Our Stars

Our Stars
While we are proud of each and every one of our Morgans
for their affectionate and cooperative nature, their beauty and their intelligence;
every once in a while one of them goes out and wins an award or two.
This page is dedicated to praising their successes ~
but all the owners of live tv apk that we keep in touch with
are caring dedicated slaves,
and that is the most important thing to us.
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        RAYNYDAY SUPERSTITION
Lyonhil Quasar x Ragtime Abacadabra
F 2005
“Merlin” was a barn favorite as a baby. He was (and still is)
super friendly and curious about everything. He showed
his athletic talent very early, doing smooth tempe changes along
the creek bank just for the joy of being alive. Merlin grew
into a lovely young stallion, and when his full brother
Pinball Wizard (see farm news page) was born,
we gelded Merlin.  We saw the opportunity for an outstanding
matched pair in the future ~ the brothers looked and moved
alike, and they just loved each other.
And they were purchased as a pair by a wonderful woman
in NY, Debbie Gunset. Debbie’s main passion is dressage,
so both geldings were trained, but the focus was on Merlin.
Wizard was recently sold to a young woman for dressage
and trail, and his picture and story are detailed in
the Farm News page.
Meanwhile, here are Merlin’s achievements
for 2009 I received in an email from Debbie:

      Merlin really is, as I told my friend Terry today,
the most beautiful horse in the world.
I have never experienced so many people coming over
to gushover a horse in my life but he really has
an almost ethereal  beauty and such a pleasing personality.
His current trainer, and my long term trainer, Lisa Schmidt,
is an R rated dressage judge, always points out
what a wonderful mind he has,
always trying to please his rider/trainer and
always in sync with what you are doing.
The rider in the pictures is Andrea Blaskovich, Merlin’s trainer
last year. Andrea got some very good scores with Merlin and
good comments from the judges.
In the photos without the jacket, Andrea is seen winning
First Place at Training Level 2 before the esteemed Judge
Carol Lavell in a class competing against all
professional  riders on their clients’ warmbloods!
This year (2011) Merlin competed at the
ESDCTA Memorial Weekend Dressage & CD13.
He  was the high-scoring Morgan at the show
with rider Lisa Schmidt for owner Deborah Gunset.
The event was held May 26-29.
He was recognized in the AMHA newsletter.
Debbie stated in her email that

Hi Jackie,
I have decided to keep Merlin home this year
so that I can learn to ride him.
Lisa did such a great job keeping his trot and canter
more balanced and controlled and I figure
he is still young enough to put his training on hold
for a year so that I can get comfortable with his forwardness.
He is still truly beautiful and a favorite of all who meet him.
By the way, he sticked today at 15h2..

