BLACK Morgan Horses at Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm

Several people have asked us specifically about our Black Morgan Horses. So, here is a list of just the Black Morgans.
We do have have Dark and Light Chestnuts, Bays, and a Palomino on the farm.
The Black Morgan Horses include:

Reggie’s Black Rose 1999 Black Mare Trail, Broodmare, Show
Rose is a perfect Ambassadress of the Morgan breed. Sweet and willing. Rides, broodmare, very cute. Lots of trailering experience!

Sleipnir Onstar 2003 Black Mare Class A National Caliber
Onstar will be a star in anyone’s stable. Professionally trained to ride and drive. Currently ready for an exceptional season as a Roadster to Bike horse. Bloodlines and conformation to complement any breeding program. Exquisite and athletic. Show her under saddle or in harness.

Sleipnir Hiwassee 2009 Black Filly Ready to start driving training
Hiwassee, or “Meadow” as her Cherokee name translates, is an absolute sweetheart. Super friendly and willing to please, she’ll be right at the gate to greet you and go to work. A favorite of visitors.

*It is possible that two BLACK broodmares belonging to other owners might be available, ONLY sold together, and ONLY to a special home!!

* There is also another Black Bay mare, GAITED, belonging to other owners, off the farm, that is available. NEJ Golddust Sadie (1993). An especially interesting horse for here in the South! She has exceptional bloodlines for breeding use.

Sleipnir Sequoyah 2003 Black Stallion Class A National Caliber
Proven sire: 3 Blacks, 1 Dark Chestnut 3 G (two still colts): 1 M
Solid, athletic, fabulous temperament and conformation. He is pleasant to use for breeding; respects his handler and his mares. Would make a spectacular harness horse, or English Pleasure. Can be gelded.

Sleipnir Smoky Mountain 2009 Black colt-to be gelded Class A prospect
This colt will be tall and elegant, but on a solid foundation. He is friendly and willing. Ready for driving training. He has not been gelded yet, if looking for a stallion prospect, Smoky would make a fine one. Great temperament & conformation. Athletic. Loves carrots. SOLD to a wonderful home!

Sleipnir Ocoee 2010 Black colt-to be gelded From a favorite cross
Ocoee would be a good prospect for a possible driving pair with either Sleipnir Smoky Mountain or Sleipnir Hiwassee. He will be good sized and an athletic talented horse for whatever is asked of him. Ocoee has his parent’s solid build and temperament; and will be a friend/partner. SOLD to a wonderful home!

* There are also another two Black Geldings, NEJ Golddust St. Jaxx and NEJ Golddust Wilbur, belonging to other owners, off the farm, that are available. Both Jaxx (1993) and Wilbur (1994) have had some ground training, but have not been hooked or ridden, though they have had people on their backs. I recently saw Wilbur, and refreshed my memory about how large he is! Up close he resembles a Friesian…Tall and solid framework.
They are available separately or ask for a package with NEJ Golddust Sadie.

All of our Morgan Horses stand well for the farrier and the vet. At minimum, single tie for grooming; and are current on vaccinations, Negative Coggins, wormings, and can have an Interstate travel health certificate.

See their individual pages on our website for links to more photos and their complete pedigrees. Their pedigrees are also available on: www.allbreedpedigree.com

The Denman Family
Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm
2214 Columbus Road
Delano, TN, 37325
www.SleipnirMorganHorseFarm.com

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Sleipnir Geldings: S. Celestial Array, S. Explorer, and S. Fieldstone and more:

I’ve been writing a lot about our wonderful mare S. Onstar lately, since John and I have just started driving her. And there are new stories to tell…she had her first show, which was a success.

So, I thought I would change topics and speak about our three mature geldings: S. Celestial Array (2002); S. Explorer (2005); and S. Fieldstone (2006); and our two fantastic deceased gelding family members, S. Valhalla and S. Selebrity.

