Hello Morgan Friends,
Our Farm News page was started a few years back and now we are creating a newsletter via e-mail a few times a year to update friends. To see what's been going on at Rafter Bar D, you can click RBD Newsletter to read more about us. To recieve the newsletter link in the future, when the new one comes out, you can CLICK HERE to add yourself to our list.
Sue & Derrick
News in March 2012
We are so blessed to have just purchased Amberfields Luminescence! He is a 2007, 15.1H Cremello Morgan stallion. The photo to the left was just taken March 9, 2012 when we visited him where he lives in Illinois. He will come home in April and we will do a photo shoot of him as he will be shed out and can have a bath. We are planning to breed 2 or 3 of our own mares with him this spring and he will stand to the public this season after collection training in April. We are very excited to add some colorful Morgans to our herd with such an exceptional stallion! Special thanks to Tiffany Purdy for sharing Lumi with us ~ and special thanks to Judy Hinmann, from Amberfields Morgans for breeding such an outstanding stallion.
Angela Marks from MTB Morgans in Canada created a digital painting of a mare and foal photo I took here at the farm. She did a super job on it. It's just beautiful and I look forward to hanging it in our home. This print truly represents "A Mothers Love".
News in January 2012
We have sadly lost our cremello filly, Red Rose Pearl, to a tragic pasture accident January 5, 2012. She was a beautiful filly, so full of life and loved everyone, equine and human. Pearl was special and loved by all. Now she's an angel in heaven, and we are blessed to have had Pearl touch our hearts while she was here. Rest in peace my friend 2009-2012
News in November/December 2011
We delivered 3 Morgans to Europe. It was a two and a half week adventure. To read about the trip you can visit "Delivering Morgans to Europe"
News in October 2011
Update on our 3 Morgans going to Europe!
They are all 3 going together and, Katie at Nedpoint, the quarantine facility in Oklahoma, has offered for Sue to go with them on the airplane when they fly out of Houston, TX to Europe! Special Thanks to Katie for offering such a gift! I will be in Europe for two weeks meeting and visiting our international Morgan friends. Landing in Amsterdam, on to Germany, then to Hungary and then to France to see our France friends, who were our first international Morgan friends purchasing, 2 Morgans from us two years ago. I will be keeping a journal and taking many photos to report on the trip when I return. We will be writing an article for the AMHA magazine about our trip that will print in the spring. It is a great honor to be going with our Morgans to Europe and meeting our new International friends.
News in September 2011
We are excited to announce that we have two Morgans going to Germany and one going to Hungary!
RBD Midnight Lace is preparing to go to her new home in Budapest, Hungary!! Lacey will be the first Morgan in history to go to Hungary! Congratulations to Aniko, who is excited to meet Lacey and share the Morgan horse with the people of Hungary. Aniko and her family have a beautiful equine facility where they train, show, give lessons and offer therapeutic riding. We are very proud to have Lacey going to such a wonderful home and it is an honor to have the first Morgan going to Hungary.
RBD Immortal Cyrus and JMF Midnight Expose' are planning a big trip overseas to Germany. Congratulations to Alina from Germany on the purchase of Cyrus and Sweet! More news to come on them. Alina is planning to start raising Morgans in Germany and we are honored that she has chosen Rafter Bar D Morgans to begin her breeding program.
New in August 2011
We were offered JMF Whispering Wind from Vicki Towne of Maine, and we give many thanks to Vickie for offering such a lovely mare to add to our herd. Whisper has settled in nicely and a joy to be around and ride. She will cross exceptionally well with both our stallions to produce some outstanding foals in the future. We are so happy to have Whisper with us. She is a wonderful mare with all the qualities we look for in our mares. Visit her new web page HERE. Enjoy!
News in July 2011
All 3 foals are here and having fun! We sure love the babies. Pictured below is RBD Immortal Cyrus, RBD Midnight Lace and RBD Rey Elegante. We are happy to have such a nice foal crop. We've been breeding our mares the last two months for 2012 foals. Visit our new page for "Foals Coming in 2012"
News from March 2011
Reports for Puerto Rico that RBD Black Maverick is growing like a weed and doing great in his new home. He loves his barn buddy, who is a zebra, and his daily treats are apples, bananas and carrots. George is very excited to show him to all the people attending their big fair in July. We are excited to share that the American Morgan Horse Association Breed Magazine printed an article about Maverick's big trip to Puerto Rico. The photo is courtesy of George, Maverick's new owner. To read about Maverick going to Purto Rico see the International Sales page.
News from February 2011
Rafter Bar D Morgans is adding color to the herd!
Morgans do come in exotic colors!! In efforts to produce quality buckskins and palominos along with our blacks we have added an exquisite double dilute cremello filly to our mare herd. Red Rose Pearl is a 2009 filly with excellent Morgan type, a gorgeous head and a great disposition. She has the substance, yet refinement we look for in our mares to produce foals of outstanding quality. Pearl is a welcome addition to our herd and we look forward to foals from her in the future. Visit Pearl's page to learn more about her.
