This month we said goodbye to our sweet little CRMA First Black Magnolia (Maggie). She will be joining the extended Wilmot Family in Monroe, Washington. Thank you so much to Ashley Ruiz, Lori (Emma) Wilmot and Alexa Lowe for loving my Maggie, before they even had opportunity to touched her, and providing her such a loving home. As my Maggie transitions to their Magnolia, I wish her nothing but love and kindness in her life.
I guess I will be wearing two kinds of boots for a few weeks! That is what happens when you step out of the horse trailer and roll on your ankle! It breaks!
April was a bittersweet month. Alex and I travelled to Beach Groove, Indiana to deliver two of our Welsh ponies to Beatrice. Once these two grow up and shed out, they will be a nice matched team, and Beatrice plans to drive them. Happy trails my beautiful Welsh siblings, Bam Bam and Jewel!
Work continues on our pasture expansion. Right now we are in the process of building four sheds to go in the four pasture paddocks we fenced. I cannot wait to see the horses enjoying a little more room to play!
After a long wait, I finally was able to meet Sophie, our new pregnant Friesian mare! We picked her up at the quarantine facility on March 14, 2017. All I can say is WOW!!!
What an action packed month! I took a huge leap of faith and purchased a bred Friesian Mare from the Netherlands. What a cool experience to learn about quarantine facilities, flying horses, government requirements, etc. I look forward to welcoming Sophie Joke H into our family. At this moment in time, she is in quarantine in Calgary, Alberta and I have not met her in person yet! Another adventure as I learn more about these beautiful, majestic, black beauties!
I also moved Ginny (Partridge Hill Malacca) and Bella (Bella Cruz) back to Faye Stone’s, owner / operator of Birch Valley Morgans, to continue with their training under saddle. Faye is the best coach, mentor, friend a girl could ever ask for. The adventures we have shared should be recorded in a memoir!
Happy New Year!!!
I love my Morgans!!! May this year be filled with many Morgan adventures!
Went on a little retirement trip with a previous co-worker and now fellow retiree! For ten years as we worked, we said when we retired we were going to Mexico, so we did! What is not to like about that!
It’s the time of year when loved ones gather together. May your home be filled with love, peace, and joy! Merry Christmas from our home to yours!
November was bitter sweet for me! I said goodbye to Maddy, my (S Bar B Chingadero x ELC Beaming Tiana) yearling. I am thrilled that she is going to such a loving home with the Nakrayko’s of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but I will miss her beautiful face and sweet disposition!
However, nothing like a little travelling to pick up your spirits! Faye Stone, of Birch Valley Morgans, and myself travelled to Springfield, Massachusetts to take in the Equine Affaire.
It was an action packed few days of clinics, shopping and meeting friends. We were able to reconnect with fellow Canadian, Jonathan Field, of Jonathan Field Horsemanship, located in British Columbia.
We met Guy MacLean, representing Australia, with his Guy MacLean Horsemanship Program.
And the most thrilling for me was to meet Greg and Carol Fleck in person. These beautiful people are the owners of Treble’s Tanqueray, and a couple years ago, after lots of phone conversations, shopping, breeding and transporting, I have two Tanqueray daughters to grow and add into my breeding program. So it was great fun to meet my “phone” friends in person!
Alex and I climbed in our rig once again to deliver a couple of Morgans to Uxbridge, Ontario. A truck met us in Uxbridge to take one of the mares to Sussex Corner, New Brunswick. It was with tears in my eyes that I said goodbye to my two beautiful black girls as they continue their journey with their own special person. I wish them lots of love and kindness!
Lisa and Joey Hammel of Coyote Flat Ranch, located by Macklin, Saskatchewan, hosted an Open Barn “Morgan Mingle” on September 10, 2016. A few of us breeders hauled horses in to show. There was 37 amazing Morgans’ present to represent the breed. We had international guests as well as many guests from our own Canadian provinces. It was a great day of meeting old and new friends and a chance to talk Morgan Horses all day long!
This was Country Rose Morgans alley and display…
My Mom and Dad arrived unannounced, in full Country Rose Morgan splendor, to support me! That was so sweet and much appreciated!
We got a bumper crop of meadow hay this year!
With the hay seed catching, we proceeded with our expansion plans and started fencing 10 acres that will be divided into 4 paddocks. I am looking forward to having more room for the horses to run!
We started off the month with the acquisition of a F450 to provide a little more stopping power for our rig! I love it, even if it is a Ford! Lol
We are so thankful to have gotten rain and sunshine, and were able to harvest our very own first hay crop! Nothing like sweating bullets with a big smile on your face!
