All my life I have been an avid horse lover. So when my Great Aunt Ethel Gardner started our breeding program well over 50 years ago with her great stallion, The Yankee (Whippoorwill Duke X Jenny Lake), Morgan horses became my way of life. I am very blessed to be a third generation Morgan breeder and owner. I work in conjunction with my mother Niven Owings, whose Spring Lake Farm is centrally located in Lake Wales, FL. My Great Aunt and my mother have been some of my greatest mentors and they have instilled a strong sense in me that the Morgan Horse should be a versatile horse. Pick your horse for his correct conformation, intelligence, disposition and versatility; then pick your discipline, change your discipline, use the same horse. With the Morgan this is easy to do as they are known for their quick and flexible minds, calm and steady way of going- along with their BIG loving hearts. My Great Aunt Ethel's stallion The Yankee was a multi Champion in many disciplines from , dressage, western, english, even harness racing as well as being an incredible family horse on the trail and at home. To learn more about my Great Aunt and the contribution she made to the Morgan Horse World, and believing that the Morgan horse is the ultimate versatile horse please read this article about her from the August 2003 issue of The Morgan Horse magazine, titled "Yankee Ingenuity", written by Sue Brander.
Our hopes are to produce foals that match or exceed the expectations that we have of their parents. In essence, each foal should be better than the sire and dam. This results in a classic Morgan, with a chiseled head and tippy ears, a full curvy body along with strong sturdy legs and fabulous "Morgan" feet. By carefully selecting and matching mares to stallions, we believe that is what we are accomplishing at our farms. Because of this, sometimes we only produce a few foals each year, but I think it is worth the wait.
Our foundation lines are rich in old blood, with such respected Morgans as Squire Burger, Lippitt, Flyhawk, Ulendon, Blackwood Correll, Mentor, Californio, Winterset, Jubilee King and his full sister Sentola and of course Whippoorwill Duke. We are honored to have some of the closest living relatives to Figure in our herds as a few of these horses will trace to Figure in 11 generations as many as 12 times.
At MtnTop Morgans in Brooklyn, MI we have been selectively adding a few colorful Morgans that we hope will have a great influence on the foals we produce. Above and beyond, we strive to produce the "perfect foal"; if this foal also happens to be colorful, then that is wonderful too.
Photo credit in the above website header goes to Wendy Peterson for the two dressage photos.
Visitors are always welcome at MtnTop Morgans, Brooklyn, MI as our horses just love visitors. A call in advance is most appreciated.
June 12, 2016
Well what an exciting weekend hope you don't mind me sharing. I took MtnTop Goodness Gracious, my 5 year old buckskin Morgan mare, to her first show of the year (third show in her life). Where we competed in Western Dressage Intro test 3 and 4 and we walked away with some fantastic scores of a 75% and a 69.583 giving us a blue and red ribbon and a high enough score that Grace came away with Grand Champion Western Dressage horse for the day (they combined all the Western Dressage horses Intro, basic and Level one together to get their Grand Champion). This is a great size show that has 3 rings going at one time, mostly classical dressage, so lots of distractions. I loved the judges' comments and it gave me a big smile that the same remarks that she gave me were the very ones that I know Grace and I need work on. So YAY for that now down to more work and I guess I will start doing a few Basic tests (Training Level for those of classical dressage).
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