|Tennessee Herd September, 2016|
|Playday Rebecca||M||4/27/1990||Stoneholm Taliesin||Stoneholm Alameda|
|Sleipnir Southern Cross||M||5/2/1998||Great Oaks Mastrcopy||Sleipnir Constellation|
|Sleipnir Spice On Top||M||5/11/1999||Sleipnir Top Hat||Coeur d’Alene|
|Sleipnir Carbon Copy||S||4/27/2000||B-L Rhinestone Kid||Coeur d’Alene|
|Sleipnir Sophisticated Lady||M||4/29/2001||B-L Rhinestone Kid||Hip Heath Zanna|
|Sleipnir Onstar||M||5/21/2003||B-L Rhinestone Kid||NEJ Golddust Louise|
|Sleipnir Echo’s Finale||S||4/2/2004||Exquisite Sir Echo||Sleipnir Constellation|
|Sleipnir Zenith||S||4/22/2004||B-L Rhinestone Kid||Hip Heath Zanna|
|Triagn Smooth Sailing||M||5/14/2005||K-Wood’s Golden Eagle||Playday Rebecca|
|Sleipnir Andromeda||M||4/14/2006||Courage of Sweet Meadow||Sleipnir Constellation|
|Sleipnir Fieldstone||G||6/9/2006||B-L Rhinestone Kid||NEJ Golddust Emma|
|Sleipnir Hiwassee||M||3/23/2009||Sleipnir Sequoyah||NEJ Golddust Emma|
|Sleipnir Echo’s Celebrity||M||4/1/2009||Sleipnir Echo’s Finale||Playday Rebecca|
|Sleipnir Double Feature||G||5/3/2010||Sleipnir Echo’s Finale||Playday Rebecca|
|Sleipnir Resonance||G||6/18/2010||Sleipnir Echo’s Finale||NEJ Golddust Alice|
|Sleipnir Star Attraction||M||2/24/2012||Sleipnir Carbon Copy||NEJ Golddust Emma|
|Sleipnir Diva||M||3/29/2012||Sleipnir Carbon Copy||Playday Rebecca|
|Sleipnir Kobayashi Maru
|2012||Sleipnir Zenith||NEJ Golddust Alice|
UC Spicy Lass
(UC Marquis x UC Taffy)
L to R: Caitrin, Elizabeth, Britta
Our First Horse and the Matriarch of Sleipnir Morgans
Please see our earlier posting about U C Spicy Lass and the beginning of Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm
It was 1980, and the five of us, John, Elizabeth, Caitrin, Britta and I, were all having riding lessons; and John and I were having driving lessons.
The girls were just 10, 7 1/2, and just 6.
After looking at various options, we purchased our first horse, a Morgan horse, from the University of Connecticut. Dr. James Dinger was in charge at that time, and he gave us a tour of the horses available.
U C Spicy Lass (U C Marquis x U C Taffy) a chestnut mare with good conformation and a kind expression, was trained to ride and drive, and, though it didn’t matter to us at the time, she was a proven broodmare, and in foal by U V M Viking (U V M Flash x U V M Kathy) for a Spring foal.
Out in the yearling paddock was her chestnut filly from the previous year, U C Cinnamon (by U V M Viking) a full sibling to the foal that was due in 1980. While she was very cute, we intended to have only the new horse. We even intended to sell the foal to recoup part of the cost of the mare. We also had no intention of having our own farm…just boarding/training “Spicy.”
Many horse and non-horse people, especially those who know us, are now laughing hysterically…but further parts of the story are for other postings.
So, we tried her out. “Student” trained horses can have different positives and negatives from “professional” trained or “amateur-owner” trained horses…also a post for another time. She was wonderful…patient and willing for grooming, tacking, leading, etc. Just what we needed for a family horse, especially for first-time owners.
She had two flaws. First, she had a fleck of clear pigment flawing her right eye, which could be genetic or nutritional. Second, as I was riding her down a straight away, we were suddenly going in the opposite direction. A little bit more iffy, but we all thought that it might have been my fault, and if hers, correctable with work.
