Well it has
been an exceptionally busy fall/winter and now coming into spring season.
I have moved myself & my 'kids' (horses & dogs)
to a farm in East Central Alberta and it has a wonderful set-up of buildings.
Previously a PMU barn it has two large barns and both an indoor & outdoor arena,
so needless to say I am super excited about the opportunities that renting this
facility presents me with! At this time, I will not be standing an outside
stallion this year, as I'll be concentrating on starting all my youngsters (now
of age) and helping some friends start and sell their horses as well - watch for
some very well bred colorful Morgans, well started under saddle at great prices
I am currently planning a trip to ON -
hopefully end of May/beginning of June, and will be heading for TX in July
(currently planning on flying but would drive truck/trailer if delivery is
needed), so this is your chance to get an exceptional horse delivered at a great
price! For the May/June trip I would be willing to look at coming home via
the states so keep this in mind if you are in the MI/WI, OH/IN, IA/MN, SD/ND etc
line of states!
I only have one foal due this spring (out of
CHV Celtic Colleen) but am hoping to breed 5 or possibly 6 for next spring, as
there are a couple older stallions I want to breed to and don't want to miss out
on! I wish each of you a safe, successful foaling season and hope you have a
wonderful spring/summer/fall with lots of time to enjoy your horses.
Summer is upon
us, and I am waiting for a stretch of good weather to get my first cut of hay
cut and baled. This has been an incredibly busy year with a rapidly
growing new business (see the Talk SCENTSY to me! link at left),
book keeping, foaling mares, selling & delivering horses, all the 'divorce
stuff' and of course - hunting for a new home for my remaining horses and I to
Intrigue's foals are all here, and as expected
they are STUNNING - he is such an outstanding stallion! I had 4
fillies and 4 colts - with a few splash and a couple solids, but most
importantly all are outstanding in movement, type, personality and conformation.
It is amazing how well Intrigue stamps his foals with quality and type so
consistantly! ALL colts are available to purchase as I'll be keeping
fillies and am hoping for breeding, show homes that will promote this caliber of
foal. Please contact me for current photo's, prices etc on these colts,
and watch the individual pages of each for updates.
For the horses/foals that are marked "For Sale"
and/or "For Sale/Lease" I will consider trades towards assets needed for
new farm (ex. riding lawnmower, arena harrows, portable panels), possibly
livestock (cattle/goats/sheep - depending on location for hauling) and would
consider breedings/stud fees, foals back, etc. So if you see a stallion
prospect, broke/started gelding, or mare/filly that you desire - talk to me!
Delivery to most states/provinces is easily arranged and I am planning a delivery trip to the US,
for this fall (after foals are safely weaned)! At this time it looks
like I will be heading across Canada to ON, then dropping south into IN, & OH. -
I'm hoping to finalize plans to do this trip around the end of October for good
roads and 'middle temperature' weather.
Sonya & Brian Halliday of Crooked Sky Morgans,
Dawson Creek, BC on their purchase of:
Snowdancers Wild Willow
Pines Topper (Lacey)
Ammolite Hidden Gift
And Congratulations to:
Pat & Tony Evans of Cedar Lane/MDF Morgans,
Spirit River, AB on
leasing Sailor for the 2010 Breeding
Mel Hagen of Grande Prarie, AB on the
purchase of Ammolite Topped in Gold as his working ranch partner and
future herd foundation sire.
Ammolite Sailor Delight (with
Ammolite Topped in Gold
Winter - Spring 2010
Well - life
sometimes has a funny way of kicking you in the butt! After a few really
hard years with my hubby (a city boy who it turns out -hates the farm) we have
both committed to throwing in the towel and filing for a divorce. The down
side of this is a huge one for me and my horses, as I am having to sell this farm
and look for another to move to and start over on.
Although disappointed to lose this place and have to
start over, I have always been a goal setter, and as such I know I will survive
the current challenges being thrown my way in 2010, and I will move forward to
achieve even more; with my horses, a new property and a chance at a 'do-over' in
life. In the mean time though - I am primarily concerned that my horses
are taken care of and my 'life challenges' are not allowed to harm them in any
As such I am willing to consider any and
all offers on any of the horses marked 'For Sale' on this website.
Some of the ones marked for sale that I do NOT actually want to part with - will
be available on free leases for a year or two until I can get re-established -
these horses will be marked "For Sale or Lease".
It is of huge concern to me that my horses find
permanent loving homes - as such if you are considering one and are sending an
offer - please include some information about yourself and why you feel my 'kid(s)'
should come to you!
I am planning a delivery trip to the US, towards fall after weaning! I need
to deliver some sold horses - so if you are looking at any of the for sale
horses - hurry, so I can fit them on this load! We all know how expensive
shipping has become, so this is a great opportunity to get a superb Morgan
delivered to your door - at a terrific price!
