ABOUT BROOKRIDGE MORGANS
Brookridge Morgans began as a
childhood dream of mine. Like many young girls, I collected model
horses; one of my first was the Breyer black Morgan, which my grandmother gave me. Involvement
in the model horse hobby eventually led to the real thing- first
with a friend's Morgans, and later with the purchase of my Morgan
mare Reminiscing in 1984.
The Brookridge ideal is the Morgan of classic "old type". This curvy,
full-bodied, pretty headed, unmistakably Morgan
horse is reflected in my
equine sculpture. I appreciate the older Morgan bloodlines of all families.
My training philosophy uses positive
reinforcement, which results in horses with incredibly willing and
cheerful attitudes. The Brookridge Morgans live outside, as
barefoot and in the company of
I am deeply involved with colorful Morgans and enjoy
researching and writing about bloodlines related to the various colors
present in our breed. My articles have appeared in The Morgan Horse
magazine, Simply Morgan,
Classic Morgan Admirers, the Rainbow Morgan Horse Association
Newsletter, Just About Horses, and many other equine publications over the years.
Many of my articles for The Morgan Horse magazine can be found here
(scroll down to the bottom). I maintain two educational websites about color in the Morgan breed: Morgan Colors and
Morgans Project. I've enjoyed editing the
Rainbow Morgan Horse
Association newsletter since 1996, and have also served as editor of the Georgia Morgan Horse Club newsletter. My
other passion is
creating eye-catching equine advertising and website design.
My husband Jim built much of our farm himself, including our lovely
barn. Our extended family includes
the new owners of
horses we've owned and/or bred,
as well as our canine companions
Nellie, and Sophie.
Sit back and relax as you explore our website. I love to take pictures, so there is a lot to
Even better, come see our Morgans in person.
We welcome your visit, and so will the horses. Give us a call or
email today! -Laura Behning
October 19, 2013- Coral won a spot in the 2014 Rainbow Morgan Horse Association calendar with this candid, shot in August 2013.
The winners were determined by a member vote. We are very honored and excited! If you would like a calendar, ordering information will be posted on the Rainbow site soon, and I'll try to remember to post it here as well.
October 5, 2013-
Every October, we host a model horse show (similar to doll house or railroad miniatures, with an additional emphasis on
artistic qualities) called The Southern Model Horse Convention, here at the farm. This year was our 26th year! The show
is a unique opportunity to introduce and promote Morgans to the model horse hobbyists that attend the show from all over
the southeast. Classes are similar to those found in real horse shows, but in miniature- held on a tabletop "show ring"
in the barn. Our Morgans are nearby outside, hanging around the pasture gate begging for attention pretty much all day.
Entrants are given a chance to ride a Morgan,
and several SouthCon regulars have become Morgan owners and breeders after meeting Morgans at the show.
My favorite picture of the day was this one of Coral with Montana Cook (L) and Jorja Alewine (R). I loved how Coral was really working it to get some lovin'!
Emma Huffman (age 14) and Patented during SouthCon 2013. Pat has been my "go to" horse for vistors
to ride for many years, as his dam was before him.
July 28, 2013- I had hoped to keep Ivy (Edgefield Ivory Rose,
who joined the herd in April), but I quickly discovered that nine horses stretched my time and resources too thin- it's just too many for me to take care of the way I like to take care of them.
So in May, when fellow equine artist Jennifer Scott posted on Facebook about wanting a nice Foundation Morgan mare to start her breeding program with, I knew
Ivy was the one for her. And Jenn also has Ivy's paternal half brother, out of my Kennebec Topaz! While it was a difficult decision to make, it made more sense to let
Ivy go to someone who has the time to really spend with her and the resources to breed her more often than I will be able to.
Ivy was only here for about 4 months,
but I am very glad to have had the time I had to get to know her. I have the option to lease her back for a foal, so we'll see what the future holds for us! Jenn is pictured here with
Ivy the day after she arrived in CO, July 31, 2013.
July 15, 2013- We spent four days in my hometown of Chardon, Ohio, visiting my Mom who has cancer. While the reason for the visit was a sad one, it did bring all of my siblings together
for a visit, and we had a great time. Well, I can't go anywhere without seeing the local Morgan horses! Awhile back I found out that my sister Kate Hornick knows Louise Fraser
(Louise's husband owns the veterinary practice where Kate works) and
that Louise owns a Morgan- and not just ANY Morgan, but the 2010 Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show Reserve National
Champion Hunter Hack, Lacy's High Fashion Magic! "Magic" (Lacy's Black Mike x Tuck's High Fashion) is a handsome and athletic black gelding.
Louise and I
had chatted a bit on Facebook and
she graciously invited me out to meet Magic and her other horses the next time I was in Chardon. Well, the "next time" came this weekend! We arrived at Louise's lovely farm at 9 AM to
find Magic and 2 other horses saddled and ready for our trail ride, so off we went. Here is Magic and I just before we left the barn. He took great care of me. What a lovely horse! Thank
you so much Louise!
May 2013- We hosted a Covington-Conyers Cycling Club Board meeting at the
farm. Jim grilled burgers and we all had a picnic dinner. The weather was wonderful! One family brought their kids, who wanted to see the horses.
Eli warmed up to Rosie pretty quickly! You can see Charli in the background hoping for some attention too :-)
Site updated: October 19, 2013
Jim and Laura Behning
75 Glass Spring Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
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