News from November 2010
Nicolas and Daniele report that it has been one year since the arrival of Angel and Secret to their home in France. They love their morgans reporting how beautiful, gentle and quick to learn they are. They are planning a return trip to our farm this summer. We are very excited to have them and look forward to their visit. They have sent us a photo of Angel and Secret in France at their farm. To read about our Morgans going to France see the International Sales page.
News from October 2010
We welcome our new Black Homozygous Morgan Stallion!!
JMF True North
In October 2010 we acquired JMF True North from A & E Morgan Farm in Ohio. We give many thanks to Alvin Beachy and family for offering us such an exceptional stallion. They have owned him for 8 years where he was at stud and the ride of choice for thier son, Eli, who trained him under saddle, rode him on trail rides and overnight camped with him. Alvin also used him under harness where he was driven to town retrieving goods for the family or enjoying a countryside ride visiting neighbors. North was an icon in their community siring many foals mostly black, and he produced a higher percentage of fillies. He produces exceptional offspring with solid bone, great type, good minds, powerful movement with the abiltiy to excel in driving and riding. We look forward to crossing him with some of our mares in the spring to produce exceptional foals in the future. Thank you again, Alvin, for your hospitality and friendship. Visit North at his page.
News from August 2010
RBD Black Maverick will be moving to Puerto Rico in October 2010!
George, from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, is the new proud owner of Maverick. George has been raising Paso Fino's and Pinto's for 35 years and has always dreamed of having a morgan. He says he's been unable to find any morgans in Puerto Rico, so in search of a morgan he found us. I did find out from AMHA that there are very few morgans in Puerto Rico.
He is captivated by our stallion, JMF Basic Black, and fell in love with Maverick. George is the president of a 8 day agricultural fair in Puerto Rico that attracts more than 150,000 people. Next year, RBD Black Maverick will represent the morgan breed at that fair.
We will be transporting Maverick to Ocala, Florida, where we will put him on a plane and he will fly to Puerto Rico. The flight is 3 hours to his new home. We are honored to have Maverick abroad sharing all the wonderful morgan traits with many people. We hope to visit them some day in the future. We give special thanks to George and his family for his interest in our morgans and for this exciting new home for Maverick.
Visitors from Vermont!
Taylor, who is 11 years old, just visited our farm with her family all the way from Vermont. Taylor has been riding and schooling English equitation with a trainer for 6 years and she loves jumping. In the summer she rides 5 days a week. She was at the Knickerbocker Mansion Benefit horse show in South Cambridge, New York this summer, and she took Reserve Grand Champion.
Taylor’s passion for horses goes beyond the barn. This year, in 5th grade, she had a school project called a Voice Thread. She chose to do her project on our stallion, JMF Basic Black. She was very excited to meet him in person at our farm. Basic Black really enjoyed attention from Taylor. Taylor pictured above with JMF Basic Black and his son RBD Black Maverick.
During her visit, she rode one of our mares, Bradford’s Countess Echo. She’s a very good rider! She also had the opportunity to spend some time with RBD Black Maverick, our foal from this year, and the rest of our herd. Taylor hopes to have her own horse in the future. I told her dad to come back next year with a trailer.
We really enjoyed visiting with Taylor and her family, and look forward to seeing them again in the future.
News from July 2010
Katy, from Wisconsin, who purchased Samson from us says "I'm having a blast training Samson". Katy has Samson at a dressage training facility in southern Wisconsin where he has settled in perfectly and she reports "Right now Samson and I are working on 20 meter circles at the walk and trot, bending to the shape of the circle, walk and trotting over 3-4 poles on the ground, and cantering on the lunge line. Our goals for September and October are to have nice transitions, w,t,c over poles, have shaped 20 meter circles,to be on the bit at the walk and trot, and to learn how to canter." Congratulations Katy!
News from June 2010
We are proud to annouce the arrival of our new solid black colt, RBD Black Maverick. He was born June 10, 2010. This colt is exceptional with personality, great type and style all his own. He's very brave, curious and friendly with a "look at me" expression. We look forward to watching him mature. He will be offered for sale at weaning. See more of Maverick at the Foals page.
News from May 2010
You know sometimes when you're really not looking for a morgan, but one seems to find you. Well, in short, JMF Wild Irish Rose found us all the way from Vermont. We send thanks to Margaret and Walter Gladstone for sharing such a nice mare. Irish is a full sister to our Layla (JMF Wild Side), and from the day Layla arrived at our farm I had hoped to some day find another mare like her. Irish is proving to be everything we hoped for. See more of this gorgeous mare at her page. JMF Wild Irish Rose
Our trip to Theodore Roosevelt Park in Medora, North Dakota September 2009.
We had a great trip riding out west with our good friends at Diamond Q Morgans. The scenery was beautiful, the weather was great, the horses did very well, and the company was fun.
Visitors from France!!
This past week August 5, 2009, we welcomed Nicolas and Daniele from France. They contacted us to purchase a morgan mare to import to France and begin breeding. There are only about 20 morgans in France (as of 2002) according to Nicolas, and they look forward to showing the people of France the morgan. They purchased Angel from us and she will ship in October after her foal is weaned. Congratulations to Nicolas and Daniele!!