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.

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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!!!

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.

BLACK Morgan Horses at Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm

AN UPDATE:

Sleipnir Smoky Mountain and Sleipnir Ocoee have been sold and moved to a new home here in Tennessee. We are very pleased at the long-term/permanent placement in a loving, horse-knowledgeable home. The guys are 2009 and 2010 models, and they loaded, trailered, and unloaded like they were veterans. Our horses are pleasant-tempered and willing.

They were both B-L Rhinestone Kid grand-get via his handsome black son, Sleipnir Sequoyah. Sequoyah, a full brother to Sleipnir Carbon Copy, is out of our Breezeway daughter, Coeur d’Alene, who is a deep chestnut brown.

S. Sequoyah has been quite popular as a breeding stallion. We only have one of his foals left, a coming 2 y/o filly, Sleipnir Hiwassee. We did not breed for any foals for next year, to give our mares some time off, and prior to starting some new mares. So, if you want a Sequoyah foal, come see S. Hiwassee! She is truly a treasure. A super friendly, loving, and very athletic filly.

S. Sequoyah will be available for hand breeding in 2011 to approved mares; and we are considering training him to a mount, for shipping. We’ll keep you posted.

Reggie’s Black Rose: 1999 Black Mare Trail, Broodmare, Show. Rose is a perfect Ambassadress of the Morgan breed. Sweet and willing. Rides, broodmare, very cute. Lots of trailering experience!

Sleipnir Onstar: 2003 Black Mare Class A National Caliber.  Onstar will be a star in anyone’s stable. Professionally trained to ride and drive. Currently ready for an exceptional season as a Roadster to Bike horse. Bloodlines and conformation to complement any breeding program. Exquisite and athletic. Show her under saddle or in harness.

Sleipnir Hiwassee: 2009 Black Filly Ready to start driving training. Hiwassee, or “Meadow” as her Cherokee name translates, is an absolute sweetheart. Super friendly and willing to please, she’ll be right at the gate to greet you and go to work. A favorite of visitors.

*Two BLACK broodmares belonging to other owners might be available; ONLY sold together, and ONLY to a special home!!

* There is also a Black Bay mare, GAITED, belonging to other owners, off the farm, that is available. NEJ Golddust Sadie (1993). An especially interesting horse for here in the South! She has exceptional bloodlines for breeding use.

Sleipnir Sequoyah: 2003 Black Stallion.  Class A National Caliber. Proven sire: 3 Blacks, 1 Dark Chestnut 3 G (two still colts): 1 M Solid, athletic, fabulous temperament and conformation. He is pleasant to use for breeding; respects his handler and his mares. Would make a spectacular harness horse, or English Pleasure. Can be gelded.

* There are also two Black Geldings, NEJ Golddust St. Jaxx and NEJ Golddust Wilbur, belonging to other owners, off the farm, that are available. Both Jaxx (1993) and Wilbur (1994) have had some ground training, but have not been hooked, though they have had people on their backs for a few rides. I recently saw Wilbur, and refreshed my memory about how large he is! Up close he resembles a Friesian…Tall and solid framework. They are available separately or ask for a package with NEJ Golddust Sadie.

All of our Morgan Horses stand well for the farrier and the vet. At minimum, single tie for grooming; and are current on vaccinations, Negative Coggins, wormings, and can have an Interstate travel health certificate.

All are raised around children, dogs, cats, geese, guinea hens, etc.

See their individual pages on our website for links to photos and their complete pedigrees. Their pedigrees are also available on: www.allbreedpedigree.com

The Denman Family

Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm 2214 Columbus Road Delano, TN, 37325 www.SleipnirMorganHorseFarm.com

Email: Denmanfam@aol.com

423 263 5677 House 423 284 0899 – Call or Text 423 263 5425 Fax

John, Georgia & Britta Denman; Elizabeth, Michael, Amber, & Kimberly McGee; Caitrin, Kaya, and Tre Bayard

BLACK Morgan Horses at Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm

Several people have asked us specifically about our Black Morgan Horses. So, here is a list of just the Black Morgans.
We do have have Dark and Light Chestnuts, Bays, and a Palomino on the farm.
The Black Morgan Horses include:

Reggie’s Black Rose 1999 Black Mare Trail, Broodmare, Show
Rose is a perfect Ambassadress of the Morgan breed. Sweet and willing. Rides, broodmare, very cute. Lots of trailering experience!

Sleipnir Onstar 2003 Black Mare Class A National Caliber
Onstar will be a star in anyone’s stable. Professionally trained to ride and drive. Currently ready for an exceptional season as a Roadster to Bike horse. Bloodlines and conformation to complement any breeding program. Exquisite and athletic. Show her under saddle or in harness.

Sleipnir Hiwassee 2009 Black Filly Ready to start driving training
Hiwassee, or “Meadow” as her Cherokee name translates, is an absolute sweetheart. Super friendly and willing to please, she’ll be right at the gate to greet you and go to work. A favorite of visitors.

*It is possible that two BLACK broodmares belonging to other owners might be available, ONLY sold together, and ONLY to a special home!!

* There is also another Black Bay mare, GAITED, belonging to other owners, off the farm, that is available. NEJ Golddust Sadie (1993). An especially interesting horse for here in the South! She has exceptional bloodlines for breeding use.

Sleipnir Sequoyah 2003 Black Stallion Class A National Caliber
Proven sire: 3 Blacks, 1 Dark Chestnut 3 G (two still colts): 1 M
Solid, athletic, fabulous temperament and conformation. He is pleasant to use for breeding; respects his handler and his mares. Would make a spectacular harness horse, or English Pleasure. Can be gelded.

