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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Bay Morgan Horses For Sale

 A Bay coat color on a horse is a combination of colors. The Bay horse’s body can range in shades of brown from a light tan to a magnificent glowing brilliant Mahogany Brown. The mane, tail, and below the knees are Black.

In a previous post, I wrote about our Black Morgan Horses for sale. These five are our Bay Morgan Horses that are currently For Sale.

Our Bay Morgans For Sale are: Two Bay Stallions and Three Bay Geldings, others considered for sale:

Sleipnir Carbon Copy (B-L Rhinestone Kid x Coeur d’Alene, a Breezeway daughter, out of a Funquest Falcon grand-daughter). Born in 2000, Carbon is a glorious Mahogany Brown. He has had a good bit of ground driving training, up to the hooking stage, including by professional trainers; and has been ridden by men, and our teenage grand-daughter. Although he doesn’t have his sire’s coat color, he is wide-chested, straight –legged and athletic like his sire. He is super smart and loves to work. He remembers where you have left off with his training, and starts right back up with only the slightest reminder. He stands well for the farrier and the veterinarian; and is current on his Negative Coggins, vaccinations, and wormings.

He can be gelded, and would be a standout in almost any Show division; or sturdy on the trail.

Sleipnir Zenith (B-L Rhinestone Kid x Hip Heath Zanna, a Courage of Equinox daughter). Born in 2004, Zenith was Hip Heath Zanna’s final foal. He is absolutely gorgeous and royally bred. Zanna’s dam was UVM Flirt, a Stanfield daughter, out of a Tutor daughter. He combines the best of Old Government and Waseeka’s Showtime, and the beauty of Upwey Ben Don. Zenith has a willing attitude, and is a quick learner. He has professional and amateur training, and has been ground driven to the hooking stage and ridden by amateurs, including our grand-daughter.

Gelded he could be a star in multiple disciplines. As a stallion, there couldn’t be better bloodlines to cross with the “predominant” show horse lines; or for a solid using horse. His full brother, Sleipnir Zeus, is a spectacular Black Gelding, who was sold as a person’s pleasure horse. Zenith, like all our horses, comes current on his Negative Coggins, vaccinations, and wormings. He stands for the farrier and the veterinarian, and he LOVES handfuls of grass. He is stalled near our organic greenhouse, and is the first horse to greet visitors to the farm, greenhouse, and antique shop.

Sleipnir Celestial Array (Hylee The Rage x Sleipnir Constellation, our champion mare by B-L Rhinestone Kid). Born in 2002, Array can go from hanging around the pasture to a winning show horse. He has been professionally trained and shown Western, and won Grand Champion In-hand at the Liberty Classic Horse Show (as picture). He has been the “cover” horse for the following year’s Liberty Classic Horse Show Program. Array loves attention, stands well for all his grooming needs, the veterinarian and the farrier. He trailers well, and like all our horses, he comes with a Negative Coggins, all his vaccinations and wormings current.

Array was gelded since we had too many stallions, and not enough geldings. He has fabulous conformation, a willing attitude, and athletic talent. Array is changing careers to Hunt and/or Saddle Seat Equitation and Pleasure after his earlier training as a Western Horse. Last Summer, we trained him to drive; there is a video of him being driven on our website. He will also continue driving in 2011.

Sleipnir Explorer (B-L Rhinestone Kid x May’s Sweetie). Born in 2005, Explorer is our final horse available from the Golden Cross of Rhinestone and Sweetie, a fabulous driving mare, who is every bit as sweet as her name implies. Explorer is a deep, dark Bay with great conformation and athleticism, and a wonderful attitude.

Started almost exclusively by our grand-daughter, Amber, S. Explorer has improved throughout his show career. He has been shown lightly at 4-H and local shows, and was Reserve Champion In-Hand Horses at Liberty Classic Horse Show. He and Amber have moved up to training under Sue Nerland, a well-known horse and rider Equitation trainer in the Morgan World. They have continued showing at the Class A circuit and have placed well, and improved continually.

S. Explorer trailers well, stands well for the veterinarian and farrier. He has worn show shoes, and does equally well trimmed down for the pasture. He is current on his vaccinations and wormings, and comes with a Negative Coggins.

Amber will be going off to college in the Autumn of 2011. However, until sold, they will continue their winning team.