The grass seed is sprouting! Hurray! Looking so forward to having larger pasture pens for the horses to graze in and hay land so I can produce my own hay. That means we will have to fit a fencing project in this summer!
We got a big surprise on the morning of June 8 when we discovered our Welsh Mare, Riverwind Midnight Express, foaled 2 weeks early. A beautiful little filly we call Piper. Interesting that our Welsh mares look very different and the chosen stallions look very different and both little Welsh girls born this year could be twins! Go figure….
Well May started with a bit of excitement! I am officially retired from my full time job and career in the Medical Laboratory Technology world, with my last day being May 3! Now I can “horse around” all day, every day! I am patiently waiting for the new foals to arrive!
We did end up reseeding the pastureland we seeded last year. Fingers crossed that we get some moisture and some sunshine at appropriate intervals!
May 17, 2016, our Welsh mare, Lil’ Treasure (Pebbles) gave birth to a healthy little filly we call Jewel! Wait and watch, she will turn grey! No surprise there.
May 24, 2016, ELC Beaming Tiana, our only Morgan to foal this year, blessed us with a beautiful filly we call Maggie. This baby was so exciting as she is our first JMF Basic Black foal since Black joined our Morgan family last summer.
I have referred to last year’s foals as the “babies” all year. I guess they have officially graduated to the “yearlings”.
Once again, our Barn Family travelled to Red Deer, Alberta to take in the whole Mane Event experience. Great clinicians, great shopping and a great getaway weekend with friends!
Spring is here, today anyway! Breeding season has begun! I look forward to those cute little JMF Basic Black foals in 2017!
Country Rose Morgans has invested in a few more horse power to assist us with haying season. I am sure I will not like the air conditioner, on the sweltering July summer days, at all!
Due to surgery recuperation, I was not able to do much, but I could still be bossy! So I hired my son, Coddi Lavergne, to strap on my back pack vacuum cleaner, climb a 15-foot ladder and clean the dust and cob webs off the barn ceiling, lights, fans, walls, etc. So nice to have a spring cleaned barn! Now if only the house fairy would show up! lol
Travelled to Macklin, Saskatchewan to visit with fellow Morgan breeder, Lisa Hammel of Coyote Flat Ranch. It was great to see Lisa’s herd all settled in at their new farm. Very nice! Also had a little visit with her Stallion, S Bar B Chingadero. Such a nice stallion!
A big thank you to my friend, Faye Stone, for riding both my young horses while I was recuperating from surgery. She is such an amazing coach, mentor and friend!
Happy New Year All! My wish for everyone is a Happy, Successful and Safe 2016!
My friend, Faye Stone of Birch Valley Morgans, started working with a couple of my young horses. Faye’s project is Partridge Hill Malacca (Ginny – 3-year-old) and I have been working with Bella Cruz (Bella – 4-year-old). So much fun watching them progress!
Faye Stone riding Ginny
Monica Smyl riding Bella
Always a busy month! Our barn family got together for some Christmas Cheer on December 12. Always a fun time!
Merry Christmas to All, May the Season bring you Peace, Joy and Love!
What an exciting month! We had water lines bored for our pasture expansion. We will eventually have four big pastures with automatic waterers. We added 2 waterers in our yard so all paddocks are now supplied with water. Yeah, no more carrying water or pulling out the garden hose!
October was still busy with trying to keep our yard looking nice as Rory and Jamie Gervais had their wedding pictures taken in our yard. They even included a Morgan in some of their pictures!
Since the foals are now weaned, I took opportunity to hitch Pebbles back up to the cart and continue her driving experience.
My Mom and Dad came out for a cart ride!
September was action packed. We started the month by driving to Sault St. Marie and meeting up with Amanda Mills of Hollyrock Welsh Ponies to pick up Riverwind Midnight Express. She is a beautiful section B Welsh girl, bred to Shell-Crest Dusty Gold, so we look forward to a new Welsh foal in the spring!
Welcome to your new home Midnight!
Even though I grew up on a farm, I never had opportunity to bale until now. Most of the experience was fun! I can change shear pins lickety split, but I really didn’t enjoy unplugging the baler!
Michaela Hokenmaier and Bianca Wolf-Hofmann, both from Hattenhofen, Baden-Wurttember, Germany came for a visit. It was so much fun meeting friends from another country, swapping Morgan horse stories, touring and visiting!
My niece, Reba Holt, got married in our yard. That made for a little extra lawn mowing, weed pulling, plant watering, etc. trying to keep it looking nice! This is my sister and brother-in-law as they escort their daughter in to be married to Brendan (Edd) DeMilliano. It was beautiful if I do say so myself!
All good things must come to an end, and so September was the month we weaned our foals. As gently as we try to accomplish this, they still miss their Mom’s a little!
