Sleipnir Geldings: S. Celestial Array, S. Explorer, and S. Fieldstone and more:

I’ve been writing a lot about our wonderful mare S. Onstar lately, since John and I have just started driving her. And there are new stories to tell…she had her first show, which was a success.

So, I thought I would change topics and speak about our three mature geldings: S. Celestial Array (2002); S. Explorer (2005); and S. Fieldstone (2006); and our two fantastic deceased gelding family members, S. Valhalla and S. Selebrity.

Stallions, Mares, and Geldings have each held a central spot in our herd since the very beginning.  U C Spicy Lass (UC Marquis x UC Taffy) was our first horse, our first Morgan, and the focus for the beginning of our Morgan Horse breeding farm.

UC Spicy Lass’ first two foals for us were the wonderful gentlemen S. Valhalla (1980-2005) and S. Selebrity (1982-2008). These fellows were each gelded at approximately a year old.  They were John’s, Elizabeth’s and my Pleasure Driving Horses and Elizabeth, Caitrin and Britta’s Saddle Seat Equitation and English Pleasure mounts. They spent their entire lives as part of our family, although some of the time they were off at major show stables.

Spicy was in foal to UVM Viking (UVM Flash, an Upwey Ben Don son out of a Canfield daughter x UVM Kathy, a Ulendon and Panfield grand-daughter) when we purchased her from the University of Connecticut Morgan Horse program.  We intended to sell the foal to recoup part of her purchase price.  As with many breeds, Morgan horses usually carry a farm prefix as well as their name. When the foal arrived, we needed a prefix and a name for the foal, a colt.

We took inspiration from his sire’s name and out of a horse book that John and I had bought for the girls.

In the book was a mythological horse named Sleipnir.  He was the horse that carried the Viking warriors to Valhalla, their Heaven. He was depicted as having eight legs to show that he was strong and fleet of hoof.  So, the farm became Sleipnir and our first foal became Sleipnir’s Valhalla.

Of course, Valhalla was never sold. Valhalla (Hal) was the only foal on the farm.  Horses are herd animals, and after he was weaned, Hal was alone. We did not go searching for another horse; but we found B-L Rhinestone Kid and he found us.  Hal is buried here on our TN farm, having passed away at 25 y/o.  Seppy (S. Selebrity) is similarly buried here, passing away at 26 y/o; and B-L Rhinestone Kid, the sire of our herd for almost thirty years, is also buried here having followed his old friends last year at 29 y/o.

Sleipnir Celestial Array (2002) (Hylee the Rage x Sleipnir Constellation) is a grandson of both B-L Rhinestone Kid and U C Spicy Lass. Sleipnir Constellation was Rhinestone’s first foal and Spicy’s last.

“Array” has had a successful career in-hand so far, and has won Champion Morgan in-hand.  He had been trained professionally for Western Pleasure, but is currently working  Saddle Seat.  Noel and Michael worked with him quite a bit this Summer;  they and John and I have driven him. You can see photos and a video of Noel driving him on our website.

I have previously written about S. Explorer (2005) (B-L Rhinestone Kid x May’s Sweetie). Currently, Amber is riding S. Explorer Hunt Seat and the team is showing at some local, and at some Class A Morgan, Horse Shows. They always are in the ribbons for their rides. Sue Nerland, a veteran Morgan Horse owner and retired Equitation instructor, has taken Amber under her wing, and has been teaching her a better seat and hands, and utilizing Amber’s services to work horses at their stable.  Kimberly and Kaya, our other grand-daughters,  are also benefiting.

Explorer has had long-lining experience and dragged weight; but has not been hooked.  Array and Fieldstone both ride and drive.

S. Fieldstone (2006) (B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Emma) has been a farm visitors’ favorite since he was a colt. Even as a 2 y/o he was the center of a grooming demonstration by three active young boys, at one of our Open Barn Events.  He has gone to be a participant of a day on the farm program with 100s of First graders+ surrounding him for hours, and he has been ridden Western, Saddle Seat and Hunt Seat; and he has been driven.

These three geldings follow in the hoofbeats of Valhalla and Selebrity as “family show horses: showy family horses” (our motto from the beginning).  They follow from three decades of our studying pedigrees, and motion, and speaking with Morgan old-timers.