Sleipnir Fieldstone (B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Emma, Sweetie’s super-sweet daughter). Born in 2006, this gleaming coated lighter tan bodied Bay Gelding is a special ambassador of the farm. He has been tremendously patient and tolerant of small children and crowds since he was a little guy. As a 2 y/o, we used him for an Open Barn Event with three active boys and a crowd that got up close. As a 4 y/o, we brought him to a Fun on the Farm Event, where he was surrounded for hours by one class of kindergarteners after another, plus parents, grandparents, siblings, and camera flashes.

He trailers, stands well for the farrier and the veterinarian, and for grooming. He is current on his Negative Coggins, vaccinations, and wormings.

S. Fieldstone has been ridden by amateurs, and driven by amateurs. He has been a pasture mate to older and younger horses, and is flexible and easy-going. He is ready to follow S. Celestial Array and S. Explorer in to the show world; or he would be an attentive and athletic friend on the trails.

Pictures, video and more about each horse on our website. www.SleipnirMorganHorseFarm.com  and pedigrees for the entire herd are on www.allbreedpedigrees.com

Come visit them and all the Sleipnir (and friends) Morgan Horses over the holidays.  Let’s have some Hot Chocolate in the Antique Shop on the farm (www.TheShopsAtMorganLane.com) and talk about Morgan horses!

Sleipnir Explorer and Amber

Amber has been S. Explorer’s (B-L Rhinestone Kid x May’s Sweetie) primary person. She has done almost all of his training on her own. Dawn K gave her advise and counseling. And, more recently, Sue N has been teaching Amber Equitation, especially for Hunt Seat; and Explorer has been at “Horse Camp” with Sue and Chris.

In only a few months, Amber’s seat and hands have dramatically improved. At Liberty Classic Horse Show this year, Amber asked Sue for some helpful suggestions. I wasn’t able to go to Liberty this year. But when Amber and Explorer returned home, they were already markedly better.

Sue took them on for a “project” and they disappeared to North TN for the Summer.

In the process, Amber and S. Explorer have been to a few more local shows and two major Morgan shows. They went to the KY Bluegrass Morgan Show; and the Morab Nationals, also at the KY Horse Park.

The team improves all the time, and have been always in the ribbons, in small classes and larger ones.

Today, was the Linsdale Horse Show. The last Linsdale Show for the year. Amber and Explorer had a good show; Blue ribbons, nice…but more importantly, S. Explorer picked up all his canter leads in his three classes; and had no errors.

It was a lovely day. We had visitors at the farm. We are recovering from the tornado/winds and rain at the beginning of the week; and Amber/Explorer’s probable last show of the year was a great success.

And all of this has been accomplished from the end of May until the end of October, including Amber being back in school for her Senior year.

We are proud of all of our grandchildren.

But we have to especially mention how hard Amber, and Explorer, worked this year, and how it has all paid off.

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.

2010 New York Regional Morgan Horse Show

Recently, John and I were able to combine a visit to Britta and San with a trip to the NYRMHS.

This was the first time that we have been to the Fairground, the Coliseum, and this particular Horse Show, although we had always wanted to come.

It is clear that this is a well-established show, used to its facility, and being run by a good team of volunteers, and professionals.

This was the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Show, and it was nice to see the historic photos and blurbs in the program; and to hear them mentioned by the announcer.

We have had Morgan Horses for over thirty years, and the “old” bloodlines and show people are very familiar to us even though we have not shown our horses for quite some time.

We did not have horses at the Show, or ties to anyone showing, professionals, or amateurs. What follows are some views from the stands. Dear Readers: Please remember that these notes are not meant to be totally inclusive; and we did not attend the entire show.

Some impressions that we have of the Show include:

It was nice to see our former Regional Director, Tony Lee, winning in the amateur driving class(es).

The Broadmoor team, Mike Goebig, Dwayne Knowles, and staff, consistently turn out a good-looking, athletic, well-trained, horse. (Disclaimer: We’ve never had a horse with them, and have no vested interest in their stable.) We see the gentlemen and their horses every year at the beginning of the season at the Dixie Cup, which they always support…and even early in the season the horses look good. Their record, of course, leads them to their choice of training candidates. But from the stands, over the years, whether they are presenting the horse, or it is an amateur customer doing the ring work, they and their staff are there on the rail and the horse knows, and appears to enjoy, its work. (Another disclaimer: “usually”).