Faye Stone, of Birch Valley Morgans, invited us to participate in her Pioneer Supper. Alex and I were the official photographer and videographer! The event included a treasure hunt, a delicious meal cooked over an open fire and even a hold up! What a hoot!
Our expansion of pasture and hay land is well under way. Mother Nature is not cooperating in the rain department, so we keep our fingers crossed that the grass seed will germinate. The trees are planted to provide a wind break. We are in the process of determining plans for water. The fencing material has arrived; we just need to round up the posts. Soon fence building will begin!
Exciting News! Again, Alex and I will be taking a little drive, this time to Ontario, Canada to bring a new Welsh Pony, Riverwind Midnight Express, home to our family. Thank you so much Amanda Mills of Holly Rock Welsh Ponies for this opportunity. Midnight will be a pen mate for Pebbles! And, since I am developing a small breeding program, might as well bring her home bred!
We were honored and absolutely thrilled to have fellow Morgan lovers from New Zealand, who are holidaying in Alberta, stop and visit us at Country Rose Morgans. Peter and Bridget Cameron, of Tui Morgans, and their daughter Cj Cameron (who now resides in Calgary with her husband) made time to tour my morgan herd, swap some stories, experiences and knowledge and share some good old Alberta beef! It was so much fun to put faces to the names of my cyber friends. Happy Trails Cameron family!
Travelled to Sarona, Wisconsin to pick up JMF Basic Black! What a beautiful stallion! So honored to have the opportunity to bring him home to Canada to be my herd sire. Thank you so much Derrick and Sue Olson of Rafter Bar D Morgans for the opportunity to have Black, for the amazing hospitality while we were at your ranch, and sharing your experience and knowledge with me.
What a busy, exciting month. On May 4, Hylee’s How Sweet Itiz blessed us with a beautiful, bay filly by Treble’s Tanqueray. This little beauty is so smart and willing to learn. She has beautiful movement, confirmation and zest for life. She is also notorious for getting herself into little places that are a little hard to get out of! This little filly is my very first Morgan baby so I plan to name her CRMA First Country Rose, barn name Rosie.
May 17, ELC Beaming Tiana gave us a beautiful, solid black filly by S Bar B Chingadero. This little girl is so friendly and inquisitive. This is a beautiful little western horse in the making. She likes to drive her Mom crazy by dashing off at high speed, pretending to go one direction then darting off the other. Very light and quick on her feet. The way she can change direction, maybe there will be “cutting horse” activities in her future. I plan to name her CRMA Beams Maid By Ching, barn name Maddy.
May 22, our beautiful Welsh mare, Lil’ Treasure, gave birth to a spunky little colt by Pajon’s Royal Illusion. This little guy is so small compared to the Morgan babies, but oh so perfect! He is friendly and mischievous all rolled into one. His confirmation is absolutely perfect. This little guy is definitely stallion quality. I plan to name him CRW Royal Riches, barn name Bam Bam.
I have had my Morgan mare, Bella Cruz in training with Johnny Picray since February. I was able to go ride Bella a few times under Johnny’s coaching. Pretty exciting! I plan to bring her home in May so she can continue growing up.
Our barn crew travelled to Red Deer, Alberta to take in the Mane Event. What a great conference! We are so lucky to have access to this caliber of a conference, right in our back yard. The knowledge, experience, learning, socializing and shopping that goes on for three days is absolutely phenomenal!
At the end of March, a couple friends (Karen West and Faye Stone) and I traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to attend “Road to the Horse 2015”. Had great fun cheering on our Canadian competitor!
Yeah! The weather is warming up a little, promising spring is just around the corner! Although I do not look forward to the mud, I love that spring brings new life. The trees and plants grow green and the Morgan mares have MORGAN BABIES!!! Starting to get excited. See the Foals page for expected babies at Country Rose Morgans!
Happy New Year! I am looking forward to great things in 2015, hope you all are too!
Who’s on the Cover of the Canadian Morgan Magazine, Jan 2015?
We had great fun shopping for a different horse trailer this month. Country Rose Morgans will be styling down the road in our new to us trailer!
Wishing everyone a merry, festive season with family and friends and all the best in 2015!
Never a dull moment as I carry on with my plan to establish a small breeding program. Thanks to Susan Campeau, I welcomed Bella Cruz into my Morgan family. At two years old, she is a beautiful, tall, elegant girl. I look forward to working with her and watching her grow.
Big News! I have purchased a stallion! JMF Basic black is coming back to Canada in June 2015. Thank you so much to Derrick and Sue Olson, of Rafter Bar D, for blessing me with this opportunity to share in the life of this majestic boy!
