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.

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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

Amber McGee and Sleipnir Explorer at The Bluegrass Morgan Horse Show in Kentucky

Amber Mcgee and Sleipnir Explorer, our 2005 big Dark Bay gelding (B-L Rhinestone Kid x May’s Sweetie) are also showing at the Bluegrass Morgan Horse Show. 

Last year was their debut at an all-Morgan Show, at the premiere Bluegrass Show.

This year they have presented at The Dixie Cup for our first time ever; and at Southern States for our first time ever.  Amber and Explorer compete in in-hand and Junior Exhibitor Hunt Seat classes.  They are always in the ribbons and just keep getting better and better.

Amber has been training with Sue and Chris Nerland; as well as training some of our horses to saddle and presenting for-sale horses. 

We wish them well and are so proud of our “YOUTH” human and equine.

Sleipnir Onstar making her Morgan Horse Show debut at The Bluegrass Morgan Show in Kentucky

Sleipnir Onstar, our 2003, BLACK driving and saddle mare is on her way to her first all-morgan horse show, The Bluegrass Morgan, in KY.

S. Onstar, who has been ridden in Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, and Western tack, and could be a Park Harness, Pleasure Driving or Roadster to Bike harness mare, is making her debut in the Roadster-to-Bike class. She was shown once, last year, at a local show.

She is one of B-L Rhinestone Kid’s only producing-aged daughters available. Her dam, NEJ Golddust Louise, has been sold to be a parade horse and broodmare in Georgia. Since Rhinestone is deceased and Louise has been sold, S. Onstar is a unique cross, never to be repeated.

She is trained, and will be shown by Travis Olinger, who has been a horseman since early youth.

Wish us well and look for new photos of her in her gallery connections SOON.

Surviving the Storm/Tornado Damage

This is a quick post. More to follow.
As far as we know, all our friends and family have survived the storms/tornados. No one has power. All of our immediate family and critters are ok.
Most of our builldings had little damage. Some fencing was damaged, but the horses are all ok.
Friends in Bradley County lost all their farm buildings, but family and home are alright. Other friends had little damage.
Friends in McMinn County are flooded in; but they, home, and critters are all ok.
Britta is working in Arizona, and smoke is in the air from fires…but she is well.
We will update you with amusing stories, later…for instance Foxy and CL’s very heavy dog box stories…but for now…love and hugs to all our family and many friends…and prayers for all our friends, neighbors and customers…and the greater community of the world.
Hugs to all.
The Denman, McGee and Bayard Families

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.

NEJ GOLDDUST ALICE tall chestnut mare

Today I’d like to write about a mare that we have here on the farm for sale for other owners.

NEJ GOLDDUST ALICE     (Golddust Miner MC x May’s Sweetie)       1993

Alice is tall and sturdy enough for a long-legged man; but fine enough for a woman’s mount. She is at least 15 hands, no shoes or pads, and cut flat for pasture.

Alice has popular Beamington and Devan bloodlines up close.  She is a Dark Red Chestnut, but has a lot of black chestnut in her background.  She has thrown solid black foals bred to a seal brown stallion and a solid black stallion, and a red chestnut when bred to a red chestnut stallion.

NEJ Golddust  Alice crosses very well with our stallions.  Alice is a FULL SISTER to NEJ Golddust Emma.  Alice, Emma, and their dam, May’s Sweetie, are all here on our farm, and their produce has been popular with our customers and visitors to the farm. Their owners bred for black driving pairs and four in hand.  So far, Alice has given us a solid black mare via B-L Rhinestone Kid, our deceased founding stallion, and a solid black colt via Sleipnir Sequoyah.  In 2010, she delivered a red chestnut colt by Sleipnir Echo’s Finale.  Alice is open for 2011, and can come with or without a breeding to any of our four stallions.

Alice has good ground manners for the veterinarian & the farrier & for routine care.  She has been ground driven in tandem.  She has been ridden extensively around the farm and somewhat off the farm by professional trainers; and around the farm by our grandchildren as beginners. 

She has been used as a lesson horse in a round pen; oval metal ring and rectangular paddock.

She is a proven broodmare…giving us the three excellent foals, two of which sold early on.

The first, Sleipnir Onyx, (by B-L Rhinestone Kid) is a very fine, solid black mare. S. Onyx has been SOLD to be a foundation mare for a breeding farm. 

The second is Sleipnir Smoky Mountain, (by Sleipnir Sequoyah, a son of B-L Rhinestone Kid), a friendly curious black colt who has been sold to an excellent home, for a future full of great adventures. 

The third is a gorgeous refined red chestnut colt named Sleipnir Resonance, by Sleipnir Echo’s Finale (Exquisite Sir Echo x Sleipnir Constellation, by B-L Rhinestone Kid x U C Spicy Lass). (a grandson of B-L Rhinestone Kid). He may be sold as a colt or may be  gelded. With small white facial markings, he is almost a perfect pair to Sleipnir Double Feature, a chestnut colt by Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca.

Alice is a pleasure to work with during breeding, veterinarian pregnancy checks and with her foals, immediately upon foaling and as days progress.   She is a good attentive mother, that trusts her people.

NEJ Golddust Alice is the ONLY NEJ Golddust Miner proven broodmare daughter ever offered for sale by the owners.  Alice delivers a long-legged, tall, elegant foal, matched by unique pedigrees and superior conformation.

She is offered with or without a breeding to one of our four stallions. 

As always, a good home is a must!   She, like all the horses that we sell, is or will be, current on vaccinations, wormings, and with a negative Coggins. If needed, she will have an interstate transportation certificate.

Alice trailers well, and has been trailered interstate. She would make a good horse for a beginner rider in an enclosed environment, or a slightly more accomplished rider on trails or in the fields.  Her bloodlines blend well with all the “show horse” lines as well as a with a stallion of carriage or trail skills and temprament.

$8,500.00, Offers from a home that values her sought and considered.