Like the filly below, this filly brings together local bred Morgans with imports from Vermont. The R'Surene prefix was a long one, breeding Morgans in South Dakota for many decades. Their sire lines were usually from the Government Farm through UVM. The Sunflower prefix was also South Dakota, based heavily on WWF.
Ohio was a true melting pot of Morgan families in the 1960's with a strong Government Farm influence coming through Merle Evan's Devan Farm, a strong Brunk influence, and a good dose of the Western Working Family.
Verizon is, as usual, slow about repairs so I still have no phone line at home. Therefore, I am posting more pictures on days I am at the store w/DSL.
All today's photos are from the Feb. 1968 TMH and are from the 1967 New York Morgan Show. At that time, Morgans were shown fat, which hides some conformation flaws and makes them look more typey. The breeding of these winners is interesting in that it shows the trend of using well-bred mares of solid old lines crossed to the less typey Government stock and a strong infustion of Saddlebred through Upwey Ben Don, whose paternal grandsire, Upwey King Peavine, was a pure Saddlebred. Applevale Farm was a large breeder in New York and did breed many very nice Morgans. Their foundation stallion for many years was the typey Pecos whose ancestry was of the Old Vermont lines and some Government and some other lines similiar to the Government Farm program but coming out of other old New England stock. The U. C. prefix were Morgans bred by the University of Conn. whose stock was from the Governement Farm in Vermont.
This blog is dedicated to the Old Morgan--either those who are long gone or those who are contemporary and aged. I will be posting photos of historical Morgans and my own aged horses. Visitors are welcome to submit photos, both historical horses and their own aged horses. Please make the photos of reasonable size and make sure they are compressed. Include as much information as possible on each photo. Use this email addy--
I've been a student of the horse all my life and an avid reader of all sorts of books. I got into Morgans in 1979, getting my first Morgans in 1980 and then becoming a breed historian with published articles in various publications. I still have Morgans, and cats.