The 2009 and 2010 colts: S. Smoky Mountain (2009) (Sleipnir Sequoyah by B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Alice); S. Ocoee (2010)(Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma); Sleipnir Double Feature (2010) (Sleipnir Echo’s Finale, out of S Constellation x Playday Rebecca); and Sleipnir Resonance (2010) (Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice) will be the next athletic, intelligent, friendly and handsome geldings to follow the trail led by Valhalla and Selebrity.

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New Gelding on the Farm

We are welcoming a new gelding to the farm.

Bramble Creek Katzpyjamas (aka “PJ”), a 1998 liver chestnut gentleman has been professionally trained to the hooking stage; and has been trained to be ridden Western. 

We are looking forward to training him as a pleasure driving/carriage driving horse; and having the grandkids ride him.  Amber has already been for a short ride, and PJ performed well.

We have 4 colts to geld, once fly season has ended, one 2009 (Smoky) and three 2010 (Ocoee, DF and Resonance).  We are still debating gelding one of the older stallions.  We do not need four to eight stallions. At one point we didn’t have enough geldings.  Pretty soon we will have more stallions and geldings than mares.

Currently, on the farm, the mares out-number the stallions/geldings…but it is getting closer.

If someone is looking for a new stallion for a breeding farm, all four of the youngsters are nice enough to be a stallion.  They’ll all be gelded over the Winter though as Geldings are often desired.  So if you are looking for a mature, breedable stallion, we have three that we will consider selling, a black, a bay, and a Mahogany bay.  And if you are looking for a younger version, we have four, two blacks and two chestnuts.  

If you are looking for a horse that is already a gelding we have four: three bays, and a chestnut. 

If you want a young gelding, we will work with you regarding which of the four colts that you would like, and gelded.

If you would prefer a mare we have those too.

Plus, several friends of ours have Morgan horses for sale. Geldings and mares.

Whether you are new to Morgan Horses, or a Morgan Horse Breeder…we probably have, or can find, just the right horse for you.

May’s Joy and May’s Prunella: Historic Pedigrees:

Joy and Nellie have gone to a new home.  But we wanted to post their historic pedigrees and information about them for their new owners, and for others interested in these Historic Foundation bloodlines.  They were bred by an old-time breeder; and have belonged to long-standing Morgan families.

MAY’S JOY                 (May’s Red x May’s Minuet)           BAY           1988

MAY’S PRUNELLA    (May’s Red x Eck’s Twiggy)         BAY           1988

These two mares are both products of Meril May of Mays Morgan Farm, Hiram, Ohio’s extensive classic mid-western breeding program, with many crosses to the excellent Devan bloodlines.

 They are definitely classically built “old style” mares.  These mares have extremely hard to find old bloodlines, up close.  Prior to coming to our farm, the ladies had been residing in Florida where they moved with prior owners, who had them for eleven years.

Both mares are by May’s Red, described as a tall, chunky, old-fashioned Morgan Stallion by a breed historian.  He was easy to handle, with a pleasant personality, and good mannered at breeding.

May’s Joy is out of May’s Minuet and May’s Prunella is out of Eck’s Twiggy.

Eck’s Twiggy is also the dam of the great driving mare, May’s Sweetie.  Sweetie is the dam of several terrific Produce for her people and for us.  She is true to her name and her foals definitely share that wonderful trait, sweet as can be, and wonderful to be around.

NEJ Golddust Alice, who is also on the sales list, and her 2009 black colt, Sleipnir Smoky Mountain (by Sleipnir Sequoyah), and her 2010 chestnut colt, Sleipnir Resonance (by Sleipnir Echo’s Finale) are all descendants of Eck’s Twiggy’s. 

Sleipnir Hiwassee, NEJ Golddust Emma’s 2009 black filly is another product of this line.  NEJ Golddust Emma, Alice’s full sister, is also the dam of a full brother to S. Hiwassee, (Sleipnir Sequoyah by B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Emma), Sleipnir Ocoee, a black 2010 colt.

May’s Joy who is 13.3 – 14 hh, had one foal, a filly, in 2002, Storm’s Mid-day Dance, by PJMF Stormy Knight, Matthew Gibson’s deceased stallion.

May’s Prunella (“Nellie”), who is taller, at 14.2 hh, has not foaled to our knowledge.  Nellie has an old injury to one leg.  She is usable for light riding. Both mares have been blood-typed and DNA confirmed and recorded.                            

