May 20, 2005 - It has been a busy month!
Our 2nd and final foal of the season arrived safely
around 1:00 AM! Whistler's Serendipity
delivered a beautiful black filly by Hyland Acre's
Midnite. This filly is spectacular and already
is a natural in front of the camera! We are
very excited about this little girl! Just see
for yourself! She will be named TKA Cherished
Secret, in loving memory of our wonderful gelding,
Mey-Lena's Top Secret. We found out Seren was
in foal with Cherish the day that we had to lay
Secret to rest. Cherish certainly will be
cherished - along with her Uncle Secret, who is
undoubtedly watching over her from above.
May 17, 2005 -
Congratulations to Bonnie and Amy Green of
Bonnie's mare, Goldquest Sallie Mae,
delivered a beautiful bay colt by Braveheart -
Sallie's first foal ever! Sisters Bonnie and
Amy have been watching carefully over things and
report that Sallie has taken to "motherhood" just
fine! We wish them much joy and much success
with their new addition!
May 1, 2005 - We are excited to announce that our 2004
black filly, TKA California Girl (HollyBrook Braveheart X Up
Hyre Morning Glory) is now in training with Tim and Shirley
O'Gorman of O'Gorman Stables in New Wilmington, PA.
Callie will be schooled in the fine art of modeling for in
hand classes. The plan is for Callie to make her in
hand debut in the 2 and under fillies class at the Western
New York Morgan Horse Show over Memorial Day weekend!
April 23, 2005 - Our first
foal of the season arrived! Up Hyre Morning
Glory delivered a HUGE chestnut colt this morning
around 9:00 AM. This particular colt's name
came to us quickly, as he scooted around on his rump
for the first hour of his life trying to figure out
his darned legs! "Scooter" is a leggy boy with
an absolutely gorgeous head like his sire. And
of course, he inherited his dam's white marking - a
wide connected star, strip, snip - that is nearly a
blaze. With this particular marking and
because of his coloring, he will be registered as
TKA Blaze of Glory. Check him out on the "Our
Foals" page. He is for sale and will no doubt
be a beautiful boy when all grown up - and from the
looks of his legs, he sure has some growing to do!
April 2005 - Exciting News! Kristine Hamilton,
owner of Artistry's Dragonheart ("Fonzi"), a 2 year old
gelding by our stallion, Braveheart, is now under the
direction of Dale and Nancy Vidler of Sunny Acres Farm in
Honeoye Falls, NY. Dale is teaching Fonzi to drive.
We look forward to updates from Kristine on Fonzi's
March 2005 - Our 2006 Breeding plans have been
Rose Valley Rumba will be bred to our stallion, HollyBrook
Braveheart. Two years ago this cross resulted in a
spectacular filly, TKA Salsa Groove, who is turning out to
be a fabulous dressage prospect! We have been looking
forward to a repeat of this particular cross. We left
Rumba open for a couple of years, and now it's time to put
her back in the role of mother!
Up Hyre Morning Glory will be bred back to our stallion,
HollyBrook Braveheart. I think it is safe to say that
this has been our "golden cross". Glory and Mel's
foals have been carbon copies of each other. Aside from some
differences in base colors, they all have their dam's
eye-catching chrome markings and their sire's unmistakable
Morgan type. They are consistently athletic, friendly,
smart, extremely correct and they have that "spice" that
sets them apart from the crowd - an "I won't allow you to
take your eyes off of me!" attitude! We always look
forward with anticipation to what Glory and Mel will produce
each year, and 2007 will be no different.
Nemours Royal Doll will be bred to Horne's Leader Glow,
owned by Suzanne Fox of Eden, NY. Leader will be a
complete outcross as Doll is heavily Nocturne-bred. By
San-Kay's All-A-Glow (a sire of park horses) and out of
Oakwood's Ginger (a full sister to Wold Champion, Dobson),
nothing other than a natural park horse - and there is no
mistaking that he's a Morgan! With his little ears and
big, poppy eyes, this should be a fabulous cross! In
addition, the resulting foal will be eligible for the
Weanling Sweepstakes Class at the 2006 NY Regional Morgan
Show. This baby should be able to trot and put on a show!
Doll's 2004 filly by the Corsican Bay, Canadian Royal Penny,
has shown us what her dam can produce, so we are quite
excited to breed Doll again!