      Debbie

HALT SALUTE
WORKING TROT
MEDIUM CANTER
ALL DONE! GOOD TEST!
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RAYNYDAY CYCLONE
Lyonhil Quasar x Raynyday Capricciosa
F 2000
This typey and personable gelding was exported to Belgium
several years ago. Prior to that he was a wonderful trail mount owned
(and named) by our nephew Matt. When cars and a certain young woman became more interesting to Matt,
we bought “Clancy” back. He was just a clown,
and charmed us again – as he had as a baby.
Soon after that we learned that Mme. Anne Singer was looking
for mares to import to start a Morgan breeding program in  Europe.
Her description of her Ideal Morgan mare fit Clancy to a tee w/just
one obvious exception. We sent her a video anyway, and she
fell in love and purchased him as a gentle mount
for her future husband.
And now he is a competitor. Anne reported that he had
clean rounds  at the show in the photos below.
We are thrilled that he has excelled
in competition, but we knew he had it in him all along.
2010
2010
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RAYNYDAY FINAL SALUTE
Lyonhil Quasar x Ragtime Abacadabra
F 2007
Owned by: Lindsay Naas, Chandler, AZ
This impressive young gelding is just starting
his show career. He is Lyonhil Quasar’s last son,
and he  has several full brothers and sisters who
have proven themselves to be outstanding
in dressage, trail riding,  reining and
western pleasure.
In 2009 “Nick” won the Justin Morgan Standard class
at the Wheat State Regional,
plus Reserve Champion Junior Stallion there.
He has also won the Applevale Replica Most Classic Morgan
 trophy at the Morgan Medallion Classic
Regional Championship Show in Santa Barbara CA.
He won Western Type In-Hand and was Reserve in
Hunter Type In-Hand at the same show.
In 2010, Nick’s first show was the Wheat State Regional
where he won the Novice Western Pleasure class.
He placed reserve in  several
other classes, both In-Hand and under saddle.
2011 news – Nick will soon be on his way to Maryland,
and will compete in dressage & CT
in the capable hands of Jennifer.
BABY NICK’S FIRST TIME IN THE BIG PASTURE 2007
STILL A BABY, BUT GROWING UP
VICTORY PASS – 2010 WHEAT STATE REGIONAL
SANTA BARBARA MORGAN MEDALLION
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WRC FOREVER TRUE PHILEO
Cin-O-Rama Knight Moves x Raynyday Patriot Lady (by Lyonhil Quasar)
Owned , trained and loved by Whitney Childs
“Phileo” is a kind and talented gelding that has been
competing in Dressage for several years,
and is consistently in the top ribbons. Phil and Whitney have
grown up together, and it is a partnership
that every breeder hopes for their progeny.
The pair has qualified for Nationals for several years,
and they have been very successful!
Phileo is now stabled in Oxford OH while Whitney attends classes
at Miami University, and participates the Equine program there.
FLASH!  Whitney has been accepted to  the Varsity Dressage Team at MU!
She and Phileo will compete for the school this year.
GOLD CUP 2008
THIS SAYS IT ALL
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RAYNYDAY GRAND ILLUSION
Raynyday Grand Finale x Ragtime Abacadabra
F 2002
“Louie” was just another lovable baby ~ full of curiosity and affection. 
His mother Abby was so proud of him, and we were too! He was sold
to MI as a weanling, and now he is owned by a nice young woman who
is choosing to stay in touch. We just love when our owners send us news and photos. Her email is below:
“I was looking at your website and spotted my horse Louie (Raynyday Grand Illusion) under Luke’s progeny. I can’t remember if I emailed you that picture of him or not, but I just wanted to say that the picture is of him in a hunt seat pleasure class and not a dressage competition.
I bought Louie from Marilyn Muir two years ago and he has been
awesome. I’m training him in dressage and as a hunter jumper. He’s jumping up to 3’3″ and definitely has what it takes
to go higher. Thank you for breeding such a great stud.
Luke has definitely passed on his athletic and sporty
characteristics to Louie. I would
love to eventually show him
in A circuit or any hunter-jumper competitions because
I know he could do it. I’ll keep you updated on our
showing career. Last summer all we did was trail ride,
but Louie absolutely loves it. He especailly likes swimming.”

Ruthie Doering
POSING LIKE A SHOW HORSE
CANTERING IN THE SNOW
LOU MEETS HENRY
JUST HANGIN’ OUT ~ LOU LIKES COFFEE
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MERRIEWOLD HANAH
Lyonhil Quasar x Moonset’s Reflexion
F 2005
This elegant mare stands 16H and is doing well in her training
at Dragonfire Morgans.She has a great future as
a dressage and CT competitor, plus she has what it
takes to make an excellent broodmare later.
Quasar has sired some outstanding
Sport Morgans, and Hanah is no exception.
Merriewold has had great faith inQuasar over the years
~ Reflexion is the 2nd mare they bred to him.
We so appreciate Diana Wold’s support of our late stallion, and are quite proud of the foals he sired for her out of top mares,
both in pedigree and  conformation.
Hanah is everything  her bloodlines promise ~ a typey mare with
great substance and a willing disposition.
She is for sale to the serious Sport enthusiast and breeder.
Please contact Merriewold Morgans if interested…
 Hanah competed the 2009 Morgan Medallion
Regional Championship Show, and her winnings are listed below:
Merriewold Hanah    
Earl McFall, Rider, Handler and Trainer
     Training Level test one     first place
In Hand, Dressage suitability     second place
     Hunter under saddle     first place
Low warm-up Hunter 2″     first place
Hunter Pleasure Limit     second place
The sky is the limit for this young mare!
The video below is from the 2010
Nationals.
Kathy DeFazio was kind enough to shoot her class.
HUNTER PLEASURE 2009
RESERVE CHAMPION 2009
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APPLEBROOK TRIBUTE
Raynyday Grand Finale x Raintree Rapture
F 2001
Here is one of Luke’s nicest and most beautiful sons, he has been showing
very successfully in Open Western Pleasure for four years, and
has amassed a nice show record, trophies and ribbons in this division.
In 2007 hewas named Saddle Horse Report’s
Morgan Open Western Pleasure Division
Top Ten Champion (5th)
Trib had a great 2009 Gold Cup Show .
He won all three walk-trot hunter classes, and had nice showing
in the western classes as well.  He has been showing
walk trot this year, and doing an outstanding job. He showed in all the western
walk-jog and hunter walk-trot classes, as well as walk-trot trail.
(he did great in that class as well, rider error kept him from winning).
He also worked in the youth of the year pattern with a beginner rider
who has never ridden him before ~  (her horse didn’t want to do the pattern alone).
Tribute has spectacular movement, and is very forward  and engaged.
He is being offered as a Dressage prospect, and
being the son of  WC Raynyday Grand Finale he is well qualified
for this endeavor. He is a substantial 15.2h H.
Trib’s stable manners are inpeccable, and his personality
is affectionate, curious and willilng.
Someone will take this horse to the pinnacle of
Dressage competition ~ It may as well be you!
If interested, please contact his owner, Carolyn Karasarides at:
ckare1@jobhubcanada.com
Tribute is located in Louisville OH
GOLD CUP W/P 2007
2009 GOLD CUP REGIONAL WALK-TROT HUNTER CHAMPION
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CANEQUIN’S REACHFORTHESTARS

