Sleipnir Explorer and Amber McGee at the 2011 Grand National Morgan Horse Show

Amber and Explorer - 2011 Liberty Classic

Amber and Explorer pinned in their first two classes here at the Nationals, and he has been garnering fans. 

We are very proud of Amber’s accomplishments. With Sue (and Chris) Nerland’s supervision she has improved as a rider and changed Explorer (and herself) from Western tack to Hunt Seat tack, and they are beginning to work on Saddle Seat together.  We believe in horses learning many styles of equipment.

When we purchased our first horse, UC Spicy Lass (UC Marquis x UC Taffy) our girls were 10, 7, and 6 years old.  Now, our grandchildren are 18, 17, 16 and 10.

When we met Amber and Kimberly, Amber thought horses were icky.  Now, she feeds in all kinds of weather (even in gorgeous Tennessee) and has shown often in the rain.

Sleipnir Explorer is one of B-L Rhinestone Kid’s (Waseeka’s Showtime x B-L Brown Lace) last foals. We had Rhinestone since he was a weanling (1980-2009) and he never disappointed us in the quality of his foals.  They all are athletic, lovely/handsome, VERY people friendly horses, that have pleasant ways of going and can move along for miles/hours.

Explorer is out of May’s Sweetie (Cap’s Nugget x Eck’s Twiggy), Noel Jones’ special driving mare. Sweetie is as good as her name says…wonderful personality. She is one of the Members of Merrill May’s breeding farm in Ohio (1984-retired now).  She has presented us with some wonderful foals; and we continue having two of her daughters on breeding lease (NEJ Golddust Alice and NEJ Golddust Emma) (available).

From the very beginning, when we purchased Spicy, we became a family friendly morgan horse breeding farm.  It is wonderful that the third generation is continuing the tradition. We had stopped showing for many years.  Now, with Amber, we are back. Watching her bring Sleipnir Explorer from the farm in Tennessee to OKC has been an honor and a privilege.  We are so very proud of both of them and their accomplishments and grateful to all those who aided them along the way.

Complete pedigree information for Sleipnir and NEJ morgan horses at: www.allbreedpedigrees.com

Further pictures of Sleipnir Explorer at: Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm – Public Gallery at www.ImagesnMemories.com

 Geldings:
http://www.imagesnmemories.com/Sleipnir-Morgan-Horse-Farm-1/Geldings-for-sale

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Sleipnir Onstar – Black Morgan Mare

Sleipnir Onstar
2003 Black Morgan Mare
Harness and Saddle

Photo above is of Sleipnir Onstar (B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Louise – Trophy and Beamington) in Roadster to Bike at 2011 Kentucky Bluegrass Morgan Horse Show.

Trained and Shown by Travis Olinger

Travis’ Email:  atolinger@charter.net

www.SleipnirMorganHorseFarm.com
All Sleipnir Morgan Horses have full pedigrees listed on www.allbreedpedigree.com
The Denman Family

Delano, Tennessee, 37325

423 263 5677 Home

423 284 0899 Cellular and text

Email: DenmanFam@aol.com

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.

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.

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.

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

Gift Suggestions

Do you need a gift for the Horse lover in your family? These suggestions are mostly horse related. But they can be adapted for any sport or interest.
They require a bit of thought, but are mostly not very expensive.  We have some suggestions:

1. Subscription to a Horse Magazine or Breed Journal.
Some of the Horse magazines run great specials via the web. Also, you can pick up the latest copy(ies) at your local bookstore to wrap, and use the coupons inside the magazines to order the subscription.
The Morgan Horse Magazine is $31.50 for a year’s subscription. www.morganhorse.com , >>Breed Magazine. For all interests in the Morgan breed.
The Morgan Connection is more specifically for the Morgan Horse Show World. www.morganconnection.net
There are other breed specific magazines; and category specifics. I/we always give John a subscription to the Driving Digest and Membership in the American Driving Society. Off and on, we have also had a subscription to the Carriage Journal.

2. Speaking of memberships: The American Morgan Horse Association (see above) also has yearly memberships at various levels. There are definite benefits to belonging to a national breed association and having input about your giftee’s favorite breed.
If they have a favorite sport, such as driving, a membership to that organization is a gift that they can utilize all year long. John and I and some other family members and friends look forward to the magazines arrivals each month.

3. How about a membership to a local club. Our regional Blue Ridge Morgan Horse Association has provided us with interesting meetings, good friends, and activites revolving around our communities and our favorite horse. You do not need to own a horse, or a horse of a particular breed to join most equine related clubs. There are lots of opportunities to gain knowledge and make friends. The memberships are often VERY reasonable, for instance: The Blue Ridge Club’s website is: www.blueridgemorganhorseassociation@yolasite.com Dues are $20 individual, $10 youth, $25 family, and $30 farm.
States or Regions almost always have clubs that you can obtain a gift membership from at reasonable prices. 

4. Equipment: One year we gave each of our grandchildren a grooming tote, with a colorful and unique halter, lead shank; and individual hoof picks, brushes, etc. This was not in-expensive (times 4) but they seemed to like having “their own” equipment, and it did last quite awhile before the supplies got inter-mingled.

Gift certificates towards equipment can be purchased also.
We give gift certificates to local and “bigger” tack and feed stores.

5. Ok, I have to say it: A horse! Normally, I do not believe in gifting any animal, from a kitten or puppy to a horse.
But, If you give the present by picture/and gift certificate…and let the person help choose…
If not a whole horse…
A lesson…
Or a seminar…
Or a video for a particular skill.

These ideas can all be upscaled or downscaled depending on the amounts that you have available to spend, and the people that you are spending it on. The memberships and subscriptions can be for an entire family, or just one person.
As your gift list expands or contracts, and your budget as well, these suggestions can be altered to fit the circumstances. And it shows the person that you are thinking about what interests them.

Enjoy your Holiday season, whatever your religious affiliation.  And have a Blessed and safe New Year, with lots of new ideas for having fun with family and friends, and whatever interests that you share.