The Morgan Horse Ad: U C Spicy Lass

The Morgan Horse Ad: U C Spicy Lass

June 1981
UC Spicy Lass
(UC Marquis x UC Taffy)
L to R: Caitrin, Elizabeth, Britta
Our First Horse and the Matriarch of Sleipnir Morgans

Please see our earlier posting about U C Spicy Lass and the beginning of Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm

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U C Spicy Lass – Our first horse – The Matriarch

It was 1980, and the five of us, John, Elizabeth, Caitrin, Britta and I, were all having riding lessons; and John and I were having driving lessons.
The girls were just 10, 7 1/2, and just 6.
After looking at various options, we purchased our first horse, a Morgan horse, from the University of Connecticut. Dr. James Dinger was in charge at that time, and he gave us a tour of the horses available.

U C Spicy Lass (U C Marquis x U C Taffy) a chestnut mare with good conformation and a kind expression, was trained to ride and drive, and, though it didn’t matter to us at the time, she was a proven broodmare, and in foal by U V M Viking (U V M Flash x U V M Kathy) for a Spring foal.

Out in the yearling paddock was her chestnut filly from the previous year, U C Cinnamon (by U V M Viking) a full sibling to the foal that was due in 1980. While she was very cute, we intended to have only the new horse. We even intended to sell the foal to recoup part of the cost of the mare. We also had no intention of having our own farm…just boarding/training “Spicy.”

Many horse and non-horse people, especially those who know us, are now laughing hysterically…but further parts of the story are for other postings.

So, we tried her out. “Student” trained horses can have different positives and negatives from “professional” trained or “amateur-owner” trained horses…also a post for another time. She was wonderful…patient and willing for grooming, tacking, leading, etc. Just what we needed for a family horse, especially for first-time owners.

She had two flaws. First, she had a fleck of clear pigment flawing her right eye, which could be genetic or nutritional. Second, as I was riding her down a straight away, we were suddenly going in the opposite direction. A little bit more iffy, but we all thought that it might have been my fault, and if hers, correctable with work.

So, we purchased her, loaded her up, and brought her to Massachusetts to Paula Payson’s (our trainer/riding & driving instructor) farm.

Spicy was a perfect first horse and family horse.
U C Spicy Lass was much more than that.
It is not too much to say: She totally changed our lives.

We acquired a new set of friends, acquaintances, and nodding recognition. We traveled to visit farms – especially Morgan Farms. We gained new wardrobe additions and equipment. Our family vacations were, mostly, scheduled around the New England Morgan Horse Shows. Connecticut Morgan, Massachusetts Morgan, Vermont Morgan, Granite State Morgan, Maine Morgan, and New England Regionals all became the focus of our schedules and training throughout the 1980’s.

Most importantly, Spicy safely delivered a chestnut colt. We needed a name for the colt and a prefix for the farm.

“Sleipnir” was a mythological horse. He belonged to Thor, and carried the “Viking” warriors to “Valhalla”, their Heaven. He was portrayed with eight legs to indicate how strong and fleet of hoof he was. With the history of the Morgan Breed, in particular Figure’s strength, speed, and temperament, and UVM Viking for his sire, the farm name/prefix became “Sleipnir” and the colt was named “Valhalla”. Sleipnir Valhalla (“Hal”) (1980 – 2005) joined his mother as a family saddle, harness, in-hand and showmanship contender, and at-home buddy.

Spicy changed our lives.
Our home, and lifestyle, changed. A farm and a herd followed.

Spicy delivered two more foals for us.
Sleipnir Selebrity, (by Donnybrook Celebrity) (1982-2009) “Seppy”, another chestnut colt, subsequently gelded. He too followed in his Dam and brother’s hoofsteps.
and
Sleipnir Constelaton, (by B-L Rhinestone Kid, the Patriarch of the Herd, 1980-2009) (1983 – ) “Connie” a bay filly. Her story still continues 30 years later.

We lost Spicy too early to debatable causes after S. Constelaton’s birth. However, her impact on our family, and on the Morgan Breed and horse world, continues thirty years plus and in to the future.

Farms in Massachusetts, Iowa, and now Tennessee became central to our lives, defining a good part of our family life.

