Georgia’s mini-Essay for Horse & Driver Directory – 2013

We are proud to be a long-time Morgan Horse Family; Breeding and Showing Morgan Horses since 1979. We are especially interested in the preservation, promotion, and sharing of Morgan Horse pedigrees, in a modern horse.

This is a family operation with three generations feeding, training, and maintaining the herd. Good Manners are every bit as important to us as correct conformation and the Morgan’s intrinsic beauty and terrific personality.

We have all ages. Suitable for various disciplines. Classic Morgan bloodlines and temperament. Blacks, Seal Browns, Dark Chestnuts, Bays, & a palomino. National caliber horses for the show ring, CDE, trail, or backyard.

Our horses are groomed near geese, ducks, chickens, guinea hens, cats & dogs.
Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm is located in East Tennessee at the foot of the Smoky Mountains, off Interstate 75, between Chattanooga and Knoxville.

Our motto and mission – Family Show Horses : Showy Family Horses.

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Sleipnir Fieldstone in harness around the backyard

Sleipnir Fieldstone
Travis Olinger, trainer, whip

2006 Bay Gelding 14.3+ barefoot, cut down for pasture, not show length, padded/shod
(B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Emma)
John Denman (orange shirt) whip
Travis Olinger, trainer, whip
Autumn 2012 day on the farm

Fieldstone is the first horse that John has driven since his illness and extended recovery. Fieldstone waits patiently while John brings his electric wheelchair nearby to transition to the cart.

Sleipnir Explorer goes to a Show Home in Oklahoma

Sleipnir Explorer, Amber McGee up

Our 2005 Bay gelding, Sleipnir Explorer (B-L Rhinestone Kid x May’s Sweetie) went to Oklahoma City, OK for the Grand National Morgan Horse Show in October, 2011. Several young girls saw him there, and were captivated by him. One young lady, Savannah Mitchell, and her mother Julie, have purchased him.

Explorer, aka “Zippy”, was brokered by Sue Nerland, who had guided our grand-daughter, Amber McGee, in training him; and by Mary Shappee & Gert Shuckhart of Majic Stables, where Explorer went from the show grounds, and where he will remain in training and for Savannah’s lessons.

Sleipnir Explorer and Savannah Mitchell

Sleipnir Fieldstone (B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Emma) 2006 Bay Gelding – Harness and Saddle

Sleipnir Fieldstone - Autumn 2011

Sleipnir Fieldstone is from Rhinestone’s final foal crop; and he is out of one of my favorite mares, Emma, who we have on a breeding lease. Fieldstone is trained for harness and saddle. 

He is one of two well trained mature geldings that we have for sale. The other is Sleipnir Celestial Array.  We also have several mature geldings on our sales list for other owners.

Fieldstone has been handled by both professionals and amateurs since his birth. All our foals are imprinted at birth…more on that topic later.

He was started in his ground driving training by a very experienced long-time carriage driving enthusiast, whose family has had morgan horses for generations.  Fieldstone recently has been in professional driving training to be completely finished as a safe family driving horse.  He has been shown in Morgan Class A pleasure driving, but that is an aside from his family driving.

Mary Kate driving S. Fieldstone. Photo by Audra Olinger.In his picture here, he is being driven by our trainer’s 4 y/o daughter. She has the reins.

Travis  Olinger, his trainer, showed him at the 2011 Liberty Classic Horse Show.  Travis’ email is: atolinger@charter.net  He trains harness horses. His family is prominent in Hackney pony and Saddlebreds in Harness here in Eastern Tennessee.  He likes to work with amateur owners.  We are encouraging an appreciation for our family friendly morgan show  and backyard horses.

 S. Fieldstone was recently shown in Pleasure Driving at the 2011 Liberty Classic Horse Show. I will post pictures, etc from that in another blog posting.

After his class, Fieldstone also was driven on the show-grounds by an amateur beginner new to him.

He has been trained to saddle by our middle grand-daughter, Kimberly, when she was a younger teen-ager…beginner.  He has been ridden in rings of various sizes and in our fields.  She has severe allergies so she has not been up on him for awhile.  But his driving is totally up to date.

Fieldstone loves humans, especially the little ones. We have used him as a grooming demonstration horse as a 2 y/o, with THREE 7 – 8 y/o boys…and a surrounding crowd.

He also has gone as a breed representative to a Farm Extension Day for all the county first graders, and extended families, and home schoolers.

S. Fieldstone is a prime example of our breeding motto for over thirty years:

“Family Show Horses : Showy Family Horses”

Kid safe in cross-ties, Approved by Mary Kate. Photo by Audra Olinger

Sleipnir Onstar at The Grand National Morgan Horse Show

Sleipnir Onstar and Travis Olinger in Roadster to Bike

I have posted news about Onstar earlier.  Here are two pictures of her at the 2011 Grand National Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City.  Both photos are by Howard Schatzberg.