Raynyday Squire Jack x Canequin’s Film Star
F 2003
Bred by: Beth Benard
Owned by: Liz Gesler
Orford, NH
“Pocket” is the name of this lovely mare.
She is another wonderful example of her Sire and Grandsire’s
willing and laid-back dispositions.
In 2006, Pocket won the AMHA Bronze Medallion.
She also won the New England Morgan Regional’s
All American Futurity Reserve Grand Champion
High Point Graduate
, and she won the All American Futurity
3 yo Specialty Hunter Pleasure
, and
2nd All American Futurity 3 yo Specialty Pleasure Driving
~ 2008 ~
 
Garden State CDE in NJ ~  Training Level Champion

Connecticut Valley Driving Club HDT
1st, Training Single Horse ~ B

Champion, Training Level Division
Best Dressage Score


Bromont Can-Am International CDE:
1st, Training Level SH Dressage
1st,Training Level SH Marathon
5th,Training Level SH Cones
1st, Overall Training Level Single Horse
Best Training Level Dressage
Champion, Training Level Division
 Can-Am Bromont  Best Training Level Driver

Morgan Heritage Days
  Novice Horse Championship, with  wins in
My Way Your Way
Obstacles 
and Reinsmanship
2nd, Timed Obstacles
4th, Training Level Dressage
Liz writes that “Pocket had a 10 and a 9 on that dressage test
for
a 77% and it wasn’t even her best test of the year!
She was fabulously well behaved.  She had to get unhooked
to have a hind shoe
pulled, straightened and put back on .
I left ALL her tack on and  she was standing right next to the track
while the farrier was nailing
the shoe back on.
One of the trot races in harness came flying down
to the finish. She never even flinched, even with a blind bridle on
and the race entrants coming at her from behind.
In the afternoon, she ended up being put to for about 3 and a half hours
and stood around in big group of horses. She slept while we all chatted
and sweated, waiting for our next class.  Gosh I love my little horse…..”


2010 accomplishments so far ~

April 25 – GMHA Mud Ride 1 15 CTR – 1st Novice Div.
April 26 – GMHA Mud Ride 2 15 CTR – 5th Open
May 1 – Leverett 25 CTR – Completion
May 8 – VERDA Brown Bag 25 CTR – 4th Open
May 15 – Hartland 15 CTR – 3rd Open
July 2 – Morgan Heritage Days Open Dressage Show –
1st – Intro A (76 %)
1st – Intro B (71%)
2nd – T3 (64.3 %)
4th – T4
High Score : Morgan, Senior Rider, VT Morgan Horse Assoc. Member,
AMHA Open Competition High Score Award
What a good girl!
COMPETING AT CDE – 2009
SHE AND LIZ LOVE TO JUMP – HERE SHE IS COMPETING AT A CT EVENT
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MACUSHLA SHENANIGAN
Raynyday Grand Finale x Macushla Brenna
F 2004
Bred and Owned by: Sue Colby
Maine Morgan Show
1st , 4 year old Sport Horse In Hand
“Shane” is following in the footsteps of his Sire and
other relatives, just as we knew he would.
Sue writes ” I was SO pleased with how Shane
handled his very first horse show.
He loaded up in the pouring rain at home, had to listen
to it  pound on the roof the whole way up. but arrived
cool and dry as a cucumber.
Luckily, the rain ended by the time we got there.
He hung out in the trailer for a bit
and then just walked around checking everything out.
Watched trailers come and go
and horses being lounged and long-lined.
He was such a GOOD boy. 