Hal and Seppy helped to teach our grand-children their love of horses, how to care for these gigantic souls, and how to ride and drive. Also, how to handle the passing of beloved family members.

After Spicy’s death, we went back to the University of Connecticut and purchased U C Cinnamon (1979 – 2011) “Cinnie”. She and Connie have continued Spicy’s dam line to both sides of our pedigrees.
They and other members of the herd have impacted the lives of horse people and visitors in uncountable ways.

U C Spicy Lass is buried at our first farm in Gardner, Massachusetts. But her spirit, her legacy, her influence is still alive and well in Tennessee.

Morgan and Non-Morgan Horses that we have owned

Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm
Horses that we have owned and bred, predominantly Morgan Horses
Registered, Unregistered, and Deceased prior to Registration completed
In Chronological Order – 1980 – Current
By Georgia O. Denman
Registered Morgan Horses:
Massachusetts and Tennessee:
UC Spicy Lass – Chestnut Mare – Foundation Mare of Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm – DECEASED-MA
Sleipnir Valhalla – Chestnut Gelding – DECEASED-TN
B-L Rhinestone Kid – Black Bay Stallion – Foundation Sire of SMHF – DECEASED-TN
Sleipnir Selebrity – Chestnut Gelding – DECEASED-TN
Sleipnir Constellation – Bay Mare – First Get of B-L Rhinestone Kid; Last Produce of UC Spicy Lass
UC Cinnamon – Chestnut Mare – DECEASED-TN
Headwater’s Dawn Date – SOLD-MA
UC Phoebe – Dark Chestnut Mare –SOLD-MA
Sleipnir Cor-elation – SOLD-MA
Sleipnir Firestone – Bay Gelding – SOLD Unregistered-MA
Fieldmaster Ben – SOLD-MA
Sleipnir Brimstone – Bay Gelding – SOLD Unregistered-MA
Sleipnir Top Hat – Chestnut Stallion – DECEASED-TN
Gaitwood Kitzbuhel – Bay Mare – SOLD-MA
Windfall Vigilstar – Black Gelding – SOLD-MA
Tennessee:
Sleipnir Southern Cross – Bay Mare
Coeur d’Alene – Chestnut Mare
Sleipnir Spice On Top – Chestnut Mare
Reggie’s Black Rose – Black Mare – Deceased
NEJ Golddust Louise – Black Bay Mare – SOLD
NEJ Golddust Ruby – Black Bay Mare – SOLD
Four Fields Patriot – Bay Stallion – Retired for Frog Farm – DECEASED
Sleipnir Carbon Copy – Bay Stallion
Sleipnir Legacy – Chestnut Stallion – DECEASED
Hip Heath Zanna – Bay Mare – DECEASED
Sleipnir Betsy Ross – Bay Mare – SOLD
Sleipnir Sophisticated Lady – Bay Mare
May’s Sweetie – Black Bay Mare – Leased – Retired – DECEASED
NEJ Golddust Alice – Chestnut Mare – Leased – DECEASED
NEJ Golddust Emma – Black Mare – Leased
Sleipnir Zeus – Black Gelding – SOLD
Sleipnir Celestial Array – Bay Gelding
Sleipnir Trinity – SOLD – DECEASED
Sleipnir Gemstone – Black Bay Mare – DECEASED
Sleipnir Rock Candy – Bay Mare – SOLD
Sleipnir Onyx – Black Mare – SOLD
Sleipnir Onstar – Black Mare
Sleipnir Sequoyah – Black Stallion
Exquisite Sir Echo – Chestnut Stallion – DECEASED
Sleipnir Echo’s Finale – Chestnut Stallion
Sleipnir Zenith – Bay Stallion
Poincianna – Dark Chestnut Mare – SOLD – DECEASED
Sleipnir Explorer – Bay Gelding – SOLD
Sleipnir Ambassador – Black Bay Stallion – SOLD
Sleipnir Fieldstone – Bay Gelding
Sleipnir Pop Rocks – Black colt – Deceased
Sleipnir Andromeda – Brown Chestnut Mare
Prairie Hill Princess, Chestnut Mare – Samantha’s dam – SOLD
Sleipnir Daily Show – Chestnut Mare – SOLD
May’s Joy – Bay Mare – SOLD
May’s Prunella – Bay Mare – SOLD
PJMF Mr. Standfast – Bay Gelding – SOLD
PJMF Mr. Honest – Bay Gelding – SOLD
Playday Rebecca – Brown Mare
Triagn Smooth Sailing – Palomino Mare
Sleipnir Hiwassee – Black Mare
Sleipnir Echo’s Celebrity – Brown Chestnut Mare
Sleipnir Smoky Mountain – Black colt – Gelded by new owners – SOLD
Sleipnir Ocoee – Black colt – Gelded by new owners – SOLD
Sleipnir Double Feature – Chestnut Gelding
Sleipnir Resonance – Chestnut Gelding
Sleipnir Star Attraction – Bay Mare
Sleipnir Diva – Brown Chestnut Mare
Sleipnir Kobayashi Maru – Colt