Tony had a horse, Harper Lee, in a class that we missed. That’s Britta’s favorite author. Great southern name for a presumably great southern horse. Tony, love some of your creative naming! Especially, since our girls and I are all “Lees” for our middle names.

It was nice to see some other familiar faces around the barns and in the ring.

Harry Sebring also shows a consistently nice horse. We enjoyed the three horse Roadster To Bike class…but it was not like the ‘80’s with Harry and “Spence”.

It was great to see all the UVM bloodline horses in the ring, and to see Steve Davis presenting UVM horses.

The weanling NYMHSSSA futurity class was a demonstration of superb, seamless, ring management by Lynn, and Kathleen, Peeples…was it five weanlings they presented, and four called back?
THAT takes patience and skill!!!!! And good collegial relationships.

We cheered for Bernard Parker in his classes too. The Parkers know how to present great looking, talented horses to their best.

We always cheer for Judy Nason and her horses…Again, someone who consistently presents talented, beautiful, athletic horses. She moved to Ashby, MA after we left Gardner, MA…too bad. We would have enjoyed being neighbors!

We’ve known Ivan Beattie for at least as long as we’ve had Morgans. It is always good to see his friendly face and some descendents of his family’s breeding program. From before we owned a Morgan horse, through a successful AI breeding shipment, Ivan has been welcoming and friendly. Even when he has been tremendously busy at their farm, he has made us feel welcome, and made himself available to answer theoretical breeding questions, even when the questions come decades apart in time! Their program is well represented in our breeding philosophy: Ulendon, predominently through Orcland Leader, crossed with B-L Rhinestone Kid’s GET and Old Government.

It is also always a pleasure to watch Peggy Alderman show a horse. She bought the dam of our first horse, U C Spicy Lass (U C Marquis x U C Taffy) at about the same time that we purchased Spicy. Spicy had a white fleck in one eye, so Peggy didn’t get her, instead, or too. Thank goodness! Otherwise, we would have missed the most perfect FIRST family horse ever!!!

We’ve followed Peggy’s career from the early days, and watched her develop as a professional trainer, and a breeder. So talented; and a great breeder of nice horses.

Percy McDaniel, Mike Carpenter, Kathryn Schwartz all had some beautiful, talented horses on display.

We last saw fellow Massachusetts-ite Chris Casenti at the Atlanta AMHA convention, where she was a speaker in an Equitation session that we brought our three young grand-daughters to attend. Congratulations to her on a successful show. Training horses and junior exhibitors is tough work, and she always does it well.

I saw Nikki Rae Woodworth’s name in the program. She showed leadline/walk-trot at the same period as our daughters.

Someone “new” to us was in attendance. We had seen Dale Rickford at the new KY Morgan Horse Show, and noticed him again immediately at this show. He seems to have a quiet manner, while presenting a well-turned out horse.

I know I’m forgetting some long-time, talented trainers who were there. If I have, perhaps, my memory is faulty; or we didn’t see the classes. We were not at every session.

We got to see most of one class that R’Surene Dante was in; and his strong 2nd place in a solid 12 horse Novice Hunter Pleasure Horse class. He was bred by our friends from the Blue Ridge Morgan Horse Association, Sue and Chris Nerland, Lancer Stables, Tennessee. www.BlueRidgeMorganHorseAssociation@yola-site.com

We were happy to see Suzy Lucine, and finally meet her husband! Suzy took the photos that we have used of our senior stallion, B-L Rhinestone Kid (1980 – 2009). He was a product of a well-known NY state breeding program, Big-Little Farm, the Berans. So, most of our herd descends from NE and NY. (Waseeka’s Showtime x B-L Brown Lace, by UVM Flash x O-At-Ka Sealect Lass).

We were disappointed that we did not get to see the Carriage Driving classes. In our short time in NY, we had to juggle schedules. Blue Ridge Morgan Horse Association, of which John is the President, supports the Liberty Classic Horse Show at the Tri-State Exhibition Center in Cleveland, TN. We usually have a really nice Open Carriage Driving component to our show. Another BRMHA member is a leader in the Driving Pairs Forum.

