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. 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.
I am honored and blessed that The Morgan Horse magazine wanted to do an article on our farm, MtnTop Morgans. Please click here to open a pdf of the October 2018 issue of The Morgan Horse to read (here).
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.
Some decisions are so hard to make even if they are the right ones. Without giving away our age, LOL, my husband has decided that he wants to retire within the next 5 to 6 years. So that means that I will also be retiring, at least semi or almost fully retiring from horse training and breeding. I mean, after all, I hope to have horses for the rest of the life the good Lord has lent me. BUT I want my numbers down and given that I have about 5 years to sell 2 horses I am in no rush at all.
I am fully booked for outside training horses for the next 3 years and after that I will basically be on consult only, with maybe a few exceptions. Next year we have 3 foals coming and all 3 are taken. After that I would like to have only 1 foal a year (maybe 2 to start with so I don’t retire cold turkey) just to keep me happy and I do love working with the foals very much!
We have sold all riding horses for this year. We will have one riding horse available next year, 2020. Her price will be subject to change depending on the level of training or reconditioning. I know of one other mare that I will be offering as a broodmare in a couple of years and honestly the 4th horse I am not too sure who that will be. Please go to our Sales page from more information.
Feel free to contact me if you might be interested in one of my horses. I will soon start posting videos and pictures of the mares for sale. So, keep a look out on my Facebook page or website
Breeding for 2020 – Each year I am excited about foals and breeding but I will say that I think 2019 and 2020 foals will be super exciting as each has it own special reason for breeding.
Spring Lake Cali’s Bingo (aka Baby) x MtnTop Whippoorwill Tanek – This is a SUPER exciting cross as basically it is bringing my mothers breeding program back with Whippoorwill lines on the bottom (Baby) and crossing it with my breeding program of Whippoorwill through the stallion line and moms breeding through the bottom. (black is the only color option for this foal) SOLD and checked safely in foal
MtnTop My Pleasure x Spring Lake Thistle – Again another SUPER exciting one for me as this cross is sort of a flip of the breeding of Spring Lake Calis Bingo x MtnTop Whippoorwill Tanek. By bringing my breeding program on the bottom and adding it to my moms breeding program on the top. (black, bay, chestnut foal) SOLD and checked safely in foal.
And last is a repeat cross from 2019 Coulee Bend Silver N Gold x MtnTop Whippoorwill Tanek – WELL here is what we decided. I want a silver bay Morgan so IF the 2020 foal is a silver bay then it will be retained if it is not than well it has all ready SOLD (bay silver, buckskin silver, bay, buckskin foal) Retained/SOLD Annie has checked safely in foal.
If you read above you will see that The Morgan Horse magazine did a recent article on our farm click here to open the October 2018 of The Morgan Horse to read it. Below are our accompanying ads.
It is always fun when owners can come out and learn to work and play with their foals. Both Izzy (MtnTop Esabella Bisou), 4 month old, and Jaxs (MtnTop General Jackson), 5 month old, are super lucky that their owners live close enough that get out often. They have done lots of work and here are their first videos of working their babies.