2005 - A "Golden Opportunity" for Teaka Creek Stables!
We would like to thank Marilyn Esteb of Stone Pine Farm in
Larkspur, CO for entrusting us with one of her beautiful
colorful Morgans! We would like to announce our
purchase of Stone Pine Chablis (MEMC Tequila Cuervo X KVA Hi
Time). Chablis is everything we want in a broodmare
prospect with a splash of color too! We've looked for
a very long time, and it was well worth the wait!
Chablis has joined us here at Teaka Creek Stables, and we
couldn't be happier with her! Watch for more on our
golden girl in the future!
2004 - Such a sad day - it is with very heavy hearts
that we had to say "goodbye" to our Morgan "patriarch" and
friend. At the age of 26, our gelding, Mey-Lena's Top
Secret developed a lymphatic cancer. We couldn't allow him
to get to the point where he was suffering, and so we had to
make the difficult decision to let him go. He was laid
to rest on our farm on July 21, 2004. Secret was the
classic Morgan - friendly and always willing to give 110%.
His list of accomplishments are too many to number. He
was a regional champion show horse, a dependable carriage
horse, a teacher, a trail horse, a wonderful babysitter of
foals... - the list could go on and on.
If only he had been ready... If only he had
looked at us and said in his eyes - "I'm ready, let me go."
It would have been so much easier to say, "OK". But he
didn't, and so the decision was even more difficult.
We've seen horses that have been ready - but never have we
owned a Morgan that was. They have such heart - such
spirit! Secret was no exception. When these
things happen, it really makes us question why we have these
animals that we become so attached to - and then we check
ourselves. The pain of Secret's loss by no means even
begins to outweigh all the joy he brought to our lives - and
that is when we remember why we do this. Yes, it was a
difficult decision to make - but after all the years of
enjoyment Secret gave us - after all the years he spent
taking care of us and teaching us, it was the least we
could do to save him the pain of withering away from cancer.
We humans can be so selfish! But this we must remember also
- in pain and loss, we can always find something positive,
and this is the positive in Secret's passing - we had a
wonderful, wonderful time with him. He brightened our
lives with his presence - trail rides, sleigh rallies, long,
quiet groomings in the crossties. We will always have
these memories of our precious Secret.
On a lighter note, we found out today that
Whistler's Serendipity is in foal to Hyland Acres Midnite.
She is due in June of 2005. It's so amazing - with the
passing of one, it is announced on the same day that another
is in the process of making its way into the world. It
was as if Secret was giving us yet another gift. Maybe
Seren's foal will just have to be named "Secret Gift."
July 4, 2004 - Happy Fourth of July
to all! We are thrilled to announce that
HollyBrook Braveheart participated in his first parade
ever! Ridden by Eric, the duo celebrated
Independence Day by riding in the Mayville, NY Fourth of
July parade with a group on horseback that called
themselves the "Freedom Riders." This group was
composed of different breeds, with Braveheart, the
Morgan, leading the way! We were very proud of our
boy! He handled the fire trucks, sirens, color guards,
and cheering crowds like an old pro, and he did this all
with style while carrying the American flag! As a
side note, another one of our Morgans that we are very
proud of took part in the parade as well. Long
time friend of the family, David Zuech, rode our Morgan
gelding, Muldoon Macaroon, in the festivities. Of
course, this was "old hat" for Mac! We're sure it
reminded him of the days when he served as a mounted
police horse for the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Mounted
By the banks of Chautauqua Lake:
Preparing for the Fourth of July parade in Mayville, NY
HollyBrook Braveheart's first
June 2004 - Our clinic with Eitan
this year was another success. There were familiar
faces from last year's clinic and new ones too! Seven
riders participated with their horses. Their mounts
ranged in training from green-broke to very advanced.
It was a wonderful learning experience for both participants
and auditors! Once again, Eitan put horse training into
simple language that people could understand, and once
again, he was master at weaving in humor along with his
instruction. Thanks to all who came out and supported this
endeavor! It is a special opportunity to have Eitan in
Western New York, and we are happy area riders could benefit
from his expertise!
Click Here to read about Eitan's clinic of 2003.