I headed down to Oklahoma to the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show from Oct 15 - 18. It was really exciting to see the beautiful horses in the various classes. I was also able to meet some of my fellow Morgan lovers and put some names to faces.
What a busy month! We began the process of breaking ground to expand pasture land. The plan is to have a larger pasture area for the mares and foals. We have also planned to work up enough land to start harvesting our own hay! Next summer will be busy.
Thanks to Craig Uszak, driver for Pure Pleasure Transport, my new Morgan horses arrived safe and sound on June 23. After 4 days of travel, a lot of energy came bounding off the trailer! They are both beautiful!
Delivered Tiana to Smiley, Saskatchewan and Pebbles to southwest of Tofield, AB for Breeding. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that Sweetie in Wisconsin catches so I can bring my new horses home.
Find myself contemplating retiring from my real job next spring so I have in my head I need to find something to keep myself busy. I decided it would be fun to have a couple of nice Morgan foals to play with, so after a lot of research, I purchased Hylee's How Sweet Itiz from Lindsey Johnson out of Eastwich Morgans in Wisconsin and have made arrangements to breed her to Treble's Tanqueray from Partridge Hill Stables (Greg and Carol Fleck). The Fleck's live in Vermont and I also purchased a yearling daughter of Treble's Tanqueray, Partridge Hill Malacca, from them for future breeding. I have arranged for Pure Pleasure Transport to bring them home to Canada in late June. Since I was on a roll, I made arrangements to bred ELC Beaming Tiana to S Bar B Chingadero, Coyote Flat Ranch's (Lisa Hammel's)beautiful western working stallion. I also have bred my little Welsh section B pony to Royal Illusion, also a Welsh section B, at Marsh Haven Farm (Glen and Donna O'Neil). There, that should keep me busy next spring!
Who's on the Cover of the Canadian Morgan Magazine?
INTREPID ROCK FESTIVAL
(Festival Rock N Roll x Morningside Delight)
Rocky is a ten-year old gelding owned by Monica Smyl. Rocky is a little horse with a big heart and an even bigger opinion of himself. He is the male version of a prima donna! My introduction to Rocky came at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Under the guidance of our wonderful friend / coach, Faye Stone of Birch Valley Morgans, Rocky and I have enjoyed building our partnership and showing in the Western Pleasure category. Rocky loves his job and carrots! Rocky received the 2013 National Western Pleasure Champion Award, 2013 National Overall Champion Award and Justin Morgan Honours.
Intrepid Rock Festival -EC Breed Sport Canada Morgan Horse of the Year 2013
(Festival Rock N Roll x Morningside Delight)
The Canadian Morgan Horse Association proudly presents its EC Morgan Of The Year; Intrepid Rock Festival owned by Monica Smyl, Wainwright, Alberta.
Monica's introduction to Rocky came at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2011. She brought the southern boy home to frosty Alberta, and under the coaching of Faye Stone of Birch Valley Morgans, have developed an awesome relationship! Today, Rocky, a 10 year old gelding, is in his prime and 'strutting his stuff'!
2013 Show season started off in Red Deer at the Parkland Spring Horse Show where Rocky won 7 firsts, 2 seconds and 1 fifth placing in 10 classes. A great way to get warmed up for show season! In June, they were at the Alberta Classic, winning the Morgan Western Pleasure Championship. At the Summer Classic, Rocky won the Morgan Western Pleasure Championship and placed 1 st in the All Breed Western Pleasure Stake. They attended the Western Canadian Championship and Futurity Horse Show in Ponoka, Alberta where Rocky won the Western Canadian All Breeds Western Pleasure Championship and the Morgan Western Pleasure Reserve Champion titles. They wrapped the year up in Ponoka at the 44 th Annual Alberta Morgan Horse Show where Rocky won the Morgan Western Pleasure Amateur Reserve Championship, the All Breed Western Pleasure Stake and the Morgan Western Pleasure Reserve Championship.
"It is interesting that I would find a sport like this in my old age. I did not grow up with horses and have only been riding for about 15 years and really only 'seriously' for about 5 years. The show world is new to me, also. I owe this passion and my success to my wonderful friend / coach, Faye Stone. She has taught me to love the Morgan breed and spent hours coaching me to the precise point of riding every step to make the western pleasure class look easy. It may be hard work, but it sure is a lot of fun! Anyone who thinks the empty nest is sad and lonely needs to buy a horse!!"
"Rocky is a real trooper and works hard during show season. He likes to get all 'spiffed' up for the show and enjoys the pampering that goes with it. He is quite the character, never letting you forget he is a handsome boy! I am honored to call Rocky my Equine Partner and am so proud of his accomplishments."
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