was originally created to show you the five mares on which we built our
breeding program: RG Cattle Kate, Nodaway Skiptamalu, Caduceus
Indrika, Coal Creek Lara and RG China Doll. As years have passed,
so too have some of the other mares that have made a tremendous impact
in our herd and in our hearts. We are fortunate to have retained
daughters from each of those original five mares.
As many of
you know, the word "Foundation" has another meaning in the Morgan world.
As best described by the Foundation Morgan Horse Society, "It is the old
type, classic style Morgan horse which was prized during the mid-1800's
to early 1900's and still highly valued by dedicated breeders and
admirers today. Beginning in the 1930's, crossing Morgans
with Saddlebreds was quite fashionable due to the popularity of the
Saddlebred and the prestige they brought into the show ring. This
practice resulted in Morgans which were less and less of classic Morgan
type. More than 80% of living Morgans today have modern Saddlebred
crosses. The foundation Morgan bloodlines have NO modern
Saddlebred outcrosses after 1930 and their male tail sire line must
trace directly to Justin Morgan."
We have had
a lot of folks ask if our horses are Foundation. Most are
foundation or high percentage foundation. We have listed the
percentages on the ones of which we're sure. Thank you for your
patience while we finish our homework on a few others.
TETON ROYAL RAVEN X
KAHLUA'S ONYX STAR
Black Mare, Star
Foaled April 18, 1991 * Deceased
June 14, 2014
Don't ever think it's all about the stallion. This mare is
proof that the mares are just as important. Coal Creek Lara was a
stunning, 15.3 hand elegant black mare. She was bred by Gary
Wallace of Coal Creek Morgans and was trained to drive as a youngster.
After Harvey & Myrna brought her home, she joined their broodmare
program. She raised three foals for them. The first filly we
purchased after we married, was one of Lara's, a weanling we named RG
Seminole Wind. When the opportunity to lease part of their mares
came about in 2002, we chose Lara as one of our top picks. It was
probably one of the best decisions we could've made for our breeding
Lara raised ten more foals for us
after we moved off the home place. She always passed on her
athleticism, beauty, grace and manners. And there was always
something special about them...they all had an extra bit of class.
Her foals were one of a kinds. You could see it at birth..."stud
quality" was written on every colt and the fillies were "the keepin'
kind." (we half-heartily apologize for this, but we've retained
three of her four fillies for our future breeding program, enabling us
to continue to raise the best we can for our customers). Lara's
foals were proud but friendly... easy to train with excellent retention
spans. They are so versatile, excelling easily at one or many
disciplines...combined, carriage and pleasure driving, western, trail
and as working ranch stock. They love to work. But her
progeny was also sought after for other breeding programs. Four of her
sons are currently standing across the Midwest, including RG Denmark's Black Lark, RG Royal Raven, RG Denmark Jamaicanjammer
and our own homozygous black stallion, RG Denmark's Justa Farmer.
Her 2012 foal, RG Denmark's McLintock also sold as a stallion prospect,
as did her 2013 colt, RG Denmark Total Eclipse. No other mare has made as much of an impact on our program
or have been requested by others. Many times, there was a waiting
list for "the first crack at a Lara baby."
Lara is pictured here at 22 years of
age, still looking as beautiful and lovely as always. She was
elegant, had a beautiful head carriage and such a loving, kind eye.
Unfortunately, we lost her on a very sad day, in June of 2014. She
was sweet and kind...gentle, too. As with all our mares, we could
crawl right in the foaling pen with her--with no worries. The kids
could run up to her with a curry comb in the pasture or pen and she'd
let them scratch her everywhere.
We miss her dearly, as well as the
pretty pictures she painted for us out in the canyons or while mothering
her foals. We could've taken a thousand photos of this mare and
never completely captured her beauty. One of the prettiest sights
to see was of Lara running to greet us in the pasture as she'd proudly
lead her foal and the band of mares. Sweet memories.
Add'l pictures of Lara and her get, click here
CADUCEUS DENVER X RG
Black Mare, Small Faint Star
Foaled: April 10, 2007 * January 8, 2014
It is never easy to lose a
horse but the special ones are even harder to lose. When
we lost Miss Denver at such a young age, it was totally
unexpected and unbelievable. With her up-close connection
to those old lines, Miss Denver is irreplaceable.
RG Denver Midnite Cowgirl was
one of the last fillies sired by the great Caduceus Denver.