Stallions, Mares, and Geldings have each held a central spot in our herd since the very beginning.  U C Spicy Lass (UC Marquis x UC Taffy) was our first horse, our first Morgan, and the focus for the beginning of our Morgan Horse breeding farm.

UC Spicy Lass’ first two foals for us were the wonderful gentlemen S. Valhalla (1980-2005) and S. Selebrity (1982-2008). These fellows were each gelded at approximately a year old.  They were John’s, Elizabeth’s and my Pleasure Driving Horses and Elizabeth, Caitrin and Britta’s Saddle Seat Equitation and English Pleasure mounts. They spent their entire lives as part of our family, although some of the time they were off at major show stables.

Spicy was in foal to UVM Viking (UVM Flash, an Upwey Ben Don son out of a Canfield daughter x UVM Kathy, a Ulendon and Panfield grand-daughter) when we purchased her from the University of Connecticut Morgan Horse program.  We intended to sell the foal to recoup part of her purchase price.  As with many breeds, Morgan horses usually carry a farm prefix as well as their name. When the foal arrived, we needed a prefix and a name for the foal, a colt.

We took inspiration from his sire’s name and out of a horse book that John and I had bought for the girls.

In the book was a mythological horse named Sleipnir.  He was the horse that carried the Viking warriors to Valhalla, their Heaven. He was depicted as having eight legs to show that he was strong and fleet of hoof.  So, the farm became Sleipnir and our first foal became Sleipnir’s Valhalla.

Of course, Valhalla was never sold. Valhalla (Hal) was the only foal on the farm.  Horses are herd animals, and after he was weaned, Hal was alone. We did not go searching for another horse; but we found B-L Rhinestone Kid and he found us.  Hal is buried here on our TN farm, having passed away at 25 y/o.  Seppy (S. Selebrity) is similarly buried here, passing away at 26 y/o; and B-L Rhinestone Kid, the sire of our herd for almost thirty years, is also buried here having followed his old friends last year at 29 y/o.

Sleipnir Celestial Array (2002) (Hylee the Rage x Sleipnir Constellation) is a grandson of both B-L Rhinestone Kid and U C Spicy Lass. Sleipnir Constellation was Rhinestone’s first foal and Spicy’s last.

“Array” has had a successful career in-hand so far, and has won Champion Morgan in-hand.  He had been trained professionally for Western Pleasure, but is currently working  Saddle Seat.  Noel and Michael worked with him quite a bit this Summer;  they and John and I have driven him. You can see photos and a video of Noel driving him on our website.

I have previously written about S. Explorer (2005) (B-L Rhinestone Kid x May’s Sweetie). Currently, Amber is riding S. Explorer Hunt Seat and the team is showing at some local, and at some Class A Morgan, Horse Shows. They always are in the ribbons for their rides. Sue Nerland, a veteran Morgan Horse owner and retired Equitation instructor, has taken Amber under her wing, and has been teaching her a better seat and hands, and utilizing Amber’s services to work horses at their stable.  Kimberly and Kaya, our other grand-daughters,  are also benefiting.

Explorer has had long-lining experience and dragged weight; but has not been hooked.  Array and Fieldstone both ride and drive.

S. Fieldstone (2006) (B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Emma) has been a farm visitors’ favorite since he was a colt. Even as a 2 y/o he was the center of a grooming demonstration by three active young boys, at one of our Open Barn Events.  He has gone to be a participant of a day on the farm program with 100s of First graders+ surrounding him for hours, and he has been ridden Western, Saddle Seat and Hunt Seat; and he has been driven.

These three geldings follow in the hoofbeats of Valhalla and Selebrity as “family show horses: showy family horses” (our motto from the beginning).  They follow from three decades of our studying pedigrees, and motion, and speaking with Morgan old-timers.