Non – Morgan Horses:
Massachusetts:
Jiminy Cricket – Welsh Arab Cross Hunter/Jumper Pony –Chestnut Gelding – SOLD
Misty Bar-Quad – Registered Quarter Horse – Chestnut Mare – SOLD
Tennessee:
Sharifa El Asol – Registerable Arabian Bay Mare – SOLD
Sleipnir Toby – Bay Morab Gelding by B-L Rhinestone Kid x Sharifa El Asol – SOLD
Deuce’s Sir Spot – Registered Quarter Horse – Chestnut Gelding – SOLD
Rose – Racking mare – Bay – SOLD

Photos of Many of these Horses at http://www.ImagesnMemories.com
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Our Breeding Philosophy – Specific Farms, Stallion & Mare Influences

Sleipnir LogoStrong and Fleet

Sleipnir Logo
Strong and Fleet

Sleipnir Carbon Copy - 2000 Stallion(B-L Rhinestone Kid x Coeur d'Alene)

Sleipnir Carbon Copy – 2000 Stallion
(B-L Rhinestone Kid x Coeur d’Alene)

   

Morgan Horses have been part of our family for over Thirty years. During that time, we went to many horse shows and clinics, watched classes from multiple disciplines and styles, visited some of the most famous Morgan Horse Farms, and formed and refined our own breeding plan.

We breed for people-friendly horses with square stances, and good ways of going. Horses that are also alert, intelligent, willing, talented and very beautiful. 

We focus on the OLD GOVERNMENT LINES found throughout The University of Connecticut (UC) and University of Vermont (UVM) breeding programs; featuring UVM Viking, UVM Flash, Mansfield, Panfield, Canfield, Flyhawk, and of course, Upwey Ben Don+ (Stallions) and UC Spicy Lass (our Foundation mare), UC Taffy, UVM Flirt, Upwey Benn Quietude + (mares).

with crosses to the WASEEKA’S LINE via NOCTURNE, (stallion) via W. Showtime and W. Peter Piper (stallions), and W. Thisizit (mare) and others.

and crosses to the ORCLAND LINE via ULENDON, through especially ORCLAND LEADER, via Courage of Equinox+, Orcland Vigildon+ (stallions).

with selected other families brought in to the lines, including representation from some New England, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West and Western working families.

Our pedigrees reflect modern horses with famous ancestors as up close as you can get. The ancestors’ names are often still visible on their descendants’ written pedigrees. Our bloodlines will cross well with any of the current major breeding programs and our Morgans offered For Sale include our best, worthy of being Foundation stallions and mares for new breeding programs, as well as being companions in the show ring or on the trail.

Our Motto and Mission is: Family Show Horses : Showy Family Horses

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2012 chestnut fillySleipnir Carbon Copy x Playday Rebecca

2012 chestnut filly
Sleipnir Carbon Copy x Playday Rebecca

NEJ Golddust Emma – 15 HH – Sweet, Black Broodmare

NEJ Golddust Emma (1996) is a solid 15HH, Black broodmare. Emma is a sweet, well-behaved mare, who has had six very sweet, athletic and talented foals for us.

