are poster girls for the Sleipnir Morgans.  Of course, right now they are muddy and still have their long coats.

There are also several other mares that need riding and/or driving training.  Many are for sale and some are not. Some are planned to be new members of the broodmare band.  But that doesn’t mean that they cannot also be fun to use around home.

We have several nice geldings that we want to work with under saddle and /or pleasure driving.  And the stallions are so gorgeous and we haven’t done enough to be driving and riding them.

We have a ‘new to us’ pleasure driving show cart due to arrive sometime soon. Michael and I are setting John to searching for a second easy-entry cart.  Travis has ours while he is working S. Onstar…wow, look for new pics of her soon.  She looks super!! She can do anything from amateur saddle to Pleasure Driving to Roadster to Bike.  Which, speaking of…we are looking for a nice reasonably priced used horse sized roadster cart for her for this show season.  If you know of one, please let us know.  She is ready.

No foals are planned for our farm for this year. So sad. I miss the foals in the years when none are due.  Fortunately, the Nerlands at R’surene Morgans have three due. So, I can get my ‘foal fix’ there!

We are working on plans for some new crosses.  There are several mares of our breeding that we’d like to work in to the foaling path.

Also, the four gentlemen stallions are available for off farm breedings.  I look forward to their foals for others as much as I do theirs for us.

This time of year is soooo busy on the Farm…horses, greenhouse, Antiques…other critters…clean-up from storm damage…we had alot of storm damage this year…paperwork (always)…gardens to ready…carrots to feed to the whole gang…and so much more.

But there is always time for visitors…friends old and new.

We are OPEN Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am until 4 pm. But, also other times by arrangement.  Come see all the gang…two weanling colts, to be gelded through senior citizen retirees that have made it through another Winter.  Someone is almost always here on the farm to show you around.

NEJ GOLDDUST ALICE tall chestnut mare

Today I’d like to write about a mare that we have here on the farm for sale for other owners.

NEJ GOLDDUST ALICE     (Golddust Miner MC x May’s Sweetie)       1993

Alice is tall and sturdy enough for a long-legged man; but fine enough for a woman’s mount. She is at least 15 hands, no shoes or pads, and cut flat for pasture.

Alice has popular Beamington and Devan bloodlines up close.  She is a Dark Red Chestnut, but has a lot of black chestnut in her background.  She has thrown solid black foals bred to a seal brown stallion and a solid black stallion, and a red chestnut when bred to a red chestnut stallion.

NEJ Golddust  Alice crosses very well with our stallions.  Alice is a FULL SISTER to NEJ Golddust Emma.  Alice, Emma, and their dam, May’s Sweetie, are all here on our farm, and their produce has been popular with our customers and visitors to the farm. Their owners bred for black driving pairs and four in hand.  So far, Alice has given us a solid black mare via B-L Rhinestone Kid, our deceased founding stallion, and a solid black colt via Sleipnir Sequoyah.  In 2010, she delivered a red chestnut colt by Sleipnir Echo’s Finale.  Alice is open for 2011, and can come with or without a breeding to any of our four stallions.

Alice has good ground manners for the veterinarian & the farrier & for routine care.  She has been ground driven in tandem.  She has been ridden extensively around the farm and somewhat off the farm by professional trainers; and around the farm by our grandchildren as beginners. 

She has been used as a lesson horse in a round pen; oval metal ring and rectangular paddock.

She is a proven broodmare…giving us the three excellent foals, two of which sold early on.

The first, Sleipnir Onyx, (by B-L Rhinestone Kid) is a very fine, solid black mare. S. Onyx has been SOLD to be a foundation mare for a breeding farm. 

The second is Sleipnir Smoky Mountain, (by Sleipnir Sequoyah, a son of B-L Rhinestone Kid), a friendly curious black colt who has been sold to an excellent home, for a future full of great adventures. 

The third is a gorgeous refined red chestnut colt named Sleipnir Resonance, by Sleipnir Echo’s Finale (Exquisite Sir Echo x Sleipnir Constellation, by B-L Rhinestone Kid x U C Spicy Lass). (a grandson of B-L Rhinestone Kid). He may be sold as a colt or may be  gelded. With small white facial markings, he is almost a perfect pair to Sleipnir Double Feature, a chestnut colt by Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca.

Alice is a pleasure to work with during breeding, veterinarian pregnancy checks and with her foals, immediately upon foaling and as days progress.   She is a good attentive mother, that trusts her people.

NEJ Golddust Alice is the ONLY NEJ Golddust Miner proven broodmare daughter ever offered for sale by the owners.  Alice delivers a long-legged, tall, elegant foal, matched by unique pedigrees and superior conformation.

She is offered with or without a breeding to one of our four stallions. 

As always, a good home is a must!   She, like all the horses that we sell, is or will be, current on vaccinations, wormings, and with a negative Coggins. If needed, she will have an interstate transportation certificate.

Alice trailers well, and has been trailered interstate. She would make a good horse for a beginner rider in an enclosed environment, or a slightly more accomplished rider on trails or in the fields.  Her bloodlines blend well with all the “show horse” lines as well as a with a stallion of carriage or trail skills and temprament.

$8,500.00, Offers from a home that values her sought and considered.