The 2009 and 2010 colts: S. Smoky Mountain (2009) (Sleipnir Sequoyah by B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Alice); S. Ocoee (2010)(Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma); Sleipnir Double Feature (2010) (Sleipnir Echo’s Finale, out of S Constellation x Playday Rebecca); and Sleipnir Resonance (2010) (Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice) will be the next athletic, intelligent, friendly and handsome geldings to follow the trail led by Valhalla and Selebrity.

What type of Morgan Horses do we breed?

One more post for today.

Recently, I was asked about the type Morgan horses that we breed.

It is an interesting question…and has a complex, but simple, answer.

We breed for a family friendly, beautiful, intelligent, well-conformed horse that is historically a Morgan, but in a contemporary context.

We have very versatile Morgan horses. And we also know that the horse, itself, has preferences regarding the type of work (s)he does.

We utilize historically important bloodlines, as up close as possible, to achieve these results.

For Example: S. Onstar had been trained to ride Western by professional trainers and VERY beginner amateur grandchildren. As I said in an earlier posting about her, she had not been ridden for over a year when Amber rode her Hunt Seat (see the pictures). She still hasn’t worn a pair of shoes…and clearly can vary her motion.
She literally floats through the air with a super reach for Travis driving her Roadster (see pictures and the new video). She had plenty of natural up/down motion for Amber, more than typically Hunt Seat. But she carried the saddle happily, having only carried a Western saddle prior. She also has plenty of up/down motion as I drive her. She is constantly listening and thinking about what we are asking her to do, and wants to please.

On another path, we have been discussing May’s Prunella and May’s Joy with “Foundation” Morgan horse people who want their bloodlines and hope for a foal or two. Other of our horses are too much “show horse” for the Foundation people, who do not care for certain bloodlines.

Virtually all of our horses sold in the past have been trained and sold locally as trail mounts. But some could have had brilliant show careers.

A few have competed successfully in competitive and endurance trail events, in New England and in the Deep South.

Several have gone to be the basis of a new Morgan horse breeding farm.

Some have been crossed with Friesians, and Arabians, bringing their talents to those breeders specific plans.

Some have been sold to be fancy Parade horses…a job that requires patience and willingness to please with beautiful looks and the ability to carry a heavy load of tack and rider.

We have several National Caliber – Class A quality show horses that are hidden jewels waiting for the right person to come along. Horses that can be ridden/driven by a professional or by an amateur with success.

We expect all our horses to be cared for by a family of amateurs, including children.

We have horses with great hooves, good legs, wide chests, tiny ears and kind eyes. We have horses that are tall and horses that are more typically “morgan heights”, non-shod, pasture length hooves. 

We have solid blacks, dark and light chestnuts, gleaming bays. Stallions, mares, and geldings. weanlings to retirees.

In the past, we sold a gorgeous mare. She could have had almost any kind of show career, but sold to be a pleasure riding mount. While she was parked out by the barn, a gander chased his mate directly under her body, with squawks and spread wings. She didn’t flinch. SOLD.

Are our horses always perfect? No. Can they adapt to their humans’ requests? Usually. Is every horse capable of doing everything? Of course not. Do we have a wide range of styles and types of the Morgan Horse? Always. Read their individual pages. Look at their pictures and pedigrees.

We breed for horses that fulfill our motto:
Family Show Horses: Showy Family Horses.

A new video on our Website: Sleipnir Onstar being driven

10/11/10:
There is a new video on S. Onstar’s page on our website. It is of Travis driving her last evening. Noel also took a few photos of her with Travis, John and I.

Go to her picture on our Home page/Horses for Sale page, and click on her photo. When her page comes up, there is a spot to click on Driving Video.

It loads in a reasonable amount of time over my air card in the house. Let us know if you have any problems, or questions.

It was a nice break to go down and drive her last evening. The weather had been gorgeous all day; but I hadn’t been feeling well. I was glad that I went; and had lots of fun once again watching her with Travis and John and driving her myself.

