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!


Birthday SPECIAL today only at the Farm


It is Caitrin’s birthday TODAY!


If you come by the farm today and tell her “Happy Birthday”, she’ll give you a free plant of her choice.

Our gift to you to celebrate her special day!!

A name for Echo and Rebecca’s chestnut colt


We have a name for the young chestnut colt. We’ve actually had it for a bit…But I’ve been too swamped to write.

His name is Sleipnir Double Feature. Because he has crosses to Waseeka’s Showtime on both sides of his pedigree. Currently, we are calling him by his fullname or Lil guy. I’ve been joking about movie studio names for a barn name.

He is absolutely adorable…very curious about his world and fast around the pasture. We are going to introduce him to Emma and Ocoee soon; so that he’ll have a playmate.

Both little fellows have been a big hit with visitors to the farm.

One more foal due: NEJ Golddust Alice…she is bred to S. Echo’s Finale.

It’s a Chestnut Colt:

Playday Rebecca just had her foal by Sleipnir Echo’s Finale.
He is up and cavorting around the stall, waiting for mom to be ready to play.
Possible names:
Doesn’t have to be Sleipnir Echo’s (something)……but it can be
John, Caitrin and Michael have suggested Tornado, Cyclone, Whirlwind, Vortex etc… because his white star and shortened strip are swirly…and he is bouncing/prancing around his stall.

2010 Foal Watch Predictions:

Another guesser has made her predictions:

Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma’s foal will be a colt.
Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca’s foal will be a filly.
Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice’s foal will be filly.

Georgia’s Guesses:
Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma’s foal will be a black filly.
Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca’s foal will be a chestnut filly
Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice’s foal will be a chestnut filly.

You can either add your predictions as a comment, or send them to us via email. For extra hints, go to the Lease Page, and see what the mares have produced so far.

“Musical” Paddocks

2010 foal watch update
Today we played the first musical paddocks for the herd for this year.
We moved the three geldings, S. Celestial Array, S. Explorer, and S. Fieldstone.
Then we moved S. Sophisticated Lady (Sophie), and Triagn Smooth Sailing (CeCe).
Then we moved Coeur d’Alene (Alene) and Reggie’s Black Rose.
All to give Playday Rebecca (Becca), NEJ Golddust Emma, and NEJ Golddust Alice, the 2010 broodmares, each a separate paddock for the remainder of their pregnancies.
By “we”, I mean that we discussed the plan, I authorized it…and Elizabeth, Michael, Tim P., and Amber implemented it. Thank you to all of them for the terrific job that they did!
There’ll be several more moves this Spring…
Emma and Becca are both “bagging up”, which means that their milk is coming along for the foals arrival. Both of them have had a few foals, so their udders fill easier than the first time that they foaled.
Elizabeth says that Becca seems further along than Emma. For those of you guessing…it could be anytime and either of them could be first to foal in 2010.

Horse Care:

Horses naturally groom each other in the wild. Standing head to tail, they swish flies away from the others’ head, and pick loose hairs off each others backs.
As human caretakers, it is a pleasurable way to spend time, cleaning our horses, and talking to them. Be sure that your horse knows how to tie to either a single tie or crossties. This is an extremely important ground training accomplishment…for safety and pleasure during the grooming…for both the horse and the groomer.
Grooming increases blood flow and stimulates the oil secretion glands that condition the horse’s coat. It removes tangles from the mane and tail, and fly eggs (bots) from the legs and body. Grooming also loosens the dirt and sweat stains from the girth and saddle areas to prevent sores.