We stand two very unusual Perlino Morgan stallions. Click on their photos to visit their individual pages.
Finally's Mr Andy Frack
Finally's Mr. Amos Frick
Royal Gold Apollo
Owned by Vickie Beckman - Sweden
Apollo is a dunalino son of our stallion Amos. He is so exotic and so beautiful. Vickie is doing amazing things with him and he is now in dressage training in Sweden. She has jumped him and ridden him hunter as well. The two of them are bonded friends and he is kind, willing and a very talented stallion for her. I am honored to have him owned by her.
Contact Vickie about Apollo
How it all began:
(The Amos daughter Royal Gold Amarah and our mare Crestfield Diana)
Back in 2000 I began my search for a Morgan stallion from which to build my breeding program on. Being a fine artist I have always been a "color" person, preferring the unusual and different to the status quo. While participating at the Minnesota Horse fest I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of a fabulous Buckskin Saddlebred stallion. His beauty, refinement and talent helped me to realize that what I wanted was a buckskin Morgan stallion.
I wanted a stallion bred more towards the show lines, thinking I could easily find and purchase an English Pleasure colt. Nothing like this could be found for any price and I began to get discouraged. There were lovely Morgans of sport, western, and even a few hunter horses but nothing in the discipline I wanted. In 2002 my brother approached me about two young colts he found in New York. They were cream colts. I at that time knew little about creams and equine color genetics. I started to do some research and then asked the breeder for more photos. I was not impressed with the two colts so continued my search to no avail. The photos were not very good and their names! Cute as foals, I am sure, but How could I ever promote colts with these names? ......and keep a straight face doing it ;o)
(Royal Gold Adonis, Palomino Amos son, now owned by Linda Swanson, Florida)
Something told me however to ask for a video as photos can give a false impression of the quality of any animal. As far as their names; after talking AND laughing on the phone for quite some time with Tyler Attwood of the AMHA registry it was apparent, even with a jested offer of a bribe, that I could not change their names and I was scared, but who does not love a challenge!!!!!
Not many people can take photos of horses and it is easier to take bad images then good ones. Their breeder Carol Reberger was extremely nice and was able to assure me that she would send me as much footage of their sire, dams and them as foals as she had to ease my fears. When the video arrived, I was most pleasantly surprised. The larger of the young 2 year olds had incredible motion. While his neck set was not as high as I wanted, he was the closest I had found and seemed to have real promise. The other colt was so gangly I just could not get a read on him. He was all out of purportion but had a lovely head and eye. After speaking with the owner it was apparent that I would have to buy both colts as she would not separate the pair. I really was not interested in two stallions. I just really wanted the large colt but figured I would take my chances with the other as well. (Finally's Mr. Amos)
My brother and I purchased them in the Winter of 2002 and when we took Andy off the trailer I was blown away at his motion, his attitude and his presence. We lived in Northern Illinois at the time and had a 1/4 mile long drive to the barn. He park trotted, seeming to hover in-between steps, the entire way, stopping every so often to blow and announce his arrival. This left me exhausted but in awe!. Amos unfortunately got shipping fever the second he left the WAY too warm and too enclosed trailer and stepped into the 30 below wind-chill of that early morning. It would be two long years of constant care to get him healthy! My vet warned me that morning that we very well could lose him. He was one sick fellow and very misbehaving. He did not announce his presence with confidence like Andy but basically dragged us to the barn and was extremely fearful of his new home. He gorgeous head and enormous expressive eye and tiny tippy ears were all I had to concentrate on as he slowly lost even more weight and we battled his health. I began to earn his trust and teach him basic manners. There were MANY days I would sit outside his stall door and cry. Not sure I had the strength to get through his daily care on top of his unruly behavior. I knew it was more the illness and fear then anything from his true personality. He had never seen a clipper before but yet I clipped a bridle path without a halter and he put his head in my arms. I knew he was a good boy and we would get through this. (Finally's Mr Andy in the Snow)
Some of my fellow horse friends were very excited at our new and somewhat shocking additions. Some had a hard time holding in their rude comments. I heard to my face as well as behind my back how I was sacrificing quality for color among other extremely hurtful comments. I knew they were wrong and I knew these two young colts would mature into some of the best colorful producers in the Morgan breed. I just had to continue on despite the set-backs and begin building my program.