June 2004 - Up Hyre Morning Glory has
been confirmed "in foal" to our stallion, HollyBrook
Braveheart! She is due in April of 2005! Even as
we enjoy her filly now, we look forward to see what she
produces next year!
|June 2004 - We recently said
"goodbye" to another one of our babies. This was a
difficult thing to do, as we had planned to keep the
first filly that HollyBrook Braveheart and Rose Valley
Rumba gave us. But when Abbe Sexton of Milford,
OH contacted us about our Morgans and told us what she
was looking for - a dressage/hunter prospect that she
could raise - we just had to tell her about Salsa.
We knew Salsa embodied everything Abbe wanted in a
Morgan. She was in the process of searching for
her first horse! She had done much research and
decided on the Morgan breed. The same qualities that
attracted us to Morgans also attracted Abbe to the breed
-versatility, beauty, athleticism, and of course,
disposition! We did not want to part with Salsa,
but if it meant she could bring a wonderful person into
the Morgan breed, then we had to be willing to let her
go. Abbe, her husband, and son made a one day
"power road trip" up to see Salsa, and she was sold on
her the minute she saw Salsa's reaction to her toddler
- polite and gentle curiousness! A child was a new
thing to Salsa, and she was fascinated by him!
Abbe is now enjoying getting to know her new Morgan and
has plans to compete with her in dressage in the
future! We look forward to the day we can be cheering
them on ringside, watching them perform a pattern!
Abbe and Salsa
|May 2004 - We are proud to
announce the sale of TKA Performing Hearts to Laura
Falconer of Sumner, ME! It is hard to believe
Heart is going to New England! Laura had lost her
beloved Morgan mare, and she set out on a journey to
find another one - not to replace her first mare, but
rather to help fill the void that was left with her
passing. Laura wanted a horse to do competitive trail
riding and dressage, and through internet searching, she
happened upon Heart! It's a cute story - one that
makes it seem that Laura and Heart were just "meant to
be." Laura originally inquired about Heart's dam,
OHM Nightingale, but Gale had already sold. She
was disappointed when she heard Gale was no longer
available, and after telling us what she was looking
for, we told her about Gale's daughter, TKA Performing
Hearts, who was for sale. There were many signs
that pointed Laura in Heart's direction - signs she
couldn't ignore, and after a very long road trip to meet
Heart in person - well, what can one say? It was
destiny, and so Laura was sold on Heart. We
couldn't be happier for both of them! They have
many fun years ahead, trail riding and doing dressage
Laura & Heart
5, 2004 - Our second and final addition to the family
has arrived! We couldn't be happier! What a
surprise! We have been hoping for a filly from Up Hyre
Morning Glory and HollyBrook Braveheart for going on 3 years
now, and she is here! When we saw that she was black,
we were even more flabbergasted! A black filly!
The coloring was just icing on the cake, so to speak! She
sports a star, a faint strip, and two white feet!
Glory never fails to pass on her eye-catching chrome
markings to her babies! We aren't sure about a name
for this one yet. We want it to fit her looks and her
personality, so for now it's "black filly."
30, 2004 - We have a new addition to the Teaka
Creek family! Our first foal of the year arrived this
morning! Nemour's Royal Doll delivered a beautiful
chestnut filly with a flaxen tail! Could we really be
so lucky to get what we ordered? We were hoping for
a dark chestnut filly with a flaxen mane and tail! It
was a tall order to fill, but it looks like Dolly and the
filly's sire, The Corsican Bay, delivered! Born the
color of a shiny copper penny, her barn name was instantly
coined "Penny." (No pun intended!) Time will determine her
registered name, but if we get lucky and the flaxen stays -
and she sheds out dark...well, perhaps "Lucky" would go
nicely in front of her barn name! This filly carries
the wonderful blood of Lord Appleton (Waseeka's Nocturne)
through her dam! Through her sire, she has some very
prestigious names on her papers as well - bloodlines noted
for performance AND breeding ability! They include
Appleton Corsair, Petalbrook Kathryn, Pecos, Orcland
Dondarling, Parade, and Norma - just to name a few!
This is one incredibly well-bred girl!
April 2004 - Plans have been finalized
for the 2004 breeding season. We have decided to breed
2 of our mares this year - Up Hyre Morning Glory will be
bred back to our stallion, HollyBrook Braveheart, and
Whistler's Serendipity will be bred to a black Townshend
T-Edition son, Hyland Acres Midnite.