So, we purchased her, loaded her up, and brought her to Massachusetts to Paula Payson’s (our trainer/riding & driving instructor) farm.
Spicy was a perfect first horse and family horse.
U C Spicy Lass was much more than that.
It is not too much to say: She totally changed our lives.
We acquired a new set of friends, acquaintances, and nodding recognition. We traveled to visit farms – especially Morgan Farms. We gained new wardrobe additions and equipment. Our family vacations were, mostly, scheduled around the New England Morgan Horse Shows. Connecticut Morgan, Massachusetts Morgan, Vermont Morgan, Granite State Morgan, Maine Morgan, and New England Regionals all became the focus of our schedules and training throughout the 1980’s.
Most importantly, Spicy safely delivered a chestnut colt. We needed a name for the colt and a prefix for the farm.
“Sleipnir” was a mythological horse. He belonged to Thor, and carried the “Viking” warriors to “Valhalla”, their Heaven. He was portrayed with eight legs to indicate how strong and fleet of hoof he was. With the history of the Morgan Breed, in particular Figure’s strength, speed, and temperament, and UVM Viking for his sire, the farm name/prefix became “Sleipnir” and the colt was named “Valhalla”. Sleipnir Valhalla (“Hal”) (1980 – 2005) joined his mother as a family saddle, harness, in-hand and showmanship contender, and at-home buddy.
Spicy changed our lives.
Our home, and lifestyle, changed. A farm and a herd followed.
Spicy delivered two more foals for us.
Sleipnir Selebrity, (by Donnybrook Celebrity) (1982-2009) “Seppy”, another chestnut colt, subsequently gelded. He too followed in his Dam and brother’s hoofsteps.
Sleipnir Constelaton, (by B-L Rhinestone Kid, the Patriarch of the Herd, 1980-2009) (1983 – ) “Connie” a bay filly. Her story still continues 30 years later.
We lost Spicy too early to debatable causes after S. Constelaton’s birth. However, her impact on our family, and on the Morgan Breed and horse world, continues thirty years plus and in to the future.
Farms in Massachusetts, Iowa, and now Tennessee became central to our lives, defining a good part of our family life.
Hal and Seppy helped to teach our grand-children their love of horses, how to care for these gigantic souls, and how to ride and drive. Also, how to handle the passing of beloved family members.
After Spicy’s death, we went back to the University of Connecticut and purchased U C Cinnamon (1979 – 2011) “Cinnie”. She and Connie have continued Spicy’s dam line to both sides of our pedigrees.
They and other members of the herd have impacted the lives of horse people and visitors in uncountable ways.
U C Spicy Lass is buried at our first farm in Gardner, Massachusetts. But her spirit, her legacy, her influence is still alive and well in Tennessee.
NEJ Golddust Alice (1993): Is a red chestnut 15HH mare with considerable time as a saddle lesson horse, for our beginner grandchildren, and others, in various sized rings and paddocks; and open yard. Looks good for a taller person, & still nice looking for shorter legged individual. Alice also has had a lot of ground driving experience; she has been used to train ground driving as a pair, including by young beginner grandchildren. Alice has had three nice foals for us on lease, two of which are sold. Easy to breed. Caring, but not obsessive mother. All foals imprinted. Good for all handling and care. Trailers well. Has been on trail rides in the past. Stalls or open pasture.
We have her on broodmare lease…and since John’s injury, we will not be breeding for the foreseeable future…and none of us are riding much anymore…two of the “grands” are not around…and there are other “sports” plus allergies! And we drive more than ride.
Alice has a 2010 Red Chestnut Gelding, Sleipnir Resonance (Sleipnir Echo’s Finale) also available For Sale.
Alice’s Full sister, NEJ Golddust Emma, a 1996 Black broodmare is also available For Sale. We also have her on broodmare lease, and she is for sale. Emma has had six foals for us. We have three of them For Sale: a 2006 Bay gelding, 2009 Black mare, and a 2012 Black filly. See separate postings.
