(Highview King x Birdseye)
1944 gelding, bred by L. U. Sheep Co. WY
This photo from an article by Eve Oakley (riding in picture) called "Land of his Ancestors) which tells how she trailered Prince 1000 miles from Illinois to Vermont to ride. She rode in the Vermont 50 mile pleasure ride held in connection w/the 100 mile competitive ride.
(Sealect x Gladloss--John A. Darling)
1944 mare, had 2 produce.
This photo was from a 1953 4-H judged trail ride. The ride was 20 miles to be completed in 3 hours. One judge judged the horses as trail horses and the other judge judged the riders' horsemanship. The ride was open to all horses but Morgans finished as the top 4 trail horses. And those 4 were all at least half the Old Vermont breeding. Townshend Sealois was first. Second was Donnekoman. Third was her sister Townshend Gladalect. Fourth was Parasam, by Lippitt Sam.
These pictures were with an article by Sumner Kean, "Back to New England", and is about the sale of the band of broodmares from Kansas to Cecil Ferguson's Rhode Island Morgan farm. The mares were not named in the photos.
Quotes from the article: "In one of the biggest Morgan sales in the history of the breed, Locke Theis of Dodge City has sold the popular stallion Panfield, 20 mares and a dozen weanlings to Mr & Mrs J Cecil Ferguson of Greene, RI. ... Theis, whose family has raised Morgans for generations is a cattleman, Morgan stallions on his big ranches are gelded for stock work. A rapidly growing band of mares was kept to produce these working horses and soon grew too big. Three years of drought and Mr Theis was forced to do something. So he advertised the whole band. ... I saw that band of mares in 1951 and rated them one of the finest collection of Morgan dams & fillies on the entire western trip. Good-headed with excellent necks, bodies and legs, they are a collective sight to move any Morgan lover. Theis has culled sharply every year, kept only the best and bred to the best available. The result is remarkable uniformity, chestnuts and light bays with a lot of light manes and tails. ... "
Ferguson kept many of the mares and sold others who went into many of the major Morgan breeding farms in New England of that time. They can be found behind many of today's Morgans.
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.