July - August - September 2009
July has brought me the wonderful opportunity
of hiring Liz Mabb of Trinity Equestrian, and Dee Lafluer, two wonderful ladies who have a great way
with the horses, and are pretty handy too! Liz has been starting some of
the already broke (western) horses to english tack and started them jumping, and
is also starting youngsters under saddle. Dee is helping out as a general
hand - and a great hand she is!
June, July and early August kept Intrigue busy.
He has covered and caught 10 mares while visiting Alberta (10 for 10 - not too
bad for an older boy!) and he will be going home later in August, or the first
few days of September!
April - June 2009
IS HERE! Yes,
Intrigue has arrived in Alberta - he's now settled in and tomorrow will
get to start meeting my mares! Boy, were they ever happy to see
him step off the trailer! He is standing at the special price of
$600.00 USD per mare while here, so don't miss this chance to breed to
such a well proven, top quality sire, with a chance at Splash at this
|January - March 2009
This has been one of the coldest
winter/springs in over half a century, as such, the horses that I
brought up from the Cochrane and Mid-Atlantic sales spent a lot of time
in our new barn and really appreciated the fact that it's got
under-floor heat! My winter blankets and hoods also got lots of
use, as they all had the classic 'sales shave' of bald ears, face,
v-necks, they were well covered when outside.
February was a real roller coaster
month. In Mid-February I was ecstatic to be able to pick up
in Billings MT and bring her home to Ammolite Acres. A big
THANK YOU to Susan & Jason of Chargers Morgans for letting me
purchase this talented moving, upheaded, gorgeous mare and for bringing
her up from CA to MT to meet me!
On the other end of the
spectrum I had a really hard lesson on why to keep friendship separate
from business - having to repossess 3 horses, one of which was in
extremely poor condition, and has since had to be put down. You
always hear 'buyer beware, well this was a case of "seller beware"!
Sue & Blues Big Adventure
fall I sold two bred mares to Elnoresh Morgans in Vanderleek Hill, ON.
And as Blue’s lease was up and he was due to go home to Morning Star
Morgan Farms in London, OH - I started getting shipping quotes. But I
felt they were reasonably high, and I had a mare that needed to come
from MI to here as well, so I decided to do the road trip myself this
winter and have a Morgan adventure!
hooked up my ’92 Dodge Cummings (we affectionately call it ‘Old Blue’)
and 6 horse trailer (set up as 3 box stalls) and loaded up Blue (PHPM
Lords Gift of Gold), Ginger (DKKR
Gingers Delight - shown above left) & Sugar (Snowdancers
SugarN’Spice - shown above right) and headed east. We had just
picked up this 28’ Featherlite gooseneck trailer (I’m used to a 16’
bumper pull) two days prior to heading out, so I was pretty worried
about whether I’d be able to handle it, especially for backing up as it
just seemed ‘so big’. My rigs’ size was quickly put into perspective
the first night as I pulled into a truck stop to sleep and in the
morning, found myself parked beside a Kindersley Transport rig that was
a full truck trailer with a second full length trailer behind. All of a
sudden, my unit didn’t seem nearly as large as I felt it was! I was
still laughing a couple miles down the road, when it hit me that I
should have taken a photo of that! Sleeping in the truck had it’s
advantages and disadvantages. Blue thought this ‘hauling’ thing was
great, to him it was a giant moving buffet! He figured out the very
first night that when I fed & watered at ‘bedtime’ (approx. 9pm) that
if he started to stomp and bang around at 1 am, that I’d get up and
feed/water again, and ditto at 4 or 5 am….so guess what the pattern was
every night after that?!?! No one can ever say Morgans don’t
show their character! Seriously though – they always had food and water
in their systems so they weren’t cold, and I think all three got off the
trailer fatter and sassier then when they got on!
Northern ON – winter road construction
crews had the highway at one narrow lane in a couple places, but the
horses didn’t care!
A classic view in ON, and PA - icicles coming out
threw the seams in the road side cliffs.
I headed across SK,
MB and took the northerly route across the top of ON to avoid the big
hills and lake effect snow to the south, and 4 ½ days later I dropped
the girls off at their new home at Elnoresh Morgans. We off loaded
Blue, I cleaned out the trailer and spent the night, having a great
visit with Liz and her family, and had a chance to see her nice herd
including her nice grey and palomino boys!
