This mare and her descendants were the first Morgans I fell in love with and have remained my truest love in Morgans. Of my 7 Morgans now, 6 have at least 25% of their pedigree strongly Nekomia (my half Lippitt fellow has 9 crosses to her). In the late 1940's, she produced a foal every year and competed in the Vermont 100 Mile Ride, winning one year. When I first got into Morgans, an old-time breeder who specialized in her descendants told me that the reason she did so well on the Vermont Ride was that "she was too damm bull-headed to let another horse in front of her." I can believe that for the Nekomias are known to be opinionated and very free to tell the human their opinion. These are not the easiest horses and one needs a sense of humor to deal with them. They are lovely Morgans in looks and type.
Brady’s Defender 79634 [Dr. B. F. Brady x Jody Jean O], foaled 5/19/1979, had the honor of being the oldest of the 350 horses in July 13, 2009’s Great Circus Parade. Shown with his owner, Mary Ellen Gray of Germantown, Wisconsin, Defender was part of the 11-horse Flag Unit composed of members of the Wisconsin Morgan Horse Club. In the background is Gable’s Grindelwald 0139037, a 1996 bay mare by Gable’s Central Park out of L.A. Shauna.
(Antman x Sunshine Maid) bred by Sid Spencer, Arroyo Grande, CA I was fortunate to meet Sid once, in her old age. She bred Morgans for her cattle work in the Santa Lucia hills of the Central Calif. coast. She had her opinions and was not shy in expressing them.
(Welcome x Lucille) However, this likely is not a photo of Vigilant. Years ago, I was looking at a photo of Vigilant from the AMHA Archive Cards and wanted to compare the photo to this one in the registry volume. The white markings did not match. I turned to the written description in the volume which said "Broad Strip. Near hind and near fore ankle white.) The written description did not match either photo. So, who knows?
(Astral Jones x Old Hockady) Despite the Morgan registration number, this horse was a pure Saddlebred, bred by a Saddlebred person for the Saddlebred show ring. How he got into the Morgan registry is an open question. I have heard a couple different versions of the story.
Although bred by Elmer Brown, Kansas, this horse is considered to be Brunk since both parents were Brunk and the dam was bred to the sire at the request of the Brunk family. This photo was taken of him when he was still in the west.
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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.