Sleipnir Smoky Mountain 2009 Black colt-to be gelded Class A prospect
This colt will be tall and elegant, but on a solid foundation. He is friendly and willing. Ready for driving training. He has not been gelded yet, if looking for a stallion prospect, Smoky would make a fine one. Great temperament & conformation. Athletic. Loves carrots. SOLD to a wonderful home!

Sleipnir Ocoee 2010 Black colt-to be gelded From a favorite cross
Ocoee would be a good prospect for a possible driving pair with either Sleipnir Smoky Mountain or Sleipnir Hiwassee. He will be good sized and an athletic talented horse for whatever is asked of him. Ocoee has his parent’s solid build and temperament; and will be a friend/partner. SOLD to a wonderful home!

* There are also another two Black Geldings, NEJ Golddust St. Jaxx and NEJ Golddust Wilbur, belonging to other owners, off the farm, that are available. Both Jaxx (1993) and Wilbur (1994) have had some ground training, but have not been hooked or ridden, though they have had people on their backs. I recently saw Wilbur, and refreshed my memory about how large he is! Up close he resembles a Friesian…Tall and solid framework.
They are available separately or ask for a package with NEJ Golddust Sadie.

All of our Morgan Horses stand well for the farrier and the vet. At minimum, single tie for grooming; and are current on vaccinations, Negative Coggins, wormings, and can have an Interstate travel health certificate.

See their individual pages on our website for links to more photos and their complete pedigrees. Their pedigrees are also available on: www.allbreedpedigree.com

The Denman Family
Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm
2214 Columbus Road
Delano, TN, 37325
www.SleipnirMorganHorseFarm.com

  • Email: Denmanfam@aol.com
    423 263 5677 House
    423 284 0899 – Call or Text
    423 263 5425 Fax
    John, Georgia & Britta Denman
    Elizabeth, Michael, Amber, & Kimberly McGee
    Caitrin, Kaya, and Tre Bayard

What type of Morgan Horses do we breed?

One more post for today.

Recently, I was asked about the type Morgan horses that we breed.

It is an interesting question…and has a complex, but simple, answer.

We breed for a family friendly, beautiful, intelligent, well-conformed horse that is historically a Morgan, but in a contemporary context.

We have very versatile Morgan horses. And we also know that the horse, itself, has preferences regarding the type of work (s)he does.

We utilize historically important bloodlines, as up close as possible, to achieve these results.

For Example: S. Onstar had been trained to ride Western by professional trainers and VERY beginner amateur grandchildren. As I said in an earlier posting about her, she had not been ridden for over a year when Amber rode her Hunt Seat (see the pictures). She still hasn’t worn a pair of shoes…and clearly can vary her motion.
She literally floats through the air with a super reach for Travis driving her Roadster (see pictures and the new video). She had plenty of natural up/down motion for Amber, more than typically Hunt Seat. But she carried the saddle happily, having only carried a Western saddle prior. She also has plenty of up/down motion as I drive her. She is constantly listening and thinking about what we are asking her to do, and wants to please.

On another path, we have been discussing May’s Prunella and May’s Joy with “Foundation” Morgan horse people who want their bloodlines and hope for a foal or two. Other of our horses are too much “show horse” for the Foundation people, who do not care for certain bloodlines.

Virtually all of our horses sold in the past have been trained and sold locally as trail mounts. But some could have had brilliant show careers.

A few have competed successfully in competitive and endurance trail events, in New England and in the Deep South.

Several have gone to be the basis of a new Morgan horse breeding farm.

Some have been crossed with Friesians, and Arabians, bringing their talents to those breeders specific plans.

Some have been sold to be fancy Parade horses…a job that requires patience and willingness to please with beautiful looks and the ability to carry a heavy load of tack and rider.

We have several National Caliber – Class A quality show horses that are hidden jewels waiting for the right person to come along. Horses that can be ridden/driven by a professional or by an amateur with success.

We expect all our horses to be cared for by a family of amateurs, including children.

We have horses with great hooves, good legs, wide chests, tiny ears and kind eyes. We have horses that are tall and horses that are more typically “morgan heights”, non-shod, pasture length hooves. 

We have solid blacks, dark and light chestnuts, gleaming bays. Stallions, mares, and geldings. weanlings to retirees.

In the past, we sold a gorgeous mare. She could have had almost any kind of show career, but sold to be a pleasure riding mount. While she was parked out by the barn, a gander chased his mate directly under her body, with squawks and spread wings. She didn’t flinch. SOLD.

Are our horses always perfect? No. Can they adapt to their humans’ requests? Usually. Is every horse capable of doing everything? Of course not. Do we have a wide range of styles and types of the Morgan Horse? Always. Read their individual pages. Look at their pictures and pedigrees.

We breed for horses that fulfill our motto:
Family Show Horses: Showy Family Horses.

A new video on our Website: Sleipnir Onstar being driven

10/11/10:
There is a new video on S. Onstar’s page on our website. It is of Travis driving her last evening. Noel also took a few photos of her with Travis, John and I.

Go to her picture on our Home page/Horses for Sale page, and click on her photo. When her page comes up, there is a spot to click on Driving Video.

It loads in a reasonable amount of time over my air card in the house. Let us know if you have any problems, or questions.

It was a nice break to go down and drive her last evening. The weather had been gorgeous all day; but I hadn’t been feeling well. I was glad that I went; and had lots of fun once again watching her with Travis and John and driving her myself.

She is all show horse at work, but she stops on a dime and she follows Travis in and out of the barn like a companionable pet.

Don’t forget to watch the video of Sleipnir Celestial Array, also being driven.