OK, so I know this is a Standardbred blog, but I do have to sometimes write about my first love, the Morgan horse breed and my own Joydale Sparklerslas affectionately known as Sparky. And come on, one of the Standardbred's founding breeds was the MORGAN! LOL!
One of my readers asked in a comment on the "Stall Plate" post about Sparky's Kennebec lines. While she does not carry the "Kennebec" Morgan prefix, she is indeed from that line, having been born on a different farm so carries a different prefix. Her sire is Kennebec Chief (aka Kenny) and her dam is Kennebec Spark.
Sorry, I know this is crappy. I made this many years ago and just scanned it tonight. My scanner is CRAPPY! :-(
I grew up riding at the farm where Sparky was born, the Joydale Morgan Farm....and I learned to ride on her siblings and relatives! I learned to canter on her sire Kenny! :-) Quite a thrill to ride a stallion at age nine! (or maybe it was eight...I cannot remember when I graduated to Kenny!)
|This is me with Kenny circa 1988!!!|
|Such a handsome boy!|
And I boarded Sparky there for a while....she shared her pasture with her full sister Joydale Amy and their dam Kennebec Spark, who was also called Sparky. So we had "Sparky Sr." and "Sparky Jr." ROFL! :-) I still have her old flymask kicking around somewhere that says "Sparky Jr." in permanent marker!
Sparky is related to the famous Morgan Kennebec Count. He is so darn famous he has his own Breyer! LOL!
On their sire's side, they share the same grandsire (Kennebec Ethan). And Count's sire King and Sparky's sire (Kenny) have the same dam (Helen May). I have Count's Breyer horse, of course!!! He was a grand old stallion and I enjoyed going to Miss Gardiner's farm in Woolwich (ME) to visit him. It was always a thrill to see him carriage driving with his son Russel!!
Someday I will own another Morgan. I wish I could afford one of Miss Gardiner's horses, but sadly I am too poor.