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!!!