M y first Morgan was not registered, but very obviously of Morgan heritage. Stocky with an archyneck, wide forehead and tippy ears, I called this bay mare Missy. I bred her to my Uncle Laurence’s King’s River stallion, Tambien. The result was a lovely chestnut mare, but to my dismay I was informed she could not be registered as a Morgan. It was then I decided I wanted Registered Morgan horses. I wrote letters to ranches, attended sales and generally made a pest of myself to Uncle Laurence. I located a mare in Northern California named Starfleet Revere. I called her Lady after my Mom’s horse. This bay mare was by Shawalla Scott and out of a Ringling’s Revere mare.
I liked this mare so much I looked up her breeder, Millard Ulch. He was retiring from horses and had two mares left on his ranch. The red chestnut I brought home was Roewalla, another Shawalla Scott daughter, out of Roelm Morgan who was a Mountcrest Sellman granddaughter. Both of these mares carried theUlch brand: 7U on the hip.
Meanwhile, Uncle Laurence was looking for broodmares, so we both ended up at the Horseshoe Cattle Company, at that time located in Loomis, CA. I would go with Uncle when he would purchase mares. Ihad my favorite, but was just sure I could never afford anything as lovely as that mare. When Dick (C.C. Dickinson) found out which mare I was admiring, he offered her to me on time payments. I was touched and of course, thrilled. I was now building my broodmare band. Rolie Field was a dark bay mare by Coulterfield, who was a Muscle Man son. She was out of Rag J.D. who was by Easter Vermont. She had a colt by Roland G. Hill in 1979 and a filly by Ramona Brave in 1981. The filly I named Terob Mona Vermont and trained and showed her myself. She was my best friend, my trail riding horse and my show trail horse. The colt was a pretty chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail. I named him Terob Beau Revere.
I raised and sold foals from these mares for a few years. I then started looking for another special horse to show. I found a lovely filly by Circle H Pepe out of a mare named Olanchee. Again, I had a mare with the length of neck and hip I so admire. Debbie Dawn was named for the daughter of the owner of the sire Debi Sweeten (Michaels). Debi is still breeding and showing some fine Morgan horses. My Debbie Dawn was an amazing mare, Brunk bred it seemed there was nothing she couldn’t do. She was destined to take me to great heights showing in trail. As she matured, she was not getting physically stronger, but actually weaker. Upon veterinary examination it was shown that she had an inoperable heart murmur. My heart was broken as we put down my beautiful Dawn. I still get tears in my eyes when I recall this sad time. This loss sort of took the wind out of my sails, and I quit breeding and showing for a long time. I raised my son and enjoyed my other horses working cattle and trail riding.
One day I went to the opening of a new Morgan Horse ranch in the area. Imagine my surprise when I saw an old friend, Debbie Robison. She was part of this new operation. Her fiancée was the resident trainer, Eitan Beth-Halachmy and the new ranch was called Wolf Creek Ranch. While renewing our friendship, I renewed my interest in showing. Debbie had a yearling colt by Holiday Compadre for sale. With his length of neck and hip, he was destined to be mine. Holiday Amigo was truly my amigo.
I spent one summer as a show groom for Garn Walker stables, too. A majorcar accident that year slowed me down for a while, but it wasn’t long before I decided I needed another Holiday Compadre offspring. Luck was with me when I bought Suntime Love and Money. A Compadre daughter out of Serendipity Lyric B, a full sister to Serendipity Brazos B. Lovey (aka Bella) is a chestnut angel.
In 2004 we purchased Homestead Butterscotch Swirl as a bred 3 year old. She is by a Twin Pond Disco Kid son and out of a Sunup Neptune granddaughter. She is sweet and so very typy. In addition to this, she is a buckskin. She would be the first of many colorful Morgans for us.
2007 presented us the opportunity to acquire a mare I had admired since her birth. Dream Catcher Miss Chief was bred by my dear friends Bob and Barbara Fink. This 2003 Palomino mare is by Nashboro Gallant Lad and out of S.A. Danielle. She is fancy and colorful and a great addition to our mare band.
The excitement grows at Terob Morgans!!