Sleipnir Onstar and Travis Olinger - October 2011 Grand National

 In Elizabeth’s gallery for our mares that are for sale, there are other pictures that Elizabeth and Travis’ wife, Audra, have taken of Onstar being driven. There’s even a picture of me driving her.  I’ll have Elizabeth comment with a direct link to Onstar’s “gallery”.  But you can go to www.ImagesnMemories.com >> “Galleries” >> Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm – Public Gallery >> Mares For Sale >> and choose Sleipnir Onstar’s Gallery.  There are galleries for most all of our “For Sale” Horses as well as “historic” photos.  I recently found some other “historic” photos, and we will be scanning and adding them soon.

Onstar traveled to and from OKC and did well in her stall, grooming stall, ready ring and class.  This was only her second time in a ring with traffic, and she handled all the lights and noise of the Coliseum for the Roadster class like a trooper.  She is kid kissable, and like all our horses, stands well for the farrier, veterinarian, etc; and is current on all vaccinations, wormings, and such.

Sleipnir Onstar and Amber McGee 2008 Open Barn post-demonstration

2003 Black Morgan Mare (B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Louise)

Harness and Saddle
All Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm Horses have full pedigrees on www.allbreedpedigrees.com

Sleipnir Explorer is at the 2011 Grand National Morgan Horse Show:

Our granddaughter, Amber McGee, and our 2005 Bay gelding, Sleipnir Explorer (B-L Rhinestone Kid x May’s Sweetie) have made their way to Oklahoma City, OK for the Morgan Horse Grand National Horse Show.

They have been training with Sue (and Chris) Nerland, of Lancer Stables/R’surene Morgans, and have had a solid show season this year, their second year of Class A rated morgan horse shows. Sue is imparting her wealth of knowledge and experience to Amber. This year they have shown at the Dixie Cup, Southern States Regional, Kentucky Bluegrass Classic, and the Liberty United Classic Horse Shows.

Amber has been S. Explorer’s trainer from the beginning. She has had professional coaching from several well known morgan horse people; but she has done virtually all the hands on work herself.

Explorer is following in the fine tradition of people friendly, athletic, intelligent “Family Show Horses: Showy Family Horses” that has been our breeding philosophy since the birth of our first two family show horse geldings, Sleipnir Valhalla (UVM Viking x UC Spicy Lass) and Sleipnir Selebrity (Donnybrook Celebrity x UC Spicy Lass) in the 1980’s.

Amber and Explorer are entered in several classes at the Grand National. Elizabeth or I will attach a list of their classes to the comments on the blog. It is possible to watch the entire GN in real time online. Amber has been working Explorer Hunt Seat, but he would do equally well at Saddle Seat or Dressage. He also has worn Western tack.

Sleipnir Explorer is just one of several of our terrific geldings. We also have Sleipnir Celestial Array (Bay), Sleipnir Fieldstone (Bay), Sleipnir Double Feature (Chestnut), and Sleipnir Resonance (Chestnut) available, as well as some very nice Black geldings available from friends of ours. All are very people friendly, athletic, intelligent, with good conformation and no vices. All are offered for sale. Most all of our horses would be equally at home in a national caliber show ring or a family field. Almost all prefer carrots to apples.

Update to Liberty United Horse Show

Hello,

The weather is beautiful and the Horse Show is continuing today at the Tri-County Fairgrounds/Arena in Cleveland, Tennessee.  Off the first Cleveland Exit heading North from Chattanooga, on I-75. Off the third Cleveland Exit heading South from Knoxville or Athens, on I-75.

There is no charge for visitors to the show.

Four of our Morgan Horses will be shown today.  Sleipnir Onstar, our gorgeous BLACK, driving mare, currently showing Roadster-to-Bike, but she could go up or down.  She follows her trainer like a puppy.  Our three mature geldings will all be at the show: Sleipnir Celestial Array, a handsome Bay that rides and drives; Sleipnir Explorer, a friendly Bay that has been Junior Exhibitor Hunt Seat Equitated; and Sleipnir Fieldstone, another friendly handsome Bay, that rides and drives.  He has been worked casually laid-back, family-friendly, and has been driven by a four-year-old girl! He can go further up in speed and action, or become an excellent carriage driving horse.

All our horses have a great deal of on-the-ground training time. The driving horses have mostly been started by a carriage driving/CDE enthusiast, who’s family has been breeding morgans for multiple generations.  Some have been further worked by a young man who is also from a multi-generation driving enthusiasts family, but with a decided showhorse orientation.  The horses that have been worked in equitation are also under the care of a multi-generation morgan horse family, and an equitation instructor.  They all stand for the veterinarian and farrier, and are current on their vaccinations and wormings.

There are horses at the show of other breeding also.  Arabians, Friesians, Hackney/Harness ponies, And other breeds.

Please see the website for Liberty at: www.LibertyUnitedHorseShow.yolasite.com

Good Wishes to all the exhibitors.