Their dam, May’s Sweetie, (Nugget’s Prince x Eck’s Twiggy) a black mare, is a retired broodmare…
She is available with either as a companion…or as a package of all three.
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.
Recently, we have had some requests regarding Pleasure Driving/Carriage Driving/Combined Driving, Class A National Caliber SHOW ready and untrained young horses.
So, I thought I would write some blogs about several subsets of our Morgan Horses.
We have four horses on the For Sale List that are well trained for harness, one Black stallion, one Black mare, and two Bay geldings – one Bright Bay and one Dark Bay. They have all also been ridden. There are also individual and other group blog postings written regarding each of them.
Sleipnir Sequoyah is a 2003 proven Black stallion, with superb bloodlines, who is calm and steady in harness. He throws athletic, good-looking, good conformation, intelligent, willing, friendly foals – Blacks and one Dark Chestnut. He is at his harness trainer’s, with no vices and current in all his handling, and ready to go to a new home either as a stallion, or gelded. He is a trainer’s dream, and safe for amateurs.
Sleipnir Onstar is a 2003 Black mare who has been recently shown to Grand National Top Ten Roadster-to-Bike. She has superb bloodlines and will be an excellent foundation for someone’s breeding program, or a special outcross for an existing program. She would be easily absorbed in to a national caliber show barn, or an extra-fancy addition to an amateur owner home. S. Onstar is easily harnessed and driven by professionals and amateurs, has been professionally trained to saddle and has carried Western, Hunt and Saddle Seat tack. In harness, she likes to trot her stuff…and is best for a Roadster-to-Bike, Park, or Pleasure Driving with natural action and lots of go power…no vices.
Sleipnir Celestial Array is a 2002 Bright Bay Gelding who has been an In-hand Champion, pinning over some very nice competition. He is professionally trained for Western Saddle and has carried Western, Hunt Seat and Saddle Seat tack. He was started in harness professionally, and finished by a knowledgeable and experienced carriage driving enthusiast, with knowledgeable amateur assistance. He is well behaved for grooming, handling, harnessing, veterinarian and farrier. Sleipnir Celestial Array has some substantial go power in harness, but still with a flat-footed walk. He is currently working in harness here on the farm, outside of our rings and paddocks. Array is a multi-talented fellow who could excel in any of several disciplines.
Sleipnir Fieldstone is a 2006 Dark Bay gelding with an easy-going attitude. He was well started in harness by the same knowledgeable carriage driving enthusiast, with the same knowledgeable amateur assistance. He then spent time with our harness trainer, and was worked specifically to be a family pleasure driving horse. He was shown and Grand National qualified at all Morgan driving, to obtain some showing and showground experience. He was driven at the showground by strangers, did well in the ring, and has been driven at the trainer’s by his then 4 y/o daughter. Recently, after several months off, he has started being driven around the farm, outside of rings or paddocks, including by John, who hasn’t driven in over a year, and by Elizabeth, who hadn’t driven in quite awhile. Good for all his grooming and handling, he has no vices and is amateur safe.
On our For Sale List, we have six young horses with basic handling, that are ready to be finished either professionally or by competent amateurs, at various price points. Sleipnir Hiwassee (Black) and Sleipnir Echo’s Celebrity (Dark Brown Chestnut) are 2009 mares that are ready for harness and /or saddle training. Sleipnir Double Feature and Sleipnir Resonance are red to brown chestnut, 2010 geldings that are ready for harness training, and could be saddle trained soon. Sleipnir Star Attraction (Bay) and Sleipnir Diva (Dark Chestnut with chrome) are 2012 fillies (mares) that are ready to be weaned. They can be handled and brought along by amateurs.
Three mares offered for other owners. NEJ Golddust Alice (1993) is a red chestnut 15HH mare who has considerable time as a saddle lesson horse in various sized rings and paddocks. She looks good for a taller person, but still nice looking for a shorter legged individual. Alice also has had alot of ground driving experience and has been used to train ground driving as a pair, including by young beginner grandchildren. Alice has had three nice foals for us on lease, two of which are sold. NEJ Golddust Emma (1996) is her full sister. She is 15HH, and Black Bay. Emma is a broodmare who has had six very sweet and talented foals for us. Both Alice and Emma are easy breeders, good at being handled during deliveries, are attentive, but not possessive, mothers and good for all the routine grooming and handling. Alice could probably have another foal; Emma easily can have several more. Both are open. May’s Sweetie, their dam, a 1984 Black mare is available to go with either, or both, as a companion. All are easy keepers and Herd safe.