Joy and ‘Nellie’ are both traditional Bay.  They both are trained to ride, and can be seen in their photos being ridden on our farm by a couple tiny young ladies.  We’ve been told that they were trained to drive…but they have not been hooked by us.  The mares are very friendly, come to you in a large pasture, and have good ground manners.  As all the horses on our farm, Joy and ‘Nellie’ are current on all vaccinations, wormings, Coggins, and the farrier.

These mares have only had a couple owners since birth.  We had them back in TN due to a divorce.  They went to the same home, as they have been together virtually since birth.  They are quite healthy and are capable of giving “pony rides” to grandchildren, and being ridden.

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 visit with the weanlings and their dams.

10/11/10:   The weanlings.

Yesterday was gorgeous weather and John and I took a brief walk around parts of the farm.

The weanlings are, as always, very cute.  The three young males: S. Ocoee (S. Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma) a solid black; S. Double Feature (S. Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca); and S. Resonance (S. Echo’s Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice) almost a perfectly matched pair of chestnuts, were super friendly and inquisitive.  They each wanted their fair share of scratches. We brought bags of carrots for their dams, but it wouldn’t have mattered.  Emma, Becca, and Alice would have come to visit whether or not there were treats included.

We hadn’t taught carrots to the little guys yet and they had found the whole interaction with their mothers to be fascinating.  D F (Double Feature) decided to try some carrots too.  I took a large end and held it for him. He took tiny nibbles, like eating an ice cream cone, and seemed to like it quite well. Ocoee and Resonance were interested, but adopted a wait and see approach.

I don’t really like to give young horses treats other than handfuls of long grass.  The carrot pieces or horse treats can get lodged in their throat and make them very ill, even resulting in death.  But the way that D F nibbled along the large piece was perfectly safe.

It is always a pleasure to visit the various members of the herd. This is something that I don’t take enough time to do.  Knowing that these little fellows are here as a result of our careful planning and care of their parents and them is very fulfilling.  We are very pleased with how both S. Sequoyah’s and S. Echo’s Finale’s foals are turning out.  And, naturally, Emma, Becca, and Alice have a lot to do with that too!  It is important as a breeder to choose really nice mares in both physical and temperament characteristics; and then breed them to very nice stallions, recognizing all the positives and negatives that may result.  Too many people do not bother to think about the complex responsibility of the choices that they make.

Once Michael re-enforces some fencing, we will be weaning them this month.  We intend to put S. Fieldstone and S. Smoky Mountain in the pasture with them.  I’d put S. Celestial Array in too.  But I don’t think that he needs the extra grain that goes to the young colts.

When they are gelded and we have waited an appropriate amount of time, we’ll probably put their coming two year old sisters in with them for the winter. 

Hopefully, Elizabeth and I will have some new photos up on their pages soon.  We’ll keep you posted.

Buckeye Morgan Horse Sale Friday and Saturday, June 4 & 5, Ashland, Ohio

The Buckeye Morgan Horse Sale is Friday and Saturday, June 4 & 5, Ashland, Ohio

Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm wants all lovers of nice Morgan Horses to know that three horses sired by two of our stallions are being offered in the Buckeye Morgan Horse Sale, running Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5 in Ashland, Ohio.

Frank Farner, from Athens, Tennessee has three yearling Morgan Horses in the Sale.

Two, a gelding and a filly, are by Sleipnir Echo’s Finale (Exquisite Sir Echo x Sleipnir Constellation, by B-L Rhinestone Kid x UC Spicy Lass).

One, a gelding, is by Sleipnir Sequoyah (B-L Rhinestone Kid x Coeur d’Alene by Breezeway, out of a Funquest/Morayr Supreme mare).

Sleipnir Echo’s Finale’s Get are:
A Chestnut Colt, who has been Gelded, Farner’s Traveler, Sale Number 199. Traveler sells on Saturday, June 5th. Traveler is described by his owner, Frank, and handler, Dawn Krenner, as being “refined and beautiful”.  They say that “he has a great temperament, and will excel in the show ring.”  That should definitely be true as Echo, himself, is all of those things.  Echo has an excellent temperament, quiet and calm, and was bred from talented show horse lineages on both sides of the pedigree.
Farner’s Traveler was recently shown at the Liberty Classic Horse Show in Cleveland, TN.