February 2004 - Happy New Year to all!
2004 looks to be an exciting year for Teaka Creek Stables!
We are expecting 2 foals that will no doubt be fabulous!
Up Hyre Morning Glory is expecting a foal late in April by
our stallion, HollyBrook Braveheart. This cross has
been golden, and we look forward to another awesome,
chrome-trimmed baby! In addition, our latest addition
to our broodmare band, Nemour's Royal Doll, a daughter of
the great Lord Appleton, is expecting a late April foal too!
Doll's baby, by the famed Corsican Bay, is expected to not
only be simply gorgeous, but also big! The full
siblings to this foal are topping out at 15.2 hands and
better! The color of this baby-to-be could be
interesting too, as Doll and Cork have produced an
eye-catching chestnut roan together! At any rate, we
are looking forward to spring!
February 2004 - Our stallion,
HollyBrook Braveheart, has returned home from California!
After being under the expert direction of Eitan
Beth-Halachmy, Braveheart has returned to us as a
well-polished performance horse! From rollbacks to
lateral movements to a smooth, easy lope and jog, Braveheart
is a dream to ride! The 3,000 mile distance between
Eric and his horse was difficult at times - especially since
he has gone into business for himself. And, as it
goes, we must have our priorities. It was getting more
and more difficult for Eric to go out of town for extended
lengths of time to visit his horse, and so the decision was
made to bring Braveheart home before we were in the middle
of breeding season. We are disappointed he couldn't
stay out in CA for the show season, but it would be no fun
if we couldn't be there to enjoy it too, so we decided to
bring Braveheart home. We would like to thank Eitan
and Debbie for their friendship, instruction, as well as the
hard work that it took to get Braveheart where he is today.
He truly has Eitan's "stamp" under saddle with his rounded
frame and polished performance. We feel honored to
have had a horse trained by the master of "Cowboy Dressage."
Eitan - not only is Mel a better horse, but Eric is a better
horseman today thanks to you!
We would like to get some daughters from our
mares to breed back to Braveheart, so we are currently
considering some outside stallions for this year. It
is interesting considering all of the possibilities, and as
we make our decisions, we will be posting them here on our
News and Links page.
On top of all this, Teaka Creek Stables is
planning to host another clinic with Eitan Beth-Halachmy,
famed master of "Cowboy Dressage". The clinic is
scheduled for Saturday, June 26th, and Sunday, June 27th of
this year. For anyone interested, please feel free to
contact us for more information!
We wish you and yours a wonderful and exciting
2004! Let's make this year a wonderful year for our
beloved breed, the Morgan horse!
September 2003 - We have two more proud
owners of a Teaka Creek Morgan! When Lisa and Mike Baker of
Valley Springs, CA saw the video of our colt, TKA Twice
Charmed, it was love at first sight! They were completely
"charmed" by T.C.'s presence and knew they had to have him!
Lisa and Mike have great expectations for T.C., as he is
nominated to the World Morgan Futurity! There is an
interesting story behind this: Lisa told us that they have
dreamed of owning a Morgan. However, they have been holding
out for quite a few years, waiting for the right one to come
along. We are honored that they found what they have been
looking for in T.C. and are thrilled to know that he is
making their dream come true!
2003 - Once again we have "lucked in" and found another
wonderful owner for one of our horses! Congratulations to
Kim Rengert of Avon, NY on her purchase of our lovely mare,
OHM Nightingale! We wish Kim all the best. She will be
enjoying Gale on trail rides and hunter paces. We know
they are going to make an awesome team! Rumor has it that
Kim's daughter, Heidi, is enjoying Gale too! A true "family"
Morgan, we have no doubt Gale will bring the Rengerts
countless hours of enjoyment for many years to come!
August 2003 - We are expecting some new additions to
the Teaka Creek Morgan family! We would like to thank Laurie
Willert of Oil Springs, Ontario for the opportunity to
purchase Nemours Royal Doll and Whistler's Serendipity! Doll
is a Lord Appleton daughter, and we are looking forward to
her foal due next spring by the famed Corsican Bay. It was
"serendipity" that we came across Whistler's Serendipity!
She is by Noel's Accolade and out of SAM Bouncin' Bet. Seren
is related to our late broodmare, Sleepys Captress, and we
are thrilled to have those bloodlines in our barn once