Morgan Horses in the South

Recently, I was looking at the statistics section of the members section of the American Morgan Horse Association website (AMHA) www.morganhorse.com.

There is lots of interesting information on the website, which is the official site for the Morgan Horse. You do not have to be a member to access a great deal of information about this magnificent animal from the site. But, being a member does provide extra benefits.

The site promotes all the aspects of the potential of the Morgan Horse. One of the prime characteristics of the Morgan is his/her versatility. There are so many ways to enjoy these wonderful companions: backyard pleasure; trails; endurance contests; work horses – cow horses to police mounts; carriage driving; hunter-jumpers; dressage; breeding to preserve and enhance bloodlines; and, of course, in the show ring; just to name a few ways to utilize the Morgan Horses’ talents.

But, back to statistics. We have lived in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. For the past fourteen years, we have been living in the South, specifically in Eastern Tennessee 

I was interested in the number of Morgan Horses that there are in Tennessee, and elsewhere in the South. When we moved here, we didn’t know anyone else who owned Morgan Horses.  Since then, we belong to, and/or support a couple different southern Morgan Horse clubs/associations.

There were 1,079 Tennesse Morgan horses in Total as of December 31, 2009, which accounted for approximately 1% (1.06%) of all the Morgan Horses in the world. Now, statistics may be off a bit due to unreported deaths, and non-registered births. But, we can assume that this is a fairly accurate picture. Of these, 275 are stallions; 558 are mares; and 246 are geldings.

We can play the six degrees of separation game; but that is still MANY more Morgan Horses than I can personally name here in Tennessee.

For those of you who are not members of the AMHA, and/or do not have access to the statistics, let me tell you some other statistics.

There are 507 Morgan Horses in Alabama (.50%); 1,136 Morgans in Georgia (1.11%); 1425 Morgans in Kentucky (1.40%); 1450 in North Carolina (1.42%); 421 in South Carolina (.41%); and Virginia has 1570 (1.54%). Louisiana has 211 (.21%) and Mississippi has 165 (.16%).
Florida, a special case, with many former Northern Morgan Horse owners and trainers, has the most in the South, 2002 or (1.96%).

State Stallions Mares Geldings Total %age
TN 275 558 246 1079 1.06%
AL 117 277 113   507    .50%
GA 227 585 324 1136 1.11%
KY 343 769 313 1425 1.40%
NC 284 732 434 1450 1.42%
SC   86 227 108 421 .41%
VA 265 835 470 1570 1.54%
LA   44 108   59 211 .21%
MS   46 68   51 165 .16%
FL 368 1011 623 2002 1.96%
Totals 2055 5170 2741 9966 9.77%

Statistics courtesy of the AMHA www.morganhorse.com

So, people with wonderful, versatile, beautiful, and smart Morgan Horses:   Please write and tell us how you enjoy being with your Morgan Horses…

And even more important, join your local state Morgan Horse club, and let people with and without a Morgan, know about your Morgan horse(s).

If you need information regarding the local associations, please contact the AMHA www.Morganhorse.com or us….we’ll connect you.

and please see the Blue Ridge Morgan Horse Association website:  http://www.blueridgemorganhorseassociation.yolasite.com/  Sue Nerland, who has done a wonderful job with the website, just turned over webmaster duties to Michael McGee, who is putting his own touches to the site.

And come back often…it is a work in progress.

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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.

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.

2010 UT Extension Fun on the Farm Day for First Graders in Polk County.

Friday, May 14th was this year’s date for the first grade classes to attend Fun on the Farm. Last year the UT Extension service hosted about 200 first graders, plus many other members of their families.

Reggie’s Black Rose, a black morgan mare, traveled from the farm down to Benton, TN for the big day. Rose, who had been a trail horse in the high desert of Arizona, was happy to meet the first graders and their families, and receive carrots. You can see her picture  in the Mares photo gallery, in the public section of the farm photos.

This year, we brought a different morgan horse, one of our geldings, born here in Polk County. Sleipnir Celestial Array and Sleipnir Explorer have been off the farm for horse shows. So, Sleipnir Fieldstone, a 4 year old gelding, was the choice of the year for attending the Big Event.  He was a fan favorite as a two year old, at our Autumn Open Barn event.

According to the American Morgan Horse Association, http://www.morganhorse.com, a registered Morgan is the result of breeding two registered Morgan horses. All Morgans today trace to the stallion Justin Morgan, foaled in 1789, who was originally known by the name “Figure.”

Figure, belonged to a travelling music instructor, Justin Morgan. Figure could work all day hauling timber and do it better than the bigger draft horses and then win most of the races home from work. He was gentle enough for the farmer’s wife to hook up to the wagon to go to market, and he was fancy driving the family to church on Sunday. His descendents include ancestors of the Tennessee Walking Horse, the Saddlebred and the Standardbred. Morgan Horses were the primary horse of the cavalry for settling the West, because they willingly go all day for their humans and are very easy keepers.

Look at the hone page for a story about Fieldstone’s trip to Fun on the Farm Day, and a link to further photos of this Event.

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.

Liberty Classic Horse Show

Hello,

The Liberty Classic Horse Show starts tomorrow at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Cleveland, Tennessee.  Actually, it is after midnight…so it starts today (Friday)

There will be several fine Morgan Horses on display in classes there. As well as horses of other nice breeds.

Some of our Morgan Horses will be on display. Plus, people will be here at the farm too, for the horses, organically raised plants at the greenhouse, and the antique shop.

Come support the fine exhibitors; and come out and enjoy the scenery at the farm. Sleipnir Ocoee is in with some of the other horses now…and Sleipnir Double Feature is getting ready to join him. They are so cute. We cannot wait for Echo and Alice’s foal also.

Frank Farner has his 2009 Echo gelding at the showgrounds with Dawn Krenner’s stable…so you can see Echo’s Get in both places.

Either way it will be alot of fun!

For further information go to:www.LibertyClassicHorseShow.com