Then it was back
across the bottom of ON where I stopped to meet Connie & David Chisholm
and see the horses of Maple Leaf Morgans in Belleville, and a few hours
later to have supper and a good visit with Tanya Ament of Paradise Ranch
Continuing west, I
crossed the border at Sarnia and continued on to Ancan Morgans in MI, to
pick up LaBelle De Versailles
(ZZ Top x Century Flair De Lis), a hunter mare that Anne had
acted as agent for me on at the Cochrane sale. Unfortunately, I didn’t
get a chance to stop and see any of the Ancan herd, as the radio said
there was a storm blowing in behind me and I wanted to stay ahead of
it. So we quickly loaded LaBelle up, and I continued on and headed
south towards Blue’s home in OH. As we headed south it was warming up
and at one point when I looked in on Blue – I was stunned to see him
‘all wet’ – then I realized all the condensation from the inside of the
trailer was melting off and dripping on him! The next afternoon we
arrived at Morning Star Morgan Farm where I offloaded LaBelle so I could
pull Blue off & re-clean out the trailer quickly. I had a great visit
with Wanda and got to meet her family, it was terrific to finally meet
Wanda after all the emails and calls. It was surprisingly hard for me
to leave Blue behind. He is such a sweetheart and has so much
character, I’d really gotten very attached to him, and it didn’t hit me
till I had to say ‘good bye’ in the barn and then drive away!
Somewhere during this leg of the trip – I turned over 100,000 km on my
truck – yes, you heard right 100,000 km on a ’92! We bought this truck
a year ago in September and it only had 67,000 km on it, yes I drive a
More driving and I
arrived at the Messers, where I spent a couple nights. First, I met
their two Morgans then Michelle and I spent a day visiting other local
breeders - seeing their stock as well. You will not find better, kinder
people then Michelle and Homer, they showed me true southern hospitality
and will forever be trusted friends. I’m hoping they’ll be coming to
visit Alberta in July and I’ll be able to tour them around up here, to
show them not only how beautiful our province is, but some of our
incredible Morgans as well! Ohio was warm and a bit muddy, good thing
Homer can back up a trailer on slippy mud, or I might still be there!
From the Messers, I
headed east again to the Mid Atlantic Sale in PA where a pair of rubber
boots and an extra heavy duty raincoat and hat would have been really
handy the night before the sale! It was pouring so hard that as you
walked across the parking lot, the water would run up and over your
shoes – never thought I’d need rubber boots in December, guess I know
for next time! At the Mid A sale I ended up purchasing
HVK Bold Ember (HVK Bold Look x Pinehaven
Ember) a well trained hunter mare for myself, and two geldings to
resell. Flintstone Warrior, and
Queens First Impression - a gelding who was RWC
Park harness in his younger days and has won many driving championships
with a Jr. at whip, many halter classes and is well broke to saddle as
Then it was time for
the long trip home…and boy, it felt LONG! I had left LaBelle at the
Messers in OH as she was starting to get a bit stressed bouncing from
place to place, so I stopped back by there to pick her up and so had a
load of four for the trip home. I cut across OH and swung out through
IL, IN, and WI - this put on extra miles but it was so that I could stay
FAR away from Chicago. I went through it last year with a 16’ stock
trailer and it took 3 ½ hours to go around the city - most of the time
at 50-60 mph…starting in at 1 am, as suggested by a few people - so
there was ‘no traffic’ to fight! I cannot begin to imagine how people
get around a city of this size for their daily lives, and for the first
time in my life I understood road rage and how it could become so
serious! I swore I would never go through the large US cities like that
with a loaded trailer ever again – so extra miles it was!
had a couple stops planned for the trip home to see some more horses,
but the weather was getting nasty fast as I headed into MN. It took
about 4 hours to get through the twin cities (St. Paul & Minneapolis) in
a snow storm so by that time, all I wanted to do was ‘get off these
roads’ for the night! By the next morning the worst of it was over but
I chose to pass on the extra stops as the weather forecast had storms
coming and going all directions, and I didn’t want to get caught up in
one or delayed with the horses on. The roads were actually pretty good
for most of the trip, excluding WI and MN, and the extreme cold gave me
some problems (with the windows in the trailer freezing) in ND, but at
least by the time I got there the highways were re-opened after a major
blizzard a few days earlier.
Overall it was a
really great trip, where I got to meet some incredible fellow Morgan
lovers, see a huge variety of Morgans and the produce of different
bloodlines and crosses thereof! Although after
kms, I am glad to be home in my own bed and not sleeping on the bench
seat any more, I’m already tentatively planning a couple more trips for
Ammolites MayFlower - Blossum
- Cal-la & her '08 Colt
Congratulations to A & M (Sr.) Hormanzabel (AB) on the
purchase of Blossum. She is their first
Morgan, with her color, athletic ability and temperament - they will
surely have years of enjoyment from her.
Congratulations to M & M (Jr.) Hormanzabel who
bought Cal-la with her '08 buckskin colt by Blue (at foot) for their
family, and future 4-H horse for their son.