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, a gift from my grandmother. 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 artwork and equine sculpture and, hopefully, in the Morgans that I breed. 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 nature intended,  barefoot and in the company of the herd. 

I am deeply involved with colorful Morgans and enjoy researching and writing about breeding programs and bloodlines related to the various colors present in our breed. My articles currently appear in The Morgan Horse magazine; older articles appeared in 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 the Silver Dapple Morgans Project. I enjoyed editing the Rainbow Morgan Horse Association newsletter from 1996-2016, and 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, and 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 look through. 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

BROOKRIDGE NEWS

October 15, 2017- Lacey is on MareStare! She will be in the stall every night now. Her due date is the 24th, but her udder is ready (though her milk has not come in yet) and her croup muscles are beginning to relax. So, it won't be too much longer! I took this picture of her today- it appears to me the foal is shifting position- she doesn't look as wide when looking at her head on as she did yesterday. The cam link is http://www.marestare.com/fcam.php?alias=brookridgemorgans (give it a moment to load).

October 7, 2017 was the 30th Annual Southern Model Horse convention, held here at the farm. For those not familiar, the model horse hobby is similar to model railroad or dollhouse miniatures. "Live Shows" (as opposed to shows conducted using photos of the entries, which are called Photo Shows) are fabulous get- togethers where hobbyists can meet friends old and new as well as enjoy looking at absolutely stunning equine three dimensional art.

"SouthCon" was started as a way to introduce model horse hobbyists to the incredible Morgan breed. Rather than being held in a meeting hall, the show is held in our barn. This does reduce the number of entrants we can safely accommodate, but it has never affected the quality of the exhibits- and I think this year had the deepest competition yet! Entrants can enjoy interacting with our Morgans, who are just outside, all day. They also are given the opportunity to ride a Morgan. For many, these are the only Morgans they have ever seen, since the breed is comparatively rare here in the southeast.

This year's show drew entrants from Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and even from as far away as Massachusetts! Our guest judge Karen Gerhardt is from Colorado, and she did an excellent job in a quick and efficient manner, a reflection of her many years of experience in the hobby. Karen sculpts for Breyer and we were very lucky to have a judge of her caliber here this year.

Karen had an unfortunate experience while riding many years ago and had not been on a horse since. We convinced her to try Rosie, and after thinking about it awhile and watching the other entrants ride, she decided to go for it. Things went swimmingly and we are honored that it was a Morgan who finally got Karen back in the saddle!

A complete album of pictures from the day's events can be found on my Facebook page here. The album is public, so even if you don't have a Facebook account you should be able to see the pictures. 

September 1, 2017- Last fall, Dr. Phil Sponenberg, author of EQUINE COLOR GENETICS, contacted me about using some of my photos in the fourth edition. Of course, I was thrilled! Equine Color Genetics is the oldest authoritative book on horse color, and to be featured in its pages is quite an honor. Today my copy arrived! Ten of my photos are in the book- three of my own Morgans (including Charli, pictured above) and seven of my friends' Morgans. Charli's full brother Unconventional (bred/foaled here) also made the book! To see all of the Morgans pictured in the new ECG, you can visit my album on Facebook here. The album is public, so even if you don't have a Facebook account you should be able to see the pictures. WAY cool for the breed! This is the THIRD major book on equine color that our Morgans have been featured in! Kinda excited... if you can't tell :-) To purchase the book- it is pricey, but worth every penny- go here.

Site updated:  October 15, 2017
BROOKRIDGE MORGANS
Jim and Laura Behning
75 Glass Spring Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
(770) 385-1240
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Learn more about the very rare silver dapple gene at the Silver Dapple Morgans Project.

 
To learn more about color in the Morgan breed, visit the Morgan Colors website.


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