She is a full sister to NEJ Golddust Alice, a chestnut, who is a solid 15HH lesson mare, that we also have on lease. Both Alice and Emma are easy breeders, good at being handled during deliveries, are attentive, but not possessive, mothers and good for all the routine grooming and handling. Emma easily can have several more foals. She is open.

May’s Sweetie, her dam, a 1984 Black retired driving and broodmare is available to go with her, as a companion. Emma is an easy keeper and Herd safe, both in a regular herd and in the broodmare band. She is offered For Sale as agents for her owners. We have had them (Sweetie, Alice and Emma) on long-term broodmare lease, but we have stopped breeding for the foreseeable future, and need to reduce our herd subsequent to John’s extensive illness and recovery period. Her owners are willing to let her be sold to someone who will enjoy her pleasant personality and value her Mid-western bloodlines.

We have three of Emma’s foals on our for sale list also: Sleipnir Fieldstone, a 2006 Bay, safe, harness-trained and saddle-trained gelding; Sleipnir Hiwassee, a 2009 Black mare, ready to be finished; and Sleipnir Star Attraction, a 2012 Bay filly, like her dam and siblings, athletic and sweet-tempered. Emma, and Alice, and their dam, Sweetie, are available singly or as a package as agents for their owners. This is the only time a proven black broodmare has been offered for sale by these multi-generation Morgan breeders specializing in Black carriage horses.

NEJ Golddust Emma’s pedigree is available from the Morgan Horse Registry Online. And, at no charge, from All-breed pedigree. All Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm Herd Members have their pedigrees available on All-breed pedigree.

http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/nej+golddust+emma

Lesson mare – 15 HH – trimmed for pasture

NEJ Golddust Alice
Proven Broodmare and lesson horse

NEJ Golddust Alice
1993 Red Chestnut Mare
Golddust Miner M C x May’s Sweetie
15 HH, trimmed for pasture
Kimberly McGee up

NEJ Golddust Alice (1993): Is a red chestnut 15HH mare with considerable time as a saddle lesson horse, for our beginner grandchildren, and others, in various sized rings and paddocks; and open yard. Looks good for a taller person, & still nice looking for shorter legged individual. Alice also has had a lot of ground driving experience; she has been used to train ground driving as a pair, including by young beginner grandchildren. Alice has had three nice foals for us on lease, two of which are sold. Easy to breed. Caring, but not obsessive mother. All foals imprinted. Good for all handling and care. Trailers well. Has been on trail rides in the past. Stalls or open pasture.
We have her on broodmare lease…and since John’s injury, we will not be breeding for the foreseeable future…and none of us are riding much anymore…two of the “grands” are not around…and there are other “sports” plus allergies! And we drive more than ride.

Alice has a 2010 Red Chestnut Gelding, Sleipnir Resonance (Sleipnir Echo’s Finale) also available For Sale.

Alice’s Full sister, NEJ Golddust Emma, a 1996 Black broodmare is also available For Sale. We also have her on broodmare lease, and she is for sale. Emma has had six foals for us. We have three of them For Sale: a 2006 Bay gelding, 2009 Black mare, and a 2012 Black filly. See separate postings.
Their dam, May’s Sweetie, (Nugget’s Prince x Eck’s Twiggy) a black mare, is a retired broodmare…
She is available with either as a companion…or as a package of all three.

Georgia’s mini-Essay for Horse & Driver Directory – 2013

We are proud to be a long-time Morgan Horse Family; Breeding and Showing Morgan Horses since 1979. We are especially interested in the preservation, promotion, and sharing of Morgan Horse pedigrees, in a modern horse.

This is a family operation with three generations feeding, training, and maintaining the herd. Good Manners are every bit as important to us as correct conformation and the Morgan’s intrinsic beauty and terrific personality.

We have all ages. Suitable for various disciplines. Classic Morgan bloodlines and temperament. Blacks, Seal Browns, Dark Chestnuts, Bays, & a palomino. National caliber horses for the show ring, CDE, trail, or backyard.

Our horses are groomed near geese, ducks, chickens, guinea hens, cats & dogs.
Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm is located in East Tennessee at the foot of the Smoky Mountains, off Interstate 75, between Chattanooga and Knoxville.

Our motto and mission – Family Show Horses : Showy Family Horses.