She was everything we were hoping for. Not only did she
have Denver's long graceful strides but she had Cowgirl's
powerful build. The complete package...good strong legs and feet, a smooth,
sleek, well muscled body and a beautiful face. Even at
16.0 hands, she was easy to handle. She had a loving disposition and
was absolutely captivating. She turned everyone's head and
was a constant standout in the band. Broke to ride before
joining the herd, she was light on her feet and had a beautiful,
Miss Denver raised two
outstanding colts for us, RG Rooster Cogburn and RG Denmark
Black Mountain. Both were spoken for quickly and are
simply adored by their new owners.
BEAUTY X RG BLACK SENTOLA
Black Mare, Faint Star
Foaled: May 11, 1997
RG China Doll is one of
the last two mares we retained by our late herd sire, Teton
Black Beauty. Not expecting to lose him at such a
young age, we hadn't kept many of his fillies back. We
felt fortunate to have two of his daughters, China Doll and
RG Kates Living Doll. Both are old fashioned,
powerhouse style mares.
China Doll was trained to
ride and used for all types of ranch work years ago.
Since 2001, she has been a consistent producer of fourteen quiet, athletic
foals. They have gone to homes where they excel as western, trail, buggy &
carriage driving horses, broodmare prospects and quiet
saddle horses. They are loving, willing to please and
eager to learn. They are sensible and train easily.
Most finish near 16.0 hands and are tremendous athletes. China Doll stands 15.3+ hands. Perfect breeding record,
In 2012, we retained a
beautiful young black filly from her, RG Shadow of the
Tetons. In 2014, with her colt at side, RG China Doll
went to a wonderful new home. Best wishes and
Add'l pics of China Doll &
WYOMING FLYHAWK X FUNQUEST
Black Mare, No Markings
100% FOUNDATION LINES
Foaled: April 18, 1988 * Deceased: December 26, 2011
Indrika was a treasure! (This
picture of her in her 20's doesn't do this grand mare justice.)
We'd give anything to have purchased a good digital camera before these
mares got up there in age!) She stood 15.3 hands but was as quiet
and loving as you could imagine. This sweet, gentle mare was a
favorite of ours and our children's. Being calm and careful, slow
and steady, made her an easy choice for them to love up on.
Indrika was purchased as a weanling
from the well-respected breeding program of Lowell Hughes of Caduceus
Morgans. Sired by Wyoming Flyhawk, she was a half sister to the
famed sport horse stallion, Caduceus Denver. She was trained to
ride and was used for ranch work before taking her place in the
broodmare band. Her foals were always in demand and snatched up
quickly, many times before they were born and as soon as 48 hours of
age. They became highly sought after as breeding stock and as
trustworthy reliable riding and driving stock. They continue to
excel in breeding programs as well as buggy, carriage, sport, dressage,
trail and as family pets. They are kind, loving, easy to
train and natural born athletes.
When we leased Indrika from Harris'
folks in 2002, not one of her fillies had yet to be retained. We
tried desperately to purchase back a couple of her young mares but they
were too far out of our reach. We considered keeping a stallion
prospect back from her but she gave us a couple of lovely young fillies
to continue to build our program; RG French Kiss and RG Denmark's
Indrika. As these young mares are now producing for us, we see
Indrika's reflection in them and their foals.
Add'l pictures of Indrika and
her get, click here
RIMLO BLACK PRINCE X
Bay, Tiny Star. Both Hind
Fetlocks Higher in Rear with Spots on Coronets.
100% FOUNDATION LINES
Foaled May 8, 1983 *
Deceased December 19, 2009
There probably isn't
enough room on this website to write about this special
mare. RG Cattle Kate was one of the first mares that Mom
and Dad raised and retained out of our old herd
sire, Rimlo Black
Prince. What a wonderful choice this would be!
Before becoming a broodmare, Kate was shown successfully in
Western Pleasure and also used for ranch work. You
could cover a lot of ground with her long, powerful strides
and that famous "Flyhawk trot". Kate's quiet,
gentle ways made her foals a family and customer favorite.
She's had eighteen foals in her lifetime, and almost half of
them have been retained by us or Harris' family members.
Her foals are friendly, quiet, easy to work with and willing
to please. They excel in many disciplines in the show
ring and have endless stamina working cattle at home.
This powerhouse of a mare stood 15.1 hands.
With her soft, kind eyes
and a heart of gold, Kate will always hold a special place
in our hearts. She was the horse Joanie trusted to
ride as she learned and it's her last two colts, that we've
kept back for our children to learn and grow with, RG Royal
Prince, (affectionately known as "Taco"), and RG Denmark's
Black Festus. We also retained two of her daughters for
our breeding program, RG Kates Living Doll, who is the very
image of her mother and RG Kate's
For more pictures of
Kate and her get click here