She is all show horse at work, but she stops on a dime and she follows Travis in and out of the barn like a companionable pet.

Don’t forget to watch the video of Sleipnir Celestial Array, also being driven.

10/08/2010: John’s and my second times driving S. Onstar

John & I went to drive Sleipnir Onstar again the other day.  She is so much fun; and so smart.  This was only the second time that she had more than one driver.  She learned from last time and understood that we are going to each drive her.  She has figured out that when Travis drives her; then John; and then I do (I let John go first this time) we want her to do different things. She’s a floating roadster for Travis and a Ladies’ pleasure driving mare for me, with a spectacular road trot.  And that flat footed walk…she does it just fine…

Onstar’s conformation is excellent, and her bloodlines are compatible with almost any current breeding program: Waseeka’s Nocturne, UVM Flash, Beamington, and Trophy.

She is very willing to please and loves carrots and tolerates kisses.

Another note about S. Onstar.

Some more recent photos of S. Onstar will be up on the site(s) soon.

I want to mention that in the photos of Amber (McGee) riding her Hunt Seat, and of her being long-lined and driving, she is bare-foot.

She has never been shod. Travis is planning on getting her shod next week.

In the meantime, the fabulous floating trot that she has is TOTALLY natural!!!!

Stay tuned for more about S. Onstar.

Bluegrass Morgan Classic Horse Show, Lexington, KY

Many of us were recently at the inaugural Bluegrass Morgan Classic Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Amber (McGee) and Sleipnir Explorer and Chris Nerland and R’surene Reparte were showing.

Sue and Chris have taken Amber & Explorer under their wing; and Amber has been helping them work their horses.

The helpful hints that Sue passed on to Amber at the Liberty Classic Horse Show; and Amber’s assisting them at the Show, led to Sue deciding to take Amber on as probably her last student – passing on her wealth of knowledge.

Amber’s Summer of working horses on our farm changed dramatically to hours of saddle training and horsemanship instruction from Sue and saddle work when back home at our farm. Horse(s) and rider have all benefitted.

Explorer has his first set of shoes, and a longer hoof. He has also become more acclimated to stalls, and turnout paddocks. He misses Amber when she’s home at the farm, but loves the attention from Chris and Sue. He is a total trooper with on and off loading on the trailer and travelling distances.

Michael has been gaining helpful hints from Chris, and Elizabeth has been doing her usual fantastic job of photo-taking. Her series of photos of lessons make us all feel like we are watching the whole lesson…and have been an invaluable teaching aid to Sue.

There’s been plenty of relaxation on the lake too! Amber had to rest her foot!

Chris, Sue, Michael, Beth and Amber headed up to the showground before us. John, Caitrin, Kaya, and Tre and I came up later. Kaya stayed up to be with Amber and proved herself a good groom. Noel watched the Shop and gave farm tours to interested potential Morgan Horse purchasers ; Kathy watered the greenhouse; and Tim P. tended to the critters while we were gone. We came back early to be back on the farm, etc…but got to see a few folks while we were there.

Ann Canavan was helping run the Lippitt Morgan booth. John got to see her a bit more than I did. I only got to wave to her before we left to return home.

We did a tour of the KY Horse Park with the family for Amber’s birthday. The museum is terrific…but there was A LOT of Arab info…they are having a Special Exhibit. Not enough Morgan Horse info…We’ll have to go back once the Morgan Horse Museum is fully open and displays set-up. We didn’t have time for the Saddlebred Museum either.

The showground gets better and better. We’ve been there over the years on vacations. But this was the first time that we’ve been there showing.

It was also our first Class A Morgan Horse Show since 1988. It was good to see old friends and make new ones. The Show Committee did a spectacular job; and Mrs. Singer said that they never had a meeting!

Amber made Sue a photo album as a thank you present. I haven’t gotten to see the album yet…but from the look on Sue and Chris’ faces in Beth’s photos, it seems that they liked it!