All of our horses are sold current on their vaccinations, wormings, with a Negative Coggins and interstate health papers, if traveling out of state to their new home. Also, if possible, current with the farrier. All our horses have significant basic handling and are safe for grooming, the veterinarian, and farrier. All have been in stalls, but are usually kept in pasture or paddocks, and have herd manners. Our stallions are kept in 200′ x100′ paddocks approximately 30-35′ apart, with no difficulties. All of our horses have been imprinted at birth. Heights listed are measured cut-down for pasture, no shoes, pads, or show lengths. Only the horses currently in training are shod. Our horses have good hooves, that they maintain easily; and good legs.
We love to talk about our horses – past and current. We’d be pleased to discuss any of the horse’s particular strengths and talents as we see them for future careers. Our horses are true multi-discipline capable Morgan Horses; but their various talents and attitudes lend themselves towards some careers more than others.
I also posted our list of For Sale Horses, including brief headings regarding the horses for sale; and there are older individual and group postings regarding many of these terrific Morgan Horses.
We always have young to finished Morgan Horses available. Due to John’s injury and long-recovery period, we are willing to negotiate reasonable favorable pricing to good homes where the horses will be treasured and enjoyed. All of our horses over thirty years of breeding have gone to forever homes, where they are valued family members. We stay in contact with purchasers, and are willing to assist if ever a horse needs to be resold. Our trainer(s) are available to discuss any of the horses that they have trained, as well as the Herd in general. We are willing to assist in finding that special Morgan Horse, if we do not have one that suits. And, we are always pleased to just talk horses.
The Denman Family
Dr. John, Georgia, Dr. Britta, Elizabeth L. D. McGee and Family, & Caitrin Bayard and Family
Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm, 2214 Columbus Road, Delano, TN, 37325
Georgia, Cellular and Texts: 423 284 0899
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Public Photo Galleries of Sleipnir Morgan Horses are available to be viewed at: www.ImagesnMemories.com
Sleipnir Celestial Array, a 14.3 HH, 2002 Bay gelding, Harness and Saddle+ $7,750.00
Sleipnir Fieldstone, a 14.3 HH, 2006 Bay gelding, Harness and Saddle $7,250.00
Sleipnir Double Feature, 2010 Red/Brown Chestnut gelding, basics $5,000.00
Sleipnir Resonance, 2010 Red Chestnut gelding, basics $2,775.00
Stallions (can be gelded)
Sleipnir Carbon Copy, 2000 Brilliant Mahogany Bay, Ground-drives & Saddle $9,900.00
Sleipnir Sequoyah, 2003 Black, Current Harness Trained and Saddle $9,900.00
Sleipnir Zenith, 2004 Bright Bay, Ground-drives and Saddle $7,700.00
Sleipnir Onstar, 2003 Black, Grand National Top Ten Roadster-to-Bike and Saddle $9,900.00
Sleipnir Hiwassee, 2009 Black Mare, Basics Sweet and Athletic 14.3 HH $4,500.00
Sleipnir Echo’s Celebrity, 2009 Dark Brown Chestnut, Basics, 14.3 HH $7,500.00
Sleipnir Star Attraction, 2012 Bay charmer, will be sweet and athletic $2,000.00
Sleipnir Diva, 2012 Dark Chestnut with chrome, national caliber $2,000.00
Mares, as agents for other owners:
May’s Sweetie, 1984 Black mare, retired. As companion to either daughter.
NEJ Golddust Alice, 1993 Chestnut mare. Grandchildren used in ring lessons
NEJ Golddust Emma, 1996 Black broodmare. Sweet and easy-going. 15HH