(Royal Gold Sunara, Buckskin Andy Daughter retain by us)
I now began my search for my broodmares. Each one being hand selected for their refinement, show lines, and beauty that was proven through their long history of dedicated breeding. I chose mares that may even be said to be on the "too refined" scale of Morgans but I had a vision in my mind and through the support and through the negativity I held firm to that goal as we still do today. Quality pretty colorful Morgans, Basically what I envision when I close my eyes and think of the "Perfect buckskin Morgan". It is a very personal thing to strive for. My ideal may not be others but I believe that you must have a breeding goal, game plan, and vision if you are to produce nice horses. There are too many horses starving and neglected to bring a foal into this world without a great deal of consideration.
We have begun to appreciate all aspect of the show colorful and today we produce show western, hunter types and even some Sport colorfuls but are still after that allusive English Pleasure buckskin which we hope to achieve in the second and third generations of our program. The colorful Morgan is really in it's infancy and we are excited to think and hope that the horses we produce today will lend to a quality future for these incredibly beautiful animals.
(Royal Gold Galena, Buckskin Andy daughter, retained by us)
Today Andy's foals are just starting to hit the show ring and are showing such promise in all aspects of the Morgan breed. Amos has matured into what many tell me is the most beautiful horse they have seen of any breed. After his bout with Shipping Fever he began to bloom, gone was the gawky un-proportionate colt and here was an animal that can only be described as exotic. Andy's foals are bold movers with a very old government look to them. Amos produces refinement and his exotic good looks and we are so excited that we took a chance on him. With an Andy daughter and an unbelievably gorgeous Amos son now recently exported to Sweden and foals in all corners of the US and also in Canada, the boys now are starting to impact the colorful Morgan world wide. We are very proud of the two.
( Royal Gold Apollo, Dunalino Morgan Amos son, now owned by Vickie Beckman, Sweden)
Unfortunately just when Amos was becoming a very popular sire, his breeding career was almost over as it began in 2008. He came down with a dangerous case of ulcers brought on by the two years of intense medications he was on after his shipping. Secondary to it, he also came down with one of the worst infections of the urinary tract my vets have seen. 6 months of back and forth the the vet hospital found me hysterical in thinking that his life would be cut so short. We could not curb the infection and he was as much at risk from the dehydration resulting from his not wanting to eat and drink as the infection itself. I feel we were blessed to heal him after the initial shipping and perhaps he will be with us much longer then he should have been. He is doing quite well now but we have decided that his health is more important then breeding a great many outside mares. The summers here in Arkansas are deadly hot and it has proven very hard on him. We have decided to breed only one or two of our own mares and no longer stand him to the public. We have a very nice Buckskin son that we will stand as a Jr. Stallion in 2010 as well as an amazing buckskin filly daughter. We hope Amos is with us for 20 more years but are thankful for every day we have from here on out. He has already made a very positive impact on the colorful, cream dilute as well as dun, Morgan. We can not ask any more of him then that!
( The buckskin Amos daughter Royal Gold Amarah raf out of our mare Crestfield Diana)
In closing a dear friend of mine Linda Stahl always said "Let your foals do the talking" These are words we live by. We may have not produced that one English Pleasure WC buckskin yet but we are getting closer and each animal seems better then the last. Quality mares and quality stallions produce quality foals and we accept nothing less or we will not cross the animals again. Our horses are dear to us, not numbers, and we do not make our living from breeding them. They are a fulfilled dream of mine since I was a small child. Our greatest hope for our horses is that they have a loving home for life. We try for a small number of quality foals every few years.
Please enjoy your visit here if only to look around. E-mail us your thoughts and feedback we would love to talk "Color" with you!
Our Families Best to Yours,
(Royal Gold Ariston, Dunalino Amos 2007 son)