  He listened to Ray and did everything asked of him,
and was calm and mannerly. “
BABY SHANE ~ APPROXIMATELY 1 MONTH OLD
DOING WELL AT SCHOOLING THE MEDIUM TROT
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RAYNYDAY INTUITION
Lyonhil Quasar x Ragtime Abacadabra
F 2001
Owned by: Lyn Edds
San Antonio TX
“Wish” is best friend, trail mount, dance partner and show horse for Lyn.
She writes us that “Other riders on the trail most often make comments
on how pretty she is.  I love riding a fancy one with a brain!”.
Lyn and Wish  showed in their second show ever,
and they  won two reserves and a fourth in Western Pleasure, against QH.
Wish has been schooled using dressage techniques.
She has even done reining patterns and learned how to cut cattle.
She and Lyn make quite a team and keep me fully informed
of their adventures and then I’ll pass them along to you.
NEW PICTURES OF WISH AND LYN IN THEIR NEW HOME
A BEAUTIFUL PAIR ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE
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BRIARHILL TIGER LILY
Raynyday Grand Finale x Finalea Fiesta
F 2002
Bred and Owned by Briarhill Morgans
This mare deserves to be on our Stars Page
because she is a working cow horse,
performing with style and finesse.
Her owner/rider Rick says “” She works really hard.

She knows her job and she does it. This was the first time these
calves had been roped. Some of them put up a fight and she
was notbothered, she stuck to her guns.”
One weekend when they gathered about 40 cows and calves
from a 40 acre pasture to sort out 5 calves…….
“Lily galloped over some pretty rough terrain and
went through brushand knee deep mud
without hesitation. She worked real hard and steady.
And you couldn’t ask for a prettier mare.”
SURROUNDED
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CISCO’S WILD STAR
Raynyday Squire Jack x Heaven’s Gate Ebony
F 2003
Bred and Owned by Leslie Missel

Snohomish WA
We don’t have many photos of Cisco, but we recently
heard from Leslie, and she attached a picture!
So we had to share:

                             “Hello, I wanted to send you a picture of Cisco at his first show.
He did much better than I expected as it was my fourth show,
and I am still learning the ropes.
                He did well in the hunter division and received first in the walk/trot trail class.
I was really proud of him and look forward to the shows coming up.
 Cisco is out of Raynyday Squire Jack and my deceased mare Heaven’s Gate Ebony.
He has a very pleasing personality and tries willingly.  I do like him very much!
                                                                  Sincerely,
                                                                     Leslie


BABY CISCO 2003
STILL MATURING AND ALREADY A CHAMPION 2010
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MERRIEWOLD FABIEN
Lyonhil Quasar X UVM Rarity
F 2003
Breeder : Diana Wold

Fabien is gorgeous; has energy plus and a desire to please.
He 
won reserve in Open Reining in his
debut at the 2007 Morgan Medallion Regional Show.
Quote  from Dragonfire website:
“Congratulations to Stacy McLain of Kimball, Nebraska on her purchase of  FABIEN
Most recently in training with noted reining and cow horse trainer, Mark Luis.
Fabien is a big, athletic young gelding with all kinds of wonderful skills
that Stacy will enjoy on the trail and at shows for years to come.
We wish them both the best of luck and we’re pleased they found each other! “
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RAYNYDAY SEBASTIAN
Lyonhil Quasar x Shadygrove Serenade
F 1985
Owned by: Jocelyn Robinson
Yellow Springs, OH
This impressive 16 hand bay gelding has been
a Suitability, Dressage and CT Champion,
and the best friend of Jocelyn and her family.
He loves the trails in the Glen Helen Nature Center where he lives.
Jocelyn has taught natural horsemanship with him,
and most of the time rides him bareback with
a leadrope attached to his halter.
He is semi-retired now, and living a great life.