An excellent photo of Traveler is on Elizabeth L. D. McGee, the Liberty Classic Horse Show photographers’ website: www.ImagesnMemories.com  >> Horse Shows >> Liberty Classic 2010 >> Friday afternoon >> page 4 of 9, photo number 36 of 73, (Dawn Krenner, Handler). I suggested her for the job!
A direct link is:
http://www.imagesnmemories.com/Horse-Shows/Liberty-Classic-2010/Liberty-Classic-2010-Fri/12282256_nd9Wa#878585847_AkUbo-A-LB

And

A Chestnut Filly, Farner’s Lucy Long, Sale Number 55. Lucy Sells on Friday, June 4th. Frank and Dawn describe Lucy as “pretty and gentle with a great personality.”

Sleipnir Sequoyah’s Get is:
A Chestnut Colt, who has been Gelded, Farner’s Cherokee, Sale Number 133. Cherokee sells on Saturday, June 5th. Cherokee is described, by Frank and Dawn, as “Hot and Flashy with size and a great length of neck”.

His sire, S. Sequoyah, is a customer favorite here at the farm. We have him listed for Sale, as we do not need four stallions and his talent and pedigree are not being utilized to their full potential. He is smooth moving, and a gentleman to his mares at breeding time. He is smart and pleasant to work with. Cherokee’s dam is a very nice mare.

Frank and Dawn say that: ‘All three have had extensive groundwork. They all stand to be tied, bathed, fly sprayed, and clipped. They all trailer well.’
We have had all three dams on our property for several days when they were in to be bred. The dams are pleasant mares that are nice to be around. Mr. Farner drives Traveler’s and Lucy’s dams as a pair, in Events and at shows.

These three youngsters should grow up to be pleasant horses to work with, and exciting to watch in the show ring. Morgans who will mature to be a credit to their breed.

Photos of the sires can be seen on  www.ImagesnMemories.com  >> Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm >> Public Galleries >> Stallions At Stud and For Sale.
You can also get to their photo galleries from the photo tab on our Home page:  www.SleipnirMorganHorseFarm.com
Each of our four stallions has a gallery. Three of them are For Sale and At Stud. Sleipnir Echo’s Finale is only offered “At Stud”.

Email: DenmanFam@aol.com for the Denman Family, Sleipnir Morgans.

2010 Foal Watch: Join the Guessing Game

2010 Foal Watch:

It is the end of March, and the 2010 Foal Watch and guessing game have started in earnest. 

While we dream all year long about the breedings (aka crosses) and the hoped for foals, in Spring we are constantly reminded that the foals will be arriving soon!!!

Each year, we play a guessing game…sometimes it includes who will deliver first.  But always, it is filly or colt, and what color coat.

Some definitions are needed here:

A foal is a baby horse.

A colt is a male baby horse.

A filly is a female baby horse.

A mare is a female adult horse.

A broodmare is an expectant, or delivered, mother horse.

A stallion is an adult male horse, capable of breeding.

When he is used for breeding, he is also called a stud.

A gelding is an older male horse, that is surgically unable to breed.

Some folks call any foal, of either sex, a colt.  This is not accurate, and leads to questions like: ‘Is it a colt colt? Or a filly colt?’  Answer…’the foal is a colt’.  Or: ‘The foal is a filly’…

So…now for the guessing game:

We have three mares bred, two to Sleipnir Echo’s Finale, a chesnut; and one to Sleipnir Sequoyah, a black.  The mares are: a chestnut, NEJ Golddust Alice (who is for sale by her owners, with or without the foal, see our Sales List), and two Black Chestnuts: Playday Rebecca, and NEJ Golddust Emma (her 2009 black yearling filly, Sleipnir Hiwassee, was recently SOLD).  Emma is blacker than Becca.

I will put up another blog about coat colors.  And you can also go to www.morganhorse.com to look at morgan coat colors.

Now to the guessing

I’ll guess that Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma’s foal will be a black filly.

I’ll guess that Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca’s foal will be a chestnut filly.

I’ll guess that Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice’s foal will be a chestnut filly.

I am pretty sure that that’s the order that they were bred…it is the order that they delivered last year.  So, if you want to guess on the birth order, that’s fine too…One hint:  Alice was last to be bred.

Please add your guess to the blog…or send us an email if you are shy…Email to: DenmanFam@aol.com

We’ll let you know the results as the foals are born.

Georgia