Lauralee Morgan Farm

Our Morgan Story

 

In 1960, after many years reading horse magazines trying to find the breed of her dreams, Deana fell in love with Morgans and bought her first Morgan, Colbrook Moonglow (UVM Colfield x Larita). As is typical of purchasing your first Morgan, many more followed after this. 1965 saw the purchase of Dawn Rose, a mare of straight Brunk breeding who was in foal to Whippoorwill Duke. Cordon Marksman (Bro-Rock March On x Merry Cordelia) was purchased in 1966 to be the herd stallion. Bought sight unseen with a guarantee of temperament, Mark was everything promised. He was pretty, lovely natured, easy to handle, a gentleman with the ladies and easily trained. Mark was shown in trail classes, obstacle courses, jumping classes, english pleasure, western pleasure and anything else that came his way. He also competed in Competitive Trail Riding, doing his first 50 mile ride at the tender age of 4. Mark sired our one of best producing mares, Lauralee Delia Rose. When Delia was crossed with our next stallion, Clear River Phantom (Merry Knox x Bald Mt Oralee), she produced 5 colts and 1 filly. The colts that were shown had outstanding show careers, capturing many championships In Hand, English Pleasure, Western Pleasure and Pleasure Driving. Phantom had an outstanding show career in Park, English Pleasure and In Hand classes, winning many championships including Reserve Grand Champion at the Michigan All Morgan in 1975. Phantom sired many colts for us and very fiew fillies. Hobbiton Aragorn (UVM Enchantor x Merry Bellsinda) was purchased in 1974 as a weanling. A large chestnut colt, he was shown at the New York where won the Sires Sweepstakes, Weanling Colt Futurity, Weanling Colt class. The next year he came back and did it all again. Aragorn was sold to Jack Reeves of Chestnut Hill Morgans where he enjoyed a fantastic show career in English, Western, Driving and Trail classes. Hobbiton Eowyn (UVM Enchantor x Hobbiton Tinuviel) was purchased in 1976 as a weanling to be our next show mare. Over the years Winnie & Sherri won many Youth classes in English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Pleasure Driving, Showmanship & Equitation. In 1984 it was decided to get out of breeding horses for a few years and all the horses with the exception of Winnie were sold - some horses you just can't sell. A few years later, when we started breeding again, Winnie became our lead broodmare. We bred her to Lauralee Phantasm (Clear River Phantom x Lauralee Delia Rose) twice and were rewarded with a filly and a colt. The colt, Lauralee Esquire, was the reason that we got back into breeding again. He enjoyed a good show career on the line before being gelded and sold. We had discovered along the way that every horse we really like was of Old Government breeding and traced back to either Meade or Tutor, so when we were looking for a stallion to breed to we followed those lines. In 1989 we purchased Mad River Bell Buoy (Baystate Admiral x U C Reverie) and we were back in the breeding business again - we had only been looking for a stallion to breed to once, but the 21 year old stallion was too impressive to pass up and we brought him home. Bell Buoy sired a few foals for us (9) in the four years that we had him - he passed away at the age of 25. Bell Buoy sired Lauralee Sinda Belle (x Hobbiton Eowyn) who was first an English Pleasure show horse, then moved on to be Sherri's long distance horse and is now a broodmare. Other foals were shown successfully or went into long distance riding. Meanwhile we decided that we had better find a younger stallion to replace Bell Buoy. The search led us to Michigan to the home Jack Appling of Approse Acres Morgans. Jack had Oldtyme Dedication (Pill Peddler Bacchus x Oldtyme Carrousel) for sale. Here was a stallion who had both Meade & Tutor in his pedigree, everything we were looking for on paper, and better still he looked like his pedigree! Denny has been producing foals for us, all of them fillies - for the first time we have a stallion who produces fillies instead of colts and we can't wait for a colt! We purchased back Lauralee Phantasm in 1997 and were only able to breed him to 2 mares in 1998 before he passed away. In 1998 we leased the mare E.B. Lovely Damsel (Mad River Sailor x Mad River Fasination) and bred her to Ultimate Creation (Superman x Trophy's Cupid) and are eagerly awaiting the results of that cross! By 1998 Lauralee Morgan Farm had produced over 40 purebred foals. Currently we are standing only Denny at stud and are expecting foals every year and sometimes we even sell them!

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