STONECROFT SHALIMAR PRODUCE SCORE BIG AT THE GRAND NATIONAL: It was a tremendous 2009 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show for the produce of our WC Mare, Stonecroft Shalimar. Sarde's Sinful (by HVK Courageous Flaire) and Cameron Kay mastered the Grand National Saddle Seat Equitation 11 & Under Championship with flawless rides. Taking home a blanket of roses under the direction of Memory Lane Farm, Jim & Jenny Taylor was Stonecroft Trillium (by Stonecroft Trilogy) as the World Champion Jr. Exhibitor Pleasure Driving 13 & Under. Trillium won both the World Championship and her Grand National Championship qualifier in unanimous style with the petite Rose Marie Wheeler on the lines. And adding versatility to his dam's production resume, Winterset Rhyme Thyme (by Winterset Thyme N Agin) won two Reserve Grand National Championships with two different riders--Western Pleasure Gentlemen's Finals with Roger Brown, and Western Pleasure Ladies Amateur Gelding with Kris Jarden. We are proud of each and every one of Shalimar's kids as they continue to shine in the same rings their dam loved!
And we are also proud of Sarde's Manistique (Man About Town LPS x Lady Hot Topic), who was at the top of his class to garner the Grand National Champion English Pleasure Geldings title.
CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT SHOW! It was a personal thrill when my sister, Cheryl Sardelli Ricci, piloted our home bred Sarde's Still Smokin to a win in the Classic Pleasure Driving Novice class at the highly competitive Massachusetts Morgan Show this year. Under the direction of Rick Stevens at Stonegate Farm, Smokin has learned his lessons well and is proving to be the perfect amateur horse we always knew he would be.
ARRIVING JUNE 1st, 2009, A BAY FILLY! Sired by KDS Star Wars (Liberation First Star x HRH Sheba) and out of Treble's Tainted Love (Tug Hill Celebrity x Tedwin Title Song), this elegant young lady with the curly, tippy ears weighed in at 96 lbs and arrived at 9:10 pm in the evening... how thoughtful of her! Momma and baby are doing great and we will have more photos as she unfolds.
CONGRATULATIONS to to my sister, CHERYL SARDELLI RICCI and her daughter, VICTORIA ANNE RICCI, the new owners of SARDE'S STILL SMOKIN (Winterset Thyme 'N Agin x Stonecroft Bewitched). I'm pleased to welcome my sister back to the Morgan family with this elegant and talented six year old gelding, now in training with Rick Stevens at Stonegate. We're all anxiously awaiting his debut!
THE 2009 FOALS ARE HERE! We are thrilled to welcome our first two foals of the new year, a bay filly by the young WC SYP High Definition (HVK Vibrance x Kim's Bellegante) and out of Sarde's Victoria Anne (Stonecroft Masquerade x Lady Hot Topic), foaled May 13, 2009. Following hot on her heels was another filly, this time brown, sired by WC Stonecroft Trilogy (Stonecroft Masquerade x Ladybird Command) and out of WC Stonecroft Shalimar (Nobility x Century Enjolie), pictured at right. This beautiful dame is owned by John Scheidt and Don Spear of Stonecroft Farm. We couldn't be more pleased at this kick off of our foaling season!
CONGRATULATIONS to Susan Horlbogen and her daughter Lauren their purchase of SARDE'S SAMURAI (Stonecroft Byzantine x Lady Hot Topic). Sure to be a hit in the 2009 Junior Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure Driving under the direction of new trainer Erika Mitchell at Reevedale Farm, Sam was formerly under the direction of Liz & Michael Murphy of Legacy Stables, agents for Sarde Morgans.
Sadly, we say goodbye to the wonderful World Champion LADY HOT TOPIC (Tedwin Topic x Fiddler's Show Girl), laid to rest on February 15, 2009 on the hilltop overlooking our farm.
CONGRATULATIONS to Tom & Joanna Meyers of Snug Harbor Morgan Farm in Arnold, Maryland on their purchase of SARDE'S SCINTILLATION (Lamborghini In Black x Stonecroft Bewitched). This very special 2008 black filly is sired by one of the decades most exciting park saddle stallions, and is out of a full sister to World Champion Stonecroft Trilogy. We wish them much success!
CONGRATULATIONS to Debbie Lukas of Plainville, Massachusetts on her purchase of SARDE'S SIZZLER (Stonecroft Byzantine x Star Lake Ellisa). A beautiful and uphead 2005 gelding out of the dam of World Champion MEM Twisted Sister, we expect to see this team making many victory passes in the future.
We sadly say goodbye to the World Champion JOAN ROSE (Mizrahi x Stonecroft Shalimar), who passed over the Rainbow Bridge in September 2008. The dam of Sarde's Ave Maria and Sarde's Insatiable, we know she is keeping watch over the farm from her hilltop resting place. Peace, my friend.
Lucky high bidders in the 2008 Signature Sale took home SARDE'S SNEAK ATTACK (Favorite Son x Stonecroft Shalimar), a 2005 bay gelding, we congratulate Earl and Susan Zimmerman of Sue-Ray Stables in Barnett, Missouri!