Another one of our stallions, Exquisite Sir Echo, (Waseeka’s Peter Piper x Triton’s April Windy) (deceased) was acquired from another NY State Morgan breeder, Diana Saxton, Wheelhorse Morgans. We have a spectacular final son of his, Sleipnir Echo’s Finale, out of our champion show mare, Sleipnir Constellation (B-L Rhinestone Kid x U C Spicy Lass). His Yearlings and Weanlings are turning out very nicely.

It was interesting to see the in-state folks and their horses. We started our farm in New England, so we were familiar with the various N Eng. states’ residents; and we have been in the South for awhile, and getting to know folks and their breeding programs there. At the show, there were some “prefixes” that we were familiar with and many that are new to us.

In the year that Britta has moved to NY, I’ve read a bit of NY State Morgan Horse Society news and history.  The program once again was really helpful with the photos, ads, and bits of history. We met Valerie at the Tack Sale, and bought a NYMH Society Members’ Directory and that has also been, and will be, well read.

The 3 judge system for the NYSSA Morgans seemed to function well, including the 2 judges for the entire show, and John MacDonald, who is extremely knowledgeable about the characteristics of the Morgan and a highly competent judge.

We loved the weanling class that I mentioned before. As breeders, it is our favorite. NY breeders can be justly proud of their Get/Produce.

It must have been a thrill for the NY state folks; it certainly was for us, that a Mellin-Herrick grandchild was showing at the 50th anniversary show. I saw Fred prior to the class, and recognized him instantly. There was a TN Walking Horse (TWH) print by Jeanne Mellin at the Tack Sale…I didn’t get a chance to bring it back to TN, for the TWH people…

I wanted to have a child in the walk-trot class(es) just to win a book illustrated by Jeanne Mellin. We, naturally, have well read copies of her Morgan horse books.

There was some sadness attached to the show for us, when we were alerted by Barb Goda, that Tom and Charlene Hilgenberg’s son, Chris, had passed away. The Hilgenberg’s are long-time Morgan breeders’ and Tom had been an early supporter of Morgans in the Carriage Driving world. We have a mare, also via S. Constellation, from the Great Oaks’ breeding.

Our sympathies go out to Tom, Charlene, Heidi and the Great Oaks’ Family.

We will be joining the NYMH Society, with Britta as our representative, based in CNY. Hopefully, no one will need her services (as an Asst Professor of Infectious Diseases, at SUNY-Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse).

Please see her website and book about her blind dog, San, and his adventures on our farm. He has been gathering NY adventures for another book in the series. All the funds from purchases go to support charity, namely medical studies for clinical officers in Malawi. Books can be purchased via his website and on Amazon.

www.santhedog.com

San’s Adventures on Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm, by Britta L. Denman; photographs by Elizabeth L D McGee.

Woo Hoo – Sleipnir Explorer is Reserve Champion In Hand Morgan Horse

At the recent Liberty Classic Horse Show, at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Cleveland, TN in really nice friendly competition between some  super Morgan Horses,

Sleipnir Explorer was judged Reserve Champion in the In Hand Morgan Championship of stallions, mares and geldings, with Michael McGee handling in his first class at a horse show.

Victor Stephanini’s mare Windsong was judged Champion, with Dawn Krenner and Alexis Krenner handling.

S. Explorer was also Open Walk -Trot Pleasure Champion with Amber McGee up.  Amber has trained S. Explorer from his first mounting. They are starting to expand their riding on trails around our farm also.

I was at work here on the farm, but I could see most of the classes from Elizabeth’s photos.  (www.ImagesnMemories.com  click Horse Shows, click Liberty Classic, 2010) It is almost like being there.

We are very proud of all the exhibitors, especially the Morgans, especially the Youth group.  It is hard work getting a horse ready to show. Congratulations to all the exhibitors.

Liberty Classic Horse Show, TriState Fairgrounds, Cleveland Tennessee

Hi

The horse show is under way…
Thank you to all the Show Committee members who have worked so hard…
Good luck to all the Exhibitors
Please come out to support the friends of nice horses. People who care about their equine friends…and love to share the enthusiasm about a nice horse of any breed; and a particular favorite.

Don’t forget to cheer for Sleipnir Explorer and Amber McGee!!

Photos from the Classes will be available on www.ImagesNMemories.com 

Elizabeth L D McGee, Horse Show Photographer.