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.

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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.

New photos placed in Public Galleries

Hello,

We have been taking some more photos.  Especially of the growing Yearlings and Two year olds.

There are new photos up of Sleipnir Hiwassee, Sleipnir Double Feature and Sleipnir Resonance. Others to follow.

If you go to our Home page or our Horses for sale page, and click on their names, it will take you to their individual pages and galleries.

OR

If you go to www.ImagesnMemories.com (our daughter, Elizabeth McGee’s website for her photography) and click on Galleries; then SMHF – Public Galleries; and then click by sex; and then name of horses, you will get to each horse’s public gallery.

Any problems please write to Elizabeth’s email: ImagesnMemories@aol.com and she’ll send you a direct link to each gallery.

Thanks for visiting these lovely, talented and friendly horses.

Our Motto:  Family Show Horses : Showy Family Horses

Reggie’s Black Rose

Reggie’s Black Rose

(Reggie’s Gem x Reggie’s Delight)

(1999 – 2011)

 Today, July 21, 2011, Reggie’s Black Rose died.  Rose, a black Morgan mare, was a delightful ambassadress of the farm. She had participated in 2 TN Agriculture Extension Service Fun on the Farm Days, for First Graders, Home schoolers, and their families, where she was a big drawing attraction.  She also participated in several Open Barn Events here on the farm.

Rose loved the foals and young horses.  While she had not had a foal for us, she was a great caretaker for the weaned foals and the young horses.  She had been a trail horse for her previous owners; and she had been ridden for lessons and around the farm by our grandchildren, and visitors.  She loved carrots and was good for the veterinarian, farrier, and the kids when they groomed her.

She is buried here on the farm, where her spirit, along with those of prior Members of the Herd, watches over the farm.

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!!!

2011 Spring Open House and Plant Sale

2011 Spring Open House and Plant Sale

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

10:00am to 4:00pm

We are a small family farm.  We grow 98% of our plants ourselves.  Everything is organically grown and while we have some common varieties, we mostly concentrate on Unusual and Unique culinary herbs and HEIRLOOM and ethnic varieties of vegetable plants, especially Tomatoes and Peppers

We also have Blueberry bushes and some other fruiting plants and perennials.

We have limited space and only grow a small amount of each of many varieties.  We will have over 30 types of Heirloom, Ethnic and other Tomatoes; and over 75 types of sweet, mild to HOT peppers. We do take requests and deposits.

Antique Shop on the farm, with glass, china, vintage hats and jewelry +

Gift Certificates Available for any amount.

Also the largest herd of Registered Morgan Horses in the south. 

Foals to senior citizens; stallions, mares, and geldings.  Historic bloodlines in people-friendly, gorgeous, intelligent horses.  Mostly Blacks and Bays, some Chestnuts, and a Palomino.

The Blue Ridge Morgan Horse Youth Group, Appalachian Riders, will be presenting some of the horses during the Open House. 

House plants ON SALE NOW.

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am until 4:00 pm, year round

The Greenhouse At Morgan Lane

2214 Columbus Road, Delano, TN, 37325

Off Rte. 163-Bowater Road, Delano, TN, 37325 

use either McMinn County Routes 969 or 970

 

WATCH FOR SIGNS

 

GPS N 35° 16.039’ W 084° 36.236’

423 263 0824 Farm             423 284 0899 Cellular

www.TheGreenhouseAtMorganLane.com

www.TheShopsAtMorganLane.com

www.SleipnirMorganHorseFarm.com

U C Cinnamon

U C Cinnamon
(UVM Viking x U C Spicy Lass)
1979-2011
U C Cinnamon, one of our two daughters of U C Spicy Lass, born in 1979, passed away this morning (3/1/2011) from complications of old age. Cinnie was 32 years old.

Until her death, U C Cinnamon, a red chestnut mare, who is a daughter of our first horse, U C Spicy Lass, was the oldest horse on our farm.

Cinnamon, her dam, Spicy; and her grand-dam, U C Taffy, who was purchased by Peggy Clark at approximately the same time that we purchased Spicy; and her grandsire, U C Marquis, were all bred by the University of Connecticut Morgan Horse Breeding program.

Her sire, UVM Viking; grandsire, UVM Flash; and grand-dam, UVM Kathy, were bred by the University of Vermont Morgan Horse breeding program.

When we went to the University of Connecticut to look at UC Spicy Lass, in 1980, she was in foal to UVM Viking for Cinnamon’s full brother. Sleipnir Valhalla, when born, became the first Sleipnir foal and the inspiration for the Sleipnir prefix. U C Cinnamon was in the yearling paddock and peered out at us from the safety of her shed. She looked lovely, but we were not in the market for a yearling, so we did not purchase her then. Three years later, after Spicy’s untimely death in 1983, we bought U C Cinnamon for John as a Father’s Day present.

We had made a visit to Elm Hill Farm, in Massachusetts. Dr. and Mrs. Means had bred some wonderful naturally athletic, gorgeous horses. A stallion that had impressed us, Elm Hill High Hat (Orcland Leader x Windcrest Star of Dawn) was on our short list to breed Spicy to. Our breeding philosophy was, and still is, to breed old Government bloodlines to Upwey Ben Don descendents, and cross with Waseeka’s Nocturne descendents, particularly via Waseeka’s Showtime, with further crosses to Orcland Leader bloodlines. Obtaining these bloodlines as up close as possible, with selected other outcrosses. With this breeding plan, we achieve pleasant tempered, athletic, horses with willingness, great ways of moving, and correct conformation.

After U C Spicy Lass’ death, we were anxious to obtain her daughter, U C Cinnamon, and to breed her to Elm Hill High Hat, prior to his demise or withdrawal from breeding. We only had one completed pregnancy with U C Cinnamon, which resulted in a chestnut colt, Sleipnir Top Hat, by Elm Hill High Hat. Born in 1986, Sleipnir Top Hat was the last whole son of Elm Hill High Hat.

Sleipnir Top Hat only sired two foals: a filly, Sleipnir Spice on Top (out of Coeur d’Alene) in 1999; and a colt, Sleipnir Legacy (out of Sleipnir Constellation) in 2000. S. Top Hat and S. Legacy are both deceased.

U C Cinnamon’s grand-daughter, Sleipnir Spice on Top, is part of our herd, and we hope to start breeding her this year, with a planned breeding to Sleipnir Echo’s Finale (Exquisite Sir Echo x Sleipnir Constellation) thus continuing to perpetuate this rare bloodline.

UC Cinnamon had a brief show career, predominantly in New England in the 1980’s, in training with Les Parker and then, John MacDonald. She could do anything from park saddle and harness to western pleasure. A typical morgan, she floated across the fields, tail flagged. She was the head of our herd and played well with all ages and sexes.

Sleipnir Constellation, (Connie) born 1983, the last direct descendent of U C Spicy Lass, and the first foal for B-L Rhinestone Kid, our deceased senior stallion, is now the matriarch of the herd.

John, Beth, Michael, and I were with Cinnamon when she passed on. She is buried here on our farm in Tennessee. Her spirit with those of her mother, brothers, son, grandson, and friends, watches over our herd.